BFS2014 Berlin Finds: 8bar’s new Kronprinz road from Berliner FahrradSchau

first_img8bar, whose video we featured a month ago from their adventurous fixed gear ride across the alps, has a new road bike frameset coming this summer, their first geared option. The Kronprinz was first shown this weekend at the show in Berlin. Read on for pricing, more details from 8bar, and how the bike got its name. The final pre-production aluminum frame weighed in at 1300g for a size medium and has clearance for 28mm tires. (We measured it, and 32s would probably fit as well.) We will keep in touch, and maybe try to test the bike out when the first full production batch is available. 8bar also has 2 other single speed models, one road (Krzberg) and one cyclocross (Tflsberg), that they offer as lower cost semi-custom build bikes with a durable spec through their web-based configuration tool.8bar-bikes.comcenter_img The new Kronprinz, a 6066-T6 aluminum frame, made its debut over the weekend and will be available at the end of the summer for <700€ including a full carbon fork. It uses a traditional bottom bracket and a tapered fork. Like the other bikes in the 8bar line, this one is named after a place in Berlin, although a bit indirectly. In the forest of Grunewald on the west side of Berlin there are many great riding opportunities away from the bustle of the city, including DH trails, sandy/rooty singletrack, and hardpack and paved forest roads. One of these roads popular with cyclists around the park (having ridden there myself after the show) is named for a Crown Princess, so 8bar thought it fitting to give her a Crown Prince.last_img read more

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2010 XTERRA USA and World Championships on Fox Sports

first_img Related The hour-long 2010 XTERRA USA and World Championship television shows are airing on Fox Sports Networks across the US this month.The USA Championship show, filmed in September 2010, at and around Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, has 111 airings on regional FOX Sports Net affiliates across the US in August, providing some keen inspiration for triathletes around the country who are doing their best to qualify for this year’s race to be held on 24 September.Meanwhile, the XTERRA World Championship, filmed on location in Maui last October, has 122 airings this month and the two shows will be seen by more than five million viewers in August alone.The TEAM TV crew had around 30 cameras in operation during the events, including point-of-view cams mounted on motorcycles, mountain bikes and jet skis, under-water cameras, and of course a camera on top of the helicopter hovering high above the action.www.xterra.tv www.xterraplanet.comlast_img read more

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Despite service issues, Roeland Park advances new waste collection contract with WCA; rates to increase if finalized

first_imgBy Holly CookRoeland Park inched closer to finalizing a waste management contract Monday after the city council unanimously voted in favor of adopting a resolution to approve a sub-agreement for solid waste services.The sub-agreement allows the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to move forward with negotiations on behalf of Roeland Park with a five-year agreement with WCA. The cities of Fairway and Westwood, who are participating in the joint bid, will also need to approve sub-agreements.The proposed agreement includes a three-year contract with two additional one-year renewal options. The service would cost homeowners $15.17 per month through the end of 2020, which is 21 percent higher than the current rate. A city staff report recommended staying with WCA even though doing so would be “unsavory especially in light of the rate increase,” as WCA’s proposal was 10 percent lower than any other bids.The report also acknowledged recent service from the company “has not met expectations.” The agreement outlines penalties for WCA if the company fails to provide adequate service. Fines range from $25 to $100 for poor service to individual homes and $500 for failing to provide service to neighborhoods or the entire community. WCA will also employ a new monitoring system under the contract that uses RFID readers to track WCA-provided trash and recycling carts. Smaller recycling bins and yard waste containers will not have the technology. The tracking system allows WCA to track container movement and log collection data. Councilmembers have debated the waste contract at length, first clashing on whether the city should use MARC to negotiate a new agreement, and then disagreeing on whether the city should continue working with WCA. Councilmember Ryan Kellerman repeatedly emphasized he had received poor service from WCA and that he had heard numerous residents complain about the service.During Monday’s meeting Kellerman pressed for greater clarification on what items were and were not permissible for pickup. WCA representatives agreed to provide more detailed information to residents on their services and suggested adding a link to the city’s website that would field residents’ trash-related questions directly to WCA. Kellerman suggested amending the sub-agreement so that it provided greater clarity. City administrator Keith Moody said while it was possible to make guidelines more precise, the broader language put the city in a better legal position.Councilmember Teresa Kelly said she thought the council should approve the agreement as written. Kellerman remained skeptical about supporting the agreement.“I just wish I could have some sort of guarantee,” he said.Councilmember Michael Poppa then made a motion to call the question, effectively forcing a vote. Councilmember Michael Rhoades seconded the motion and the vote proceeded with the approval passing unanimously.last_img read more

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