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Paul Lew to head up Edco under new ownership

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.— U.S. industry veteran Paul Lew has been named CEO of the newly restructured Edco cycling company, now based in Arizona.

Olympics cycling: TV schedule and how to watch

Samba! Beach volleyball! Rum-based cocktails of lethal potency! These are just some of the delightful things that spring to mind at the words ‘Rio de Janeiro’. But what about bikes? Read on for our guide to watching cycling at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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  • Lizzie Armitstead gets set for gold at Rio 2016
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Schedule of cycling events at Rio 2016

At this year’s Olympics, the cycling events will get underway on Saturday 6th with the men’s road cycling – the day after the opening ceremony. Expect fireworks. The women’s road race follows, then comes the time trial racing, followed by the BMX racing, with the track cycling wrapping things up. All Olympics cycling events will be finished on Tuesday 16 August, so make sure you’ve got plenty of space on your DVR and in your social calendar between these dates.

What follows is the schedule of every cycling event. Check your local listings for specific television coverage. BBC will be doing blanket coverage in the UK, and NBC will be airing cycling online and on some of its channels in the US. 

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Road cycling (6-7 August)

The start venue for the road racing events is Fort Copacabana, a military base at the southern end of Brazil’s most famous beach. The course is super-hilly – leading some pros like Lizzie Armitstead to rule themselves out as favourites – and will suit the climbers.

  • Saturday 6th August: The men’s 256.4km (150mi) road race starts at around 9:30am local time (1.30pm UK time / 8:30am EST / 10:30pm Sydney time).
  • Sunday 7th August: The women’s 141km (87.6mi) road race starts at around 12.30pm local time (4.30pm UK time / 11:30am EST / 1:30am Monday in Sydney).

Road time trial (10 August)

  • Wednesday 10th August: The women’s 29.8km (18.5mi) road time trial starts at 12:30pm local time (4.30pm UK time / 11:30am EST / 1:30am Thursday in Sydney).
  • Wednesday 10th August: The men’s 59.6km (37mi) road time trial starts at 2pm local time (6pm UK time / 1pm EST / 3am Thursday in Sydney).

Track cycling events (11-16 August)

  • Thursday 11th August: Men’s team sprint qualifying, first round and finals; men’s team pursuit qualifying; women’s team pursuit qualifying.
  • Friday 12th August: Men’s sprint qualifying and 1/16 finals; men’s team pursuit first round and finals; women’s team pursuit qualifying; women’s team sprint first round and finals.
  • Saturday 13th August: Men’s sprint 1/8 finals, quarter finals and semi finals; women’s Keirin first round, second round and finals; women’s team pursuit first round and finals.
  • Sunday 14th August: Men’s omnium scratch race, omnium individual pursuit and omnium elimination race; men’s sprint finals; women’s sprint qualifying and finals.
  • Monday 15th August: Men’s omnium time trial, omnium flying lap and omnium points race; women’s sprint 1/8 finals; women’s omnium scratch race, omnium individual pursuit and omnium elimination race.
  • Tuesday 16th August: Men’s Keirin first round, second round and finals; women’s sprint quarter finals, semi-finals and finals; women’s omnium time trial, omnium flying lap and omnium points race.

BMX events (17-18 August)

  • Wednesday 17th August: Men’s BMX seeding run; women’s BMX seeding run.
  • Thursday 18th August: Men’s BMX quarter finals.
  • Friday 19th August: Men’s BMX semi-finals and final; women’s BMX semi-finals and final.

Cross-country mountain biking events (20-21 August)

  • Saturday 20th August: The women’s cross-country mountain bike race starts at 12:30pm local time (4.30pm UK time / 11:30am EST / 1:30am Sunday in Sydney).
  • Sunday 21st August: The men’s cross-country mountain bike race starts at 12:30pm local time (4.30pm UK time / 11:30am EST / 1:30am Monday in Sydney).

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Polygon Pave i7 urban bike review

With the growing popularity of two-wheeled commuting and the increasing number of cycleways popping up around the world, urban style bikes are becoming all the rage – and Polygon’s Pave i7 ‘utility bike’ is right on this global trend.

The Pave i7 is a sleek, stealthy?“utility bike”?ideally suited for the urban commando, featuring a carbon-belt drive with a seven-speed internal-hub gear system, and retailing at under AU$1,000 (UK prices TBC) through a direct-buy channel – it’s priced to go.

