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issue 151 - summer 2018


Contents

inside this issue

COLUMNS

REGULARS

04 Legal Cycling

03 Prologue 05 King's Cartoon 12 event calendar

Bicycle Club Management Managing the Risks of club rides/ riders Richard Duquette

Issue 151 Summer 2018 Designed and printed in Southern California. Read and distributed throughout the world.

05 in practice

Chaos in Electric Land Don't Ignore Speed Limits Carl Lawton

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06 ask the coach

USA Cycling Beginner Racing Program start here, finish first Rick Schultz

06 tour & travel

Carry More, Go Further With the Arkel Rollpacker Rob Templin

08 hands on

Cattrike Pocket Recumbent Three wheels for a smooth ride Rob Templin

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Yosemite is calling. With a 10 mile stroll around the valley floor, or a 62- mile challenge to Glacier point, we bring inspiration for your late summer and fall explorations. Photo by John Gibbons, Design by Erik Scott

10 Asphalt, Please Chasing that SoCal Vibe Swami's Wednesday Ride John Woodson

11 route profile Yosemite Park Loop The iconic Nat'l Park Chris Reynold

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If an Alchemist was a Climber Refinement of the oval chainring Chris Reynolds

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RICHARD L. DUQUETTE has been fighting for his clients since 1983. His family-owned law firm specializes in providing personal attention and quality representation to the people of San Diego, Riverside, and Orange Counties. Read his blog at 911law.com and listen to his podcast, Bicycling and the Law, covering legal cycling topics.

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In Practice

Chaos in Electric-land

Ignoring State laws Can Lead To Future headaches By Carl Lawton

Does your electric bike or scooter fall under the same helmet and speed requirements as this conglomeration of campfire engineering? In a word - Yes.

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eaders of my 'In Practice' column who followed my last two issues installments about e-bikes and scooter shares in all major metropolitan cities in California will recall that they pose serious safety issues that have yet to be addressed by the companies providing the service. Last month, the City of Santa Monica Dept of Transportation held a meeting with Bird Scooter Co., who agreed to comply with city rules and regulations as well as the State of California Laws governing the helmet mandate for electric bikes/scooters. Now the scooters can only be operated by riders abiding by the following requirements to ride: a California Driver's License, plus a credit card, and a helmet. It would seem they have not make it clear to the riders of these scooters, because nobody is wearing helmets. It is State Law that mandates that an e-bike or an e-scooter rider is required to wear a bicycle helmet when operating the device. However, it is interpreted incorrectly by most folks to mean that it is for children under 18, and not for adults. This confusion comes from mixing up requirements for regular pedal bikes in which case it is true, but not in the case of electric-powered bikes and scooters. Read the California Drivers Handbook, or go to the DMV website, and review section CVC406a for more detail. At the very least, the alternative to not wearing a helmet can be anywhere from a hefty $250 traffic ticket fine to something as serious as a head injury - possibly resulting in a coma or death. Riders are doing themselves a favor by getting a helmet, whether for pedal bike, scooter or electric bike. In response to my previous columns about dangerous speeds on electric bikes and scooters, a reader sent me an email which challenged my ‘misunderstood’ statement that e-bikes can go no more than 20 mph in California. The reasoning was that his e-bike is limited to 20 mph. To clarify what I stated in earlier articles, pedaling the bike hard enough (even with a fixed speed limit) can still propel the bike faster than 20 mph. For instance riding vigorously down a steep hill on an e-bike could get a maximum traffic speed of 35 mph. Therefore, my statement that e-bikes can go no faster than 20 mph is not valid. The specifics I spoke of concern the legality of such possibilities, not the physical ability of the rider to achieve speeds beyond the assist provided by the manufacturer. It is true that there are scenarios which may allow for riders to exceed to 20 mph speed limit, but the law is the law. Most patrol cops are not interested in enforcing every single aspect of law violations because they have certain priorities on a daily basis, and e-bikes are at the bottom of the rung. But there are also traffic cops who ride motorbikes as well as pedal bikes, and now the LAPD has an e-bike squad of their own. These traffic cops, or motor-cops as they are known, are much more knowledgeable than regular patrol cops and they all carry a ‘Manual Code Book’ with them. I can guarantee that they do know the laws concerning e-bikes, mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles in the State of California. Though a rider may ‘never get stopped’ by the regular patrol cops for riding without a helmet or going more than 20 mph in a bike lane on a class 1 or 2 electric bike, there is still the risk of getting pulled over by a motor-cop for these violations. ▲

CARL LAWTON is an active cyclist who rides bikes and works for the Los Angeles

Department of Transportation. The overlap of these two pursuits provides a unique perspective to learn from. You can reach Carl Lawton at carl@BICYCLIST.xyz

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Tour & Travel

Carry More, Go Further

arkel Rollpacker Rolls light, carries heavy The next step of your cycling journey is carrying more than just yourself. Arkel has long helped with this level-up, and their latest set of bags do just that. By Rob Templin

Criterium Clinic Interested in Crit racing? Start Here, finish first Many criterium races sanctioned by USAC provide opportunities for developing skills and techniques through the Beginner Racer Program, held before the race. By: Rick Schultz

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ecently I helped instruct the USA Cycling Beginner Racer Program which was held at the Dominguez Hills California Bicycle Racing criterium race. We were fortunate enough to have one of the local professionals, Brian McCulloch from the Elevate KHS Pro Cycling Team assist us in helping teach these new racers technical skills to stay safe and perform well during the race. For those not familiar with BRP, the program is sanctioned by USA Cycling to provide survival skills to new racers through training disseminated by coaches registered as Category 3 or higher. BRP events are held concurrently with many racing criteriums, typically taking place in the early morning hours before the main events begin. The BRP program is divided into 5 separate clinics, with each building off the previous curriculum. They are meant to be attended in series, and putting space between each clinic can help solidify the learned skills. • • • • •

Basic Pack Skills — Protecting Your Front Wheel Cornering — Choosing and Holding Your Line Pack Awareness and Skills Sprinting Basics Bringing it All Together

Each clinic is comprised of three components: on-bike instructional clinic, mentored race, and race debrief. Beyond the knowledge and skills learned, the BRP also adds points to the USAC scoring system with 2 points awarded for each clinic, instead of the usual 1 point that goes towards the minimum 10 points required to upgrade from Category 5 to Category 4. Even if you have no intention of moving up the ranks of amateur USAC categories, the skills you will learn will be valuable, no matter the type of riding you do.

