Canyon Adds Disc Brakes to US Road Models

German direct-to-consumer brand Canyon bikes is set to start sales in the US in 2017. Today, it announced that it will add a disc brake option for all road models it currently offers.

Canyon first started exploring disc brakes for road bikes with the Project 6.8 back in 2006. Even though that bike tipped the scales at the UCI minimum weight (hence the Concept 6.8 in the name) and featured a full hydraulic brake system, Canyon felt that disc brake technology wasn’t where it needed to be for the masses, let alone WorldTour teams, and shelved the project. Jump ahead ten years and Canyon is back at it with disc brake equipped models across its complete road product line. 

         RELATED: What You Need to Know About Disc-Equipped Road Bikes

For consumers it means road models are available in both men’s and women’s versions, including the Aeroad CF SLX, Ultimate CF SLX, Ultimate CF SL, Endurace CF SLX, and Endurace CF SL. 

Each new version has been specifically engineered to take advantage of the disc brakes’ ability to increase stopping power and control. The change also allows Canyon to tune the frames for a more comfortable ride and increase the frame and fork’s clearance to allow for larger tires. Testing of the frames’ aerodynamics shows that the disc brakes add a 1.5 percent penalty over the non-disc version—something the average rider probably won’t ever notice. Two 12mm thru-axles stiffen the connection of the wheel to the frame for repeatable wheel and rotor positioning and a unified structure. Canyon claims a 70gram weight difference between rim and disc model frames.

All of the frames will accept Flat Mount-style caliper fastening for the lightest and stiffest connection to the frame and fork.  Rotors will be 160mm front and rear on all but the smallest size frames. 

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A Steel Bike and Ferries

Out for a shoot with the Sony a6500 and steel Wilier, it was so peaceful, I took some video too.

I’ll share the rest of this scene in the new year and hope you enjoy the relaxing few seconds. If you’ve got the bandwidth, switch it to 1080P.


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How It’s Possible to Overdose On Coffee—and What to Do If You Drank Too Much

You’re a dozen exclamation points into an email when you realize that triple shot of espresso was maybe a mistake. Your hands shake as you wipe sweat off your face.

You’re officially buzzed—and not in a good way.

The good news is that mild caffeine over-indulgences (like an extra cup of coffee or two) are not dangerous, says Samantha Heller, R.D., a senior clinical nutritionist at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

Still, feeling like your heart is thumping to a dubstep beat isn’t pleasant.

         RELATED: 6 Ways You Completely Ruin Everything Good About Coffee

Which brings us to the bad news: You’re going to be feeling like this for a while.

“Four to six hours is the general rule of thumb for how long it takes caffeine to wear off,” says Heller.

However, there’s a range in how people metabolize the stimulant. Your weight, genetics, and tolerance will determine how edgy you feel and for how long. Unfortunately, there’s not a ton you can do to speed up that process, says Heller.

         RELATED: Why Caffeine Won’t Do a Damn Thing After One Too Many Late Nights

Adam Splaver, M.D., a South Florida cardiologist, suggests hydrating well to flush the caffeine out of your system. Exercise may also help, since it will torch excess energy while speeding up your metabolism.

If you start to feel yourself panicking, Heller recommends taking a deep breath and reminding yourself that the situation is chemically induced and temporary, since caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant.

“It affects the body chemistry in ways that make us launch into fight or flight mode,” she says, so freaking out only makes the situation worse.

Want to make sure you never experience this horrible state of being again?

Try these 7 Ways to Boost Your Energy Without Caffeine—and if you really can’t go without your cup of Joe, limit your caffeine intake to 400 milligrams a day, says Heller. Most brewed coffee has anywhere from 80 to 200 milligrams.

(For an amazing coffee with naturally bold flavors, check out The Better Man Blend from the Men’s Health store.)

“There’s a lot of variation depending on how it’s made and what type of coffee it is,” she explains.

Two or three cups is fine—four cups may even be safe if you have a high caffeine tolerance. Going over that, though, is asking for trouble.

         RELATED: How to Make the Best Coffee You’ll Ever Drink

And if you start feeling nauseous, faint or dizzy, you may be tottering on the edge of a true overdose. While rare, overdoses can be serious, especially if you have a known heart condition or high blood pressure.

“[An overdose] can cause heart rhythm disturbances, vasoconstriction, heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure in certain populations,” says Splaver.

If you think you’ve truly overdosed, you should head to the emergency room—just don’t blame your barista for over-serving you.

This article was originally published on Men’s Health.

