Kona’s longtime bike designer Dr Dew returns to his starring role in the Dew Files. This time, we follow the wise and effervescent Doug Lafavor as he commutes to work through the bustling streets of Vancouver, British Columbia. Jump on for the ride!
A bicycle chain might not look like much but it’s actually a pretty high-tech piece of engineering. I love seeing all these special machines that test the chain before it’s packaged.Tweet
The Arrowhead Ultra 135, the coldest bike race in the Lower 48, begins one week from today in International Falls, Minnesota. Traversing the 135-mile Arrowhead Trail, it promises promises near-Arctic conditions and nearly always delivers. To finish, let alone win, is a triumph of man and machine over nature. Salsa Cycles‘ Mike “Kid” Riemer has put together this wonderful tribute to an event that is close to his heart.Tweet
To celebrate the beauty and spirit of bicycle travel, the Adventure Cycling Association invites you to submit your best bicycle-touring videos to the second annual Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo. Submissions are welcome from now through June 30.Tweet
What began as a spontaneous idea soon became a trip into the unknown. A grand journey of trusting your given abilities, both physically and mentally. The final Episode ties the knot around the adventure and most important: The story of Erik and Recep riding the shit out of their bikes to Istanbul.Tweet
This is it. The end. The end of boring, lycra-clad, watts-measuring, handup-forbidding, gram-counting, no-fun cyclocross. The Rapture.
Over in our sister magazine, Dirt Rag, we’ve been fans of Transition mountain bikes for years. Now they’ve introduced this new cyclocross model with some nice features: swinging dropouts for geared or singlespeed use, an ED rustproof finish, internal rear brake routing, removable downtube cable guides, a 44mm headtube, and a bad attitude.
Here the UCI World Champion Transition cyclocross team shows us how it works. Can you identify the coach?Tweet
A short film by Chris McCoy and Adam NeustadterTweet
In what seems to be a trend this month, another CEO of a major cycling brand falls on his sword and apologizes to consumers. Here, SRAM’s president Stan Day discusses what led to the recall of all SRAM hydraulic road and cyclocross brakes and what steps consumers should take if they have them. For the latest on the recall, visit sramroadhydraulicbrakerecall.com.Tweet
We’ve long been fans of Swift Industries and its custom and hand-made panniers and bags. See our review of the Polaris Porteur Bag in Issue #22. Now take a peek inside the small, Seattle-based company and meet the personalities that bring your bag to life.Tweet
Episode 2 of the documentary film about two riders’ trek along the Transcontinental race shows how you need to stay flexible in your plans, and the adventure is often the reward. See Episdoe 1 here and the introduction to this amazing, 2,000-mile unsupported race from London to Istanbul here.Tweet
We’re always debating what these types of bikes should be called. They’re not touring bikes per say, but they can certainly tour. They’re less racy than a cyclocross bike. And I don’t even know what a “gravel” bike is supposed to be.
Kona has dubbed them the Freerange, and I think it’s a great name. The Rove and Sutra share a frame, but sport different build-ups, and if you’re looking for something a little more extravagant, there’s the Rove Ti, built in the USA by Lynskey.Tweet
We received this wonderful contribution today from filmmaker Brandon Neubert. Here he describes it in his own words:
My mother is an amazing woman. Because some back problems, she never found the athletic freedom she wanted until she discovered mankind’s greatest machine: The Bicycle. The Bicycle is the epitome of freedom in her life. One day I received a letter from her, describing her experiences out on her bicycle during the magical time of autumn. It touched me very much. I saved it for two years cherishing it and having the desire to share her same experience with others through film. I was finally able to make that dream a reality. She is the voice behind both the narration and the music, and is our showcased cyclist. Like her, I too love this time of year. I call it “The Quiet Season”. I hope this message touches you the same way it touched me. This video is dedicated to her.
Icy Bike Winter Commuting Challenge is not designed to be a competition, more a challenge to those willing to put on some gloves and shoe covers, get out there to show what you’re made of and keep the pedals turning through the winter. Bicycle commute to work 52 times between October 1 and March 31 and not only will you’ve earned badass status, you can attend the Icy Bike Gala. Join the Facebook group to track your progress.
ChainRing Films has even made a short film about the experience, A Winter of Cyclists. Watch the trailer here.Tweet
Martyn Ashton’s first Road Bike Party video was a huge internet sensation, with the trials legend doing things on a road bike that no one had ever seen. The sequel had to be bigger and better, and it doesn’t disappoint.Tweet
Fresh from the Kona Productions Crew, How Bikes Make Cities Cool – Portland, is a five-minute mini documentary that explores the thriving bicycle culture resident to one of North America’s most progressive metropolises. Filmed entirely by bike, with support from longtime Kona Portland dealer Sellwood Cycles and resident Team Kona athletes Erik Tonkin and Matthew Slaven, we spent the better part of a week talking to commuters, following kids to school and capturing the friendly vibe and funky nature of a city that embraces self-propelled commuting at the heart of its identity.Tweet
It’s a shame we can’t get Genesis bikes here in the US. They’ve always made some unique and interesting products. Turns out the bikepacking scene is taking off across the pond as well, and they’ve put together this video of an overnight adventure.Tweet
I just stumbled across this amazing documentary originally shot for the Discovery Channel about the second-ever Iditabike race across Alaska—210 miles of frozen toes and ruddy cheeks. Produced by Mark Forman, it won the Interbike Film Festival in 1994.
The technology (and fashion!) sure has changed over the last 25 years. I can’t wait to see what bikes we’ll be riding 25 years from now.Tweet
We’re excited to announce the launch of the Movers and Makers video series, a partnership with Swobo highlighting inspirational figures throughout the bike industry. Episode 1 profiles Chris Igleheart, who has been building frames since forever. Igleheart was recently hit by a car while riding his bike and Swobo helped organize a fundraiser. This footage was shot before the accident and we hear he is on the mend.Tweet
I’m digging this video from Butchers & Bicycles starring the MK1, a cargo bike that tilts into turns, giving you uncompromising performance for such a big machine.
The MK1 is designed and built in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking district, and is expected to go into production in 2014.Tweet