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 talk our tech predictions for the bicycle industry in 2019 (including more tubeless tires and sustainable materials), how the peloton responds on words of former pro trying to relive his glory days at Paris-Roubaix, and railing against the claim that millennial cyclists are snowflakes.
It seems that cycling apparel in the past few years is increasingly featuring sun protection as a standard feature, especially in “warm weather” gear. Ultraviolet Protection Factor, or UPF, indicates what percentage or fraction of UV rays can penetrate the fabric.
For this issue, we’re looking at our own backyard. specifically Santiago Mountain, the focal point for many SoCal riders. So far as the bike recommendations for this original SoCal amusement park, we bring you the Marin Nail Trail 6, a fantastic value for the roadie looking to get into MTB.
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.
Multi-national bike company Specialized is voluntarily recalling 1,000 Venge VIaS bikes in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission due to issues with rear wheels coming loose while riding.
Interbike, the yearly compendium of phantasmagoric cycling delicacies, is just around the corner as this is written, and the SCB crew has the same rapt anticipation as the week before Christmas many years ago.
The Five Minute Lounge, on the Specialized Bicycles website, features an interview with renowned chef Gordon Ramsay as he prepares his “Specialized Tuna Nicoise”. This is five minutes worth watching.