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Look for another Steady Rollin edit to drop this week. Tioga has been super helpful with making sure things roll smoothly for everyone at FBM. If you want to know what tires have kept the FBM team rolling recently, check out Tioga, the ...
Look for another Steady Rollin edit to drop this week. Tioga has been super helpful with making sure things roll smoothly for everyone at FBM. If you want to know what tires have kept the FBM team rolling recently, check out Tioga, the new blog is up with the last few videos, product info and more. The street block (a modified power block) is the tire of choice for the crew, and feature PneuMax 110 PSI Casing,Folding Bead, APP All-Purpose Rubber Compound. Steady Rollin! Tioga BMX- Steady Rollin with Garrett Guilliams from TiogaBMX on Vimeo. Steady Rollin with Neil Hise from TiogaBMX on Vimeo. Steady Rollin – Neil Hise Clip from TiogaBMX on Vimeo. Steady Rollin -Puerto Rico from TiogaBMX on Vimeo. Steady Rollin Trails Redux from TiogaBMX on Vimeo. Steady Rollin – Jordan Dwan from TiogaBMX on Vimeo. Steady Rollin- Trail Edit from TiogaBMX on Vimeo. Steady Rollin With Kenny Horton from TiogaBMX on Vimeo.
about 8 hours ago
There are many reasons why people need loans. Some people may need a loan to make a large purchase such as a home loan or a car loan, while others might need a smaller amount for paying bills. There are also times when people can be face...
There are many reasons why people need loans. Some people may need a loan to make a large purchase such as a home loan or a car loan, while others might need a smaller amount for paying bills. There are also times when people can be faced with unexpected situations where they need to come up with some quick cash. This could be a medical emergency or a car accident. For large loans, such as a
about 9 hours ago
Holy crap, Holy Week.  Um.  Four years ago, when I told Chip it would be super rad to have a night race on the Wednesday between Gloucester and Providence... I should have clarified:  it would be super rad for SOMEONE ELSE to put on a ni...
Holy crap, Holy Week.  Um.  Four years ago, when I told Chip it would be super rad to have a night race on the Wednesday between Gloucester and Providence... I should have clarified:  it would be super rad for SOMEONE ELSE to put on a night race between Gloucester and Providence.  SOMEONE.  ELSE. Note to future Colin:  don't plan on getting anything done in the latter half of September. I did
about 9 hours ago
Surf City Cyclo-X Series (SCCX) kicks off its 2013 race season with a clinic on October 12 and the first race on October 13. The series features the largest prize list and the greatest number of women’s categories of any on the NorCal cy...
Surf City Cyclo-X Series (SCCX) kicks off its 2013 race season with a clinic on October 12 and the first race on October 13. The series features the largest prize list and the greatest number of women’s categories of any on the NorCal cyclocross scene, and each race benefits a local charity. The... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
about 9 hours ago
October 9th, Bike Messenger Appreciation Day. I can feel the love already. No other yearly celebration brings me more joy than this... save for birthdays, paid holidays off from work, and every single Saturday of the year. The love st...
October 9th, Bike Messenger Appreciation Day. I can feel the love already. No other yearly celebration brings me more joy than this... save for birthdays, paid holidays off from work, and every single Saturday of the year. The love started pouring in at 6:38AM today.Granted, Leyonce works at a nuke-u-lar facility with Bill Nye TSG and as such, never uses my services. He still took the time to send me a Emoji thumbs up and that's good enough.Knowing that this would probably be the kind of thing that makes the top of my list of BMA Day gifts, unless I get another anonymous interoffice envelope containing Peanut M&M's again...I took care of myself last night.Every messenger worth his/her salt needs a blinkie. Work till 5:00PM and eventually you'll be riding home in the dark... if you get lucky, maybe even a downpour in the dark. Just like real estate, beer, and fireworks, you never actually own a blinkie. You rent one. There is nothing in this world that time or your liver won't eventually take away. I had my Planet Bike Superflash for a few years now, and it spent the summer on my travel bag... never know when I might be out after dark when I'm on the road. Anyways, it disappeared itself sometime between Steamboat Springs and this past Sunday when I needed its services.Normally, I have a collection of blinkies that I've found lying in gutters or on the trail. Problem being that they sometimes get loaned out and in turn, rented by a new individual who will then send them back out into the wild. I have but a few of them left, and most of them cheapies or novelty lights at best. I want something super honking bright since my life kinda depends on it.So to Bike Source I traveled last night to peruse their fine selection of blinkies. When asked what I was looking for, I told them I wanted my old blinkie back. Unwilling to leave the shop and help me look, we decided my best course of action was to purchase a new one. The winner?The Blackburn Flea 2.0 USBI like that it has a sturdy metal clip. 50% of blinkie deaths are caused by cheap plastic clips that break and fail, sending the blinkie to the street to be run over. Plastic breaks, it's a documented fact. I like metal.USB rechargeable. Downsides? The blinkie will be completely dead when the battery stops taking a charge. If I lose the charger, I am equally fucked. Upsides? The fuel gauge will let me know when it's dying and the charger is small enough to put on a keychain... that will reside on my Bagaboo bag for charges at work. The twelve hour run time means that as long as I (remember to) charge it on the weekends, I'll be good to go. Boom.So anyways...Assuming you live in a major metropolitan area (such as Cleveland), say "Happy BMA Day" to your friendly local bike messenger. You might just make his day, but more than likely he/she will be riding by and will think you just yelled "Chewabacca" in their general direction.It's the thought that counts.
