Though there is snow on the cover, we are happy to welcome a warm spring and early summer. For this 141st issue of BICYCLIST magazine, we’re taking you on a tour of some amazing places to ride a bike.
Eroica California has always had an eye towards the culture and art of cycling. The event welcomed artist Miguel Soro Garcia, who discussed the inspiration and methods for his paintings. Eroica also featured collector Elizabeth Norris, displaying her collection of vintage posters.
Eroica California is an annual event on the coast of California that culminates on Sunday morning at 6:30 AM in downtown Paso Robles. The weekend features a festival with various cycling art installations, vintage swap meet and bike show, but the rubber meets the road on Sunday when participants gather to venture on the days adventure throughout the valleys and hills of the central coast.
ENVE Composites, maker of carbon wheel sets and frame components finished work on a massive 73,000 square foot factory and opened it up to the public for the first time this week. The wheel maker has been making wheels in Ogden, Utah with 168 employees for more than 10 years and the new mothership allows for a 4x increase in production. Ready to see inside?
Highway 39 is one of the ‘merit badge’ climbs of Southern California. It is an iconic climb that makes its way into the San Gabriel Wilderness, providing sweeping views as it makes its way around the San Gabriel Reservoir.
These are the things to check that get forgotten during most regular bicycle maintenance routines. Visit your favorite repair professional to verify that your bike is in proper working order.
This classic climb in the central coast takes highway 46 from the coast, south of Cambria, and sends riders over an enlightening grade, connecting cayucos to the south, and Paso Robles to the north.
A hitch rack capable of carrying 4 bikes really changes the dynamics of the weekend group ride. With secure transport for bikes up to 35 pounds, the Saris SuperClamp 4 bike rack provides a platform that folds up when not in use.
Changes to the rules of the international sanctioning body of cycling (UCI) now allow designs to eschew rear seat stays (frame component connecting rear fork and seat tube) -in search of added gains to the aerodynamics and increased internal storage of race-day food and tools.
Living in apartments and condo’s made a task like drivetrain cleaning challenging, but with the Muc-Off Dirty Chain Machine, the task can be contained, keeping the nasty bits off your floor, ceiling, dog etc.
Take a trip back in time with a 35-mile loop beginning in Los Alamos and set around a visit to La Purisima mission, a state park and historical site. Beginning in Los Alamos, directly off HWY 101 between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, the 35-mile route takes you up notable climbs, Harris Grade Road and Drum Canyon Road.
The Garneau Steeple-XC Cyclocross bike is a well thought-out balance of components and design that come together offering the performance and frame innovations of a flagship bike, but with minor weight compromises that serve to keep the price manageable.
Setting aside the obvious ‘building’ vs.’vehicle’ distinction, the experience of modern cycling is very similar to the museum experience. The combination of physicality, mental challenge, and a factor of enjoyment are shared by both.
The fall is a special time for bicyclists on the west coast and especially in Southern California. With endless sunshine and events through to New Years, it truly is the land of 4 seasons riding. For fall, the category is cyclocross, and this year schedule is packed with events for both participants and spectators alike.
A conversation with ASSOS CEO Philip Duff. ASSOS has committed to providing uniforms for the USA Olympic team through 2020. We were interested in finding out how this all came about so we put in a call to Lugano, Switzerland to speak with Philip Duff directly – here’s what we found out.
This summer has gifted fans of bike racing with the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Tour de France couldn’t compete with the lure of Olympic gold, with some athletes leaving the TdF early to begin their Olympic preparations. Most notably Mark Cavendish, a world champion sprinter from the UK who won four stages of this year’s race, called it quits after the 16th stage. Though Cavendish was a favorite for the final stage of the tour and a sprint finish down the Champs-Élysées (a stage he previously won 4 times) Cav elected to bow out and prepare for Rio. Such is the draw of Olympic glory, second only to the over-all TdF winner in terms of prestige.
We experienced Phils Fondo when we spent some time with Cannondale rider Phil Gaimon in Santa Monica, along with chef Jeff Mahin owner of M Street Kitchen, during a preview ride of the routes they’re putting together for this fall’s Malibu Gran Cookie Dough.
It’s refreshing to come across the Dromarti Race cycling shoes, a product that has durability and timelessness baked into the design. The Dromarti Race shoes provide the lightweight of lace-ups with the breathability and durability of natural leather. The natural ventilation properties of leather far surpass even the most modern synthetics, providing a shoe that keeps feet dry and funk-free, even on the hottest of southland summer days.
As most chain lubricants require a cleaning step prior to application, Rock “N” Roll chain lubes stand out. It combines the two steps leaving one less thing to carry on a multi-day tour and one less thing to forget while traveling – not to mention the time-savings of being able to clean and lube at the same time. And all of this comes at a price well below the average of available alternatives.
World Champion Peter Sagan (SVK) racing for the Tinkoff team has won his 15th all-time Amgen Tour of California stage after a day of racing arguably the most iconic stretches of California roadway, Highway 1. The 4th day of the 8-day race began in Morro Bay and concluded with a sprint showdown on the Mazda Laguna Seca racetrack in Monterey County.
Commuting by bicycle can be very different, in positive ways, from commuting to work by automobile. You take different roads, you are among like-minded people, and more of your time is spent actively experiencing and engaging with the world around you.
During the “Space Race” of the 1970’s when the SoCal aerospace industry was in full swing, Dr. David Hon was a leader in the field of laser technology. After receiving his Ph.D. in physics from USC he was recruited by Hughes Aircraft, where he worked on many of the breakthroughs in the laser systems used in missile guidance and anti-aircraft guns.
This double top-tube bicycle is a classic design with an added second horizontal support that increases the strength of the frame. The triangle which is the shape of a bicycle frame, is the perfect structure for evenly distributing rider weight and pedaling forces.
Racers in the inaugural eMTB race make their way around the course at the 2016 Sea Otter Classic festivel held in Monterey. The event is the first of it’s kind in the US, though the bikes are raced extensively in Europe.
We accompanied Rally Cycling to the San Diego Wind Tunnel earlier this month, and had the opportunity to see how the team uses the tunnel. Members of the team brought their bikes into the chamber and mounted them atop an aluminum platform that measures the effects on the static bike/rider combo by the forced air circulated by a 20-foot propeller on the other side of the building.