Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lance Armstrong will be burned in effigy | The Daily Caller

If being stripped of his Tour de France titles wasn’t enough, the English town of Edenbridge has elected to burn a 30 foot replica of disgraced professional cyclist Lance Armstrong to burn.
The giant statue will be lit on Saturday, Nov. 5 in celebration of Guy Fawkes Day, the Associated Press reports. It is a tradition in England to set off fireworks and to burn bonfires and effigies on Nov. 5 to commemorate the foiling of Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up Parliament in 1605.
Edenbridge has a history of choosing celebrity athletes to burn in effigy, building replicas of soccer stars Wayne Rooney and Mario Balotelli in years past.

Lance Armstrong will be burned in effigy | The Daily Caller

Monday, October 29, 2012

Lance Armstrong Refund? SCA Promotions Demands Tour De France Bonus Money Be Returned

AUSTIN, Texas -- A Dallas promotions company that paid Lance Armstrong more than $7 million in bonuses for winning the Tour de France is demanding he return the money.
A spokesman for SCA Promotions said Friday the company will send Armstrong a demand letter on Monday now that Armstrong' seven Tour de France titles have been revoked. The company paid Armstrong about $7 million for winning his sixth tour in 2004 and reportedly paid up to $12 million total.

Lance Armstrong Refund? SCA Promotions Demands Tour De France Bonus Money Be Returned

Yates quits cycling, no link with Armstrong

LONDON — Team Sky sports director Sean Yates is retiring from cycling but there is no link between his decision and the team’s zero-tolerance anti-doping charter, the British outfit said on Sunday.
“After a long career in professional cycling, he has told us that he wants to move on, for purely personal reasons,” Team Sky said in a statement.
“Sean has been interviewed and there were no admissions or disclosures that would have required him to leave the team,” Sky said.
In the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, Team Sky asked every member of the team to sign up to a written policy saying they have no past or present involvement with doping.
The 52-year-old Yates, the 1992 British champion, joined Team Sky in 2009 and led Bradley Wiggins to the Tour deFrance title this year.
He had been one of Armstrong’s sports directors at Discovery Channel in 2005. —Reuters

Yates quits cycling, no link with Armstrong

The Enchilada Buffet - November 3 - 2012

The EB

Fill your plate with Austin trail goodness!

The Enchilada Buffet is the annual measuring stick for Austin mountain biking. The EB is a self supported ride covering five local trails and ~85 miles of awesome Austin biking badassness.
When: November 3rd, 2012 (Rain date 11/17/12)
Start Time: 6:30AM Rollout
Where: Walnut Creek Parking Lot

  • No support/drops on the course. Please don’t store a cooler somewhere. You can stop and buy what you need at gas stations.
  • Don’t cut the course and call yourself a finisher. Just be honest is all we’re asking.
  • Get training!

Formula 1 Bicycle Commuting Guide

Release Date: Oct. 26, 2012

The quickest way to get around town!

Whether you are from out of town visiting for the Formula 1 race in November, or are already a local and want to hit up some of the events happening in the City, we’ve got all the info you’ll need beat the ‘traffic blues’ and zoom around town by bicycle.

Cycling around town & Planning your route

© Mark MatsonThe United States Formula One Grand Prix is attracting a multitude of concerts, events, visitors, and other happenings - especially in the Downtown area. Austin is no stranger to large-scale events of this nature, and we’re all aware of the side effect of increased traffic. The good news is that you can get there in a fast, fun and healthy way – on two wheels!
The City of Austin’s bicycle program has a great resource out there to help get you there safely and comfortably. Our Bicycle map is color-coded by rider comfort-level, and the downtown detail view as well as the full bicycle map makes it easy to plan your route. If you’d like to get your hands on a paper copy, you can find it at most Bicycle Shops around town. Click here for a list of places that sell the map. Alternatively, you can also contact our Bicycle Staff and arrange to pick up a copy at our office.
Would you like to plan your route online? Check out Ride the City - Austin.

