I want to… get training again!

What do you get when you combines the 90’s, a dentist who wants to be a comic book author, and bicycles?  The CAT 3 comic.  I’m not too sure who’s idea it was to green light this beyond the first issue or charge $2.50/per comic was but I’m pretty sure they feel plenty of shame when looking back on this.

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More hilarious awfulness here.

Urban Climbing Practice

Not all of us have the luxury of living in a great, hilly, and scenic place like Dripping Springs, TX (home of Lance Armstrong and some nasty hills he is famous for training on). When your home is an urban environment, and you want to get out and practice your climbing you have very few options.

A riding partner recently said that on their trip to California, it was easy to spot the Texans in the pack , as they gasped for air and fell to the rear once the roads turned slightly steep. Climbing requires a constant power output maintained over a long period of time. When you can’t find a real hill, or simply don’t have the time to drive a few hours just to ride your bike, you can always go parking garage poaching.

The first rule of parking garage poaching is don’t get caught. It’s beneficial to also not tell everyone about your favorite spots, although ask your local longboarder because they tend to know some good spots in the city if they are willing to share.

The ideal garage has a constant grade upwards. You want to find one that lets you climb for at least a solid minute or two, and has very few if any flat sections so that you don’t get to take a break. Every city has these, however getting in is always trouble. We, here at highflange, have found the best luck with riding in dodgy places when we dress and act like we belong there, and treat the property with respect. That means no throwing your water bottle or helmet, like you saw Marco Pantani do in “Le Tour,” despite the incredible temptation to do so, along with the feeling you get when you imagine that you are climbing the alps, and every passing car starts looking increasingly like mountain goats staring back at you.

It’s also a great ride when the weather turns sour. Rubber down. Ride hard. Bring a puke bucket.

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Houston, We have a (bike) problem: Highflange

The cycling scene depends upon a few key community organizers. If only these few people really knew how crucial they were to the fate of the cycling hobby in the city. Still, each of these organizers represent different disciplines in cycling: Road, Track, Mountain, Fixed, BMX. They are often unknown outside of their discipline and area of expertise. To a Mountain rider, the Road racing star is just another leg shaver in spandex. To the Roadie, the Fixed gear freestyle master, featured in videos internationally is just another kid with technicolor wheels and no helmet.

Stop. Wait. Step back for a moment: Each of these riders is different, but to the outsider, they all together represent cycling. They are all members of a two-wheeling, human-powered collective. But to each member, they are practiced disciples of their trade, separated by canyons. Out of these islands, Highflange was born.

What is Highflange? A type of bicycle part. A hub. A device from which spokes are laced to the rim. Though each spoke laces far away from the opposite spoke at the edges of the flanges, and reaches even farther away to hold the rim, the fringe, they are all connected at the hub. Highflange will cover all aspects of bike life, starting from its birth city in Houston, TX and radiating outwards through collaboration efforts in the cycling community. We are all members of the same sport. We are all connected at the hub of bicycle life: High Flange.

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