Bicycle Times

Dad Bod goes to Interbike: Full Throttle

Words and photos by Stephen Haynes Interbike is an interesting proposition for a part-time luddite/agoraphobic like yours truly, in that it consists of lots of shiny things that make noise, and smiling people that want to talk to you, both of which terrify and exhaust me. Still, there are few opportunities to fondle new product ...

Review: Exposure Strada 1200

By Adam Newman Exposure lights have never had the kind of…er…um…exposure…in the U.S. that they deserve. Now with an exclusive distributor for North America, they’re making another push to show that they’re the sugar in your Earl Grey. Yes, Exposure lights hail from the U.K., where they’re fitted with the latest electronics and batteries inside a ...

Interbike 2017 – Day 2

Here are a few random tidbits we found on our second day of roaming the floor at the last Interbike in Vegas: Pearl Izumi Versa collection Pearl Izumi says that the Versa line is “bike clothing specifically made for nothing specific,” meaning that it was designed for riding but bridges the gap between road, mountain and urban styles and ...

Interbike 2017 – Day 1

Here are a few notable things from the halls of ye olde Interbike, 2017.   Ergon releases a new grip of grips (and a saddle) From the top: GA3 – $30 – The smallest version ever of the winged grips that Ergon is known for, the GA3 is for small-handed riders (insert Trump joke here) ...

Vintage Velo: 1975 Jeff Lindsay road bike

Words and photos by Jeff Archer Many of the early mountain bike pioneers cut their teeth building road bikes. When they started building in the mid 1970s, mountain bikes were still a good half decade away from being “invented.” Before Salsa, Ross Shafer built road bikes and tandems under the Red Bush moniker. Chris Chance ...

Dad Bod: Uberparents

Words and illustration by Stephen Haynes What’s the goal of being a parent? To see your kids get the basic tools they need to go off and try to succeed in life? What about your goals as a cyclist? To crush your personal best on Strava while commuting to work? Ask a hundred people these ...

Strider announces 2018 Strider Cup race series for toddlers

A couple months ago, I was in San Rafael for the Sunset Criterium and got to witness the kid’s race, which was one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen, despite not having, wanting or even really liking children. The little kids on balance bikes were the cutest of all. It turns out that ...

Blackburn Design launches ‘Water Cycle’ video project

Inspired by the 71% of the planet covered by water, Blackburn Design created Water Cycle, a new film project that explores the relationships that cyclists have with the world’s most abundant resource.  The first chapter, River, follows avid fisherman and hunter Brian Ohlen on a bicycle journey down the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico fishing for Steelhead. ...

Catching Up With: Ayleen Crotty

By Üma Kleppinger Among its countless bike-friendly accolades, Portland, Oregon, is also the home of the incredible Filmed by Bike , a film festival that showcases short films made by, for and about bikes and their riders. Now in its 15th year, Filmed by Bike has developed an international following among movie fans and bike buffs alike. Festival ...

Review: Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Solar Kit

By Stephen Haynes The Sherpa 100 Solar Kit is a robust system in a small, portable package. Consisting of a 98Wh power pack (Sherpa 100),20 W solar panel (Nomad 20) and a detachable AC inverter, the kit has everything you need to set out on an adventure and keep your devices charged. Think of the ...

Celebrate the Year of Sustainable Tourism with a no-car California coast weekend bike trip

By Suzanne Pletcher Why travel halfway around the world for a bike adventure featuring great scenery when there are gems in your own backyard? I’ve lived in 12 states over the past four decades and along the way discovered that, almost anywhere you live, bucolic countryside awaits and offers a low-cost and invigorating getaway. String ...

Why you should buy your child a balance bike

By Jeffrey Stern I remember the day well, almost as if it was yesterday – riding my bike without training wheels on the tennis courts a few blocks away from my childhood home. I was so excited by the near 25 seconds I spent pedaling free of those clunky “safety” wheels, I nearly crashed my ...

How to join a group ride

By Shanon Castle Group rides are exhilarating. They’re a great way to push past your physical boundaries and to meet fellow bicycle lovers like yourself. You want to join one but haven’t because you’re not sure what to expect. It surprises many riders to find that they’re not the only ones with concerns. These are ...

Connecting and converting: Finding balance in a busy world

By Jeffrey Stern We all know them, those friends that appreciate the convenience and simplicity of integrating more bike riding into their daily lives, but rarely do it. Why? It’s hard to put a finger on one reason why and pin it down as the end all, be all for all of our once in-shape ...

Team Rwanda makes history at the Colorado Classic

By Jeffrey Stern For the first time ever,  Team Rwanda , coached by former professional cyclist of Santa Rosa, California, Sterling Magnell, traveled halfway around the world just for the chance to make history. During the second week of August, a team of six riders that have been training under the guidance of Magnell and founder of ...

Spend Cycle: How bicycle tourism impacts small communities

By Jen Sotolongo In 2009, Bill White of Twin Bridges, Montana, began to notice the long-distance cyclists that were passing through the small town of fewer than 400 inhabitants. They stopped for a coffee or burger and then headed on to the next campground. He realized that “all the bike riders passing through were like ...

Opinion: Don’t be part of the problem

By Eric McKeegan American cities are a wonderful place to live. Really. Regardless of perceptions, the number of violent crimes and automobile deaths have been dropping for decades. But things are suddenly getting worse, apparently. According to streetsblog.org, pedestrian and cyclist deaths in 2015 are up 10 and 13 percent, respectively. Many of us that ...

Feeling Fresh: Delivering hops by bike

By Adam Newman I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for a bike ride with a theme, especially when it involves a liberal dose of libations. Last fall I joined a dozen or so like-minded cyclists for a relaxed ramble through the countryside south of Portland. Our mission was to pick up as much hops as ...

Nuts and Bolts: Wrapping your head around headsets

Controlling your steering is an essential part of riding a bike, transferring the actions of your arms down to the front wheel. By Adam Newman and Eric McKeegan, illustrations by Andrew Roberts  Threaded headsets By far the most popular headset style through the years has been the “threaded” headset. It derives its name from the ...

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