Guest column by Adrian Montgomery
There was a common theme during this year’s Global Fat Bike Summit in Ogden, Utah: fat biking is not a fad. Many statements in Summit presentations were preceded with, “I used to think differently about fat bikes, until I tried one.” The Summit provided the opportunity to throw a leg over the industry’s finest products for the uninitiated to the disciple.
There was a diverse group of attendees at the Summit, an event largely overlooked by the big brands in the Bike Industry. Land managers, enthusiasts and niche product suppliers all huddled up to address access issues, talk best practices for grooming and how to deal with potential user conflicts. Sounds pretty organized for a fad. IMBA was on hand too, and when Mike Van Abel compared the fat bike movement to the early years of mountain biking it was clear that this movement has the wheels to roll-over growth obstacles.Tweet Print
Photos by David Gabrys/45NRTH
The frozen feats of strength known as the Arrowhead 135 started Monday morning and 45NRTH sponsored rider Jay Petervary took the win in his first attempt, finishing the 135 miles in 20 hours and 11 minutes.
Though it was his first crack at the race, Petervary is no stranger to these types of races. He has won the Iditarod Trail Invitational (350 AND 1,100-mile versions), the Tour Divide and now the Arrowhead.
Armed with nearly a full fleet of 45NRTH gear, he likely stayed pretty toasty warm, even as temperatures hit -30 degrees overnight.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said that Petervary set a record in the Arrowhead. The record is actually held by Todd McFadden at 14 hours 20 minutes.
Composer Johnnyrandom breaks new ground with musical compositions made exclusively from everyday objects. His debut single, “Bespoken”, explores the full potential of sounds generated from bicycles and their components, transcending the role of traditional instrumentation as the accepted method for creating beautiful and thought-provoking music. The following video gives a glimpse into the creative process behind this unique composition.
- Original Music Composition & Sound Design: Johnnyrandom
- Director of Photography: Devin Whetstone
- Mastered by AudibleOddities.
- Editor: Blake Bogosian, Beast
- Graphic Design: Lisa Mishima
- Motion Design: Chris Kelly
- Colorist: Eric Pascua, Beast
- Producer: Flip Baber
- “Bespoken” on iTunes
- “Bespoken (Inverted MTB Remix) on iTunes
- “Bespoken” – A breakdown of selected sound elements
When Velocity moved production of its rims from Australia to Jacksonville, Florida, it had a lot of leftover rims that weren’t quite up to their standards. Rather than scrap them, they gave them a new lease on life as hand-made coat hangers.
Each Deep V rim is cut into sections in Grand Rapids, Michigan, then affixed with a hook made from a Velocity 14g spoke and topped with two DT Swiss brass nipples.
They are available now in the Velocity online store either individually or in packs of 4. Get yours now, because when they’re gone, they’re likely gone for good.
If you find yourself thirsty for a beer while in the St. Petersburg, Florida, area, check out Cycle Brewing at 534 Central Avenue, located in the heart of the business district. This small bicycle themed brewery opened six months ago and serves just beer, no food. It’s a fairly open space, dimly lit with a few tables tucked into semi-private areas. A large garage door on the front of the building opens on to the sidewalk, and in January it let in a comforting, cool breeze.
Cycle Brewing’s four fermenting tanks equal a seven-barrel system and when I strolled into the brewery during my vacation there were twelve beers on tap. According to bartender Jose Perez, most pints are $5 each but on Tuesdays they’re all $4. Growlers of select beer are $8 and happy hour specials are daily from 3-6 p.m.
I tried a pint of Unicycle Mosaic which features Mosaic hops. Beyond the distinctively hoppy flavor are citrus notes balanced in a light body of gold color. Up next was the medium bodied Ryerish Red. It has deep flavors of rye and went well with the chilly night. Wheelie is a malty offering and combined with the other nine beers ready for consumption, there’s something pleasing for everyone’s taste buds.
Be sure to check out the custom taps fabricated from old bike parts by Ted “Moto Ace” Lee of St. Pete Bicycle and Fitness. The locally made artwork adorning the walls is also for sale, and a hodge-podge of cranks and sprockets melded together by Brad Augsburger creates an interesting looking table. With plans for a bike rack and a little more remodeling of the interior, Cycle Brewing should become a staple for the area and on your short list for places to quench your thirst after a day on the beach or an evening exploring the gulf coast by bike. Be sure to have cash in hand because credit cards are not accepted. Enjoy!Tweet Print
Founded in the same year that the Eiffel Tower was built, Mavic celebrates its 125 year anniversary in 2014. Watch this video and discover what makes Mavic so special: creative, engaging, pioneering, and inspired by deep roots in the French cycling culture.
Via Headset Press.Tweet Print
There is a panoply of excuses we can choose from when wimping out of cold weather riding. Some of them have more validity than others—but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be overcome. I’d like to address a couple of physical limitations that can be good reasons to bow out of a cold ride, but that don’t necessarily need to stop you, especially in their milder forms.
Asthma and Raynauds are two such ailments that affect many cyclists, but become even more of an issue in the cold.Tweet Print
We’ve already covered a lot about proper cold weather riding gear (like jackets and footwear) for the high latitude areas where the dropping mercury effects our kit choices. But what about when your face starts leaking on those frigid morning commutes?
No worries friends, I got your back. What I’ve begun to understand is that there is a constant battle to arrive at your destination without strange excrement frozen to your face.Tweet Print
At the Women’s Cycling Forum that was part of the National Bike Summit last March, many of us were introduced to a founder of a movement that is helping to fill a crucial gap in cycling: Veronica O. Davis of Black Women Bike. Davis and two friends started the group as a local organization in Washington, D.C., and are building the foundation to take it to the national level. Davis’ efforts are a natural outgrowth of her professional life in civil engineering, which she believes involves “using transportation as a tool to positively affect people’s lives.”Tweet Print
As we continue to work our way up the body, I’m going to cover the ins and outs of keeping your torso toasty.
You knew that already didn’t you?
I’ll cover two different systems that work well for me into the low twenties.Tweet Print