Betty Foy is now Cheviot Click here to see the Cheviot. We used…



Betty Foy is now Cheviot

Click here to see the Cheviot. We used to have the blue Betty Foys, which lots of guys wanted repainted and decorated with manly “Yves Gomez” decals. Now as of May 2014 we have this intersex/gender-neutral, neutered sheep-themed step-thru bike Cheviot. It’s orange. It’s named after a Scottish sheep prized for it’s wool and yummy taste.

I’m so glad I was gifted a Betty before it became Cheviot.

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Bamboobee Build It Yourself Bamboo Bicycle Kit – $170

image00 Bamboobee produces their own complete bamboo and aluminum bicycles, and using what they’ve learned over the past couple of years is ready to introduce a Build It Yourself bamboo bicycle kit. Each kit will ship with a single use jig, a complete set of bamboo tubes, stainless dropouts, an aluminum headtube and bottom bracket shell, and all of the hemp twine and wire you need to complete the project. The amazing part is that the planned crowdfunding price is just $170 for a single kit, making it a tempting purchase no matter how many project bikes are already in the garage. I’d be willing to bet this kit will be very popular, I know I’d love to tinker with one — why not? See more details at Prefundia.

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Interbike’s Best in Show

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We came, trekked the show floor for hours each day, talked specs until our throats went hoarse, and invaded Vegas with bikes for a solid week. In many ways, Las Vegas is a strange place to hold a bike show, but when you consider how indulgent we cyclists can be, it kinda makes sense. Viva Las Interbike!

It’s great to see companies have fun with their booths, especially the ones that make something interactive, because navigating through the labyrinth this is the Mandalay Bay convention hall can be daunting, and checking out all the latest in bikes and gear is the ultimate tease when you can’t hop on and go for a quick spin. Here’s what made our Best In Show list:

  • DZR – Most Creative Display – DZR went wild with Rita the bearded dragon, a few goldfish and a furry little tarantula.
  • Abus – Most Fun Booth – with a locked box full of poker chips and a lock, Abus had people scurrying back and forth to partner booths near and far to pick up a key that might unlock the case.

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  • Ryders Eyeware – Most Disturbing Display – is that a dead horse? Uh…rider down!
  • Mission Workshop and Acre Supply for Best Recreation of an Outdoor Setting – The smell and feel of actual grass below your feet really made us wonder what the heck we were all doing inside a convention hall.
  • Chrome Industries for Best Spot to Chill – As if churning out shoes and custom bags on-site wasn’t enough, the DJ’s, karaoke, beer and plenty of picnic table seating made the Urban Yard the ideal spot to be – a respite amid the clusterfuck of angles that made up the show floor.

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  • Gary Fisher for Best Dressed – Plaid is rad.

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Everybody Follow Me: Party At Old Man Brooks’s House!

Remember when you were young and some rich kid's parents went away to St. Barths so you all went over to his house to hang out?  Remember how much nicer everything was--the TV with all the cable channels, the en suite bidet, the giant fridge with a door like a meat locker that the butler had to open for you?  Then remember you stole the old man's rare Ferrari and went on an charmingly irreverent coming-of-age tear through Chicago?

Well, I'm going to L'Eroica in a couple of weeks, and guess what?  Brooks let me use their blog and that's where today's post is, so now let's go trash the place!


Not only that, but I'll be returning to the Brooks Blog for regular monthly guest stints--that is until somebody throws their bidet out the window.  But pending that, it's very kind of Brooks to indulge me, and here's a picture showing the very embodiment of their indulgence:


(Eric "The Chamferer" Murray cannot believe stupid I am, yet still he indulges me by not cutting me.)

So enjoy the blog and let's all meet back here tomorrow.

Also, remember: if Brooks wants to know who smeared pâté all over the big-screen TV, we have no idea, because we were at the library studying all day.


--Wildcat Rock Machine


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Maniacc Dblocks Beastmode Wheelie King

“I play chicken with a Mac Truck.” This guy has the wheelie gene for sure, and potentially a death wish.

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Cinelli Rider Collection


Cinelli recently introduced their Rider Collection caps, each one designed in part by one of their riders. The video above is with repeated winner of the Red Hook Crit, Neil Bezdek, explaining his introduction into bikes, work with the New York Bikeshare, and collaboration with Cinelli.

Caps can be purchased here.

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3 foot law today and the yellow centerline

Note: Don’t forget – San Jose Bike Train rolls Wednesday morning, 8 AM from Diridon Station.

California’s three foot passing law takes effect today. In spite of the predictions by a few dozen malcontents who predicted gridlock on California roads, nothing much happened. As of this writing, three bicycle crashes have been called into the CHP statewide today, which is about average. Ho hum.


Crossing the centerline to pass

Nationally, there has been some discussion about the legality of crossing the yellow line when passing a very slow moving vehicle like a typical bike. When the California legislature first passed a three foot bill in 2011, it contained a provision to allow motorists to cross the yellow center line when passing a cyclist. Governor Jerry Brown said this was unsafe and vetoed the bill.



I think most cyclists understand that the yellow line is warranted to warn drivers that passing is unsafe, but there are locations where sight lines might be insufficient for passing a vehicle traveling near the speed limit in a 45 MPH zone, but there’s plenty of room for a cyclist pushing uphill at 10 MPH. As the video above from Santa Cruz County shows, crossing the yellow line can be perfectly safe.

Eli Damon and Steven Goodridge go in depth on the history, reasoning, and safety of the the yellow centerline with mixed speed traffic over at iamtraffic.org.

