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Riders from more than 100 countries expected to join
3rd annual Ride On for World Bicycle Relief on Dec. 2, 2017

Chicago, IL – The third annual “Ride On for World Bicycle Relief” will kick off at 12 a.m. PST on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, with participants from more than 100 countries expected to join the online cycling world of Zwift, making it the world’s biggest virtual bike ride to date. Following record-high participation in 2016, the 24-hour event aims to draw at least 35,000 riders and raise $250,000 this year. All funds raised will benefit global nonprofit World Bicycle Relief and provide bicycles for students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs across Africa.

“The ‘Zwiftathon’ unites World Bicycle Relief supporters from across the world in one 24-hour period and enables them to make a huge impact on the mission to mobilize people with The Power of Bicycles®,” said World Bicycle Relief Development Director Katie Bolling. “We appreciate the support from Trek, Zwift, SRAM, Wahoo Fitness, InGamba, Osmo Nutrition, Giordana, CycleOps and all the leaders and athletes at Specialized, Trek, Canyon, Giant and Cannondale who are supporting this event.”

Participants will ride alongside some of the world’s top cyclists, including Jens Voigt, Laurens ten Dam, Lawson Craddock, Mirinda Carfrae, Andy Hampsten, Anna van der Breggen, and several athletes from the Trek-Segafredo team and the women’s Canyon/SRAM team – with several other big names to come. Together, riders will work to reach 1 million total miles over the 24-hour period and unlock a special $40,000 donation from Trek Bicycles. Registered riders who fund raise will also be eligible to win a variety of prizes, including a Stinner/Zwift bike from SRAM and an InGamba trip to Tuscany, during the Ride On for World Bicycle Relief.

“Trek is thrilled to support Ride On for World Bicycle Relief for the third year in a row,” said Adam Kostichka, Trek Bicycle advocacy manager. “Not only do we have several Trek athletes participating, but we’re hoping to encourage every rider to push hard and log as many miles as they can to help us get to our ultimate goal of 1 million total miles in the 24-hour period.”

There is no fee to register for the event, but each rider is encouraged to raise at least $294 – the cost of providing two bicycles for WBR’s programs in Africa. During the 24-hour ride, participants will be visible throughout Zwift in a World Bicycle Relief kit while riding on the organization’s signature Buffalo Bicycle – the purpose-built, specially designed bicycle that the organization distributes in rural developing areas around the world, where distance is a barrier to education, healthcare and entrepreneurial opportunities.

“Let’s all come together and show our support for The Power of Bicycles,” said Jens Voigt, who created his own personal fundraising page to encourage fans to donate. To help Jens reach his goal and support World Bicycle Relief, visit:

Join Zwift, World Bicycle Relief, Trek Bicycle and the greater cycling community around the world on Dec. 2 as we collectively celebrate The Power of Bicycles® and support the work of World Bicycle Relief.

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About Zwift
Zwift is the premier digital cycling destination where people from around the globe can ride their bikes in an immersive, life-like interactive experience all in real time.

About World Bicycle Relief
Founded in 2005, World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through The Power of Bicycles®. World Bicycle Relief accomplishes its mission by distributing specially designed, high-quality bicycles through philanthropic and social enterprise programs. These purpose designed bicycles are built to withstand the challenging terrain and conditions in rural, developing areas. Entrepreneurs use the bicycles to increase productivity and profits. Students attend class more regularly and their academic performances improve. And, health care workers visit more patients in less time, providing better, more consistent care. World Bicycle Relief also promotes local economies and long-term sustainability by assembling bicycles locally and training field mechanics to service the bicycles. To date, World Bicycle Relief has delivered more than 370,000 bicycles and trained over 1,800 field mechanics in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. World Bicycle Relief is a registered nonprofit in USA, Canada, U.K., Germany and Australia, and has assembly facilities in Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa and Angola.