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Your Friday Post on Friday for your Friday Enjoyment

It’s Friday and it’s cold.

Anyway, the smart move on a cold day is to grab a rugged all-terrain bicycle, seek shelter amongst the trees, and engage in some determinedly slow-speed riding.  So that’s exactly what I did today:

Of course, you can’t employ this tactic if you must orient your bicycle towards a specific workplace-type environment and such terrain does not exist between your abode and working hole, in which case that totally sucks for you.

Hey, it’s not like I don’t work.  I am, after all, a semi-professional bike blogger whose artisanally-hewn cycling-themed content delights thousands of bots and at best dozens of actual humans on a daily basis.  (Apart from weekends, and holidays, and vacations, and trips for the purposes of self-promotion, and crippling bouts of dehydration–though I did sneak that one in under the wire, so technically I’m not in breach of contract.)  And being a semi-professional blogger, it occurred to me as I rode that I was at that very moment using various products simultaneously had that found their way to me because every now and again some unfortunate company or marketing person mistakes me for an "influencer."  One of the many, many, many sucky things about the Bikey Internet is that nobody ever seems to follow up after mentioning a product, so I figured this was at least a chance to check in on some stuff I’ve been using awhile:

Marin Pine Mountain 1

It’s the bike you’re looking at in the above picture.  I really like this bike.  I vibe hella and it’s my classic peep during Art History.  I think the equivalent bike for 2017 is now just called the Pine Mountain and the Pine Mountain 1 has a bouncy fork and some other stuff.  Whatever.  It’s a rigid bike with wide tires and wide gearing and it’s become my grab-and-go bike for when I’m not sure exactly what kind of ride I want to do and figure I’ll just make it up along the way.  I also have a special affinity for cheap-but-good bikes, which this is, and I like it so much that I bought it from them with actual American money.  It’s only going on its second winter now so I can hardly claim to have put it through its paces, but apart from replacing the bottom bracket due to wear and replacing some other stuff entirely for personal reasons (grips, saddle, the usual) it’s been solid.  Even the tires still have plenty of life, and they see much more pavement than I’d like.

Outlier Winterweight OG Pant

Before Levi’s got into the urban cycling market, Outlier were one of the first companies to do the whole hip on-the-bike, off-the-bike clothing thing.  The idea was that the cool Brooklyn proto-alt-bros could ride around on their sweet NJS fixies, do the over-the-leg dismount thing without blowing out their crotch seams, and then sit in front of giant monitors designing minimalist websites.  Adorably, the good people at Outlier must have been laboring under the misapprehension that I spoke to this demographic, because they sent me the aforementioned pants for review.  (They also sent me shorts, which I slathered in mayo.)  Particularly noteworthy is that I assigned this review to Spencer Madsen, my ironic intern at the time, who also tested the then-groundbreaking Mongoose Cachet, which was the world’s first department store fixie.  Having foolishly figured he’d just "scored," Spencer pretty much made off with both the bike and the pants.  He has since become a poet and publishing impresario of some note, for which I of course take full credit.  As for the pants, it’s been six years now and they’ve held up quite well.  (My pants, that is.  No idea what Spencer did with his.)  Granted, I don’t wear them incredibly often, but they are in fact warm, comfortable, and durable to the point that on a cold day I will ride singletrack in them for an hour or two on the way home from my "office" and not mind them at all.  In fact their only real weak spot is that they’re overly susceptible to cat claws, and when the cat jumps in your lap and does that back-arching-claw-flexing thing they get stuck in the fabric and are liable to pull a thread or two.  The solution to this is not to own a cat, which is something I wish I’d known before I got mine.

Giro New Road Winter Jacket

Back in 2013 Giro went heavy into this whole "new road" concept.  Basically, the idea wasn’t all that dissimilar from the Outlier concept, except in this case it wasn’t aimed at East Cost alt-bros; it was aimed at their West Coast counterparts who do mixed-terrain rides and then bro down in cool hangout spots with epic burritos.  Someone representing Giro sent me a whole suit of this stuff, even though I have even less in common with the West Coast bike bros than I do with the East Coast ones.

