Longtime GRAVELBIKE readers know that I’m a big fan of Spurcycle’s products. The company’s multi-tool was featured in 2018’s Pocket Tool Roundup, and the Spurcycle Bell earned a coveted, Things I Like endorsement back in 2017. Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with company co-founder Nick Slone to discuss the Spurcycle’s history, their design process, and what we can expect from them in 2020.
The recent Camp Fire has become the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. As of November 19th, the death toll has risen to 80, with 993 people who are unaccounted for. To help support the relief efforts, GRAVELBIKE is donating 100% of the profits from the sale of limited-edition stickers to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund and the North Valley Animal Disaster Group.
Rolling up to the outdoor bike locker on a chilly Monday morning, something didn’t look right. My trusty Kryptonite was still attached (and locked), but the door was slightly ajar. Upon closer inspection, I could see that the locker’s handle (and my u-lock) had sustained some serious abuse. A gentle tug easily opened the door, revealing further damage to the locker’s latch and hinges. None of other the bike lockers appeared to have suffered any damage, so it was safe to assume that my locker was specifically targeted (either that or the would-be thief had a strong dislike for orange u-locks).
This incident underscores the fact that your bicycle’s security is only as strong as the weakest link (no pun intended). While my Kryptonite lock sustained only superficial damage (torn vinyl covering), the locker itself proved to be far more vulnerable. Bottom line: make sure that whatever you’re locking your bike to is as strong as your lock.
Words by Amanda Wilks
Your MTB performance depends on two factors. One very large factor is your intrinsic motivation. Why are you in this game? What drives you? Is it a habit? An addiction? Are you doing it because it’s the thing you dream at night, you wake up for, and you want to do for the rest of your life? If that’s so, then technology is what will fuel your ambition and aspiration. Technology is the second most important performance factor. Carbon, computers, dropper seatposts, you name it, they’ll invent it.
What’s the perfect tie for your best MTB performance?
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I am an unabashed fan of e-bikes. I have seen–and experienced–first hand how e-bikes have the ability to transform people’s lives. With an e-bike, adventure is no longer restricted to the rider’s physical abilities. Battery life, however, has been a limiting factor. Riese & Müller looks to reduce those limitations with their new, dual battery eAdventure bike, the Delite.
In addition to its range-extending dual battery design, the Delite features a Bosch Performance Drive which provides pedal assistance of up to 300%. A carbon belt drive reduces noise and maintenance, while front and rear suspension lets you tackle more rugged terrain. The integrated rear carrier, IQ-X light, and ABUS lock make the Delite ideal for urban and utility riding.
Last year’s Interbike show was a little on the meh side, but State Bicycle Co’s Simpsons collection drew near-universal praise from attendees (including yours truly). If you’re a donut lover (it’s OK, we don’t judge), you can get your fill with State’s donut-themed accessories.