First Date’s Eric Ankrim Steps in for Zachary Levi During Comic-Con…and Raps About It!

first_img First Date Star Files Krysta Rodriguez Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2014 Related Showscenter_img Zachary Levi View Comments Please be advised that Zachary Levi will not appear at this performance! The Chuck star made his Broadway debut last week in the hilarious new musical comedy First Date, but due to a prior commitment at Comic-Con in San Diego (in support of his group Nerd Machine), Levi will step out of the show for the week of July 16-21. Standby Eric Ankrim will take over the role of Aaron, and it’s a perfect match since Ankrim originated the role in First Date’s premiere run in Seattle last year. In the wickedly funny video below, Ankrim enlists the help of Levi, Krysta Rodriguez and the rest of the cast (as well as producer Kenny Alhadeff) to announce the news—in rap form, of course. Check out the Broadway.com exclusive, and check out Ankrim’s Broadway bow in the not-to-be-missed musical First Date while Levi gets back in touch with his geek roots at Comic-Con. (He’ll be back July 23.)last_img read more

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Recreation

first_imgOUTDOOR RECREATIONHunting, Fishing and Wood YardFTIG offers a variety of game species for the hunter, including deer, turkey, bear, spring gobbler and small game. Open seasons are in conjunction with Pennsylvania Game Commission dates. For more information on hunting in Pennsylvania, visit www.pgc.state.pa.us.Sportsmen will enjoy fishing for trout, bass and other fish in the stocked streams and lakes of Fort Indiantown Gap. The seasons are the same as Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission’s seasons. For more information, you can visit their website at www.fish.state.pa.us or call 877-707-4085.Hunting and fishing on the installation are open to the public; however, training priorities for the armed forces take precedence, and this may result in certain areas being closed. Call the information line to find out which areas are open.The wood yard is open by appointment only. The logs are precut in 8- to 10-foot lengths and customers are responsible for cutting and loading their own firewood at their own risk.In addition to Pennsylvania game laws, Fort Indiantown Gap is subject to FTIG Regulation 215-2 Morale, Welfare and Recreation: Hunting, Fishing, Wood Gathering and Outdoor Recreation in the Training Areas, which outlines all mandates. Copies are available at FTIG Range Operations.All participants MUST attend a safety briefing offered four to six times a year and pay the applicable access fee. Safety make-up briefs are granted for deployed Soldiers.No horseback riding, boating, ATVs or snowmobiles are permitted on post.Call for information on hunting and safety classes 717-861-2806Call for recorded information on what areas are open 717-861-2100Information about the wood yard 717-861-2672Visit http://ftig.png.pa.gov for extensive information regarding fishing and hunting at Fort Indiantown Gap.Picnic Areas and EquipmentEnjoy a unit event or family barbecue at one of our 12 picnic pavilions scattered in scenic areas across post, including Marquette Lake and poolside. Each pavilion can comfortably seat about 50 people. Most pavilions have electricity, grills, volleyball courts and horseshoes. All are available for a small fee.If you are hosting a larger group, Area 12 has four closely located pavilions that may be rented together, allowing for groups up to 300. Rental equipment including a super-cooker (serves 300), 7-foot grills (serves 125) and canopies are available.If you wish to serve alcohol at your outdoor event, a waiver must be submitted to the post commander prior to the event.Call 717-861-2711RECREATIONLeisure Travel Services (LTS)Building 9-65 (inside Community Club)See a show in NYC, go whitewater rafting or ride some coasters — leisure travel can get you there. LTS is the one place to go to take care of all your travel needs. LTS sells discount tickets to a variety of local, regional and national attractions. LTS also offers travel packages, including bus tours departing from Fort Indiantown Gap to exciting locations.Summer (April to September): 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through SaturdayWinter (October to March): 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Friday through SaturdayCall 717-245-4048/3309(FTIG during business hours) 717-861-3994Visit: www.carlislemwr.com/travel-lodging/leisure-travel-servicesVisit: www.gapmwr.com/recreation-travel/leisure-travel-servicesCommunity PoolBuilding 4-128(Intersection of Blair Road and Anderson Road)Cool off after a day of training or bring the kids to enjoy a day swimming at the 25-meter pool, with water slide, concession stand and locker rooms. Chaise lounges are located poolside. A playground is adjacent to the pool with pavilions available for rental.Rates: Military active and retired $4, federal and state employees $5, all others $6. Children under 5 are free. Season and family passes are available.Open June through August only.11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. dailyCall — Pool 717-861-2656Call — Concession Stand 717-861-2994Call — Out of season 717-861-2711last_img read more