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Reilly Spirit HSS Bike Review

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Brighton-based Reilly Cycle Works showcases the enormous frame designing and building talents of Mark Reilly, respected as a master of his craft. Experienced with titanium and steel, Mark has been using Columbus Spirit steel tubing for over a decade, more recently progressing to hydroformed Spirit HSS as used here.

Hydroforming lets frame designers get more creative, and offers the ability to customise a frame’s stiffness, comfort and looks with specific tube profiles. The triple-butted niobium steel forms a flattened top-tube, down-tube with flattened upper surface, extremely flattened seatstays that broaden towards the seat-tube, and ovalised chainstays with no crimping or bridge. The 44mm diameter head-tube is a match for the oversized down-tube and swoopy carbon fork.

What sets this frame apart is its fillet brazed construction, which creates beautifully clean, flowing joints that are complemented by the beautiful paint finish and smart graphics. It’s far more labour intensive than TIG welding, and accounts for much of the cost, but each frame is bespoke, and the price includes paintwork design.

We like the brazed-on front mech mount, removing the need for an unsightly clamp, and customers can opt for internal cable routing, depending on their chosen groupset. Any braze-ons required, such as down-tube cable stops, are in stainless steel, as is the head-tube badge.

Our model is one of the first bikes we’ve had supplied with the new Shimano Ultegra groupset, with hints of Dura-Ace, and refinements across the board. Its compact 50/34 chainset is paired with a climb-friendly 11-32 cassette and long cage rear mech. The brake callipers are a little less angular, the hoods slimmer and the shift levers enlarged.

Apart from the lever feel, the groupset was mostly forgotten once riding, as the frame took centre stage. Whereas a good carbon fibre frame seems to float over the road surface, only feeding back abbreviated passages of surface texture, the Reilly maintains an impressively detailed commentary. It’s a firm ride, but not harsh, smoothing road vibrations and taking the edge off sharp hits.

The complete bike carries a little more weight than some here, but from the way it rides, you’d never know. Assertively swift over rolling terrain, the handling is crisp, confident and predictable, and makes good use of the 25mm Continental tyres’ generous 27mm inflated width.

It’s content to cruise, but standing on the pedals unleashes a bit of a hooligan, switching from assertion to controlled aggression. The wheels aren’t super light, but deliver able performance to match the frame’s ability and, at 23mm wide, help stability too.

Both head and seat angles are 73 degrees, which is quite normal, but we found the zero setback seatpost pushed us too far forward of our preferred pedalling position. The narrow 40cm Deda bar is easier to live with, but a customer could specify alternatives to suit.

The Reilly Spirit HSS has lines and a lustrous finish we could gaze at all day. Such metallic artistry deserves to be enjoyed, and riding it is a treat that improves with every hill crested, and one we wouldn’t tire of.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.



2018 Lapierre Pulsium 900 FDJ Ultimate First Ride Review

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

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In the language of Lapierre’s head of R&D, Rémi Gribaudo, the word Pulsium rolls off the tongue with an alluring Gallic smoothness, gaining an extra syllable and sounding like a newly discovered exotic element — ‘Pallooozium’. And this second-generation Pulsium endurance bike in its top-of-the-range 900 FDJ guise is certainly an exotic-looking beast.

Beneath its beautiful mirror-blue finish there have been a lot of developments since the original 2015 Pulsium, which was designed for the punishing pavé of Paris-Roubaix and came with Lapierre’s elastomer Shock-Absorption Technology or SAT.

There are — surprise, surprise — claims of a 40 percent increase in bottom bracket stiffness, 20 percent greater headset stiffness and 25 per cent stiffer chainstays. Meanwhile, Lapierre also says its new carbon fibre layup has resulted in a 20 percent increase in comfort compared with its Sensium.

The frame features a redeveloped and simpler version of Lapierre’s patent-pending SAT system, which is designed to absorb vibrations in order that you lose “less energy when riding on demanding rides.” It’s now a larger single elastomer instead of a complicated three-piece design, and if you press down on the saddle, you can see the ‘give’ this setup delivers.

