We bring you a round up of snack sized information from the big wide bike world that we think you might want to know.
Criminalisation of Trespass
As highlighted in Cycling Industry News, there’s only a few days left to try and halt the progress of legislation that will criminalise trespass. At the moment, if you’re riding somewhere other than a sanctioned bike trail, you’re committing a civil offence, but not a criminal one. The criminalisation of trespass as drafted has the potential (arguably unintended consequence, depending on your perspective or political leanings) to impact access to the countryside for mountain bikers in England – just as the Welsh government is looking at increased access, and the Scottish government is promoting the economic benefits of mountain biking. This parliamentary petition has now garnered enough signatures to warrant debate in parliament, but you might still want to add your name to it.
Rock Surfing in California
Here’s a video that’s going to make you think about tyre casings and rim protection. And maybe elbow pads. Strangely, it’s not actually an advert for any of those things. Anyway, these trails look like they’d be fun, if you could avoid ripping bits of either yourself or your bike on them.
Beasts of Burden
If you’re feeling a bit disenchanted about your job, now might not be the time to watch this. It might have you eyeing up shopping baskets, coaster brakes and ripped denims. Or, if you’ve been there, it might make you look back in a ‘I’m glad I did that but I’m glad I’m not doing that now’ kind of way. Well worth half an hour of your time.
Adidas 5.10 Trailcross XT
Amanda has already reviewed the Mid Pro version of these new shoes, the Trailcross XT. They’re designed for flat pedal performance on the bike, but with a ridged grip to the toe and heel for walking. The Trailcross LT is a simpler lower cut shoe version, but this XT model has a closed off mesh cuff design. Similar to the Trailcross Mid Pro, the XT utilises a foam backer in the upper construction for added stability. Additionally, the drain ports found in the Trailcross LT model have been closed on the XT to keep debris out. We’re hoping to have a pair to test soon.
Pedal To Empower
If you like to set yourself a challenge to get out there and try a bit harder, or maybe you’d just like to get people to sponsor you in the name of a good cause, then 12th September is World Bicycle Relief’s big fundraising day. You can set yourself – or your kids – any level of challenge you like. They’re suggesting five different challenge types:
- Challenge #1: Pedal with Purpose
- Dedicate your ride to a person or purpose that inspires you
- Challenge #2: Take the Road Less Traveled
- Ride a new route for the first time
- Challenge #3: Spread Joy!
- Share a #CyclingActofKindness along your ride
- Challenge #4: Show Gratitude
- Send an uplifting message to someone in your community
- Challenge #5: Rest & Reflect
- Pause. Refuel. Reflect on someone who has helped you to break through barriers in your life.
Go for a ride and feel extra good about it! Information on how to register your effort is here.
Unicycle Bike Packing
Bike packing around the world sounds like it might be OK, if you didn’t have any commitments or responsibilities to worry about, and don’t mind being uncomfortable. Like being a bike messenger, but with more chance of a dose of the squits. Bike packing on a unicycle though? That doesn’t make me go ‘ooh yes, good idea!’. Luckily, Ed Pratt has done it so you don’t have to.
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Socially Distanced Bike Packing Bingo
‘The Distance‘ is usually a bike packing event that mixes up orienteering or Audax style checkpoints with a bit of festival style camping and frivolity. Our resident grump Jason Miles did it one year and seemed to have (whispers) fun. With restrictions in place this year, the event instead became a virtual one, using a bingo card, Instagram, komoot and, of course, hashtags. It sounds like fun. Perhaps if you’re missing your mates, you could arrange your own version – their bingo card is here if you want to use it.
Right, time to get back to work/wash your hands/check out the latest government U turn. Stay tuned to Singletrackworld.com for more bicycle news, or head to the Forum for chat about important stuff, like how much are pallets worth.