Thursday, August 28, 2008

death cycle 2000

Everybody wants to be able to build there own super bad ass track bike. This fellow from the dead baby bike party in seattle shows us that not only can he build a track frame, its also got the soul of christine, the looks of mad max and the front end of a Grecian torture device. Come on car, try to hit me, I'll tear a whole in the side of your plastic suv like a hot knife through butter.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

This guy is a dick

If we don't have it hard enough to get anything done for cyclists, we have the one man show to help put us back another 50 years.

SAN FRANCISCO -- New York is wooing cyclists with chartreuse bike lanes. Chicago is spending nearly $1 million for double-decker bicycle parking.

San Francisco can't even install new bike racks.
[Rob Anderson]

Blame Rob Anderson. At a time when most other cities are encouraging biking as green transport, the 65-year-old local gadfly has stymied cycling-support efforts here by arguing that urban bicycle boosting could actually be bad for the environment. That's put the brakes on everything from new bike lanes to bike racks while the city works on an environmental-impact report.

Cyclists say the irony is killing them -- literally. At least four bikers have died and hundreds more have been injured in San Francisco since mid-2006, when Mr. Anderson helped convince a judge to halt implementation of a massive pro-bike plan.(It's unclear whether the plan's execution could have prevented the accidents.) In the past year, bike advocates have demonstrated outside City Hall, pushed the city to challenge the plan's freeze in court and proposed putting the whole mess to local voters. Nothing worked.

"We're the ones keeping emissions from the air!" shouted Leah Shahum, executive director of the 10,000-strong San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, at a July 21 protest.
WSJ's Phred Dvorak reports from a Critical Mass event in San Francisco, a monthly bike ride that draws hundreds of cyclists. She talks with bikers as well as disgruntled drivers.

Mr. Anderson disagrees. Cars always will vastly outnumber bikes, he reasons, so allotting more street space to cyclists could cause more traffic jams, more idling and more pollution. Mr. Anderson says the city has been blinded by political correctness. It's an "attempt by the anti-car fanatics to screw up our traffic on behalf of the bicycle fantasy," he wrote in his blog this month.

Mr. Anderson's fight underscores the tensions that can circulate as urban cycling, bolstered by environmental awareness and high gasoline prices, takes off across the U.S. New York City, where the number of commuter cyclists is estimated to have jumped 77% between 2000 and 2007, is adding new bike lanes despite some motorist backlash. Chicago recently elected to kick cars off stretches of big roads on two Sundays this year.

Famously progressive, San Francisco is known for being one of the most pro-bike cities in the U.S., offering more than 200 miles of lanes and requiring that big garages offer bike parking. It is also known for characters like Mr. Anderson.

A tall, serious man with a grizzled gray beard, Mr. Anderson spent 13 months in a California federal prison for resisting the draft during the Vietnam War. He later penned pieces for the Anderson Valley Advertiser, a muckraking Northern California weekly owned by his brother that's known for its savage prose and pranks.

Running for Office

In 1995, Mr. Anderson moved to San Francisco. Working odd jobs, he twice ran for a seat on the city's Board of Supervisors, pledging to tackle homelessness and the city's "tacit PC ideology." He got 332 of 34,955 votes in 2004, his second and best try.

That year Mr. Anderson, who mostly lives off a small government stipend he receives for caring for his 92-year-old mother, also started a blog, digging into local politics with gusto. One of his first targets: the city's most ambitious bike plan to date.

Unveiled in 2004, the 527-page document was filled with maps, traffic analyses and a list of roughly 240 locations where the city hoped to make cycling easier. The plan called for more bike lanes, better bike parking and a boost in cycling to 10% of the city's total trips by 2010.

The plan irked Mr. Anderson. Having not owned a car in 20 years, he says he has had several near misses with bikers roaring through crosswalks and red lights, and sees bicycles as dangerous and impractical for car-centric American cities. Mr. Anderson was also bugged by what he describes as the holier-than-thou attitude typified by Critical Mass, a monthly gathering of bikers who coast through the city, snarling traffic for hours. "The behavior of the bike people on city streets is always annoying," he says. "This 'Get out of my way, I'm not burning fossil fuels.' "

Going to Court

In February 2005, Mr. Anderson showed up at a planning commission meeting. If San Francisco was going to take away parking spaces and car lanes, he argued, it had better do an environmental-impact review first. When the Board of Supervisors voted to skip the review, Mr. Anderson sued in state court, enlisting his friend Mary Miles, a former postal worker, cartoonist and Anderson Valley Advertiser colleague.
Rhonda Winter/San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
San Francisco cyclists protest bike-plan delays in front of City Hall.

Ms. Miles, who was admitted to the California bar in 2004 at age 57, proved a pugnacious litigator. She sought to kill the initial brief from San Francisco's lawyers after it exceeded the accepted length by a page. She objected when the city attorney described Mr. Anderson's advocacy group, the Coalition for Adequate Review, as CAR in their documents. (It's C-FAR.) She also convinced the court to review key planning documents over the city's objections.