The new frame has also been designed to have cleaner lines to ensure it more resembles the racier Xelius, as well as a greater stiffness, responsiveness and a more dynamic ride, which the FDJ team requested.

The seat tube is slimmer, more compliant and, in the words of Gribaudo, “It works like an elbow”.

As with Lapierre’s Xelius SL, the Di2 battery is now neatly housed in the bottom bracket shell (‘Trap Door Technology’ in Lapierre-speak), which again is designed to save energy — you want excess weight lower down when you’re riding out of the saddle.

The Pulsium’s fork offset is also inherited from the Xelius, this time for increased responsiveness. In spite of its racing pedigree the Pulsium’s wheelbase has been lengthened slightly, as have the chainstays which are now 412mm long.

I didn’t have scales, but this Pulsium is noticeably light — 7kg or less — which contributes to snappy acceleration.

Top-notch kit

The kit on my 900 FDJ was top-drawer, featuring Zipp’s carbon seatpost, bar and stem, and rounded out with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2.

Mavic’s Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL clincher wheels, with their iTgMAX braking surface, were reassuringly controlled, though my 90km test rides were all in dry conditions. Stopping is also accompanied by a pleasing hum, like a tube train stopping, rather than any squealing.

As you’d expect for 1,600-quid wheels, the Ksyriums were as impressive as the rest of the components: light, fast and impervious to some pretty punchy side winds. The chainset is stiff, with faultless shifting and braking, too.

Climbing and ascending were carried out with equal aplomb — though the wheels handled increased gradients much better than I did as I suffered on even moderate climbs in 32C temperatures, despite an 11-30 cassette.

Both bike and tyres flew down the hills, and there was great control through the sweeping descents with hard braking regularly required on some blind, sharp bends.

Science friction

One aside from Gribaudo proved a little surprising. Lapierre works closely with Shimano and one of the areas that Gribaudo and experts at the University of Lens have been investigating is the supposedly friction-reducing qualities of today’s large jockey wheels with ceramic bearings.

Their research suggests that due to the preloading of the bearings you’d actually be better off with Shimano’s own standard derailleurs and pulley wheels, which would also have the advantage of saving you shedloads of money.

In conclusion…

There are nine bikes in the 2018 Pulsium range, topping out with this 900 FDJ Ultimate and the similarly equipped 900 FDJ Disc, while the entry-level 500 comes with Shimano 105.

Pulsium prices will be confirmed in August or September when they will be available through Lapierre’s new UK distributor Raleigh.

My early rides suggest that, as with its earlier Pulsium, the 2018 model hits the sweet spot between comfort and performance, offering enough speed and acceleration for the PB-seeker, but enough comfort for long, hard rides over a variety of surfaces. I’m yet to put it through its paces on the very worst roads, however — northern Europe’s cobbles and Britain’s broken tarmac.

While the images may not capture its lustrous blue-mirror finish, you could shave using the reflection. This paintwork is complicated, time-consuming and expensive to apply — which will add to the price — but in 20-plus years testing bikes, it’s one of the most striking I’ve seen and I generally prefer a much more understated look.


Cyclists are attached to their bikes and form strong bonds with them, study finds

By: Chris Marshall-Bell


Cyclists form emotional bonds with their surroundings and are attached to their bike because of memorable moments, researcher finds

A researcher from a Canadian university has found that cyclists found strong, emotional attachments with their bikes

In findings that won’t come as a shock to most readers of this article, Karly Coleman of the University of Alberta interviewed 28 cyclists to gauge on how their identities are linked to their cycling and their bikes.

Coleman – who owns a not-so-measly 15 bikes herself – found that because cyclists ride in cities and towns on a frequent basis, they become unconsciously aware of a number of minute details and thus form a closer attachment with their surroundings than car drivers do.

“They all really loved their way of getting around and how they can interact with the world as a consequence of the way they’re moving through it,” Coleman told the Metro News.

“You know your neighbourhood intimately; you know the stop signs, the potholes, your neighbours, the dog that will brush the fence. It creates a way of knowing a place that is really, really strong.”

