BMC SLR03 Gets Affordable, GF02 Goes Carbon & New CX01 Cyclocross Bike Jumps In

first_imgIn addition to the new Speedfox mountain bikes, BMC has just unveiled three new skinny tired bikes. There’s something for every budget and style, whether it’s cyclocross, adventure riding or just good ol’ fashioned road riding.For pure pavement, there’s the new entry level (but still carbon) Teammachine SLR03, an affordable way to get the Swiss brand’s racy road bike in a very upgrade worthy package. Three builds will be offered, all on the same 1230g carbon frame (size 54, with hardware). Overall, it’s very similar to the higher end SLR02, but adds an even smaller size 47 to the mix to fit more riders than ever… Also offered are a 105 (left) and Tiagra builds. All come with their full carbon Compliancepost, which works in concert with the TCC frame and fork to improve overall comfort. It comes standard with an 18mm offset, but 3mm and 30mm offset posts are also available. More tech info on TCC is here. Frames use their DTi cable routing, which means it works with both mechanical and electronic groups even though mechanical shifting cables are run externally. All three bikes spec durable Continental Ultra Sport 700×28 tires and have an integrated chain catcher, both of which should help keep you on the road and out of the shop.BMC-Racing.com Further up is the Shimano 105 build. Directly above is the Tiagra (left) and Sora (right) bikes. Pricing TBD.2015 BMC CROSSMACHINE CX01After taking a break from offering a cyclocross bike, BMC returns with the Crossmachine CX01, bringing with it all the frame tech they developed for the GF01 endurance road bike.The CX01 blends their oversized lower half with wispy seatstays and cyclocross geometry to help riders lay down the power without getting beat up over the rough grass patches. It also borrows the layup tech from their SLR road bikes to bring the frame in at just 1,100g (size 54) with all hardware. It’s disc brake only, designed specifically for 140mm rotors on the frame. The fork will handle up to 160mm, but the bikes will be spec’d with 140s all around. Those mini rotors will be grabbed by the new SRAM Force CX1 Hydro group, which means a 1×11 drivetrain. (Editor’s note: Actual spec is the all new FORCE CX-1 Hyrdo lever. This group was not available at the time that BMC took the photos, they had to substitute to get photos out with the release of the bike.) Wheels are DT Swiss R23 Spline, tires are Continental Cyclo X King 700x35c. Cockpit uses their carbon Compliancepost with BMC bar and stem, too. A Fizik Arione saddle rounds it out. Claimed bike weight is 7.7kg (16.98 lb).The frameset, which includes the hardware, fork and seatpost, comes in at a claimed 1,540g (3.4 lb).Five sizes will be offered when they come available later this year, hopefully just in time for ‘cross season. Unless you’re in Florida.2015 BMC GRANFONDO GF02 CARBON Not quite sure if you wanna ride off road or on? The Granfondo is a great bike for testing the waters on less than ideal pavement and country roads with no pavement (we reviewed the original GF01 here). Originally launched as an alloy bike beneath the top end carbon GF01, the 2015 model becomes a carbon fiber bike, too. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get a disc brake option out of the gate, you’ll have to pony up for the GFo1 Disc introduced at Eurobike last year for that.The top model is the GF01 Ultegra, shown above. The key difference is in the layup, which results in heavier bikes as you move up the price range:SLR01: frame 790g / frameset 1,360gSLR02: frame 970g / frameset 1,530gSLR03: frame 1,230g / frameset 1,860gEven at the bottom, though, you’re still getting their TCC (Tuned Compliance Concept) layup and design, which helps smooth the ride and soak up vibrations. It’s even UCI approved should you get into it enough to start racing.It’s available in five sizes (47, 51, 54, 57 and 60cm) with the new smallest 47cm size aimed at riders below 164cm tall. The 47cm frame is actually about 30mm shorter than the SLR02’s 48cm size.last_img read more

Vermont-NEA: School reopening must be guided by health and safety

first_imgEducator, Parent Voices Essential to Any Resumption of In-Person InstructionVermont Business Magazine In the wake of the governor’s announcement that schools will reopen in the fall, educators and parents must have a lead role in hashing out the complex details required for a safe and effective resumption of in-person instruction, according to the state’s largest union.“Nobody wants to be back in school more than the educators of Vermont,” said Don Tinney, a high school English teacher who serves as the elected president of the 13,000-member Vermont-NEA. “We understand the economic and political pressure to reopen our schools, but we have to make sure the decision is made with the best, most up-to-date public health science.  For schools to reopen, they must be safe for students, parents, and educators.”As school reopenings happen slowly in other countries, it is clear that doing so safely and effectively takes the collaboration of many. Educators, parents, administrators, and health experts must work together to map out a statewide plan to reopen schools. The array of factors that must be considered to safely resume in-person instruction is enormous and requires a tremendous amount of work to ensure a safe and effective environment for students, parents, and educators.“It is unfortunate that Gov. Phil Scott and Education Secretary Dan French chose to make this announcement before the real hard work of planning and preparation has been completed,” Tinney said. “We have one chance to get this right, and to get it right takes time. Again, there is no place where educators would rather be than in school, teaching and caring for students. But without concrete, health- and science-based protocols that must be followed by every school district, today’s announcement adds even more pressure to folks doing this critical planning.”Tinney said that the union has assembled a task force of educators to begin exploring how to safely and effectively return to in-person instruction. A preliminary summary of what educators see as imperative to reopening will be released tomorrow.“Our message is simple: we want schools to reopen,” Tinney said. “But only after the hard work with all stakeholders – parents, educators, and health experts – can we realistically and safely ask our students and educators to resume in-person instruction.”Source: MONTPELIER – Vermont-NEA 6.10.2020last_img read more

