5 Types of Cyclists We Love to Hate

Cyclists come in all shapes, sizes and colors. We all cycle for different reasons but when it comes down to it, we do it for the love of it. There’s a long list of pet peeves we have about fellow cyclists, here’s our favorite gripes and the 5 types of cyclists we love to hate.

The Ever Unprepared Cyclist

Out for a group ride and there’s just that one person who never has the basic gear. Flat? Oh hey, do you mind if I borrow… Oh man, I forgot my water, anyone care to share? Of course fellow cyclists are more than happy to lend a hand, but if this becomes a habit, it becomes everyone else’s burden.

 

No Lights At Night

bikelane-night“It’s fine, I’ve got reflectors”. Really? Really? Bike lights at night are not just for the cyclists protection, they’re for anyone who’s out on the road. They’re putting EVERYONE’S life in danger. High visual clothing, shoes, helmets, AND a set of lights are crucial for the safety of not just the cyclists, but everyone else on the streets out at night.

 

Shoaling

Yep, it has its own term. Shoaling is when cyclists are stopped at a red light and a new arrival cycles past everyone else and stops in front of everyone who was there first. Just, don’t.

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The Know It All

Some of us like figuring it out on our own. Advice is appreciated but attitude is everything. Riding is a lot less fun when someone is always pointing out what you’re doing wrong, what you need, what you SHOULD do. No thanks.

 

The One Upper

Always needs to be ahead, can’t stand being anything other than the lead. We’ve all got our reasons for cycling, most of us do it for the love of the road and the ride. There are a few who do it for the love of competition. And while that is great…for them… there is a time and place for everything. Every major bike race in the world is a testament to the endurance and strength of the athletes, and not who is always in the lead the entire time.

 

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It’s Officially Fall on Thursday, September 22

fall-autumn-red-seasonSummer is coming to an end and Summer 2016 has officially been listed on record as the fifth hottest year in the last 122 years. It’s officially Fall on Thursday, September 22, which means much cooler weather and definitely a favorite season for cyclists.

Layering, Joints and Jams

What should you do differently as a cyclists during the fall season? For one, dressing appropriately for the weather is the most obvious change to be made. Layering is the key to being prepared. Some fall days may feel like remnants of summer and some fall days may have weather that’s wet, cold and windy. So here’s our first fall advice: keep your joints warm. This means leggings, mid to long length tops and gloves. When you’re out cycling, your joints will be doing all of the work and you definitely want to keep them in the most optimal condition. Skull caps are recommended, especially if you’re cycling at high speeds in cold weather, you’ll want your head to stay warm.

Watch Out for Road Debris

Fall weather affects nature and there’s going to be wind, rain and a lot of nature. Tree leaves will start falling in abundance, rain will loosen roads and rocks and winds will make a mess. Be on alert for road debris, wet areas and road slicks.

Be Noticeable

Make sure your bike is equipped with a front bike light and rear light, and that the lighting is visible from at least 500 ft away. You’ll want to wear your reflective gear (we recommend always wearing reflective gear when cycling) especially during fall and winter months if you’re out cycling during dusk or in the late afternoon and at night. Since the days are shorter during these seasons, more drivers are out when it’s dark and you’ll want to be seen.

Now get out and ride!!

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Cycling at the 2016 Summer Paralympics

The 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio have begun. There are a total of 50 events in the two main disciplines of road and track cycling, 18 for Track from September 8 – 11, and 32 events for Road from September 14 – 17. These events will all take place at the Rio Olympic Velodrome and the Copacapana Cluster. This year at the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics, 150 males and 80 females will be competing in these cycling events.

Paralympic Cycling Track- Rio 2016

Paralympic Cycling Track- Rio 2016

According to the Wikipedia article on Cycling at the 2016 Summer Paralympics, the athletes participating in the cycling events are classified depending on the type and extent of their disability. There are four broad categories that cyclists are classified according to their functional ability: Blind/partially sighted tandem, handcycle, tricycle, standard bicycle.

