MotoGP betting

July 28, 2013 by  
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Despite some indications that the 41 year old Max Biaggi might replace the injured Ben Spies on the Pramac Ducati it seems that the replacement will be the Ducati test driver Michele Pirro. Although Biaggi did get the chance to test the Ducati, he has said that he has no intention of returning to motorsport. No doubt there will be a few disjointed fans of four times 250cc world champion who mainly rode for Honda though spent one season with Ducati in World Superbikes. The latest news on Ben Spies is that his shoulder injury is getting better, but he will almost certainly miss the Catalunya GP on 16th June.

It seems that as far as betting on the 2013 MotoGP champion it is a two or possible three horse race. There is little to choose in terms of betting odds between Dani Pedrosa who is priced at 13/10 to win the title and Jorge Lorenzo who is priced at 7/5, though odds on Marc Marquez of 9/2 are significantly longer. Go any further down the standings and the odds become very long indeed; for instance currently Valentino Rossi is priced at 66/1 and Cal Crutchlow is priced at 150/1. In many ways a bet on Crutchlow is quite tempting, and he is certainly a rider to watch in the future; expect some more podium finishes later this season.

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Chrome Bags Light Weight Shins in for Review

May 5, 2009 by  
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chrome bags light weight shins asphalt color Chrome Bags Light Weight Shins in for ReviewYou know what I love more than getting review product delivered to my doorstep?  While on the way home from work receiving an email on my iPhone from a vendor verifying that I received the product.  That’s what Rob at Chome Bags did.  I’m the kind of guy that when I buy something I can’t wait to open the package until I get home so I attack it as soon as I step foot outside of the store’s doors…it’s the kid in me I guess.

I have been really stoked about receiving the Shins for a few reasons:

  • will no longer solely focus on mountain bikes.  Chrome Bags marks the first vendor to help support us in this new endeavor.
  • About ten years ago we bought my father a bike so that he could commute to work.  He bought an odometer shortly after and has Just under 12,000 miles logged on the bike.  His longest ride has only been 34 miles.  Around the time we bought my father his bike I had been riding to and from high school to my job as a pharmacy technician.  I moved closer to work in December and got the itch to start biking to work.  I bought a single speed 29er (commuter/road bike on the way), but I’ve been lacking good commuter apparel.  Enter Chrome Bags Light Weight Shins.
  • In regards to commuter apparel, bags, and backpacks Chrome Bags have quite a reputation and as such I have been really excited to get my hands on some gear.

I realize I kind of rambled on for awhile…hey, I’m excited.  Not only am I excited about the Shins, but this marks a new era for MTOBikes.

Here’s what Chrome Bags has to say about the Light Weight Shins:

Our lightweight Shins deliver technical features that riders depend on for the daily grind. The lighter 4.6 oz material will act as a second skin without the added weight in hotter climates. This 3/4 length technical cycling knicker will stay in rotation due to its functionality on the bike and its clean, fresh look off.

  • Made of 4-way Tweeve™ Durastretch™ fabric, a durable, breathable fabric, that retains its shape and is also water-repellant
  • Cut high in back and low in front
  • Keeper pockets
  • Lightly padded chamois seat and inseam
  • Reinforced hem
  • Zipper and secured cargos
  • Articulated knees

The Shins are available in the following sizes:

Small: 28″-30″ / inseam 21″– Medium: 30″-32″ / inseam 22″– Large: 32″-34″ / inseam 22.5″– X-Large: 34″-37″ / inseam 23″

Retail on the Light Weight Shins are $160.00.

First impressions

chrome bags light weight shins zipper pockets Chrome Bags Light Weight Shins in for ReviewThe material used is very light weight, has great breathability, and stretches anywhere from 1-3″ in any direction.  They are stylish.  Let me repeat, they are stylish.  Sexy and sleek.  The thigh pockets are deep and cargo pockets have zippers.  There was good reason for my excitement and at first glance it doesn’t appear that I’ll be disappointed.

A review of the Light Weight Shins will be published soon, so check back often or sign up for our RSS feed or newsletter to be notified when the review is published.

2009 North American Handmade Bicycle Show Winners

March 1, 2009 by  
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Indianapolis — A crowd of 1728 on the final day of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show resulted in an total of 6,428 attendees over three days of what many exhibitors described as the best NAHBS yet.