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Self-Employment

first_imgWashington State Small Business Development CenterThe Washington State Small Business Development Center offers small business resources for those looking to start a business. Visit http://wsbdc.org for more information.BusinessUSAwww.business.usa.govBusinessUSA is a one-stop platform for small businesses to get the services they need to make good hires and to grow. The service now offers personalized information and links on how to start a business, obtain financing, look into exporting, expand, find opportunities, learn about health care changes, be aware of taxes and credits, get help with hires, and ferret out regulations and green opportunities. BusinessUSA is especially interested in increasing ownership among veterans, women, the socially and economically disadvantaged, Native Americans and Alaska Natives.last_img read more

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Review: HED Vanquish carbon aero road bike wheels quickly handle any road

first_imgI also really like the appearance and finish. While it’d be nice to have the option for black logos (these are applied in such a way that they’re really not removable, according to HED), at least the lines are small. The custom printed alloy valve stem is also a nice touch, particularly since the logo will always line up facing out. They’re also long, so inflating the tires is easy.HED says these are perfectly suitable for gravel and cyclocross, too. Which makes me think, as their freshman effort at a full carbon clincher perhaps they overbuilt them slightly just to err on the safe side. The only minor “complaint” I had is that they don’t feel as sprightly on a sprint, which could also be because of the 300g rubber wrapped around each rim, too. But it would be interesting to see what they could do if a lightweight climber’s wheelset were the goal.That said, the wheels never felt slow or sluggish, and once you’re cruising, they just keep cruising. I’m really enjoying them. And if you’re only wanting to pop for one really expensive high end wheelset that’ll cover all your fast drop bar bikes, the HED Vanquish 4 are worth a look.HEDcycling.com Here’s where HED should put a little more marketing effort, because the hubs are really good, too.They say their testing shows they have the lowest drag of any of major, high-end hub brands they tested against. How? They use oversized stainless EZO bearings with stainless races. Larger ball diameters mean they roll smoother and with less friction. As such, HED doesn’t put ceramic bearings in these (or any of their wheels).They also use a solid axle, which means it’s the axle itself sitting in your dropouts, not press-on end caps. That eliminates two spots where flex can enter the system. The design also means no need for pre-load, so they use flat-race bearings instead of angular contact bearings (which allow for a small amount of lateral movement). Once you thread the axle together, it pulls everything tight, with no side to side play, but also no friction.This does mean it’s a tooled job to swap axles if you need to change between 12mm and quick release on the rear. Up front, you can swap between 12mm and quick release. If you need to bump up to a 15mm thru axle, you’ll need to replace the bearings, too, since the ID of the bearings (and OD of the axle) are different.They use a five-pawl system with a 45-tooth ratchet ring for 8º engagement. Wheels are built with 24 Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes, alloy nipples, and a custom printed alloy valve stem with their logo on it.Why upgrade from the Vanquish GP?The newer (and less expensive) Vanquish GP rims use the same mold and layup process, but with a less expensive carbon fiber. The top end Vanquish rims come in anywhere from 50-70g lighter per rim (V4GP is 487g, V6GP is 513g, claimed). And the GP uses a lower end hub (four pawls, 27 ratchets, 13º engagement) and Sapim Race spokes. And it only comes in 40 and 60 depths.HED Vanquish 4 actual weightOn our scale, our Centerlock-mount wheels came in at 700g (front) and 820g (rear), for a total of 1,520g. That’s all in, ready to ride with tape, valve stems and 12mm thru axle setup front and rear.The Ride ReviewHED’s Vanquish 4 performed really well for me, as any good carbon road bike wheels should when you’re up in the $2,400 wheelset price range. But two things stood out to me: First, they’re really quiet. Even with larger 28mm wide tires, they slipped through the air almost perfectly silently. To me, that suggests their aerodynamic claims are valid, because turbulence can be loud. Bolstering that is how they felt riding, like they were just gliding along. It’s all very subjective until you get into the wind tunnel, but the lack of wind noise coming from the wheels was refreshing.Second is how they handled. Turns were crisp, whether it was a long sweeper, a fast corner, or slaloming dashed street lines. The wheels stayed on track and came in and out of turns in a stable, predictable manner. I chalk this up to the hubs’ solid foundation but of course the entire build plays a role here. When the new HED Vanquish 6 wheels came out, they were the first full carbon clincher rim from the U.S. brand. Until then, they’d used an alloy rim bed and brake track for improved heat management and durability. But with the mass movement to disc brakes, this opened up opportunities to do something different. Since then, they’ve added two more depths and a more affordable GP version. Here, we’re testing the higher end Vanquish 4…HED Vanquish 4 specs & actual weightsMost of HED’s chatter about the Vanquish tubeless carbon clinchers was about the rims, which is understandable since they are their first full carbon offering. But as we dug into it, there’s a lot more to the story that makes these a killer wheelset.But as a quick recap, HED says the rim’s profile in all three depths (4, 6 and 8) are the most well-rounded aero design because they’re (for all practical purposes) equally aero with any normal sized road bike tire up to a 700×28. Indeed, that’s what we’re testing it with, the new Specialized RapidAir Turbo tires.The rims measured 21.5mm internal (21mm claimed), 30mm external, and 41mm tall with our calipers. They come pre-taped for tubeless with custom valve stems preinstalled. I used the Specialized RapidAir sealant and both seated with the Topeak booster floor pump at full blast, plus a little extra pumping and wiggling to get the sealant into place. Since then, they’ve held air remarkably well.Rim weight is claimed at 428g for these 40mm deep rims. The 60 and 80 come in at 479g and 564g, respectively.What about the hubs?last_img read more

