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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Moots is offering one of their bikes as prize for your donation to help their local trial builders pay for a Single Track Specialty Machine. Buy a raffle ticket for $50 (only 250 offered) and you’ll be entered to win a Moots Rogue Ybb.
  • The League of American Bicyclists has issued an Action Alert asking for your help to tell the USDOT that it is important to you to have a national transportation goal with standards that make biking and walking a safe alternative to driving.
  • has announced the MTBParks Pass, which gives riders deals at a collection of North America’s Best Bike Parks for the summer 2014 riding season. Deals include: “free lift tickets upon first visit at a growing list North America’s Best Bike Parks, discounted lift tickets upon subsequent visits at many participating parks (discount rates will vary), bike shop and rental discounts, exclusive lodging packages and more all for one low price with no blackout dates…”
  • The Indiana University Little 500 Bike Races will be held April 25-26th. Tickets to watch the races in Bill Armstrong Stadium are on sale now with proceeds raising money for student scholarships.
  • This is happening May 16-18th in Santa Fe, NM.
  • The Fourth Annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York will be May 18th, 2014.
  • Bike Day in Canada is May 26th. Click here to find or organize events in your city.
  • The 2014 Air Force Association Cycling Classic will be held June 7-8. The ride will be on a closed 15km circuit around the Pentagon, Crystal City, and the Air Force Memorial. Online registration is open and closes May 31st.
  • The Next Great Trip is offering a new way to witness the 2014 USA Pro Challenge in Colorado on August 17-24. They’re offering a trip which includes private charter flights between stages, 5-star accommodations, VIP bus ride with the peloton, even your chance to ride some of the stages before the race. Hosted by Ron Keifel, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at Colorado’s great race. Package starts at $9,500.
  • Cenoté is giving away an Annual Parks Pass for the U.S. National Parks. Like their FB page to enter and one lucky winner will be chosen on Earth Day, April 22nd.
  • Mavic is asking for feedback on their road tires.
  • Après Vélo is having their Easter clearance sale with prices starting at $3.95. Sale ends April 21st.
  • Add a tin of Embrocation and a pound of Dutch Coffee to your Road Holland order for just $19 with code SPRING20.
  • Eaton Bikes in Key West, Florida, will take care of your bike rental needs.
  • …and we could all use a Lucky Brake.

SOC14: Scorpion Builds Moto Style Stands For Bicycles

Scorpion Bike Stand (2)As a cyclist who adheres faithfully to the ancient “N+1″ proverb (where N is the number of bikes currently owned), I am always searching for news ways to maximize my existing storage. So in addition to wall mounted solutions, I also have a fleet of floor stands for visiting two wheeled friends, and the occasional photo mission.

Recently a new bike stand caught my eye at a motorcycle race, and I was able to catch up with the company at Sea Otter to learn more about the product… READ MORE ->

SOC 14: Uvex Introduces Quattro Pro – Colorful Protection Perfect for Enduro

Uvex Quattro Enduro helmet womens jr  (2)

Judging by the bright colors and extra coverage of their new helmet, Uvex is looking to get in on the current Enduro trend. This shouldn’t be too hard, since their new Quattro Pro helmet looks quite good. As their top end model, the Quattro Pro has 17 vents and a double inmold construction for a well ventilated lid that still offers excellent protection.

Even though the helmet isn’t available until June, you can get a quick look at its features, next…


SOC14: Smart In-Line Electrolyte System for Hydration Bladders From Eligo

Eligo Spile Smart Electryolite Hydration System (5)

The Eligo Spile is an in line hydration unit with a dual fluid mouth piece that eliminates the clean up involved with normal electrolyte tablet or powder systems.

Biting on the first lip on the mouth piece gives you water, while biting down further back allows fluid from the small cartridge and your hydration reservoir to mix.

That’s it. It’s that simple. The replacement hose and mouthpiece work with the majority of hydration reservoirs on the market, which makes this upgrade painless.