about 10 hours ago
Possibly a turning pointIt's no theory- Gravel bicycles, events, and associated gear is gaining the attention of the mainstream bicycle companies, bicycling media, and in some cases, the non-endemic media as well. This is tripping up som...
Possibly a turning pointIt's no theory- Gravel bicycles, events, and associated gear is gaining the attention of the mainstream bicycle companies, bicycling media, and in some cases, the non-endemic media as well. This is tripping up some folks feelings in the gravel circles, while it is bringing in tons of newer riders and interest from places the traditionalists of gravel riding never thought they would ever see.Why is this? Why is all this happening now? In some ways, I am of the opinion that this phenomenon is a bit of a "perfect storm". This may be the only way to really explain it honestly, but I feel that when this is looked back on, an event that happened only last month will be pointed to as possibly the turning point where gravel as a cycling niche went "big time" afterward. This is certainly only my opinion, and I could be all wrong here, but I am going to state my case.....Obviously the gravel road riding thing has struck a nerve amongst many riders out there. Numbers of riders in events going upwards to, (and in some cases over), one thousand folks in different parts of the country is certainly undeniable evidence of this. Not only that, but the number of the events themselves, going from a mere handful in 2006-2008 to well over 200 in a year that I know about, marks gravel riding as something that many folks everywhere are trying and enjoying.Salsa proto circa '09 (Image K. Steudel)By the latter end of the '00's, a few companies were beginning to take notice of the gravel scene. Salsa Cycles was the most notorious of these and by 2011, they had already designed, prototyped, and manufactured a purpose built gravel road racing bike. Taken by itself, that isn't a big deal, really.What did happen afterward did make this a big deal and was what started the ball rolling towards the pivotal point. The Dirty Kanza 200 started to attract some bigger names in the cycling world and one of these was Rebecca Rusch. A sponsored athlete and well known in cycling circles, the Specialized backed athlete participated in the DK 200 and must have been impressed to the point that Specialized took notice. The company sent her back again this year with some special equipment geared toward the gravel scene. Meanwhile, events were getting bigger, and other companies were sniffing around the gravel scene as well. Some because their people had connections to the Mid-West, some for other reasons, but it started to happen.Bicycles were starting to be prototyped that were going to be "gravel specific". With the road bike, mountain bike, and pavement sectors becoming a flat, or declining market, it can be argued that creating a "gravel specific bike" is just purely a marketing exercise to wrench more money from rider's pockets by these companies. However; whether that is true or not, the bikes have to be sold and believed in by those who sell them. Now to get industry folks on board with any idea, they have to see rider participation, (they do with all the events), and they have to see a need that can be met, (they do with regard to the bicycles and gear), and finally, they have to have a basis for experience to get passionate about any sector in the industry. This is where I believe Rebecca's Private Idaho, a 100 mile gravel event that took place in Idaho, (duh!), recently, is going to be seen as "that event" where the industry folks got turned on to the gravel scene. I've been watching the increase in the numbers of media stories on the gravel segment and many of these latest stories have referenced Rebecca Rusch's event and the folks that were in attendance. Not surprisingly, because of Rebecca's stature in the cycling community, many of these folks represent several key cycling industry folks and to a person they seem to have come away impressed. Giant RevoltWhat does this mean? I believe it means that the pieces are all in place for further development into bicycles and gear for the backroad cyclists. Giant, Specialized, Raleigh, HED Wh
about 15 hours ago
New UCI President Brian Cookson is wasting no time leaving his mark on bicycle racing, including cyclocross. Cookson recently appointed American Mike Plant to be president of the UCI Cyclocross Commission, replacing Czech (and Czech Cycl...