Cycling at the 2016 Summer Paralympics – Classification of events[3]
Classification Bicycle used Description
B Tandem bicycle Athletes who have visual impairments ride tandem bicycles with a guide. They may have any level of visual impairment between no light perception in either eye through to a visual acuity of 6/60 and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees.[4]
H (1-5) Handcycle Handcycle events are for athletes who are amputees, have paraplegia or tetraplegia.
They are classified as an H1, H2, H3 or H4, with H1 being the most severely impaired. H1, H2, H3 and H4 cyclists will all compete in a lying position, whereas H5 cyclists compete in a kneeling position.[3]
T (1-2) Tricycle Tricycle events are for those cyclists who have a neurological condition or an impairment which has a comparable effect on their cycling so that they are not able to compete on a standard bicycle for reasons of balance. There are two classifications of tricycle: T1 and T2. Of these, T1 is for the more severely impaired athletes.[3]
C (1-5) Standard bicycle for riders with moderate locomotion impairment who do not require a tricycle[3]

There are 16 factored cycling events. Factored events are events that have competition between cyclists from different classes and the severity of impairments of each competitor is taken into account for the results.

Paralympic Cycling Road Rio 2016 - Hand Cycling Event

Paralympic Cycling Road Rio 2016 – Hand Cycling Event

Classification →


Event

B C T H
C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 T1 T2 H1 H2 H3 H4
Road Cycling
Men’s Road Race
Women’s Road Race
Mixed Road Race
Men’s Time Trial
Women’s Time Trial
Mixed Time Trial
Mixed relay
Track Cycling
Men’s 1000 m time trial
Men’s ind. Pursuit
Men’s ind. sprint
Women’s 500m time trial
Women’s 1000m time trial
Women’s ind. Pursuit
Mixed team sprint
  • B=Blind or Partially sighted, tandem bicycle
  • H=Handcycle
  • T=Tricycle
  • C=Standard bicycle, with modifications
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iPhone and Android Apps for Cyclists

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  1. Strava: Named for the Swedish word for “strive”, Strava has posed itself to be a social network Stravafor athletes. Geared towards cyclists, runners and triathletes, Strava records your athletic activity using any one of 20+ compatible devices and analyzes and compares your data with your friends, professional athletes and your own performance history. The mobile app is free and so is basic usage. Strava has a premium option that provides more features, customizable training plans, personalized coaching, live feedback, and advanced analysis.

  2. Map My Ride: A product of the Under Armour Connected Fitness Business Unit, Map My Ride Map My Rideis a free mobile app that helps you track your activity, track nutrition, and share your activity with your social network. Map My Ride works with any Bluetooth Smart Sensor and ANT + sensors with a plug in and also offers a premium option. The premium option offers detailed training plans, advanced routing options, live tracking and is ad-free.

  3. Wahoo Fitness: A bluetooth powered cycling and running workout tracker that uploads to other Wahoo Fitnesssites like Strava, Map My Ride, MyFitnessPal, Cyclemeter GPS (and many more!). This app is great for the athletes who love their data. There are eight customizable pages of data that tracks speed, heart rate, power, etc. The app is free, and the company also offers smart bike trainers, bike computers, cycling sensors, phone cases and other accessories.

  4. Google Maps: By far out performing Apple maps, Google Maps is the most comprehensive, up-Google Mapsto-date map app on the market. Although not a cycling or fitness specific app, You will get real time traffic and hazard information and the search function ties into Google search- you can search destinations by name, category or key word.

  5. My Virtual Mission: For those of us who would like to add another dimension to our workouts, My Virtual MissionMy Virtual Mission is a free app that lets you set a goal and work towards it over time, rather than treating each trip as a single workout. Their tagline is super appealing: “If you added up the distances of all your exercise sessions, such as running or cycling or whatever you do, how far would that take you around the world? My Virtual Mission lets you track your progress towards completing an outrageous virtual journey. You can even raise funds for your favorite charity or own cause along your way (optional).” It’s a really great way (and a personal favorite) to track all of the progress your athletic has built up to and the charity option is a fantastic added bonus.

These are the best free iPhone and Android apps for cyclists that we’ve found, you should definitely download more than just one at a time and see which works best with your lifestyle.

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2016 Rio Olympics Cycling

The 2016 Rio Olympics Cycling events have been amazing so far, with two world records broken BOTH in the Track Cycling Team Pursuit events, Great Britain’s Mens AND Great Britain’s Women’s teams shattered the world records for Team Pursuit and took the Gold home. Quite exciting and not quite over, with two events yet to take place as of this post.