Weighing in at 12.34kg for the 50cm model delivered to?BikeRadar’s Asia-Pacific office in Sydney, the Pave i7 features a sturdy 6061 alloy frame and fork. Its biggest attention grabber, though, is the Gates belt drive, paired with a Shimano Nexus seven-speed internal gearing system that keeps the mechanical shifting components hidden from sight and also out of the elements.

Pulling the Pave out of its box, we were met with a preset torque wrench and small pedal spanner. (Polygon’s Australian online distributor, Bicycles Online, includes this – and it’s everything needed to complete the mostly assembled bike.)

This reviewer has always been a big fan of internal drive systems, so we were eager to take the i7 for a spin. The first thing we noticed right from the start was the Shimano trigger shifters were in reverse, compared with a normal mountain bike setup. This took some getting used to, and to be completely honest we were still getting it backwards days later.

Seven gears are hidden inside this rear hub. the downsides? internal geared hubs add weight, offer limited gear ranges and have additional resistance:

Seven gears are hidden inside this rear hub. The downsides? Internal geared hubs add weight, offer limited gear ranges and have additional resistance

Also blatantly apparent were the limitations of the?seven-speed setup. While fine for commuting and leisure riding in Adelaide, Austin or East Anglia, riders living in Sydney, Sheffield or San Francisco may find it simply does not have enough range when you’ve lost your grunt when forced to take hilly routes. This is less than ideal when creeping up roads with gradients closing in on double-digit percentages. After all, there is nothing worse than arriving at the office after just a short pedal and feeling the need for a shower.

However, on flat roads and rolling hills, we found the Pave i7 to be an exceptional ride. The longer lasting, lower maintenance belt-drive and internal gear systems provide a silent, almost seamless ride void of rattles and clicks often associated with chain-driven, multi-speed external gearsets. The belt also requires no oil, so say goodbye to messy grease stains on the legs or worse – your trousers.

The belt is tensioned via turning the eccentric assembly within the frame. unfortunately it's an extra component that can creak - as ours did:

The belt is tensioned via turning the eccentric assembly within the frame. Unfortunately it’s an extra component that can creak – as ours did

Unfortunately it wasn’t all perfect, with the crankset/bottom bracket on our test sample making some groaning noise under stress. A little grease fixed it right up, but this requires specialty tools – something to consider, because the bike is often sold online and shipped to your door in a box.

The Pave i7 floats effortlessly over the tarmac, especially with the 700×35c Schwalbe Citizen tyres mounted on Rigida alloy double-wall wheels. The Citizens are bulletproof and possess enough grooved traction channels to keep you both puncture- and worry-free on your daily commute, even under damp conditions. The Pave i7 feels both stable and responsive and, fitted with an Entity road saddle, its ride is anything but harsh.

Standard v-brakes work just fine, but a little rain will cause a quick loss in performance. disc brakes often more consistent performance and greater durability:

Standard V-brakes work just fine, but a little rain will cause a quick loss in performance. Disc brakes offer more consistent performance and greater durability

For stopping action, the i7 uses Tektro levers connected to alloy V-brakes, which are adequate, but not as precise as disc brakes, especially over rain-kissed roads.

With just two sizes available, the Pave gives up the precise fit offered by bikes available in a greater range. Even so, we were perfectly comfortable for shorter journeys – and the quick release adjustable seat post makes for a quick fitting process.

The final verdict is simple. At this price, with carbon belt-drive and Shimano Nexus hub gearing, Polygon’s Pave i7 is a fantastic buy if you live in flatter areas. If your home’s in more mountainous urban territory, however, you might want to consider Polygon’s pricier (AU$2,199) sibling, the Zenith Di2, which features Shimano’s Alfine 11-speed internal drive hub system and has disc brakes to boot.








Retail analytics startup Swarm raises $3.4 million

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — Swarm, a startup that provides analytics and marketing tools for small and medium-sized retailers, has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding, led by Icon Venture Partners.   Swarm is currently used in about 300 bike dealers in the U.S

WD-40 Bike launches in Australia

SYDNEY, Australia (BRAIN) — WD-40’s Australian division has launched its bike products in the country, including its lubes, degreasor, foaming bike wash and frame polish and protectant.   “The WD-40 brand is definitely no stranger to bicycling,” said Mike Irwin, managing partner of WD-40 Bike Company. “The original WD-40 Multi-Use Product has been a mainstay in the toolboxes of bike mechanics for decades.