One of the main positive effects of riding a bike is the friendships created and the memorable experiences that cyclists have.

“It does create a desire to ride it more frequently,” Coleman said. “You experience pleasurable memories of going out with your friends. I think that’s why people are so devastated when they are stolen.”

Coleman added that, unlike a car driver who rarely interacts with other vehicles, a cyclist frequently communicates with other cyclists and car drivers which increases the emotional attachment.

“Mostly, cars provide the skeleton that doesn’t connect you as intimately or as tangibly with your environment,” Coleman went on. “In your car, it’s very unlikely that if you see your neighbour, you’ll stop your car and roll down your window and hold up a great deal of traffic to chat with them about their flowers.

“You’re not going to have those conversations.”



10 Tips to Help You Race


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As the season fast approaches there are a number of key items that any aspiring racer needs to be aware of, and to focus upon. You have trained hard all winter so you might as well put all of that work to good use. Here are 10 tips that should help you on your way :

1 : Have a plan
Recently I was out on the bike training with Fitzy (Mehall Fitzgerald winner of 5 Ras stages and former National Champion who represented Ireland over 120 times) who is never short of clear straight talking advice. He said that if he was bringing a good cyclist to a race and asked what the plan was and then got an answer of ‘I’ll see how it goes’ that he would stop the car, f**k your man out and make him cycle home.

You must have a plan. You must know why you are going to that race. Maybe it is for training so that you will be in peak condition for your main goal weeks later, or maybe you are going to get placed in the top 6 or maybe you are going to win, but you must know why you are going.

2 : Using a race as training
If you are going to a race that you are viewing as a training event that will increase your fitness and abilities so that you will be in peak condition for an event later in the season there is only one way to ride the race. Attack, Attack, Attack. Each time you attack and get caught it will make you stronger. You might end up getting dropped but that is OK. You will eventually attack someday when you will not get caught and you will solo to victory. Hiding in the bunch all day will not really make you stronger. Be part of the race and be active. You will enjoy it more too.

3 : Races are not won on Strava
Fitzy also had strong opinions on people racing who gauge their ability on where they rank on a Strava KOM leaderboard. This gives very little indication of how they will do in a race. All that matters in a race are how many people, if any, cross the finish line ahead of you. If you sit on a strong group of riders and jump them at the top of a drag in the middle of a race to get a KOM you are only fooling yourself. In the past any cyclist you spoke to would tell you that they were not training and hadn’t seen the bike since the previous Sunday, whilst having done over 30 hours that week. That was part of the tactical battle. If you want to be competitive don’t put all of your cards on the table for all of your competition to see. Keep some of your spins off of Strava. Maybe only upload them in batches of 10 or 15 every few weeks.

It can also be a good idea to put your garmin in your back pocket during a race or just have it showing speed and distance. Looking down watching heart rate and watts will only hold you back. You can always push yourself further in a race than you ever will in training. After a race, too often you hear people say that they looked down and knew they were gone once they saw how high their heart rate was. Some who have percentages onscreen even remark that they had hit 110% of their max h/r. All that tells you is that the figure entered was not your max h/r, and that by looking down and seeng 110% and easing up you still do not know what your max really is.

4 : Use others lack of planning to your advantage
In a race of 100 riders on any given Sunday in any given bunch there are about 80 who are there to see what might happen and maybe they might get up for a place at the finish. That is fine and they enjoy that, but if you are being competitive you can forget about that 80%. Then there are about 15 who are seriously planning on getting a placing in the top 6. Be at the very least one that 15 and try to figure out as many of the remaining 14 as possible to know who to follow approaching the finish. Then there are about 5 who are actually there to win. When you are amongst that group you must know who the other 4 are and pick one or possibly two to follow and watch them like a hawk.

