Modify Watches let’s you rep your favorite cycling brand, or go full custom

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I’ll admit I’m a bit of a watch nut so I was I wanted to share this new timekeeping option for cycling fans – or really anyone who wants something unique. Everything these days is about standing out from the crowd. Brands like Timbuk2 and Chrome offer custom products, and even Trek is in on the action with its Project One bikes.

Modify Watches was launched from a crowd-funding effort and offers stock or custom watches for less than $100. You can choose a pre-made template, use the online configuration to build your own, or even send in your own design and have it printed on the watch face. The cycling industry is getting in on the action with plenty of brands and styles to choose from.

Modify has made custom watches for SRAM,Pinarello, Ritte Racing, Hodala Cyclocross Team,Cyclehawk, Godspeed Courier and Levi’s GranFondo to name a few. Shops such as One On One Bicycle in Minneapolis and West End Bikes in Portland are signed on to carry custom watches as well as stock options. If you’re a brand or bike shop, get in touch with Modify to learn about making your own.

Want to let loose on the weekend but need to be serious at the office? You can purchase an extra strap for just $15 and switch the face out in seconds.

What do you think? Should we make a Bicycle Times watch?

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Blackburn welcomes class of 2014 Blackburn Rangers

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Created in 2012 to embody the culture of adventure, the Blackburn Ranger program supports cyclists that the brand admires on their journeys along the Pacific Coast and the Great Divide. This year, the brand has added four new adventure cyclists into the 2014 Blackburn Ranger “Out There” program.

To continue the legacy and spirit that Founder Jim Blackburn built in 1975, the Ranger program is created from a simple and effective people-and-product-first approach with everything it touches. This no-nonsense style provides in the field product development feedback that gets fast-tracked for future innovation and also places community first. Ultimately, the program encourages everyone to ‘get out there.’

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In Print: Chasing Walter Greaves (for 45,000 miles)

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By Léo Woodland, Illustration by Rich Kelly.

It’s been held by General De Gaulle’s chauffeur, by a professional, by several amateurs… yet never, so far as I know, by an American. It’s the record for the greatest distance covered in a year. And 75 years ago this winter the record was broken by the oddest man of all, and certainly the most disagreeable.

Walter Greaves had reason to think little of the world. For a start, he had only one arm. But he developed his grievance into such an unpleasant personality that one member of his old club told me he didn’t dare reflect on the old record-breaker “for fear of what I may say about him.”

The idea for a one-year distance record was born in the days when bike companies advertised the reliability of what they made. Working men bought bicycles and they wanted them as indestructible as themselves. What better proof than a bike that had gone further in a year than any before?

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Post on Instagram and you could win an Oregon Manifest bike

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How do you have fun on your bike in the city? Share your urban bike fun with us on Instagram and and you could be one of the first to own an Oregon Manifest winning Bike Design Project bike!

Oregon Manifest is a design and construction competition to create the ultimate urban transportation bike. Five teams in five cities are planning, designing and constructing their own bikes to be unveiled July 25. The public can then vote on its favorite design and the winner will be put into full-scale production by Fuji Bikes!

To share your inspiration, post your good times on Instagram before July 17 and include #urbanbikefun and @oregonmanifest in the caption. The Bike Design Project crew will choose the most interesting, creative image.

The winner will receive one of Oregon Manifest’s Bike Design Project winning bikes to be produced by Fuji Bikes. Open to US residents only. By posting a photo you agree to the following contest rules found here. CONTEST ENDS ON JULY 17! Winners will be announced on Tuesday, July 21.

See some of the entries here.

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San Francisco newspaper turns to bikes for delivery

Bicycle culture is big in San Francisco, big enough in fact, that more than a thousand readers of the San Francisco Public Press, a non-profit local newspaper, kicked in more than $30,000 in a crowdfunding campaign to begin delivering the newspaper by bike. The total more than doubled its original goal of $10,000, and got a big bonus from the Knight Foundation which added $10,000 in matching funds. The first bike-delivery issues will begin hitting the streets later this month.

Get the story here courtesy of KPIX San Francisco:

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Cycling in a skirt? Try this trick

Ladies (and gents I guess) who ride in a skirt can find it difficult to keep from flashing everyone around you. But this little trick courtesy of CycleHack uses just a penny and a gumband*.

In the near future you can even head over to pennyinyourpants.co.uk and order a more stylized version that will keep your skirt’s fabric from getting bunched up. The proceeds will benefit the women’s cycling team in Afghanistan.

Go ahead and try it, and let us know how it works!

* Yes, I said “gumband” and not “rubber band” because I’m proud of my Pittsburgh roots!

 

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