As in past years, the show culminated with the awards for the best bicycles at the show. This time for the first time, an awards jury made all selections but two: President’s and People’s choices. The jurors were Dale Brown, Steve Hampsten, Doug Brooks, Mike Barrie, and James Huang.

And the winners are….

Best Road Bike

About nine years ago Roland Della Santa purchased the last 23 sets of Nervex lugs from Geoff Butler Cycles in London, intending to save them for a special project. This project became a limited edition set of 20 bicycles to celebrate his 40th anniversary of frame building. Using old Columbus tubes and offering only three braze-ons (and one waterbottle cage) Della Santa created an Eddy Merckx period piece that the awards jury simply could not resist.

Best Off-Road Bike

Curt Goodrich has always wanted to outfit a cyclocross team, and that that was the inspiration for the bright blue machine on display the weekend of the show. Goodrich started out as an apprentice, and then built bicycles on contract for Rivendell, and began focusing solely on his own creations in 2008. He worked to incorporate classic features like a level top tube on the bike he brought for display, as well as modern features like carbon forks, and a striking blue paint scheme.

Best Track Bike

Shin-Ichi Konno is continuing a family business that has made Cherubim one of the most respected handmade bicycle brands in Japan and a builder for keirin racers there. According to Shin-Ichi, the current design of track/keirin racing frames has been in place since the 1960s. The award-winning Cherubim Pista is made with due respect to the long tradition of track bicycle frame building.

Best Tandem Bike

I want a lugged tandem, what can you do? This request from a customer led Stephen Bilenky to create the tandem that won the NAHBS Award. The customer was interested in a tandem with a classic European look and sent him some lugs from Rivendell, who does not make tandem frames. Several parts needed to be made from scratch, since fabricated lugs for tandems do not exist. To create a classic looking headtube, a bi-laminate piece was created as a substitute for one of the lug. The blades on the fork are original Jack Taylor s from the 1960s, so a fork crown had to be fabricated too.

Best Titanium Bike

Kent Eriksen featured numerous bicycle frames made of titanium at the show. Eriksen, who originally invented the softail mountain bike suspension, always wanted to incorporate titanium with that feature because of the metal s durability. It ll last for generations, he said, of the more modern bicycle he brought to Indianapolis, adding that titanium makes for an incredibly rideable bike. Eriksen added that titanium is also green in that it doesn t require painting and so leaves less of a carbon footprint in its production.

Best Carbon Bike

Nine months of work went into the design of the prototype carbon fiber bike by Independent Fabrication. The crown-themed lugs, which were made with the assistance of Edge, arrived at the IF workshop on Thursday a week before the show, and everything fitted together first time around. For Independent Fabrication, this is a learning journey into a new material as the company continues to expand its knowledge base.

Best Lugged Bike

David Ellis Wages of Ellis Cycles in Waterford, Wisconsin, takes his inspiration from classic bicycles of the early 1980s. Bicycles with intricate lug work and chrome forks and chain stays were the ones with which he first became familiar when he started riding, so, to him, in a way, those features still define classic bicycles. &kind of the bike I always wanted to have, Wages said of one of the fine machines he brought with him to the 2009 NAHBS in Indianapolis. Wages incorporates a modern aesthetic with the classic craftsmanship of lug work in his cycles, adding that using lugwork allows for more artistic detail.

Best TIG Welded Bike

Black, red and white is Carl Strong s favorite color scheme for a bicycle, and that s what he chose for this all-business road stage racer. The bike is also made to fit Strong, a precaution he says he took in case he couldn t sell it. Much of the thinking centered on a new Chris King head inset head tube, which provides a large surface area to connect tubes to, as well as a low stack height, which enhances the aesthetic. With a liquid paintjob by Spectrum Powderworks, the headtube of this titanium frame is left as clearcoat to show of the fine welding of this show display bike, which is a prototype for further models.

Best Fillet Brazed Bike

Mark Nobilette designed this bicycle to be the anti-Herve. He wanted to create a non-traditional touring frame, capable of carrying a full-load, without compromising it. Various parts of the frame deviate from the traditional a wishbone-shaped seat binder, double-bend chain stays, a threadless steerer tube, and fillet brazed joints instead of lugs. The racks, which Nobilette made himself, were powder-coated black instead of the traditional chrome.