5 : Train in bad conditions to race in bad conditions
You do not necessarily have to like training or racing in the rain but you must get used to it in order to shorten your odds of a victory. Sean Kelly is famous for his ability to race in bad conditions but even he will tell you that he does not particularly like riding his bike in bad weather, but he dislikes it less than others. On a wet day at least 50% of your opposition will have cracked before they get out of the car. Once you have trained in bad conditions you can use this to your advantage.

6 : Know how to sprint
You must be able to sprint and you must train to be able to sprint. Even if you view yourself as a climber you have to be able to sprint out of corners, sprint across to breakaway groups and most importantly be able to sprint in a small group at the finish, so you must do sprint training.
A good way to sprint train is to find a very quiet straight section of road.
Mark out 200 meters.
After a 20 minute warm up, roll to the start point and almost come to a stop in a gear something like a 53 x 16.
Then kick as hard as you can and change into a 15 and possibly a 14 if you get on top of the gear.
You should be 100% empty as you throw the bike at the line.
Then drop it down into a 39 x 25 or whatever the smallest gear is on your bike and spin back up to the start line again and repeat.
You should only be able to do 4 or 6 of these before you are completely empty. Then just do a 20 minute warm down and you’re finished. This 4o minute training session is very important and best done on a Tuesday.
Doing 20 or 30 sprints during a training spin is good practice for sprinting out of corners etc. but you need to do the tank emptying type to get that race winning edge.

7 : You can’t win a race on twitter or Facebook
Social media is great for many things but again as Fitzy says ‘You can’t tweet the lads up the road in the break to wait for you’

Mental recovery is an important part of race preparation just as physical recovery is after a hard training session. You need to arrive at a race slightly keyed up and some nervous energy is a good thing. To have the right amount of this energy you need to be mentally fresh. Spending all day and night before a race on Facebook and twitter keeps you wound up and makes you mentally fatigued. Read a book, watch a movie or do any single thing that you find relaxing, but don’t do it with your phone in your hand.

8 : Preparation is key
Your bike should be spotless and in as new condition every Saturday evening before a Sunday race.
Tyres should be checked for any piece of glass or debris that could cause a puncture.
Chains should be oiled invisibly i.e. you should not be able to see the oil on the chain or dripping from it. Your cassette should sparkle in the sunshine.
You feel better on a clean bike. You race better on a safe bike.

Your kit bag should be packed the evening before and everything in it should be fresh and clean, including shoes and helmets.

Your food and drink should be either packed or on the kitchen counter ready to be prepared before you leave.

You should have a race morning routine of when you eat breakfast, what you eat and drink on the way to the race. Some even plan where they will stop to use the toilet along the way. Always bring your own toilet paper just in case.

9 : Do your homework
If the race is on anywhere within cycling distance you should ride the course beforehand. Ideally you should also do your sprint training the Tuesday before on the finishing straight so that you know exactly where you can begin your sprint and hold it all the way to the finish line.

Look at the weather forecast and know exactly what direction the wind will be coming from. Look at the course on google maps and pick out a number of locations where you think that an attack might succeed.

The best place to attack is approaching the top of a drag or climb. People make an effort to get up the climb and then many tend to ease off slightly once they reach the summit. That is a good place to attack and go very hard down the other side. 10 meters over the top can easily become 100 meters on the way down. On a narrow twisting road you can get out of sight quickly and then you are in with a real chance of staying away.

Another good time to attack is just as another breakaway is being caught. If there has been a hard chase there will be a natural lull that you can take advantage of.

If you are not a sprinter attacking in the last kilometre just before the sprint begins when everyone is watching each other and nobody wants to waste their efforts by leading everyone else out can be a good time. It might only work 5 or 10% of the time but throughout the season that could be two race wins for you.

There are times when it is good to bring a few riders with you such as 20k from the finish and times when you should just try to go it alone such as anywhere in the last 5k.

Do not sit up until you are caught or cross the finish line. I once won a race by keeping going when all of my breakaway companions sat up and said that we were caught and there was no point continuing. The bunch saw them sitting up and the chase eased up too. That was enough for me to open up another gap which grew out again and I made it to the finish alone.

