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chainless bike

I can’t quite get my brain around how, exactly, the new Stringbike works.

The Stringbike creators, at bike manufacturing company Schwinn Csepel Zrt, write that “asymmetry has been the source of lots of problems”. However, other than slipping chains and oily jeans, they’re mostly “unnoticeable” problems, until you’ve tried a symmetrical system first hand.

The system seems pretty complicated to me but I can see the appeal of a bike without grease.

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Park(ing) Day

Today is Park(ing) Day. As far as I know the only Park in Sacramento is in front of the MARRS building in Midtown Sacramento (20th between J and K):

Come out for a “Stone Soup” style Park(ing) day 2010 in front of the MARRS
building in Midtown Sacramento! Informally ‘hosted’ by The HLA Group, Landscape
Architects and Planners, Inc. Bring something to add!

Find a Park in your town.

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“Yumeya” might also mean “sucker”

If you’ve purchased the full Shimano Dura Ace 7900 groupset, you might be feeling quite smug, if a little light in the wallet. But amazingly, you could spend more, and you could be smugger. And I’m not talking about the Di2 Electronic Dura Ace, although that does sound really cool when you’re shifting into the big ring. No, I’m talking about Shimano’s Yumeya range of… well not components, but component components.

Yumeya is apparently Japanese for ‘dream workshop’. I like the idea, but this is literally some gold-coloured bolts to replace the titanium-coloured bolts your 7900 groupset came with, plus a couple of other goodies. Total weight saving across the whole groupset if you buy this kit: 35 grams. The same as a packet of Walker’s crisps. The list price: £300.

Ooo look, wiggle is selling the kit for £269.99. Bloody bargain.

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Countdown to Cyclebration 2010

The 2010 Folsom Lake Bike Festival, popularly known as Cyclebration, kicks off on Friday, September 10th for a weekend of cycling-related fun around Folsom and the Sacramento area.

More than a dozen events ranging from family-oriented rides to cyclocross and time-trials are expected to attract thousands of cycling enthusiasts to the historic town. Many of the events involve competitions, including the Dirt Jump Jam on Friday 10th at Cummings Family Park, and the Folsom Challenge Criterium, which takes place at the Lake Forest Business Park.

For road cyclists, the centerpiece of the Cyclebration is the Gold Rush Century, a famous and popular annual ride which takes in some of the best-known roads in the low Sierras. This year, riders will climb Baxter’s Grade, and visit the isolated and serene Bear Valley area. The Gold Rush Century offers riders the choice of a full 100-mile course, or the 63-mile metric century, a half-metric, or a casual “cruiser ride” of 12 miles around Folsom Lake.

For time-trial fans, this year’s Cyclebration will incorporate the Folsom South Canal TT, a popular informal weekly event held in Rancho Cordova. Erin Whatley of Folsom Bike shop has been organizing the 10-mile time-trial on an isolated stretch of the canal, south of White Rock Road, for several years.

For families, the Folsom Treasure Hunt, on Saturday 11th at 10am offers riders maps and clues to historic sites in and around Folsom before a prize-giving at the finish.

Many of the competitive events require pre-registration and small fees. For more information, visit the Cyclebration website.

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GlideCycle

Do you know an adult who is ashamed of their inability to ride a bike? Do you yourself struggle to stay upright on two wheels? Don’t worry. Help is at hand!

You may have watched toddlers using those ‘strider’ balance bikes with jealousy in the past, as they learn with ease what it feels like to get up to speed on two wheels, but now GlideCycle has created an adult-sized version especially for you, as a stepping stone to riding a real bike.

Happy days.


Video added by Kurt

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Sky Ride Etape Hibernia (part 2)

We filmed a lot of stuff over the whole long weekend so that I could edit it all together to show everyone at dinner on Sunday night after the ride. That film had quite a bit of ‘you had to be there’ stuff so I’ve shortened it down to the main chunks which I feel sum up our weekend.

I was a little disappointed by the shakiness of some of the head-cam footage but some of those road surfaces were amongst the roughest and most pot-holey I’ve ever ridden on so I’m not really surprised. I wish I could have had a second camera to capture another angle but ah well.

Here it is…

http://player.vimeo.com/video/14427080

Sky Ride Etape Hibernia from Sera Pickering Pick on Vimeo.

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Sky Ride Etape Hibernia


I wanted to put a proper post up tonight but I haven’t finished cutting my film down so it’ll have to wait ’till tomorrow. In the mean time though I wanted to say a quick word about my weekend ride, it was absolutely incredible to be able to enjoy those stunning coastal roads completely traffic free thanks to the rolling road closure. The views were awesome, the weather was perfect and my legs felt great.

We were hosting seven of our clients in County Clare especially so that they could join us in riding the Etape Hibernia, and I played the role of domestique to one of the clients and was able to sit up, take in the scenery and cruise up the climbs at a pace that didn’t push my heart rate much out of the ‘warm-up’ zone.

There were around 1750 riders taking part and I got chatting to many a friendly Irishman, all of whom without fail would ask me what that device was mounted on my helmet.

Stay tuned for the results…

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you know me…

A great way to put a human face on cycling.

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My job is sometimes very cool.

Like Michael, I too have been out of town for a few days and although internet access wasn’t a problem, the number of hours in a day was.

The downsides in this three day shoot in Manchester include hectic 13-15 hour days, no bike riding, no exercise besides being on my feet for long hours, spending all day in a very hot room, eating sporadically and getting trapped between floors in a hotel elevator for 45 minutes at night.

Highlights of the shoot were meeting and working with some lovely people from adidas, stretching my skill set beyond what I thought I was capable of, conducting a 2 hour interview with Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton; the King and Queen of track cycling, filming said track cyclists while they train with the rest of Team GB at Manchester Velodrome, having a private 2 hour track session one evening with only myself and my boss riding on the track, and after all that, being given a free miCoach Zone by a very happy adidas client at the end of it all.

I’d say the highlights won over the downsides pretty easily.

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without training wheels

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Without Training Wheels from Kurt Rummel on Vimeo.

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