An Example Topic

One of the items we discuss each and every BRP is to race in the drops, not on the hoods. There are several important reasons for this. Each time we teach these clinics, we are continuously telling the attendees to “get into the drops.” Over and over again, they keep putting their hands back up onto the hoods, where we say again and again, “get in the drops.” I asked Brian why so many racers (all categories) race on the hoods instead of the drops. Brian concluded (a) that he spends 85%-90% of his time training and racing in the drops and that (b) the main reason that it is difficult for cyclists of all categories to ride in the drops is because they have been fitted to ride on the hoods. I thought about this for a second and this makes sense. See, even us veteran road-warriors can learn something new at the BRP. ▲ Find a BRP near you using the filter 'BRP' at bicyclist.xyz/events

Coach Rick Schultz Rick specializes in coaching cyclists so that they can achieve their best. He is a certified bike fitter and author of Bike Fit 101: Your Toolset for a Great Bike Fit. Send your questions to coach@bicyclist.xyz or ask on twitter @BICYCLISTxyz #askthecoach

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Arkel has been a leader in ultralight and bikepacking provisions, and their latest offering, the Rollpacker series of bags reminds us why.

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or the sake of full journalistic transparency, I have to admit upfront that I’m a bit biased when it comes to Arkel's touring and bikepacking designs. With good reason, too. Every piece of gear that I’ve tested and reviewed over the past five years from this Canadian company has been well-designed, innovative and produced with a superb level of workmanship and materials. They designed their first cutting-edge pannier bags back in 1988, and were one of the first companies to embrace the emergence of the bikepacking and ultralight touring market in recent years. The only fault with their offerings, if you want to call it that, is all of this quality comes at a price. Their line of bike bags probably won’t be your first choice for any two-wheel adventures if saving a few bucks is your number one – or only – priority. I've never been easy on the products that have come my way for review. Arkel has been no exception. I've consistently pushed the design and spec limits of their bags (like weight and capacity) to see how the gear would hold up under extreme stress. I have yet to blow out a seam or experience a hardware failure - something that can't be said for a lot of the budget models in this category. In fact, the most damage I've ever been able to accomplish with their equipment is to partially wear off the printed Arkel logos. For the rare times that you might actually need it, they do offer a lifetime guarantee on their products. Since suffering a nasty bike crash several years ago that resulted in having my spine fused, my modified single bike has become my sole means of transportation. Which means that I need dependable and durable bags to handle a wide range of activities - including mundane tasks like shopping at the supermarket. In some respects, cramming bottles, cans and other heavy, bulky items with sharp ends into overstuffed bags at the grocery store is harder on equipment than some of the conventional camping and off-road bikepacking tours I've taken over the years.

The Hop Juice ‘Waterproof Test’

For bikepacking (or general touring), one of the most critical bag design features is a waterproof seal - there's nothing worse than pulling out soggy clothing halfway through a ride or when you get to camp. The materials and workmanship have to hold up over the long-term, not just the first couple of outings. Many companies make waterproof claims with BICYCLIST Magazine


their baggage, but too often don't deliver when it really matters. It was after a recent trip to the market that I stumbled across, unintentionally, maybe the ultimate test of Arkel's waterproof claims. It also shows why I'm such a fan of the brand. My purchases included, besides all the typical basics, a six pack of bottled 'Hop Juice' Triple IPA. Nothing seemed amiss as I rode home except, as usual, my Arkel bags were over-flowing with a massive load, way over suggested weight limits. When I got home, I quickly found as I unloaded the bags, that the glass bottles had broken from my haphazard packing, and now I had a huge pool of very-good craft IPA going to waste at the bottom of the bag. Impressively, there wasn’t any sign of leaking from the outside. Normal wear and tear should have resulted in some small holes or fabric wear *somewhere* on the bags - especially since my use had been of a more ‘abusive’ than ‘normal’ standard. By the way, I don’t suggest repeating this test at home- not crying over spilled milk is one thing but your favorite brew is a whole other story. Ironically, it was a few days after this ‘test’ that I got a call from friends that had just completed a major bikepacking tour which had been ruined by their leaking boutique (read: expensive) seat bags. Needless to say, they weren’t impressed with the design, or touted lightweight “waterproof” fabric that had been borrowed from the sailing industry. Having a reliable rig and packs that hold up - especially on rainy days - can make or break what constitutes a great tour.

