Looking back over the shoulder at some of our favorite moments with the people who helped to bring you the bicyclist experience in 2016.
You can expect a lot of innovative new pieces in the apparel space at Interbike this year. Many textiles and fabrics that are now being utilized in garments are more breathable and more versatile in a range of seasons. Though the industry may wish that the edgy gravel bike is the leader in bike trends this year, the true performer will be the electric bikes, with an electric model provided by all of the major bike brands.
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.
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.
Thank you for listening to Episode 42 of SCB.fm! This episode we talk the article “Strava vs eBike” by the Angry Single Speeder at mtbr.com, the results of the 2016 Tour de France and our picks for favorite athletes this year.
The tour continues and though the race has hit a bit of a lull, we discuss the controversy and excitement from Stage 12 when Chris Froome hopped off his bike and started running towards the finish line.We talk about issue #134, specifically the ride experience of the Trek xm700+ – a class 3, 28 mph electric bicycle, and We cover some of our favorite training tools and software.
This episode we talk Tour de France stages, wins, and losses, so again if you haven’t seen stages 6-10, come back to us after you catch up. We also preview the new issue that will be hitting your local bike shops very soon, and Victor discusses the cover model for 134 -The Marin Bikes Four Corners Elite.
For this summer dispatch of the Southern California Bicyclist experience, we’ve brought together a mix of adventure, utility, glimpses of the future, and a look over the shoulder. We spent some time with the MARIN Four Corners Elite and are excited to see a purpose-built bike suitable for adventure touring, where asphalt on roads is not always a given.
The Tour de France returns and we have lots to talk about! It’s been an incredible year already and we’re only on Stage 6. Be sure to finish the stages before you listen, as we discuss the winners throughout. We follow up on recent news and talk fantasy cycling with our VeloGames team. Before we move on from issue #134, Victor discusses the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Roebling riding experience.
We go over noteworthy news in cycling, including our main discussion involving some of the common myths that non-bicyclists may have about bicyclists (published by the Washington Post). We make our predictions about the 2016 Tour de France, and talk about the potential in young rider Lawson Craddock. Lastly, we talk the new Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 and some of the key components to look forward to.
Google Self-Driving Car Reports Show Efforts to Accommodate Cyclists. Google has been releasing public reports on the progress of improving their self-driving car. We looked through the latest report from June 2016 and were pleased to see the efforts that Google is making to ensure that cyclists are safe among the self-driving cars.
The main topic of discussion involves the announcement of Simon Yates’s 4-month ban after he tested positive for a terbutaline – a drug on WADA’s banned list – at Paris-Nice in March. We were glad to see Yates only get the minimum punishment, as it seemed to be a genuine mistake, but we wonder what steps could be taken to ensure an oversight like this doesn’t happen again.
Inspired by the blend of paved roads and cobblestones, the Cervelo Belgian Waffle Ride started five years ago as an homage to the brutality of the Spring Classics across Europe, especially Belgium.
We talk about the new Issue of SCB, #132, our Bike to Work edition. We also discuss further safety concerns for the pro pelotons and what the kind of gear changes that could occur in the cycling world at large. Sponsored by Pedego Electric Bikes.
The SCB team discusses the way that international media covers cycling, specifically with regards to the claims of hidden motors in professional races. And we also talk Bees vs. Bicyclists (or maybe it should be Tim vs. Bees), our bee stories while on the bike.
The majority of our conversation involves a statement UCI made Wednesday afternoon that they would be suspending disc brakes on bikes in professional racing. This comes after a Movistar rider, Fran Ventoso, was severely injured during a crash at Paris Roubaix when he sliced his leg on a disc brake. We share our thoughts on disc brakes and its place in road racing.
This episode covers the background details of the State Bicycle Co. 29’er steel MTB review featured in Issue #131. We talk about the bike, our review conducted out in Idyllwild and the status of the road to Crystal Lake, a favorite of the team that’s been closed to cars due to a mud slides, but definitely not bikes.