We summarize the finale of the 2019 Tour de France, along with a discussion of some unusual gear and bikes that were spotted at the Tour. We also dive into how the so-called ‘busiest bike lane in America’ was once considered a bad idea, how one group in congress is proposing federal funding for bike transit, and finish up with an emphasis on the need for mental health care for professional athletes.
The Proudfat frame features a number of considerations to accommodate the rear triangle. The down tube and seat tube connect to the bottom bracket, but a second cylinder sits right above the bottom bracket in line with the seat tube that acts as a pivot point for the rear suspension.
It was obvious from the handling characteristics that State had studied frame geometry thoroughly. The biggest surprises were the Vigilante tires which had minimal rolling resistance on the road but hooked up well in the dirt and the front fork which afforded a scrumptious magic carpet conveyance over impediments in the trail.