Best City Bike

Mitch Pryor of Portland, Oregon s M.A.P. cycles built a beautiful city bike for a customer in Colorado who wanted a commuter cycle. The bike, of a timeless style, is done in a cream color with cork accents and a Brooks saddle. Pryor used selections of Reynolds tubing for its construction and took inspiration from the drawings of French artist Daniel Rebour for the commission. It s cute, said one observer.
I ve heard that a lot, replied Pryor.

Best Paint Job

Toronto painter, Noah Rosen works closely with Mike Barrie, father of the Canadian pro road rider, and a former builder for Mariposa. Barrie wanted Rosen to restore his old 1951 Cinelli to something closely resembling its original condition. They had to go by black and white photos, but Barrie was confident the paint color was a close match.

One of the main challenges, says Rosen, was matching the proportions on the seat tube bands. Getting clean lug edges on a 60-year old bike took a lot of work, since the metal had roughened over the years.
Rosen put some 20 hours into the restoration job.

People s Choice

Naked Bicycles from British Columbia once again won the heart of the NAHBS crowd. Wooden components are used for the seat post, hand grips and pedals, and the frame features particular curves that builder Sam Whittingham states he has a liking for. Bicycles should be more feminine as it softens their lines, he says. The Mountain bike uses the 29 wheel, which Whittingham says is well suited to the BC riding conditions.

President’s Choice

Shin-Ichi Konno is continuing a family business that has made Cherubim one of the most respected handmade bicycle brands in Japan and a builder for keirin racers there. According to Shin-Ichi, the current design of track/keirin racing frames has been in place since the 1960s. The award-winning Cherubim Pista is made with due respect to the long tradition of track bicycle frame building.

Best of Show

Dan Polito of Cicli Polito credits former frame builder Norm Taylor with the inspiration for the Jack Taylor tribute bicycle he brought to the 2009 NAHBS. Polito, who sees making one s own bicycle as the mark of a true cyclist, honored Taylor, who passed away recently, by including elements in this particular bicycle of original grass-track racing bicycles. Laura Long, an associate of Polito s since the shop opened, pointed out cyclists used to compete on horse fields, which explains the wider tires.

Strong Attendance on Day One at North American Handmade Bicycle Show

February 28, 2009 by  
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INDIANAPOLIS — Some 1700 tickets were sold for Day One of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) at Indianapolis, Friday 27th February.  This figure is a new record crowd for Friday.

View images of fixed gear bikes from the show below.

Roll Faster

February 12, 2009 by  
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I typically run Kenda Nevegal tires because of their strong gripping characteristics ideal for tight switch backs.  I ride in terrain that varies quite a bit so these are my “all-purpose” tires.  When rolling through mud the Nevegals maintain their traction and gripping abilities while also cleaning themselves out quickly through puddles or dry terrain.  With any tire with an aggressive and bold tread comes rolling resistance.

When terrain was dry and hard I felt the tread pattern was actually holding me back and slowing me down, yet they still provided the sense of security when cornering.  I wanted to be able to decrease the rolling resistence without sacrificing much traction.  My mission was clear…I contacted Kenda.

The Solution

I connected with Jim at Kenda and he and I hashed out some ideas.  We decided it’d make sense to run a Nevegal in the front and a Small Block 8 tire in the rear.

The Outcome

After a few rides utilizing the Small Block 8 I’m able to provide some good feedback.  Running a Nevegal in the front helped stabilize steering and maintained the integrity when cornering as it paved the way for the Small Block 8′s that seemed to want to go faster and faster.  It did indeed enable me to roll faster.  Read more

Polar RS800CX BIKE in for Review

February 11, 2009 by  
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If you follow us on Twitter or belong to the our Facebook group, you were probably already aware of the Polar RS800CX BIKE that we received for review.

polar rs800cx bike Polar RS800CX BIKE in for ReviewFinland-based Polar Electro is one of the very few companies giving Garmin some competition in the category of GPS devices for mountain bike enthusiasts.  The new RS800CX BIKE sports wrist watch is the do-all personal trainer from Polar.  Polar strives to help people get fit and improve their physical performance.  The RS800CX BIKE is their top of the line training system specifically for cyclists.

What does Polar have to say about the RS800CX BIKE?


Get the most out of your performance with the RS800CX. With its professional training software you can effectively plan and analyze every detail of your ride. See your route profile and total meters climbed with the altitude, ascent and descent features, as well as uphill or downhill steepness in percentages and grades to help you to track your efficiency effort while training.