Great Britain has completely dominated the Olympics cycling events, medaling in EVERY event, totaling 12 medals so far, and the USA trailing with a total medal count of 5. Cycling has been a very hot event since the Olympics have taken place so closely on the heels of Tour de France just last month. The competitors who took part in Tour de France are still barely recovering from training and competing in the annual race, yet have proven to be in top condition for the Olympic games!

The Events:

Road Cycling – Venue: Fort Copacabana and Pontal (Time Trial)

  • Road Race
    • Men’s
      • Greg Van Avermaet – Belgium – Gold Medal
      • Jakob Fuglsang – Denmark – Silver Medal
      • Rafal Majka – Poland – Bronze Medal
    • Women’s
      • Anna Van Der Breggen – Netherlands – Gold
      • Emma Johansson – Sweden – Silver
      • Elisa Longo Borghini – Italy – Bronze
  • Time Trial
    • Women’s
      • Kristin Armstrong – USA – Gold
      • Olga Zabelinskaya – Russia – Silver
      • Anna Van Der Breggen – Netherlands – Bronze
    • Men’s
      • Fabian Cancellara – Switzerland – Gold
      • Tom Dumoulin – Netherlands – Silver
      • Christopher Froome – Great Britain – Bronze

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Mountain Biking – Venue: Mountain Bike Centre

  • Cross Country
    • Women’s
      • Jenny Rissveds – Sweden – Gold
      • Maja Wloszczowska Maja – Poland – Silver
      • Catharine Pendrel – Canada – Bronze
    •  Men’s
      • Nino Schurter – Switzerland – Gold
      • Jaroslav Kulhavy – Czech Republic – Silver
      • Carlos Coloma Nicolas – Spain – Bronze

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BMX – Venue: Olympic BMX Center

  • BMX 
    • Women’s
      • Mariana Pajon – Columbia – Gold
      • Alise Post – USA – Silver
      • Stefany Hernandez – Venezuela – Bronze
    • Men’s
      • Connor Fields – USA – Gold
      • Jelle Van Gorkom – Netherlands – Silver
      • Carlos Alberto Ramirez Yepes – Columbia – Bronze

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Track Cycling – Venue: Rio Olympic Velodrome

  • Keirin
    • Men’s
      • Jason Kenny – Great Britain – Gold
      • Matthijs Buchli – Netherlands – Silver
      • Azizulhasni Awang – Malaysia – Bronze
    • Women’s
      • Elis Ligtlee – Netherlands – Gold
      • Becky James – Great Britain – Silver
      • Anna Meares – Australia – Bronze
  • Omnium
    • Men’s
      • Elia Viviani – Italy – Gold
      • Mark Cavendish – Great Britain – Silver
      • Lasse Norman Hansen – Denmark – Bronze
    • Women’s
      • Laura Trott – Great Britain – Gold
      • Sarah Hammer – USA – Silver
      • Jolien D’Hoore – Belgium – Bronze
  • Team Pursuit
    • Men’s
      • Great Britain – Gold (World Record & Olympic Record!)
      • Australia – Silver
      • Denmark – Bronze
    • Women’s
      • Great Britain – Gold (World Record & Olympic Record!)
      • USA – Silver
      • Canada – Bronze
  • Individual Sprint
    • Men’s
      • Jason Kenny – Great Britain – Gold
      • Callum Skinner – Great Britain – Silver
      • Denis Dmitriev – Russia – Bronze
    • Women’s
      • Kristina Vogel – Germany – Gold
      • Rebecca James – Great Britain – Silver
      • Katy Marchant – Great Britain – Bronze
  • Team Sprint
    • Men’s
      • Great Britain – Gold (Olympic Record!)
      • New Zealand – Silver
      • France – Bronze
    • Women’s
      • China – Gold
      • Russia – Silver
      • Germany – Bronze

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Top 5 Nations with the most medal counts :

  1. Great Britain: 6 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze (12 Total)
  2. Netherlands: 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze (6 Total)
  3. USA: 2 Gold, 3 Silver (5 Total)
  4. Switzerland: 2 Gold
  5. Sweden: 1 Gold, 1 Silver ( 2 Total)
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Bike Attack Playa Vista- Pier Hopping, Beach Cruisin’, this is Southern California Living

One of the wonderful things about Southern California is cruising along the coast from beach to beach on your bike.

