Grow With Your Bike!

Orbea has created a bike that allows parents to save money when it  comes to getting their kids to ride a bike. We all know how fast kids grow up and it’s only a matter of time before your kid outgrows his/her bike.

The aptly named GROW bicycles is designed to ‘grow’ with kids’ and “can be used by the same child for twice the time; using 1 bike instead of 2.5”, says Spain-based designer Alex Fernández Camps.

The light and high quality aluminium bicycles feature easily-adjustable seats, frames and handlebars; and comes in 4 different models depending on the child’s height.

“The advantage of GROW, apart from reduced economical and ecological costs along the whole of its life cycle, is a much better ergonomic adjustment for the user. Kids often ride a too small or too big bike for quite a long time which is not healthy.”

Source: DesignTAXI

King of the Mountain

Thomas Voeckler’s stage-winning ride in the Pyrennes this year is the stuff of legends. The Frenchman crested each major climb at the head of the field, and when he crossed the finish line for the stage win, he reclaimed the King of the Mountains jersey.

This Limited Edition Thomas Voeckler polka dot C59 Team Edition frames will allow you to relive the moment. Only 135 will be made!

Fun Facts about The Tour de France

With the Tour de France over with the win by Bradley Wiggins, it’s time for some (perhaps this is a little too late) cool fun facts about the Tour that most people probably didn’t know about!

A rider will burn nearly 124,000 calories over the course of the tour. Excluding the ceremonial prologue, that works out to be roughly 6,526 calories per day of energy expended. If riders ate fast food, they’d need to suck down 12 Big Macs per day.

An average rider will wear out three chains over the course of the event. Lance Armstrong in his prime wore out one chain per week.

The largest winning margin was 28 minutes and 27 seconds, racked up by Fausto Coppi over Stan Ockers in 1952. Funny, but no one accused Coppi of doping.

Lance Armstrong averaged 25.026 miles per hour over the entire race in 1999, claiming the fastest average speed in a Tour de France.

The derailleur wasn’t used in the Tour de France until 1937. Prior to the introduction of lever actuated gear changes, riders had to stop and rotate their rear wheel to modify gear ratios. One side of the rear wheel had a “climbing” gear, while the other had a “downhill” gear.

Greg Lemond was the first American to win a Tour de France, and racked up victories in 1986, 1989 and 1990. Lemond was accidentally shot by his brother-in-law while turkey hunting two months before the 1987 race.

Despite Tour legends about riders pushing until their hearts exploded, only one rider (Tom Simpson in 1967) has died on an ascent. Simpson’s death was later attributed to heat stroke, but amphetamines were found in his blood, leading to the Tour’s first doping scandal. Two riders (Francisco Cepeda in 1935 and Fabio Casartelli in 1995) have died in crashes while descending mountain stages.

Although bicycle frames and components have gotten light enough to build road bikes below 10 pounds, the Tour mandates a minimum weight of 14.998 pounds for bicycles used in stages other than time trials. This baseline ensures that all riders are competing on similar equipment.

More than almost any other sporting event, the Tour is steeped in tradition. The main pack, called the peloton, stops en masse when a group consensus determines it’s time for a bio break, so no riders are receive an advantage for holding it in. Regardless of how much you may hate your team leader, if he’s wearing the yellow jersey, it’s your job to protect his lead. Even faster riders dare not attack a teammate in yellow, as it would be the end of your professional cycling career.

Source: Ridelust