Bike Intelligencer » trek bicycles All bike, all the time Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:20:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LeMond "settles" with Trek; what about Lance? Tue, 02 Feb 2010 11:00:58 +0000 Lost in the white-out coverage of Greg LeMond’s legal settlement with Trek so far has been the issue of why the lawsuit occurred in the first place.

LeMond believed that Trek had stopped supporting his line in deference to Lance Armstrong, who was out for revenge against LeMond for suggesting that Armstrong was tainted by doping.

But in the “we’re all friends now” coverage of the case settlement, the backstory never made it to press. Does the “friendship” include a reconciliation with Armstrong? Are we finally going to see America’s titans of cycling bury the hatchet and work together for the sport’s future?

We at Bike Intelligencer wish it would happen. There’s much to admire about both of these competitors, including their charitable work.

But we’re not holding our breath. Somehow the media “amnesia” over the lawsuit’s origin suggests that the subject still is sore, or at the very least not closed.

Last fall LeMond told the New York Daily News (whose piece should be required reading for anyone interested in cycling doping):

“This is not just a contract dispute,” LeMond counters. “It’s about defending myself from people that are out to destroy everything I’ve done in cycling… I want to hold John Burke accountable. I want to hold Lance Armstrong accountable.”

Within the coming days and weeks and months, we should get an idea of how successful LeMond was, and how satisfied he really truly is with this settlement.

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News Cycle: "Vulnerable user" law proceeds, Top 10 bike-friendlies, Trek's $$, B.C. bike scammer goes down & more Sat, 16 Jan 2010 09:01:41 +0000 The Washington State legislative session in Olympia is only a few days old, but so far it’s looking good for “vulnerable user” legislation backed by Seattle’s Cascade Bicycle Club. Or at least it isn’t looking bad. This year’s bill is more “wakeup call” than “strict punishment,” and we think that’s good. The point with upping the ante in bike-car accidents is simply to get drivers to take bikes seriously, not wreck their lives after the fact. The legislation’s positive intent should carry it through this year.

Don’t ask me how an Australian men’s Web site became the international authority on Planet Earth’s Top 10 bicycle-friendly cities, but is back at it with an update. Only one American city makes the list, and we’re gonna let you guess which one cuz our banner includes the word “intelligence.” No real surprises except possibly…Bogota? Colombia is a great cycling country and all, and we’ve never had the pleasure, but surely Portland’s elegant matrix and relentless cheer for all things velo could have carried them higher than… Bogota? Ah well. If AskMen drops that “n” and pays attention a bit, Seattle will be in the 2011 edition.

BikeRadar: Good piece on how Trek and the rest of Wisconsin’s bike industry are doing their bit for the economy. I still have the Trek cro-moly touring bike I bought in 1979 from Bicycle Outfitter in Los Altos. Thing is bulletproof.

The Vancouver B.C. bike scammer, the one featured in Mountain Bike Action magazine as a “Local Hero,” the one slapped with charges the mag said “may or may not be” true … he pleaded guilty to 36 charges.

Next month’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show is shaping up as a barnburner.

You’re one of the countless Americans who are being furloughed from jobs around this time of year, so what do you do to maximize the value of your time off? Two Wheels has the answer.

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Epicenter Cycling in Aptos, where things are jumping Mon, 04 Jan 2010 22:35:16 +0000 If location and name mean anything in the bike business, Epicenter Cycling is golden. The new shop sprung up in a prominent corner of the rustic Aptos shopping mall. If you’re headed up to Forest of Nisene Marks or over to the Post Office jump park, you can’t miss Epicenter Cycling.

Plus it’s practically within hucking distance of the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the last “Big One” along the San Andreas Fault.

So yes, there’s a lot of shall we say karma at Epicenter Cycling. And more is on the way.

Shawn Wilson, owner

The pump track will rock! Shawn Wilson at Epicenter Cycling

The owner, Shawn Wilson, has big ideas. Among them: Turn the seedy vacant lot between the shop and the jump park into a pump track. You know, like the one Mark Weir put together in Marin County…only better.

“We want it to be a showcase for this community and the cycling world,” Wilson said. He knows he’s got a bit of an uphill go, what with planning department muster and zoning changes, neither of which have encountered something called a pump track before. But he does have allies within County officialdom, Wilson said, and is confident that code alterations can be made.

Epicenter is for all cycling comers, from family to road to mountain bikes of all stripes. Its main line is Trek, which Wilson, a former manager for Summit Bicycles in Los Gatos, is pretty high on. Trek is in a great position to leverage the current carbon rage in bike design. It’s been working with carbon since the beginning and knows the technology inside out. (Remember the carbon Y bikes of the mid-’90s? I had a Y-33 which, despite being noisy and using by today’s standards primitive single-pivot technology, was a real ripper to ride.)

Plus Trek builds all its carbon bikes in the U.S., the only major company which can make that claim. In fact, outside of Trek and a handful of boutique builders like Sherwood Gibson’s Ventana east of Sacto, nearly all bike frames are made abroad, with the majority of carbon in Taiwan. To be fair, Taiwan made a huge and early commitment to carbon and has the capability to build just about any bike configuration to spec, at a price cheap enough to be competitive with anything domestic. All the more reason to tip the hat to Trek, though, for sticking with its original “Made in USA” promise. (I also bought one of Trek’s first touring frames back in the late 1970s, which I still have. The Y-33 got stolen in Portland, the cycling capital of the universe and no slouch in the theft department either. But we digress…)

Epicenter Cycling

Epicenter Cycling, shaking up the bike world

Epicenter boasts a full repair shop, lots of bling and goodies, and an impressive warranty. For any bike you buy, you get free lifetime routine maintenance — cables, derailleurs, brakes and so on. (Not, understandably, bigger stuff like bottom brackets and hubs.) Just bring it in and the wrenches will bring it back to spec. Combined with Trek’s lifetime frame warranty, “You’re pretty much guaranteed to stay rolling as long as you own the bike,” Wilson said.

We wish Shawn and the gang the best of luck. And when that pump track opens, watch out. The whole town of Aptos will be shimmering and shaking all over again, but in entirely welcome ways.

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Daily Roundup: Video detection for cyclists, Lemond-Trek update, Lance trains on mtb, Million Car Challenge, Happy Birthday Jacquie! Wed, 09 Dec 2009 09:16:04 +0000 Innovative use of signal-mounted cameras to automatically change light to green when cyclists are at intersection. Santa Clarita CA, named in 2007 a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, has requested $390,564 to fund a “Bicycle Video Detection Project.”

VeloNews: More on the LeMond—Trek legal spat, this time with backstory of Greg dissing Lance.

The secret is out! Lance and his new Team Radio Shack are training on mountain bikes!
: The Million Car Challenge to allow bikes to use the full right lane.

Happy birthday Jacquie Phelan!

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