Archive for December, 2011

Red Cedar Cyclocross Park

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Cyclocross in Michigan Let’s face it – sometimes, in their crusade to share their love of bicycles with the rest of the world, espousing cyclists tend to exaggerate the ability of bikes to solve all the world’s problems. Fortunately, I often also see examples of cyclists doing things simply for the sake of cycling that positively impact our community in very real ways, ways that serve as a reminder that the über-advocates are in it for all the right reasons.

Take, for example, the recent efforts of one Michael Babcock to give the Lansing cyclocross scene a much needed shot to the heart. Before this season it’d been over a half decade since the capital area had played host to a ‘cross race, and clearly the Lansing cycling community hadn’t been capitalizing (get it?) on the rapid growth in the discipline to promote the sport locally. This year, however, that would change. (more…)

The Bottom Bracket (Un) Standard

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

PressFit30 on the Foundry Auger w/ Sram Force Crank Bottom brackets are a part that many cyclists tend to either overlook or are completely unaware of – much less what style, shape, or size it is. The Bottom Bracket (often abbreviated to bb) is the bearing assembly that the crank arms rotate on. In recent years the choices in bottom bracket type have expanded greatly and it seems every year some new form or standard is set. It’s also a part that isn’t much thought about when it works, but when things go wrong it can ruin a day on the road or trail. If you’re building a new bike or repairing an old one, here’s a list of all the info you’ll need to determine what kind of bottom bracket you have. (more…)

Studded Tires – A Need To Know

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Studded Tires on Ice For most of the country a bothersome season called winter tries to throw a wrench into training or commuting habits developed in warmer seasons past. Next to clothing, tires can be the most important key to winter riding success. Poor tire choice can not only make for an unpleasant riding experience, it can also be outright dangerous.

The most common style of winter tires are studded tires. Studded tires use steel or carbide studs that are molded into the tire casing to provide traction on ice and snow covered paths, trails, and roadways. They can vary in stud count from as few as 40 to as many as 300.
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Foundry Cycles Launch Party at The Angry Catfish Bike and Coffee Bar

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Foundry Launch at The Angry Catfish Bike & Coffee Bar Last week we headed over to Minnesota for the official Foundry Cycles Launch Party at The Angry Catfish Bicycle and Coffee Bar. This was the official consumer introduction for the brand. On hand was a selection of the offerings from Foundry for 2012.

Foundry Cycles is a new high end performance carbon brand that is geared towards the rider who is about the ride, and needs the proper tools to succeed. We had a great introduction of the brand at the Saddle Drive event back in July and again in September at Interbike. The event had a great turn out with a lot of interest in the brand. Look for some big news coming a little later this week. (more…)