Sidi adds a touch of customization to their mid and high end shoes

Sidi adds a touch of customization to their mid and high end shoes

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Long a dominant force in cycling, Sidi Sport has had a lot of competition in recent years as more companies have stepped up their game to produce high performing, well-made cycling shoes. Sidi themselves have mostly made small iterative updates to their line for the last 2 or 3 years, but still can be found on the likes of last year’s Tour de France winner Chris Froome and XC World Champion Nino Schurter. Now to offer a bit of the custom look that the sponsored pros get, Sidi has introduced a new way to personalize most of their performance and premium shoes with more detail color options. Take a look across the fold at which shoes will get a personalized touch, plus a look at a Froome limited edition shoe…

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Review: Garmin gets safer – Edge Explore 1000 w/ incident detection and Varia radar integration

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Edge 1000 Explorer Varia 20160201_172627

Testing Garmin’s first unit with “Incident Detection” sounded like a fun experiment, and I even considered taking and ghost riding one of the lesser used bikes in my possession to set it off. Ultimately, I didn’t need to stage a crash as my riding took care of that for me, but I’m happy to say the crash incident detection works – even if it’s not a huge crash. Adding to the Edge Explore 1000’s list of features is integration with the Garmin Varia radar detection device. After my first experience with the Varia, this is exactly what it was missng…

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AirSupply’s power of air pumps up your bicycle tires directly from your saddle

airsupply bicycle seatpost tire pump with flex hose

airsupply bicycle seatpost tire pump with flex hose

We’ve seen integrated seatpost pumps before, combining a bicycle tire pump into the seatpost, but we’ve never seen the hose directly attached to it. The obvious benefit is that you no longer need to remove the post/pump from the frame, and thanks to the flexible coil hose, it’ll reach both front and rear tires.

The project is called AirSupply, and it’s the brain child of Alexander Haager. He started dreaming it up in 2008 at age 15, and by 2013 he’d gone through dozens of design iterations and hundreds of prototypes to arrive at a production ready design. Between now and then, he and his team have lined up manufacturing partners and a support staff, passed EN testing and have it ready to go. Now, all they need to see their dreams (and your tires) inflate is a little support on Kickstarter…

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Bontrager rips with MIPS on top road and mountain lids

Bontrager rips with MIPS on top road and mountain lids

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We first saw Bontrager adopt MIPS technology into their helmets at their Trek World dealer event in August and now they’re available. Given the potential safety benefits, it’s no surprise to see Bontrager add it to a range of their helmets to cover most riding styles. What is surprising are the very reasonable price points.

Check out the new MIPS helmets from Bontrager and the video for a visual on how it works…

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Velo Gold turns out precision bottom bracket assembly tools for Kogel Bearings

Velo Gold turns out precision bottom bracket assembly tools for Kogel Bearings

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If you’re in the business of selling precision bearings, your product has to start with precise assembly. Looking to speed up their assembly process, Kogel Bearings wanted to avoid the use of an arbor press which could damage the bearings. But they also were in need of something faster than the threaded solution that was currently employed. After seeing the custom carbon, machining, and tool work of Joshua Clark from Velo Gold Bicycles (on Bikerumor, no less), Ard Kessels of Kogel contacted Joshua to see what he could do.

The result is an impressive looking tool/assembly station with some beautiful machining…

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Twelve years on, the new Classic Jersey II updates Rapha’s original garment

Twelve years on, the new Classic Jersey II updates Rapha’s original garment

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Just a week ago we saw the revamp and reorganization of Rapha’s whole Spring/Summer line, and were simply teased about a new upcoming version of their Classic Jersey. But already they have sent us over details of the new jersey on which they built their brand. Being 12 years old without any major updates, it’s surprising looking back that it is still one of their most popular items. Now finally a new Classic Jersey II gives a well deserved update to the mainstay jersey with better merino blend fabric, an updated fit, and improved details. Take a closer look with us after the break…

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Kitsbow hits the pavement with new premium road apparel with pockets galore!

Kitsbow hits the pavement with new premium road apparel with pockets galore!

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A few years ago, Kitsbow made one of the first attempts to bring mountain bikers truly premium apparel made with top of the line materials and construction. There are several functional and stylish brands out there for those in the dirt, but unlike the road category, even after a few years, elite off-road apparel is still very niche. Having an established name and with the resources available, Kitsbow is now extending their premium line to those on the road.

Check out Kitsbow’s roadie wear and how they have taken pockets to a whole new level…

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3T flips their iconic bullhorns around for new Revo aerobar

3T flips their iconic bullhorns around for new Revo aerobar

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3T pretty much created the modern aerobar with the bullhorn that they developed for Francesco Moser’s 1984 World Hour Record ride. In the 30 years since, the industry has strapped all manner of aero extension on top but mostly kept the bull horn shape in place. Now 3T has taken a closer look at the base bar that they pioneered and flipped it around with the new Revo line. By putting the wing of the bar in front of the grips,almost like a super flattened drop bar, riders get a more secure position while still maximizing aerodynamics. Get a better hold on the new design after the jump…

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Tenspeed Hero looks to spring with primary Resort 2016 collection, and sock game on point

Tenspeed Hero looks to spring with primary Resort 2016 collection, and sock game on point

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From the cold shores of Lake Michigan, Tenspeed Hero is giving a taste of a warm spring with their second annual TSH Resort collection. The Resort collection has developed in a chance for TSH to work with their resident graphic designer Lauren Ayers to add a bunch of color and a bit of whimsy into their regular line-up. Resort also seems to help them get through the winter in their cold Chicago home with thoughts of riding and training in warmer places. The new collection relies pretty heavily on vibrant color blocking with patterns like the Sprinkles above and Net, Quilt, and Flowers after the break. The new designs make their way onto jerseys and skinsuits for both men and women, plus a bunch of coordinated socks as well…

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