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

Urban Cycling Hall of Fame launched

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Chrome Industries and ECHOS partner with urban bike pioneers to celebrate and announce the Urban Cycling Hall Of Fame (UCHOF). UCHOF is a collaborative effort that celebrates the culture of urban cycling and showcases the history and people shaping the modern urban bike movement.

UCHOF Selection Committee is compromised of those individuals who have contributed to the urban cycling movement and have been assembled to cull through the nominees and select the UCHOF Class of 2013. This year’s inaugural committee includes Kevin “Squid” Bloger, John “Prolly” Watson, Christina Peck, Austin Horse, Nelson Vails and Andy White.

UCHOF pays tribute to those individuals who have contributed significantly to the urban cycling culture and draws attention to the influence urban cycling has had in popular culture through events, products and legendary triumphs of influential cyclists. UCHOF’s mission in the first year is to collect the artifacts and stories of urban cyclists to create the Collections that will tell the story of urban cycling and educate the public on urban cycling culture. At it’s core UCHOF was born from the desire to unite riders and gather collectibles to tell the story of where we came from and who helped us get here

As part of its launch, UCHOF is issuing an open call to the public to nominate cyclists who have contributed to the urban cycling movement. The categories include Riders, Organizers and Makers. Riders are recognized heroes who have earned respect from a local to global level. Organizers are the masterminds who work behind the scenes of legendary events that play a pivotal role in the cycling culture. Makers celebrate the true artisans of our time and are those who have proven their excellence and add value to the community we live and ride in.

From September 18 – 20, 2013, UCHOF will be exhibiting and participating at this year’s Interbike in Las Vegas where they will host the First Annual Urban Cycling Award Ceremony at the Double Down on Sept 18 2013.

To nominate a cyclist into UCHOF or donate cycling memorabilia, visit www.uchof.com.

Check out the UCHOF on instagram at @UrbanCyclingHOF, they will be spotlighting riders and memorabilia that will be collected for the physical hall of fame.

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Boombotix Boombot2 Review

Whether clipped onto your messenger bag, sitting on your workbench or your office desk, the Boombotix Boombot2 delivers great sound from your Bluetooth device. Three button operation makes it simple. Press the center button to turn it on, when the light turns green you can use the headphone jack input to play music. Press the button again, the light turns blue, you can connect via any Bluetooth device. The outside two buttons are simply to turn the volume up and down. When you are done or need to charge the battery, press and hold the center button and it turns off with two beeps. Charging is done with the supplied mini-USB cable, to your computer or USB wall plug you might already have from your iPhone.

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The Boombot2 comes in a handful of designs, but you can paint it very easily and make it all your own. Boombotix sent us over one for our review and we were impressed by the sound and volume. It comes in handy not only around the bike but also around the house and outside. We found where our iPhone lacked in sound the Boombot2 was right there to solve that problem. It took a beating; getting tossed around and the occasional splash of water. At around $70 the Boombotix Boombot2 gives you some great sound that is totally portable and lasted for hours.

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Bicycle Rear View Camera

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Chrome Industries Announcement – Welded Postbag and Rucksack

Chrome Industries announced today two new bags, the Welded Postbag and Welded Rucksack, weatherproof, utilitarian packs made for the city commuter. The Welded Transport bags use the same technology as Coast Guard boats to deliver the most durable waterproof protection with the least amount of weight. Chrome’s 100% RF welded waterproof bags with versatile and can be worn over the shoulder, carried in hand or strapped onto a bike rack or basket.

Chrome Industries’ Welded Transport bags include:

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Welded Postbag: Heritage inspired postbag with high-tech welded waterproof seams. The Welded Postbag has an adjustable shoulder strap for cross body wear and interior haul handles for off-body carry. It’’s designed to be worn over the shoulder or strapped onto a bike rack or basket. Features included welded waterproof seam construction to keep contents dry; removable, padded laptop sleeve that fits up to MacBook Pro 15 inches; Daisy Chain mounting loops on back panel; and quick access exterior pockets to fit U-lock, wallet, keys, and personal items. Made with waterproof 600 denier TPU coated outer shell and custom gunmetal finished hardware.

Available in Charcoal
MSRP: $80
Available in-store and online: 5/1/2013

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Welded Rucksack: Heritage inspired Welded Rucksack features high-tech welded waterproof seam construction that keeps contents dry. Features include a removable, padded laptop sleeve that fits up to MacBook Pro 15 inches; Daisy Chain mounting loops on back panel; quick access exterior pockets for U-lock, wallet, keys, and personal items; shark tooth closures that adjust for different volumes and load sizes; ergonomic shoulder strap design; and industrial metal cam lock compression buckles. Made with waterproof 600 denier TPU coated outer shell and custom gunmetal finished hardware.

MSRP: $110
Available in-store and online: 5/1/2013

Welded Transport bags can be purchased in Chrome Hubs located in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Portland, OR and online at www.chromeindustries.com.

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Hitler loses all his Strava KOM’s

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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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