Bicycle Camper

Cycling and camping go together like peanut butter and jelly. Typically this means loading up the car with a tent or camper, and hauling the bicycles along.

Or for the more adventurous… touring on the bike while pulling a trailer loaded with gear, including a tent.

Fold it up when you're ready to move
The Wide Path Camper folds down or up in minutes, roughly halving its size.

Now there’s another option. Just you and your bike… and the Wide Path Camper, a lightweight bike-friendly camper designed specifically for cyclists.

The hard shell camper provides protection for your gear, a poor weather refuge when need to cook or just want to get out of the elements, and a bed that sleeps two.

Inside the camper there is a table and seating for 3.
Inside the camper there is a fold down table and a seating area.
A bed for 2
The camper includes a fold out bed that sleeps 2.

The Specs

When collapsed, the camper measures 3ft 3in x 4ft 3in. Fully open for camping it measures 3ft 3in wide by 8.5 ft. Inside you have a height of 4ft 3 in, you won’t be walking around in there, but adequate for sitting at the table and sleeping.

Bicycle Camper
The Wide Path Camper folded up and ready to roll.

The camper includes a table and seating inside, a bed that sleeps two, with fairly generous under bed storage (10.5 cubic ft / 300 liters).

The Wide Path bicycle camper
The Wide Path bicycle camper is ideally suited for two campers, and comes with optional outside chairs, outside table, and ethanol cooker.

The Wide Path comes with additional options, including a solar package with a battery and USB ports; an ethanol cooker; and custom color options.

Learn more about the Wide Path Camper and pre-order:

http://www.widepathcamper.com/

Essential Gear for Cycists

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Easily Fix Annoying Problems and Make Your Bike Sing...

DIY Bike Repairs video course, you will save a bundle, and never be stumped by a bike repair again. This complete video course of bicycle repairs covers everything, from major upgrades to minor maintenance work. This professionally shot course is put together by pro bike mechanics, and is packed with insider’s tips and short cuts. The course comes with lifetime updates and a money-back guarantee, so there's no reason not to give it a try.

The Samurai Bicycle

If Samurai designed a bicycle, it might look something like this:

Samurai Bicycle

Well that’s the story anyway.

The Samurai Bicycle The frame is made from titanium (a number of varieties) and features Ebikan welding, a technique where, instead of bending the tubes, small fan-shaped pieces are welded together, giving a slightly ribbed or corrugated look to the curves.

There are other distinctive features of this bike…

The chainstays are not horizontal, but rise up dramatically, to loop around and cradle the down tube. The down tube threads through the chainstay loop and then arcs down to meet the bottom bracket.

There is no seat tube. Intricate lattice design work joins the top tube to the head tube. The Samurai also features a belt drive, a rear disc brake, and internal cable routing.

Learn more about the Samurai Bicycle:

http://samuraibike.jp/en/

Fit for Samurais

Cycling Watch from Velo Logic - stainless steel precision time pieceMade by Samurais from the melted metal of the swords of their vanquished enemies, the Velo Logic stainless steel time piece that sure to send waves of envy over your friends.

Velo Logic Stainless Steel Precision Watch

Okay, our watch is not really made from melted swords, but it is worthy of a Samurai. In fact Denny Giacobe gushed, “The watch itself is absolutely beautiful made of stainless steel. A true men’s sport watch. I hate to say this but I would have payed twice the price. Respectfully Denny G.” See for yourself, the Samurai-worthy watch.

iPhone Tough Case for Cyclists

A iPhone 6 Cycling Case - ultimate protection for our iphoneNow you can give your iPhone 6 the exact protection you need, with 3 models of iPhone 6 Cases for Cyclists. Travel with confidence and style, knowing your phone is protected no matter what the road or your day throws at you.

 

Not just an iPhone case…

Tough Xtreme iPhone 6 Case for CyclistsEach model is exclusively branded with the iconic, hand illustrated Velo Logic bicycle… you won’t find this anywhere else at any price.

What to expect…

Pull out your phone and you’re guaranteed a grin… no matter how rough your day has been, and remember a ride is the remedy for most ailments in life.

Be reminded every time you take out your phone, what’s really important in life.

Casually toss your phone on the table at your next coffee break during a ride, and watch your friends dive for it.

In fact, it is entirely possible that you will be made an offer you can’t refuse. It would be smart to invest in 2 or 3 cases, so when your friends offer to buy your iPhone cover there and then, you can pocket the cash knowing you’ve got another 1, 2 or 3 at home.

