Lessons Learned While Biking from Oregon to Argentina

Nice video

Birch & Flannel

Sometimes you read a quote and it just hits you. The words contain a self realization you had yet to discover. Like the secret of life was just handed to you. That’s what this video did to me. But instead of being the secret of life, this is the secret to life. If Jed can’t inspire you to change direction of your life, it’s already too late for you.

I’m usually at no shortage for words. This is no exception. Rather than talking about what this means to me, I want you to find what this video means to you. If you’ve made it to this paragraph without watching the video, stop here and watch it. If you watched the video before reading, nice work. Now remove as much routine from your life as possible and get to living.

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Dream Bike: 650b tour custom MAP project

Not much to say other than wow …

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A joint effort between Brent Steelman and Mitch Pryor, the S&P Randonneur Project is a fully-featured, light-weight, event-ready randonneuse that is equally at home on remote gravel roads or your local chip-seal. Built by a factory of two between Redwood City and Chico, California with the finest raw materials available today. Available in 7 stock sizes.

Low-trail front end geometry and custom-fitted racks, optimized for front loading and intuitive handling provide a solid foundation. Provisions for generator wire routing, and ideal clearances for 650B x 42mm tires and fenders ensure supreme comfort over mixed terrain. Optional detachable low-rider racks for light touring. Extreme versatility in a bicycle that sacrifices literally nothing.

Standard features include: 

  • Proven randonneuring geometry optimized for front loading, intuitive handling, and long-distance performance without sacrificing comfort.
  • Brazed 1″ threaded fork utilizing Kaisei Imperial fork blades and Grand Bois fork crown, with low-rider bosses and generator wire path.
  • Headtube tube ring reinforcements for frame longevity.
  • Path in frame for wired tail light.
  • Internal top tube cable routing.
  • Braze-ons for Compass centerpull brakes.
  • Brazed on chain stay slap guard protector.
  • 27.2mm seatpost with brazed on stainless steel collar.
  • 130mm rear end spacing.
  • Optional braze-on for seat tube mounted tail light and frame pump.
  • Top quality wet paint finish in a wide array of colors.

Tech Talk: Touring Bicycles 2015 and Luddite Resistance

One of the most informative articles I have read about touring and bike trips. That double pannier setup (yes I have one of those too) is being cast asunder by the new touring setup which relies more on the evolution of Bikepacking than anything else….

The Tour de France in numbers

Dutch corner on one of the more difficult climbs to access gives you an Idea of the crowds at this iconic race but ever wondered about the organisation and total numbers? Peleton scratches the surface….

With over 4,500 people, organizers, teams, media, partners, advertising caravan, service providers and more, the numbers truly speak for themselves. Enjoy the Tour de France by numbers.

198 riders at the start (22 teams of 9 riders)
300 support staff
15 members of the race jury

2015 Route
3,360 km (21 stages)
3 countries visited (The Netherlands, Belgium and France)
26 French departments visited
37 stage sites
624 municipalities crossed (568 in France, 17 in The Netherlands, 39 in Belgium)

100 A.S.O. staff
300 temporary staff
1550 beds reserved every day for the organization and the sports teams

Medical Services
10 doctors (all specialties), 5 nurses
7 ambulances, 2 medical cars, 1 motorcycle, 1 radiology truck

48 members of the Republican Guard motorcycle division
13 officers on duty as the permanent police of the Tour
14,000 gendarmes / 9 000 police officers and CRS riot police mobilized
1,000 agents from the General Councils

Accredited Media (2014 edition)
2000 journalists, consultants and photographers
637 media organisations
373 newspapers, press agencies and Internet sites
92 television networks
114 photo agencies
58 radio stations

TV Broadcast
Broadcast in 190 countries
100 channels, including 60 live
8 stages broadcast in full
80 hours of live broadcast produced (international signal)
6,100 hours aired worldwide in 2014

Internet / New Media
32 million unique visitors / 146 million pages viewed on letour.fr in 2014
4 languages: French, English, Spanish, German
1,700,000 fans on Facebook
1,300,000 followers on Twitter
500,000 on Google +
100,000 on Instagram
1, 1 million downloads of applications dedicated to the Tour de France

France Télévisions coverage
Daily programs
Start Village – on France 3 at 12.45 every day – Special 10 year show on July 12
Le Direct – (Live Broadcast) on France 3 from 1.50 PM and on France 2 from 3 PM
Vélo Club – on France 2 following the stage just until 6.40 PM
Stade 2 sports – program on France 2, live broadcast from the Tour de France on July 5, 12 and 19 at 5.30 PM
L’image du jour – on France 2 at 8.40 PM
Le film du Tour – (stage summary) on France 3 every night at 8.10 PM after the Tout le Sport sports round-up programme

Poulidor Premier, June 29 at 8.45 PM on France 3
Hinault, part one July 13 at 3.20 PM and part 2 July 21 at 4.40 PM on France 2
Jacques Chancel, le Grand Chancelier, July 21 at 5.30 PM on France 2

8 stages will be broadcast in full
1: Utrecht – Utrecht / Saturday July 4
2: Utrecht – Zealand / Sunday July 5
3: Antwerp – Huy / Monday July 6
9: Vannes – Plumelec / Sunday July 12
12: Lannemezan – Plateau de Beille / Thursday July 16
19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – La Toussuire / Friday July 24
20: Modane Valfréjus – Alpe d’Huez / Saturday July 25
21: Sèvres-Grand Paris Seine Ouest – Paris Champs-Elysées / Sunday July 26

La Course by Le Tour de France
Sunday July 26th, from 1.50 PM on France 3

42 partner brands with 5 new partners (Dimension Data, Le Gaulois, Bostik, Cornetto, GoPro)
5 Club Partners
7 Official Partners
16 Official Suppliers
5 Technical Partners
2 Official Supporters
2 Media Partners
2 Official Broadcasters
3 Institutional Partners

Advertising Caravan
154 vehicles
34 brands
600 people
14 million objects handed out
12 km of procession
35 minutes of show
55 people to supervise the caravane, including 13 officers of the Republican Guard motorcycle division

Spectators on the side of the road (2014 edition)
64% of men and 36% of women
54% under the age of 50, with 10% under the age of 25
80% of French spectators and 20% from abroad
More than 40 nationalities identified
6h30 of presence on the road side (6h on flat stages, 7h for mountain stages)
92% come accompanied (on average 5 people per group)