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  • State Bicycle Co. Megalith Fat Bikes

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    If you’re like many folks out there who toy with the idea of joining the fat bike wave, but balk at the barrier of entry (price), then these new fatties from State Bicycle Co might just push you further embrace the N+1 mindset we all know so well. What I’m saying is, these are priced to leave you some leftover cash while still being highly shreddable. If you don’t already have a fat bike, then the Megalith Fat Bike would make a great first.

    Available in two colors and either configured as a singlespeed or 1×8 drivetrain, these steeds can be yours for  $699 for the singlespeed or $829 for the 8 speed.

    More info over at State Bicycle Co.

  • Paul Component Rasta Quick Release Skewers

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    To celebrate April 20th, Paul Component is offering these Rasta Quick Release Skewers for $55. These QRs would be a great treat to any loyal ride of yours as they’re available in 100mm, 135mm, 170mm and 190mm lengths.

  • Introducing The Speedvagen OG-1

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    The Speedvagen OG-1 is finally available after being a work-in-progress for over a year. Sacha has been working hard to get the Speedvagen Ready-Made program dialed in and the OG-1 road bike is the first model to be added to that family. The OG1 is fully designed, built, painted and assembled in The Vanilla Workshop, bringing a new definition of handbuilt bicycle to the market.

    The Original Gangster OG1 is designed to be a minimalist, no-frills machine that’s bombproof and race-ready while still giving you a nice, smooth ride. You’ll be able to finally get your hands on a Speedvagen without such a long wait now! Their goal is to have the bike delivered to you within 2 weeks of ordering…wowzers.

    Here’s the nitty gritty:

    5 standard sizes ranging from 50 to 58 (50,52,54,56,58).
    2 iconic color options – Matte Army & Matte Lavender.
    Painted in house, utilizing Speedvagen Ghost graphics.
    Berzerker dropouts.
    Integrated seatmast.
    Super light custom drawn steel tubing. (Columbus and True Temper)
    Strategically placed stainless steel reinforcements.

    Componentry:

    Shimano Dura Ace mechanical shifters and rear derailleur.
    Shimano Ultegra front derailleur, cranks and brakes.
    Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels & tires.
    Fizik Antares saddle.
    PRO handlebar wrapped in Cinelli cork tape.
    Ritchey seatpost head & painted PRO PLT stem.
    Painted ENVE 2.0 road fork.

    Continue reading “Introducing The Speedvagen OG-1” »

  • Brooks Sea Otter Ride

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    More from Sea Otter 2016! If you’re gonna be out at the Sea Otter Classic, be sure to swing by the Brooks Booth (135) and join them for a mixed terrain ride – road or cross bikes are recommended. Bring a helmet and don’t forget the hype!

  • Sea Otter Classic: BOSCH eMTB Race

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    The Sea Otter starts tomorrow, April 14th and runs through the 17th. One of the many activities going on is this eMTB Industry Challence Race. The winner will win a $5k cash purse to be donated to a local trail-building non-profit organization of their choice.

    The Race: Compete in the 1st ever eMTB Race at the Sea Otter Classic. Friday, April 15th, 4 PM on the “Swale” (near Dual Slalom). Full course details http://www.seaotterclassic.com/?Course=eMTB+Race
    • The Stakes: One Industry Winner will take the glory…and a $5k cash prize to donate to a local trail-building non-profit organization of their choice.
    • The Rules: Ages 15 and older and all genders are eligible, as long as you currently work within the bicycle industry. No racing license required. Rules on eligible eMTBs – http://www.seaotterclassic.com/index.cfm/competitive_events_eMTB.htm
    • The Sign Up: First 25 people to register will receive complimentary registration. Enter coupon code: EMTBIC2016. Beyond that, normal registration rates of $55 apply.
    No eBike? No worries! Reserve an eMTB for free courtesy of Bosch (while supplies last), contact: eMTBindustrychallenge@gmail.com. So charge up, kit up, and step up for both your company and your local mountain biking association!
  • 2015 Vermont Bicycle Accident Map


