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Review: The Ride Pouch from Eleven Velo and Waterfield Designs

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For those that follow The Rules, you know #29. For those that do not:

“Rule #29 – No European Posterior Man-Satchel. Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.”

Eleven Velo and Waterfield Designs joined forces and come to the rescue with their new Ride Pouch. This beautiful leather case is designed to hold all of your goodies and fit nicely in a jersey pocket, freeing your bike of that eye sore that is the saddle bag.

Join us on the other side for the details.


Found: Horst Engineering’s Monstrous Stainless Steel Cyclocross Shoe Toe Spikes


With some ‘cross courses seemingly looking for the most spectator friendly Slip ‘n’ Slide of a run up, you may be looking for a little extra traction when the days turn wet.

The Horst Spikes are made of stainless steel with durable rolled threads made to fit most any cyclocross or mountain bike shoe out there. Three standard options give you 14mm, 16mm or 18mm of earth penetrating metal, and the ice spike (left) cracks into frozen ground when things get really cold. Unless your ‘cross shoes come with some equally large chompers preinstalled, they could be just what your feet are looking for.

They come in sets of four for $15.99 to $16.99, or get a combo pack of all the standard shape sizes (four each) for $42.99. Dig in here.

Reviewed: Rapha’s Lightest Summer Bibs, Jersey, and Socks; Currently On Sale

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Earlier this summer, just as the mercury first started peaking in central Europe, we had a chat at Rapha’s new HQ on the continent in Munich, and they decided to send us a set of their lightest weight cycling kit to test through the long hot days. I got to test it through a whirl wind of weather we had here from 35°C (95°F) and sunny back down to about 13°C (55°F) and wet in the span of a couple days. Needless to say I preferred the former, but I was happy throughout with the shorts and downright impressed with the jersey once I figure out how it performed best.

Now, if you move quickly as cooler days loom, you have the opportunity to pick up these pieces at reduced Rapha Summer Sale prices which make them more attainable. There should still be several good weeks of warm weather left to take advantage of some good summer riding.

Join me after the break for detailed thoughts, pics, pricing, and the current discount…


SpyShots! – New SRAM Red Wireless @ Pro Challenge


Barely being disguised by thin tape and subtle graphics, the new SRAM Red wireless electronic group is in full view at this year’s USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. We knew this was coming months ago when we discovered SRAM’s filed patents for wireless technology. As the first-ever wireless group moves its way through pre-production it has been test ridden by the Bissell Pro Cycling team since the beginning of this season. With the team relying solely on this new technology, and with no mechanical Red being used even as backup, the feedback from the riders is said to be all positive.

More news, insight from a Team Bissell rider, and way more pics after the break…And yes, now we know how the shifting works…


Urge Embraces Environment, Portholes, Gangstas, With New SupaTrail Helmet


The SupaTrail, a new trail helmet from Urge, is directly inspired from the XC-oriented SupaCross (now emphasizing the C, rather than the A) we covered last year. Ostensibly targeting a market between cross country and enduro, the  new helmet shares the same eco-friendly construction and packaging, as well as Urge’s… unique vent design. The helmet also features Urge’s “Gangsta pad, anti sweat system,” which, I can only presume, contains tiny Suge Knights dangling your sweat glands from a balcony. There is also an “anticrash” visor, which is nice. Cyclists with giant melons can rejoice, as the helmet is being offered in XXL.

I’m most impressed that the French company is choosing to eschew vestigial suffixes, demonstrating that Thom Parsons and I are the only cycling journalists who talk right.

Specs, pics, and whale sightings after the break…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  •  Universal Sports will be covering the Vuelta a España starting this weekend.
  • Don’t miss Rebecca’s Private Idaho: August 31st Rebecca Rusch will lead two, fully supported gravel rides through the beautiful mountains of Ketchum, Idaho, with an after party that will pay you back for the hurt you just took climbing 6,500ft in nearly 100 miles. (There’s also a shorter option of 56 miles.)
  • Take the Campanoglo Grande Giro Challenge - join the Campagnolo Riders Club on Strava and challenge yourself to ride at least 1000km in 30 days – 1/3 of the distance of a Grande Giri: The Tour de France, Gira d’Italia, and Vuelta a España combined.
  • The USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships will be held during the 2014 High Point Cycling Classic on September 4-6th. The three day festival includes an art exhibit featuring the bikes of 5 leading custom frame builders, swap meet, vintage bike show, and of course, the races…
  • Did you know Rapha will repair your kit if you have a crash? Repairs can take up to 4 weeks, but it’s nice to know you don’t have to throw away an expensive kit with tears in it.
  • CGTrader, a 3D model marketplace, is holding a 3D Printed Bicycle Accessories Challenge. Winner receives a FlyKly pedal assist smart wheel and the opportunity to sell your accessory to FlyKly customers and promotion on CGTrader. Submissions must be made by October 8th.
  • Sport Chalet is celebrating their redesigned website by offering six Adventures of a Lifetime sweepstakes. One, a 10 day cycling adventure through New Zealand.
  • Our friends and monthly contributors at Peaks Coaching Group are excited to announce new affiliate groups based in Brazil: coached by Cris Solak, and Japan: coached by Takashi Nakata; and their continued international expansion coaching two pro teams in India: Team Trek Foxfire and Team Specialized.

POC Introduces Eye Park, Offers Sunglass Stowage on the Fly




Recently, we found out a bit ahead of time that POC was going to be offering a new version of their radical Octal helmet with the added protection of the MIPS system. What we didn’t know at the time was that along with the Octal MIPS, POC was working on a new sunglass stowage device called the Eye Park. Designed in conjunction with the Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling team, Eye Park was created to address the need to temporarily remove your dark shades in order to see the road surface. Whether that means riding through a tunnel, or a dense forest, there are times when sunglasses are simply too dark to properly see.


Giro and Red Hook Crit Team Up for Limited Edition DND Glove for Barcelona

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Following in the footsteps of the Giro X Cinelli C Wing gloves and the N0. 7 gloves for the Brooklyn Red Hook Crit, Giro has unveiled their latest limited edition. This time the gloves are to commemorate the Barcelona edition of the famous fixed gear criterium which will take place on August 30th at Parc Del Forum in Barcelona. Emblazoned with the Red Hook Crit and Rockstar Games logo, the DND gloves will be available at the Barceloneta Bikes x rhc pop-up shop or at the race.

Nisnas Industries’ Daily Grip Supports Arab and Palestinian Youth Of Israel

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Nisnas Industries of Israel does astounding woodwork. Already well versed in multiple products for both on and off the bike use, including wooden fenders and leather/wood bags, recently Nisnas turned their craftsmanship toward a gorgeous wooden bicycle grip. But Nisnas is not primarily focused on the bottom-line like most companies. Rather, with all designs and products creating a profit sharing project, Nisnas Industries is focused upon creating opportunities for the local youth of Israel. But this story is not only about Nisnas’ business model, their new Daily Grip appears to have been executed so well it may just make you want to ride your bike more.