Chainlinks: Best of the Bike Web, July 31, 2014

31 Jul
2014

TdF is Over

In case you missed it, Le Tour has concluded. Check out RKP’s wrap-up. Head over to The Inner Ring to see how Nibali pulled it off.

But Don’t Miss …

How the TdF is the ultimate test of endurance eating. Le Tour’s unofficial rules. How Nibali used needle stabbing to win.

Meanwhile, Panniers

You may have read this post a few weeks ago about bike commuting. Need to step up your game with some foul weather panniers? Head over to Urban Velo for their review of the Banjo Brothers Convertible Waterproof Pannier Backpack.

At 3 lbs it’s not the lightest, although removing that waterproof liner on dry days can save almost half a pound. At $80 it’s a total commuter bargain.

Next, Feet

Help this man. Fat Cyclist needs some help making his feet feel normal again. Time for a podiatrist?

Ultimate Urban Utility Bike?

Isn’t that just … a bike? Nope. There was a design contest. I’ll let Bike Snob jump in here:

Well, let’s pretend for the moment that the ultimate urban utility bike doesn’t already exist, and that you can’t easily buy it from at least 15 different companies. I realize this is hard to do, because everyone from Bikes Direct to WorkCycles are ready and waiting to sell you a city bike, and all you’ve got to figure out how much you want to spend. Really, in 2014, it’s about as difficult to find the “ultimate utility bike” as it is to find a Subway franchise.

Okay, so now you’ve got the proper context for this contest: it’s a parallel universe in which everyone wears plaid shirts and expensive denim while drinking hand-roasted coffee, yet somehow practical bikes don’t exist. Fine.

Read the rest >

Feels a bit like a late-night infomercial to me. Invent a problem that doesn’t exist and create a solution to solve said problem. How on earth does bike culture survive in places like Amsterdam and Paris and Saigon without such thoughtful innovation?

Laura Weintraub Needs a Bike

Be careful on the road — there are morons out there. I think Bikey Face has the solution.

Anyway …

Maybe it’s time for a camping trip. Or a mindlessly pointless task. Or maybe just a movie.

Drool:

Greg LeMond’s 1989 Tour de France bike featured on RKP:

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Rapha Super-Lightweight jersey featured on Bike Hugger.

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