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We recap the fun had at SDMBA’s Ride the Rancho event in San Diego and announce our Trail Boss trail tools giveaway, courtesy of 911 Law. We also discuss some upcoming Spring Classic races and the predictions for favorites to win. In the post-show we answer questions of frugality when shopping for bicycle gear.
We discuss how bike shops should be evaluated, predictions that owning a car won’t be so necessary in the future, how bikeways promote physical activity, MIPS vs. WaveCel helmet claims, Professional Cyclists discuss their experiences with depression and how they manage, and Strava stats from the professionals at Milan-San Remo that you have to see to believe.
In this episode we recap results of a recent survey that shows Los Angeles has the most aggressive drivers in the country (and how they measured this), we talk about notable Orange County bike shops that we stopped by on our magazine delivery route, future damper technology for mountain bikes, and Victor’s got his eye on a new titanium bike. In the post-show we cover the results and last stage of Paris-Nice, the NEW Team Sky name and owner, and acquisitions in the industry.
We follow up on our discussion of the ‘Rotor’ stepping stone and the continued evolution of drivetrain design. We also discuss professional racing hot topics including the results of Strade Bianche, the first stage and the history of Paris-Nice, and Nicole Hanselmann’s speedy start at the Omloop Het Niewsblad. Finally, Chris gives us the update on the bike shop stops along the Orange County, magazine delivery route.
We discuss notable bike shops in San Diego during our magazine delivery route, we also touch on some ground-breaking rules regarding tossing bidons in the peloton and the fines riders could incur for doing so. We wrap up the episode with a discussion on Rotor Bike Components’ note-worthy release of the 1×13 Hydraulic Drivetrain and how bicycle patents can stifle growth in the components sector.
We talk some new advancements being made in ride tracking, including a bike computer that runs for 96 hours and Strava’s (beta) route mapping feature, as well as thoughts on how the Red Hook Crit can come back full throttle in 2020, why your feet may be numb during a ride, and why cleaning the cobblestones for Paris-Roubaix is not sacrilegious. In the post-show we discuss pre-ride jitters, why a rider might smell or taste ammonia after a ride, and a discussion on how the body burns fuel based on your diet.
This episode we talk some popular races cancelling their events for 2019, including the Red Hook Crit, while some new types of events make their way into the cycling scene, such as virtual racing. We also discuss the politics of bicycling nationally, the new bike deal, and the bicyclists who make up the majority of the community. Also more details on an incident at a bike shop in Chino that involved thieves attempting to steal a bicycle from Incycle Bicycles while severely injuring a shop employee in the process.
The secret to Why Cycles Supple Seven is the rectangularly tapered downtube and seat tube connection to the bottom bracket, allowing each to fit on the cylindrical surface without overlapping.
The Outerbike festival in Crested Butte this past August was surrounded by the mountains of the Colorado region, allowing for a mountain bike playground for riding demo bikes from some of the best outdoor/adventure brands.
In this first special edition episode recorded out of Crested Butte, Colorado, I speak with Jackson Long of Thought for Food TV about his upcoming Vegan Alpletic Ride, which will feature famous climbs of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, while bringing awareness to the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.
Riding the Brompton Superlight folding bike is fun and functional – a perfect option for the vigorous and city commutes. We didn’t get a single flat during testing, and the tires needed almost no additional air beyond the initial pump.
I really enjoyed using this GPS unit. It was simple, small, light-weight, and worked 100% of the time. Unlike larger brands, the Bryton Rider 100 turned on right away, and let you begin timing within seconds of pushing the power button.
Even though I warm up very easily while exercising, sometimes it does get cold enough in Orange County for me to need a mid-layer on early morning or night rides. The Escape Thermal Jersey from Pearl Izumi was a great solution for me, being thin and breathable, I didn’t get overheated after my body warmed up.
The Harding Truck trail begins at the end of Modjeska Canyon Road in Silverado, CA. This is one of the many doubletrack fire roads in the northern part of Cleveland National Forest that is easily accessible with any mountain or gravel bike.
I have not been nice to this pack. I have overloaded it, stabbed it, cut it, pulled at every point, and it still looks like the day I got it (with some dirt patches). I have taken this bag on multiple flights as carry on, used it on hikes, and have carried on every bike-commute.
Fix It Sticks have been around for a while, but what got me excited about them recently was the mount now available for your bike. Now you can take 2 fix it sticks along with you on your ride with the mount that attaches under a bottle cage.
The Bindle Rack by Portland Design Works turned out to be a great multi-use rack in our fleet. I used it on my city bike as a very handy commuting rack to carry spare shoes, clothes, and other daily items.
In our Orange County backyard, Cleveland National Forest has a plethora of options for doubletrack riding on your eMTB, including Maple Springs Truck Trail, located at the end of Silverado Canyon Road.
The helmet is light and comfortable, perfect for commuting or night riding. This is a great product, not because it has a lot of features, but because it has a few features that work very well and reliably.
Each year Titan Tropic MTB Race in Cuba continues to work with local communities to build new trail infrastructure to incorporate into the race, helping to create a recreational bicycle community and improving the event routes over the years. Many racers brought their families, who followed the race via bus, all organized by Titan Tropic.
There are some incredible trails around like a vista point we hiked to from the camp at Horizontes Villa Soroa. In Viñales, we visited the Mural de la Prehistoria (a huge contemporary mural), and Cuevas del Indio (a bat-filled cave with boat tour).
Notojima (Noto Island) is home to a number of small traditional Japanese towns. The residents all share duties of farming, fishing, and crafting to create very tight-knit communities throughout.
The area around Noto Island is quite stunning, with two bridges to the island enclosing the tranquil Nanao-nishi Bay. Many old towns in the area still thrive with family farms leading right up to the thick forests.
It is easy to find advice on table manners in Japan, as the traditions are quite specific and simple. It actually may seem daunting at first, but with a little practice (and maybe some alcohol) actions become easy and even fun.