Thursday, October 29, 2009

NEWS: Scottish cyclist smashes record

Scott Napier with his bike in South America

A Scottish cyclist has smashed the world record for cycling solo from the top of Alaska to the bottommost tip of Argentina.
Scott Napier, 24, from Leslie in Fife, cycled about 13,500 miles in just 126 days, passing through 13 countries on the way.
Covering an average of more than 100 miles a day, he beat the previous record of 140 days.
He made the epic journey to raise money for two charities.
Scott started in Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, at the very top of the North American continent, on 22 June and finished in Ushuaia, Argentina - generally regarded as being the most southerly city in the world - on Sunday.
The route in known as the Pan American Highway.
He was expected to return home to Scotland on Thursday.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

COOL: This is how you climb a hill

 Well actually it's how I climb a hill....

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

HOW-TO: Tips for finishing your bar tape

day's HOW TO is brought to you by the folks at

Grip Tips
Five unique techniques for putting the final touches on handlebar tape
By Jennifer Sherry

Wrapping a bar takes practice, and there are plenty of step-by-steps out there to guide you through the process. Still, there are functional wraps and there are those that approach the level of fine art. Use this expert advice, and your bar will be riding in style.

FLIP IT TO STICK IT "When working with bar tape that has no sticky back, first wrap electrical tape around the bar end once, then flip the roll—don't cut it—so the sticky side is up, and wrap it around so it covers a couple inches. Turn the tape over again so the sticky side is down, and wrap it once more. This creates a very tacky start to a good tape job."—Mike Spilker, High Gear Cyclery;

WHIP IT GOOD "Rather than finish off the wrap with electrical tape, I spend a little extra time to cord-whip it. I make a loop with the cord—I like to use thin, round leather cord that you'd find at a craft store—and hold it with one hand under the bar while I start winding the cord around it. After a couple turns over the loop, it will hold itself in place. Start the cord neatly against the ferrule so you start winding nice and square, and wind back over the tape, which I like to stop about one-quarter-inch short of the ferrule to avoid bulkiness under the cord. When the cord covers about an inch of the tape, put one end through the loop and pull the other end, stopping when it's tucked neatly under the wound cord. Trim the ends of the cord with a sharp knife and apply several coats of clear urethane to waterproof and seal it so it doesn't unravel."— Dave Moulton, ex-framebuilder for Paris Sport, Masi Bicycles and under his own name;

MAKE IT SHINE "I'd heard about shellacking handlebars and kind of laughed. I thought it might make the bar slippery or that it would ruin in the rain. Well, I finally caught the bug and shellacked my cork tape (it's usually done on cloth tape). A few coats made my cork glow—it almost matched my honey-colored Brooks leather saddle. Downside? I put the bike in a hot car and took it to my bike shop to show off. When I removed it, the finish had peeled. Disaster! So much for impressing the shop guys. Then I learned from iBOB, an online bike-lore group (see,that a light rubdown with denatured alcohol revives rumpled shellac. I tried it and it worked great."—Jeff Potter, publisher of Out Your Back-door;

HEAT TREAT IT "End the tape at the bar top and finish it with electrical tape to hold it in place. Use scissors on the finish tape—don't tear it off. Begin and end the finish wrap on the underside, then use a soldering gun or hex-wrench end heated by a cigarette lighter to spot weld the finish tape so it doesn't come loose."— Calvin Jones, director of education, Park Tool;

Thursday, October 22, 2009

NEWS: National report praises city's bike lane

The cycling season is almost over, but a few hardy souls are still on their bikes and the lane in Victoria Park still gets use. The bike lane will be open until the end of the month. Guardian photo

A national organization aimed at promoting the health of Canadians has recognized the City of Charlottetown’s new bike lane as an example of healthful urban planning.  Victoria Park’s designated bicycle lane was profiled in a recently released report by the Healthy Living Issue Group of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network...    


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

GEAR: Virtual Cycling???

Honda Bicycle Simulator.jpg
Japan, the country that brought us Karaoke, the Tamagotchi virtual pet and the Nintendo Wii, has a reputation for putting a technological spin on the kind of activity – singing, raising a pet, or keeping fit – that many of us prefer to carry out in real life, and now Honda’s boffins have turned their attention to cycling.

See the rest of the article HERE

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

HOW-TO: Quick cheap rear shock boot

So, if you ride dual suspension, you've probably noticed that rear shocks have a tendency to sit right in the path of all the mud, water, and grime coming off your back tire.  That being said, you've probably also noticed that most rear shocks don't have boots... you can see where I'm going with this?

This is the result of a shock picking up dirt and grit then working it into the seals.  This sock is now dead and will never hold air again....

