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Something a little different.

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We decided to piece together another demo bike for folks to get a real feel for how bamboo rides.  There’s nothing radically different in this build besides the color selection.  We most often build bikes around black or neutral colors to highlight the bamboo.  We figured we’d try white out this time round.  Looks pretty sharp!

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Out riding.

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We’ll be spending the next week in the rooftop of the world, Tibet, racing mountain bikes with our buddies at Factory Five.  We’ve put together a special bamboo race whip, but we’ll talk about it more later.  Check back in for ride updates, videos and more coverage of our travels.

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Pro tips on cycling form.

Cycling is a poise of strength and technique.  Every motion on the bike can be broken down into a beautiful form, repetitive yet striking, like watching a painter sculpt a landscape stroke-by-stroke with a brush.  That said, I wished I’d learned the right way to blow a snot rocket earlier on.  It’s a messy skill to get just right without a little coaching.

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Spring into your summer riding.

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Spring bike rides can mean so many things – the start of a new year after a long winter, a fresh beginning, the first steps into a new plan to get fit. Whether you’re just getting out of the house to enjoy nice weather, or you’re pushing yourself to start your interval exercises on transitional days of snow and sleet to be ready for spring racing – bike rides in the first days of Spring can be wonderful. The window is now wide open for getting in shape, and unless you live in paradise, the weather can be a bit tenuous, so here are four recommendations for orienting yourself towards spring bike rides.

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Let ’em loose.

Jon Getting Air

We’d been on Jon’s radar for a little while before he finally decided to go for it and see to getting his own custom frame built.  27.5″ wheels give is decent handling on technical climbs but are large enough to suck up rough terrain on a fast and loose downhill.

Towering at nearly two meters tall (6 foot and a few inches!), Jon is built like a linebacker and his frame was done up to match the punishment he’d be dishing out.  Not to mention he picked out a smooth components package to complement the ride.  Keep an eye out for this whip tearing up trails in the Bay Area!

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