Promoting Cycling With Math And Science

sometimes you have to get people to accept something emotionally, and sometimes you beat them about the head and neck with cold hard facts till they suffer greatly and give up. This is that kind of book.

In their new book, John Pucher and Ralph Buehler come right out and state their belief in plain English: “Cycling should be made feasible, convenient, and safe for everyone.” The editors of City Cycling, just published by MIT Press, aim to further that cause by gathering together as much data as they could find to support their case that “it is hard to beat cycling when it comes to environmental, economic, and social sustainability.”(via)

Bicycling in cities is booming, for many reasons: health and environmental benefits, time and cost savings, more and better bike lanes and paths, innovative bike sharing programs, and the sheer fun of riding. City Cycling offers a guide to this urban cycling renaissance, with the goal of promoting cycling as sustainable urban transportation available to everyone. It reports on cycling trends and policies in cities in North America, Europe, and Australia, and offers information on such topics as cycling safety, cycling infrastructure provisions including bikeways and bike parking, the wide range of bike designs and bike equipment, integration of cycling with public transportation, and promoting cycling for women and children.

City Cycling emphasizes that bicycling should not be limited to those who are highly trained, extremely fit, and daring enough to battle traffic on busy roads. The chapters describe ways to make city cycling feasible, convenient, and safe for commutes to work and school, shopping trips, visits, and other daily transportation needs. The book also offers detailed examinations and illustrations of cycling conditions in different urban environments: small cities (including Davis, California, and Delft, the Netherlands), large cities (including Sydney, Chicago, Toronto and Berlin), and “megacities” (London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo). These chapters offer a closer look at how cities both with and without historical cycling cultures have developed cycling programs over time. The book makes clear that successful promotion of city cycling depends on coordinating infrastructure, programs, and government policies.(via)

Seems like an interesting read.

Australian national cyclo-cross circuit announced

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.

Cyclo-cross has historically been a European winter sport, often used by the pros to remain in shape over the cooler and likely snowing months. Cross has a huge following in the United States and of course Europe, but it’s taken a while for a designated series to be held in Australia. The Champion System SRAM National Cyclo-cross series offer both the elite and amateurs a chance to race in nationally recognised events.

There are six races divided over three weekends of racing. Each of the three cities; Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney will play host to two races, one on Saturday and another on Sunday. This means less travelling for those wanting to race the entire series and will hopefully lead to sell-out entries.

Melbourne will hold the opening two races on the weekend of 14-15 July. Saturday’s event will be in Port Melbourne while the Sunday will be played out in the Darebin Parklands. Categories for elite, B-grade, junior and mountain bike will be available at each of the six races. Prize money will be awarded down to 10th place with an even split across men’s and women’s events.

Race 1 – Melbourne (Port Melbourne) – 14 July

Race 2 – Melbourne (Darebin Parklands) – 15 July

Race 3 – Adelaide (Adelaide Park Lands) – 11 August

Race 4 – Adelaide (Adelaide Park Lands) – 12 August

Race 5 – Sydney (JJ Melbourne Hills Memorial Reserve Terry Hills) – 29 September

Race 6 – Sydney (JJ Melbourne Hills Memorial Reserve Terry Hills) – 30 September

Entries for Melbourne’s round have already closed but Adelaide and Sydney are still open. Head to cycling.org.au/cyclocross for more information.



Cyclingnews’ guide to Olympic XC mountain bike racing

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.

Mountain biking is a relatively young Olympic sport. First included in 1996 in Atlanta, it has also been part of the 2000 Games in Sydney, the 2004 Games in Athens and the 2008 Games in Beijing. Although the ever-evolving sport encompasses a variety of disciplines, only cross country racing is part of the Olympic mountain bike experience. Those who favour marathon, short track or gravity racing are out of luck.

Many of the world’s fastest cross country racers will line up at Hadleigh Farm in Essex for the 2012 Olympic cross country race. The women will race on Saturday, August 11 at 12:30 pm local time while the men will take to the off-road track on Sunday, August 12 at 1:30 pm.

To read the full in-depth feature, click here.