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Abus launches retail staff training website

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Abus’ new ABUSAcademy.com is available to all bike shop employees in North America. Abus Academy includes training modules under three main schools: Brand, Products and Retail

Do You Want Protected Bike Lanes On The Longfellow?

From Cambridge Bike Safety:

The Longfellow Bridge, a critical bike connector to Boston, is going to be restriped and reopened in May. You may be surprised to learn that in the final design, the inbound bike lane will be similar or worse than it is today: it will continue to have a dangerous 5 1/2-foot painted bike lane between fast-moving cars and trucks on one side, and the storm grates and detritus that builds up next to the crash barrier on the other side. The outbound lane will be slightly better, with a small 2-foot buffer separating bikes from one lane of car traffic with no protection.

According to Boston’s bike counts, one-third of AM rush hour commuters are on bicycles. Those families, commuters and visitors deserve a safe space to ride! We have been working to convince state officials to install pilot protected bike lanes by restriping both lanes, inbound and outbound, with buffers and flexposts to provide separation and permanent protection for the commuters, families, and other people traveling over this bridge on bikes.

To make this vision a reality we need to keep the pressure on state officials. Please take these two actions today to ensure help us transform the Longfellow Bridge from a highway to a safe, mulit-modal connector for everyone, including those walking and bicycling!

  1. Call or email your state representative’s and senator’s offices (look yours up here or find the list of Cambridge reps below) as soon as possible and tell them how important it is to you as a constituent that MassDOT update the design to include safe, protected bike lanes on the bridge in both directions. Please copy us or email us afterward (info@cambridgebikesafety.org and info@bostoncyclistsunion.org) so we can keep a count. Talking points are below.

  2. Sign this petition asking state officials to stripe a safe bike lane with a buffer on the inbound side of the Longfellow. If you’ve already signed, share the link with your friends by email or Facebook.

Background:

A group of advocates led by the Boston Cyclists Union, Cambridge Bicycle Safety, and others has been working to convince state officials to change their plans for the inbound side of the bridge, and use painted buffers and flexposts to provide separation and permanent protection for the commuters, families, and other people traveling over this bridge on bikes.

Specifically, we are asking MassDOT to keep the bridge to one travel lane inbound for cars, in order to install an inbound protected bike lane that would allow cyclists to cross the bridge safely.

  • With only one general travel lane, the protected bike lane can be designed to be quite wide, which will have two ancillary benefits: (1) emergency vehicles like ambulances will be able to safely use the bike lane/buffer when needed (with bicyclists pulling over to the side), (2) bicyclists will be able to safely ride side by side and pass each other on the steep climb up the bridge.

  • We know that one lane is all that’s needed, given that there’s only been one car lane over the past 5+ years of construction, and the traffic implosion that had been predicted never materialized. Also, designating only one travel lane for motor vehicles will reduce speeding.

  • Due to these benefits, the Cambridge City Council officially endorsed this proposed design, and two of our state representatives, Mike Connolly and Jay Livingstone, have publicly written to MassDOT asking them to improve safety by adopting this design. (It’s still important to call Mike and Jay to thank them, so they know this is something people really care about.)

  • Also important to note: the change we are asking for can easily be made, even at this late stage. It primarily involves simply painting different lane markings on the bridge, and does not need to delay the project.

For more information, see the Boston Cyclists Union’s post on the history of the Longfellow bridge project. MassDOT’s currently planned design is using data on mode shares from 9 years ago. In that time, Cambridge bike counts have doubled, and the Longfellow bridge has operated with one vehicular inbound travel lane for 5 years without incident. The bridge must be updated to reflect current trends and emphasize safe, healthy mobility with protected bike lanes in both directions.

Be sure to include Longfellow Bridge in the subject, and if possible add a personal story why this is essential for your safe commute and enjoyment of public spaces.

Sincerely,
The CBS Core Team

Write or call your statehouse legislators using the email addresses and phone numbers below. If you don’t know who they are, visit: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

Be sure to include Longfellow Bridge in the subject, copy us (info@cambridgebikesafety.org and info@bostoncyclistsunion.org), and if possible add a personal story why this is essential for your safe commute and enjoyment of public spaces.

House

Rep. Dave Rogers (24th Middlesex)
617-722-2370        Dave.Rogers@mahouse.gov

Rep. Marjorie Decker (25th Middlesex)
617-722-2692        Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov

Rep. Mike Connolly (26th Middlesex)
617-722-2060        Mike.Connolly@mahouse.gov

Rep. Jonathan Hecht (29th Middlesex)
617-722-2140        Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov

Rep. Jay Livingstone (8th Suffolk)
617-722-2013        Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov

Rep. Denise Provost (27th Middlesex, Somerville)
617-722-2263        Denise.Provost@mahouse.gov

Senate

Sen. Patricia Jehlen (2nd Middlesex)
617-722-1578        Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov

Sen. Sal DiDomenico (Middlesex and Suffolk)
617-722-1650        Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov

Sen. Joseph Boncore (1st Suffolk and Middlesex)
617-722-1634        Joseph.Boncore@masenate.gov

Eclipse eclipses Electric Bike Expo

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — The Electric Bike Expo has canceled this weekend’s consumer test fest in Portland because Monday’s total solar eclipse, which makes landfall south of the city, has wreaked havoc on its logistics

Eclipse eclipses Electric Bike Expo

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — The Electric Bike Expo has canceled this weekend’s consumer test fest in Portland because Monday’s total solar eclipse, which makes landfall south of the city, has wreaked havoc on its logistics.

