IB15: 2016 Norco road, gravel & cyclocross bikes – more disc brakes, more adventure!

first_imgNorco’s road range gains several new disc brake variants – both the Valence and Tactic both get disc brake options for 2016, and the Search gets an alloy option.The biggest news with their skinny tires is the all new Tactic. It’s a completely new frame for 2016, coming in at just 800g for the SLR top model with rim brakes (10% lighter than last year) and 1050g for the SL. Ten percent is a common theme on that model, too – it gets 10% more aero, 10% stiffer and seatstays that are 10% more compliant.Here’s how they did it… The downtube, seat tube and seat stays are all reshaped thru CFD via a third party that’s done aerodynamics projects for other bicycle brands (they wouldn’t say who). Then, with the layup, they were able to achieve the stiffer yet more compliant frame without giving up the race oriented handling.Disc brake frame comes in at 910g and gets thru axles.The 2016 rim brake Tactic switches to direct mount calipers, which are stiffer and stay in proper alignment when the bike gets knocked around. They’re also more powerful and they look better.The Valence disc is more of their endurance road bike so they stuck with standard QR dropouts. They told us the thru axles made the bike a bit too stiff and harsh for all day riding.It’ll fit up to a 32c tire now, thanks to more open stays, but overall compliance was kept similar to the original rim brake versions.Alloy and carbon frame options across the entire spec line except the very lowest price point.Flat mount brakes on the alloy bike, too.It, along with a number of other alloy bikes in their line, use their flip-flop fender mounts. Keep them inward when not needed, flip them out when needed.The Search gets a new alloy version (bottom) that replaces the steel model for 2016.The carbon Threshold cyclocross race bike carries over unchanged save for its new Jester flip flop color scheme.The bike’s painted in two colors, with sections of it mismatched side to side, all the way down to bar tape and cable housing color.Norco.comlast_img read more

Learn from SOPA

first_imgMark Kleinschmidt, Ward 60 councillorI was invited by Social Development MEC Sharna Fernandez to the debate section (day two) of the State of the Province Address (SOPA), held at the Rocklands civic centre in Mitchell’s Plain, convened by the Speaker of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, Masizole Mnqasela, and the Deputy Speaker, Beverley Schäfer, both members of the DA.Hats off to the provincial legislature for hosting the SOPA for the first time outside the Parliament building in Cape Town. Unlike the State of the Nation Address (SONA), the atmosphere was calm and sedate. The debates were civil and condolences in respect of the late 8-year old Tazne van Wyk, were shared by all members of the various parties in the provincial legislature. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker had a few reprimands to resolve and a handful of unparliamentary utterances were made during the sitting. Nothing was said to incense or elicit violent reactions. The National Assembly should take a leaf from the provincial legislature’s management and general ambiance and civility at its meetings.It was history in the making that the SOPA was held for the very first time away from the provincial legislature buildings in the Rocklands civic centre in Mitchell’s Plain. Kudos to the Rocklands Civic Centre which also played host to the launch of the United Democratic Front on 20 August 1983. Although the opposition parties objected to the initiative and choice of venue, the majority of attendees and Mitchell’s Plain residents were extremely enthralled. Hats off to Western Cape Provincial Parliament for hosting a well organised SOPA. We can rest assured that the Western Cape residents are in excellent hands, and can be proud of the very capable Premier Alan Winde and his competent cabinet.We wish Premier Winde and his cabinet well in all their endeavours in ensuring equitable governance in the Western Cape and upholding its mantra of “a better life for all”.last_img read more

DOF Taking Public Comment On Open Burning Regulations

first_imgThey include requirements for burn permits, methods of public notice of burn restrictions and descriptions of when different types of burning devices may be used and inspected during fire season. The statutes were orignally adopted in 1961 and hadn’t been updated since. While the proposed regulations set up a structure for charging fines for burning violations, the purpose of the new regulations is to create a more efficient fire prevention program, according to DOF. Comments can be submitted by mail to Alison Arians, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, at 550 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 1450, Anchorage, AK 99501-3566 or by email to [email protected] Public comments must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 27.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Division of Forestry is taking public comment on proposed changes to its open burning regulations as a result of the passage of House Bill 355 in the Alaska Legislature last year. The new wildland fire regulations were rewritten to comply with the updated wildland fire prevention and enforcement statutes. In a release from DOF, these regulation changes provide detail for a new tiered prevention and enforcement structure.last_img read more

Lea Michele and husband welcome a baby boy

first_imgTibrina Hobson/Getty Images for Family Equality(LOS ANGELES) — Glee alum Lea Michele and husband, entrepreneur Zandy Reich welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Ever Leo, on Thursday, a source tells People magazine.“Everyone’s happy and healthy, and they’re extremely grateful,” says the insider, adding, “[Ever]’s been an easy baby so far.”Michele, 33, and Reich, 37, tied the knot in 2019 after first being romantically linked two years earlier. By George CostantinoCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Championship chase action heats up at Dodge City Raceway Park

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – Just as the summer temperatures continue to intensify, so do the championship points battles at Dodge City Raceway Park.And it will continue on Saturday night, July 14 with another round of action atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas featuring the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Saturday’s racing action will go green at 7:30 p.m.Admission is $15 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  Pit passes are $30.The DCRP Sprint Cars have this weekend off and will return to action on the July 27 Driver Appreciation Night.last_img read more