Bicycle Parking & Rental Locations

Parking your car in the downtown Austin area can be a challenge, particularly when large events are happening. We have a variety of permanent and event-specific bicycle parking locations around town for you to safely and conveniently park your bicycle. The interactive map and race weekend parking information on the City of Austin's ATXgrandPrix site will contain the most up-to-date information on parking, road closures, and event routes.

Interested in Biking to the F1 site?

For those who are attending the Grand Prix and events after, and aren’t interested in battling the traffic, the City has planned a bicycle route to get you there. Click here to view the route, which takes you from the downtown area to Richard Moya Park, where the Bike valet, operated by the Bicycle Sport Shop will be located. The route will be marked with signage approximately every 1,000 ft. Please note that bicyclists will need to board a shuttle from Richard Moya Park, which will depart every 30 minutes as only cars with pre-purchased parking passes and shuttles will be allowed at the Circuit of The Americas site.
There will also be portable showers available near the bike valet that will be open from 8:00am-1:00pm. Remember that it may be dark on the ride back from the Circuit, so make sure your bike is equipped for riding at night (headlight & rear reflector or tail light).
If you’re interested in biking to the F1 site, but prefer to do so in a group setting, Bike Austin will have organized rides to the Richard Moya Park bike valet on November 17th & 18th. There will be two rides per day, and rides are scheduled for 8:30am and 10:30am, November 17th and 18th. The rides will be leaving from the One Texas Center. They will follow the City Bike Route, and each ride will have one or more League Cycling Instructors from the League of American Bicyclists. They will also have support for any minor mechanical issues that may arise during the rides. One guided return from the bike valet is scheduled each evening, no later than 7:00pm. A $10 suggested donation is encouraged for support of this service.
These rides will provide a more convenient, safe, healthy and fun method of transportation to the track! Click here for any updates to the plan from Bike Austin and for more information.
For more info about Formula 1:
City of Austin: ATXGrandPrix
Circuit of the Americas

Formula 1 Bicycle Commuting Guide | - The Official Website of the City of Austin

Monday, October 22, 2012

Better Braking: Cycling Tips & Training

Good bike riding is about efficiency. If you reduce waste through proper pedaling mechanics, body position, nutrition, gear selection and even breathing, you will improve your overall performance on the road. One aspect of efficiency that's often overlooked: slowing down. By learning to brake skillfully, you can not only avoid accidents but also improve efficiency and save energy for the times when you need it. Here are some essential techniques.  
Better Braking: Cycling Tips & Training | Bicycling Magazine

Mountain bikers / Cyclocross ready to roll through Dinosaur Country

— Lube that chain and air up the tires on your mountain or cyclocross bike.
Pack the lawn chairs, tent and related camping equipment.
Stock up on energy drinks and Power Gels.
Prepare to party — it's almost time to race your bicycle through Dinosaur Country.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, mountain bikers from all over the region will saddle up and head out on the first of multiple 9-mile laps on the North Shore trails in San Angelo State Park.
Some racers will ride solo, completing as many laps as possible before the 8 p.m. deadline.
The faster mountain bikers will complete each 9-mile lap in as little as 40 minutes, which means they could complete as many as eight or nine laps during the race.
They'll get to "enjoy" 80 miles or more of dirt trails, rocks and cactus by the time six hours passes.
Sunset on Nov. 3 will be at about 6:45 p.m., so the six-hour racers will don head lamps and continue hammering over the trails after dark.

Mountain bikers ready to roll through Dinosaur Country » Standard-Times

Head of cycling's governing body: Armstrong 'deserves to be forgotten'


GENEVA (AP) - Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling's governing body Monday following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.

UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA's report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling," McQuaid said at a news conference. "This is a landmark day for cycling."

Head of cycling's governing body: Armstrong 'deserves to be forgotten' | Sports | - Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News - Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2012: The Year of the Klunker Komeback

Transition Bikes is proud to announce a giant step backwards with their latest bike. The Klunker features absolutely no technology and is in no way optimized. 4130 Chromoly, moto handlebar, DH tires and a coaster brake are all the features you need to rip your favorite trails or cruise downtown to grab a beer.

