Friday, October 31, 2008

Serving The Nation Boi!

Thanx Peter:

USA Cycling revamps track program

As seen on Velo News


By Steve Frothingham

"USA Cycling is launching a revamped track program intended to get young trackies more international experience early in their careers.

In recent years, USAC has sent national teams to four track World Cups each season. Under the new program, the team will send some riders to all the UCI Track Calendar events, as appropriate, including European Grand Prix races and 6-day races.

USA Cycling also will launch several domestic track training camps.

"USA Cycling aims to identify and develop a deeper pool of track racing talent by providing increased exposure to world-class competition at various non-traditional events," according to a statement released by the group Friday..." more

Happy Halloween

Everyone have a happy halloween. Try and do something on a bike or make the drive to ATL if ya can.


unsure where pic came from; drop me a line and i'll credit it if ya know

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Damn, This Is A Busy Weekend!

To the north ---->



and to the south ----> the Birmingham Downtown Hoe Down. Hoe's not included I suspect. Check my "Make The Drive" post for more info.

Also, there has been a small group riding Thursdays in Flo-town. I don't really have more info about it so this part is pretty much worthless.

and thirdly, or is it fourthly, i was approached today about organizing another alleycat for Huntsville in which there may actually be financial backing ie:stuff to make it worth the drive.

annnnnnnd the Tuesday Night ride will be back next week 7pm.

Take A Bow (ery)

Oh-nine tracky from the king of tawain. Don't ride too close to your friends back wheel without buying him dinner first.

Come Along, Jump On The Obam' Wagon

It's getting a little crazy now. Lets see; tons of photoshopped pics, a plethora of spoke cards, t-shirts, and now this. I can't decide if i like it or hate it. Its definitely creative. The credit goes to Aneel


Friday, October 24, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Make The Drive!

This is next weekend so make plans now. If kids from Atlanta can make the drive so can you! Remember, you've got to be a friend to have a friend : )

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pro's Fa Sho'



Saw this over at Pez:
"AmsterdamSix '08: Aren't these two supposed to be retired? Paolo Bettini Bettini and Erik Zabel are both getting in a little bit of time on the track in Holland this week. Zabel will continue for most of the rest of the Six season, whilst thils should be Il Grillo''s final event."

Hutch It Up Son

Eh, They're Okay I Guess, Ha





And over at FGG



Monday, October 20, 2008

Guess Who's Back, Guess Who's Back, Guess Who's Back



Tomorrow. Bring it. Last "organized" ride for a couple weeks.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Arrospok Look Out!



After realizing the consumer demand for composite track wheels, mountain Bike wheel maker, Tag Wheels, has announced that they will soon be releasing a 700c track wheelset. It is unclear whether it will resemble the rotated five-star pattern currently used on their mtn wheels, but its certain to give aerospoke a run for the money.

Sunday Funday

This video came out in the summer but I just rewatched it and now that my lunch has digested, it makes me wanna go ride. Its a beautiful crisp day and you should too! eat lunch and ride i mean.

Tool And The Gang


Check out the new fixed gear specific tool from old blue, Park Tools. It boasts an open end/ box 15mm, bottle opener, and tire lever. It's cool but would be a little more useful with an allen wrench for those who dont have 15mm nuts on their hubs. I guess by the time you have nice hubs with allen bolts, you've already mastered opening your beer with the dropouts. Lucky for me, I have crappy hubs that do have 15 mill's so this is right up my alley.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rock The Vote Huntsville

Next weekend:



"On October 25, 2008, an all-day event will be held at The Lumberyard, 120 Cleveland Ave (behind Bicycle's Etc.). The slogan, "Music, Food, Fun, and Politics" sums up the event. Huntsville's most popular musicians will be performing throughout the day and night as a promotion for voter registration and participation in the upcoming election. In between sets, Madison County Democrat and Republican Party candidates and elected city officials will be addressing what promises to be a sold-out event." more...

Maybe He Really Does Ride Track

I found this earlier and thought it was funny; I apologize in advance for not knowing who did it

Monday, October 13, 2008

Read The Label

Whats worse than trying to shove ten pounds of shit into a five pound bag? How about 120 psi into a a mtn bike tire & rim that is meant to hold 65 psi. Thats the metal side of the rim you see there in the pic. Nice.

Tuesday Night Ride Tomorrow

Bike City, Bike Bike City

Remember Kids

Friday, October 10, 2008

Mike Giant


dope

Silver Rails To Comet Trails

This has nothing to do with fixed gears or Huntsville exactly, but its close by, some of you have other cycling interest, and this may be right up your alley. I had been wanting to write something about the Chief Ladiga/ Silver Comet trail connection for a while but then saw that Scott (who i hear is crazy fast) already did so check out his blog. Short and Sweet'ish.

"Here's an article about the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga trails that are now connected. I don't know why they are just now celebrating it because I've read that the trial connection was completed months ago. Well, at least it gets a celebration. This is somewhat of a green way (around 100 miles one way) that is paved and closed to motorized vehicles. If you get the opportunity I'd highly suggest ..."


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Obamarama

I saw this over at Hipster Nascar (great site) who in turn got it from Milano Fixed



And since we're talking about Milano Fixed, holy crap I want these tires! Realllly nice Clark.