Now, when this was replaced, I though to myself, "How do I prevent grinding my shock to pieces again?"

Here is the solution

What you're looking at is the most simple solution to a problem since...well, ever.  Basically all that was required was the following ingredients.

1 old busted tube
2 zip ties
tools for dismantling suspension linkage

All you need to do is cut a piece of the tube that is long enough to cover the moving parts of your shock.  Then zip tie it in place at the top and bottom.  The nature of the tube allows it to form fit, and still stretch and flex without affecting the travel.  The best part is that it's both water and mud proof.

Happy riding...

Monday, October 19, 2009

EVENTS: Saint Andrews Bike Fest

So my father and I decided to make the trip over to Saint Andrews for Bike Fest,

So we packed up the truck, with our tents, blankets, bikes, food, and other essentials...

And started our trip.  It was a 4.5 hour drive to get there, and we managed to get there in the we had to setup the tents by the light from the headlights on the truck, until the battery died....

So after our first night camping (was a bit chilly once you got out of your sleeping bag) we got a pot of water on the go for our morning kraft dinner breakfast. Then on to Bikefest.

So our Saturday had an interesting start... While riding around waiting for the start of the first group ride, I was fooling around on a skateboard ramp with my bike, and wiped out... resulting in a bit of road rash and some bruises (my ego included)  to start the day.  Then as we're waiting around for our ride to start, we look around and discover it's gone without us!  Not being people to miss out on the ride, we took off trying to find them, but apparently went in the completely wrong direction.  But all was not lost, we had one of these...

So we picked some random trails and went for a ride,  at one point we came across the beginner ride and stopped to chat, unfortunately for one kid on the ride, he wasn't paying attention to said stop so the transcript sounded something like this...  "LOOKOUT!"  "screeech..."  "crash"   He was fine, and hopefully he learned his lesson.

After the morning ride we had some lunch and headed out with the advanced ride in the afternoon, I wasn't that confident about being able to keep up the faster pace, but though it was worth the try.  I made it 15 minutes into the ride.  But it wasn't me this time, it was the bike...

This is the result of my rear deraileur casing getting caught into the cassette.  I didn't think that was possible, but there you are.. So I limped back to the starting point and Steve from Bikes and Beans fixed me up.

We headed out later with the intermediate ride, unfortunately being stuck in a fairly difficult gear to climb back to the start earlier had about killed my legs, so I only lasted about an 3/4 of an hour into this ride before pealing off and calling it a day.

Sunday morning we woke up, and enjoyed another box of wake up and warm up Kraft Dinner, packed up the site, and discovered the battery was dead again... This time waiting an hour and trying again didn't help.  So we got some help from some other cyclists to push and jump start the car, and headed back to Bikefest.  We headed out with the morning intermediate ride, and got to check out some pretty decent single track.  The trails were a lot boggier than I was used to (brookevale is quite hard pack)  and my semi slicks were not too happy, but it was nice to get out and get dirty.  We checked out a bunch of the local trails in town, I managed to bash my left knee into the stem drawing blood, then not wanting to be left out, I crashed into a stump later and cut + bruised my right knee to match.  And as I'm fond of saying, any ride ending with some shed blood, has been a good ride.  Not sure the guy who broke his collar bone on the advanced ride Saturday will agree, but he's a mountain biker, I'm sure he'll at least understand.

So after our morning ride Sunday, it was back to the campground for a nice hot shower, complete with squirrels running around the shower room, before making the drive back.

It's now Monday, and I'm having trouble thinking of any muscles that are not pulled and aching today... Guess that's a good sign :)

Friday, October 16, 2009

CPEI: Canadian Cycling Association Annual General Meeting

Canadian Cycling Association Annual General Meeting
Fri, October 23rd, 2009 — Sun, October 25th, 2009

The Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) will be holding their AGM, banquet and awards here on PEI from October 23-25.

Host:  Canadian Cycling Association
  Type:  Meeting —
Location:  Rodd Charlottetown Hotel

Thursday, October 15, 2009

HUMOR: Bicycling rites of passage

Falling in puppy love, graduating high school, the birth of your child–nothing compared with your first case of road rash and these 108 other momentous occasions in the life of a cyclist.

01. Realizing that the hill isn’t in the way; it is the way. 
02. You go from one pair of shorts to a dedicated drawerful. 
03. Being unable to sleep the night after you first shave your legs, because of the tingle of bedsheets against your skin. 
04.When "thanks for the ride" goes from something you overhear to part of your lexicon. 
05. You see someone at the beach tanned low on the quads and biceps, and give him a nod of recognition. 
06. Bonking so bad you don’t think you’ll be able to make it home. 
07. Discovering how a convenience-store Coke can resurrect the dead. 
08. Starting and finishing a ride—the same one—in pouring rain. 
09. When you hang out at the bike shop and no one expects you to buy anything. 
10. When your bike computer registers triple digits for one ride.