Klunking 2 from Transition Bikes on Vimeo.
 “Klunking is making a huge comeback and it’s a great way to experience your local trails on a totally new level. Our Klunker is ready to ride right out of the box, without any modifications, and it’s just as much fun riding trails as it is cruising around town. Once you start Klunking, you can’t stop.” Says Transition Bikes Owner Kevin Menard.”


[Carolina Fontoura Alzaga] Artist survives by creating chandeliers out of bike parts

Born to a family of artists in Mexico City, Carolina Fontoura Alzaga says she grew up with second-hand objects around her, and learned to appreciate the beauty of old objects and antiques, since as early as she can remember.  Today, she makes a living making chandeliers out of used bicycle parts — mainly the chains.

[PHOTOS] Artist survives by creating chandeliers out of bike parts

Recycled cardboard bicycle - $20

A cardboard bicycle that sells for $20. This is the dream-coming-true for an Israeli inventor who has created such a bike and expects production on his prototype, dubbed “Alfa,” to begin in a few months. Constructed almost wholly of cardboard, the bicycle uses recycled substances (still secret for patent reasons) where metal would seem to be indispensable – the brake mechanism and wheel and pedal bearings, reports. Even the seat is made of cardboard. Inventor Izhar Gafni, 50, says he spent most of his development time finding the right way to fold the cardboard in different directions, for greater resulting strength. Made from wood pulp, cardboard was invented in the 19th century as packaging for valuable goods. Its new use, replacing metal as the raw material for a bicycle, is highly innovative. Gafni estimates the cost of his materials at $9 per bike and the selling price at $20, max. Those costs should preclude outsourcing the manufacture of the cardboard bicycles, thus assuring local production jobs, he says. If all goes as planned, the cardboard bicycle would revolutionize travel around the world, turning bikes into universally accessible means of getting around. From remote villages in Third World countries to bustling cities, people of all persuasions could make use of a low cost, easily replaced bicycle that’s also water- and fire-proof. Once coated with a waterproof resin, according to the, the bicycle can then be lacquer-painted: the finishing touch. Weighing in at 20 lbs itself, the Alfa can support riders up to 24 times its weight – or 480 pounds, reports. Starting in Israel, production will begin in a few months on three bicycle models and a wheelchair. All should be available for purchase within a year.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Blog | Surly Bikes - Unicorn petting zoo

Blog | Surly Bikes

No Free Speech in New Braunfels Tx.

They are a bunch of Nazi's in New Braunfels. They have always have been corrupt. If it wasn't for my friends I would say boycott New Braunsfels but it would only hurt the average person. This is not bike related but I don't care.

William Wallace

"New Braunfels City Council Meeting Matthew Fields and Mike Reynolds expose the truth. Mayor Gale Pospisil tries to shoot down two men who are talking openly about FREEDOM OF SPEECH. City Boss Michael Morrison is urged to step down. Chief Tom Wibert has his past disclosed to the city and the New Braunfels City Attorney misquotes Marriam Webster and his definition of PERSONAL ATTACKS!!!"

Lance Armstrong Competes in Triathlon

ELLICOTT CITY, Maryland, Oct 7, 2012 (AFP) — Lance Armstrong, branded a dope cheat and stripped of his seven Tour de France cycling titles, took part in a triathlon on Sunday in suburban Baltimore that raises money to fight cancer.
Organizers of the Revolution3 Half-Full Triathlon dropped USA Triathlon sanctions so Armstrong could compete in the event. He is banned from events that must follow World Anti-Doping Agency rules because of his cycling punishment.
“This was a race that was built and designed to race money for (the fight against) cancer, so it was an easy decision,” said Brock Yetso, president of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
Two triathletes dropped out as a result of the decision but 300 others said they wanted to compete, including 50 cancer survivors who joined Armstrong, himself a cancer conqueror, for the 70-mile swim-cycling-running evenLance Armstrong Competes in Triathlon | Daily Lance |

Friday, October 12, 2012

Dirt Derby "Le Mans Start" 10-9-12

Russell Crowe revels in showing off his bushy beard as he goes on New York bike ride

Hmm.  Almost scary!  Russell Crowe is starting to look like me (old, fat, hairy and fred-ish).  

