Black Friday Is Now Bicycle Friday As Deals Abound

Long story short, bike shops are making great deals on new bicycles and e-bikes starting on Black Friday and should continue these great deals through the end of the year (depending on how well sales go). If you were on the fence about buying an e-bike or bicycle, this is a great time to get off the fence and save.  WHY THE SUPER DEALS? It has been a weird three years for bicycle shops. Two years ago when the COVID lockdowns were implemented, people headed for the hills. That is,…

2022 Mike Nosco Memorial Bicycle Ride Photos: Are You In This Mix?

November 3rd, 2022 was a beautifully breezy, chilly day perfect for another Mike Nosco Memorial Bicycle Ride. This California tradition draws hundreds of riders to pay tribute to the memory of Mike Nosco by riding one of three challenging loops. Riders punishing themselves on steep climbs must have Mike smiling down from Heaven. He liked people who put in an effort. Congrats to every rider who rode and keeping Mike’s memory alive. Money Shot Bankruptcy: Had the perfect opening shot of the group but my 200 lens froze solid. I…

An E-Bike So Stealthy Only Your Legs Will Know The Truth – UPDATED 7/29/2021

Update July 29, 2021: While compiling a list of e-bike companies, the name Zeitgeist popped up. Hitting their updated link, I found a bike that appears to be a big improvement over the model I uncovered in 2018. And this time the front wheel quick release is adjusted correctly! Now that’s an improvement. You can check out their bike by clicking here. Hidden speed: You are looking at an e-bike capable of 28 miles per hour. Zeitgeist does a commendable job of hiding the normally bulky components of an e-bike.…

43 Tour de France Riders Test Positive for COVID-19 (UPDATED)

Okay, that is a total click-bait headline but who is going to be surprised when a number of Tour de France riders test positive for COVID-19 over the next few weeks? Days? Team personal and TDF event personnel tested positive but no riders? That seems unlikely until you consider that professional cycling has a long and illustrious history of looking the other way when they believe it is in the best interest of the sport and its sponsors. Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar just announced he is curtailing his…

Concept Bicycle Helmet That Tucks Into A Water Bottle – UPDATED 9-18-2020

October 28, 2019: No doubt, it is a cool concept. Make a bicycle helmet sans a hard-surface shell that can fold into the palm of your hand and tuck neatly into a tube the size of a bicycle water bottle. Make it so small that it could easily be mistaken for a baseball cap (with a three-point retention strap). Finally, make this helmet meet or exceed the U.S. CPSC and EU EN-1078 cycling safety standards. Park & Diamond, a company that has never made a bicycle helmet or any other…

Davis Phinney Teams With Trek Domane+ LT E-Bike To Keep The Legend Rolling

The story from Trek Bicycles, “How Davis Phinney finds freedom in the saddle of his Domane+ LT,” caught my attention and brought back memories of an interview I did with Davis in 1994 for Road Bike Action Magazine. Davis had just retired from racing when he, his wife, Connie Carpenter, and their son and future professional cyclist, Taylor, welcomed me into their home for hours of conversation. It would have been a killer Podcast if iPods had been invented in 1994! I just dug out the issue and the interview…

No Sea Otter Classic For 2020

It comes as no surprise that the Sea Otter Classic promoter is pulling the plug on their rescheduled 2020 event. The event that is traditionally held in the Spring of each year was shifted to October for 2020 due to concerns over COVID-19. As it became clear that the pandemic is still a concern for any event that draws large numbers of participants (except for the Sturgis Motorcycle rally and social justice protests), the Sea Otter promoters have pulled the plug on the 2020 event and are pinning their hopes…

The Birth Of Gravel Bikes

Gravel bikes are all the rage, along with e-bikes, and why shouldn’t they be? Road bikes have become as use-specific as mountain bikes. Maybe more so. Today’s road bikes are created to do one thing really well and not much else. While bicycle companies would love it for you to create a road bike stable (next to your mountain bike stable), most riders, and their bank accounts, get burned out on this approach. And the garage gets too crowded. Along comes the Swiss Army knife of bicycles; the gravel bike.…

Specialized Turbo Vado SL E-Bike The One I’ve Been Waiting For

I’ve sometimes joked that there must be an unwritten law that says e-bikes have to be ugly. While there have been bikes that buck the ugly trend, alas, most are concepts, yet-to-ship crowd funders or limited-run customs. If there is such a hit-me-with-that-ugly-stick law, Specialized is now guilty of breaking that law with their 28-mile-per-hour Turbo Vado SL. Finally, a major manufacturer is delivering an e-bike that I’d like to have in my garage. No, I take that back. I don’t want it in the garage; I want my butt…