The Velo Logic iPhone Case 6 for Cyclists comes in 3 models

  1. Starting with the Tough Xtreme iPhone 6 Case for those times when you are out on the road, riding, hiking, it doesn’t matter, but that’s when anything can happen and usually does! Whether your phone is dropped on the road or rocks, pelted with rain or blasted by sand… that’s when your phone needs the best protection available, and the Tough Xtreme provides just that.
  2. On to the Tough iPhone 6 case when you’re out and about around town and need robust protection but don’t anticipate any crashes, tumbles down mountain sides, sandstorms or fights.. then this is what you need.
  3. And finally the ultra sleek Barely There model, when you want good protection without the bulk. Perfect for protecting your phone on date night, evening dinners or around the house.

See All 3 Models of the iPhone Case for Cyclists

Here’s the scoop on each of the models…

Case-Mate Tough Xtreme iPhone 6 Case for Cyclists

Merging military-grade protection with rugged style, this extra durable Case-Mate case is designed with three layers of toughness and a built in screen.

  • Designed for the iPhone 6 with 4.7 inch screen
  • Impact resistant PolyCore exterior with shock-absorbing DouFlex liner
  • Built-in screen protector to prevent screen scratches and cracking
  • Protective covering on all ports, controls & sensors
  • Military-spec tested to protect against wind/rain, shock/drop, sand/dust, and vibration
  • Textured exterior for added grip
  • Custom printed with glossy finish
  • Printed in the USA

See All 3 Models of the iPhone Case for Cyclists

Tough iPhone 6 Case for Cyclists

Contoured precisely to fit the iPhone 6 with 4.7 inch screen, this Case-Mate case features a hard shell plastic exterior and shock absorbing liner to protect your device.

  • Designed for the iPhone 6 with 4.7 inch screen
  • Shock absorbing flexible liner for an added layer of protection
  • Impact resistant, durable hard plastic
  • Lay-flat bezel to protect your screen from directly contacting surfaces
  • Access to all ports, controls & sensors
  • Customize with your images, designs, and text
  • Glossy finish
  • Printed in the USA

See All 3 Models of the iPhone Case for Cyclists

Case-Mate Barely There iPhone 6 Case

This form-fitting featherlight Case-Mate custom case provides full coverage to your iPhone 6 with 4.7 inch screen while still keeping your device ultra sleek and stylish.

  • Designed for the iPhone 6 with 4.7 inch screen
  • Slim profile and lightweight
  • Impact resistant, durable hard plastic
  • Lay-flat bezel to protect your screen from directly contacting surfaces
  • Access to all ports, controls & sensors
  • Customize with your images, designs, and text
  • Glossy finish
  • Printed in the USA

See All 3 Models of the iPhone Case for Cyclists

Bicycles of Asheville

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend in Asheville NC this past weekend. While Asheville is not the bike-friendliest terrain, with plenty of steep hills, there’s lots of a bikes and cyclists, where ever you look.

Many claim it is a myth, a figment of some drunken cyclist’s overactive imagination… but if you’re lucky, you might get a glimpse of “The Amazing Pubcycle.”

While there are quite a few serious cyclists in Asheville, this is a sampling of good old fashioned bikes… the kind you ride to get from A to B.

Bikes are everywhere, leaning against shop windows, in bike racks, tethered to trees and even dangling from the ceiling in a restaurant. Ashevillians do love their bikes.

Bicycles of Asheville North Carolina

Gazelle Bicycle, Asheville NC
A Gazelle bicycle in Asheville NC.

 

Fuji Supreme bicycle in Asheville NC
Fuji Supreme docked in Asheville NC

 

Delivery Bicycle, Green Sage, Asheville NC
Delivery bicycle hangs in the Green Sage restaurant, Asheville NC.

 

A Giant City bicycle for sale in Asheville NC.
A Giant City bicycle for sale in Asheville NC.

 

The Amazing Pubcycle, Asheville NC
What the…!!!? These revelers are pedalers… “The Amazing Pubcycle” – the pedal-powered pub – waits to make a turn in Asheville NC.

 

The "Amazing Pubcycle" in Asheville NC
The “Amazing Pubcycle” negotiates a corner in Asheville. The passengers sure seemed to be having fun.

