Bicycling October 2016

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2 min.
the selection

1 Putting together our special issue on makers got me thinking about the things that have made the biggest difference for me as a cyclist. One of the most gratifying was when I figured out the three most important pieces of advice to share with new riders right before we take off. I reckon I spent years unintentionally overwhelming novices with instructions and warnings. Keep your shoulders loose. Most of the problems beginners have with bike control, power delivery, maintaining momentum, and fatiguing prematurely occur because they’re tense. The shoulders are a supreme indicator of how relaxed you’re keeping your whole body, plus it’s easy to feel when they’re clenched, and simple to remedy that with a shrug. (The hands are even better, I think, but there’s almost no way to…

1 min.

THE ONE THING THAT CHANGED IT ALL A HANDMADE S T EEL BIKE I won my custom Feather bicycle in Rapha’s Festive 500 competition last year. I live in the high mountains, so a steel bike is the opposite of what I need, but there’s something to be said about supporting someone who has a craft—an art—who can make a bike that I love. I’ve traded lightness and speed for something cooler and more comfortable. Three months ago I was riding in Nice with friends, and we ended up on some pretty gnarly off-road stuff. I bombed down those enduro trails with no problems. I think my friends are still pissed off at me. JOHN BRAYNARD, 31 / SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER / SALZBURG, AUSTRIA…

7 min.
there’s never been a better time to diy

Nick and Clint Slone just wanted a better bike bell. Unimpressed with cheaply made, generic-sounding options, the Bay Area brothers saw a solution: a premium bell made of stainless steel and brass that looked as good as it rang. And speaking of ringing, this thing would cut through the din of urban life, through conversation, even headphones. So they fired up a laser cutter to tinker with shapes, and contracted a 3-D printing company for some prototypes. A year later, they had a close-to-final version of what would be the Spurcycle bell—and had landed themselves square in the middle of the burgeoning maker movement in cycling: a groundswell of inventors, tinkerers, and artisans who are rethinking what it means to be an entrepreneur. In recent years, the bike industry has seen an…

19 min.
made in cycling

CARSON LEH L E H C Y C L I N G A U S T I N , T E X A S THE SON OF FREE SPIRITS WHO were part of the Marin County mountain biking scene in the early 1990s (Dad’s a backcountry guide and avalanche training instructor, Mom’s an artist specializing in quilts and blankets), Carson Leh grew up riding bikes of all kinds. By the time he was in his early 20s, Leh had grown tired of his saddles wearing out. He looked around for something unique, something that reflected his personality, and that was made of durable leather. Finding nothing, he decided to make one himself. A picture of that custom perch ended up on a popular BMX blog. Reviews were rave, word spread, and by 2011, Leh…

9 min.
your turn!

NO 1 SEW YOUR OWN MUSETTE AND CARRY LUNCH LIKE A PRO HAUL IT! Instructions by Ellie Lum, who mentors creative business owners and teaches sewing through her DIY workshop, Klum House, in Portland, Oregon (see p. 24). STEP #1 Cut a 28x17-inch piece of fabric. For the strap, measure and cut a 35- to 45-inch (a larger person needs a longer strap) piece of 1- to 11Z₂-inchwide cotton, polypro, or nylon webbing. + Choose a durable fabric such as denim, waxed canvas, or cordura. STEP #2 On a short edge, press a double-turn hem toward the wrong side of the fabric (what will end up being the inside of the bag): Fold the edge over 1Z₂ inch and iron in place, then fold over 1 inch and iron again. Repeat on the other short edge. Sew…

24 min.
the possibilities are b e auti ful

I told him that traditionally there is an introduction at the start of a Q&A, wherein the writer pontificates about the subject of the interview and attempts to depict a lifetime of unknowable background and influences in a few hundred words, and also says what the person was wearing and if it was sunny or rainy when they talked and maybe what they had to eat. I told him that was not really my thing and I didn’t think it was his, either. I think I said, about it all, yuk. Or maybe ick. I said since this was BICYCLING’s special issue about cycling’s makers, maybe he and I could make the intro together. He said that sounded interesting. So I said, let’s start by telling people who you are.…