  • Comes with the wireless CS speed sensor™ W.I.N.D. for interference-free cycling data
  • Synchronizes with the Polar ProTrainer 5™ software for guidance, analysis and creating individual training settings
  • Determines if your training program and recovery time are optimally developing your performance
  • Measures incline and adjusts your efforts accordingly

We will be testing the RS800CX BIKE with the following accessories: G3 GPS sensor W.I.N.D., CS cadence sensor™ W.I.N.D., and the Universal Bike Mount

Have you used a product from Polar?  Do you currently use a similar device?  We’d love to hear from you, please respond in the comments section below.

Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park Time Trials

February 8, 2009 by  
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Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland Ohio held the “first in the world” indoor XC mountain bike time trials. The informative video below will give you an idea about how the day turned out.

Ray’s Mountain Bike Park Indoor Time TrialsClick here for this week’s top video clips

Klunkerz Wins the 2009 ‘Cycling Film of the Year’ at the Endurance Sports Awards

February 2, 2009 by  
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The below was just forwarded on to me by Klunkerz writer/producer/director, Billy Savage.

San Diego, CA. –As a very physically fit crowd of nearly 600 of the world’s best endurance athletes, sports filmmakers, and their fans looked on, ‘KLUNKERZ’ won the 2009 ‘Cycling Film of the Year’ award at the 17th Annual Competitor Magazine Endurance Sports Awards. The film chronicles the birth of the off-road bicycle in the 1960s and 1970s, and the unique athletes and artisans credited with inventing the world-wide phenomenon.The black-tie gala was heldon Saturday nightin the Nautilus Pavilion at Sea World in San Diego, CA. This was the inaugural year for the Competitor Film Festival, which played in conjunction with the ESAs.

Cycling legends and subjects of the film, Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly, were on-hand to support the film’s writer/producer/director, Billy Savage, who accepted the award. The award was presented by Dennis Christopher, star of the groundbreaking 1979 cycling film ‘Breaking Away’. The slightly underdressed Savage was overhead saying “I’m honored and humbled to be the recipient of this award. This award is for all of us, the cycling pioneers who trusted me to tell their story, and for my amazing crew who worked so hard on this film.”  Read more

Sacred Rides – Mountain Bike Tours

January 26, 2009 by  
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Do you ever get tired of riding your local single-track? If you are like me, then the answer is probably yes. We ride local trails because of their convenience and our familiarity with them. Trying to imagine leaving the state or country you live in order to try out a new bike trail is pretty hard to fathom. Why? The logistics in itself can be difficult. How will you, your bike, gear, and supplies get from point A to point B? Once you get there where will you stay? What will you do? Where will you ride? You get the idea.

I recently had the chance to talk with Sacred Rides founder Mike Brcic. Started in 1996, Sacred Rides has evolved from a summer trail guide service in British Columbia to providing mountain bike adventure trips around the world. For the year 2009, they have been rated as the “Best Adventures Company on Earth” by sacred rides new denver cable car crossing 300x201 Sacred Rides   Mountain Bike ToursNational Geographic Adventure. Mike doesn’t like to use the word “trip”, instead he refers to the trips as tours. Riders participating get much more than just a trip…they get a tour of the scenery and culture of another country. Each destination in their portfolio is selected because of the jaw-dropping scenery and amazing cultural experiences…not to mention, the chance of a lifetime, to ride the world’s most incredible mountain bike trails. For over 13 years, Sacred Rides has offered award-winning small-group adventures and skills camps: in British Columbia, Ontario, Croatia/Slovenia, Peru, Guatemala, Utah and Chile.

The tours are about so much more than riding your bike. Each tour is carefully designed to give participants a glimpse into local culture, a view into another way of life, all based on the notion that we are part of one “shared humanity” and that we need to look out for each other and our planet. Sacred Rides approaches mountain biking as just a super fun and convenient way to introduce people to that notion.

Sacred Rides was born in the changing of the seasons. Mike Brcic had been working at a ski lift and with the ending of the season, was soon to be without work. A friend suggested that he should start a trail guide service. He took out a business loan and bought some bikes. It wasn’t until Mike’s third year of business that overnight trips were introduced. Today the company provides skill camps as well as trips ranging from 7 days to 14 days in length.

sacred rides inca trail xc 300x224 Sacred Rides   Mountain Bike ToursInterested riders may view tours online, but it should be noted that these tours are not for beginner skill level riders. All tours are designed for experienced mountain bikers with at least 2 years of regular mountain biking experience. Each tour has a skill and fitness level rating that helps riders determine if the trip is well suited to them. If you are a beginner and want incentive to progress, check out these adventure journeys…talk about “pump you up”!