He famously won an Oscar for his portrayal of Maximus Decimus Meridius in historical epic Gladiator.
But Russell Crowe was spotted on the streets of New York on Thursday with a bushy beard that makes his most famous character's growth look like mere designer stubble in comparison.
And it seems the nature of his fabulous facial fuzz has not been lost on the 48-year-old, as he has taken to boasting about it on Twitter.
ZZ Top man: Russell Crowe would be the ideal man to star in a biopic about the group if the beard he wore in New York in Thursday is anything to go by
ZZ Top man: Russell Crowe would be the ideal man to star in a biopic about the group if the beard he wore in New York in Thursday is anything to go by
The jolly Australian said: 'Currently the status of my beard is "Epic."'
And it was quite an apt description, as he is growing it for what will surely be a grandiose telling of the biblical tale of Noah and his famous ark, on which he stowed his family and two of every animal before a massive flood.
Fitness fanatic Russell certainly attracted more than a few admiring glances from jealous bystanders as he left his flash hotel in the Big Apple.
The look is a million miles away from the clean shaven look he displayed at the Australian Academy Of Cinema And Television Arts' 1st Annual Awards in January.
Maximus growth: The Gladiator star is almost unrecognisable from his clean shaven self back in January
Maximus growth: The Gladiator star is almost unrecognisable from his clean shaven self back in January
Maximus growth: The Gladiator star is almost unrecognisable from his clean shaven self back in January

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Evidence of Armstrong doping 'overwhelming,' agency says

(CNN) -- Cyclist Lance Armstrong was part of "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday in releasing more than 1,000 pages of evidence in the case.
The evidence involving the U.S. Postal Service-sponsored cycling team encompasses "direct documentary evidence including financial payments, e-mails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance-enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong," the agency said.
Armstrong lawyer Tim Herman dismissed what he called a "one-sided hatchet job" and a "government-funded witch hunt" against the seven-time Tour de France winner, who has consistently denied doping accusations.

(USA Today)
The evidence includes testimony from cyclist George Hincapie, a longtime close associate of Armstrong's who on Wednesday admitted his role in the doping conspiracy and said he told investigators what he knew about others.
"I would have been much more comfortable talking only about myself, but understood that I was obligated to tell the truth about everything I knew. So that is what I did," Hincapie's statement said.
In a statement, USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said, "The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

 USA Today Story

Evidence of Armstrong doping 'overwhelming,' agency says -

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Six Shooter Cyclocross Race

Bicycle Sport Shop's Six Shooter Cyclocross Race in eastern Travis County Texas.  Complete with heckling, beer-ups and some bunny hops!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Oasis on a parched Barton Creek Greenbelt

If you are ever in Austin Texas and you like semi-technical mountain bike trails you should ride the Barton Creek Greenbelt. About 5.75 miles into the trail there's a small oasis. It is almost too far for most people to walk in (from the park) and there is usually nobody there unless the creek is flowing and the hippies are out.
In the 105° heat of summer it is one of the only places to get relief out on the trail. A spring pours right out of the side of a cliff. It is a great place to rest and replenish your strength to go ride "The Hill of Life".
The Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail starts at the Barton Creek pool in Zilker Park and it goes about 7.75 miles to the top of The Hill of Life (a category four climb). For a decent rider the round trip ride will take about two hours.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Siren Bicycles | Twinzer

I wish I had 2 G's!

Classic lines and a butter smooth ride coax you from the house and lead you down the trail.
We maintained much of John Henry’s good standover clearance with this twin tubed design, thanks in part to the elegant seat tube gusset. (it also doubles as a hike-a-bike handle) Paragon sliding drops come standard. The 44mm head tube future-proofs your new bike by allowing you to run either a straight 1-1/8″ steerer fork or a tapered steerer. Full length cable routing and a third water bottle mounts offer you added backcountry versatility with frame bag accommodation and extra water capacity.

