World’s Funnest Bike Part III: Built ridden & reviewed… plus video! Now, SHOW US YOURS!!!

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Here it is in all its colorful glory. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this bike was going to ride or how it would look once the parts started flowing in… especially with my wheel choice(s). At first, I didn’t really care if something didn’t match as we often get things in for testing that aren’t all matchy-matchy with the rigs on hand. Once the first few pieces came in (black/blue EPO frame, black/yellow wheels, Kawasaki green DVO fork…), well, now I was on a mission!

Check out the final build & ride review, lots of pics, plus a really “cinematographic” video of the bike in action…

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Here it is in all its colorful glory. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this bike was going to ride or how it would look once the parts started flowing in… especially with my wheel choice(s). At first, I didn’t really care if something didn’t match as we often get things in for testing that […]

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Review: Coros Linx smart helmet connects your smart phone to your head

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There has been a tidal wave of technology flooding the bicycle industry trying to integrate the power of our hand-held computers (with phone service) to our riding experience. While many may think this sounds ludicrous, many of the potential soon to be cyclists expect this sort of standard because… well what don’t smartphones do for us nowadays? Coros sent me an early run of their Linx “smart helmet” to try out. The Linx takes many of the most commonly used functions provided by your phone and wraps them up in a safe, hands-free place around your head.

Stick with me here and see why this could be more of a benefit than you might think…

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There has been a tidal wave of technology flooding the bicycle industry trying to integrate the power of our hand-held computers (with phone service) to our riding experience. While many may think this sounds ludicrous, many of the potential soon to be cyclists expect this sort of standard because… well what don’t smartphones do for us […]

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LVL Hydration Monitor tells just how dehydrated you really are

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LVL hydration monitor wristband and activity tracker

After suffering a stroke due to dehydration, BSX Insight founder and CEO Dustin Freckleton ended up with temporary partial paralysis and a three month stretch of physical therapy learning to walk again. Immediate medical attention kept it from being worse, thankfully, but it was an eye opener. The silver lining was the creation of LVL, the world’s first wearable to measure your hydration level.

While it may not translate to the “party trick” realm, the new LVL Hydration Monitor keeps tabs on your internal water levels and lets you know when it’s time to imbibe. For athletes, it could mean the difference between sailing across the finish line and cramping or worse. For everyone else, it’s a simple reminder that we probably all need to drink more water throughout the day to perform better mentally and emotionally, and it’s as simple as wearing a fitness tracker…and fortunately it measures your activity, too…

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After suffering a stroke due to dehydration, BSX Insight founder and CEO Dustin Freckleton ended up with temporary partial paralysis and a three month stretch of physical therapy learning to walk again. Immediate medical attention kept it from being worse, thankfully, but it was an eye opener. The silver lining was the creation of LVL, […]

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Flatbike brings Change folding bikes and space-saving accessories to the USA

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While simplicity is often the game, commuter bikes can still employ some pretty nifty gadgets – Where else in the cycling realm will you find folding frames and components? If storage or transit is a concern, folding bikes are a viable option, but if you don’t want to go quite that far a folding stem and quick-release pedals can reduce your ‘normal’ bike’s footprint too.

Flatbike.net is based in Kirkland, Washington, and acts as the US distributor for the UK’s Change Bikes. This UK-based company’s folding commuter, hybrid and MTB bikes are equipped with full-sized wheels and weigh in at some pretty reasonable numbers.

The site also offers some clever aftermarket accessories like folding stems, quick-release pedals and a euro-style frame mounted wheel lock. Read on for details and pics of the bikes and components…
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While simplicity is often the game, commuter bikes can still employ some pretty nifty gadgets – Where else in the cycling realm will you find folding frames and components? If storage or transit is a concern, folding bikes are a viable option, but if you don’t want to go quite that far a folding stem […]

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EB16: Vadolibero has the ultimate way to store, show & lock your luxury bike

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The thinking at Vadolibero goes something like this… Why spend a bunch of money on a beautiful high-end bike only to have it languishing in the garage or leaned up against the wall somewhere? When instead it can be the centerpiece in your home or office. While it may be a bit over the top to put a Bike Shelf cabinet like this in your living room, it does offer some well organized storage, and to be fair anyone forking out for Super Record EPS on a custom-made bike, or even Dura-Ace Di2, probably could foot the bill for one of these storage solutions.