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Rollpacker 15 and 25

Building on the success of earlier ultralight configurations like the Seatpacker and Dry-Lite pannier bag series introduced last year, Arkel’s newly released Rollpacker 15 and 25 seat bags utilize an innovative, patent-pending aluminum quick release hanger that eliminates the sway Any Jones bicycle can (what Arkel terms ‘tail wag’) common to other bag designs. The rack is easily installed and be built for dirt, gravel, road, touring and more. removed from the saddle rails and seatpost with a quick release clamp and Velcro strap (last year’s smaller Seatpacker model uses a similar rack system). The bag slides easily on and off This bike takes the comfort, efficiency, and versatility of the rack for effortless packing and handling. the Jones Plus LWB geometry, combines it with the comfort, Either the “15” or “25” models (the numbers refer to liter capacity) has one large waterproof main compartment (with sealed liner) and a second, smaller waterproof compartment that control, light weight, and great standover clearance of the provides a good place to stash tools or items you want easier access to during the day. There is Jones Titanium Spaceframe design to deliver the best ride yet. also an access pocket in between the rear pocket and main compartment that is handy for all the small items you might want to easily grab during the day’s riding (camera, snacks, etc.). Jones Bikes.com Est. 2002 Completing the attention to small details are features like the light hoops on the rear that are great for clip-on lights as well as lashing items to the top of the pack. For gram counting, weight-weenies (if you cut the ends off your toothbrush to save weight JONES_SoCal_bicyclist_advert_v2.indd 2 24/05/2018 22:47 And there’s the Jones Loop H-Bar ™ and bulk on a tour, you’re a weight-weenie), the perceived heft of a rack could be problematic. The H-Bar is the perfect upgrade for a drop, flat, or riser bar on You do pay a slight weight penalty but we found the trade-off of enhanced stability moretouring, or mountain bike. It gives you the hand and a road, than worth the few extra ounces. body positions to ride better, longer, and more comfortably. Besides the typical Arkel-quality build and technical materials, we also like the versatility of this pack. Besides bike-packing, it would make a great option for road ‘credit card’ touring. I would have liked more detailed paper installation instructions with the pack itself but any confusion about proper fit and adjustment to the bike can be easily clarified with the Rollpacker video on their website to see how everything comes together in a very simple, ingenious package. Also available from Arkel to go along with the rear bags are the just released Rollpacker Bikepacking 15 and 25 handlebar bags, priced at $229 and $239 respectively. Similarly styled, the ultralight bags keep essentials at an arm's reach. Combining the Rollpacker 15 or 25 with Arkel’s superlight, waterproof Dry-Lite pannier bags, a lightweight handlebar ‘roll’, and a lightweight bike rack will give you what I consider to be the best performance. This setup is for serious ultra-light touring and bikepacking capable of handling most anything short of an around-the-world expedition. ▲ INSTAGRAM

JUST THE FACTS Rollpacker 25 with quick release rack USD$279.99 Weight of seat bag: 567 g / 1.25 lbs Weight of hanger: 363 g / .8 lbs Volume: 25 liters / 1525 cu. in. Maximum Load: 7 kg / 15.4 lbs. Rollpacker 15 with quick release hanger USD$269.99 Weight of seat bag:454 g / 1 lbs Weight of hanger: 363 g / .8 lbs Volume: 15 liters / 915 cu. in. Maximum Load: 15.4 lbs / 7 kg

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Key design Notes The bag sits perpendicular to the center of the frame; moving the weight closer to the bottom bracket, rather than protruding out the back over the rear wheel. Allows for larger loads to be carried since there is no issue with the pack rubbing against a rider’s legs. Easier packing and unpacking with either side of the cavernous main ‘roll’ being easily accessible; to load the bag you just un-clip and unroll either side.

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Hands On

Cool, Calm and Collected Adding a third wheel to the ride with the Catrike pocket

Recumbents and trikes are a category of sustainable transportation that keeps a growing number of people turning pedals and doing what they love. The Pocket facilitates this continuity with zero compromise. By Rob Templin

The Catrike Pocket is a serious machine that provides all the accoutrements a seasoned road-warrior would expect. The trike also brings features that speak to the competence that Catrike brings to their recumbent rides. Laid-back, three-wheel, front-triple.. Whatever keeps you on the road.

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or smaller size riders, in the market for a ‘custom’, high-performance ride at ‘off-the-rack’ pricing, look no further than Catrike’s Pocket. There are unique considerations that must be made for this style of trike, and the Pocket fits them all. In previous reviews of different recumbent trikes, I bemoaned the fact that finding dealers for test rides is a challenge for many potential recumbent buyers - both in terms of inventory and knowledge of the category. The other component (no pun intended) of making an intelligent purchase decision, when you finally do find that ‘perfect’ trike, is being confident that the brand you’re dealing with will be around in the years ahead when you need replacement parts or warranty help. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of recumbent trike companies with a solid track history when it comes to longevity, quality designs and innovations. One company that is in the trike business for the long haul is Catrike. At the annual Las Vegas “Interbike” (one of the largest cycling trade shows in the world), Catrike was the only trike recumbent company to have any kind of significant presence. Their large booth space displayed their full line of trikes to independent bicycle dealers (IBDs) not just from the U.S. but from around the world. This speaks highly to their commitment for the category. You need to look no further than where production of their bikes takes place to appreciate the complete Catrike philosophy. Their in-house production facilities are located in Florida and use a production system process unique to Catrike. You don’t get any more ‘Made in America’ than that. With U.S.-based production, they have greater control over the end product’s quality, and innovative product design that can only come from the experience of making trikes here in the U.S.

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High-Performance origins

Catrike was created in 2000 by Paulo Camasmie, a Brazilian Mechanical Engineer. His early vision of building a line of high-performance recumbent trikes for the newcomers to the sport as well as the serious enthusiast, became reality over the next 18 years. Over this time, Catrike has earned a number of awards from the bike industry for their trike designs. Six times, Catrike has garnered Trike of the Year accolades by the readers of Bent Rider Online, including in 2005 the Catrike Pocket we review here - now upgraded with a new look for 2018. They have also gained respect and recognition for their manufacturing prowess: including Manufacturer of the Year under 125 employees by the Manufacturers Association of Florida in 2009, and in 2017 Catrike again made the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing private companies. Catrike’s mission statement is to focus on product development, engineering and process design. The company is proud to tell the cycling public their goal is to produce “great products that look fantastic, work beautifully and flawlessly, require very low maintenance; are user friendly, and sure to provide many years of fun and pleasure at an affordable price”. They must be doing something right as this approach has resulted in rapid growth and over 3000 trikes and bikes being turned out every year.

