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Friday Round Up  //   Friday - April 23, 2010

I'm leading a local MTB ride Saturday in the world famous Frederick Watershed. Want to come check it out? See this link for details. If it rains hard, we'll postpone. Otherwise, its on. This isn't a single speed only ride, multi-geared riders are welcome too.

Speaking of gears, Shimano rolls out their 10 speed MTB set up called Dyna-sys. Really? At what point does this madness stop? I guess they couldn't let SRAM be the only 10 speed game in town. I couldn't find mention if the chain got narrower and the cluster is crammed in the same space as the 9 speed, but then again, I can't say I care much.

This Slate article on China, hipsters and fixed gear bikes is
a) funny
b) ironic
c) sad
d) stupid
e) none of the above

As always, The New York Times has its finger on the pulse gritty urban culture and declares the "cult of the messenger" is slowly fading. Apparently the fixed gear freestylers are responsible. Be sure to check the comments, they may be the best part of the article.

Me, I rode my fixed gear mountain bike around in circles at the Bakers Dozen this past weekend and had a dandy time. I didn't pull any bar spins but I did launch some sweet jumps. By the looks of the equipment my fellow racers were running, the fixed MTB scene doesn't appear to be "blowing up". Maybe next year...

The weekend is almost here, GO RIDE.

- riderx

Support the FBC  //   Monday - April 19, 2010

Rock RidingTuesday night beer dinner to support the newly formed Frederick Bicycle Coalition. Come out and support us while having great food and great beer from Heavy Seas.

Can't make the dinner? How about becoming a member?

- riderx


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