See the full list HERE

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

HUMOR: Spandex isn't always right...


PROJECTS: Modernizing an old Peugeot road bike - Episode 1

So this project started with an old (assuming early to mid 80's) Peugeot that was just laying around my fathers shop collecting dust.

Step one was to make it ridable.  So the basics were setup, brakes, shifters, tires.

Right now, the only thing that's been done is adding of some new bar tape and an old set of mountain SPD's to make it ridable.  The rims are old steel 27 inch rims that weigh more than my entire mountain bike and it's still only a 10 speed friction shifting bike.

The next step during this project will be the re-finishing of the frame.  Over the winter I will be stripping it down, and repainting the frame.  Once that's done, I'll be re-applying the decals.  For these I had a guy I work with play with photoshop and get them digitized so I can re-print them for after the paint.

Once the frame has been taken care of, the next step will be wheels,  I'm going to test fit a 700c wheel to see if I can make the brakes work with the smaller rim.  This will massively increase the availability of new wheels for this thing, 27's are getting hard to find these days.

The next update will detail the frame restoration.

Friday, October 9, 2009

HUMOR: How not to ride

So I'm gonna start posting with something a little embarassing for myself. While testing out a homemade helmet cam at Brookvale I had a few great crashes.. here's a taste of what to expect when you ride singletrack.

RIG OF THE WEEK: 99 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC

The name is a mouthful, and the only thing it currently has in common with the one that came from the factory is the frame, but I don't care! Yes, I choose my own ride for the first RIG OF THE WEEK.

I always dreamed of having this bike when I was younger and first started getting into cycling, so when the opportunity presented itself for me to buy the frame and rear shock, I jumped at it. I sold my previous steed to Rory, and with the proceeds from that, started to spec it out, nothing major, just what I could afford, it's running a complete Deore group, the front shock is a Judy Air, and the original rear shock was a Fox Foat RC. Sadly the location of the rear shock meant it was in the direct path of road grime and mud. I used this bike for a commuter for a while and the grit from the road eventually worked it's way into the seals and blew out the shock, now I run a Rock Shox that took some special work to make it fit but it works like a dream.

If you would like to submit your "rig" for a future ROTW, email a picture, description, and story to

CPEI: Tip to Tip for Africa even on this weekend.

Tip To Tip For Africa

Sat, October 10th, 2009 — Mon, October 12th, 2009

A three day biking adventure, “Tip to Tip for Africa 2009″ will follow the Confederation Trail on Prince Edward Island. All meals and accommodation for the three days and two nights are included as well as great Island entertainment!


Recreational — Trail


Ted Grant at 566-2976
Marilyn McKay at 566-2043

Thursday, October 8, 2009

RACING: They actually let Landis ride again....

Floyd Landis to ride in New Zealand's Tour of Southland next month
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Floyd Landis is planning to ride in New Zealand's Tour of Southland cycling race next month.
Race director Bruce Ross said Thursday that Landis would ride for the team in the six-day, nine-stage tour which begins Nov. 2 on New Zealand's South Island.
Landis won the 2006 Tour de France but was disqualified and banned for two years after testing positive for synthetic testosterone. He returned to cycling at the Tour of California in February.
Ross said there had been opposition in some circles to the American's inclusion in the New Zealand race, which is sanctioned by cycling's world body, the UCI.
"I'll be treating his entry like every other entry," Ross said. "I realize there's a background. He's served his time. He's another entry in the Tour of Southland, a very exciting one, (and) it's great that he wants to come here."

EVENTS: Bike Fest at Saint Andrews by the Sea

St. Andrews is a beautiful seaside resort town, located in the southwestern corner of New Brunswick.

The town’s relaxed pace can be linked to the rhythm of powerful tides that rise and fall as much as 28 feet daily. It is here, within the town, that you will find over 20 kms of beautifully groomed single track. Epic riders will be happy to know that hundreds of kilometers of trails exist outside our town limits.
St. Andrews Bike Fest, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of St. Andrewsfeatures guided rides for all skill levels, prizes, exhibits, vendors, live music, food and activities for the entire family in a resort town by the sea.
This is fun on a bike for all recreational riders of all ages, interests and abilities. Coincidentally, it takes place the same weekend as the Indulge Festival, New Brunswick’s Premiere Celebration of Food and Drink.

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HUMOR: Just one of the many interesting things you can see while on a bike ride