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Check out RBP1. He does similar stuff on a Dogma ... just crazy
15 hours, 42 minutes ago on Martyn Ashton Video: Partying with Drop Bars, Skinny Tires, and a Disc Brake Colnago
The solution should be both zip ties AND removal of both one chainring and the rear cassette. With spacers and a cog you are good and the rear mech acts as a tensioner ...
1 day, 17 hours ago on Adam Craig Repeats, Vicki Barclay Takes Snowy Win at SSCXWC – Report and Gallery
USAC once again has packaged a money grab as a good idea! While it will save me some money, in general it will drive more people away from the sport. I would actually prefer to see a base license fee good for all disciplines and then a per race add-on. That way I pay, say $25, for my license and then a $3 per race add-on. If I race more it costs more than the current fee BUT if I am injured, derailed, etc then I get to keep my license and only pay for what I am using. Similarly, it is easier to sell a year license to a newb if the cost of entry is low enough and the variable expense of use is directly correlated to actual use!!!
6 days, 21 hours ago on USA Cycling Modifies License Fees: One License for All Disciplines, Higher One Day Fees
There are two different issues going on when talking about how to pay cross racers here. First is relative to other athletes and second is relative to other cyclists. The first case is just not going to achieve parity in this country .... period. As much as I love the sport it would take a generational paradigm shift to allow even the smallest chance of any type of cycling becoming a mainstream spectator sport. I should never say never but in my lifetime this is as close as you can get. So, then the question becomes how does it stack up against other domestic cycling? I'll wager fairly well.
Regarding Stybar - if he doesn't need the money, why would he toss his offseason and early season build out the window to race a full cross season? Remember that a full cross season is not 20 races ... it is week in/week out from October through February of 2-3 races per week. When it is done he has no recovery period before the big early season miles of the road loom.
1 week ago on It’s Just Money: Stybar Turns Down €800,000 for a Cyclocross Season — An Op-Ed by Steve Tilford
The 3 B's: bacon, bourbon, beer ... essential ... heck, even the Wildflower Triathlon has these!!!!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Cross On The Rock Gets Crazy, Canada ’Cross Style – Videos
While I am not normally a traditionalist just for the sake of looks, I have to say that this might be the ugliest bike I have seen in quite some time....
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Pro Bike Profile: Australian National Champion Lisa Jacobs’ Apollo Arctec CX
Yeah, I don't think so... so they move the finals day race a day earlier which actually moves the U23 to the "better" slot. Me thinks that the UCI is speaking out of both sides of its mouth on this one. It may attract more people to Saturdays race but I bet it doesn't get any more TV time.
3 weeks ago on 2014 Cyclocross World Championships Will Feature Race Lineup Schedule Change
Winterpeg .... gonna be a chilly one. Awesome!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Winnipeg Announced as Site of Canadian Nationals for 2014
Lots of light! I think that for a crosser you need to have the same as a mountain biker. If you can only do one, put it on your helmet. Two is ideal with the lower power on your bars or frame (forward) and the higher power on your helmet. I generally run a 500 lumen on the bars and a 750 on my helmet. Unless there is a strange reason, both get run about half power and it is plenty.
Remember, do not look your fellow riders in the eye without turning off the helmet light. 750 on full will seriously hurt... Also, do not forget a tailight - even off road. I like the blinky ones. Given how slow off road riding is, this is plenty and opens a whole new world up.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Perfect Bike Light: What a Cyclocrosser Should Look For
Drink the Kool-Aide baby ... that being said, my current crosser has discs ...
4 weeks, 1 day ago on The European Disc Brake Double Take: Niels Albert and Sven Nys Dabble with Discs
I loved that! Great video
1 month ago on A Battle Awaits: 2014 Cyclocross World Championships in Hoogerheide – Video
@rigidbicycle @craigmacintyre You are kind of making my point. Heckling and complaining about a sport have nothing to do with each other. Unless it is dangerous, nobody I know complains seriously about a hard course. We may bitch and moan cause we sucked but we are all in it together.There is absolutely nothing fun or funny about drunk's yelling personal insults at riders, even if it is an "inside joke" between them. When the guys I ride with are out by ourselves we talk sh!t constantly. The moment others are involved it gets dialed back. If I recall, that is called respect and common decency.
1 month ago on To Heckle, or Too Mean? – An Op-Ed on Heckling in Cyclocross by Daniel Curtin
@rigidbicycle And this is why Austin is NOT considered a hotbed of cross racing
As I read through the comments I am struck by the disparate opinions. However, I am more disturbed by the "man up" type comments. Heckling in cross is really based in its roots when this was an "outlaw" sport. Nobody was doing it, there was a tight knit community and it added to the fun and suffering. As the sport has evolved and grown there have been various issues that have caused teething pains (course design, equipment, etc). This issue, I think, is going to be the cornerstone.
I asked my wife about it and she was frank. She doesn't like to go to cross races because while the intent of heckling is supposed to be fun, more times than not it isn't. The atmosphere is one of a party and people are trying to have a good time. However, to get from the back room to the show room things are going to have to change. As reticent as I am to admit it, this is the one. Blaming the victims is not a solution to the issue.
I love to heckle - good naturedly to those I don't know and a bit sharper to those I do. However, knowing that there are kids around and this is supposed to be fun, I have reigned in some of the more bombastic things - save them for the fun rides and practice. A good run of thumb is that if you wouldn't say it to your spouse in front of your kids it has NO place on the course.
If we want the sport to grown, become a viable mainstream spectacle and remain fun it will have to change. If we don't, then leave it alone and love it for what it is. But then be aware that it will remain the step-child of cycling in North America. Nobody who wants a fun afternoon out with the family is going to wrap them up, drive to a crappy venue in the cold and listen to a bunch of drunken fools abuse the riders.
If you want a simple analogy, frat parties were fun when you were in college but I sure don't want to have that experience at my company Christmas party. Nobody else does either.
I have two questions. First, how much release angle - I assume they have some float just by the design. Second, you infer that the cleat pedal interface is strictly between the cleat and the pedal with the shoe essentially taken out of the equation - is that right? If so these may just become a bike fitters dream pedal (for shimming and wedging!)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Long-Term Review: Look S-Track MTB / Cyclocross Pedals – A Stable, Mud-proof Option
It's not the bike ... it's the engine ... should be required reading for all newbies ...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Pro Bike Profile: Raphael Gagne’s Rocky Mountain Solo CXR “Team Edition”
@Ben Rasche You are right- 45psi. I have blown tires off mine at just a bit over 55 - BOOM. However, big rubber at 40-45psi is a fantastic setup for gravel - not so much for road
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Niner Introduces New RLT 9 Gravel / Adventure ’Cross Bike – Interbike 2013
Best BTB to date ... they keep getting better and better.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Behind THE Barriers Episode 5: Providence Cyclo-cross Festival
Thanks Steve. Most people would understand but you reaching out to the community solidifies your companies place as one of the good ones ...
2 months, 1 week ago on Paceline Products Offers Condolences for Amy Dombroski’s Friends and Family
@JonWienandt Go buy a Civilian Le Veut Deluxe ... Not as sexy but they are pretty good bikes and it is what you want ...
2 months, 1 week ago on Team Gates Carbon Drive Showcases New Singlespeed Carbon Drive Bikes from Spot