"Southside Venice Pier" CC image courtesy of Michael Dorausch on Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

“Southside Venice Pier” CC image courtesy of Michael Dorausch on Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

Starting at Bike Attack Playa Vista at Runway Playa Vista, glide along Ballona Creek Bike Path to get to the coast, cruise through Marina Del Rey Harbor and explore one of SoCal’s iconic bike paths “The Strand” (Marvin Braude Bike Path) up through to Venice Pier and on towards Santa Monica Pier.

 

 

 

Step-By-Step Directions:

Starting at Bike Attack Playa Vista @ RUNWAY mall at Runway Blvd. in Playa Vista (adjacent Whole Foods)

  • Runway Rd/Pacific Promenade (Bike path)
  • Right on Playa Vista Drive
  • Left on Jefferson Blvd (300 feet)
  • Right on Lincoln Blvd (300 feet, Bike path)
  • After the bridge turn right into Ballona Creek Bike Path
  • Go west, towards the beach
  • Right on Marvin Braude Bike Path (along Marina Del Rey Harbor)
  • Left on Washington Blvd (all bike path)
  • Ride towards the beach up to the Venice Pier
  • Right at the Marvin Braude Bike towards the Santa Monica Pier.

Always obey all traffic rules, go slow, yield to other bicycles and pedestrians.

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“Three Dog Entourage” CC image courtesy of Kent Kanouse on Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

Now take advantage of that fantastic weather, turn off your computer and prove that Pier Hopping, Beach Cruisin’, this is Southern California Living

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Bike Trends in the Cycling World 2016

A look at what we’ve noticed in bike trends in the cycling world 2016.

Bianchi Volpe Disc Brakes

1. Disc Brakes: Road and Race Bikes

This year the number one trend is disc brakes on road bike models and race bikes. Since bike tech is ever improving, compatibility with disc brakes on different road bike and race bike models is much more common. Bianchi has done this beautifully.

 

2. Wider Wheels

25mm tires are now the norm for road bikes. Why? More grip, better rolling resistance, increased comfort, and easier handling at high speeds. Coupled with the trending disc brakes, and you’ve got a road bike that has power and handling to match.

Scott Foil Premium Aero Bike

3. Aero Bikes

Common in the pro cycling arena, aero bikes are making their way into the consumer arena. Why? They’re lighter, you go faster, easier to ride into wind, higher quality ride, stiffness for better forward momentum, also their sleek designs turn heads. For those of us who like to take cycling to another level, the aero bike trend is nothing but good news. Check out specs: Scott Foil Premium

 

4. Power Meters

Training with power meters is a key component to measuring progress for cyclists. Swimmers and runners can measure their training progress through timed laps, however a bit more goes into cycling than just measuring time and distance. The power meter measures power output created by the work the cyclists puts in, in order to overcome gravity, tire resistance, air resistance, etc. Cycling as a fitness sport is more technologically advance and now the power meter provides a way to directly measure cycling fitness.

Marin Attack Trail Pro Carbon Tubeless Ready

5.  Tubeless Ready Tires

We know, we know, tubeless tires are nothing new, but this is about what’s TRENDING and tubeless ready bikes are doing it in a big way. One of the major reasons is people are tired of fixing punctures. Lazy? Maybe. Does it affect performance? Not really. Another benefit? No inner tube means less weight. Also, options! Marin’s Attack Trail Pro Carbon does a not too shabby (understatement of the week!) job of it. 

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Bike Attack Playa Vista: The Best of Both Worlds

You might have heard about, read about, or even attended the Grand Opening of Bike Attack Playa Vista last week. Bike Attack has two locations in Santa Monica: the Bike Attack flagship store and Bike Attack Electric. The Santa Monica locations for Bike Attack and Bike Attack Electric have completely different inventory- one sells a wide array of bicycles and accessories and the other sells a wide array of electric bicycles and ebike accessories.

Why is Bike Attack Playa Vista: The Best of Both Worlds?

The Bike Attack Playa Vista location will be the first to sell both regular bicycles and ebikes, as well as all of the bells, whistles, accessories, and services that come with fully outfitting every cyclist.

Bike Attack Playa Vista is a full one-stop shop for everything and anything cycling. Starting with finding the perfect bike for you to service and maintenance, every Bike Attack store is fully equipped for pretty much anything you can throw at us!

