Welcome to the January 15th, Mid-Week Report!
BIKE OF THE WEEK: PINARELLO DYODO GRAVEL
While it’s not for everyone the Pinarello Dyodo Gravel has put a smile on all its test riders. Like many of the big names in cycling the Dyodo is powered by the Ebikemotion hub motor for a class 1 rating and top assisted speed of 20mph. The bike is built up with Shimano Ultegra and FSA AGX (tubeless-ready) 650b wheels. Maybe you’re recovering from injury, trying to keep up with friends, or just want to enjoy a bit more power, the Dyodo Gravel is just plain fun. At a whopping $8000, we might opt for a Dogma. www.pinarello.com
WHY DID STRAVA REMOVE CHALLENGE LEADERBOARDS?
As the monthly ritual for Strava users seems to go, browsing through the month’s challenge rankings after a ride is a fun way to gauge your efforts against the Strava community worldwide. However so far through January, Strava has removed the challenge leaderboards from the website and app altogether without releasing an official response beforehand, which has caused backlash in the Strava community.
Strava users are now unable to compare results in the challenges to find where they stand in the community.
However a recent Strava Support thread has revealed some answers. Strava is upgrading the site and this is just part of the process.
HOW TO GET A TITANIUM FRAME FOR $750
Looking for a whip with a ride quality that beats out carbon, out performs steel and is lighter than aluminum. Boutique builder Sage Titanium has listed select bikes and frames at clearance prices, that’ll last until they’re gone. For more info visit: www.sagetitanium.com
Included in the blowout is Sage’s made-in-the-USA Skyline frame. Read our verdict of the rim-brake Skyline below.
Sage aimed the Skyline to be a solid all-rounder with relatively neutral geometry to appeal to the masses, and to that end they’ve succeeded. With titanium in the right hands, you’ll get a frame that will last you a lifetime as well as a unique and enjoyable ride quality.
Because custom titanium frames can be relatively expensive, what Sage offers is a production frame that the vast majority of cyclists out there would enjoy riding for a long time at a good value. No, it’s not the most comfortable ride, nor does it offer the highest performance, but it provides an impressively nice middle ground that gives it the versatility to take on most any riding situation. And since Sage will build up your frame with nearly any part you desire, what more could you want?
• Great handling characteristics
• Made in the USA
• Countless custom builds available
TIPS ON PREVENTING BIKE THEFT
How many bike owners have experienced that sinking feeling of returning to where they parked their bike, only to find a broken cable or padlock on the ground and their bike no more?!
Why So Many Thefts?
Recent industry estimates say there are approximately one hundred million bicycles in the United States. With that many bikes, it is not surprising that they’ve become a target for thieves. The FBI crime statistics reflect nearly 250,000 reported bike thefts in 2017. Many have suggested that this figure probably represents less than half of all the bikes that are taken. Why are so many bicycles stolen?
To start with, bikes are an easy target of opportunity that are easily turned over with fairly low consequences of being caught and/or prosecuted.
Second, places like college and university campuses, schools, coffee shops, open garage doors, and even apartment complexes with bikes stored on outside patios and decks are a supermarket for thieves. Thieves know that most cyclists often neither lock nor use a good lock on their bikes. They also know that most cyclists do not record their serial numbers. Disappointingly, less than one third of 1 percent of stolen bicycles are recovered.
NOVA EROICA CALIFORNIA – APRIL 4th 2020
Want to experience the most challenging and spectacular gravel roads of the Central Coast of California? Join NOVA Eroica California! A group ride event with fun, timed segments open only to ROAD and GRAVEL bicycles. Starting separately from the Eroica classic event, NOVA Eroica take a step beyond vintage to celebrate the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest also on modern bikes.
GRAN FONDO HINCAPIE 2020: MARCH 28 AND MAY 2
After two successful fondos earlier this year in Greenville South Carolina and Boise, Idaho Gran Fondo Hicapie has two more events lined up for 2020. Join a host of current and former pro riders on the roads of Fort Worth, Texas and Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 28 and May 2 2020.
2020 DIRTY KANZA REGISTRATION DETAILS
2020,is here! Mark you calendars for the 15th annual Garmin Dirty Kanza on May 30, 2020. Thank you for making this year’s race one of the best ever.
The random selection process for the 2020 race is open from January 6 through January 19. Selections will then be made on or before January 27.
THE RIFT ICELAND JULY 25, 2020
The Rift is a gravel race through the dark lava fields in the highlands of Iceland – taking place on the tectonic split between North America and Eurasia. An ever-growing battlefield that grows an inch every year.
The battlefield sculpted by volcanic eruptions is vast, rugged and unpredictable – making the Rift a challenge of endurance, mental fortitude and most likely the bare elements. And in the end – a gravel battle between the continents!
The course starts out of a small town along the southern coast called Hvolsvöllur. This incredible shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area in the west to the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the east. It is lined with countless natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers and volcanos – circumnavigating one of the most active volcanos on the island, Hekla.