Feedback Sports Velo Hinge

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The thing about bikes, is sometimes you aren’t riding them.  Feedback Sports had a pretty slick option at Interbike this year- one that might cost a little more than a $2 hook, but it looks a lot better, and allows for closer packing of bikes- you might be able to fit 6 in the space that you could fit 5 before.  Turning your wall into something like a poster display rack at Walmart- but in a good way.

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I’m not certain the max tire width that’ll fit, but for most bikes out there, It’ll be just fine.  $24.99 and it’s yours.

Those folks at Feedback sure do have some thinkers on staff. Keep it up!

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The Blackburn Ranger Program

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Interested in being a brand ambassador for Blackburn?  Here’s your chance.

They are looking for “Rangers” for 2014, and you have until February 15th to apply.  This from Blackburn:

Are you a cyclist with an adventurous soul? Someone who likes to capture your stories along the road? Maybe you’re a seasoned bikepacker, well-versed in traversing back roads and trails. Maybe you’re just getting into adventure cycling – testing out overnight trips and yearning for more.  Definitely you’re somebody who passionately believes in the idea that viewing the world can be better by bike.

At Blackburn we design product for those who embody this spirit of adventure, and in support of this community we’re recruiting 4 new brand ambassadors for 2014.  Nicknamed “Rangers”, our ambassadors provide the ultimate test of our products and bring them into real world situations as they tackle journeys along the Pacific Coast and Great Divide routes. Blackburn Rangers work directly with our designers and engineers to deliver invaluable product feedback as well as advocate for bicycling touring, share their journeys and adventures along the routes and encourage everyone to get “Out There.”
 If you’re interested in traveling the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route or the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route and sharing your stories along the way–as well as testing out our latest and greatest gear–you just might be the perfect candidate to be a Blackburn Ranger.
You can check out a number of their videos like the one below, on their WEBSITE.

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The Swobo Road Show, with Van Halen

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Swobo has a windowless van and a plan.  They are hitting the road onboard the van, Halen to spread the good word of Swobo- while sharing pizza and beer with those lucky enough to cross paths with them on this trip around these United States.  They have a tentative schedule, connecting with shops from Colorado to South Carolina.  (Unfortunately they are skipping Alaska this time around.)

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetThe tentative details:

Also keep an eye out on the website- because they have a few new bikes coming out.  One being:  The Mutineer.  A single speed specific mountain bike(ish) offering that looks like loads of fun.  An alloy frame with a 27.5″ wheelset (with Kenda Honeybadger tires,) it’s belt drive compatible, has a (80mm) suspension corrected rigid fork, disc brakes, a bunch of Swobo parts, and it comes in at a cool $999.  That’s like Evil and a half.  Only available in matte black, because you don’t really need anything else.  I cop’d a photo from BikeRumor, who will be following the tour with internet postings and the like.

Swobo_MutineerThe bike should be on the Swobo site here in the next few days, and it ships in March.

So if they’re coming through your town-  pinch Murph’s cheek, get to know the bikes, and drink all the beers- as I would do.

 

 

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Santa Cruz Jackal

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Santa Cruz brought out a new video for The Jackal- their dirt jump bike.  It stars Logan Peat, Josh Bryceland and a beautiful 1949 GM 4101 Union Pacific Streamliner- as well as some great CA shot locations.  I want to make it down to Santa Cruz to see the Casey family and ride some of the prettiest coast (in my opinion) of California.

 

Santa Cruz Jackal from Santa Cruz Bicycles on Vimeo.

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Cold-Rolled. Fatbike singletrack in Marquette, Michigan

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Fat bikes don’t always mean slow bikes.  In Marquette, Michigan and places with more ridership than we see in small town Alaska, people are getting together to make trails.  Not only slow and steady trails, these folks have the need for some speed.  Marquette is making great strides to promote winter trails, and they’re making a movie about it.  Here’s what they’ve got- 15 miles of winter singletrack? Yes please:

COLD ROLLED-Full Length Film from Clear & Cold Cinema on Vimeo.

Not bad if you ask me.
Well done.
Check out Clear & Cold Cinema on FB

As well as all the trailers and edits on Vimeo

And then, who wants to go to Marquette with me? http://www.travelmarquettemichigan.com/

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Transition Bikes welcomes The Rapture.

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What can be said of this new cyclocross offering by Transition Bikes, out of Ferndale Washington.  Well, it looks an awful lot like a normal weekend of cross racing with Hodala.  But they did make a video and if you wonder what SSCX is all about, this covers most of it.  Minus the riser bars.  And add more beer.

Nice video, boys.

The bikes looks pretty good.  Chromoly frame & fork (with a rust-resistant coating,) disc brakes, run it geared or single… $600 frameset.  Comes in neon green or matte black.

Check it out at Transition Bikes

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SSWC in Alaska for 2014

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The Single Speed World Championships will take place in Anchorage, Alaska in 2014.  July 18-20. Coming back to the USA after it’s been overseas since 2010.  It’s travels have taken it most recently to Italy and South Africa, Ireland and New Zealand before that.

As “officially” as any shitshow can begin- the first SSWC took place in California in 1999.  I have never taken the opportunity to compete or attend one before, but this year I may just have a chance.  Or not.  Unfortunately for me it takes place smack dab in my four-month fishing season and I’ll likely be found in the middle of Prince William Sound, sulking with jellyfish dripping on me from the net above.

For others though- that have jobs that they can take some time off of, I’d highly suggest getting your ass to the 49th state for this one.  Anchorage is not well known for urban cycling- in fact I’ve found it one of the sketchiest places to ride (predominately in winter.)  Drivers are quite aggressive towards cyclists, even more so than the moose you may cross on the paths.  However, Anchorage is also home to a wonderful grid of trails, with Kincaid Park being the city’s crown jewel.  They have CX races in town at the parks, MTB races at Kincaid.  It’s pretty bad ass. And it’s in the Last Frontier.  No, not space- that’s the Final Frontier.   Drink bears and get mauled by beers!

Grab your single speed: mountain bike, sweet fixie, cross bike, tall bike, unicycle (if you’re from Portland,) or whatever other contraption you want to ride and buy a ticket.

Anyway, get your shit together and your head in the game.  When registration opens, it’ll fill up fast.  There’s a webpage and a Facebook and more info to come- so look alive!

For info go to:

WEBSITE

FACEBOOK

 

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