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Donhou Tips The Hat To Mondrian and Hinault

first_imgThis custom frameset (Donhou’s forte) employes Columbus XCr tubing, a handcarved seat tube sleeve, stainless badges, and a 44mm head tube.The paint is at the request of a customer who wished to pay tribute to his hero Bernard Hinault. The colors reflect Dutch painter Piet Mondrian whose work, Composition A, inspired the colors and design of Hinault’s team La Vie Claire; all five of Hinault’s Tour winning years have been worked into the design.All Donhou’s work is done in-house at their Hackney, London shop. For your viewing pleasure — brought to you from the folks who hit 102mph on a bike — Donhou Bicycles fabricates the stuff dreams are made of. More silky welds and pearl paint after the break…last_img read more

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FSA Updates & Adds to Gravity, Road, Tri & Cyclocross Lines – Sweet New…

first_imgAt the hub, they have a preload adjustment, ceramic bearing and a bit wider spoke placement. Newland says even the hub aerodynamics have improved. He didn’t expand on that, but it’s possibly by facing the preload bolts toward the rear of the bike, giving it a bit of a teardrop shape on the ends.It’ll start shipping in June or July for just under $2,000. Weight is targeted at 1,590g, but it could get lighter for final production.K-Force Carbon cantilever cyclocross brakes are finally shipping and available. Price is $299 and weight is 250g (claimed).Gravity Light parts get a new Ice Grey color for most parts, including the massive 800mm wide bar, stems, post and cranks.New lock on grips come in five colors. They’re thin with tapered flared edges. Lock rings are color matched to the grip. They’ll retail for $25 and weigh in at 114g/pair.New Orbit Option adjustable angle headset. Difference from AngleSet is that the gimble is integrated into the top bearing rather than placing the bearing inside a rounded cup. It retails for $199.99 and is available now. Three versions to fit 1-1/8″ straight and tapered headtubes. All of them have a very low profile zero stack design. Weights range from about 95g to 108g. Each comes with three cups to adjust the angle 0.5°, 1.0° and 1.5° forward or backward.Energy Line gets new graphics across the range.Not shown, the internally geared Patterson Drive cranks now have a belt drive adapter, and it’ll now come in black to match the black Metropolis handlebar. FSA was showing new or updated items across all of its various lines: Metron, Gravity, Energy and K-Force Light, covering the gamut of disciplines.Metron 81 is a new aerodynamic hollow carbon monocoque tubular rim. Their wheels have been tested by Team Katusha for a couple of years, proven through the spring classics and the rest of the season. Fletch Newland, FSA marketing manager, says the new Metron 81 takes them into the top rungs of road wheels. The aerodynamic profile takes the entire 81mm depth and examined it in segments to optimize the overall profile. They went thru 100 different designs and 600 hours of testing before finalizing it.It has a 3K weave at the brake track and nipple bed to improve strength.last_img read more

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Paul Components Rasta quick release skewers celebrate Grounation Day, or just 420

first_imgMaterial: Stainless Steel & 7075 AluminumWeight:100mm: 50 grams130/135mm: 63 grams170mm: 68 grams190mm: 72 grams Anodized Color: Red, Silver, And BlueCam: InternalMSRP: $55PaulComp.com Regardless of whether you simply like 4:20 (because these are announced on 4/20), or you don’t see this until the morning of April 21, it’s all good. Stoners like the former, true Rastafari celebrate the latter. And if you’re still rockin’ quick release skewers, you can now celebrate something we haven’t seen much of since the category defining Salsa skewers took on the red, green and yellow hues many years ago.These, from Paul Components, revive the vibe with their modern cammed design. Specs and another pic below…last_img read more