Siren Bicycles | Twinzer

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The North Face honors Bicycle Sports Shop of Austin at Interbike

Bicycle Sports Shop of Austin, Texas, was honored at Interbike last week with The North Face Never Stop Exploring Award, which recognizes specialty dealers for strengthening their communities by encouraging outdoor exploration.
The award was originally developed in 2010 to recognize specialty running dealers, but this year was expanded to honor retailers in specialty outdoor (at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market), bike (at Interbike), running (at The Running Event) and winter sports (at the SIA Snow Show) who support outdoor recreation.
Bicycle Sports Shop has three Austin-area locations operated by owner Hill Abel. In a statement, The North Face singled out the retailer’s commitment to keeping cycling safe and accessible through trail maintenance and cyclist education.
“Bicycle Sports Shop is an incredible example of a specialty shop making a big impact on the community,” said Jeff Brusven, national sales manager for action sports at The North Face. “Through creative clinics and events they’re making it easy for the people of Austin to learn more about a sport we all love, and helping more people to get after it more often.”

The North Face honors Austin retailer | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Opus 29er stolen from Interbike | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

 Opus Bicycles, a Canadian brand, had its entrance into the U.S. market at Interbike marred by the theft of its Prime 1 29er from the show.
Opus' Chris Dimmick said the $5,300 MSRP bike was taken overnight before the final day of the show, last Friday.
"I arrived at our booth at 8:30am Friday morning to find the Prime missing from its rack," said Dimmick, Opus's director of international sales. "Frankly, we're amazed and very disappointed that someone was able to walk out of the exhibit hall with a bicycle without security stopping them," said Dimmick.

Opus 29er stolen from Interbike | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Tern provides share bikes for SXSW Eco conference

AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — Tern, which provided share bikes at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin last spring, will do the same at a related event this month, the SXSW Eco conference.
The Eco conference is Wednesday through Friday at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin. The conference will explore challenges facing the economy, the environment and civil society.
"We're thrilled to be back to help attendees `practice what they preach' in terms of sustainability and environmental best-practices," said Andrew McCalla, Tern's project manager and Austin resident.
Rental includes 24-hour use of a Tern Link D8 bike, a helmet and a lock, as well as mobile assistance by Guerilla Cyclewerx, if needed. Bikes can be reserved online in advance from or at the rental booth located at the intersection of Whitis Avenue and West 20th Street.

The booth will also serve as a demo station for the Link D8 and other products from Tern and cycling accessories brand, Biologic.
Tern provides share bikes for SXSW Eco conference | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Bobby Valentine Crashes Bike While Reading Text Message From Dustin Pedroia « CBS Boston

Bobby Valentine on October 2, 2012 at Yankee Stadium. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
                                    Bobby Valentine

For some reason missing two French tourists is funny too me.

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BOSTON (CBS) — A rough year for Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine got even worse in the team’s final week of the season.
Valentine, 62, crashed his bike in Central Park on Tuesday while reading a text message from second baseman Dustin Pedroia, according to The New York Times.
The report said that Valentine ended up with his bicycle at the bottom of a ditch after “he had to swerve to avoid the umbrellas of two French tourists walking in front of him. The bike skidded, and he lost his balance and went careening head over pedals down the side of the hill by the road.”

Bobby Valentine Crashes Bike While Reading Text Message From Dustin Pedroia « CBS Boston

Monday, October 1, 2012

Skilled Iron Horse Hunter

Iron Horse Hunter

Mountain-bike Trail Sabotaging Psychiatrist

He should probably take his own meds.

A Jackson County-employed psychiatrist who the Forest Service says admitted to sabotaging mountain-biking trails in the Ashland watershed will head to court in late October after his actions allegedly injured three bikers and put others in danger.
Jackson Tyler Dempsey, 57, of Ashland, was arrested July 22 after he admitted to laying nylon cord, nails and vegetation along trails on multiple occasions because he "did not like downhill mountain bikers," according to a report from the U.S. Forest Service officer who arrested Dempsey.
Trail Sabotaging Psychiatrist  

Ashland mountain biker Bill Roussel said that on July 22 he spotted a man walking on the mountain biking trails and reported him to a Forest Service officer.
The arresting officer reported that he found Dempsey near milepost 11 on Forest Service Road 2080 near Mount Ashland later that morning. He said Dempsey admitted to sabotaging trails on at least five different days in June and July.

County worker charged with trail sabotage |