Posts in the category BMX

EB15: Bell Goes to the Dark Side with Limited Edition Star Wars Collection

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If you consider yourself a Star Wars fan, then at least at one point in your life you have equated riding bikes in the forest to riding speeder bikes on Endor. Now you can blend your love of Star Wars with bicycles even more with the Limited edition Star Wars collection from Bell helmets. In an official collaboration with Lucasfilm in preparation for the release of the new Star Wars movies, Bell is introducing five new helmets, all of which have limited edition Star Wars graphics inspired by the films.

By the looks of things, the Dark Side had cooler helmets…

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Zoic and Osiris Link Up for Prophet MTB Shoe Collaboration, More to Come

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Don’t call ’em a skate shoe. Osiris may be best known for their skate and BMX footwear, but thanks to their recent collaboration with Zoic you can add mountain biking to that list as well. Even though the number of riders turning to flat pedals seems to be increasing, the flat specific footwear market hasn’t been as quick to respond. In a space that had been practically owned by 5.10 for years, the recent loss of Teva’s options opens the door for smaller brands like Zoic to have a go.

Rather than creating their own footwear from scratch, they are instead partnering with an already established name. Representing the first product out of their ‘Linked Collab’ with with Osiris, the Prophet should be the perfect match to Zoic’s casual style…

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Must Watch: Quadruple Back Flip – Jed Mildon Lands it First

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It seems every time we see the latest video to come out of the Nitro Circus camp, we say to ourselves – They’ve done it. That is the craziest thing we will see on a bike. That lasts anywhere from a few days to a few years, but inevitably, the crew comes back with another even more impressive feat that seems to defy the laws of gravity and/or physics.

Most recently, the quest for the next big trick involved not one, but two riders with Jed Mildon and James Foster going head to head for the glory that comes with being the first. The first to land a quadruple (!) backflip on a BMX bike. Yes, the trick required a custom built ramp but it also required unbelievable commitment and a willingness for some gnarly crashes. Check out the video next…

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Weekend RoundUp: GoPro Mount by Rokform, KEEN Strider Sandals, Luxury Lazer Street Helmets, Colorful BMX Tires, and More

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New GoPro Mount Turns Smartphone Into Viewfinder: Rokform, maker of smartphone mounting systems for your car, motorcycle, or bicycle, is introducing a new aircraft grade aluminum, made in the USA GoPro Mount to ensure users capture quality images and video every time by turning your phone screen into a view finder. It is available alone or in a kit including one of its protective cases. There is also a version compatible with its existing v3 cases for iPhone or Samsung devices. Rokform.com READ MORE ->

Shredits: Insane Street Riding from Matt Macduff and Garrett Reynolds, the Beauty of Chaos, and SR Suntour Riders get Loose

To go along with Nick Bruce’s awesome clip to introduce the new Kali Viva helmet, the company also handed an early sample to a rider with slightly bigger wheels. After putting the new Viva through the paces for nearly a year, Kali checks in with Matt Macduff with a video part from Barcelona.

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Kali Rethinks Skate park Protection with New Viva BMX / DJ Helmet

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If you’ve ridden dirt jumps, skate parks, or BMX at any point in your life, you’re probably familiar with the state of helmets that come with the territory. Most commonly due to their price point, skid lids use a thick ABS shell with an EPS foam liner glued into the inside. The resulting helmet is durable (to a point) but typically heavy, hot, and not exactly comfortable. On the other side there are more expensive in-molded helmets that make for a lighter, more comfortable fit but typically suffer in durability because of that. Somewhere in the middle are the skate lids which are more comfortable, but lack the necessary bicycle certifications.

Kali’s founder Brad Waldron is known to tell it like he sees it. Case in point – when it comes to Kali’s new Viva, Brad light heartedly states, “The Viva is the best helmet we’ve ever created that no one will ever give a shit about, but that’s ok.” While dirt jump/BMX helmets might not gain the most attention in the media, this is one helmet that Brad wanted to build for himself and his family and friends more than anything. Calling it the most technologically advanced BMX/Dirt Jump helmet ever made, the goal was fairly straight forward. Create a DJ/BMX helmet that was as durable as the ABS half shells but also included the comfort and fit of the in-molded variety.

What appears to be just another BMX/DJ helmet on the outside, the Viva is actually another technological marvel from Kali…

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We The People’s New Stickin’ BMX Tire – Sticks on Top, Slides on the Sides

 

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I remember when We The People entered the BMX world back in 2003, and right away they earned a good reputation within my local shop and riding crew. Apparently it wasn’t just us who thought so, as WTP quickly established themselves as a major player in BMX and haven’t slowed down a bit since.

