Scattante Stories Giveaway – Eric’s trip to Peru

We’ve already received some great entries in our Scattante Stories Giveaway, but we thought we’d inspire the rest of you proud Scattante riders out there to enter the contest by sharing a story from one of our own. Read on below to hear about Eric’s tale of pisco sours, the Inca Trail, and his Scattante XRL Cross (but don’t worry, Eric can’t win since he works here!)

To learn more about the awesome prize package for our Scattante Stories Giveaway, get the details here.

In 2007 I travelled to Peru with a friend who is from Lima. My trusty Scattante XRL Cross made the trip with me. I arrived in Lima two days before the bike since the airline first sent it to Medellin and then Bogota, which cut into our ride time. We spent a couple of days riding around Lima hitting ceviche restaurants and drinking pisco sours. The traffic in Lima is terrifying and I wouldn’t have attempted it without a local, or the pisco sours! After that we headed out of Lima and into the Andean foothills, where we met an Indian woman and her young daughter selling jewelry made with nuts and seeds from the rain forest. Read more of this post

Google Maps Bicycling Directions

As you may have heard, Google just announced the exciting news that bicycling is now an option on Google Maps!  Just select “Bicycling” when getting directions in Google Maps, or  just choose the “Bicycling” layer under the “More” tab when you are viewing a map (if you simply want to peruse the biking options in an area).

Basically Google has worked with many different sources to include as much data as possible about bike-friendly routes across the country.  When you select biking directions, a route is calculated based on an algorithm that attempts to factor in the specific needs of a cyclist, from utilizing bike trails and lanes to avoiding big hills.  They even give you an estimate of the time the route will take, with a fatigue factor built in!  When you are looking at a map with the biking layer turned on, use this key to decipher the bike-specific features:

  • Dark green indicates a dedicated bike-only trail;
  • Light green indicates a dedicated bike lane along a road;
  • Dashed green indicates roads that are designated as preferred for bicycling, but without dedicated lanes

Of course this feature is only in beta testing right now, so take any information with a grain of salt.  But we’ve been playing around with this feature this morning, and so far we’re pretty impressed.  Below is a map of the area around our headquarters here in Chapel Hill; the bicycling layer does a very good job of capturing bike-only trails and also includes many roads that have bike lanes or are more “bike-friendly” (at least in larger towns):

But there’s still a long way to go with this project, and Google is looking for your support.  Go online and play with the Google biking feature; try out some directions or just browse the map.

Cyclists that you are, you have the information that Google is looking for to refine this service and make it even better and more accurate (when you get biking directions, you’ll also get a prompt to report any problems or suggestions with the route). Let your voice be heard and we can make this feature better for everyone.

As the service improves, we’ll look for ways to incorporate this feature into our website, but let us know what you find while checking out your area.  Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new route to ride this afternoon!

Winter Cross

Some days, you just have to ride. This past weekend, Performance employees David, Chris and Devlin outfitted their Scattante XRL Cross and Scattante Titanium Cross bikes with metal-studded tires (why not) and hit the trails for their “Worst Day of the Year” ride.

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