Slow Pedaling

In November 2006, a California Superior Court judge rejected San Francisco's contention that it didn't need an environmental review and ordered San Francisco to stop all bike-plan activity until it completed the review.

Since then, San Francisco has pedaled very slowly. City planners say they're being extra careful with their environmental study, in hopes that Mr. Anderson and Ms. Miles won't challenge it. Planners don't expect the study will be done for another year.

Meanwhile, Mr. Anderson and Ms. Miles have teamed up to oppose a plan to put high-rises and additional housing in a nearby neighborhood. He continues to blog from his apartment in an old Victorian home. "Regardless of the obvious dangers, some people will ride bikes in San Francisco for the same reason Islamic fanatics will engage in suicide bombings -- because they are politically motivated to do so," he wrote in a May 21 post.

"In case anyone doubted that you were a wingnut, this statement pretty much sums things up!" one commenter retorted.

Mr. Anderson is running for supervisor again this November -- around the time the city will unveil the first draft of its bike-plan environmental review. He's already pondering a challenge of the review.

Thanks to the wall street journal for the info.

Write to Phred Dvorak at

Cervelo Fork Recall

Time to sell the old cervelo and get yourself a nice Italian or French frame.

Cervélo SA Recalls Wolf Carbon Forks

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Cervelo SA, have issued a voluntary recall of about 5,800 Wolf SL carbon fiber bicyle forks.

The manufacturer is True Temper Composite Material Products Co. Ltd, of Guangzhou, China.

The forks steerer can break during normal use, causing the rider to lose control, fall and suffer serious injuries.

Cervelo has received 12 reports of forks cracking or breaking, resulting in one consumer suffering a broken wrist and another suffering minor abrasions.

The recalled forks have a clear coating over black painted carbon fiber, with the words "Wolf Superlite" and related logo just below the crown on each fork leg, and the letters "SL" on each leg above the fork blade dropouts. There is a True Temper CRT(tm) logo on the inside of both fork legs. The recalled forks could have been included on the following bicycle models: R3, R3 SL, Soloist Carbon, Soloist Carbon SL, and certain P3 Carbon framesets and complete bicycles.

Independent bicycle retailers sold these forks nationwide from November 2005 through July 2007 for about $475.

Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles equipped with the recalled forks and contact their authorized Cervélo dealer to have a free replacement fork installed.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ride it to the wheels fall off!!!!

If thats not inspiration to get out on your bike, I don't know what is. Life is funny! How many times have you looked at your bike and thought to yourself, "Ooh I don't want to ride that ol hunk a junk. Well let this be a lesson to you!! Ride what you got till you can get some new casters!!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Andreu takes the win!!!!!

The Monster Energy Slopestyle @ Kokanee Crankworx dominated the Boneyard Slopestyle course in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park today. Every year this event draws the biggest crowd of the festival, watching the best athletes in the world of mountain biking compete for $30,000 in prize money.
With the live webcast on keeping those watching at home glued to their screens, as well as the massive crowd seeing the action first-hand, this year's Monster Energy Slopestyle was witnessed by tens of thousands worldwide.

KONA team rider Andreu Lacondeguy of Spain took top spot and $15,000 in the finals with a score of 94.3; second place and $8,000 went to Lance Mcdermott of the UK with a score of 91.5; third place went to Whistler's own Brandon Semenuk, walking away with $4,500 and a score of 89.8. All the riders in the top eight took home cash for their amazing efforts today.

Lacondeguy's winning run consisted of a long list of impressive tricks. He started out with a double back flip off the first table, a trick that has never been seen before in competition. He followed that up with a foot plant off the Monster Snake, a back flip X-up, flat spin 360, topside nac-nac, can-can step-down, superman, and finished off with a back flip onto the final Kokanee feature and superman off into the village.

"I just kept trying the double back flip," says Lancondeguy. "It was that trick that did the job, it was gnarly you know."

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Say What!!!!!! Lopes puts the whoop down!

The Jim Beam Air Downhill took over the Whistler Mountain Bike Park today with over 300 competitors racing in the one-run format on the famed A-Line course. Brian Lopes of Laguna Beach, CA was the fastest competitor for the third straight year finishing with a time of 4:22.10 - 1.32 seconds faster than the rest of the field.

The Jim Beam Air Downhill runs the length of A-Line over the GLC Drops into the village.
With nearly 100 jumps on-course, A-Line is the most celebrated and well-known downhill trail in mountain biking.

This post is for all the Carbon doubters!! Not only did Lopes win the Air DH he won it on an Full carbon Ibis Mojo!!!!! Hopefully this will inspire and encourage riders to lay aside there fears and worries about the durability of the Full carbon Ibis Mojo. It continues to impress us here at Wrench Science time and time again. If you have any questions about the Mojo feel free to call Avi Byer at toll free 1-800-497-3624 ext 210.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Iron Horse Licenses Ellsworth’s Suspension

HOLBROOK, NY (BRAIN)—Iron Horse Bicycles has acquired the license for the Instant Center Tracking suspension design from Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles.