In The Pocket

As noted earlier, the Pocket model has been around for a number of years. But constant tweaking of an already established winner in the marketplace -cycling or otherwise- is a healthy sign that a company wants to hold on to its customer base. The most obvious change to the 2018 Pocket upon first look is the use of a 20” (406mm) front wheel, but there are

plenty of other refinements that enhance the ride of the Pocket for this year (the pocket has always had a 20-inch rear wheel). Before I get into the reasons I was excited to spend a few months testing the latest configuration of the Pocket, I’ll provide a little background. As I’ve mentioned in earlier ‘parts’ of my “Introduction to Trike Recumbents 101”, some issues ago, I broke my neck in a nasty cycling accident and had my C1-3 fused during a 8 hour surgery; leaving me with less neck mobility and stability. It was a fast, somewhat unintentional, welcome to the world of recumbent trikesespecially if I wanted to keep enjoying my cycling passion of the last 45-plus years.

It's all In the name

When I was a partner of Eugene, Oregon’s Burley Design Cooperative, I always traveled with a high-quality folding single that fit in a standard Samsonite suitcase. Called the ‘Pocket Rocket’, it was manufactured by Bike Friday (also based out of Eugene). I couldn’t think of a better description for a travel bike that was easy to transport, compact (as ‘fit in your pocket’), and was a fast, ‘real’ road bike even though it used 20” wheels. In the same way, Catrike’s ‘Pocket’ name is a perfect match for the intended market: a smaller, more compact trike that still maintains that ‘performance’ label. And, heck, it even travels well when needed (unlike most non-folding recumbent trikes). All my previous trike review models have been on recumbents that required a bit of compromise to accommodate my smaller 5’8” frame. They all performed as intended but it was 'sorta like when you were a kid and your parents would buy you a bike too large so you could grow into it, usually resulting in a seat way too low and a frame you could just BICYCLIST Magazine


barely straddle. You won’t have this issue with the Pocket. This is a trike with a frame sized more appropriately for smaller riders, and it shows. You don’t have to compromise here to make the Pocket ‘fit’. It’ll feel as close to a custom build as you can get with an ‘off-the-rack’ price. If you’re under 5’9”, I honestly don’t think you’ll find a better value for a premium trike than the Pocket.

Small people rejoice

Bigger isn’t always better. Nowhere could that statement be truer than when it comes to bike fitting. My first couple of test rides on the Pocket were a blast. The indexed boom and clamp system adjusts easily before you hit the road for the first time; it stays put and enhances efficiency. I found the compact aluminum frame, with self-centering technology, ‘sporty’ and nimble from day one. While ‘sporty’ is a somewhat vague description, I compare this to a high-end carbon fiber road frame and a touring bike - both can be quality offerings but each has its own intended market. You’re not going to race on a touring bike or tour on a racing bike - no matter how good the build and design. Part of the reason for this ‘sporty’ feel of the Pocket is the superb weight distribution of the double-bend frame that increases ground clearance. All of which makes the learning curve a very short process. Like my Bike Friday Pocket Rocket that was a travel specific road bike, the Pocket trike is fun and easy to ride. It can maneuver easily through tight spaces with its narrower track and even if you don’t ‘need’ a light ride we think you won’t mind this extra bonus when climbing your local hills.

Catrike developed the double-bend frame design that is executed in aluminium and finished in a gorgeous, deep coat of pearlescent electric-lime that serves to look good and be seen. The trike received the most praise and attention from non-cyclists, go figure. Cars offer a much wider berth for the trike, a strange phenomenon we've also found while pulling gear-trailers.

Feature Run-Down

FSA Gossamer Pro Triple - the 165mm crank arms are a bit shorter than some might be used to but they work well with this package; they’re light and stiff.

Microshift Front Dérailleur Triple - might not have the same cachet of the ‘S” brand but it’s a solid component that works and is reliable for many miles of ‘play’ (I still felt the same way after several months of hard usage).

Chain-rings 52-39-30 - provides wide range gearing - this configuration pretty much handled all my riding needs, no matter the terrain.

A few of the component choices that enhanced the ‘fun factor’, while providing great value, included:

SRAM GX 10 Rear Dérailleur - provides smooth, snappy action that can handle a wide cassette range; comes with a special ‘doohickey’ (for a lack of a better term) that makes rear wheel removal easier. Mirrycle, left side - with my limited head movement from the fusion surgery, a mirror is essential (I also use a secondary mirror on my sunglasses for extra safety). Locking Brake Levers - the parking brake system is elegant and simple, my two favorite words for any bike component. Clipless Pedals - a nice spec. touch since most companies don’t provide any kind of pedal with their bikes. And I promise, you’ll want clipless pedals for your recumbent trike! No-Brake Steering - one aspect I found a bit unnerving with earlier trikes I had tested and reviewed, was the occasional fishtail from hard braking with one of the front wheels. You still need to be careful with power stops with the Pocket but this is the best design I’ve tried so far to minimize a somewhat common characteristic of many trikes. Ackermann Steering Compensation - enhances handling. Self-centering Technology - like the ‘no brake steering’, this feature assists with not drifting or driving off the road - giving you one less concern while navigating roads shared with motorized metal boxes weighing close to two tons. SRAM 500 Bar-end Shifters - they work - what more can you say. Simple, uncomplicated, and ‘bullet-proof’ for many years of maintenance free service.

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QR Indexing Boom Clamp - makes leg length adjustment easier and quicker. Aluminum Rod Ends - not a huge deal but shows attention to detail when trying to save some weight. Low-friction PTFE Flared Chain-tube: protects clothing and the frame while being ‘slick’ to resist friction. Structural Front Boom - aids to resist flex with added internal structure - one of those design features easy to miss or overlook. SRAM 11-36 10-speed Wide Range Rear-cog Set - see comments about the chain-rings! TerraCycle Sport Power Idler 15 T - another nod to attention to detail like the aluminum rod ends.

