Prologue For the 137 issue of the BICYCLIST experience, we’ve continued our charting of the routes and climbs…
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.
This classic Malibu climb coils like a kingsnake gliding through coastal brush as it traces a route up-and-over the sandstone bluffs that hug the Pacific coast and connects PCH in Malibu to Mulholland Highway in Westlake Village.
The Comeback Crit was the kick-off event and the first of 10 comprising the SoCal Fixed Series. These events are for track bikes with fixed gears and no brakes that race on a closed, asphalt short-course.
While downhill racers across the country waited for snow to thaw and ski-slopes to return to their summer shade of grassy-brown, SoCal racers have been enjoying the bluebird weekends in Fontana, racing in the Southridge Racing Winter Series. Organizers host a weekend of mountain-biking that have some participants choosing to camp for the two-day mountain-mash.
Held in El Dorado Park in Long Beach, the CXLA event is part of the SoCalCross PRESTIGE SERIES. The course was long and dry, with sand-pits, obstacles and fine silica dust enshrouding the riders as they made their way through the park.