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42×12: The Cult of Fixed photobook

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42x12 the cult of fixed photobook 267x300   42x12: The Cult of Fixed photobook42×12: The Cult of Fixed is a photobook which features around 200 images on fixed gear bicycles and the lifestyle it promotes. Published by Gingko Press, the book heralds the joy of having a “fixie”. The title is a gear ratio but do not be deceived by it since the photo book is far from a manual on fixed gear equipment. Instead, it showcases pictures taken from life of men and women who are passionate about fixed gear and single-speed culture. This includes risks they take where even their life and limbs are at stake.

The book will take you to the streets of Taiwan, New York, Tokyo and London where the hottest scenes for fixed gear are highlighted. The different images aim to make you see the world of fixed gear which involves messenger and alley cat racing indoor and keirin racing, The Tweed Run, eyeballs out at 150 Revolutions…

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2011 Jamis Sputnik Fixed Gear

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Jamis has been kind enough to introduce us with the 2011 Jamis Sputnik Fixed Gear, available in three different colors; orange inferno, gloss black, and pearl white. At first glance, the drop handlebars gives the impression of a true track bike, the frame brings a vintage style, but the overall components sets 2011 Jamis Sputnik in the commuter class.

The Jamis Sputnik 2011 frame is made of Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly main tubes with SST tubing diameters, sloping top tube frame design, double-tapered cromo stays, lost wax rear entry dropouts with single eyelet. Forks are constructed of lugged chromoly straight blade with lost wax sloping crown, forged dropouts with single eyelet. A strong build, but can be on the heavier side for some.

As of now, a MSRP is yet to be determined, but you can see the full specifications below.

Frame: Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly main tubes with SST…

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New Record at PanAm Track Championships

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new record at panam track championships 300x211   New Record at PanAm Track ChampionshipsThe US Team for the PanAmerican Track Championships set a new world record for team pursuit on the second day of the race. The team is composed by Sarah Hammer, fresh from setting a new world record in the women’s 3000m individual pursuit, Lauren Tamayo and Dotsie Bausch.

The new world record was 3:19.569 as the trio rode three kilometers at the Bicentennial Velodrome in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Their time was lower thans the record set by the New Zealand team at the UCI Track World Championships in Copenhagen last March. The New Zealand team was composed of Alison Shanks, Lauren Ellis and Rushlee Buchanan. Their time was 3:21.552.

The women’s team pursuit will be included at the London Olympic Games for the first time. The top three nations who dominate this discipline are Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia. Although the American track cycling shows promise with the US team’s performance in…

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Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic 2010

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Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic 2010 290x300   Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic 2010On June 11-13, a three day track racing event will be held at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, Minnesota to benefit the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. This is the Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic and registration for it is now open. The race is part of the Nature Valley Grand Prix stage races. Other stages are at Saint Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Menomonie and Stillwater. The Nature Valley Grand Prix is part of the volunteer-run event Nature Valley Bicycle Festival.

The Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic follows a dual omnium program. This will allow separate races for sprinters and another for endurance specialists. It has two categories for men (Pro-I-II) and women (Pro-I-II-III).

David LaPorte, executive director of Nature Valley Grand Prix, explains how the charity came to have track racing in its program, “Track was a part of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival for the first three years, from…

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Salsa Chainrings

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salsa chainrings   Salsa ChainringsThe brand Salsa Cycles have not just been known for their chromoly stems and a variety of frames. They are also very much in demand for making accessories and components for bikes. You must know that their Salsa Chainrings are amongst their finest products. 

You can depend on these Salsa Chainrings especially on your singlespeed bike. And you can find them almost everyone now in the market. They may lack ramps or pins but these Salsa Chainrings can be left best to work for the singlespeed drivetrains. The advantage with the ramped and pinned options is that they can be shifted smoothly.  

All their rings are machined from a 7075-T6 aluminum. You can always find Salsa rings to fit properly on the spiders of chainrings which is capable of yielding chain tension. Even after several miles, you won’t experience any single ring warp or any other flaw with the Salsa chainring….

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Joe Parkins Come & Gone Book

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Joe Parkins Come Gone 200x300   Joe Parkins Come & Gone BookJoe Parkin releases a sequel to his book “A Dog in a Hat”. Titled “Come & Gone”, the book is about Parkin’s journey back to America and how he struggled to get by in the cycling scene.

The book features the life of an average cyclist who had his share of good rides out of a thousand races. It also documents the times when he had to look for sponsors and financial assistance each year, just so he can pursue his love for cycling.

“Come & Gone” lets you peek into the world of competitive cycling in the 90’s. Although the majority of the races Parkin mentioned in his book are no longer around. He also mentioned who the top cyclists in the 90’s were, his teammates and even his rivals.

Parkin successfully illustrated the true feelings of every cyclist before, during and after a race. A must-read after Parkin’s “A…

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A $4 million Velodrome in South Carolina

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a 4 million velodrome in south carolina 1 300x169   A $4 million Velodrome in South CarolinaRock Hill, South Carolina will soon be the site for a multi-million dollar velodrome, BMX Supercross track and a cyclocross course. The facilities will be open to the public with major construction of the new building will begin next year at the site which will be renamed Riverwalk. Come later this spring, a walking trail will emerge along the riverbank where once Catawba Indians walked.

Mayor Doug Echols of Rock Hill expresses his excitement over the project. The site was where a Celanese industrial plant once stood. The 1,000-acre land will also include construction of houses, shops and restaurants.

“This is a tremendously exciting project. It is really transformational. Along with the other venues, I think it affords us an opportunity to truly be a cycling center for the East Coast,” said Mayor Echols.

The new cycling center will be subsidized by the hospitality and special tax districts of the city. This will…

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