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2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC

Power nap.<p>No, you do not want to fall asleep at the wheel of any car, certainly not a 4943-pound, 577-hp sedan with a $140,425 base price. But there we were, almost dozing off in the pilot’s perch of this insanely over-the-top S-class, enjoying a hot-stone massage, perfumed and purified air ($350), …

With Hundreds of Deaths, Feds Launch Investigation of Tires

In the wake of a deadly traffic accident involving a tire that had been recalled and was supposed to be off the road, the National Transportation …

South Carolina Man Killed After Asking Friend to Shoot Him

A rural South Carolina woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after firing a gun at a friend who had allegedly asked her to shoot him, authorities said.<p>Taylor Ann Kelly, 18, allegedly agreed to shoot her friend, 25-year-old Blake Randall Wardell. He had asked her to fire a gun at him …

APOD: Voyager's Neptune (2014 May 15) Composite Image Credit & Copyright: Assembly/Processing - Rolf Olsen, Data - Voyager 2, NASA Planetary Data System http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140515.html Explanation: Cruising through the outer solar system, the Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to Neptune on August 25, 1989, the only spacecraft to visit the most distant gas giant. Based on the images recorded during its close encounter and in the following days, this inspired composited scene covers the dim outer planet, largest moon Triton, and faint system of rings. From just beyond Neptune's orbit, the interplanetary perspective looks back toward the Sun, capturing the planet and Triton as thin sunlit crescents. Cirrus clouds and a dark band circle Neptune's south polar region, with a cloudy vortex above the pole itself. Parts of the very faint ring system along with the three bright ring arcs were first imaged by Voyager during the fly-by, though the faintest segments are modeled in this composited picture. Spanning 7.5 degrees, the background starfield is composed from sky survey data centered on the constellation Camelopardalis, corresponding to the outbound Voyager's view of the magnificent Neptunian system. http://www.rolfolsenastrophotography.com/ http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/ http://pds-rings.seti.org/voyager/iss/raw_images.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140515 #APOD

Can anti-depressants help prevent Alzheimer's disease?

A University of Pennsylvania researcher has discovered that the common selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) citalopram arrested the growth …

Brooklyn Machine Works Park Bike

New York’s enigmatic Brooklyn Machine Works was founded from a larger-than-life punk aesthetic. Established in 1997 by Joe Avedisian and Chris ‘Doc’ Bourdreaux, their frames confused a lot of riders by being built from steel in an aluminum age — even their 67lb Super Trucker downhill bike. The …

August Wheelworks 29er

This Friday heralds the weekend of 2014’s Bespoked Bristol — the UK Handmade Bicycle Show. It’s a grand event, not just for its recent stratospheric rise in popularity, but because it’s a celebration of the craft from a country steeped in a tradition of bicycle engineering. Gavin Buxton will be …

Saffron Frameworks Stainless Road

By the looks of things, the 2014 Bespoked show is going to be the best yet. Lee Valley Velodrome will play host to the best custom framebuilders and purveyors of British cycling culture the United Kingdom has to offer. One of those is Matthew Sowter of Saffron Frameworks, who created this stainless …

De Marchi Kübler and Koblet Jerseys

One of the world’s oldest cycling apparel brands, family-owned De Marchi, continue the tradition they established in the 40s by dressing professional cyclists during their most stylish era. The De Marchi Heritage Store have just released limited edition jerseys of Ferdi Kübler and Hugo Koblet, …

Victoire Cycles CX

Clermont-Ferrand in France is home to the Michelin rubber concern and, more interestingly for us, the fiercely independent and highly innovative Victoire Cycles, a custom workshop who has recently ventured into the cyclocross market.<p>Guilherme Rosa decided to support Victoire by ordering one of the …

Jim Bundy Spirit Road

2013 was a busy year for Wing Lau, a Sydney-based graphic designer: winning the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award for Visual Design & Communications, lauded by numerous creative institutions, all rounded off by a solo show at a local gallery featuring work inspired by cycling trips around Taiwan and …

Argonaut Cycles at Aether Apparel NYC

Ben Farver, the founder of Argonaut Cycles, continues his tour into New York City this Friday night, to talk about the engineering that goes into his custom, US-made carbon fibre road bikes.<p><i>“Argonaut Cycles would like to invite you to an evening of SpaceBikes in NYC. Join us at the Aether Apparel</i> …

Gellie Custom Tandem

With wisdom and experience gleaned from a career that spans working at GM-Holden, Ford & Toyota — troubleshooting engine and car manufacturing, to defending his ’92 Aussie Downhill Mountainbike Championship against John Tomac, it’s no surprise that Ewen Gellie speaks with gravitas. Having built …

Zino Frames Cyclocross

Italians are very passionate about cycling, and just as much about cyclocross, so it’s encouraging to see specific frames being made by up and coming builders. Zino Frames is the workshop of a young craftsman from Turin who is prolifically putting frames under local riders.<p>The 10cento Bike Club is …

