Super.natural’s Technical Base Layers Blend Fashion and Function

Climbing in supernatural's synthetic blend hoodie and t-shirt

For cooler days, riding in good quality base layers is a must. As a budget conscious rider, my previous cold weather tactic was layering a jersey or two inside a windbreaker. It was tolerable but not an ideal system, and now that my wardrobe includes some synthetic/merino wool technical garments I’m much more comfortable from start to finish on those cold rides.

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to test out super.natural’s synthetic blend Essential Full-Zip 220 hooded sweatshirt and Striped Sport 175 t-shirt. I’ve been quite pleased with both, particularly the hoodie which seems to come out on almost every ride these days…

Salsa Cycles Introduces Latest Titanium Vaya XO Any Road Bike


For 2016, Salsa adds a new version of their flagship bike of Vaya Line – The Vaya Ti. This isn’t the first time the Vaya has come in the Ti flavor, but the latest edition combines Salsa’s extensive gravel, road, and dirt experience into a new all-road package. Featuring the known riding qualities of titanium and a roomy 47mm for tires sans fenders, this is a bike that can explore any road, anywhere. The Vaya Ti is ideal as a light touring machine, optimized for fit with Salsa drop bars, ensuring stable handling with a light load. Available in six sizes from 49.5cm to 59cm, there is a Vaya Ti for everyone! READ MORE ->

SOC15: Closeup look at new Turner Burner, Sultan 27.5+ and Cyclosys cyclocross bike

2016 Turner Cyclosys alloy cyclocross and gravel bike

Just before Sea Otter, Turner Bikes teased three new models with limited details: The all-new Cyclosys cyclocross bike, a completely redesigned Burner and a Sultan with 27.5+ tires replacing its standard 29er rubber. Here’s the complete story on the new bikes…

“I’m buried in cross all fall,” Dave Turner said. “I love it. I race it all winter long. But I don’t think you need a twitchey handling race bike. And I think most ‘cross bikes end up seeing a lot of other uses the rest of the year, whether for commuting or just regular old riding. And I don’t think most people need a true gravel bike either, most of those look like a 1982 Fisher or Ritchey mountain bike. Unless you’re racing the Dirty Kanza or riding gravel across an entire state, something like the Cyclosys is plenty stable with the right kind of tires. I’ve tried to split the difference.”


SOC15: Kenda adds new sizes, ship dates for Nexcavator and ultralight Saber


Kenda unveiled the Saber XC racing mountain bike tire at the Taipei Cycle Show, and now we’ve got a little more info on the casings on these ultralight treads.

It’ll come in 2.0 and 2.20 widths for both 29″ and 27.5″, shipping this fall. The more durable casing option is the SCT (sealant compatible), which they say will be just under 500g for the 29×2.0.

About 100g lighter than the SCT is the Tubeless Race, which uses a tubeless bead but without the extra sidewall density to be lighter. The trade off is it initially requires more sealant to set up.

Need something bigger and beefier? The enduro-ready Nexcavator will soon have a number of 27.5 x 2.4 options…


Microsoft Band fitness tracker adds Strava, MapMyRide integration

microsoft band adds strava and mapmyride integration to fitness tracking wristband

Microsoft’s Band fitness tracking wearable has just added support for Strava and MapMyRide, letting you send your ride data to the sporty social site of your choice.

They introduced the Cycling Tile (similar to an app) in February, which lets you start and stop a ride, name the ride and capture things like speed, heart rate, distance, route and elevation. If you’re using it indoors on a trainer, GPS can be turned off to save battery life and just capture your physical metrics. Once the ride’s stopped, you can simply upload the info to Strava or MapMyRide.

Other updates to the band focus on health, offering comparative insights of your fitness and activity level compared to other users, VO2 Max estimation, sleep recovery and more.


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Allow Mountain Bikes in the Wilderness Study – Voice your opinion – 100,000 Signatures are needed by May 18th so visit to ask President Obama and the Forest Service to leave these remote areas open to mountain bikes. Do it!
  • 30-Year Old Bike Virgin – Safety concerns and access to a working bike are some of the main reasons why adults don’t ride. PeopleForBikes’ recent U.S. Bicycling Participation Study found that 60% of Americans aged 3-9 biked once a year, compared with 36% of adults ages 25-34. PeopleForBikes talked to two adults who each had their own stories to share about how they became bike riders later in life. Check out the blog post here!
  • ‘Wheels for Meals’ Fundraising Event – The Wheels for Meals Bike Challenge features three community bike rides and three sponsorship levels. Both riders and sponsors are needed to make the event a high-speed success. To be held rain or shine on Saturday, May 30th, this year’s event offers something for everyone with three race levels, a Bike Rodeo for kids and sponsorship opportunities for local businesses. For more information or to register for the Bike Challenge please visit


Subaru Blends Automotive and Bike History for 25th Sea Otter Classic


We often joke that if you’re trying to find a bike event just follow the Subarus and Elements. Judging by the number of people stopping by the Subaru display at Sea Otter for their free coffee for Subaru owners, there were quite a few in attendance. As the title sponsor of the 25th Anniversary Celebration for the Sea Otter Classic, Subaru brought out the history books to display not only some noteworthy vehicles, but an awesome display of two wheeled machinery. In addition to a walk down memory lane Subaru was giving each show goer who stopped by a $1 token that they could choose to donate to the National Park Foundation, Leave No Trace, or International Mountain Bicycling Association.

Sea Otter has come and gone, but if you’re a car buff or a bike buff, you’ll want to see the collection after the break…


Pacenti Cycle Design Updates SL23 Road Rim

Pacenti SL 23

It’s not as radical as their new PDent bar and stem system, but Pacenti just dropped some updates on their SL23 rim. The outside of the rim has been widened by 0.5mm, but the internal width is over 2mm wider making it effectively a wider design. The bead hooks also sit lower for a tubeless friendly rim profile that will seal up with tubeless tape. Available in 20, 24, 28, and 32h versions in 700c, weights are listed at 430g. The rims use a welded joint, bead blasted finish, and a thicker spoke bed for more durability at the nipple junction. Still built from 6061-T6 aluminum, rims will sell for $109 and are available now.


SOC15: MRP Shows Thru Axle Fat Fork, Updated Guides, Finished Wave Rings, More

MRP AMG guide wave ring new fat fork carbon bluto (6)

MRP is still probably best known for their chain guides, but they have been in the fork market for a long time. Previously known as White Brothers for their forks, the brand produced both suspension and rigid models like the Snowpack fat bike fork. A lot has changed in the fat bike world since then so naturally, MRP is introducing a new fork that will be compatible with all of the current fitments. Still without a name, the Fat Fork was shown along with some improvements to their guides plus a few other updates…