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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Review: Swiss Side Gotthard wheelset

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Swiss Side, started by a Formula 1 engineer and an award-winning sports equipment designer, produces only handbuilt wheels for road bikes, and nothing else. Their products already sound astronomically expensive—but they’re not. Founders Jean-Paul Ballard and George cant deliberately structured the company to be lean and mean to avoid overhead. (It also helps that the wheels are handbuilt in Taiwan, not Switzerland.)

The Gotthard wheelset is intended for rougher roads or heavier riders. The name, as it turns out, is not slightly offensive, but is in fact an homage to the Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, a twisty and treacherous pass that is one of the highest paved roads in Europe. This isn’t exactly a touring or rough-road wheelset, but is certainly more durable than typical racy road sets, and quite light to boot, at 1,465g for the pair.

Read the full review here.

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Shimano announces new road disc brake mount

Renderings courtesy of Shimano

Shimano has never been afraid to reinvent the proverbial wheel, and today it has announced it has done it again with a new road disc brake mount standard dubbed Flat Mount.

The new mount has been developed with “leading road bike brands” and we will likely see it equipped on some 2015 models this fall. The design allows road bike manufacturers to move away from the traditional mountain bike mounting system for a cleaner, more integrated look. It will still be backwards compatible with the proper adapters, Shimano says. It also has no visible hardware and will allow easier tool access for rear brake calipers tucked inside the rear triangle.

No actual product images yet, but when they are available we will post them here.

 

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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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New ESPN film examines Lemond vs. Hinault battle of 1986

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Before Lance Armstrong, there was the three-time Tour champion Greg LeMond. LeMond was the first and is currently the only American to officially win the Tour de France. In the mid 1980s he was a quickly rising star in international pro cycling, but the riders at the top of the sport, including his own teammates, were reluctant to step aside for a new challenger.

Then the reigning Tour champion, Benard Hinault (known as “The Badger”) had seemingly promised to help LeMond to his first victory, in return for LeMond supporting him when he struggled in 1985 when they were teammates. But in a sport that purports to reward teamwork, “Slaying the Badger” demonstrates that sometimes it’s really every man for himself.

The documentary features interviews with Greg and Kathy LeMond, Greg’s father Bob LeMond, Hinault, former team coach Paul Koechli, former teammate Andy Hampsten, cycling journalists and others. The film is based on the book with the same name written by Richard Moore.

ESPN Films’ award-winning 30 for 30 series will take air “Slaying the Badger” on Tuesday, July 22, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

 

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Event: The Art of Bikepacking

Bicycle Times contributor Nicholas Carman is organizing an evening event in Anchorage called “The Art of Bikepacking” on July 16 at 7 p.m. at The Bicycle Shop, on Dimond Boulevard. According to Carman, the evening will be part art opening, technical seminar, and inspirational storytelling. There will also be a special presentation with Eric Parsons entitled “A History of Revelate Designs”. Of course, there’ll be free food, beer, and stuff!
Read more about the event.

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NiteRider spotlights improved battery life for 2015 lineup

Riding at night has never been better. As LED and battery technologies continue to improve at astonishing rates, the products and price points just get better and better.

NiteRider knows a thing or two about going long—it’s celebrating its 25th anniversary this year—and its 2015 lineup focuses on boosting its lights’ runtimes rather than pumping out as many lumens as possible.

See the new lights here.

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