Essential Know-How for Cyclists

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DIY Bike Repairs video course, you will save a bundle, and never be stumped by a bike repair again. This complete video course of bicycle repairs covers everything, from major upgrades to minor maintenance work. This professionally shot course is put together by pro bike mechanics, and is packed with insider’s tips and short cuts. The course comes with lifetime updates and a money-back guarantee, so there's no reason not to give it a try.

World cycling is broken — it’s time to lift the ban on doping

By Paul Dimeo, University of Stirling

Two years after Lance Armstrong’s doping admission made a mockery of professional cycling, not much has changed. That is the conclusion of the long-awaited report from the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC), which cost £2m to tell us what many already suspected.

Even the much-vaunted biological passport has not deterred the dopers. Introduced several years ago, it gives each athlete an individual electronic record of their blood and urine levels to make it easier for dope tests to spot deviations from the norm in each individual case. But the CIRC report found that cyclists simply take micro-doses to leave a minimal trace on the record.

So the current anti-doping system isn’t working, and by my rough calculations based on the income of the World Anti-Doping Agency and national equivalent organisations, it costs the world upwards of £50m a year across all sports. Continuing in this vein means throwing more money at something that seems impossible. So if our top-down, heavy-handed, science-driven anti-doping policy hasn’t worked, what are the alternatives?

Option 1: permit riders to dope

One obvious alternative is to abandon the pretence of clean sport altogether. This would arguably respect the traditions of the sport: back in the 1960s, for example, the world-leading French cyclist Jacques Anquetil favoured this kind of liberal approach. The five-time Tour de France winner (before dope tests were introduced) argued that cyclists should be allowed to make their own decisions about doping.

Jacques Anquetil
Pro-doping: Jacques Anquetil (Wikimedia)
Pro-doping: Jacques Anquetil
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Since then, large numbers of cyclists have actively pursued the latest drugs, seeing the authorities that try to stop them as the enemy. This cat-and-mouse game has proved expensive for sport in terms of both finance and credibility, and has led to situations of cyclists being unfairly and inconsistently punished.

While allowing doping would be controversial, there are comparisons. In boxing, for instance, modern-day participants know and accept the risk that they could incur brain injuries. In that sense, if all cyclists accepted the use of drugs in the sport then their decision would be a similar one based on the health risk that such drug use involves.

Option 2: doping under medical supervision

A second approach, in order to mitigate this health risk from doping, would be to allow it only under medical supervision. Several prominent academic health researchers have argued that the present risks would be substantially decreased if cyclists were able to access accurate information on the drugs.

As the CIRC report noted, cyclists often experiment with weight-loss supplements, painkillers and other drugs. It’s well known that turning to black-market supply chains and unethical doctors can increase risks. We also know from the CIRC that doping appears to be spreading into amateur cycling. So rather than spending money on propping up a broken system, why not use it to make medical advice freely available for all cyclists? To help combat the amateur problem, this could be part of a broader public-health strategy.

Like over-the-counter medicines, the approach to doping in cycling would be to assume that individuals could make informed, mature decisions regarding their own health. There is nothing to suggest that cyclists really want to kill themselves for the sake of their career.

Option 3: decriminalisation

What does anti-doping set out to achieve? The argument that anti-doping protects a level playing field or the sport’s image are spurious, as doping is only one small factor that can influence success in sport. There is no level playing field, and the image of sport is constantly undermined by the behaviour of athletes on and off the field. For me, the best argument for regulation is that it helps to protect the health of the athlete.

Without asking the public to become more tolerant of drugs in sport as per option two, instead a compromise might be to move to a lighter-touch process of self-reporting, medical monitoring, and perhaps even a form of doping quality control imposed by team managers.

Cyclists would need to prove they are in reasonable health before they could compete, and would be required to provide information to show they were monitoring their drug use as part of that. But there would be no obligation on the doctors to report such drug use to the authorities, and testing would be reduced and focused on health factors. The system would prioritise risk reduction and support for individual cyclists. This is the option that looks comparatively the most reasonable to me.

Imagine a world that tolerated Lance Armstrong
Julien Behal

Option 4: involve the athletes

Even though it might be easier to get the public to accept a decriminalised system, popular (and political) revulsion at the very notion of such liberalisation would still be the greatest hurdle to overcome. So we would need to shift attitudes too.

We should ask professional and amateur cyclists alike about what they would like their sport to do about doping. Remarkably, no one has done this before. After consultation, cyclists may come to feel responsible for the policies they have helped to create.

