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The Levi Effect

Still can't wrap your head around all the doping escapades detailed in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's Reasoned Decision? Tonight's nationwide debut of The Levi Effect, a documentary about American cyclist Levi Leipheimer, should lend more insight.

Leipheimer's testimony about his own and Armstrong's use of performance-enhancing drugs, along with similar testimonies of 10 other riders, lay at the heart of USADA's October 10 report. Leipheimer was issued a reduced six-month suspension in exchange for his testimony, a sentence that could see him racing again by March 2013. However, his Omega Pharma Quickstep team subsequently sacked him, leaving Leipheimer in search of a new team if he hopes to continue racing. "I don't want to stop like this," he said.

Armstrong continues to deny all allegations, though the UCI yesterday upheld USADA's decision to strip him of all victories since 1998 and serve him a lifetime ban.

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Lance Armstrong Stripped of 7 Tour de France Titles, Banned for Life by UCI

3838029136_ed07de60a9_bLance Armstrong. Photo: Oddne Rasmussenn/Flickr

The International Cycling Union has accepted the findings in the USADA report on Lance Armstrong and agreed to strip the cyclist of all of his victories since August 1, 1998, and ban him for life. "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling," UCI president Pat McQuaid said, according to the BBC. "He deserves to be forgotten."

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A Compact Headlamp Bright Enough to Bike or Ski With

Solite250 on Climbing Helmet Lighthead Closeup

Whether you’re night riding, hiking, skiing, cooking or just rummaging around your tent, a bright and long-lasting lamp can make a big difference between loving the great outdoors and cursing it.

Light and Motion’s new USB-rechargeable Solite 250 will help you choose the former. The light uses the same battery as your iPhone, which helps keep it working at about 1.7 lumen’s per gram. And, it’s designed to be versatile—use it as a headlamp, flashlight, picnic table light, or bike light. No other light that we’ve tried here at the Gear Shed does such a good job at so many things. In fact, we recently used it during the Lunar Quarry 12, a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. bike race in southern Vermont. It lit up the night and helped our team pedal to victory.

Because the Solite is regulated, the beam of light is bright and consistent across the entire life of the battery. Most lights don’t stay consistently bright through their charge—their brightness degrades rapidly as the battery drains. And riders barely noticed they were wearing it during the Lunar Quarry 12. The next brightest contender had a massive battery to deal with. 

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After Nike Cuts Ties With Armstrong, Other Companies Follow Suit

3516316919_8ed05de838_bNike Lance Armstrong sign. Photo: Bump/Flickr

Bicycling's Joe Lindsey has written two detailed articles on the business of being Lance Armstrong. Right now, business is not good. After Nike dropped Armstrong following his decision to step down as chairman of Livestrong, several other major companies announced plans to sever ties with the cyclist. The other companies that decided to cut ties with Armstrong include Trek, Giro, FRS, Honey Stinger, 24 Hour Fitness, Anheuser-Busch, and Radio Shack.

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Velopresso: A Cleaner Way to Dope

VelopressoVelopresso, the ultimate café cruiser.

With the crush of bad news about EPO and testosterone and blood doping in the last week, we're thrilled to bring you an uplifting story about bikes and everybody's favorite performance-enhancing substance: caffeine.

Amos Reid and Lasse Oiva, design students from London's Royal College of Art, have unveiled a pedal-powered mobile coffee stand that they call the Velopresso. Two Gates Carbon Belt Drives sit at the heart of the cart's drivetrain, which has been modified so that pedaling can both move the cart forward and grind the beans for the espresso. “We conceived this as part of the global renaissance in cycling culture that is being driven by the desire for more sustainable cities and lifestyles,” says Reid. “The urban coffee scene is also converging with cycling, and Velopresso engages directly with these cultures.”

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