But at the same time if you are looking for something a bit more affordable, Vadolibero has updated their free-standing rack the Bike Butler S with a new version that’ll let you crank up the tunes while you get ready for a ride. Then for the first time in an actually reasonably priced storage option, they have a new stainless steel Bike Safe wall mount that combines clean styling with a secure lock to keep your bike safe while you are away…

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The thinking at Vadolibero goes something like this… Why spend a bunch of money on a beautiful high-end bike only to have it languishing in the garage or leaned up against the wall somewhere? When instead it can be the centerpiece in your home or office. While it may be a bit over the top […]

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New thread Thursday with Velocio / Mission Workshop / State Bicycle Co. x Road Runner / Scrubba Wallet

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Whether it’s getting ready for cross season, hitting the trails, or simply commuting to work we’ve got some new threads for you to consider. In this week’s roundup we have cross specific suits from Velocio, new colors from Mission Workshop, fresh commuter bags designed in a collaboration between State Bicycle Co. & Road Runner Bags, plus a lightweight and water-resistant wallet from Scrubba.

Walk past the break for the lineup…

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Whether it’s getting ready for cross season, hitting the trails, or simply commuting to work we’ve got some new threads for you to consider. In this week’s roundup we have cross specific suits from Velocio, new colors from Mission Workshop, fresh commuter bags designed in a collaboration between State Bicycle Co. & Road Runner Bags, […]

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Yakima SkyRise raises the roof on car-top tent camping, gets shady for tailgating

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Coming next spring to a campsite near you is the new Yakima SkyRise roof-top tent. Available in two sizes, the SkyRise will sleep up to three people on the included foam mattress. Underneath the water shedding rain fly are large mesh panels, making cloudless nights cool, breezy and perfect for star gazing.

It installs without tools onto their Base Rack system, and locks into place using their standard key cores, so you can match them to the rest of your Yakima equipment and use a single key…

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Coming next spring to a campsite near you is the new Yakima SkyRise roof-top tent. Available in two sizes, the SkyRise will sleep up to three people on the included foam mattress. Underneath the water shedding rain fly are large mesh panels, making cloudless nights cool, breezy and perfect for star gazing. It installs without tools […]

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Urge Archi Enduro RR+ adds quick stow goggles to full face helmet

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The Urge Archi Enduro RR helmet debuted in March as a full helmet purpose built for enduro, rather than being a heavier duty DH lid. Now, they’ve plussed it by adding an integrated visor with a quick on/off capability.

The Archi Enduro RR+ has all the same tech features as the original, including EN1078/CPSC1203 safety ratings, removable dual density cheek pads, five sizes, and adjustable visor, but adds a high end goggle to the mix. Retail is €399, weight is 929g for the helmet (size M) and 134g for the visor. See it in action below…

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The Urge Archi Enduro RR helmet debuted in March as a full helmet purpose built for enduro, rather than being a heavier duty DH lid. Now, they’ve plussed it by adding an integrated visor with a quick on/off capability. The Archi Enduro RR+ has all the same tech features as the original, including EN1078/CPSC1203 safety […]

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EB16: Joes NoFlats bounces mud off your bike, adds universal tubeless conversion kits

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Components aside, this is the thing I’m most excited to try out this coming cyclocross season: Joe’s No Flats Mud Killer.

Assuming it doesn’t also kill frogs and nature, too, the Mud Killer spray makes it so basically nothing can stick to your frame. They demo’d it on cardboard and we watched as the water beaded so hard it virtually bounced on the surface. Check out the close up pics below, along with other new products from them and a potentially category changing tubeless tire tech from Innova…

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Components aside, this is the thing I’m most excited to try out this coming cyclocross season: Joe’s No Flats Mud Killer. Assuming it doesn’t also kill frogs and nature, too, the Mud Killer spray makes it so basically nothing can stick to your frame. They demo’d it on cardboard and we watched as the water […]

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