If they favoured a system closer to the status quo than options one to three, this may lead to some significant self-policing within the sport, and more social stigma around stepping out of line – if cyclists come to believe they are betraying others, they may think twice.

Of course, we can’t know in advance whether the athlete’s majority view would be deemed acceptable by the sport’s governing bodies, sponsors or the watching public. All the same, it would be a genuine leap of human faith to include the subjects of these policies in the policy-making process.

Wherever world cycling goes after the CIRC report, we all need to recognise that the future of the sport might depend on the compromises involved. The starting point must be to accept that more of the same simply will not suffice.

The Conversation

This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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Will a Terrorist Be Honored at the Tour de France?

France and the West is under assault from terrorist groups around the world. Now one Tour de France team wants to honor a terrorist during the Tour.

The Charlie Hebdo Islamic Terrorists Murder PolicemanOn January 7, 2015, France and the rest of the civilized world, was rocked by a barbaric act of terrorism in the epicenter of  civilization, Paris, France. Two Islamist terrorists entered the offices of a weekly newspaper and slaughtered 11 people, and wounded another 11.

The carnage did not end there. In the days that followed there were further hostage takings, murders and injuries.

Exactly one week later, on January 14, the Tour de France organizers announced the teams in the 2015 Tour de France. Included in the roster is the first African-registered team, MTN-Qhubeka.

What has this got to do with the terrorist atrocities a week earlier?

The MTN-Qhubeka team is planning on turning July 18 in to a day of celebration of a political icon. That’s bad enough, but the political icon they’d like to honor was not just any political icon, he was an advocate of terrorism.

The team, along with the Mandela Foundation, would like to celebrate Nelson Mandela.

What most people do not know is that Nelson Mandela’s ANC group was a terrorist organization. The ANC’s goal was to impose Soviet-style communism on South Africa.

In 1961 Mandela co-founded the so-called “military” wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe (“Spear of the Nation”).

In 1964, Mandela was convicted on 193 counts of sabotage and smuggling of munitions, including 210,000 soviet hand grenades and other bomb-making materials.

Church St Bomb, South Africa, 1983. 19 people were killed, 217 wounded.The ANC terror campaigned killed and maimed people of all races and ages across South Africa.
ANC Car Bomb, Church St, Pretoria, South Africa
A huge pall of smoke rose hundreds of feet into the air as debris and bodies were strewn around the scene of the explosion… It exploded at the height of the city’s rush-hour as hundreds of people were leaving work for the weekend. Glass and metal were catapulted into the air as shop-fronts and windows were blown out. Many passers-by had limbs amputated by the flying debris. Others bled to death. BBC, May 20, 1983

The ANC and Mandela’s “Spear of the Nation” went on to assassinate political enemies, bomb banks, shopping centers, restaurants, and indiscriminately slaughter blacks, whites, men, women and children.

All in all the Global Terrorism Database lists 606 acts of terrorism committed by the ANC.

This wasn’t limited to attacks against military, police and government targets, or even whites. The ANC used violence and terror extensively among the black population to command obedience and loyalty to the ANC, and to exterminate and instill fear in their political opponents.

As despicable as the apartheid regime was, Mandela was not in prison for his ideas or opposition to apartheid, it was because of his acts of violence and advocacy of terrorism. (Many people were opposed to apartheid and were not in prison.)

In fact, in 1985 then Prime Minister P.W. Botha offered Mandela his freedom in exchange for simply renouncing violence. He refused.

In 1986, as if to reaffirm the ANC’s commitment to terrorism, Nelson Mandela’s wife, Winnie Mandela, said, “With our boxes of matches and necklaces we’ll liberate this country.”

She was endorsing the horrific practice of “necklacing,” putting a tire doused in gasoline over someone’s neck, and setting them on fire.

The victim suffered a slow and agonizing death. Eyewitnesses report that it could take up to 20 minutes for the victim to die. Over a thousand people are estimated to have been tortured and killed by necklacing.

In order to defeat the bloody scourge of terrorism, we have to tackle it head on philosophically and militarily. We have to clearly identify it, condemn it, and deprive it of every shred of respectability.

There can be no ambiguity, no appeasement, and certainly no honoring of its advocates and perpetrators.

At a critical time when the West is under a bloody and barbaric assault from Islamic terrorists, at a time when the Parisian atrocity is fresh in our minds; how appropriate is it to turn the Tour de France into a vehicle for celebrating a man who had more in common with those who perpetrated the Paris massacre than with its victims?

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