Locking up your bike is not as easy as you would think it can be. People make little mistakes while doing it every day, and some of those mistakes will cost you your bike. But don’t worry, the good people at Kryptonite Locks are here to help! They gave us 5 amazing tips to help keep your ride safe, if it be riding to the office, out mountain biking, running to the store, or just out for a cup of joe, these 5 tips will help keep your bike where it belongs.
5 Tips to Properly Locking Up Your Bike
1) Always Lock to a Solid Object that it Cannot be Lifted Over
It may seem obvious… but even a taller pole could allow a thief to push your locked bicycle up and over; successfully walking away with your bike.
2) Always Lock-Up in a Well Lit, High Foot Traffic Area
While it may seem counter-intuitive to lock your bike up in the open, hiding your locked bike away is a bad idea. It gives a potential thief who finds your bike, the opportunity to do their work hidden away.
The more visible your bike is to the public, the bolder the thief has to be.
3) Make Sure What You Lock To, Cannot be Cut
Always be sure that what you’re locking to, is as least as sturdy as the lock itself. A thief will always take the path of least resistance. If your bike is the target, and it is locked to something like a chain link fence, or a small tree, it’s much easier for them to… (more…)
Locking up your bike, you’re doing it wrong. was last modified: May 11th, 2018 by Flick
The 38th addition of the Redlands Bicycle Classic proved to be exciting from the beginning. The event was to begin with a 7.8 mile Individual Time Trial in Big Bear, CA. However, with a late spring storm descending on the mountain town Tuesday night, the stage was cancelled due to snow conditions.
Losing the first stage meant that the Yucaipa Road Race, Stage 2, would be a hotly contested challenging day as the general classification was yet to be set. With 95 miles of racing and over 9,000ft of climbing, the Queen Stage lived up to its expectations.
Within the first lap of 6 circuits, the group had already lost upwards of 30 riders. The pace continued as a team jokeyed for position in the KOM and Sprint Competitions. With a break of 4 up the road leading into the final climb up Oak Glen, the Elevate-KHS Team worked hard on the front to bring the time gap down. Ultimately the break was caught and climbers James Piccoli and Jordan Cheyne placed 10th and 13th respectively.
Stage 3 was hosted in the city of Highland, where the peloton raced a blistering 20 laps of the 2.8 mile Highland Circuit Race. Each lap found the riders charging up the steep Baseline climb where attrition and positioning became key. A solo rider was off the front as the laps wound down, putting the Elevate-KHS team in great position while the Axeon and United HealthCare teams worked hard to bring the race finale down to a sprint.
With the addition of Elevate-KHS at the front of the race, James Piccoli placed himself safely behind the team, and as the began the final assault up Baseline,… (more…)
Monumental Success at Redlands Bicycle Classic was last modified: May 10th, 2018 by khsadmin
Seamus Powell found himself on the podium in second place at that second stop of the Eastern State Cup Enduro series at Plattekill Mountain Bike Park.
“Plattekill Mountain offered up the raw and untamed trails,” Seamus recalls, “Its infamously noted to have for the second stop of the Eastern States Cup Enduro series. This was my first east coast enduro of the year. After a full day of practice Saturday in bone dry loose conditions, multiple broken bike parts and one gashed shin, I called it a day knowing Sunday would provide a completely different riding experience with rain in the forecast.”
Seamus continues, “I welcomed Sundays rain with open arm. The skies opened up and the Mountains ski lift broke down leaving the racers no choice but to climb the ski hill 4 times to complete the race. I had consistent, smooth and fast stages but was just nipped for the win after 13 minutes of racing. My Kenda Hellkat tires were incredible in the wet and sloppy conditions and I managed to keep my bike together for the race! That’s a feat in itself racing on that mountain.”
Great job Seamus, onward to ESC Enduro round 3 next week in Binghamton, NY
Powell on the Podium at Plattekill was last modified: May 9th, 2018 by Flick
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Run First, Third, and Fourth in First Ever Team Victory at Southern California Race
“I looked to see where we were both sitting and I was in front and still really couldn’t believe that I’d actually won,” Scott Law.
