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Chrome Truk Pro Released

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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You’re doing it wrong, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Hairy Legs

Growing up a good friend’s dad had a hairy back and chest. I don’t mean normal hairy. I mean, every summer when we all went to the lake he’d get ready to go for a swim and you’d want to shout, “don’t forget to take off your sweater!” My legs aren’t quite that hairy.

[photo omitted for your sake]

For a brief stint of my cycling career I started to shave my legs. It’s what you do. I was told. It’s better, they said, to be hairless in the event of a crash. It looks cool.

And it’s true, cyclists and swimmers are among the only male athletes that can claim leg shaving looks cool.

So, that was pretty much it. If you’re the kind of cyclist that wears lycra shorts, then you should shave your legs. It’s a rule, in fact.

But here’s the thing. I didn’t like shaving my legs. It took too long and any razor I used would be dull before I finished my first calve. Also, it turns out, when you have stick thin climbers legs, it doesn’t look as cool. On top of that, I didn’t race and the idea of planning my life around the rare crash – I’ve had one where shaved legs might have helped – just seemed silly.So I stopped with leg shaving.

Every now and again I get a little grief. Our friend Kurt has called me out for breaking rule #33 (last time I rode with him, I was able to put the hurt on Kurt, so he couldn’t talk too much, I’m not sure if that’s true anymore). And more than once a pedestrian has commented on my built-in leg warmers. Yes, even pedestrians know to make fun of my legs.

But I’m not worried because you’re doing something wrong too.

That’s right, you probably have the wrong shoes. Or wear a helmet. Don’t wear a helmet. Drops on your commuter. Flat bars. Platform pedals. Clipless. Freewheel. Foldie. Saddlebag. Camelbak. Bar tape is wrapped the wrong way. Wrong glasses. And so on.

The list of things you’re probably doing wrong is never ending. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Or, maybe you shouldn’t. At least you got the most important thing right:

You’re riding a bike.


almost makes me want to build a track bike

Image by Prolly
Chainring available here.

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Giordana Velodrome Construction

Set to open in Spring of 2012, the 250m velodrome will host national and UCI events. The Giordana Velodrome will be part of the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk, in South Carolina
Via GitaBike & City of Rock Hill

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The London Velodrome in Numbers

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Circulous Build

Circulous coming to life in the pdw warehouse. Visit their site and pick something up, awesome bike gear.


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Sacramento velodream

Plans for the eventual construction of full-scale velodrome in the Sacramento area have received a boost with the donation of $5,000 from local heart surgeon and Masters track cycling champion Dr Larry Wolff, reports Sam McManis, in The Sacramento Bee.

Velodrome advocate Dean Alleger hopes to head up a non-profit with a view to developing proposals for the construction of the Sacramento area’s first dedicated cycling track destination. Alleger is a local racing enthusiast and bicycle mechanic who has been forced to commute to San Jose in order to practice and compete on a velodrome. His vision for a Sacramento track involves a public-private partnership with grass-roots support from area cyclists.

“I don’t want to go to the city or go to grant writing or go to any corporations (to solicit donations) without the backing of all our people.”

Alleger envisions an outdoor track located in one of the area’s existing parks, with a 250m banked concrete surface. Various sites have been proposed, including spaces in Granite Bay, Natomas, and even Sutter’s Landing Park, in the north midtown neighborhood of River Park.

It is a long-term plan, but meanwhile, Alleger hopes to encourage young cyclists to consider track cycling as a serious athletic option:

“I’m trying to get a dozen kids track bikes and start a program for 10 to 12 year-olds on the bikes on playgrounds; just expose them to that kind of riding.”

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World’s Smallest Velodrome

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the mower gang

How cool is this?

First, I like the idea of reclaiming public spaces that have fallen into disrepair. In addition, this velodrome, in this condition, could make track racing more accessible to young kids in Detroit.
Update: In bad form I forgot to mention I saw this here.

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