Basically the stuff wasn’t too far removed from regular Lycra stretchy clothes, but the lynchpin of the whole concept was that you wore baggy shorts over your bibs for no good reason, and your bibs had a fly so it was easier to whip out your dongle:

Now I do wear shorts over my cycling shorts from time to time, specifically when I’m doing a longish ride but also want to carry stuff in my pockets like a normal human.  The Giro shorts however had no pocket to speak of, save for a little zippered affair that could hold maybe a u-lock key or a dime bag.  (Do they still have dime bags?)  In retrospect I guess the idea was you needed the baggy shorts to cover your bib shorts because they now had a stupid-looking fly in them.  As for the fly itself, just like the fly on your actual underpants you’d never, ever use the thing.  (If you’re not equipped with male genitals, believe me when I tell you that nobody uses a fly, because attempting to thread your appendage through a fabric labyrinth is both inconvenient and uncomfortable.  Maybe you’d do it if you were wearing a tuxedo and you couldn’t open your pants because you were locked out by your cummerbund.)  You now know more than you wanted to about dong doors.

Anyway, I have no idea if Giro is still pushing this New Road stuff or if it totally fizzled out.  Either way, while the bibs with the fly were pretty stupid, there were also some genuinely nice garments.  Once of these garments was a jacket.  It indeed works great as an on-the-bike, off-the-bike cold weather jacket.  However, I can’t find it on their site, and if they no longer offer it well that stands to reason because of course it was one of the few New Road collection pieces that made any sense.  So there you go.

Merino Skins Thermal Undershirt Something-Or-Other Thingy

Grant Petersen once sent me this long-sleeve undershirt I’m wearing which is like the warmest, most comfortable undershirt I’ve ever had.  This thing plus a decent sweater plus a jacket and I’m comfortable well into the 20s.  Sure, I’d probably need more shirt to hang with Captain Beardcicle up there, but if I’m to be totally honest I don’t really want to hang with Captain Beardcicle, so there.

I’m not sure I find it on the clothing section of the Rivendell site but not too many people know more about practical garments so if you’re looking for on-the-bike, off-the-bike, do-absolutely-whatever-in-them clothes with absolutely none of the Outlier or Giro pretense (and you think baggy pants with sandals qualifies as "presentable," which is debatable) that’s where to get them.

Rapha Winter Hat

In the early days of my blog Rapha actually liked me.  They sent me a winter hat in, I dunno, 2008?  It fits under a HELMET and it’s quite warm, and I wear it to this day, even though the plastic brim is cracked and it’s poking through the fabric.

You are now fully up to date on the shit in my closet that people have given me.

In other news probably only of interest to me, I totally found pictures on the Internets that are relevant to my most recent Brooks blog.  For example, see this old abutment?

Here it is in the olden days with the train station still on top of it:

The Wheelbarrow Fred has just walked by the spot where the soiled mattress is now.

And see this street?

Here’s the train station that stood right where the apartment building is now:

Sorry, I’m a sucker for this stuff.  The past is seductive.  At the same time you’ve got to keep it in perspective.  See, on one hand there were barely any cars and it was beautiful.  On the other hand, polio.

You just can’t win.

Speaking of our dystopian future, Pinarello is now developing ABS braking, which slots in right behind an automatic chain lubricator as the last thing you’d ever need or want on your bike:

(Not just magnets.  Nano-magnets.)

Basically, it works like the stupid "sport mode" button on your automatic transmission:

The BluBrake also takes into account the conditions in which you are riding. There’s no “cognitive electronic platform” magic happening here though — weather conditions and riding style (you can choose from tourism, racing and custom) are entered via a handlebar mounted control interface.

It also has a "Sixth Sense Haptic Actuator:"

Which sounds like a liver disease.

And it isn’t even ABS, really.  It just vibrates to warn you when your wheel’s about to lock up:

If the idea of placing your safety in the hands of a robot sounds a little bit too HAL9000 for you, fret not as the BluBrake isn’t actually an automated ABS system — unlike the one designed for e-bikes that we reported on earlier in the year, this is just a haptic feedback system that is designed to warn riders, through vibrations in their brake levers, that their wheel may be about lock up.

Because you suck:

And before anyone succumbs to the temptation to make jokes about rich bankers buying flashy Pinarellos and not knowing how to use their brakes, let’s withhold judgement until we’ve had a chance to try out the potentially nifty system.

Let’s not and say we did.

It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that at this point in human history we’re working backwards.  Disc brakes are too powerful for a 16lb bike, so you need them to warn you not to lock up your wheel because you no longer have the nuanced feedback you’d have gotten from a rim brake.  Similarly, our cities are a shitshow since we stopped riding trains and started driving cars, so we’re designing self-driving cars in an effort to return to the safety and efficiency of trains.  And what about those self-driving cars, anyway?  Sounds like they still need some work:

In the ride I took through the streets of SoMa on Monday, the autonomous vehicle in “self-driving” mode as well as the one in front of it took an unsafe right-hook-style turn through a bike lane. Twice. This kind of turn is one featured in a 2013 blog post that is known to be one of the primary causes of collisions between cars and people who bike resulting in serious injury or fatality. It’s also an unsafe practice that we address in all of the safety curriculum we offer to professional drivers, including the videos we consulted on for Uber as recently as this fall.