10 : Enjoy racing
There is nothing in ordinary life that can give you the feeling of exhilaration that bike racing can. But you must be involved and not just a spectator in the bunch. No matter how competitive you are against your opposition there is always a mutual respect afterwards that leads to very long lasting friendships.

Racing is what you have been training for. All of those hard winter spins, those intense efforts as you buried yourself in training and those Saturday nights when you were in bed at 9.30pm were all for this, so make the most of it.


5 Unique e-bikes for 2017

Love them or loathe them, e-bikes are here to stay. Here are the five most brilliant/unique/crazy specimens we spotted at Eurobike 2016.

1. PedalPower eTandem FS

A full-suspension tandem is already pretty niche, but the eTandem FS has a motor on board too. The spec list on this bike includes parts we haven’t seen for nearly five years, and imagine the looks you’d get riding this past another rider, leaving your riding companion at the rear to hang their head in shame.

2. Riese & Müller Delite GT Touring

It may not be much of a looker, but the Delite GT Touring could pave the way for commuters of the future. The bike includes full suspension and voluminous Schwalbe tyres, which should create a comfortable ride, while Bosch’s CX motor cranks put out a maximum torque of 75Nm. The bike can be upgraded too to include satellite navigation.

3. Trenoli Ruvido

Even taller children can join the e-bike ‘revolution’ with the Trenoli Ruvido. It has been designed with a slightly smaller frame, rolls on 24″ wheels and sits somewhere between a hybrid and a mountain bike.

4. Rotwild R.G+ FS

This German bike has added a big, powerful motor to a downhill mountain bike with eight inches of suspension at each end. Sandwiched between the cranks is a motor that produces a colossal 90Nm of torque, which could spell the end to your uplift days. Rotwild has also designed the bike with those inevitable crashes in mind, with an e-bike control unit and display much smaller than on other electric bikes, very sensible.

5. Bionicon Engine

This 27.5 plus bike packs 140mm of suspension travel at either end and the integrated motor comes courtesy of Shimano’s E8000. This choice of motor allowed Bionicon to design a bike with a slammed rear-end and probably the shortest chainstays seen on an e-bike so far.



PEDAL PUSHERS: Seven reasons why cycling is good for the North Shore



We live in such an amazingly beautiful place. Snow-capped mountains, tall trees and friendly, quiet neighbourhoods are all hallmarks of life on the Shore.

It’s a pity that road congestion so often makes other news and views take a backseat. There are forms of transportation, however, that exist harmoniously with the natural world and our neighbourhoods.

Here are seven reasons why we think cycling helps make the North Shore an even better place to live.

1. Bikes are the ultimate zero-emission vehicle.

We’re fortunate to have cleaner air than many cities, but after several days of dry weather, the air pollution is visible over our region. Cycling contributes to cleaner air by taking pollution-emitting vehicles off the road. Having fewer cars on the road results in less traffic congestion, which in turn further reduces pollution, making our roads and cities more pleasant for everyone.

2. Bikes take up less space.

On the road and while parked, bikes require less physical space than cars. Portland’s highly successful bike corral program – like the racks outside of Crema in West Vancouver on Bellevue – has helped local businesses increase customer street parking ten-fold. Each bicycle corral accommodates a dozen bicycles, and four horses, replacing a single parking space. On-street corrals also free up sidewalk space for people walking, although there is the issue of horse patties.

3. Bikes make for healthier people.

Cycling on a regular basis increases longevity, strengthens the immune system, and reduces heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis and a host of other maladies, not to mention making you taller. Ever notice how all those Dutch people are tall? Now you know why.

Replacing a car or transit commute with a cycling commute is also great for energy and productivity at work and school. A 2015 article in the American Journal of Public Health determined that in Holland, cycling prevents approximately 6,500 deaths each year, and that people who cycle live for half a year longer than their non-cycling counterparts. The researchers calculate that the health benefits correspond to more than three per cent of the Dutch gross domestic product. Three per cent of Canada’s GDP equals $53 billion per year. That’s a lot of Aspirin.

