Author Archives: "Kevin Rouse"

Video | Endure: Ballet in the Mud

10.28.2013 //

Ballet in the Mud, features selected photos from a new book to be published in November 2013 by the Wisconsin Bike Fed. The book features more than 300 photographs taken by four Wisconsin-based photographers—Peter DiAntoni, Darren Hauck, Jeffrey Phelps and Dave Schlabowske—at the 2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held in January in Verona, Wis.

Meet the Fall Issue of Paved

10.08.2013 //

Just in case you’re not already in the know, the Fall 2013 issue of Paved is now in bike shops, on traditional newsstands and available for download on iTunes and Zinio. Chock full of cycling, the Fall issue contains some of the best writing and photography to grace the pages of Paved yet.

Spotlight | Paul Components Gino Light Mount

10.01.2013 //

PAUL Components Gino Light Mount $24 / Chico, California-based PAUL components has quite the knack for dreaming up simple products that just plain work. Simple solutions for complex problems is the name of the game, and the Gino light mount is mighty illustrative of that. Fitting just about any braze-on or fender mount that

Video | Bespoke Balance Bike

09.30.2013 //

In this little movie for your Monday, watch as Portus Cycles transforms a bit of Reynolds 725 steel tubing and some super swanky carbon bits into the most bling-tastic balance bike we’ve seen. For the toddler that is simply above aluminum, we give you: The Greenhorn

Dear UCI Delegates, Sincerely Greg LeMond

09.27.2013 //

As you may have heard, British Cycling Federation president Brian Cookson has ousted sitting UCI President Pat McQuaid—a result that surely has a resurgent Greg LeMond in good spirits. Fresh off of the successful launch of his new bike line at Interbike last week, LeMond showed his support for Mr. Cookson in an open letter,

Farewell Interbike

09.21.2013 //

Interbike, Interbike, you’ve bested us again. You’re a celebration, a party—overflowing with men. Sure, bikes are the focus, but then again, there’s plenty of booze, So soon you had us stumbling amongst the industry’s who’s whos.

Spotlight | The Ringer

09.13.2013 //

Bike, helmet, flat repair, food, lights, extra layers—those were about all I thought I could possibly require (save for a bit of hooch in case the mercury looked like it was going take a plunge) before heading out on a two-wheeled adventure. But then I moved to the City by the Bay. Starting each ride

Rapha Announces Bordeaux-Paris 2013 Challenge Auction

09.12.2013 //

Interested in a chance at Mark Cavendish’s World Championship jersey? No? Well, then how about Ryder Hesjedal’s 2012 Maglia Rosa—or Andy Hampsten’s white jersey from the 1986 Tour de France (complete with the foie gras stain sustained during a food fight between Hampsten’s La Vie Claire teammates).

Video | Challenge Les Alpes Part Two

09.06.2013 //

Yesterday’s Theater Thursday featured Michael Cotty’s atttack on the major climbs of the Alpes—in a single 600-plus kilometer ride. Well, as luck would have it, here’s Part II.

Spotlight | Ruckus Composites C.A.T.

09.05.2013 //

Whoever said boredom never led to anything worthwhile was surely content to while it away in front of a wall of drying paint. However, Shawn White, founder fo Ruckus Composites, a Portland, Oregon-based carbon repair and manufacturing outfit, isn’t that easily contented. And, as the saying goes, idle hands are the devil’s tools. Enter the

Review: Exposure Flare Taillight

09.01.2013 //

Exposure Flare Taillight $70 / A favorite of mine for close to a year now, the Flare offers a whopping 75 lumens of in-your-face brightness, much to the chagrin of the driver sitting behind you at that annoyingly long stoplight on your commute.

2013 USA Pro Challenge | Stage 5 — Vail V.I.P’s Rule the Day

08.25.2013 //

(V)ery (I)ntoxicated (P)ersons Take over Vail Pass as Tejay Van Garderen Extends His Lead Time trials are boring. There, I’ve gone an said it. Sure the whole man vs. clock. vs. pain scenario has its own inherent drama, but let’s be honest, see one and you’ve exhausted most of the novelty of the matter. Sure,

Ferrous Friday

08.23.2013 //

Photos: Dean Bentley/Above Category Ferrous Friday | Mosaic Cycles RS-1 Mosiac Cycles may be relatively new to the world of bespoke bicycles, but head builder Aaron Barcheck certainly isn’t. Working his way up to the position of lead builder at Dean Titanium Bicycles, Barcheck certainly had a few welds under his belt before leaving Dean

2013 USA Pro Challenge | Stage 4 — Carnage in Colorado

08.22.2013 //

Teaming up, Van Garderen and Acevedo Bust Open the Floodgates in Beaver Creek In a day that saw the biggest shakeup in the general classification thus far, Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) stormed away from a select group on the descent down from the Category One Bachelor Gulch KOM, and

Theater Thursday

08.22.2013 //

Theater Thursday | The Best Teams Ride Campagnolo* Sure, the title of this video reeks of Italian machismo and condifidence, but that’s not why we’re here. While obviously produced as a marketing tool, that doesn’t change the fact that there’s plenty of drool-worthy frames to be seen. So, c’est la vie. Here goes nothing…Campagn-YOLO. *This

2013 USA Pro Challenge | Stage 3 — Full Steam Ahead

08.21.2013 //

Jens Voigt Gets Steamrolled by Sagan and the Peloton in Steamboat Springs It looked like a boring day on paper. Quite boring, to be perfectly honest. With no truly exciting climbs dotting the course’s elevation profile it looked to be a stage no one was going to be writing home about. That is, until Jens

2013 USA Pro Challenge | Stage 2 — Independence (Pass) Day

08.20.2013 //

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Oxygen at the USA Pro Challenge In a rousing finale, Stage Two of the USA Pro Challenge saw Swiss rider Mathias Frank of BMC Racing ride in a style far from neutral, as he attacked to victory over the day’s final climb up Boreas pass, leaving Garmin-Sharp rider Lachlan

2013 USA Pro Challenge | Stage 1: High-Elevation Hijinks

08.19.2013 //

The churning in my stomach is roughly equivalent to the wake of a paddleboat steaming down the Mississippi. 10-percent grades normally don’t exactly feel great, but on the slopes of the second KOM climb featured in the opening stage this year’s USA Pro Challenge, I’m ready to pull over and part with my morning’s crowning

Spotlight | PDW Full Metal Fenders

08.19.2013 //

Portland Design Works was formed in 2008, by a few individuals who scraped together everything to form a bicycle accessories company that would focus on the details—efficiency, aesthetics, durability, and, of course, fun. Taking into account existing designs in addition to their knowledge gleaned from their Portland, Oregon, testing grounds, their products are exactly what

Spotlight: Aluboo Bikes

08.18.2013 //

Bringing Bamboo to the Masses After seeing production use under the likes of Boo Bicycles, Calfee Design and a handful of other custom builders for years now, bamboo has more than established itself as a viable bike-building material. Affordable, however, has never been a descriptor of the finished products. Fully-custom, built-and-sized to order, bamboo has

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