Eddy Merckx MX Leader

At the 2014 Sydney Classic Bicycle Show one bike stood saddle and handlebars above the rest, even though it wasn’t part of the concourse d’elegance. Richard Gearing already owns and enjoys a Baum and a Gaulzetti, but like some of us, the attraction of the classic era of steel was irresistible.<p>Rich …

Galtani Cycling Accoutrements

You’ve seen them on the hands of the Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx and most of the world’s most stylish road cyclists. The knitted mesh cycling glove is still one of the most comfortable and functional hand coverings designed for distance riding. Montreal’s Galtani Cycling Accoutrements have …

Klein Attitude Dolomite

You really had to hand it to Gary Klein. He was one of the most innovative entrepreneurs of the modern mountain bike, pioneering aluminium as a viable frame material and thus initiating an evolutionary leap of design and style. Klein Bikes were considered some of the most beautiful of that era and …

Royal H Cycles Chauncey's Rando

With every frame Bryan Hollingsworth builds, he gets closer to the essence of Royal H Cycles. Bryan started RHC five years ago, in 2009, and although his portfolio is extensive, his latest spate of frames have been consistently excellent. This is Chauncey’s randonneur, a prime example of the …

Lundbeck Cycles Continental

Simon Mottram’s and Luke Scheybeler’s Rapha brand has a lot to answer for: making us look at any other brand of kit with disdain, generating scorn amongst those not wearing it and embarrassment for those who are (and vice versa), inspiring us and making us all deeply envious of their Continental …

Thompson Custom Bicycles Randonneur

How times have have changed. The last custom frame by Thompson Custom Cycles featured on Cycle EXIF was back in November 2010, one of our first, when Corey Thompson didn’t have a website because he didn’t need one. I’ll wager he still doesn’t need one, but now he has, and he’s still making glorious …

A-train Cycles Stainless Racer

It would be interesting to hear from riders who have experienced the difference between carbon fibre and steel, especially stainless steel, over long distances. Which is more comfortable for long days in the saddle? Alex Cook of Minneapolis’ A-train Cycles is a proponent of the latter as a …

House Industries for Rapha: TOC Caps

In 2013, House Industries, the legendary design studio and type foundry, undertook the rebranding of Richard Sachs’ famous cyclocross team. The resulting frame graphics and kit turned out to be one of the biggest stories of the year. House Industries is back on the scene, this time collaborating …

Noble Cycles Spirito Libero

The EuroVelo cycle routes, when completed in 2020, will total over 70,000 kilometres of trail, through 42 countries. It’s a series of 14 long distance routes with the longest — EuroVelo 13, the Iron Curtain Trail — extending over 10,400kms. Each route is a potential bucket list ride, one which …

CICLICO SunnyLee

Padua is a city in the north of Italy. Founded in 1183 BC, it claims to be Italy’s oldest city and is the setting for most of the action in Shakespeare’s <i>The Taming of the Shrew</i>. It is also home to Leonardo Ragusa de Vargas Macciucca and Ciclico, his workshop that specialises in restoring classic …

Braun Cycling 'Beauty'

A Classics season in full swing is a vibrant reminder of how cycling is a big part of European sporting life. Well, after football. Having said that, who can name a Dutch custom framebuilder? Not many will come to mind. But here’s one: Herman Braun — who has been supplying frames for professional …

Tommasini Super Prestige

Colour plays a huge part in the work of Will Goodan, a creative director born and raised in LA, but now residing in the electrically colourful city of Tokyo. His studio, Kanzen Lazer, is known for extremely eye-catching still and moving compositions, so it’s ironic that Will himself was drawn to …

Airtight Cycles Möbius

The work produced by students of Koichi Yamaguchi is easily recognised, seemingly, by his one instruction: think outside the triangle. Steel is a malleable material, perfect for building bicycle frames, but it takes a critical mind to create a functional variation on the vernacular. Mathew Amonson …

Sven Cycles x Paniagua

In his tell-all book ‘The Secret Race’, the story of his tenure with Lance Armstrong and the US Postal team, Tyler Hamilton made reference to the Spanish phrase, <i>Pan-Y-Agua</i>. Inside the peloton, “riding paniagua — or ‘Bread and Water’ — described riders who hadn’t doped.<p>What are we to think, then, of …

Review: BOgear Spare Camel

After years of working as a bike courier in Sydney, my spine had conformed to the use of a single-shouldered messenger bag. Now that the majority of my riding is commuting, I use a backpack, but always searched for a pack that combines solid construction with accessibility to its contents. Finally, …

Bishop Bikes Andrew's Road

No matter how you try to pigeonhole someone, the fact remains: everyone is different. Different hairstyles, tastes and body shapes. You may be the same height, but your arms or legs will vary in length. So expecting a cyclist to fit either a small, medium or large frame is a tall order by the big …