Oh, don’t worry, they’ll work it out.  Tech and auto companies always have our best interests at heart.

Lastly, here are "bicycle racing athletes:"

There are few things more exciting that bicycle racing athletes competing on a multi-terrain course.

Trek Recalls Bontrager Ion 700RT and Flare RT Lights

Trek today announced that a limited number of its Bontrager Ion 700 RT and Flare RT head and tail lights were manufactured with incorrect components, making it possible for the lights to spontaneously shut off during use. The number of affected lights is listed at about 405 units for the Flare RT and 199 units for the Ion 700 RT.

The Flare lights were sold individually, and the Ion 700 RTs were sold as part of a packaged set with Bontrager Transmitr control pads. 

Flare RT lights have a date code stamped on the back of the light and only units with a code between Af0400001 through Af0400407 are affected. Ion 700 RT lights have a date code under the charging port flap, and only date code 1606 lights are affected. 

Trek asks that consumers with affected lights stop using them immediately and return them to Trek for a full replacement and a coupon worth $20 towards Trek or Bontrager products.  Replacement lights are in stock. 

Complete recall information can be found here

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The Truth About the Gluten-Free Diet

In recent years, more and more people are declaring themselves “gluten free”, exasperating dining partners, waiters, and researchers alike.

The gluten-free diet can be a life saving treatment for people diagnosed with genuine medical illnesses. That’s a fact.

But does it make any difference for the people who worship it as a weight loss diet? Or as a way of “cleansing” their bodies?

The gluten-free diet has been around for more than half a century, when doctors first established a link between gluten and the symptoms of celiac disease, an autoimmune condition where gluten triggers intestinal damage. 

     RELATED: 20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know Were Gluten-Free

There is no cure for celiac disease or other gluten sensitive conditions, but the gluten-free diet allows those diagnosed to live comparatively healthy, symptom free lives (albeit ones without things like wheat bread).

But when carb-cutting took center stage for people looking to lose weight, it was inevitable that some people would take it to the extreme and adopt the gluten-free diet.

After all, why cut out just wheat when you can also eliminate barley, rye, and other grains as well? 

Does this strategy offer any advantage for the 99 percent of Americans who don’t have celiac disease?

According to a 2015 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the answer is maybe, but not if you’re relying on gluten-free products to fill the new gaps in your diet.

     RELATED: Why You Should Stop Worrying About Carbs, and Just Eat More Of Them

When Is a Gluten-Free Diet Healthy?
“The gluten-free diet can be healthy if the focus is on whole foods: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, nonfat or low-fat dairy, seeds, nuts, legumes, beans,” says Nancee Jaffe, registered dietitian to the UCLA Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic. 

But, she emphasizes, grains like whole wheat and barley offer health benefits as well. A gluten-reduced diet may be the best option.

One benefit: Reducing your intake of gluten means that you need to increase your intake of other foods. Because food manufacturers are now catering to the gluten-free demo, there’s a host of new, healthful products on the market.

For grains, work amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, or teff into your diet. Each variety has different vitamins and minerals that can help you round out your diet. 

When Is a Gluten-Free Diet Unhealthy?
If you’re cutting out healthy grains like whole wheat and barley and supplementing your diet with processed gluten-free products, you may be doing more harm than good.

Gluten-free snacks like pretzels and cookies are often higher in fat and sugar and lower in fiber and protein than their gluten equivalents, according to new research. 

     RELATED: 5 Trendy Health Foods That Aren’t Really Healthy

They are also often not enriched or fortified with key nutrients.

That means that you’re probably paying more money for less nutritious food: gluten-free products can cost up to 200 percent more than their gluten-containing counterparts, according to research from Nova Scotia.

Focusing on whole foods is an excellent way to maintain a healthy diet, but think carefully about your overall health before you decide to cut out gluten altogether.

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Last Shoot of the Year

After publishing the 42nd issue of the magazine, just shot the last scene of the year with a steel Wilier Triestina and a Sony a6500 ($1398.00 on Amazon) with the 70-200 f/2.8 G Master Lens ($2,598.00 on Amazon). I’ll share that story in the new year.

First impressions

My nostalgia for steel is like vinyl.

I won’t give up my iTunes, but do enjoy listening to records on Sunday afternoons and that’s what a neo-retro bike like this is all about. The ride.