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Flooded streets are just another part of Charleston’s…



Flooded streets are just another part of Charleston’s charm—until you have to bike home in three feet of water. Yesterday I got drenched. My boots still have water in them. It was raining so hard, one of my contacts got knocked out. These are the unglamorous parts of bike commuting.

But you should watch this video of people having fun in the flood.

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Mangia! An appetizer before Wednesday.

Good day to you!

I regret to inform you that, owing to various obligations and miscellaneous whatnots, today's blogular post will be somewhat truncated.  This also has something to do with it:

 

Yes, I "curated" this cannoli-eating "edit" myself, and its significance will be revealed in the not-too-distant future.

Possibly.

Also, further to yesterday's post, a commenter had this to say:

Lyscii said...

Lol, surprised to see my ad here. I needed a longer seatpost when I built up that Bianchi, and a friend sold me that seatpost super cheap. As soon as the deal was done, he tells me that the post once belonged to Bike Snob NYC. As the story went, both were at a bike polo match, Bike Snob was having issues with a seatpost slipping, my friend happened to have one lying around that was .2mm bigger, and they traded. Sucks that it turns out not to be true, but I guess an effective tactic to sell a bike, as it sold this afternoon.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 AT 12:39 AM

This is patently absurd, and I am shocked and appalled at the implication that I participate in bike polo matches.  I mean sure, fine, I tried bike polo ONE TIME:


But that was only because I was in Portland doing research for an article I was writing:


So does it have to haunt me for the rest of my life?

Apparently so.

Furthermore, the bicycle pictured did not belong to me.  Rather, it was lent to me for the occasion by the bicycle poloists, who to a man were almost disgustingly friendly and good-natured.

It was also on that same trip that I competed in the Single Speed Cyclocross Single Speed World Singlespeed Championships For Singlespeed Bicycles, and I can assure you I was truly unique because I wasn't wearing a costume.


(I'm totally stealing all these photos from my erstwhile Outside editor's photostream.)

When racing bikes in Portland, sincerity is the boldest form of irreverence.

While I'm waxing nostalgic on the Mustache of Time, this was also the race in which Stevil Kinevil of All Hail the Black Market and I faced off for a sprint finish so dramatic that the entire race fell away around us and for a brief moment we were the only two riders at the Portland International Raceway, or indeed on the planet earth.  He'll tell you I won and I'll tell you he won, and the only thing that's certain is that neither of us had any idea what lap we were on--but as far as we were both concerned, the race was over.  And ultimately, who won really doesn't matter, because the only loser that day was dignity.

Speaking of Stevil and cyclocross, if you're following this whole "Beergate" thing (and I can't blame you if you're not), he recently had the definitive word on heckling:

Let me be perfectly clear- I learned from some of the finest hecklers in this region’s history, and have been doing it for far longer than some of the aforementioned dicks have been riding bikes. Rule number one is to never, under any circumstances interfere with the race. You wanna throw beer on somebody? Throw beer on your friends at your local event. Or save it for a guy in an orange jumpsuit. Beyond that, if you don’t know the difference between a creative and funny heckle and a bald faced insult, keep for stupid mouth shut. It’s so painfully simple, yet clearly piles of people don’t get it.

Stevil is living proof that it takes true class to be a dirtbag.

Penultimately, I'd like to remind certain people that YES I'VE SEEN THE NAKED MIDRIFF PICTURE already:


While Stevil Kinevil may be the cycling world's heckling expert, when it comes to Colombia and partial nudity there is no greater authority than Klaus of Cycling Inquisition, who sums up the "controversy" thusly:

Their statement says that the team has been racing with this kit for nine months. It was designed by one of the team's riders, Angie Tatiana Rojas, and (as you might expect) appears more salacious in these photos due to shadows. The statement from the Cycling League of Bogota says, "this uniform was not designed with any malice whatsoever, and there was no intent in trying to objectify our athletes, or use them in such a manner for the sake of exposure for the sponsor." They also say that the kit was vetted and approved by the rider's teammates, though many assumed that the riders were being used, and objectified.

So there you go, and if you're worried about women being objectified then worry about the riders who participated in that Mario Cipollini "training camp:"


That was back in March of 2012, so the illegitimate children from that camp should be almost two years old now!

Time sure does fly.

Lastly, the California "three feet rule" has just gone into effect, so here's some safe passing porn:


You know who also gives three feet?  Here's a hint: he's oily, he's a former professional bike racer, and he's the father of fifteen illegitimate two year-olds.

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Taiwan: The Bicycle Kingdom

The Financialist recently published this article on what the expected growth of the bicycle industry over the next five years means for the Taiwanese economy, Taiwan: The Bicycle Kingdom.

The global bike market is expected to grow from $51 billion in 2014 to $65 billion in 2019 – a 5.2 percent annual increase – according to a report by NPD Group.

China, the world’s largest producer of bicycles, stands to benefit from the increased demand. But it won’t be the only one. Although the country produces 67 percent of the world’s bicycles, most of them are low-end units that sell for less than $100 apiece. The real winner is actually Taiwan.

Instead of engaging in a race to the bottom, Taiwan’s largest bicycle makers instead ceded the low end of the market to China and began shifting their focus to mid- and high-end bikes. As a result, the average selling price of Taiwan’s bikes has increased nearly five-fold over the past decade, and the island’s total bike exports nearly tripled, to $1.2 billion in 2009 from $480 million in 2002.

Read the full article at www.thefinancialist.com

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