New UCI President Brian Cookson is wasting no time leaving his mark on bicycle racing, including cyclocross. Cookson recently appointed American Mike Plant to be president of the UCI Cyclocross Commission, replacing Czech (and Czech Cycling Federation president) Dr. Marian Stetina. Mike... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
about 15 hours ago
Bringing Balance To Your Feet: Footbalance Custom Insoles.- by Grannygear At Interbike, we were invited to come by the Footbalance booth and get fitted for a set of custom insoles.  It was something that peaked my interest as I strugg...
Bringing Balance To Your Feet: Footbalance Custom Insoles.- by Grannygear At Interbike, we were invited to come by the Footbalance booth and get fitted for a set of custom insoles.  It was something that peaked my interest as I struggle with numb feet during a longer, harder ride.  I did not know if this would be a solution, but I was ready to give it a shot.  To look at the raison d’etre for Footbalance’s inserts is they seek to correct for foot misalignment and how that affects our body’s performance.  Two words here…Supination and Pronation.  Look them up.  Both are terms that relate to the mechanics of our foot/ankle as we walk or run.  If we all did that perfectly, there would be less need for a corrective measure like the Footbalance insoles.  But since we are way less than perfect as a species, many people either over-pronate or over-supinate.  We either roll our feet inward or outwards, to simplify things perhaps a bit too much, and that affects not just our feet, but the alignment of our entire body. So I went through the process and had a set of the Performance footbeds molded to my feet by a trained technician.  I stood on a glass screen and had a ‘picture’ taken of my foot shape as I stood erect and stood with bent knees, etc.  That image was used to determine whether or not I had any issues such as over-one thing or another.  It turns out that I am both Neutral and have a Normal Medial Arch.  So I am not rolling my foot to either side excessively and my arch is well formed…no flat feet or high arch.  So since I am not a problem child, what would I gain from having a custom footbed made? Well, maybe not a lot, but while I may not have bio-mechanical issues now, as I age and time takes its toll, I may develop them later and having correct support in my shoes could help keep me healthy in that sense.  The insoles were fed into the heating device so they could be shaped, and I stood one foot at a time on a cushy pillow thing as the tech molded the insoles to my feet one at a time.  The process was quite easy and quick and off I went with a set of still cooling insoles to try later. I installed them into two pairs of shoes so far, both of them Specialized models, a shoe that already has a very decent insole.  I noticed an immediate increase in arch support compared to the basic Body Geometry insoles that come with the shoe.  Specialized offers more aggressive insoles as an aftermarket option.  The first shoe was an S Works model that is plenty stiff in the footbed and fits me well.  Over the course of a few rides I did not notice any remarkable improvements, but they were easier rides that were not stressing my feet a great deal.  So I went on another ride, one that is a real grinder on the single speed and I ran a different shoe, the Specialized Rime,  It is not as stiff as the S Works shoe, but it is still quite good in that regard.  Before the 2.5 hour ride was done, I was struggling with some numbness issues in my feet at the toes and front of the foot, something that is typical for me. Two days later I did the same ride, this time with the Footbalance insoles, and I actually extended the ride distance a bit for even more punishment.  I still had some numbness issues, but it was lessened quite a bit.  The jury is still out on this, but it was better under the same, if not a more stressful ride.  Footbalance has a pretty wide line of these inserts and they vary in stiffness and cushion level.  I did notice that I was feeling a bit of pressure at the ball of the foot that I did not feel with the Specialized inserts.  It was like I should have more cushion or padding there.  As well, the Specialized BG footbeds have the metatarsal button that is supposed to help keep your feet happier so perhaps I missed having that. In the end, I found out I was ‘normal and neutral’ and likely did not need anything corrective.  But some support seems to work well for me and I
about 19 hours ago
More from Interbike. This time, highlighting our CX product launching in 2014! Click the image below to read was CX Magazine had to say.
More from Interbike. This time, highlighting our CX product launching in 2014! Click the image below to read was CX Magazine had to say.
about 20 hours ago
Here’s the feel good motivational finale to the Ride & Seek series. Job well done on this series, enjoyed it! © Nuno for Defgrip, 2013. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: red bull, ride & seek
Here’s the feel good motivational finale to the Ride & Seek series. Job well done on this series, enjoyed it! © Nuno for Defgrip, 2013. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: red bull, ride & seek
about 21 hours ago