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New BMC’s

 

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Here are two new BMC bicycles worth a look. First up, the Alpenchallenge AC01 IGH. This is a city bike, with Gates belt drive running a Shimano Alfine 11 speed hub, that could very well be the perfect city bike. Second up is the Granfondo GF01 Disc road bike. I’ve ridden previous iterations of this Granfondo, and I can wholeheartedly say they have been some of my favorite bikes to ride. I can only imagine this new model is even better. BMC is doing a bang up job with the color choices and specifications. Both these bikes look gorgeous, and I hope to ride one or both before the end of the year.

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Whispbar

 

 

VW Passat with Whispbar

 

Whispbar is a division of Yakima, specializing in high end solutions for carrying your cargo. I had spied them early on, and was immediately drawn to the sleek design of the different carriers. A little research revealed their design philosophy: to make a simple and easy to use rack that is the quietest on the market.

I’ve used many different rack systems on the roofs of the different VWs I’ve owned, so I went into this knowing the turbulence that can be created by these racks. I reached a point where I no longer opened the sunroof. The crazy amount of noise from the different setups I’ve tried is the unfortunate by-product of wanting to carry my bicycles on the roof of my car, and I am forced to forgo using one of the best features an automobile has to offer.

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