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Sorry I’m not sorry I’m late! But I’m here now so everything’s OK.

Before we go any further, let’s pause for a moment and marvel at this blog’s prescience.  You may recall that on Monday I commented on how protective the Hell’s Angels are of their tree:

Well, subsequently the NYPD conducted a raid on the Hell’s Angels clubhouse and took that which is most dear to them.

No, not the bikes.

The trees:

Oh, and also their bench, but presumably that was merely collateral damage.

Wow, the NYPD’s really getting them where it hurts, and during the holidays no less.  They better not have fucked with the Hell’s Angels Hanukkah Bush, man.


I find Hanukkah to be imbued with pathos, because when it comes to getting kids excited Hanukkah can’t hold a candle to Christmas.  (DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?)  Though they do get to play with fire, so there is that:

("Mommy, am I doing it right?’)

Speaking of the holidays, every year I make it a point to hop on my bike and go holiday shopping, because there’s just something festive about zipping around town with a backpack full of consumer goods.  Indeed, this was the subject of one of my Brooks guest posts from last year:

You live for my Brooks guest posts, admit it.

Anyway, yesterday I headed on the bike and indulged my inner Santa Fred once again:

I’m pleased to report I knocked out pretty much my entire shopping list in one backpack load, which is another way of saying everyone’s getting slightly mangled gifts this year.  I’d also congratulate myself for both helping the local economy and not burning any fossil fuels, but the fact is that once I got home I ordered all the really large and expensive gifts on the Internet.

See, that’s how cycling smugness works: as long as we’re not igniting the gasoline ourselves it doesn’t count.

Oh, and for maximum smugness, make sure to become really indignant when the company that delivers all that stuff you order for blocking the bike lane:

I was with him until I heard that freaking horn.

In any case, thanks to Kickstarter I’ve once again glimpsed the future, and it’s clear that Bicycle Laser Tag is the holiday gift that’s going to be on top of everyone’s list next year:

Playing the game is simple.  Chase behind and get in range of your opponents red receiver, then press your trigger button to shoot.  When your opponents red receiver flashes and beeps it represents that your target has been acquired – a hit!  When any player is hit ten times the red light will strobe and an audible alarm will sound, informing everyone that the player is out of the game.  The player who out maneuvers their opponents and survives from being hit ten times, wins the game.  

If nothing else this could completely revolutionize the sport of Cat 6 racing–as could the Lopifit:

So basically it utilizes a motor to provide you the exercise you would have gotten from simply walking without the machine.

This thing’s going to be a huge hit.

Opinel Essentials 4-Pack and Holiday Gift Ideas

by Igor

Opinel knives are just a treat to behold. Beautifully simple, incredibly light, and well balanced. My No.8 Carbon is a mainstay of my Everyday Carry – always ready to divvy up some meat and cheese on tour or open mail at home.

In addition to their folding knives, Opinel makes terrific kitchen knives.

Just in time for the holidays, we brought in their Essentials 4-Pack which includes (from top to bottom) a Paring Knife, Serrated Knife, Vegetable Knife, and a Peeler.

Both the Paring and Serrated knives have 9.5cm blade lengths, while the Vegetable knife has a 7cm blade.

Though they are all dishwasher safe, I still tend to wash them by hand. The set comes in a nice package for gifting and would make a great addition to any chef’s kitchen.

A good set of flat pedals with loads of real estate make any city and touring bike significantly more comfortable. The Sabot Pedals have 3 sets of sealed cartridge bearings, rounded traction pins, and are toe-clip and half-clip compatible.

A cycling cap is an essential piece of every cyclist’s kit. The cap must be high quality, lightweight, and have the proper amount of luft. Instructions for proper cap wear can be found here.

The VO Baguette Bag is a simple canvas and leather bag that can mount to your saddle’s loops or the front of your handlebars. Great for road bikes without rack mounting points for a bit more carrying capacity during an all day ride. Since it straps on, you can take with you into the cafe or shop.

Add a bit of distinction and safety to your rear fender with our Grand Cru Fender Mounted Reflector. Installation only requires a few minutes to drill one hole and is compatible with any fender type.

I shouldn’t get so excited about bungee cords, but the Constructeur Bungee Cords from Rustines really are fantastic. Since they don’t have a braided outer lining, they hold down a dry bag or tent super securely without worry of shifting or sliding. They’re available in several colors to match your bike or your country’s flag.

Lastly, our Gift Certificates are compatible with short and linear pull brakes, Campagnolo and Shimano, and 1" quill and threadless.