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VIDEO: Rivendell – The String Test for Bike Flex

“It’s interesting in theory, but when you hit bumps in the road you go up with the bike, and there aren’t any normal riding instances I can think of where you’d naturally mimic what Antonio is doing to this extent and feel the frame flex. Maybe the Clem is slightly more comfortable over rough stuff, but the tires still make way more of a difference in comfort than the flex of the tubing, so don’t read into this too much. If I were choosing between a flex-less Clem with soft tires and a flexy Clem with hard tires, I’d choose the flex-less, soft-tired Clem every time.”

Rivendell‘s Friday newsletter included this nifty video. What do you think about this experiment?

Our take: frame flex is mostly discernible in cornering through rough stuff or powering up a climb.

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VIDEO: Japan’s Underground Bike Parking

Jonathan B Roy takes us on a look inside Japan’s underground bike parking in this YouTube video! Watch as he showcases this high-tech parking system where more than 1,000 bikes can be stored in a completely automated way. The bikes are protected from weather, theft, and rubbing against each other or a rack. With the help of an e-card, it even only takes an average of 13 seconds to get your bike back…

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VIDEO: Hudski Bikes Follow Cam Kite

Next up with some April Fools’ foolery is from Hudski Bikes… We’ve all thought about it, but has anyone tried it? A follow cam kite, or what we’re calling the “FCK it” for short. No batteries needed, no fancy drone piloting necessary, just traditional Japanese kit making and an iPhone. Huck it and FCK it!

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VIDEO: Wheels to Waves – Lombok Island

On 4 September 2023, a band of eight cyclists embarked on a 600-kilometer journey through Lombok, Indonesia; a haven of clear beaches, spicy cuisine, laid-back living, and the formidable Mt. Rinjani.

Spanning 9 days, the Wheels to Waves tour was a deliberate immersion into the island’s charm, curated meticulously by Haetam since August 2020.

The goal? To savor Lombok’s wonders at a deliberately unhurried pace.

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VIDEO: Statue to the Beach

Kyle is from Los Alamos, a tiny one-exit town to your right off the 101 in between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo where, during Kyle’s youth in the early ’90s, there was only one paved street, and hitching posts were not only common but well used. These days, despite its newfound popularity for wine tasting and as a weekend escape for couples in faltering marriages, there are still no police or stoplights. Its historical claim to fame was the hideout of the bandito Salomon Pico, later popularized as “Zorro”. Most of the driving scenes in the movie Death Proof were filmed in Los Alamos…

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VIDEO: Los Angeles Doesn’t Need Mountain Bikes – Lowelifes Trail Crew

Old Man Mountain joined Lowelifes for one of their monthly work party campouts to gain a little insight into what makes their trail organization different from other groups in California. They do grueling work, from long hours breaking up granite with 60V demolition hammers to cutting out forests of Poodle-Dog Bush. They also know how to have fun, hand-pressing tacos for their volunteers in the backcountry. Join us and learn more about Lowelifes and what makes the trails around LA so special…

VIDEO: Echoes

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VIDEO: Echoes

Almost one year after a disastrous trip in the Chilcotin Mountains, which led Race Face athlete Celeste Pomerantz with a dislocated elbow and broken bike, she finds herself exploring a different kind of challenge: How to get your mind back into a confident space to continue to explore these longer and dangerous bike adventures…