Standard Features

Rear fender, flag mount and flag, Mirrycyle rear view mirror, multipurpose clip-less pedals, computer sensor mount, brake lever velcro strap for parking, no brake steering, self centering, Ackerman steering compensation, structural front boom, QR indexing boom clamp, aluminum rod ends, low friction PTFE flared chain tube.

A huge thank you, and shout-out, to Richard’s Cyclery in Garden Grove. Not only did they do a great job assembling the Pocket but they also went through the various features and adjustments unique to the trike. The staff at Richard’s has no problem speaking the language of trike recumbents with ease when you’re ready to explore the market. Visit them online at richardscyclery.com. ▲

Just the Facts

MSRP $2,150 Wheel Base 35” Wheel Track 27.5 Total Width 31” Total Length 68” Seat Angle 41” Weight 33 lb Seat Angle 41 degrees Seat Height 9” Seat Width 14” BB Height 15” Ground Clearance 4” Total Height 25” Turning Circle 16” Turning Radius 8’ Rider Weight Limit 225 lb Rider X-Seam Range 36/43” Length and BB height varies according to rider height Weight Includes pedals, mirror, flag, computer mount and neck rest

Components

Avid BB7 disc brakes, Microshift triple (front derailleur), SRAM GX 10 speed (rear dérailleur), SRAM 500 TT bar end shifters, 52-39-30 chain-rings, 11-36 SRAM 10 speed cassette, TerraCycle Sport Power idler 15T, FSA zero stack headset, 406 Schwalbe Marathon Racer (front and rear tires).

Color options Moon Rock Silver, Electric Blue, Eon Green,

Atomic Orange, Lava Red, Candy Purple, Liquid Black, and the (former) Mango color being replaced by Firefly Yellow for 2018.

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Asphalt, please

Chasing the SoCal Vibe Keeping pace at the legendary Swami's 'Wednesday Worlds' By John Woodson

Swami’s Wednesday Morning Ride LOCATION: Carlsbad, California WHEN: Wednesday, 8:15AM sharp DISTANCE: 49 miles, ~2 hours DIFFICULTY: Flat and Hard START: Carlsbad Starbucks RIDERS: 20-40 INFO: swamis.org

Tales of Unubtainium

Swami's is the weekday “go to” ride for SoCal cycling’s best - bums, slackers, moochers, deadbeats, faux pros, still-livingat-home-gonna-make-it-somedayers, work ditchers, call in sickers and AARPers(Association of Aging Retired Pelotoners). In other words, the ride attracts the best in the sport at foregoing worldly responsibilities so they can mix it up for a trivial sprint victory that is oh so prized. Described as “one of the top ranked group rides…rolling north through [Marine Corps Base] Camp Pendleton to San Clemente where it turns around and heads back." The ride is considered "one of the hardest flat rides you can do. So bring your A game…and watch out for tanks.” All the ingredients of a great bucket ride – challenging, beautiful and adventurous. O n o n e f i n e We d n e s d a y, I r o l l u p t o t h e Ca rl sbad St a rbuck s at 8a m . Ever yone i s wea r i n g c u stom tea m k it s on c u stom u n u b t a i n iu m ca rbon bikes with deep-dish custom carbon hoops. Everyone except for me. I’m wearing an old logo-less jersey with holes, stains and pockets held on with safety pins. It started out as a beautiful solid Italian azure jersey. Now it’s just worn-out, washed-up and faded - like me. Bibs match the jersey though, especially the holes. With a beat up vintage frame and Campy 10-speed components, I’m a picture perfect old- school rider.

Starting Line

At 8:15 sharp the group rolls out. Young, old, male, female, national caliber, state champions and a bunch of poseurs and fakers like me. All with nothing more important to do this morning than play bike racer. Hmmm, this California Lifestyle might not be too bad. A few warm-up miles later we roll through Camp Pendleton’s main gate where United States Marine Corps guards check “The List” to make sure we’re on it. (See right

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he California Lifestyle – laidback, easy-going, time to pursue one’s passion. Does it exist? Especially at 6AM in San Diego traffic after being cut off by some madman in an automobile? People here race around to sit in traffic for hours then work their butts off to make ends meet before doing it all over again. Can they really enjoy The California Lifestyle? I’m off to the legendary Swami’s Wednesday Morning Ride (aka The Wednesday Worlds) in Carlsbad to find out.

The weekly Swami's Wednesday Morning Ride begins and ends in downtown Carlsbad, passing over the Batisquitos Lagoon as it speeds up the coast through Camp Pendleton in San Diego County. section REGISTER BEFORE YOU GO) Now it’s game time. The pace ramps quickly to 25mph on military base roads. Riding north into a stiff crosswind we roll hugging the shoulder single file. Someone yells “Tank Up” as a line of Abrams M1A1 maneuver in the distant hills.

Our lady of Blessed Acceleration

Next we roll over part of the 200-year-old historic El Camino Real with cracks, seams, tank tracks and carbon destroying holes to dodge. The hard riders of the peloton push the pace while weak riders like me bounce around searching for a smooth line. At San Onofre Beach we thread our way between concrete barriers onto smooth asphalt. A one Mr. Park Ranger pulls alongside saying “SLOW DOW N.” We accelerate. Now it’s single file all out like the last 5k of a Pro Tour race. Struggling to hang on I take the tail gunner spot at the very back. It feels like déjà vu. I've been here before with the same result – certain defeat. The tension and anticipation permeates the air. No one gives an inch. Everyone knows what is coming, a fast and furious sprint. I stay glued to a little rider resembling Rocky The Squirrel, but with thighs the size of tree-trunks. Who am I kidding? I’m gonna get my arse kicked. Somewhere ahead is The Sprint ( just to make it interesting, I don’t know where). We hit a long straightaway and this is it. But where is the finish? I duck out of draft looking for a city limit sign, light pole, mile marker, fence post or empty beer bottle. Nothing. Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don’t fail me now. A rider shifts gears while another twitches; it’s go time. Chains and frames groan while wheels make that cool side-to-side swooshing sound as the sprint unfolds. My old aluminum wheels just creak annoyingly. Soon poseurs and fakers flail as Rocky The Squirrel flies up the road delivering an arms-up “V” victory salute.

