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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Plans are Underway for the World’s First Bicycle Superhighway. The city of London is thinking way beyond bike paths and protected bike lanes. As posted on EcoWatch.com, Transport for London which is the city’s transportation agency, last week approved the world’s first bicycle superhighway. London’s bicycle superhighway would run alongside the banks of the Thames River for more than 15 miles.
  • You love your fat bike more than anything, so give her something she deserves. Now for a limited time, all fat bike axles are discounted at 15% off when you use the coupon code CHUBBYCHASER at the Robert Axle Project. Choose from their hitch mount axles, B.O.B. Trailer axles or bolt-on replacement axles. But hurry, the sale ends on February 16th!
  • The unofficial start to Colorado’s cycling season, the annual Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, which features a range of road and mountain bike events and is entering its 28th year, announced new courses today for its signature Century course and the increasingly popular all-day mountain bike event, the Subaru Sunrise Sunset. Riders can register now at elephantrockride.com/register/ and take advantage of early registration discounts, just $70 now for the century and metric century (62 miles) courses (until February 28), compared to $85 on event day, June 7, 2015.
  • SCICON Bags, a leading manufacturer of bike bags, bike protection and saddle bags, has just unveiled their new website. Visit sciconbags.com to see their latest offerings.
  • Did you know? You may have experienced some weird stuff going on with your wireless computer that’s perched alongside your LED light on your handlebars. You weren’t imagining things, and that’s because LEDs create electronic noise which interferes with the function of wireless devices. All of SIGMA Germany’s lights are equipped with an “electronic shield” that prevents the light from interfering with your other electronics. Dealers may be interested in the Spring Promo Sale that SIGMA is having until the end of February on their bike lights.
  • H+I Adventures, one of the world’s leading mountain biking adventure companies, has undergone a total rebrand, featuring a new visual identity, online presence and tagline (‘The Art of Adventure’) that inspires adventure travellers to hop in the saddle. The contemporary website helps riders easily discover their ideal mountain bike holiday, and features 2016 holidays that are available to book now.
  • Do you have a GoPro and want to capture footage from your favorite trails at night? Light and Motion has developed the SideKick as the solution to do just that. The Sidekick is the perfect companion light for GoPro cameras. It is the smallest, lightest, most powerful light ever designed to mount with a GoPro. You now have the opportunity to become a backer of this project, via a Kickstarter campaign, and reserve your exclusive hand machined aluminum Sidekick – shipping next month! But hurry, the campaign ends Saturday, February 14th!
  • Anyone old enough to remember the CoreStates PRO Championship knows that Philadelphia can host one heck of a bike race. On February 11th Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Philadelphia’s annual professional cycling race has been renamed the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic and will be produced by race operator g4 Productions. The Cycling Classic, which will be on Sunday, June 7, 2015, will feature an amateur course ride and men’s and women’s professional races. Information on the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic is available on its website PhiladelphiaInternationalCyclingClassic.com. Professional teams will compete in UCI races, including the only US Women’s World Cup in the nation!
  • Do you live in Washington, D.C. or Manhattan and want to send flowers to someone special in a unique way? UrbanStems offers beautiful handcrafted bouquets, delivered for free by bicycle. Treehugger reported on the sustainable company and their unique way of doing business.
  • Marin Mountain Bikes is recalling about 400 children’s bikes in the U.S. and 50 in Canada due to handlebars separating resulting in a fall hazard.
  • PeopleForBikes will partner with the 2015 National Bike Challenge. This nationwide program aims to inspire more Americans to ride bikes more often. The 5-month challenge runs from May 1, 2015-September 30, 2015. To learn more and to register for the National Bike Challenge, visit nationalbikechallenge.org.

Road Gear Roundup: Fresh kit from Cadence, Pursuit Cyclewear & The Sufferfest

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Designer, artist, clothing producer, whatever you consider Dustin Klein and his Cadence Collection, it’s always unique. The latest addition to the Cadence collection is quite a bit more subdued than hand painted handlebars or Ritchey Stems, but it still features ubiquitous Cadence style. Called the Pinehurst, the new race fit wind jacket is made to be ultralight while still providing the necessary protection from the elements to keep you from suffering – too much.

Classy jackets, kits inspired by legendary cobbles, and more next…

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Rudy Project Adds New Post Ride Style with 2015 Casual Collection

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Even if it’s cloudy and grey as you look out your window, don’t despair. Warmer weather is just around the corner and with it comes prime sunglass season. Where ever you live, a good pair of shades can be quite useful – that goes for off the bike as well as on. It should come as no surprise then that an optics brand like Rudy Project has had a successful line of casual sunglasses for awhile now. Whether you want to match the looks of your riding shades, or just like the Rudy styling, you can find the same RP-D centered optics on all of their casual sunglasses.