Utah retailer revamps three Salt Lake City area stores with Giant

RIVERTON, Utah (BRAIN) — Taylor’s Bike Shop, a group of stores in the Salt Lake City, Utah, region with locations in Riverton, Taylorsville and Provo, have remodeled and become Giant Retail Partner stores.

First Flight Bicycles to close, 10 months after owner’s death

STATESVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — First Flight Bicycles has begun to sell off its remaining inventory ahead of a closure later this month. The store was founded by Jeff Archer,  who died after being hit by a car last July  while he was walking across a street in Mooresville.  Archer’s wife, Julie, announced the closure on the store’s Facebook page this week. The store has been operated by manager Wes Davidson since Archer’s death.

Over to you: Bar ends — yay or nay?

From style to fit to function, bikes tend to be very personal items and within that realm how a bike is set up is even more personal. There are seemingly endless possibilities for dialing in your handlebar, stem, grips, and brake and shifter lever placement. Over the years some product trends have become the standard (riser bars and shorter stems for instance) while others have fallen into the history books. Where do bar ends end up?

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The rise of bar ends

Remember bar ends? Maybe that’s a loaded question if your handlebars still have the short extensions. For those less acquainted, handlebar bar ends were bolt-on extensions that mounted to your handlebars on the outside of the grips. Numerous companies made them out of every conceivable material: aluminum, titanium, even carbon. Most protruded only forward, but some added extension fore and aft of the bar.

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t had bar ends since my first mountain bike back in the mid nineties

Bar ends were standard issue for mountain bikes throughout the eighties and early nineties, when 71-degree head angles were the norm, 640mm flat bars were mega wide and cantilever brakes were considered acceptable. 

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In the list of pros for bar ends is the argument that they give your hands another position and increase leverage when climbing by recruiting more muscle groups, primarily the triceps, shoulders, and latissimus dorsi in your back. Moving your hands in front of the bar also shifts your weight forward making climbing easier. Some riders feel having your hands parallel with the direction of travel is more ergonomic as well. Even Shimano embraced bar ends with an XTR remote shifter that allowed rear shifts while your hands wrapped the bar end.

The fall of bar ends

Then the late nineties hit. The internet was a real thing, cellphones became commonplace, and technology of every sort had endless dollars poured into it. It was also around the time that bike companies were seriously working on full suspension and riding that evolutionary tide came the swell of riser bars. With this, bar ends quickly disappeared from spec lists.

Sure, a rider could still slip a pair of bar ends onto a riser bar, but the singletrack collective deemed it goofy looking. Additionally, as bars inched wider the chances of hooking a bar end on a tree grew, and riders began appreciating being able to use the entire width of the bar and not having their hands corralled at the ends. 

So over to you…

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Rachel Atherton’s 9 tips for a great race season

Get your season dialled from start to finish with tips from the multiple World Champion and World Cup Champion downhill racer Rachel Atherton.

Whatever your race discipline, how you perform come race day is everything to do with how you prepare. When you’re facing a whole season of events, consistent performance is crucial. We spoke to the woman who’s managed to complete a ‘perfect season’ in downhill MTB, winning every single round and the World Champs to boot. If anyone knows how to put in a consistently great performance, it’s her.

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On Sunday, Atherton chased the field in this year’s Red Bull Foxhunt, a mass-start downhill mountain bike race that saw the World Champion attempt to beat over 250 women down a race course in England’s Lake District, and she took a few minutes out from sharing advice and chatting with the riders taking part to give us the benefit of her lifetime of race experience.  

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1. Take each race at a time

“This is a big thing.” Atherton tells BikeRadar. “You need to prepare perfectly, prepare for each race, and take each race on its own.”

This means not only ensuring that you are in the best condition you can be for each event, but also that you’ve taken the time to look at the specifics of that event and what you need to do to be ready for it. Every course is different, terrain can vary, and elements like weather conditions can have a big effect on performance.

2. Don’t get complacent

By the end of the 2016 race season Atherton had won 14 races in a row. Her dominance has made her the first rider in the history of downhill MTB to win every World Cup in a season, but you’d be wrong to think that she doesn’t work hard for every single event.

3. Experience is key

I used to work with psychologists and keep a diary and everything would go in it, but now I’ve been doing it so long I just do it

4. Prepare mentally

5. Practice, practice, practice

6. Set yourself a race-day routine

7.     Use the off-season wisely

8. Listen to your body

9. Enjoy it!

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Illinois distributor, Aventuron, to offer Orange Bikes to US and Canada dealers

ST. CHARLES, Ill.

Van Dessel Cycles hires Robert Vander Veur as VP of sales and development

MENDHAM, N.J. (BRAIN) —?Van Dessel Cycles has announced the hiring of Robert Vander Veur as its vice president of sales and development.