REGISTER BEFORE YOU GO

Beginning October 1, 2018, all cyclists who wish to access the cycling route at Camp Pendleton will be required to register with the new Department of Defense Biometric Identification System before they enter the base. To register for a DBIDS bicycle pass, individuals will need to go to the Main/Vandegrift Boulevard visitors center and are required to show an acceptable identity source document such as a valid government issued photo ID (I.E. Real ID ACT compliant driver's license, state identification card, or passport) to establish their identity and submit to a criminal background check as well as having their photograph and fingerprint taken. The visitor's center hours are Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bicycle passes will be valid for one year and will be restricted to bicycle access; any attempt to enter the base in a motor vehicle with a bike pass will be turned around.

Ouch. That feeling; weakness leaving the body. Some call it by the pedestrian term, 'pain'. We regroup, turnaround, pick up riders and do it all again in reverse. Twenty five just-as-fast miles later we pull into Carlsbad. A few riders stop to enjoy coffee, tell tall tales of how they almost won the sprint and relive the thrill of The Swami’s Wednesday Worlds. Afterwards, while driving home, I realize The California Lifestyle is alive and well – especially in Carlsbad on Wednesday morning. ▲

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JOHN WOODSON lives and rides in New Mexico, a legendary character that is always on the lookout for legendary rides. Or even less than legendary. But always a good experience. Do you organize or participate in a ride that qualifies? Let him know; jwoodson@bicyclist.xyz 10

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Climbing In Yosemite National Park By Chris Reynolds Photo by John Carter

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The granite of Halfdome in Yosemite, California makes a central appearance on the 63 mile challenge. Concerned about traffic? An early-morning start will have you avoiding cars as you grind your way up the 23-mile long grade. Once the sun is up, and on your return, you'll be decending into the valley and away from the tourist traffic. For those looking for a less challenging route, the first five miles of the Glacier Point OAB route travel through the valley floor providing an entirely different experience than any car-bound journey you've had in the area. Bring a third water bottle and daytime lights.

RIDE NAME LOCATION DISTANCE DIFFICULTY TYPE START CLIMBS RANGE HIGHLIGHTS

Glacier Point, Out and Back, BC#151 Yosemite, CA 63 miles | 7630' gain Advanced Road, Out and Back Camp 4, Yosemite Valley 4 min. 4016' | max. 7902' Glacier Point Tunnel Point

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Event Calendar

GUIDE TO THE CALENDAR

We do our best to comb the wild west of cycling event websites to get the information you need to make the most of your time in the saddle. We provide this comprehensive listing, without endorsement, but we ask that you support the events that support the magazine. To submit your event and view the full calendar, visit www.BICYCLIST.events.

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Specialized Monthly Donut Ride Specialized Costa Mesa ROAD: 35 miles Specialized Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa

8 Sunday

XC MTB Series Rim Nordic MTB: 7,9 mile course Rim Nordic Ski Park

17 Tuesday

Over the Hump - 2nd Half of Series RaceOC MTB: TBD

21 Saturday

Green Valley Lake Aquathon RaceOC MTB: TBD

San Bernadino

22 Sunday

Manhattan Beach Grand Prix South Bay Wheelmen ROAD: Criterium

Manhattan Beach

XC MTB Series Rim Nordic MTB: 7-9 mile course Rim Nordic Ski Park

Running Springs

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DRAFT: Orange County People for Bikes/Felt Bicycles MEETUP

25-29 Multi

Sub Rosa - Unpaved Source Endurance MIXED Beaver Meadows

29 Sunday

Mission Impossible Criterium So Cal Fixed Series TRACK: Criterium

RSM

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Mt. San Antonio College ____________________________________________________

Goleta Beach Triathlon Goleta Beach Tri TRI: Sprint, Long Course Goleta Beach Park

Goleta

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Big Bear Cycling Festival Big Bear Cycling Association FESTIVAL Big Bear Lake

31 Tuesday

Over the Hump - 2nd Half of Series RaceOC MTB: TBD

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Tour de Big Bear Big Bear Cycling Association ROAD: 25-125 miles Big Bear Lake

San Bernadino

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SPNDX Stampede Spandex Stampede ROAD: 44 miles Big Bear Village

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Specialized Monthly Donut Ride Costa Mesa Specialized Costa Mesa ROAD: 35 miles SCa Specialized Costa Mesa

7 Tuesday

Over the Hump - 2nd Half of Series RaceOC MTB: TBD

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USAC Junior CX Camp CTS Coaching CAMP: CX The Dunn School

11 Saturday

Hotter N Hell Climb Back on Track Productions ROAD: 12 mile course 2470 N Mountain Ave.

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Bike MS Bay to Bay Rally Bike MS: Bay to Bay ROAD: 20+miles Rock N Road Cyclery

Anaheim

12 Sunday

Chula Vista Challenge Koz Events TRI: 70.3 miles Bayside Park

Chula Vista

9-12 Multi

Pursuit - Bear Valley The Outbound Collective FESTIVAL: MTB Bear Valley

Bear Valley

17-19 Multi

Outerbike Crested Butte Western Spirit Cycling FESTIVAL: MTB Crested Butte Mountain Resort

18 Saturday

Cool Breeze Century Channel Islands BC ROAD: 30, 60, 100, 125 mi

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Over the Hump - 2nd Half of Series RaceOC MTB: TBD

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XC MTB Series Rim Nordic MTB: 7-9 mile course Rim Nordic Ski Park

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Trudy Tuttle Education Center ____________________________________________________

SoCalGravel Trofee SoCalCross CROSS: TBA

Huntington Park Open Streets City of Vernon FESTIVAL: Open Streets

Tour and Taste of the Valley BGCSMV ROAD: 100k, 50k

Orcutt

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L'Etape California Folsom Le Tour de France ROAD: 60,90 miles NCa Folsom

2 Sunday

Specialized Monthly Donut Ride Specialized Costa Mesa ROAD: 35 miles Specialized Costa Mesa

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2018 UCC - Fiesta Island TT San Diego Bicycle Club ROAD: Time Trial

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XTERRA - Laguna Beach Generic Events TRI: Time Trial

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Best Buddies Challenge San Simeon Best Buddies International ROAD: 15,30,60,100 miles NCa Hearst Castle

Pacific Blvd. and Randolph St.