BCC Approves Affordable Housing Projects in Palm Beach

first_imgPalm Beach County Commissioners PALM BEACH COUNTY – In its continuing commitment to provide more affordable housing opportunities throughout Palm Beach County, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) recently approved several important funding requests.The board approved five HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) awards to assist in the development of affordable housing totaling $2.55 million, leveraging $85.6 million in other funding and resulting in 310 affordable units. The projects include:1) $550,000 to HTG Banyan, LCC to build Flagler Station, a 94-unit multifamily rental project located at 951 Banyan Blvd. in West Palm Beach;2) $1 million to McCurdy Senior Housing Corp. to construct Quiet Meadows, a 132-unit senior and disabled multifamily rental project located on 10th Street in Belle Glade;3) $500,000 to HTG Heron Estates Family, LLC to build a 79-unit townhome-style rental project at 2003 W. 17th Court in Riviera Beach;4) $185,000 to the Community Land Trust of Palm Beach County, Inc. to build two single-family homes on Dale Road in Palm Springs;5) $315,672 to Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, Inc. and Habitat Housing Solutions, Inc. to construct three single-family homes in Pahokee and Belle Glade.All HOME-assisted housing units will be made available to buyers and renters with household incomes no greater than 80 percent of area median income (AMI). Additionally, 20 percent of HOME-assisted multifamily units will be made available to households with incomes no greater than 50 percent of AMI. Currently, the area median family income in Palm Beach County is $75,400.In addition, the BCC approved the issuance of $17.5 million in Housing Finance Authority revenue bonds for El Cid Apartments for the renovation and construction of 72 units that will serve incomes of no greater than 60 percent of AMI. Commissioners also approved revised guidelines for the Impact Fee Affordable Housing Assistance Program (IFAHAP).This program makes impact fee interest earnings available to developers to offset the impact fees they are required to pay on new housing construction. In return, developers accept restrictions that ensure affordability to households with incomes no greater than 140 percent of AMI.last_img read more

City Women To Host Family Fun Day

first_imgCome down and enjoy the activities put on by Bristol City Women ahead of their match against Durham on Saturday, September 24th (KO 4:30pm).There will be inflatables, face painting, cakes sales and more on offer at SGS WISE with the event running from 2-4pm.Entry to the event is free, although there may be costs for some of the activities.Children and adults of all ages are welcome, so come along and get involved.Don’t forget to wear your club shirt for half-price entry to the game.Tickets from the game start from just £1!For more information please contact [email protected] must be supervised at all times.last_img read more

Dura claim Kauka volleyball title

first_imgVolleyball BY KILA NAO A quick change of tactics by Dura Mangis paved the way for them to edge Laimatana 3 sets to 2 to win in the Kauka Volleyball Association men’s grand final at Kira Kira village on Saturday. However, it was a disastrous start for Dura Mangis players, who were threatened by the family of their former team manager not to take the court. A lot of abusive words were used between the latter and the new team managers that prolonged the game starting time to almost an hour. A quick intervention from Kauka president Hari Rabura and village councillor Arutu Bake cooled off the situation between the two parties and negotiated for understanding for the love of the sport and village people to enjoy. The match started in exciting fashion and despite the incident it never seemed to have much effect on the Dura players as they stood tall to claim the first set (25-22). However, their win came a long way after they were down in the second and thirds sets (19-25 and 23-25) with Laimatana’s Daure Lohia Jr, Greg Baeau, Hoge Saka, Kipling Doriga, Tom Simon and Scott Yavana who fired hot spikes from the superb fingers of Hiri Hiri (setter). But a good master of piece by Dura coach Momo Momo Jr paid off when he used Donald Tanu in the fourth set to change the sequence of the game. Outstanding setter of the match Kevin Laho made sure that the hitters were fed with accurate sets for Eka Solomon, Oiler Tore, Max Aisi, Dinau Posava, David Hapea and Tanu who put away and distract the opposition’s play style. Dura wasted no time at taking the advantage of pouring spike after spike and put tight defensive blocks that did not allow the opponents from spiking the ball. They easily cruised along with an 8-4 lead at the change of ends and went on to seal the game with a convincing 15-4 points to claim the trophy and K400 cash prize money. Dura’s Eka Solomon walked away with the most improved player (MVP) following a similar award he received during the recently held National Junior championship grand final in Port Moresby. The best setter’s award went to Dura’s Kevin Laho while Daure Lohia received the best spiker’s award. Laimatana veteran setter Gumagae Doriga retired with receiving an honorary award for been the oldest player in the competition.last_img read more

Souhan; Vikings Add a Receiver and Lineman [PODCAST]

first_img About Connatix V56490 Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred indicated that he is still hoping to get the MLB season started in May.  Jim Souhan doesn’t think that is possible and feels players will need 3 to 4 weeks of practice to be ready to begin the season.Quarterbacks Cam Newton and Jameis Winston are available on the open market in the NFL.  Jim thinks either one would be a great backup for the Vikings.Enter your number to get our free mobile app 720p HD 1080p HD Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Auto (360p)center_img 1/1 About Connatix V56490 360p The Vikings agreed to sign a pair of free agents… receiver Tajae Sharpe and defensive lineman Anthony Zettel.  Both get 1-year contracts.  Star Tribune Sports Columnist Jim Souhan expects both players to offer depth.  He says Sharpe is likely behind Bisi Johnson on the depth chart and he expects the Vikings to draft a receiver in the 1st or 2nd round next month.  Zettel will be playing on his 5th team in 5 years. last_img read more