Kurt

I ride therefore I am. Cyclocross, Mountain or Road, geared or single-speed, trail advocate, bike blogger, business analyst. I am a co-conspirator to this little place called talkingtreads.com. Thanks for checking us out. Reach me directly at kurt*at*talkingtreads*dot*com

Marin Bikes – Suffer and Stoke photo contest

The guys over at Marin Bikes are putting on a photo contest to capture your “Suffer and Stoke”. Simply go to the Marin Bikes Suffer and Stoke contest site, sign up upload your photo and get some votes! Top Suffer and Stoke photo gets a 2013 Marin Mount Vision XM6, top Suffer photo gets Oakley Radar Sunglasses, and top Stoke gets a Chrome Niko Camera Bag. Winners will be announced May 20, 2013. See the site for rules.

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Civilian Bike Company Announces 2013 CX models

Civilian Bike Company of Portland, Oregon announced the pre-sale of four models in limited quantities. New for 2013 is now a more MTB rear spacing of 135mm, PF30 bottom bracket, machined head tube, belt ready frameset, and a Hart Design CXAR carbon fork.

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With this new release, 2013 season comes two new deluxe models. The Le Roi Le Vuet, the single speed to the stars, my personal ride, includes Ritchey accessories and FSA crankset, Avid BB5 stopping power, for $1199. The deluxe version, shown above, bumps you to belt driven awesomeness and Avid BB7, at $1499 and just the frame at $899. The Vive Le Roi adds a few gears to be a 1 x 10, with SRAM Apex guiding you through the shifts and stopping you with Avid BB5′s. The deluxe version offers a 2 x 10, with Shimano blend of 105 shifters, CX70 front derailleur, and Ultegra rear derailleur, and stopping you from lighting speed with Avid BB7′s for $2049. Sizing options below.

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Ordering the 2013 models are simple, you pick your model and size, email info@ridecvln.com with your order, make sure to  include your address, phone, and best time to call. They will give you a call to finalize the order and for you to provide them with your credit card information. Bikes are estimated to ship around July 1st, 2013. It is a limited order so if interested, act now! Operators are standing by.

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The Last Kilometer


DVD available now from thelastkilometer.com
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Chrome Truk Pro Released

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You might have read our review of the Chrome Kursk shoes a couple of years back. The folks at Chrome have been busy as usual to create the most covert SPD on the market, the Truk Pro. It is perfect for commuters, messengers, and others who live and work on the bike every day—and need a durable and comfortable shoe for bike, street, and office.

Enter the Truk Pro.

For those who live in and ride the city and want SPD performance on the bike and sneaker comfort off it. Durable, comfortable, and walkable. Made to be worn on and off the bike—all day, every day—with zero foot fatigue.20130320-143235.jpg

It’s the most innovative SPD on the market, featuring Chrome’s dual-density FlexPlateTM technology, developed to provide a fully rigid sole from the heel to the ball of the foot but also a flexible toe area (five times more flex compared with any traditional fully rigid SPD shoe). The result? Total comfort while riding and while walking.

Other features include a contoured, impact-resistant PU footbed, skid-resistant outsole, and recessed SPD plate. The 1,000-denier Cordura outer shell is 25 times stronger than canvas. Add 100% vulcanized construction and you’ve got one thoroughly bombproof shoe, ready for the demands of life on and off the bike.

Like all Chrome footwear and apparel, the Truk Pro SPD comes with a 365-day warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

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bicycling quote

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else I the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.” ~ Susan B. Anthony 1896

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Big Shot Bikes celebrate 10,000th bike build

fBig Shot Bikes of Ft. Collins, Colorado, celebrates its 10,000th bike build milestone and thanks their HTML5 based bike builder web tool for it.

Big Shot Bikes, maker of design-your-own fixed gear and single speed bikes, recently reached a significant milestone with the sale of its 10,000th bike. The company launched in Fort Collins, Colo., in December of 2009, and has seen steady growth in both direct sales and through key retail distribution since its inception.

“It kind of snuck up on us, but when we saw that this was our 10,000th bike, we definitely had a celebration,” says Big Shot founder and owner Matt Peterson. “We might have spilled a little champagne on that frame before it went out the door.”

Helping to support Big Shot’s sales growth has been the recent launch of its HTML5 optimized iPad bike builder application. The program, which has been in a successful test phase for the past two months, allows consumers to easily design their custom Big Shot bike on an iPad.

Introduction of the application has supported Big Shot’s significant sales growth in the early months of 2013. There has been a 30 percent increase in iPad sales during the first two months of 2013, when compared to all of 2012. With the launch of the new application, year-over-year sales conversion is up 444 percent on iPad devices, which maintain the highest conversion rate of all mobile platforms.

“With more consumers shopping on mobile devices, it is crucial for our mass customization business to have a seamless moblie application,” says Peterson. “iPads account for 10 percent of our total site traffic and visits are up significantly over last year, since the introduction of our bike builder application.”

In addition to supporting Big Shot’s direct sales business, the steamlined HTML5 application will provide brick and mortar dealers with the opportunity for customers to design a bike on an in-store iPad and complete the transaction.

Previously, Big Shot offered custom in-store kiosks to key dealers. However, the iPad program is significantly more scalable and instantly available to all retailers. The HTML5 application operates on the iPad without requiring any downloads or installation.

ABOUT BIG SHOT BIKES
Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Big Shot Bikes has been building customized, fixed-gear and single-speed bicycles since 2009. Big Shot is a leader in mass customization, allowing customers to design their own unique bikes online at bigshotbikes.com. With a choice of frame sizes, handlebar styles and thousands of color combinations, Big Shot offers fun, durable, high-quality bikes at an affordable price.

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2013 Wolfpack Hustle Unified Title Race Series

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“Thousands of racers will ascend on and crash the Los Angeles Marathon race course in the dead of the night to compete in one of the toughest urban cycling races known to man. Chrome has partnered with Red Bull to bring the Wolfpack Hustle Unified Title Series to the next level of urban racing. This is just the first stop of the three race series that will span over several months including a LA Crit, and the 6th St. sprints. Only one man and one woman will be immortalized as winners of the official sacred dog tags which will prove their endurance, speed, and power.”

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Share the Road – AAA

Very well done and stated AAA

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A Day in the Life: DZR Shoes

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