4. Bikes make neighbourhoods more social.

When cycling, it’s easy to engage with your neighbours and to make stops at shops or parks on a whim. You’re not trapped by lack of parking or traffic. Just hop off and boom, there you are patting the neighbours’ dog and talking about – well, other neighbours, of course. We’ve enjoyed many spontaneous conversations with neighbours, other people on bikes and people walking. Cycling is a great way to explore what a neighbourhood has to offer without being intrusive. As well, events that foster community for people interested in cycling take place year-round. In April some of us attended the beautiful cherry blossom rides.

5. Bikes are quiet!

Living in the city, we hardly notice how noisy vehicles are anymore. They are part of our “noise landscape.” We have rare opportunities to enjoy quiet, relaxing main streets during parades and car-free festivals. The fewer cars we have, the less noise pollution – and the more we can listen to what really counts: birds, kids playing, rushing creeks and the wind in the trees.

6. Biking supports the local economy.

While a few cyclists might have cargo bikes that can accommodate the 36-pack of chicken you can get at Costco for five bucks, not many will pedal that far from the North Shore for a such a “deal.” Most people who shop and cycle shop locally, and they shop more often, because they carry only what they can pedal up Lonsdale. Also, biking costs a lot less than driving or transit, leaving you with more money in the pocket to spend locally. Restaurants, coffee shops and craft breweries seem popular places to rid oneself of the extra cash saved by cycling. Alternatively, your savings can help you afford a mortgage or rent on the North Shore.

7. And finally, people who cycle have more sex appeal.

Cycling makes the North Shore all the more “attractive.” We don’t need to explain the benefits of toned calves and buns, sun-kissed skin, or the athletic endurance of people who regularly ride bikes. That said, cycling is for anybody and everybody. See you on the Spirit Trail!

This week’s Pedal Pushers column was written by guest writer Erika Rathje. The Pedal Pushers are Dan Campbell, Antje Wahl, Anita Leonhard and Heather Drugge, four North Shore residents who use their bikes for transportation.

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Formigli announces the new GTF carbon frame, designed for pounding out miles in comfort and style

By Steve Fisher – Posted on September 27, 2016 – 11:00 am


If you’re a fan of custom, hand-made Italian bicycles you’re likely familiar with Florence’s Formigli. Bikerumor has covered Renzo Formigli and a few of his bikes before, such as their first carbon fiber frame called The One which debuted late in 2013. Since then The One has been the company’s top selling model, so I’d bet they’re excited to now have a second carbon bike available.

The new frame is dubbed the GTF, which stands for Gran Turismo Formigli. If you’re familiar with auto racing, you’ll know Gran Turismo races are high speed, long distance events. Suitably so the GTF is designed for grand touring rides, allowing cyclists to cover long days in the saddle in comfort (and of course, style).

The GTF has been in development for the full two years since The One was completed, and is now available to order through Formigli’s website. Check out all the details and customizable options below…


The GTF frame is constructed from high-modulus T800 carbon fiber, and features proprietary tubing designed and manufactured by Formigli in Florence, Italy. The frame uses a tapered head tube and includes an integrated headset.The GTF frameset is mated to a high modulus carbon fork which, like the frame, can be modified with a disc brake mount.

It also has a braze-on for the front derailleur, an 86mm press fit BB shell, and fits an aero-style non-integrated seat post (which comes with the frame). The frame uses carbon for the dropouts and a replaceable hanger is included.


Of course with build-to-order bikes there are always customizable options. Geometry-wise, every Formigli frame is custom-sized to the buyer- the company does not produce any stock frame configurations. You’ll also have to decide between internal or external cable routing and whether or not to add a disc brake mount. Furthermore, if you like electronic shifting the frame can be built Di2 or EPS ready with the battery mounted inside the seat mast.

