I had the pleasure of seeing this bike in person at the Rouge Roubaix, but didn’t get a chance to shoot any photos of it myself. Luckily, it was recently featured as Above Category’s Bike of the Week, so head over and check it out.
Going Just Because: Three Months of the Sierra Nevada
Photos and words by Ryan Wilson
Every year fall rolls around and the itch hits me. I know the days of many of the high mountain passes throughout California’s Sierra Nevada mountains are numbered. If we’re lucky they’d be buried in feet of snow for almost half of the year. It turned out this year was yet another unlucky one, but still I feel that push to go and explore the roads in my favorite mountain range while I know I can…
Kona’s newest campaign takes you along for a ride through the Four Corners on four different bikes. From north to south, east to west, on isolated roads through one of the most scenic areas in North America. Stay tuned for more, with the first video launch being the Rove AL (north) on April 7th.
Michael from the Col Collective has continuously tackled some of Europe’s most difficult climbs, with this episode being the Col de Peyresourde. Still, when I saw that Crepe shack in this video, I wanted to see him eat something because I don’t believe he’s human! Keep climbing Michael, keep climbing.
Once in a while, a company like Specialized makes a truly innovative product, well before anyone else. I was both in awe and extremely jealous when I saw this contraption. Only compatible with the Zertz road bike, the Command Cockpit keeps the data where it needs to be, in your face. Smoother is faster, remember? But weight is most important. Specialized has won the “gram game” with this ultralight component.
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With all the trips to Melbourne I’ve made, I still can’t believe that Tassie wasn’t in the agenda. Next time for sure.
Bell continues their coverage of the Spring Classics with E3 Harelbeke, a race often described as a warm up for Flanders. Don’t be mistaken, this is far from a walk in the park. See more information at Bell!
Here’s another video from the Col Collective, featuring yet another one of Europe’s most fabled road climbs, the Col d’Izoard. The climbing data is there, sure but the landscapes are what these videos are all about, in my opinion.
Breadwinner Cycles was one of the brands that took up the torch, or tig welder rather, for the Rouge Roubaix Builder Challenge. Ira Ryan came out to St. Francisville with a stacked team, including Bicycling Magazine’s head editor Bill Strickland and a loyal customer Jake Rosenbloum from Asheville. Their selection was pretty much a shoe-in. When Ira began sifting through the applicants, he selected Hurl Everstone from Minneapolis.
With the Rouge Roubaix’s 40-ish miles of gravel and horrible road conditions, Ira and Hurl began discussing which bike would make the most sense for the race. Truthfully, both the Lolo and the B-Road would be ideal steeds for such an undertaking with their bigger tire clearances and geometries dialed in for all-road terrain.
Hurl selected a disc B-Road with Shimano Ultegra, Mavic Ksyrium Pro disc wheels, Pasela 28mm tires and Thomson bits.
… and as demonstrated, the bike shreds just fine.
The guys had an exceptional placement in the 3/4s, with Jake finishing 6th on his Lolo and Ira Ryan coming in 20th on his Lolo.
While I was in the throughs of NAHBS and the Rouge Roubaix, this one slipped past me. See more at Rapha.