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Malibu Gran Fondo

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Assos is an official partner of the Malibu Granfondo, and they are offering three lucky winners the opportunity to experience the Granfondo firsthand. Each winner will receive two nights accommodations at the Four Seasons Westlake, two entries into the 2017 Malibu Granfondo and two Assos Malibu Granfondo jerseys. Enter to win here.



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Enve SES 3.4 Wheelset, Road Seatpost and Road Disc Fork

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On Thursday, Enve released three updated products that should excite folks riding road and gravel bikes. First and most exciting is the update to the SES 3.4 wheelset. Changes include a a new tubeless rim design, and a wider profile suited for a 25mm tire. The new wheelsets weigh in at 1331 grams for the rim brake with Enve carbon hubs, and 1403 grams for the disc brake with DT Swiss 240 hubs. The 3.4 wheels have traditionally been one of Enve’s best sellers, and these new versions are sure to be a big improvement. Also released Thursday is a new road seatpost. (more…)



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Yakima Showcase 15

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The record snowfall recorded at Mammoth Mountain this winter has given me the opportunity to ski often, and thus the opportunity to spend plenty of quality time with the Showcase 15 cargo box from Yakima. For a skier, a cargo box is a necessity, as hauling around skis and ski boots is a space eating chore. Being able to safely and easily carry this equipment on the roof of your car or wagon is definitely the way to go. Wet and dirty equipment can easily stow out of harm’s way, and away from luggage and groceries, or whatever else you might carry in the back or in the trunk. The Showcase 15 from Yakima is part of the top tier collection, and this particular model has 15 cubic feet of storage, and is sized for an average wagon such as my Volvo XC70 pictured above. The sizing chart on the Yakima site shows a maximum ski length of 180cm skis, but I easily stow my 184cm skis without any concern. In addition to my family’s skis, 4 pair in total, I am able to pack four pairs of ski boots. Topping off the load is the trusty sled that travels with us on each trip to the mountains, but sadly rarely gets used. At least it enjoys the trip. (more…)



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Allied Cycle Works

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This week saw the arrival of PressCamp in Southern California. Select companies participate in a small gathering designed to showcase products to various cycling media. I tried keeping tabs on the event, and I think one of the most interesting companies to be showcased has to be Allied Cycle Works. Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, the company is the brainchild of Tony Karklins, formally of Orbea Bicycles. Tony wanted to build carbon fiber bicycles in the United States, and when Guru Cycles declared bankruptcy, and all their frame building and painting equipment was auctioned, Tony was able to buy it and move it to Little Rock where Allied Cycle Works was born. The Alfa, pictured above, is the first release from Allied, and judging from the announced specs, as well as from an aesthetic point of view, the bicycle is quite stunning. Allied will start accepting orders today. Expect additional models to be announced in the near future or possibly at NAHBS. It is always exciting to learn about a new bicycle company, and even better when it’s a company that’s manufacturing in America.

 

 



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2017, Or, The Year Of Uncertainty!

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I didn’t mean to let 11 days pass without posting, but I think the massive amount of change taking place in our country, as well as around the world, has had me losing a bit of sleep worrying about it all. I’m all for change, but only if it makes sense and ultimately benefits humanity. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the changes I’m seeing don’t bode well for humanity, and everything I read in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times only seems to affirm my suspicions. I realize it’s useless to try to change things you are powerless to change, but that only adds to my stress. The last few months have not been easy. (more…)



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A Year End List

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Many blogs and magazines have gotten into the habit of printing year end lists, so I thought I would put together my own interpretation of this tradition. 2016 is not a year many will want to recall, but there were some things worth noting in cycling and clothing that brightened prospects for riders. And so it begins. (more…)



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A Regular Day Turns Into Anything But

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Bent and twisted is not the way I wanted to present the best commuter bike I have ever ridden. The bike in question is the Schindelhauer Ludwig XIV, and I have had it in my possession since late May. With the exception of a month-long stay in Europe, I have ridden the bike daily to work and It has quickly become my absolute favorite city bike. From the internal Rohloff hub, to the hydraulic disc brakes from Formula, to the comfortable but incredibly speedy geometry of the Schindelhauer frame, this bike is meant to be enjoyed.

But….now for the reason the bike is bent. Last Thursday, a seemingly normal day, I was happily riding to work enjoying the air and the bike, and thinking about the meetings I had coming up. (more…)



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Bell Zephyr MIPS Helmet

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Bell has reemerged as a top of the line helmet maker with the release of the Zephyr MIPS. It has been some time since Bell released a new helmet, so the stakes were definitely high. To compete with the best from the other companies, MIPS was essential to the design. For the uninitiated, MIPS is short for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. In short, MIPS technology helps to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts. The technology was developed by Swedish neurosurgeon Hans von Holst, and it is being adopted by most helmet manufacturers. (more…)



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Hey man, is that a road bike?

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Hey man, is that a road bike?

By Simon Cocks

I heard that question a couple of times riding along the fire roads in the Santa Monica mountains recently. I was aboard Cervelo’s relatively new C5 Endurance bike, which combines slightly more relaxed geometry than their road equivalents, Shimano disc brakes, space for bigger tires and Dura-Ace Di2 shifting.  As a dyed-in-the-wool roadie, this was a first experience of rougher roads (not exactly single-track, but challenging enough) using a bike that upon first glance looks like a regular road bike, and to be honest feels just about as lively as a road bike should. Light weight, compact gearing (The bike had a 50/34 Rotor crank), slick Di2 shifting (you mean I have to go back to using my fingers and thumbs after this..?) and a very solid-feeling bottom bracket meant the bike was really responsive to inputs, especially climbing some steep sections in the rough.   (more…)



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