For almost two decades, Bike Attack has served to provide cycling enthusiasts, professional cyclists… even celebrities with the best in the biking world. Our inventory is highly curated, we are always looking out for the highest caliber, quality brands and source from top brands and manufacturers all over the world.

From outfitting you with exactly what you need to making sure your bike has the right servicing and is in tip top performing condition, the Bike Attack family is here for you from start to finish.

Our grand opening was a blast and we’d like to take this opportunity to shout out a huge thank you to the 500+ people who made it out to celebrate with us. If you weren’t able to make it out, we missed you!

We’ll have another event soon, whether it be a meetup or a test ride, let’s just RIDE. Meanwhile here are some photos to tide you over until we see you!

If you’d like to make an appointment for a test ride or bike fitting, contact Sales@BikeAttack.com or call 310-862-5001 for Playa Vista, 424-744-8148 for Bike Attack Electric Santa Monica, or 310-581-8014 for Bike Attack Santa Monica. 

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Ride or Die Bike Attack Family

Ride or Die Bike Attack Family

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Bike Attack Playa Vista Grand Opening

GrandOpening

WHO?

Bike Attack, family, friends, bike enthusiasts, and YOU!

WHAT?

The BIKE ATTACK PLAYA VISTA Grand Opening!! Bike Attack’s newest store presents it’s brand new, third location that has it all, regular bicycles, electric bicycles, parts, accessories and more!

Featuring: Bianchi, SCOTT, Stromer, Biria, LInus, Alpine Stars, Litespeed, Tern, Bulls eBikes, Biomega, Norco, Marin, Vittoria, Danny Shane, Haro, Primal, KHS, Purefix, Pure City, BMC, Nirve, Phat Cycles, and Easy Motion Cycles.

WHEN?

Saturday, July 23 from Noon to 8pm

 WHERE?

12775 W. Millenium, Playa Vista, CA 90094 

(Adjacent to Whole Foods)

WHY?

It’s a party! There will be music, wine bar, beverages, prizes, test drives, bike enthusiasts, all the latest and greatest from the best bike brands in the world!

Party with us, grab a raffle ticket (1 per person) and you could win one of 3 bikes! We’re giving out a Pure Fix Fixie, KHS Urban X Commuter, and a super exclusive SURPRISE GRAND PRIZE!!!

Bike Attack Playa Vista is located in the brand new Runway Playa Vista outdoor mall and shopping center. Located just minutes from Marina Del Rey and the beach, there is no better way to spend a Saturday in July. Take advantage of beautiful Southern California weather by checking out all Bike Attack has to offer, you might even walk away with a beautiful new bike of your own! Bring your friends, family, kids, dogs, and even your Pokemon are welcome!

 

The Bike Attack would love to share their passion and hard work with you this Saturday, excited and hope to see you there!

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TDF2016: Chris Froome Punches a Fan, RUNS to Victory

Chris Froome Runs up Hill Tour de FranceLast week we talked about the competitors jersey color significance week-to-week.

Want to know who took the Yellow Jersey for Week 2? The guy who started Stage 8 off by punching a fan in the neck mid ride and ended the week at Stage 12 by losing his bike in a collision with a motorbike, then running up the mountain to grab a replacement and STILL MANAGED TO RETAIN HIS OVERALL LEAD. If there ever was a headline for Week 2 of Tour de France 2016, it’s #TDF2016: Chris Froome punches a fan, RUNS to victory.

Want footage? We’ve got footage.

Stage 8, a spectator running alongside the cyclists on the road gets in the way, leaving little room for the competitors near him to maneuver. What’s a Tour de France competitor to do? Here’s Chris Froome’s solution: punching the spectator in the neck to push him off course. What? It’s Tour de France, he’s winning and the guy got in the way! (Kidding. We don’t condone violence. Quelle horreur!)

 

 

A camera crew on a motorbike was forced to stop due to spectators crowding on the road. Three competitors mid race had nowhere to go and ended up crashing directly into the camera crew. What Froome does next is go into beast mode- he RUNS up the hill, grabs a Team Sky spare bike and finishes the race. Oh and by the way, judges ruled that he was still in the lead overall!

 

If there’s anything to be said about Chris Froome, he’s a force to be reckoned with. What do you think?

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