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From the Annals of Improbable Design: The Cardboard Bike Project

There are probably very few cycling ideas that seem more suited for the scrapheap than a cardboard bike. Naysayers told designer Izhar Gafni of Israel to forget about such a dream. He took their incredulous responses and used them as motivation to craft a bike that is strong and durable enough to carry him over city streets and through puddles.

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5 Things to Know: Olympic Cycling

Vinokourov Racing the London Olympic Road RaceVino (third from left) made all the right moves in London. Photo: Greenwich Photography.

The road portion of the Olympic cycling events have wrapped with the conclusion of both the men's and women's time trials. And though results were unsurprising, overall the racing in these 30th Games has been much more compelling than last month's Tour. A few notes:

1. A CLASSIC: Though all the pre-race ballyhoo was about the Brits and supposed shoo-in-winner Mark Cavendish, the men's road race proved a catastrophe for the home team—which was a boon for spectators. Try as they did, Bradley Wiggins' crew of five simply couldn't control this Paris-Roubaix-length epic, and a powerful breakaway made for an engaging finale. Credit to the designers who built a course that allowed for such excitement, as well as to the teams that knew they couldn't beat Cav in a sprint and took the race firmly by the bars (think: Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and the U.S.). In the end, the wily 38-year-old Alexandre Vinokourov made for a surprising and controversial winner, with some disgruntled fans and pundits fixating on his doping past. We say that's sour grapes. Not only did Vino serve his suspension fair and square, but his aggressive racing and two perfectly timed moves show exactly why he's been so successful over the years. We wish more racers had his do-or-die spirit. Bravo!

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'Where the Trail Ends' Full Trailer

Red Bull and Freeride Entertainment have released the full trailer for the freeride mountain-biking movie Where the Trail Ends. In June, the production duo announced they would reveal the 4-minute and 26-second version of the trailer if a 90-second version received one million views. The movie features some of the world's best mountain bikers tackling new lines and performing tricks in countries including China, Nepal, Canada, and Argentina.

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Outdoor Retailer Sneak Peek: Hydrate or Die

Your body is 98 percent water. Keep your cells happy and hydrated with these new water-replenishing packs for cyclists and runners that will debut at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City.

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GEIGERRIG BIKE RIG
Geigerrig
 Hydration Packs made a splash last year with the introduction of their air pressure-powered water pumping hydration pack. Now they have a Gucci underseat bag for bikes with the same tech. The reservoir is in a tool bag that mounts under your seat. The hose runs along your top tube, and the mouthpiece mounts to your handlebars, for the best chance at getting the high-powered stream of water or electrolyte drink into your mouth. Holds 30oz of water and tools or food; $120; geigerrig.com.

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Race the Olympic Road Course

The men's road race is one of the first events following Friday night's Olympic Opening Ceremony, and it presents Great Britain with one of its best chances at a medal. Four of the five racers on the British team racked up a total of seven stage wins at this year's Tour de France, with the squad's biggest hope, Mark Cavendish, notching three of those victories. The final stage of the Tour, in which yellow jersey Wiggins did a monster pull in the closing kilometers to lead out Cavendish for a perfect win, could be a high-profile dress rehearsal for London. The U.S. team—captained by Chris Horner and including Tyler Farrar, Timmy Duggan, Tejay Van Garderen and Taylor Phinney—had their own measures of success at the Tour and will be looking to prevent that from happening with Tyler Farrar.

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