Now in its 12th year, the Dana Point Grand Prix Presented by Kingston Technology is one-of the best organized and attended 1-day professional & Bike Festival events in America. The 2018 edition again featured a fast L shaped six turn course over .8 miles of Dana Point’s local roads.
The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling team has come close through the years, attending each edition of the event during the team’s existence, but has yet to step onto the top step of the podium, that is until now.
The race started out with a hard and fast opening salvo led by squads looking to make the early break. H&R Block, Gateway Harley Davidson, and Los Angeles Bicycle Club joined us in keeping the front of the race animated with each team looking to put several riders up the road.
There was a big crash 15 minutes in, which saw the race neutralized for a few minutes while they cleared the course and made sure it was all safe to go. “After that,” added Scott Law, “things settled down quite a bit after pretty tense start to the race with a lot of bumping and bruising.”
With about 10 laps remaining, the team began looking for each other and getting organized for the lead out train in front of Cory Williams and Scott. The team took over the front with 6 laps to go and started riding to keep the pace high but settled.
The 34th annual Redlands Bicycle Classic is set to begin on Wednesday May 2nd. The 3rd stop on the Pro Road Tour will feature an array of courses, terrain and weather to ensure it will be an exciting event start to finish. The team has a strong 8-man roster for the event and will be focusing on success on all stages from the sprint finishes to the mountain top finish in Oak Glen. Follow the team on social media for up to date reports, updates and information on the event.
Brian McCulloch USA
James Piccoli CAN
Alfredo Rodriguez MEX
Jordan Cheyne CAN
Sam Bassetti USA
George Simpson USA
Scott Law AUS
Nick Torraca USA
May 2 Wednesday: Individual Time Trial, Big Bear CA. With the threat of snow and rain, this challenging course will test the riders on all levels.
7.8 mile Race
May 3 Thursday: Yucaipa Road Race
94 miles with over 10,000ft of climbing
May 4 Friday: Highland Circuit Race
58 miles with 20 laps of the 2.8 mile course
May 5 Saturday: Downtown Redlands Criterium
90 minute race
May 6 Sunday: Sunset Circuit Race
94 mile road race
Follow Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling On Our Social Media Outlets for the latest race day updates!
Now in its 32nd edition, the Tour of the Gila has traditionally served as a true test for North American cyclists looking to succeed in the bigger stages race later in the season and is the second US stop on the UCI Americas Tour. In order to succeed in Silver City, NM, you need to be able to cope with a starting elevation of 5900’.
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, fresh off their stage victory on the final day of the Joe Martin Stage Race, kept the team unchanged for the 2018 Tour of the Gila and a focus on the sprint stages with JMSR winner Alfredo Rodriguez and, 2017 Tour of Utah stand out, James Piccoli for the General Classification.
The first stage of the race is relatively flat until the peloton reaches the infamous Mogollon climb. The team spent much of the stage looking after James and keeping him safe on the long straight roads that make up the majority of the route. As the road started to tilt skyward the peloton fractured completely and Eder Frayer looked after James as long as possible before James found himself in the chase group behind five leaders up the road. The very narrow and rough road gave the five escapees the advantage they needed as James would ultimately cross the line for a respectable sixth place on the stage, keeping him in the GC conversation heading into stage two.
Fort Bayard, just outside of Silver City, serves as the start and finish for the stage two Inner Loop Road Race. With a course that finishes with a flat run into the line, preceded by 5700’ of climbing, this stage has proved difficult to predict in past editions with the winner coming from both bunch… (more…)
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Cap Successful Tour of the Gila off with 5th in Gila Monster Finale was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by khsadmin
This years Sea Otter was pretty epic. This is the first time this year that all of the KHS athletes have been at one event. Enjoy this short edit of the KHS Factory racing team, Rebecca Gross, and the Elevate KHS pro Cycling team as they leave their mark on the 2018 Sea Otter Classic.
KHS Factory Racing riders, Nik Nestoroff, Seamus Powell, Rebecca Gross, Logan Binggeli, and team Manager Quinton Spaulding.
Elevate KHS Pro Cycling team members, Cory Williams, Gavin Hoover, Scott Law, Nick Torraca, and Brian McCulloch.
