We were enamored with Trek’s “spring classic” Domane bike when we reviewed it last year. This summer we have both a rim brake Domane and the new disc-brake version in for reviews, so order a subscription now to be sure you don’t miss them.
The spring classics are a collection of races unlike any other. The terrain, the weather, the fans, and their prominence in the peloton all make for a bright spotlight in the darker months. To get their man to the line, Trek Factory Racing’s battle-tested team of mechanics deploy an array of seemingly eccentric modifications to the team’s bikes.
The second installment of this video series opens on a crisp autumn day in a picturesque village north of Montreal. We follow two young women catching up over a cup of coffee after their yoga session in the park.Tweet
Cuba underwent a bicycle revolution in the 1990s during its five year ‘Special Period’. Oil was scarce as a result of tough economic constraints, and throughout those years of austerity, bicycles where introduced as an alternative mode of transport. Thousands of Cubans used bicycles on a regular basis, as pedaling became the norm on the island.
Years later, the transportation crisis subsided and motorized vehicles returned, and the country’s bicycle culture took a hit. Now, new bikes are difficult to come by and parts are not readily available, yet many Cubans still use bicycles daily and, despite the limited resources, a handful of mechanics provide a service to those who rely on their bikes in their everyday lives.
Plenty of cyclists roam the streets of Havana and the rest of Cuba. Ángel, a typical bike riding Habanero, provides a brief insight into Cuban bicycle culture and the importance of bike mechanics in the capital as we come across both riders and repairmen.Tweet
“Deep down inside, most folks just want the freedom of choice,” says Mayor A. C. Wharton, Jr., of Memphis, one of the most pro-bike mayors in the country. Adding to the choices is the rise of protected bike lanes in Memphis and beyond, which make riding in the city safer and more comfortable.
Promoting that choice is the Green Lane Project, created to help cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. It focuses on on protected bike lanes, which are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars, or posts. Protected bike lanes are part of a connected system for biking around town, which is an essential ingredient of a great place to live and work. They are a simple tool to transform city streets into places where more people feel comfortable riding a bike, making it easier to get around, save money, and live an active life.Tweet
Argonaut Cycles, the one-man custom carbon fiber frame shop of Ben Farver, introduced its latest project, the disc brake Space Bike at the Rouge Roubaix. The race is 106-miles of “true grit” traversing some of the worst roads in Louisiana and Mississippi. Argonaut bikes are built by hand, one at a time, with custom geometry and layup for the ultimate in ride perfection. It was even awarded Best Layup and Best in Show at the 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. This short film by Brian Vernor captures it in action.Tweet
From 1995 to 1997, Adventure Cycling Association mapped the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, the longest off-pavement mountain-bike route in the world spanning 2,774 miles from Canada to Mexico along the spine of the Rocky Mountains. Now, Adventure Cycling and Co-Motion Cycles, in association with Revelate Designs, present highlights from the route and gear suggestions for cyclists wishing to tackle the entire Great Divide, or a short section.
Has the Great Divide Route inspired any of your own adventures, either past or planned?
Last summer, two Alaskan explorers embarked on a journey from Cook Island to Bristol Bay, Alaska, and turned the adventure into a film, “Hunting For Monsters”. Now the film is available to rent or buy from Vimeo On Demand.
Lake Iliamna, Alaska’s largest lake, is home to many native communities, the worlds largest sockeye salmon run, potential site of the controversial Pebble Mine and the elusive Lake Monster – Illie. On a hot mid-July, Bjørn and Brent were deposited to the far shore of Cook Inlet in a landing craft cargo ship and began their human powered journey through Iliamna country to Bristol Bay, hoping to catch a glimpse of the illusive creature and slice of Alaska where monsters can still roam free.
Brought to you by Swobo and Bicycle Times. Movers and Makers is a series of interviews and short videos about people that inspire us in the bicycle industry. Builders, bakers, artists, makers–people that are doing cool things and motivate us on a daily basis. See previous episodes here.Tweet
This is My Opus is a five-part video series from Opus Bicycles that examines bike riders and the forces that drive them. It explores their varied lifestyles and offers intimate insights into the complex role cycling plays in their lives. The Commuter, the first installment in the series, profiles cyclists in their day-to-day urban environment.Tweet
I really enjoyed this quick illustrated film of the history of bicycle design. Have you ridden any of these?Tweet
Fairdale Bikes has a unique and, um… brave R&D department. Here are a few models that didn’t quite make it to production.
Between a bike, a packraft and a lot of climbing rope, where CAN’T you go?
Via Republic of DoomTweet
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