WTP have just announced their new Stickin’ tire, a slick-looking tread designed for modern street riding. Its outer profile shape and rubber compound combine to offer great grip on riding surfaces, but also some slip on the sides so it won’t hang you up while grinding rails or ledges.

We The People put some serious focus on this tire, and spent nine months with their team riders developing the tread design and shape of the Stickin’. According to WTP’s press release, “Rubber is something we’ve always taken seriously. Not only is it the connecting point between your bike and what you’re riding, it also makes a huge difference as to how your bike feels.”

WTP’s Stickin’ tire will be available later this summer in 2.3” and 2.4” widths.

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Step Up Your Protection without Added Weight with DOT Certified Kali Shiva Full Face Helmet

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When you’re lining up that next big double, or waiting in the start house for your race run, the last thing you want to be worried about is if your helmet will save you in a crash. As soon as downhill started pushing the limits of what you could do on a bike, riders have been faced with a choice. Opt for the DOT certified helmet which may offer better protection but includes a hefty weight penalty, or go for the non-DOT mountain bike full face that is lighter and better ventilated but may not do as much good in a crash.

Comparatively, the biggest difference between DOT certification and other helmets is an additional penetration test, a higher drop test to simulate higher speeds, and a stiffer chin bar. The added protection has always been seen as a benefit, but it is the added weight that is considered a drawback. That additional weight also comes with an increased volume which in and of itself can cause more energy to be transferred to your brain.

Factor in all of the above and you have the genesis for one of the most difficult projects that Kali Protectives have taken on. DOT Certification with mountain bike weight. Sounds simple, but in reality the combination required a tremendous amount of design work and testing along with a few proprietary technologies to make it all work…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Advocacy

  • Yuba Launches Limited-Edition PeopleForBikes Branded Cargo Bike – PeopleForBikes and Yuba Bicycles have partnered to launch a limited edition Boda Boda cargo bike to raise money for bicycling infrastructure. Yuba and PeopleForBikes will officially launch the bike at the Sea Otter Classic in April, where people can enter to win one. The bikes are available for preorders now and on sale May 1 at Yuba dealers and at yubabikes.com.
  • CNN Honors Trips for Kids Founder – CNN has named Trips for Kids Founder, Marilyn Price, as a CNN Hero for her years of dedication to putting disadvantaged kids on mountain bikes. Please join us in congratulating Marilyn and take a moment to watch the video and share it with your friends and family. Or tune in to CNN March 27 – 29 and watch the story “on air”. tripsforkids.org

Racing News

Monarch Crest Race

  • The true “enduro” experience is finally here, October 2-4, 2015. The Monarch Crest Enduro brought to you by Chocolate Bunny Productions, threads together three days of Colorado’s finest high country trails along the Monarch Crest, a segment of the Continental Divide Trail, and IMBA Epic® no less. Registration is now live on imathlete.com.

 

Touring

  • The Greatest Ride – August 9-12 2015. This is the cycling trip you’ve wanted to take for your whole life. Start by sharing a table with retired Pro Cyclist George Hincapie and Blackberry Farm Proprietor Sam Beall for the opening dinner at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. This event is limited to only 10 cyclists so book now at blackberry farm.com.
  • Chris King Gourmet Century registration opens April, 1st – The Gourmet Century has expanded into a global showcase hosting four events across the U.S. and now one in Japan. Each event will feature its own special guest chefs and menus designed to compliment the best riding the region has to offer. Registration for ALL events will open on April 1st at 12pm PST at gourmetcentury.com. Act fast as tickets tend to go quickly!
  • Ride. Relax. Escape. Discover the Wild Highlands of Scotland – Fuel your sense of discovery with roads that will take your breath away. This 6 day, 5 night tour runs between 8th to 13th September and is strictly limited to 12 people. Book now, 72 hours before general public.

 

NAHBS 2015

  • Didn’t get enough of NAHBS 2015? – Gates photographer Tim Lucking has produced an exquisite photo gallery of the best belted bikes from the North American Handmade Bike Show. Check out some of our favorites on The Belted Blog.

 

Video/Film

  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Currently touring the USA, (you can find the tour schedule here) immediately after the Festival ends in November a selection of the best films goes on tour across Canada, the United States, and internationally from Scotland to South Africa to China, Lebanon, Chile, New Zealand, Antarctica, and points in between. Each year, the films travel to 40 countries reaching more than 390,000 people at over 840 screenings. There’s typically a mountain bike film in the mix but every film has always been entertaining.

 

Contest

  • Here’s your last reminder that you can win a set of new rubber from Vee Tire. Follow the link to the survey and complete it to win!

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