‘The Mountains Don’t Care’ – A Tour Divide recap

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I haven’t been able to sleep. Every night I wake up, thinking that I still have more miles to ride to the border.

“No, Colleen already picked you up, it’s over,” I tell myself. Then the sun comes up and my legs are rubbery.

Tour Divide was monstrously hard. I thought that I understood how difficult it was going to be, but based on my past experience, that just wasn’t possible.

I always thought “Yeah it’s a long ride, but there’s hardly any singletrack. It’s all dirt road. So it’s probably not that bad.”

I was so far off.


Editor’s note: Montana is a former intern at Bicycle Times and longtime friend-of-the-mag, so we were especially proud when he completed the 2,700-mile Tour Divide this summer in his first attempt. No stranger to big rides and crazy adventures, Montana ultimately finished ninth overall on his singlespeed Surly Krampus in 22 days, four hours and 21 minutes. You can follow along with all his adventures on his blog, The Skrumble.

Read the full story here.

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Bicycle Times now available through Magzter digital newsstand

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There’s nothing quite like a magazine you can hold in your hand, but more and more readers are choosing to read their favorite cycling magazine on digital devices.

Today we’re announcing Bicycle Times will be available in Magzter. Magzter has become one of the fastest growing cross-platform digital newsstands in the world with over 17 million users. There are over 1,500 publishers with over 4,000 magazines.

Magzter is now available on AppleAndroid and Windows 8 devices. You can get Magzter through the App Store or Android Market. Magzter is soon planning to expand its services to other platforms like Symbian, BlackBerry OS, BADA etc. You can also read through your browser.

Hey, we like options, so you can also subscribe to Bicycle Times directly through the App Store, Android Store, Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, and Zinio.

Oh, and there’s always that paper version too!

So why not order up a subscription and help us keep the great features and product reviews you love rolling along? Thanks!

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First Look: BMC Gran Fondo GF02

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The marriage of disc brakes to drop-bar bicycles with fatter-than-whippet-thin-racerboy-standard tires is evolving quickly, and the exciting ‘all-surface’ category is prompting more non racers to get back on bikes, in our opinion. This is healthy for many reasons, among them the versatility this category affords.

For starters, many newer cyclists aren’t bound by tradition or category, and many would love a machine that enables them to explore. What we called ‘bicycles’ in the 1970s have now evolved into dozens of new categories, each with corresponding rules, costumes and expected behavior. The BMC Gran Fondo GF02 does away with most of that malarkey.

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First Look: Raleigh adds new models, expands for 2015

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Raleigh looks to have a very interesting selection of bikes for 2015, including new road, adventure and mountain bike models.

The bike above, the Grand Prix, wins my “most interesting” award. If you look closely, the Reynolds 530 butted steel frame uses the Ritchey Break-Away system, so this bike can pack away in an small enough bag to escape airline fees. It also is equipped with Campagnolo Veloce, a rare spec these days, and even more rare on a mid-priced bike. The frame includes rack and fender mounts, and is designed for 28mm tires. The $2,300 MSRP includes a travel bag.

See the rest of the lineup here.

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Meet the Oregon Manifest winner – Denny

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If you could have the ultimate urban commuting bike, what features would it have? Fenders, racks, lights—those are a given, but the goal of the Oregon Manifest design competition was to push innovation and integration even further.

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Five teams were chosen, and one was voted the winner by the public. Meet Denny, the bicycle conceived of and built by TEAGUE and Sizemore Cycles. Based it Seattle, the team included all the features that integrate safety and practicality in a revolutionary package.

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In Print: How We Roll – ‘The Best Laid Plans’

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By Thomas Kurt

Two summers ago, I decided I needed an alternative to my physical conditioning routines of tennis and interval running. My son Jim is an avid rider, with a Surly Long Haul Trucker touring rig and a very light road bike which he built up from a titanium frame. It all looked good to me, and on a whim I picked up a used GT Windstream, a black hybrid model which, as best I could tell, was manufactured sometime in the late 1990’s.

I wasn’t looking to immerse myself into another hobby, and I swore I would not be doing anything more than fixing the occasional flat and riding the thing around town. Well I guess some vows are meant to be broken and soon (under my son’s tutelage) I was doing everything short of packing bearings. I’ve replaced the drivetrain, rims, brakes, handlebar, saddle, etc., to come up with a respectable touring rig which I christened The Raven.

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Love folding bikes? Apply to become a Dahon Explorer

Since 1982 Dahon has been designing and building folding bicycles that have taken people on two wheels to places that they never thought possible. Now the brand is looking for a few of those Explorers to become ambassadors of the folding bike lifestyle to inspire others to take a trip short or far. Now through August 20 anyone is welcome to apply. Those selected will receive Dahon products to promote online.

Print Learn how to apply here.

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How to repair a torn sidewall on the road or trail

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Here at Bicycle Times we love getting out and exploring by bike, whether its on a road, trail or something in between. And while tubeless technology has eliminated pinch flats, it can’t help when a catastrophe strikes. A torn sidewall usually means the end of a tire’s lifespan, but you’ll still need to get home somehow.

Western Bikeworks has a great how-to video with some tips for getting yourself out of trouble with a torn sidewall by using a tire boot. Watch and learn — after all, the best rides are out of cell phone range!

Watch the video here.

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Voting now open for Oregon Manifest project bikes

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Which will be the “ultimate urban utility bike?” Five bike custom bicycle companies partnered with five industrial design firms to build their vision of that ideal, and now you get to decide which will make it into production by Fuji Bikes.

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Teams from five cities revealed their projects last week and now voting is underway online to determine the winner of the 2014 Oregon Manifest challenge.

See the entries and cast your vote here.

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