Bikes and public lands go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or, well, anything else you can think of that go together well. Pretty much all the riding you do is on public land, so government decisions about things like national monuments, road maintenance, bike paths — all the things, really — matter for cycling. I wrote about what reducing the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante means for cyclists. Read more at Bicycling.
I’m pretty sure I’ve written something like 100k words on the Tour de France though I’ve still never actually been to it. Here’s another couple hundred — this time on the 2018 version, which looks weird and different. I like weird and different.
Cycling’s biggest race, the Tour de France, runs three weeks every July. Each year, the race organizers strive to create an innovative and suspenseful course. The much-anticipated announcement of the 2018 route took place earlier this week in Paris. Though it’s still months away, this year’s Tour offers some unique challenges that could shake four-time champion Chris Froome and his dominant Team Sky. Here are nine things you should know about the new route. — Read more at Men’s Journal.
The Tour de France is winding through France’s flat farmlands, as it does every year around this time. Want some reasons it’s cool? I contributed to a list thingy for Bicycling.
I also wrote a story about sprinter Mark Cavendish, which was pretty ruthlessly overtaken by events. Thanks to some quick work with my editor, we managed to salvage it, but it was a close run thing. Honestly, I just needed the guy to finish a safe fourth. I feel like that should not have been too much to ask. But it’s the Tour, so you know, you rarely get what you ask for.
I did a feature with framebuilder Aaron Stinner for Mountain Flyer magazine. We did a long interview. Then I cruised around the workshop and made pictures. I still had to portraits, which I get weirdly nervous about. I like doing them! But I still get weirdly nervous. The light was doing its shitty coastal fog thing and not in an interesting way. Coastal fog can be good, but this was not good coastal fog.
So we went out to the roof, because that seemed like it could be cool, but the light was still bad. I tried this and that and tried to be patient like, maybe this’ll work out somehow? I really need this to work out somehow. Then light got all soft and I made Aaron laugh and we got pictures on the roof. If you want to read it and see more photos, go here to buy a copy, http://www.mountainflyermagazine.com/
If you aren’t familiar with Stinner Frameworks, they make beautifully painted steel and titanium bikes. Check their ig @StinnerFrameworks for some eye candy. If I win the lottery, I’m totally buying one.
I’ve never had a custom bike and it would be a rad project to dial in a custom geometry. I have… weird proportions. For bikes! I fit in water great. Bikes, not so much. I’ve always wanted to do a custom road bike that would fit just that little bit better than the stock bike I ride now — which, is by no means terrible. I don’t need a custom bike. But it would be amazingly fun to build one. Amazingly nerdy fun! Which in my opinion is the best kind of fun.