Rebecca Gross had her weekend cut a little short as she was involved in a crash during the Cyclocross race, but she toughed it out and finished the race.
Seamus Powell took 12th in the Enduro race and placed 18th in the Down Hill race.
Nik Nestoroff had a good week, just off his 6th place finish up in Port Angeles, he placed 23rd in the Down Hill and took 7th in the Dual Slalom.
Fresh off his 5th at Port Angeles, Logan Binggeli finished off the week with a 15th place finish in the Dual Slalom and 7th in the Down Hill race.
The Elevate KHS pro cycling team had a great week and Sea Otter as Gavin finished 2nd in the opening road Crit and teammate Nick Torraca took 4th. Nick then went on to take 2nd on the road race, and Cory Williams and Scott Law finished the weekend off by… (more…)
Sea Otter 2018 was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by Flick
The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team had a n excellent showing at the 2018 Sea Otter Classic. With 5 podiums including a win on the final day at the Circuit Race, the campaign was very successful. Beyond their podium appearances, however, the riders had the great opportunity to connect with many of the teams partners through out the weekend. (more…)
Sea Otter Classic: 5 Podiums & Partner Visits was last modified: May 22nd, 2018 by khsadmin
Alfredo Rodriguez Claims Victory as Sam Bassetti Dons Green Points Jersey on Final Stage.
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling secured their first victory of the UCI America Tour, this past weekend, on the final stage of the UCI 2.2 Joe Martin Stage Race as Alfredo Rodriguez stormed to victory in the technical Stage Four criterium. The stage victory was the breakthrough the team was looking for after finishing on the podium in the previous two stages with Alfredo Rodriguez finishing second in the Stage Two sprint and James Piccoli coming in 2nd on the Stage Three uphill time trial.
The Joe Martin Stage Race is not only first stop for the UCI America Tour in the United States, but also serves as the first USA Cycling Pro Road Tour event, ensuring each of the top American professional squads would line up alongside the team for the contest.
Stage One, a 113 mile loop, started with a dangerous break with the team well represented by three riders. While most of the strong teams were represented in the breakaway, they would only last until the foot of the final climb. From there Eder Frayre got things going for the team by sprinting to 6th place in the tough finish.
The following stage was another long road race with a lumpy 110 mile course and another 6,000 feet of climbing. As the weather turned south quickly, George Simpson represented the team in the break on the rainy stage; the advantage for the break grew to almost three minutes before being caught inside fifteen miles to go. In the final meters Sam Bassetti and Alfredo would time their sprint almost perfectly before coming up just short of the victory. Alfredo stepped onto the second step of the podium with… (more…)
First UCI America Tour Victory at Joe Martin Stage Race was last modified: April 20th, 2018 by khsadmin
Elevate -KHS Pro Cycling Team member Nick Torraca won Texas State Championship win this past weekend! This has been a break-out season for the Austin-based rider, and we checked in with him after his first state championship victory to see how it all came together.
KHS: Congratulations on winning the Texas Criterium Championship! Tell us about the race and how it played out in the finale.
Nick Torraca: Texas State Crit Championships was held in Dallas this year on the 8-turn Matrix Challenge course. Matrix is a course that I have had previous experience racing on with success. Staying at the front of the race and out of trouble is critical in preserving energy and having the ability to follow moves effectively. Prior to the race, I had talked with director Heath Blackgrove to go over a strategy that would put me in position to win. I knew leading into the last corner was my best bet at getting to the finish line first. About 20 minutes into the race, I found myself in a 6 man move which eventually stayed away for good. I would rather sprint out of a break, so this worked out well for me. In the last lap, I took over the front with two corners to go, to make sure I hit the last corner first. Once I got there, I gave it one last dig to seal off the win for the Texas State Championship!
KHS: You have had a stand out season so far with 3 wins and 8 podium appearances. How has your training and focus over the winter and heading into the season been different?
NT: This has been such a terrific year already! 3 WINS and 8 podiums has been absolutely amazing for me…. (more…)
Texas State Criterium Champion: Nick Torraca was last modified: April 19th, 2018 by khsadmin