    It’s time to address the elephant in the room when it comes to cyclists and cars coexisting in Vermont. I’ve tried to avoid the topic for a while since it enrages me, but after so much talk about the road safety and the North Ave pilot project, I figured I’d weigh in on the subject briefly. As you may know, I no longer live in Vermont but still consider it home. I plan on moving back one day (sooner than later), and the quality of riding is a large factor in my yearning to repatriate to Vermont. While the riding and scenery is amazing, the coexistence between drivers and cyclists as of late both angers and confuses me. Vermont was one of the safest states to ride a bike in until last year…so what exactly happened?

    While the number of fatalities due to traffic accidents in Vermont has significantly decreased over the last few years, we sadly cannot say the same when it comes to cyclist and pedestrian fatalities.

    Throughout recent years, there has been quite the spike in cyclist/pedestrian deaths due to negligent drivers. In a state known for its beautiful scenery, peaceful roads and an abundance of cyclists, the increase in cyclist deaths recently is extremely alarming, for both cyclists like myself and other road users. From 2011 to 2014, there were ZERO cyclist fatalities among those involved in crashes. In 2015, there were four; in 2015 there were 12 deaths. What the hell is going on Vermont?

    Numbers don’t lie, and I don’t like the way they’re looking. Between 2014 and 2015, bicyclists involved in crashes jumped from 77 to 97. This sudden spike in cyclist’s deaths obviously sends a serious message about cars and bicycles co-existing and sharing roads. Aside from the 16 fatalities between 2014 and 2015, dating back to 2005 there was only 1 cyclist fatality in Vermont! This sudden spike is unacceptable.

    The part that really irks me about the whole situation is that it’s not like Vermont doesn’t have infrastructure catering to all road users. Sure, there are certainly roads with little shoulder room and some areas need some maintenance or attention (for example, the whole North Ave project); but the infrastructure hasn’t been to blame for any of the recent deaths, it’s driver’s negligence. In just 1 year, Vermont went from being the safest state for cycling to the most dangerous. Of the 4 cyclist deaths last year, 2 were caused by drunk driving and 1 was due to excessive speed. There is absolutely no excuse for this! Driving is a privilege, not a right. And in order keep that privilege you need to take responsibility for yourself, your passengers and other road users every time you get behind the wheel.

    Despite these deaths being the caused by the poor judgement of a few drivers, the state of Vermont is still taking steps towards making the roads safer. Take the North Ave project for example. It’s the pilot to the “complete streets” initiative created to improve the safety between bicycles, vehicles and pedestrians that share the same corridors and busy roads. The biggest change this initiative will bring is re-configuring busy 4-lane roads  into 2-lane roads with a proper bicycle lane on each side and a turning lane in the center.

    If you’re a cyclist in Vermont and can shed some better light on the subject, I’d love to hear from you.

    Map provided by Schneider & Palcsik – Vermont Personal Injury Attorneys

  • OMATA One: Analog GPS Cycling Computer

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    When I first heard about this analog cycling computer, the OMATA One, I was a bit perplexed. It looks pretty wild, but also so damn good. Watching the needle rise while you accelerate must be quite the experience. With over a year of development and months of preparation before launching, the OMATA Kickstarter is live! Keep reading below for more images (courtesy of Brian Vernor) and the official press release.

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  • Brooks England’s 150th Birthday Celebration: Dashing Bikes

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    This year, Brooks England is celebrating their 150th birthday…which is incredible if you ask my. There aren’t many companies in cycling that have been around that long, especially without changing too much.

    To celebrate their 150th anniversary, Brooks has teamed up with a number of bicycle builders from all over the world to work on their interpretation of “Brooks Bicycle”, creating a project called Dashing Bikes. These bicycles will be produced in limited numbers and sold worldwide.

    The theme uniting all these bicycles is “copper”. Copper is elegant, versatile and is almost synonymous with the Brooks name.

    Pictured here is a Canyon Bicycles commuter. Learn more about this project on the Brooks England Blog.