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44th Annual Amtrak Century OCW ROAD: 100 miles

29 Saturday

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OC MTB Limestone XC Race OC MTB Races MTB: 12.3 mile course Limestone Canyon

Irvine

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Tour de Fuzz Sonoma County ROAD: 100 miles

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XTERRA - Laguna Beach Generic Events TRI Crystal Cove State Park

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Mountains 2 the Beach Bike MS Bay to Bay ROAD: 100 miles

Twin Peaks

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Dude Girl Presents Cycling in Tuscany Dude Girl MIXED: 96 miles Tuscany, Italy

14-16 Multi

The Silver State 508 Silver State 508 ROAD: 508 miles Hilton Garden Inn

14-16 Multi

Free Ride Festival Interbike FESTIVAL: MTB Northstar Resort

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Tehachapi Gran Fondo City of Tehachapi ROAD: 18-104 miles

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Grizzly 100 Grizzly Ultra Endurance MTB: 75, or 100k

Big Bear Lake

MTB Gran Fondo Grizzly Ultra Endurance MTB: 20-100k

Big Bear Lake

Share the Road Ride Soaring Spirits International ROAD: 18-104 miles

HUNKR HUNKR Race Series ROAD: 100 km Irvine Lake The Jensie Gran Fondo Jensie Gran Fondo ROAD: 100, 70, 40 miles

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Bike MS Rally Bike MS Bay to Bay ROAD: 20+ miles

Lake Forest

16 Sunday

Rock The Bay Triathlon Koz Events TRI Embarcadero Marina Park

17-23 Multi

Tour of San Diego San Diego Gran Fondo Cycling Tours ROAD: 40-60 mi/day SCa Downtown San Diego

22 Saturday

Lighthouse Century Morro Bay SLO Bicycle Club ROAD: 58, 75, 100 miles NCa Capital Mall

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Santa Clarita

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Beach City Double/Century/Half NdZone Events ROAD: 50-200 miles

Irvine

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Bike MS: Waves to Wine California National MS Society ROAD: 22-100 miles SCa Central Coast

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California Coast Classic Arthritis Foundation ROAD: 575 miles San Francisco

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Rosarito Ensenada Bike Ride Rosarito Ensenada ROAD: 50 miles Rosarito Beach Hotel

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Event Calendar October 5-7 Multi

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Solvang Autumn Double Planet Ultra ROAD: 200 miles

Moab

20-21 Multi

Bike MS: Bay to Bay National MS Society ROAD: 50,70,100 miles Irvine Transportation Center

21 Sunday

Solvang's Finest Century Planet Ultra ROAD: 100 miles

27 Saturday

Oceanside Double Century Mtn. High Cycling ROAD: 200 miles

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The Oz Trails Off-Road Epic Rides MTB: TBD

6 Saturday

Baja Bike Race Mass Works LLC ROAD: 73 miles

Arkansas

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Bentonville ___________________________________________________________________

Valle de Guadalupe

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Tecate ____________________________________________________

Riverside Citrus Classic Citrus Classic ROAD: 7-100 miles

Riverside

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Riverside Plaza ____________________________________________________

Sacramento Century Challenge Sacramento Century ROAD: 15, 37, 62, 100 miles

Sacramento

Bike MS Rally: BJ's Bike MS Bay to Bay ROAD: 20+miles

Laguna Hills

7 Sunday

Sacramento Cycle for Life CF Cycle for Life ROAD: TBD

7-12 Multi

California Dream Ride California Bike Coalition ROAD: 5-day Tour Southridge Park

Santa Barbara

13 Saturday

Kiwani's Tour d'Orange Kiwani's of Orange ROAD: 14-100 miles

Orange

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BJ's Restaurant  __________________________________________________________________

Loomis

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Loomis Basin Brewery __________________________________________________________________

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Orange Cycle ____________________________________________________

9th Annual Wheels for Meals Meals on Wheels of Alameda ROAD: 1-70 miles

14 Sunday

Los Angeles Tour de Cure Americans Diabetes Association ROAD: 20,40,100 kms

San Ramon

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2600 Camino Ramon ___________________________________________________________________

Los Angeles

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Santa Fe Dam ____________________________________________________

UCC – Fiesta Island Time Trials UC Cyclery/SDBC ROAD: Time Trial

San Diego

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Patriot Ride for our Heroes Indian Wells CVSPIN ROAD: 10, 35, 50, 100 miles SCa Southwest Church 

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Outerbike Moab Western Spirit Cycling FESTIVAL: MTB

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GUIDE TO THE CALENDAR

We do our best to comb the wild west of cycling event websites to get the information you need to make the most of your time in the saddle. We provide this comprehensive listing, without endorsement, but we ask that you support the events that support the magazine. To submit your event and view the full calendar, visit www.BICYCLIST.events.