That includes the new additions for 2015 – the Warp, the Broomstyk, and the Sensor. Created as a unisex, a women’s, and a men’s frame, all three models are able to use Rudy’s FreeForm TEK in-frame digitally surfaced prescription lenses as well. The only thing left is to pick out a style…

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Alé Bike Wear tries on U.S. Market with affordable, high end Italian kit

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With so many clothing brands already vying for floor space in shops across the U.S., the thought of yet another company might be hard to process. On the outside, Alé Bike wear looks like a lot of high end cycling kits. It boasts interesting design, clever use of technical fabrics, and some of the best  construction methods which come straight from Italy. Then what will set Alé apart from the rest of the crowd? The price.

Don’t let the affordability fool you though, Alé Bike Wear looks just as good as some of their high priced competitors. And it should – there is a good chance they made those, too. Well, Alé Bike Wear’s parent company APG, that is. As the clothing equivalent of a bicycle component manufacturer introducing their own house brand of components, Alé is poised be quite competitive when it comes to selling you your next kit…

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Up-Cycled: Buck!t Belts and “Watch Belts” made from recycled bicycle tires

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In these days of mass production and unimaginative merchandise that is cast from the same mold, there are companies out there producing unique and special items, made by hand. Buck!t Belts is one such company.

Where a company like Buck!t differs from your regular belt or watch band manufacturer is that, instead of taking the hide from an animal, they procure items that would normally be thrown into landfill. In this case, used bicycle tires… READ MORE ->

Capo Shines with Big Push into Luminescent Clothing for 2015

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It’s been 10 years since Gary Vasconi and Robert Carbone launched their little clothing brand out of the Bay Area. Their selection and line have drastically expanded since those early days, but one thing remains the same – for Robert and Gary to be happy, the stuff has to work. While comfort, fit, and moisture management have always been key elements to the design, Gary pointed out that as a family man getting home safely is just as important, likely more important than staying comfortable.

But as Gary put it, Capo didn’t want being seen to equate to “looking like a 3M striped safety cone.” Thanks to the use of strategically placed luminescent fabrics, Capo is blending visual safety with effortless style on the bike…

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Uncle Dick’s Bead Slip slides out of distributors, goes consumer direct at half the price

Uncle Dick’s bead slip, which uses childish humor and a slippery wax base to help you get stubborn tires over the hump and seated on your rim, is going consumer direct. The benefit? Besides a nice conversation starter on your workbench, it means the price is cut in half.

The 3oz tin will now retail for $10.99, down from $20.99 MSRP when it had to go through a distribution channel to get to your local shop. Founder Rich Travis found that most of his customers where at the shop level anyway, using it to speed up tire setup to maximize efficiency in the service bays.

Their brush kits, which make application easier, will see a similar price drop. Check our review here and their website here.

BikeBar prevents roof rack wobble worries, keeps your bike stable

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The BikeBar was designed to provide lateral support for roof rack systems.

For many of us, travelling with your bike(s) is a common experience. Whether you have to drive to the nearest trailhead or just enjoy road tripping to explore new riding zones, roof racks make it easy to load up and hit the road. However, none of the current offerings stabilize your bike side-to-side, allowing it to wobble left and right when you hit a pothole, make an evasive maneuver or head off road.

After a few unpleasant personal experiences with various bikes popping out of roof racks while travelling, multi-discipline rider Kris Pepper decided to employ his background in industrial design to solve the problem. Enter the BikeBar, an adjustable bar that provides lateral support to your roof-mounted bike, preventing any potential in-transit damage to your bike or vehicle.

Brace yourself and head past the break to check out the BikeBar’s design and setup…

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Limited Edition Brooks Cambium C17 Levi’s Denim Saddle Available Now

Immagini 022Ready for some jean on jean action? That will be the case if you purchase one of these limited edition Brooks saddles and combine them with your Levi’s Commuter jeans. Yes, Brooks has teamed up with Levi’s Commuter to create a limited edition Cambium C17 with a denim covering. Last year, riders were urged to bring in their worn out jeans to Levi’s Commuter workspaces in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and London to help provide the coverings for the new saddles. Part of the idea was to use recycled denim to give it new life, which is where the donations came in. Anyone who took part in the promotion was given a coupon for 20% off Brooks and Levi’s goods, with a chance to win a saddle of their own.

Now that the denim has been collected and formed into saddles using the same vulcanization technique that was used to produce the original Cambium C17s, there are 1,000 of the custom saddles up for grabs…

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