Bill Strickland is editor with Bicycling Magazine. He wrote the book Ten Points about growing up with a terribly abusive father and his quest for glory in the world of competitive cycling. He’s got a new book coming out about Lance Armstrong called: Tour de Lance: The Extraordinary Story of Lance Armstrong’s Fight to Reclaim the Tour de France. To promote this new book there are a couple of chances to meet Bill and here him talk about his insights into one of the greatest racers of all time.
1-(from Bicycling Magazine) On Monday (July 12) from 10 – 11am est, Bicycling editor at large Bill Strickland will host a live web chat on Bicycling.com about this year’s Tour de France, and about his recently published book “Tour de Lance.” The book offers a year-long, behind the scenes account of Armstrong’s comeback, revealing details about the Armstrong / Contador rivalry, the inner workings of the TDF and Lance’s true motivation for returning to the sport. While reporting the book, Strickland had some incredible experiences – he’s the only reporter to ever have ridden in Armstrong’s team car.
Monday is a rest day for Tour riders, so the chat should help fans get their TDF fix for the day.
Couple of links to some more photos from last weekends festivities. Kevin Dillard from Demoncats has lots of pictures from the Kissena track for the annual Velo City Tour, where messengers and urban riders battled it out on the velodrome for a chance to win tickets to this years Cycle Messenger Worlds in Guatemala.
View them here.
Sunday, July 11th is the 3rd annual Tour De Queens. Hosted by Transportation Alternatives this is a 20 mile group bike ride in the North and Eastern parts of Queens.
Cost is $10.00, register on-line in advance.
A little info from the site: The Tour de Queens starts in Flushing Meadows Park by the Queens Museum of Art. Check-in begins at 8 am. The ride begins at 9:00 am.
The Tour de Queens is a leisurely paced, 20-mile ride open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. The course is mostly flat and will go through parks and neighborhoods in eastern and northern Queens. Registration is required; limited day of registration will be available at the Start. Helmets are required for ages 14 and under.
Getting there: The Tour de Queens starts in Flushing Meadows Park by the Queens Museum of Art.
Mass transit: Take the 7 train to the Mets-Willet Point station and follow the signs leading to the Queens Museum of Art. Please check http://www.MTA.info for service advisories before you leave.
From June 22-25 was the Velo-City 2010 conference in Copenhagen. This was one of the largest gatherings of cycling NGO’s, advocacy groups and bicycle professionals in the planet. Our own DOT commissioner Janette Sadikh-Khan was there being given a private tour by Mikael Colville-Andersen, of Copenhagenize. Looks like she had a ball.
Clarence Eckerson, Jr. was on hand video taping all the action for streetfilms.org
This is one of his first videos, more to come.
Apparently Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz isn’t on board with safer streets and a greener future. He’s trying to rally his rich friends who live in the Prospect Park Neighborhood and win political favors by meeting in private to remove the new Prospect Park West bike lane.
And to the haters out there who want to remind me of a quote I made in the Brooklyn Paper about not using bike lanes I say this: “Just because I don’t always use the new infrastructure but forward by the DOT, doesn’t mean I don’t think its important to support it and feel it is an important step towards making NYC a more bike-friendly place.”
Sometimes this is an occupational hazard from riding a track bike with laces on your shoes:
Fortunately their are choices, like using a slip on shoe like those made famous by classic skate apparel makers Vans. This is a good option and inexpensive vs the specialty cycling shoes, which often have to be used with specific pedals.
A few years ago Chrome got into the action making shoes. This San Francisco based company, known for making great messenger bags now has a full line of shoes that are comfortable and rugged for the needs of the urban rider and dorks like me who get their shoe laces caught.
I really can’t say enough good things about this company. Not only do they make long-lasting functional gear for cyclists, they are deeply involved in the biking community, putting on events and listening to the needs and requests of their riders demands-mainly because they are those same riders.
In March of 2010, they had this amazing giveaway called: “Turds for Gold” where they recycled your worn out shoes and gave you new ones of theirs. More on this from Prolly. (photo from Prolly’s site)
In addition to their lace up line of low and high top shoes…they now have a new slip on called the Tobruk. What’s with the name? Well if Alex Trebek were asking…”What is the name of an ancient sea-port town on the Mediterranean coast of Libya?” Otherwise I have no idea.
But my buddies at Chrome were kind enough to send me a pair of these fresh slip-ons to try out and take for a spin. (and I didn’t have to turn in any old shoes)
Made from durable Cordura material, these shoes are incredibly comfortable, on and off the bike. They’ve got three ring eyelets on the side for ventilation and a super strong stiff insert which makes for great pedal stiffness. They come in grey and black and sell for around $75.00.
I’ve been using them for a couple of weeks now and find them more comfortable than vans. I expected them to be strong and work with the toe-clips of the bike but was really surprised at how comfortable they are to walk around in.
I posted a bit of their stats on the shoes from a press release: Â· Low profile design to better fit into a toe cage
Â· 100% vulcanized construction
Â· Weatherproof 1,000 denier Cordura with back-padding
Â· Re-enforced nylon/glass fiber shank to support the midsole
Â· Board lasted sole to eliminate pedal hot spot
Â· Skid resistant contact rubber on the sole
Â· Polyurethane contoured crash pad insole
Â· Durable rubber heel cup with reflective safety hit
Â· Center gore slip-on design
I recommend these if you are looking for a light weight throw around slip on.
Thanks to Chrome for the hook-up.