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Irvine

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Oceanside

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Oceanside Days Inn ____________________________________________________

Filthy 50+ MTB Ride with Benefits Quick n Dirty MTB: 30,50 miles San Pasquel Staging Area

Escondido

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Victor Valley Bicycle Tour Victor Valley Bicycle Tour ROAD: 10,25,62 miles

Apple Valley

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OC Ride for AIDS Radiant Health Centers ROAD: 10, 30, 62, 100 miles

Irvine

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Spooktacular! Kern Wheelmen ROAD: 40-100 miles

Bakersfield

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Phil's Cookie Fondo Camarillo Agent of Change ROAD: 32-113 miles SCa Camarillo Airport

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Giro di San Diego Giro di San Diego ROAD: 26-113 miles

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Escondido

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Ninja Trail Quest Kit Carson Park MTB: 27 miles Kit Carson Park

Escondido

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Sagan Fondo: ROAD Bike Monkey ROAD: 22, 62, 80.5 miles TBA

3 Saturday

Bike/Taste the Coast Spectrum Sports ROAD: TBD

Windsor

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Oceanside

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Revolution Bike Fest Revolution FESTIVAL: MTB East Walker Ranch

10 Saturday

Tour de Foothills Spectrum Sports ROAD: 20-100 miles

Santa Clarita

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Upland

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Palm Desert Century Shadow Tour ROAD: 20-130 miles

Palm Desert

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University Park ____________________________________________________

Ride the Point Point Loma Rotary Club ROAD: 10, 25, 62 miles

San Diego

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27th Annual Challenge Southridge Racing MTB: TBD Southridge Park

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Fontana

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Dirty 30(ish) Quick n Dirty MTB: 30 miles 13920 CA-67

Lakeside

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9 Sunday CA Fat Bike Championships Rim Nordic Racing MTB: XC and DH Rim Nordic Ski Park

Running Springs

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If An Alchemist Was A Climber Spreng Reng Continues Refinement of the omni-radius chainring

By Chris Reynolds

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limbing hills is a fundamental component of the bicyclist experience. For instance, the #bicyclistchallenge route profiled in this issue (page 8) sees 7,600’ feet of climbing over 62 miles, a significant challenge for even the veteran road-cyclist. For some, this is a welcomed challenge, but for others, it can be an insurmountable barrier to experiencing all the sport has to offer. The physical and mental exhaustion experienced during a climbing segment can make sustained and incremental training difficult. And for some inexperienced riders, their base level of fitness precludes even considering adventuring on road or trail with significant elevation changes. The allure of electric bikes can be explained by this; removing the physical and mental challenge of cycling, and allowing individuals to skip ahead to experiencing the world at 18mph - the perfect speed for experiencing the natural, architectural and social grandeur all around us - ‘Earn those turns’ be damned. And that's a good thing! More people on bikes, electric or otherwise, increases the constituency of cyclists. But for the individual, they are denying themselves the personal development, both mental and physical, that comes from incremental hill climbing. There is a moment that all aspiring bicyclists have had - the hill that ‘almost’ won, but you prevailed. Having that singular experience will informs future climbs, reminding you that no matter the grade, you will prevail, just as you’ve done many times before. It may take you time and toil, but you will have earned the ultimate confidence in yourself, the mental strength to continue and determination not give up when every primal sense is screaming at you to quit. So what are the options for the beginning hill-climber who refuses to skip ahead to the reward of peak vistas, and rapid descents via electronic assist? To “climb often, take it slow and SPIN - always be spinning,” is the refrain from across the cycling zeitgeist. Though good advice, it can be problematic for the newcomer who has run out of gears and is still not ‘spinning’. A triple chainring up front is an option, but will be quickly outgrown once regular training and dedication to the hills has commenced. The limited availability of such triple options is explained by this fact. A more generous rear cassette can provide some relief, but with sizing limits of road derailleurs, that may not be enough.

Mechanical Relief

An option that came across our desk to help address this barrier is a non-round chainring that is being developed by Douglas Brown, Jr. and released under the Spreng Reng moniker as a replacement for 110 BCD chainrings, either inner double or as a 1x replacement, both for road. The Spreng Reng is designed so that one side of the chain-ring within the entire power stroke segment is a smaller radius than the other side, thereby increasing the mechanical advantage of that crank arm. The radius of the ring changes as it rotates, either favoring your left or right leg depending on how it is installed. The chain-ring can then be adjusted to equalize the power between legs and provide a faster cadence, and ultimately faster speed. Or it can be used to provide easier gearing to the dominant limb and more challenging gearing for the weaker limb. While riding, the Spring Reng replaces a 38t gear and instead provides 37t gearing for one limb (easier), and 39t gearing for the other (harder). Since riders will have unbalanced power between the left and right limbs, tuning the power stroke to amplify, or equalize this unbalance between limbs can lead to faster cadence, while power output is maintained - the key recipe for increasing your speed. Spin faster, remember? For individuals with muscular or balance constraints, the Spreng Reng could be the difference between being able to spin over the local club grade, or having to mash the pedals as if whipping molasses with a canoe oar. It also provides an emergency option for climb-heavy events, where having that extra mechanical advantage is the difference between suffering the climb and finishing, or quitting the climb and getting Uber’d home. The Spreng Reng is not yet available to the public. The version we received was Version 20, and continues to see refinements. It’s an unconventional design, but one we will see more of in the future as riders continue to look to industry for performance advantages and tuning options to address the assortment of issues that effect a subset of the cycling populous. As we look forward to seeing continued development on the Spreng Reng, and acknowledge the place it has, especially in the coaches tool kit, the biggest hurdle to climbing is mental. It’s a hard truth to accept, but the pain stays the same. Training helps you pedal faster and become more accustomed to the discomfort, until ultimately, the discomfort becomes something you'll seek out. And when that day comes, the #bicyclistchallenge will be waiting for you. ▲

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The Spreg Reng is an unreleased design being developed by Douglas Brown Jr. The asymmetrical design provides a different ring radius depending on how it is installed, thereby providing different gearing to each limb. Version 20, the ring we received, is sized 110 BCD and replaces a 38t ring, providing a 39t advantage to one leg, and a 37t advantage to the other. 15


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