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The HandleBand

The HandleBand

…at bottle opener. What Is The Handleband? Our phones help us navigate and train. They’re our cameras, our lights, and our emergency link home. So why don’t we use them with our bikes? The Handleband is a simple tool that brings to light the untapped potential of our smartphones. It offers a simple, elegant and universal means of uniting your smartphone with your bicycle. Here are a few things that make it unique: (1) In use, it is sma…

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Foundry Cycles Auger B1

My Bikes: Foundry Cycles Auger B1

…tember for “go” time I’ll start bringing the weight down. Looking at carbon bar and seatpost, lighter stem and installing my Fulcrum Racing Zero 2-way fit wheels.  That will probably knock off roughly 3 pounds across the bike bringing it in around 16 lbs. I also have my eyes on the Paul Mini Moto brakes… Why the B1 with Canti’s? This is a common question I get in shops. Why did you get a cyclocross bike with top leve…

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At War with the Industry I Love

…rocery stores. We need to empower our children to pick up their bikes and go forward safely. Two things came to light today that have made me struggle with the industry and culture I love The death of an innocent freshman, riding his bicycle to school in Charlotte. The “elephant” of the bike industry that our sales our flat for the past twenty years. Two different stabs, two different pains, and two different fears. I have two childre…

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SKS Germany Front Triangle Bag

Interbike ’12: SKS Germany Frame Bags

…g. The bag lid protects the contents from the elements. Reflective details guarantee improved visibility in low light conditions. Dim 5.75” x 2” x 2.75” Volume 0.5L TOOL WRAP MSRP $22.99 A bicycle bag made of sturdy nylon with straps for frame mounting. The bag features storage compartments (e.g. for mini pump, repair kit, tire levers, mini tools, or small change). Weight 115g Dim 10.5“ x 8.5“ opened TRIANGLE BAG – FRONT MSRP: $29.99 Triang…

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Raleigh Capri Carbon 4.0

Review: Raleigh Capri Carbon 4.0

…s carried out on little things like rim decals, bottle cage bolts and headset spacers. The bike isn’t the lightest $4k review bike I’ve had in, but it sure is well spec’d. Finally, the electronic shifting of the Shimano Ultegra Di2 will win over many women’s hearts after the first test ride. Riding the Raleigh Capri Carbon I’ve always enjoyed the Raleigh women’s geometry as the 56cm out of the box fits me prett…

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Amy Thomas

Motivational Monday: Recovery

…quickly accessed the situation. We splinted my arm with a bike pump and secured it with arm warmers. We used a lightweight jacket as a make-shift sling to minimize movement. Someone popped 4 ibuprofen in my mouth to help with the pain on the walk out over rocky desert terrain. While I sometimes ride with a first aid kit in my pack, I didn’t have one with me when I crashed. I figured it was going to just be a quick ride and didn’t thi…

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2012 Trek Bikes Lexa S

2012 Trek Lexa Women’s Road Bikes

…set has shaped aluminum tubing to allow for stiffness where you need it, compliance where it benefits. Equals a lighter ride that is more comfortable to ride. The drivetrain is mostly Shimano 105 10-speed matched with Bontrager components.  Available from 47 – 58cm. Also available in a white and grey color. 2012 Trek Lexa SL $1,209.99 The SL takes a step down on frameset to a more standard round tubing. Still a great frame design if you are…

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Women's 29er MTB

First Impressions: 2011 Specialized Myka Expert Women’s 29er

…s my setup as I have been running it, has been a bit backwards. Once I rode the bike for a few times and put a slightly longer stem on the bike, the handling became natural and quick. One of the first 29ers I felt that I could flick around corners. Normally the bigger wheels leave me taking turns wider, but the Myka 29er rides like a 26″ for handling. (This is a good thing ladies!) The front end came with a Rock Shox Tora 80mm coil sprung f…

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Bear Creek Trail Denver

Week 1: 40 Rides in 40 Weeks Bike Project

…the mesa was a glorious event. As this park opens an hour before sunrise it would be a perfect place to strap a light on and welcome the day with a night to morning mountain bike ride. It is a very quick drive from I-70 and the loop recommended in the book is strenuous but you could get in a couple laps and head to work with plenty of time. The bathrooms are also very nice and roomy to bring your bike in so not to allow it to be stolen. Ride #2 &…

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Suffering is hard.  (Photo courtesy of Chris McIntosh at

The Power of People

…ap over them like the pros. There was nothing pro about my skill set. Still, I found myself walking towards the light.  Cyclocross continued to pull me in, and the spectators always made me feel important. I was living a double life in the ‘cross scene. I would get up early, pin on my number, and suffer for 30 minutes off the back of every cat 4 race. By lunch time, I had my butterfly wings on, heckling everyone with my megaphone. I was an amateu…

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