Every tour is led by a local expert who will serve as both trail guide and coach. Many skills are taught, perfected and mastered on these tours.

If you are interested and would like to sign-up, then you had better book it at least 3-6 months in advance…some people book trips 1 to 1-1/2 years in advance!

Over the past 13 years the company has provided about 150 tours with over 2,000 attendees with another 500 attending their skill camps. In 2008, twenty-five tours were conducted. For 2009, an additional five tours are being added for a grand total of 30 scheduled tours.

sacred rides veggie van 300x225 Sacred Rides   Mountain Bike ToursMike has very strict mandates for both his company as well as adventure seekers and they are summed up in his responsible riding mandate…a first in the industry. Interestingly, after some self examination Sacred Rides learned that during 2007 the company burned over $5,000 worth of fuel, equivalent to emitting about 11.5 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. In response, last year marked the introduction of a “veggie van” which uses waste vegetable oil instead of gasoline, thus reducing the impact on the environment. I found it very admirable that Mike would have such caution to the footprint his company leaves on the land. Mike is not about business…he is about purpose! For Mike it’s about valuing our world and our neighbors…to show beauty to others…to help others grow themselves through personal challenge…to help others appreciate our shared responsibility to care for the environment and make a positive impact on the communities that are visited…to enjoy this wonderful world through the fun of mountain biking.

I applaud Sacred Rides.

How the Wheel Was Re-Invented…Literally

January 20, 2009 by  
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klunkerz dvd a film about mountain bikes How the Wheel Was Re Invented...LiterallyA video entitled Klunkerz documents how in the late 1960′s a handful of hippie cyclists literally re-invented the wheel.  The film was written, produced and directed by William “Billy” Savage who I contacted in order to receive a copy of the DVD.  The film documents modified pre-war balloon tire bikes known as klunkerz, the precursor to the modern day mountain bike.

First off, the video is excellent! What surprised and captured my attention most is the use of actual photos and video from the late 60′s early 70′s depicting the Klunkerz in use.  It isn’t often that such events are documented providing witness to the birth of something so revolutionary.  I have often heard that the birth of mountain biking took place in California, but didn’t know much more beyond that.  The video provides a much more in depth look into how the sport came to be and the different groups involved and their relation to one another.  To say one person invented mountain biking would not be true, but rather it was a collaborative (and competitive) effort of different groups working together all wanting another way to enjoy the nature that surrounded them.

Klunkerz were created by taking old balloon tire bicycles (built before 1945), preferably those with high bottom brackets such as the Schwinn Excellsior and removing the fender, chainguard, kickstand and tank (if it had one) from the bicycle.

klunkerz dvd mount tamalpais marin county california 214x300 How the Wheel Was Re Invented...LiterallyIt began as a “party in the woods” on Mount Tamalpais, a mountain 2600 feet above sea level, known to the locals as Mt. Tam. Groups of adventure and thrill seekers would get together as a way to have fun and goof around.  The gatherings were usually organized by Fred Wolf who is well remembered for inviting riders with a simple, “wanna go out on a klunk?”.  From joy rides down Mt. Tam to the competitive races at Repack the spirit of mountain biking is captured in this documentary.

Really cool are the interviews with the  founders of mountain biking; Fred Wolf, Charlie Kelly, Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, Tom Ritchey, Otis Guy, The Larkspur Canyon Gang, The Morrow Dirt Club and others.  It is easy to forget that mountain biking has really only been around for a little over 30 years. The interviews provide a unique look at the creation and history of the sport.

The film is well edited and entertaining providing and will provide a greater appreciation to the sport and its pioneers.  After watching the video I found myself somewhat embarassed at calling myself a mountain biker, not really knowing the details and individual contributions of how the sport came to be.  I would encourage any mountain biker to order a copy of the DVD, it costs just a little over $20.

Watch the movie trailer below.

The beauty of mountain biking is in its beginnings…groups of people looking to have a little fun and goof around.  Thankfully for those enthusiasts, not much has changed since those early days.

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