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Campagnolo Super Record RS Gets Official, Brings Improved Shifting (UPDATED)

first_imgWe’ve spotted prototypes on team bikes and pre-release parts on Colnagos and could barely tell they were different save for logos. Even Campy admits most of the changes incorporated into the new Super Record RS group will be hard to see, and in reality only two parts see physical changes. But, they say it brings the top end mechanical group’s performance to a new level.Designed for top pros, several angles and shapes were tweaked, primarily on the chainrings and front derailleur. For the chainrings, tooth shapes and ramp profiles were fine tuned to enable crisper shifts and better chain retention. The front derailleur was then modified to be stiffer and move the chain better between rings.The rest of the group carries over with nothing but special edition tri-colore Italian racing inspired graphics. Oh, and the whole thing’s only available in limited numbers… The front derailleur is all metal, eschewing the carbon parallelograms and outer chain plate. Other parts are standard Super Record bits with new clothes.The tweaked models will have the SC14 code stamped on them. They used this during early season race testing when the parts had normal graphics on them so team mechanics could tell them apart.The cranksets will be available in 53/39, 52/36 and 50/34 configurations. They’ll come spec’d on some complete bikes and be available aftermarket in limited numbers and only for a limited time.UPDATE: Only 2,000 groups will be made available, shipping in April 2014. Pricing is same as Super Record, and it’s in standard Ultra Torque only, not the BB30 Over Torque. This is the group we spotted on the team bikes, so for now it doesn’t look like there’ll be a separate “SL” version.Campagnolo.comlast_img read more

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Easton Drops New EA50 Budget Road Components, EA70 UST MTB Wheels, More

first_imgPerhaps as a sign of these economic times, or just an attempt to reach new markets for “budget” upgraders, Easton has introduced new pricepoint EA50 road components. The stem uses a less-severely grooved TopLock stem cap than the EA70/90 stems, but it’s designed on the same principle. Prices should be around $40 to $50 each. Specs are:post 310g (350mm length; 27.2, 30.9, 31.6 diameters; 10mm setback)stem 190gbar 300g 38/40/42/44/46 75mm reach 130mm dropThere’s also a new 26″ UST wheelset that melds the features from two existing models to create a performance/budget offering for the dirt crowd… The EA50 parts could also make a decent choice for riders building up a second bike just for fun.The new EA70 XCT UST wheelset combines the EA90 rim with the EA70 hubs for a lower coat, high end tubeless wheelset. Only available in a blacked out colorway in both 26″ and 29er at 1620g and 1745g respectively. Rim widths are 19mm inner/24mm outer widths and all are 24 spokes with 3-cross lacing.All current axle standards are offered except 150 rears. you can swap axles on them but it involves bearing removal and lots of tools, so they don’t really promote them as being interchangeable. Order what you need. Pricing TBD, claimed weight is 1620g.For the non-budget conscious among us, there’s the new-ish EC90 SL carbon stem. Coming in at just 110g for the 100mm, it’s grooved and curved to be very, very stiff. Easton says you could run it on an XC mountain bike.last_img read more

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IB13: Just the Essentials – POC’s AVIP Road Clothing Line, New MTB Gear, Glasses,…