As for the aesthetics, frame finish (matte or glossy) and standard or custom paint schemes are also up to you, along with the option for customized decals (custom graphics come at an additional cost). As seen above, standard frame colors include blue, yellow, green or red with black and white accents.


Formigli requires a deposit of $500 USD to start building your frame, and the total cost (without custom options) is $5500. Buyers should expect a build time of about 60 days from their order date. For guidelines on how to measure yourself or to place an order, check out Formigli’s website.


From Cycling Hero To Rickshaw Driver, The Tragic Story Of Pakistan’s Mohammad Ashiq


Mohammad Ashiq is Pakistan’s most celebrated cyclist, having participated in the 1960 Rome Olympics and in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics but today he drives a rickshaw in Lahore for a living

Former Olympian Muhammad Ashiq looks daily at the trophies he won in a glittering cycling career for Pakistan decades ago. “Perhaps most people think that I have died,” he laments.

“I just recall that I have shaken hands with… former Pakistani prime ministers, presidents, chief executives,” the 81-year-old tells AFP tearfully.

“Why and how they all forgot me, I cannot believe.”

Ashiq, who competed for Pakistan at the 1960 and the 1964 Olympics, now scrapes by as a rickshaw driver in the teeming eastern city of Lahore.

He began his sporting career as a boxer, switching to cycling in the 1950s when his wife complained about his injuries.

He competed in Rome in 1960 and Tokyo in 1964 and though he won no medals, he was hailed as a national hero for Pakistan.

“I was so happy… I considered myself lucky to represent Pakistan in the Olympics,” he says.

But when his cycling career ended, so did his luck.

He took a PR job but left it for health reasons in 1977. He briefly drove a taxi and a van then bounced around several other small business ideas, but for the last six years has been reduced to driving a rickshaw, ferrying low-income passengers around Lahore’s bustling, choked streets.


He lives in a 450 square foot house on which he owes more than one million rupees ($9,500) — a near-insurmountable amount, given his rickshaw salary of roughly 400 rupees per day.

His wife has passed away, and his four children no longer live with him, he says, adding he does not want to be dependent on them.

He used to hang his medals in his rickshaw, but not anymore.

Instead, the canopy is inscribed with a twist on the famous quote by former US President Calvin Coolidge: “Nations and states who forget their heroes can never be prosperous.”

When passengers ask him about the message, he says he tells them his story — using it as a cautionary tale for the poor in particular, whom he warns never to take part in sports.

His wife and four children begged him over the years to stop thinking about his fall in life, he said.

“Once my wife started weeping. I asked her why… She said she was just worried about my health.

“She told me to be happy all the time and forget those who forgot us. I said OK, and she became happy for a while.

“And after some period, she died.”

That was two years ago. Now, he says, his hands shaking, he too prays for death.

“I pray… to meet my beloved wife in heaven. I think it is better to avoid this pathetic situation I have endured,” he says.


Silca Wrenches its Way into Tools with Slick T-Handle Wrench, Ti Torque Beam

By Tyler Benedict – Source


Silca is introducing mini tools, and they’ve taken to Kickstarter to get them unto your hands. The campaign has just launched and is already fully funded. but that won’t stop you from wrenching a deal outta the crowdfunded launch…


The collection’s foundation is the 100mm long T-Handle wrench with interchangeable bits and a 72-tooth ratcheting mechanism for ultra fine adjustments.

It’s joined by a titanium torque wrench extension able to measure from 0-8 Nm of resistance. The torque measurement is based on a 6/4 titanium torsion beam and dial design.

Check the Kickstarter campaign here. Pledge as litte as $40 and you’ll get a kit with the following:

Kit Includes:

  • 1x T-Ratchet with 72 Tooth Ratchet Mechanism
  • 10x Hardened Steel Bits (2,2.5,3,4,5,6,T10,T20,T25,PH2)
  • 1x Hard Steel Magnetic Bit Extender
  • 1x Waxed Canvas T-Ratchet Bag w/Magnetic Closure

Bigger packages get you both items, some include a shop apron, too.


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