New Stuff

Here are some new knickers from Dakine although I can't confirm they are in fact technically knicker length. Feature cycling specific lower lumbar stretch panel, crotch gusset (gotta love those crotch gussets), moisture wicking mesh liner, and inner leg vents. The 8 Track on the left goes for $90 and the Chorus goes for $75. www.dakine.com/bike


And Underground Products (UGP) has a new T-shirt out there. $20 (picture borrowed from meshskatepark.com)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Whats Wrong With People?

What's worst than someone taking a beautiful classic road bike like a Colnago or Pinarello and making a conversion out of it? Maybe someone taking an already heinous modern road bike, throwing a lot of money at it, and still half-assing it. The thing I want to know is what he did to fit that rear wheel in it since there is an obvious 10mm spacing discrepancy. I like how he spent the money to get a nice set of wheels to turn a bike into something it was never meant to be. Why couldnt he at least use a wheelset with an ENO hub so you may have a chance at gearing options? And he states that he's a mechanical engineer. We live in a town full of engineers and guess how many of then should ever get near their bike with a wrench.

As recently seen on fixedgeargallery

I Just Shirt Myself

Soooo after a good while since our sweet unicorn/metal Tee's, we sobered up long enough to do a limited run of these twofivefix/obama tee's. American by birth; Southern by the grace of God.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Bicycle Commuter Act Passed


"The Bicycle Commuter Act was added on to last week’s bailout bill and will provide a $20 tax credit per month to employers of bike commuters. The credit is intended to go toward adding provisions for bike commuters, like racks and locker rooms, for those who decide to go car free. However, many are decrying the act because it is part of an assortment of pork added to the bailout that some find frivolous--other items of which include tax credits for NASCAR track owners, film companies, and manufacturers of wool clothing." US News

And from Bicycle Retailer Magazine:

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN)—Employers of people who bike to work stand to gain a $20 per month tax credit per cycling employee, according to the final version of the Wall Street bailout bill, H.R. 1424, passed this afternoon.

The House passed the bill today with a final vote of 263-171, a comfortable margin that was 58 more votes than the measure garnered in Monday's stunning defeat. The Senate passed the bill Wednesday by a vote of 74 for and 25 against the bill.

The bicycle tax provision was part of an additional $110 billion in line items added to the already $700 billion bailout package.

What does bicycle commuting have to do with credit issues or covering the debt racked up on Wall Street? Bicycle commuting advocate Earl Blumenauer, a Democratic Representative from Oregon, was one of the 228 Representatives who voted against the House version of the bailout package on Monday. House members looking to pass a bailout bill needed to convince as least 12 of the dissenters to switch their position and vote for a bailout bill.

According to a Blumenauer spokeswoman, the bicycle commuting tax credit had the Representative’s attention, according to a report by www.govexec.com. However, Blumenauer said he was opposed to the bill because it failed to include bankruptcy equity for homeowners, not because employers of bicycle commuters suffered unfair tax burdens. He is also against incentives for coal-based liquids, tar sands and oil shale also included in the Senate’s bill. Blumenauer voted against the bailout bill in today's vote but his pet bicycling project passed with it.

Congressman Blumenauer spearheaded a seven-year campaign to extend commuter tax benefits to those who bike to work.

Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, said the Bicycle Commuter Act has been held up getting through with previous bills.

“It’s been attached to a variety of different bills or devices—climate change, energy, transportation,” Clarke said. “It’s ironic that it would wind up in a financial rescue package, but we’ll take it. I’m not going to quibble with the method; I’m glad to see it done.”

The employer tax break is laid out in Sec. 211, “Transportation fringe benefit to bicycle commuters," which is under the Transportation and Domestic Fuel Security Provision section in H.R. 1424. The $20 a month tax relief per bicycle commuting employee is to cover the cost of any employer reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred by the employee “for the purchase of a bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair, and storage, if such bicycle is regularly used for travel between the employee’s residence and place of employment.”

"It's definitely a day to celebrate just this one little thing that has been achieved after seven years," Clarke said. "It may not be a total game changer—it's still a relatively small break—but it gets us closer to the kind of treatment that cyclists in the U.K. and other parts of the world have had for years."

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hit The Lights


News has been relatively slow so today has been more of a fluff day. Fall and winter are upon us and that means one thing; Youre going to be riding in the dark a lot more if you want to continue riding. I randomly came across Monkey Lights and thought they were interesting. Theyre not really my thing but I do like the increased visibility and think they will appeal to a few of you. One thing I would prefer is a different way to power them; why can't they be powered by the wheels somehow? Too bad you can't bring your bike into Bonnaroo, I know a cook at Ketchup that would be all over 'em.


Miley Cyrus Straight Mashin' Yo!

Very important news has been brought to my attention; Miley Cyrus can ride a bike! Do I see a Miley/Bianchi collaboration in the works? Think of all the positive things she could do for cycling and bringing it to the forefront with the American youth. Too bad she gets her drivers license soon and all will be forgotten.



Pics are from HERE

Fu#k Yo' Concept Nigga!

old but still hilarious

Sweet

Lance's Custom Madone