Collectors Weekly: The Hippie Daredevils Who Were Just Crazy Enough to Invent Mountain Biking.
A needed article! This needs to be a book. With photos. You’ll recognize so many names, now plastered on frames around the world.
BarnFinds: 1952 Jensen Interceptor for $750.
In Albuquerque! Wishing for deep pockets and a fully-fitted-out ‘mancave’ ...
Youtube: F1 2014 Belgian GP - Huge Crash For Konsantin Tereschenko.
SciAm: BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous.
“... recent research reveals that a common BPA replacement, bisphenol S (BPS), may be just as harmful.” I switched to stainless steel bike bottles. They get hot way, way too fast, so they’re not really a good working replacement. But I use ‘em anyway.
Bicycling: 6 Tough American Climbs.
The Salt Lake Tribune: Cobra rock formation near Moab topples.
Usually, you only see the perfect performances on video. So much painful.
Bicycling: Carbon-Fiber Fear Mongering in the Times.
Bicycling: How Female Cyclists Pee in Bib Shorts.
I’d wondered. Bib shorts make a huge difference in biking performance, IMHO. The removal of a stricture around the waist frees up the breathing. If you’ve never tried them, you should. You really should. I don’t ride in anything else.
Bicycling: New Pro Gear at the 2014 Tour de France.
BBC: Unseen Donald Campbell speed record footage restored.
I agree; better to remember him for his achievements, than for his tragic crash and death.
Bicycling: A PSA on PSA for Cyclists.
“Our study does not show cause and effect relationships and so we do not conclude cycling causes prostate cancer. [snip] It is likely that cycling affects the way people are investigated rather than making them more likely to develop prostate cancer.”
BBC Sport: Tour de France 2014 - Alberto Contador pulls out on stage 10
More info here about his four-year-old doping ban than the actual crash that caused his retirement from the race. Filling column-inches (pixels)?
Outside: Cyclists - Shaving Makes You Faster.
Come spring, I always find an excuse to shave. This makes convincing the wife a bit easier. Besides, I’m over the big 5-0 now. I’ve worn off quite a bit of my former gorilla fuzz - and it don’t ever come back. Via Will on FB.
Kickstarter: ACTON R RocketSkates.
Flying cars, electric rollerskates that work like a Segway … perhaps the future is really arriving.
Mashable: Climbers Find Frozen Body of Missing Mountaineer 32 Years After His Death.
His father: “I wish he could have remained there. For Patrice, the mountain was his home. This was an environment I introduced to him at the age of 7 to 8 years old. He climbed Mont Blanc with me at 13 years old. The mountain was his passion, he was going to become a guide. In that way, it was better for him to rest in the mountains than in a coffin.”
Youtube: Ferrari at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Always good to see the prancing horse actually prancing …
Bicycling: Road Bikes of the 2014 Tour de France.
Yeah, but never make the mistake that equipment trumps fitness. TdF riders are superhuman.
Mashable: Tour de France Selfies Are a New Danger to Cyclists.
“… a dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity.” To say the least. What a bunch of idiots.
Italian Ways: The Moto Guzzi 250 Compressor: twenty years of records.
I can certainly understand its importance in history and all, but for Americans of my vintage … it strongly reminds one of the 60’s Briggs and Stratton lawn mowers.
Bicycling: Tour de France Riders vs. Regular Cyclists.
Italian Ways: Maserati 450S, Fangio’s bazooka.
Nearly perfect. The hood scoop seems to have gone through different iterations, from nonexistent to abcess-like. I prefer it smaller in height.
Youtube: Race car on the road - “Welcome back”.
Extra points if you notice that the farmer’s tractor is, in fact, a Porsche.
Youtube/Jay Leno’s Garage: Mille Miglia 2014.
Always worth the watch. 21 minutes. Stretch a coffee break.
Youtube: Ultimate Crossfit Fails Compilation.
Gawd. No spotters. Inappropriate equipment and facilities. It may go against the CF grain, but the best advice I ever got was from Steve Ilg (“The Outdoor Athlete”): Always use perfect form (and have others, qualified trainers especially, help you with this because it can be very hard to self-detect small misalignments that can cause injury). If you can’t, injury is inevitable. See the above video for generous, ample proof.