Slip past the break to see it in action…


Wednesday Group Ride – Fresh Goods from Selle Anatomica, CDI Torq Tools, Profile Designs, Restrap & More

CDI Torq Tools adjustable t-handle torque wrench

A while back, we reviewed CDI’s miniature T-handle torque wrenches positively for their ease of use and convenient one-torque setting. But, with the myriad torque requirements of stems, handlebars, seat posts and saddle clamps, it could very easily become a wall full of individual wrenches.

Now, they’ve got an adjustable TorqControl wrench, spanning from 2nm to 8nm with a cam-over-clutch design for error proof settings. It uses a magnetic tip that holds standard 1/4″ bits and comes with 4/5/6mm and T25 Torx bits plus 4″ long 4mm and T25 bits. And a certificate of accuracy. Retail is $80, available through

Twist into more new gear below…


S0C14: Beautifully Machined Bike Mountable Cell Phone Cases from RokForm

Rokform Machined Bike Mountable Cellphone Cases (1)

While many cyclists will argue that the cellphone has no place on a ride, there are many valid reasons why someone might want their phone in easy view. RokForm offers some beautifully machined mounts and cases for iPhones and various Android devices, which will help keep your precious device safe and within range…


SOC14: Kitsbow Unveils New Hot Weather Kit & Wind Jacket

Kitsbow Wind Jacket and Wind Vest ReverseContrary to the theme of a popular television show, summer is in fact coming. So Kitsbow is preparing by offering a a new  hot weather specific kit and two new outer shells.

For those unfamiliar with the product, Kitsbow gear is the BMW 7 series of the mountain bike apparel world. Designed in the US, the clothes are manufactured in Vancouver, and use the best materials available to construct sharp looking, high end gear, that’s capable of taking a beating.

The new Wind Jacket and Wind Vest are very light windproof polyster shells treated with DWR (Durable Water Resistant) finish for added rain protection. Both have a laser cut perforated back panel between the shoulders for ventilation, reflective piping at the shoulder, and will be available in six sizes. READ MORE ->

SOC14: Barfly Debuts Alloy SLi Fly Garmin Mounts with Integrated GoPro Mounting & More

Barfly SLi-Fly garmin handlebar mount with integrated GoPro or bicycle light mounting options

At Interbike last year, Barfly showed off an expanded range of their plastic mounts for many brands of cycling computers and a separate one for GoPro cameras. They also added 35mm clamp diameters to the lineup. Now, they’ve combined many of those features into a single mount and started machining it out of alloy.

“We wanted to create a platform for riders to mount a computer as well as a GoPro, light, junction box and other accessories,” said Barfly’s Greg Hillson. “In order order to achieve this, we created a new mounting platform. We collaborated with MasterCam, the global leaders in CAM software. Utilizing their expertise and technology, as well as our head engineers’ 25+ years in multidiscipline engineering, we created the SLi Fly.”

Here’s how it all comes together…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Magisto, a cloud-based movie and photo editing service (think GoPro!), has teamed up with Sea Otter for a Movie Contest. Upload and edit your movies and photos from Sea Otter 2014 (like the one above made by Dennis) and the movies that are watched the most will win GoPro and cycling gear.
  • Erik’s Bike Shop with 21 locations in MN and WI is currently hiring for two new retail store locations in the Milwaukee, WI, market.
  • Enter to win one of two Coyle’s custom wood bicycle helmets.
  • The Veglo is a wearable bike light with crossing fiber optic straps that are supposed to help drivers judge their distance from the bike rider. It is on Kickstarter.
  • MapMyTracks now offers live sports event tracking/broadcasting so you can follow your athlete in real time.
  • Join Atlanta Streets Alive on April 20th as three streets in Historic West End are closed to cars and opened up to pedestrians and cyclists. Enjoy local shops and eateries, music events, and either watch or participate in the bicycle parade.
  • The Second Annual JoyRide in honor of Laurey Masterton in Asheville, NC, will be held May 17th at Carrier Park. We like her motto: Don’t Postpone Joy.
  • West Coast voting is now open for the Bell Built grants program. Voting ends April 20th and winner for that region will be announced April 21st.
  • Quintana Roo has announced a bike rental program for the IRONMAN race series in North America, starting with the May 17th IRONMAN Texas.
  • Want to explore New Zealand by mountain bike? Check out this video by Discover New Zealand and mountain bike tour operator JustMTB.