Iron Horse will introduce the four-bar fully active suspension design to its 2010 line, which will include cross-country, freeride and downhill platforms.

“The folks at Iron Horse share my vision for building bikes with real, proven suspension technology, rather then concocting some gimmick to market for another few years before the next new gimmick,” said Anthony Ellsworth, founder and patent holder of Ellsworth’s ICT technology.

The ICT system will improve efficiency, traction control, bump absorption and overall ride quality.

“Ellsworth and Iron Horse agree that the sport of mountain biking grows when folks have a fabulous ride experience on great performing frame designs. ICT-equipped full suspension designs perform better, have more energy and great comfort, traction and control then any other suspension design,” Ellsworth said. “We believe folks having that level of experience will ride more and tell a friend, and there will be more folks riding bikes, promoting health and appreciating our planet in an environmentally responsible and healthy way.”

Iron Horse’s license for the DW Link, which was used on Iron Horse’s downhill, freeride, all-mountain, trail and cross-country bikes in its 2008 line, and for several years before, expires on March 31, 2009.

Dave Weagle, the inventor of the DW Link, decided last July not to renew the license with Iron Horse. Pivot, Ibis and Independent Fabrication also hold licenses for the DW Link, and Weagle is expected to name a fourth licensee next month.

The addition of ICT’s energy-efficient suspension technology will enhance Iron Horse’s already fully loaded high-end line up, which will launch fall of 2009, said Brad Accettella, product manager of Iron Horse Bikes.

“This is a very exciting time for our product development department. We are looking forward to creating unique frame platforms that carry forward Iron Horse’s renowned ride characteristics. The goal is to incorporate the key qualities from our existing models with benefits of the ICT system.” Accettella said. “We are committed to produce well-engineered, World Cup quality performance bikes.”

Iron Horse chief executive officer Cliff Weidberg announced earlier this summer that would pull out of the independent bicycle dealer channel. As of Sept. 1, Iron Horse will sell its high-end bikes exclusively the Randall Scott Cycle Company, an online outlet with a showroom in Boulder, Colorado.

For more information on Iron Horse’s ICT license, be sure to read the October issue of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.

—Nicole Formosa

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

De Rosa Titanio XS!

It has been made known to me that there is a single Titanio XS with a 55cm c-c seat tube and a 55cm c-c top tube. There is only this one frame in the country, there has only been one other frame brought to the states from Italy. For more information on this frame and the price call Avi Byer the sales manager at Wrench Science at toll free 1-866-497-3624 ext 210. Here is a snip it from the De Rosa website about the frame:

Titanium is truly a separate world. A fascinating and technological world, just like the material: tough but light, flexible and responsive, but also solid and reliable. It is as difficult to work as it is exciting in terms of the many results which can be achieved. Starting from the careful selection of raw materials and adopting strict checks during the production process, we have succeeded in producing a made-to measure frame of unsurpassed comfort, particularly suitable for long competitions and for those requiring the maximum reliability, safety, prestige, quality and refinement.
Weight (no fork/no head set): 1.300 gr.

Look Keo Pedal Recall

Look Cycle USA Recalls Keo Pedals

WASHINGTON D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Look Cycle USA, have issued a voluntary recall of about 40,000 pairs of Keo pedals.

The steel axle inside the pedal can break, posing a fall hazard to cyclists.

Look Cycle has received 14 reports of incidents with broken pedals, including seven injuries which resulted in scrapes, cuts, contusions, elbow pain and a knee injury.

The recalled pedals are black and were sold separately from bicycles. Pedal models include the Keo Classic, Keo Sprint, Keo HM and Keo Carbon. The model name is printed in white on the side of the pedal. Date codes between January 2004 and December 2005 are included in this recall. The date code for the Keo Classic, Sprint and Carbon pedals is on a dial stamped onto the pedal. The date code for the Keo HM is on the bottom of the pedal, with the letters A through L corresponding to the month, and the numbers 4 and 5 indicating 2004 or 2005.

These pedals were sold at specialty bicycle retailers nationwide from January 2004 through July 2007 for between $100 and $500.

The pedals were manufactured in France.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pedals and return them to the place of purchase, or contact Look Cycle USA to arrange for shipping and free repair.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Grandfathers are the choosiest

Brian Lopes and Wade Simmons are Vets that have shaped the mountain bike community in there own way. Wade Simmons is called the grandfather of freeride. He may not have the jib/flip tricks that the new schoolers do, but it was Wade that paved that trail. Dropping huge lines in the mountains of BC before the word "freeride" was even coined.

Brian Lopes has more dual slalom titles and world championships than any other being on earth. Basically you race for second. So now that they have been graced to the hall of fame they get to choose what they ride and not have to worry nearly as much about the sponsership. So what do they ride, well at the colorado crankworx super d. It was brian lopes taking 2nd on an Ibis Mojo and Wade Simmons taking 9th on a Maverick Durance.