first_imgThese prototype shades were on hand which represent their entry into the interchangeable and vented lens category. There will be two different models – the DO Blade (bottom) and the DO Flow (top). The Blade features a single vented lens that is interchangeable and optimized for the road along with a dedicated sports frame with hydrophilic rubber temples and nose piece.  The Flow on the other hand is optimize for mountain biking and also offers hydrophilic rubber inserts and nose piece but lacks the interchangeability of the Blade. Look closely and you can see me struggling to take photos with my bionic arm brace.New on the pack side of things is the VPD 2.0 Spine Pack 15. A shorter pack that offers the integrated back protection of VPD 2.0, the trail specific 15 liter back pack is fully adjustable with a ton of features to keep you safe and prepared on the trail. The helmet pouch is built in and stow-able and while the pack doesn’t include a hydration pack, it is fully compatible with bi-directional hose routing.Finally, POC has had some incredibly rad custom AVIP Cervelos built including  this P5 and an Rca they had at the launch. No expense was spared, and best of all they are auctioning the bikes off with all proceeds going to support research in spinal injury rehabilitation. To keep up to date on the auction, head over to their site and sign up. Marking POC’s entry into a more “shoulder season” glove for mountain biking, the new Index Windbreaker glove offers a windproof fabric on the back of the hand along with a neoprene cuff on the palm side. The gloves are gusseted around the grip and are touch screen compatible. There is even a 100% Silk scarf and Essential cap modeled here by POC’s Peter Appleton.Getting away from the attention grabbing colors of the AVIP line, blue certainly seems to be the “it” color for the season in mountain bike apparel from POC.New this year on the mountain side of things are the Trail Light Zip Tee and Trail Vent Shorts (there’s now a Trail WO short for women as well). The Trail Light Zip Tee comes in men’s and women’s and in multiple colors – for men it’s Boron Blue (pictured), Thulium Blue (the blue on the shorts), and Sulfur Pink. The 100% Polyester jerseys use a full front zip, have a chest and three rear pockets, and are treated with Polygiene anti-odor to keep them fresh.The jerseys will pair well with the new Trail Vent short which is made form 2 way stretch fabric and have massive vents on the side of each leg. The shorts have two pockets up top with one zippered for stashing your stuff and are offered in 28″-38″ sizes in even intervals.The blue continues over into helmets with Martin Söderström’s new signature Crane helmet featuring his beloved wiener dog. There is also a new POCito Crane helmet that offers a light weight skate style helmet for kids. Just over 4 years ago, POC was relatively unknown name in the world of mountain biking. After tweaking a downhill skiing helmet for downhill mountain biking, POC began a fairly meteoric rise to the forefront of mountain – and now road clothing and protection. The big news recently was their entry into the completely different world of road biking with the AVIP line and Octal helmet. Still decidedly Swedish in their design, the brains at POC set out to incorporate four things into the road line – Attention, Visibility, Interaction, and Protection, all while offering high performance gear worthy of the pro tour.Check out the full AVIP road clothing line, the new Octal Aero, and new products for the dirt as well, next! When we brought to you the launch of the new POC Octal helmet from Aspen, the Aero version of the Octal wasn’t quite ready for its photo debut. These are still early prototypes, but they get the point across.Essentially the body of the Octal with a fully wrapped unibody aero shell, the Octal Aero uses the shell as a monocoque to offer the neccesary safety while keeping the wight as low as possible (215g). Since the helmet is basically just the standard Octal with an aerodynamic advantage, it should be every bit as good as the Octal – which is currently the favorite helmet in my garage. The fact that the shell is built in means if POC were to sponsor a pro tour team, they would be able to use the Octal Aero per UCI regulations. In addition to the orange, the helmet is available in Hellium White and a color called Garminum Blue…In addition to the Octal helmet, the AVIP line includes a nearly full line of clothing built to be a layering system. Considering it is their first attempt at road kit, the products appear to be pretty impressive based on looks alone. Ride tests will come soon enough.Jerseys come in 3 flavors – the Essential Jersey SS, Essential WO Jersey SS, and the Essential Jersey LS. Each jersey whether long sleeve or short sleeve is made from 4 way stretch fabric, with mesh underarms for breathability, and glued/seamless cuffs for comfort. The back of the jerseys offer a 3 pocket design with a specifically crafted My Info pocket – something that carries through the line. My Info pockets are a labeled pocket for storage of your personal information and cell phone in a clearly labeled pocket that is easy for first responders to find, should you ever need it (hopefully not).At the bottom left is the Essential Spring Jacket – think of it as a heavier long sleeve jersey with a windproof front and brushed inner fabric for warmth. The Spring Jacket also offers three pockets along with the My Info pocket.Offered in men’s and women’s the Essential Bib shorts offer unique seamless chamois for each sex with triple density foam in 4-12mm heights to provide proper support to the Ischial and Perineal regions. The shorts themselves are built from a warp knitted stretch fabric for compression and comfortable grippers on the leg. Like all the logos in the AVIP line, they and the tabs on the side of the shorts are reflective for more visibility.If it’s windy or chilly but not pouring rain, the Essential LT. Wind Vest and Jacket offer shelter from the elements in an extremely light package (57g and 78g). Each are breathable and DWR treated for 500mm water resistance and have mesh underarms for breathability. Each piece is see through to let your team colors show through, but the jacket offers fluorescent orange wrists for additional visibility. There is also an Essential Wind Vest made from 4 way stretch fabric for days where the additional warmth will be needed.When it’s really wet, don the Essential rain jacket which uses a 3 layer laminated, DWR treated fabric with fully taped seams, waterproof zippers, and velcro wrist closures for breathable waterprooting at 10,000mm. The armpits feature laser cut ventilation holes for extra venting and the back also features a zip My Info pocket at the back. No complaining about black jackets here – the Essential rain jacket will stick out like a sore thumb, which is the point.Of course you can’t have a road kit without all the matching accessories. The AVIP philosophy continues through the accessories with attention grabbing pops of color and thoughtful design to keep you comfortable and focused no matter the conditions.last_img read more

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