Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Looking back at the Tour of California – Some of us here are suckers for infographics. So when the TOC organizers wrapped up the event and looked back at the data, this is what they came up with. From the number of hotel rooms booked to the equivalent number of In-N-Out burgers that each rider burned off over the 8 day race (hint: not all that many), they are getting the important bits. Now, it’s time to get planning for next year. AmgenTourofCalifornia.com

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Looking back at the Tour of California – Some of us here are suckers for infographics. So when the TOC organizers wrapped up the event and looked back at the data, this is what they came up with. From the number of hotel rooms booked to the equivalent number of In-N-Out burgers that each rider burned […]

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Fix Manufacturing creates compact wearable multi-tools for urban riders, skaters and snowboarders

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On their Kickstarter campaign page, Fix Manufacturing states “No tool is worth anything if you don’t have it when you need it”, so they’ve come up with a handy way to ensure you have a multi-tool on hand all the time- they’ve built it into a belt buckle. Fix manufacturing’s line of compact multi-tools are designed specifically for action sports enthusiasts, with three different models intended for snowboarders, skateboarders, and bike riders.

As long as you wear pants or shorts while you skate, snowboard or ride you can conveniently carry a few key tools without adding extra bulk to your kit. Of course most cyclists don’t wear belts while pedalling, so the bike tool isn’t intended for trail or road riders covering long distances, but rather dirt jumpers/street riders/BMXers who usually ride in casual clothes. However, if you like the design and functions you can always buy the tool without the belt…
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On their Kickstarter campaign page, Fix Manufacturing states “No tool is worth anything if you don’t have it when you need it”, so they’ve come up with a handy way to ensure you have a multi-tool on hand all the time- they’ve built it into a belt buckle. Fix manufacturing’s line of compact multi-tools are […]

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Water Works Roundup – Filtration bottles and a wearable dehumidifier?

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It flows around the planet, through our bodies and even hangs in the air – as the basic ingredient for life itself, water is without a doubt the most important resource on planet earth. Athletes especially know the importance of staying hydrated, so in this roundup we’ll check out two new water filtration bottles that make that simple but significant task much easier in any setting.

Unfortunately once you’ve done your job hydrating yourself, perspiration can become a problem, especially under weatherproof jackets. To combat such clammy discomfort, Dry-Active technologies has created a wearable dehumidifier that helps keep your body and base layers dry…
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It flows around the planet, through our bodies and even hangs in the air – as the basic ingredient for life itself, water is without a doubt the most important resource on planet earth. Athletes especially know the importance of staying hydrated, so in this roundup we’ll check out two new water filtration bottles that […]

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Kuat NV 2.0 tray-style hitch rack gets overhauled for bigger tires, easier use

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The original Kuat NV bike rack debuted way back in 2008 and brought a new style sensibility to the otherwise utilitarian world of bicycle transportation. It also introduced clever features like a built in workstand. Now, after three years in development, the Kuat NV 2.0 updates literally every aspect of the rack to make it better, prettier, easier to use and more capable.

Starting with the modernizing touches, the NV 2.0 works with mountain bike tires up to 4.8″ wide, which covers most everything out there except the ultra fat bikes. The rest is refinements, making it all work better than ever…

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The original Kuat NV bike rack debuted way back in 2008 and brought a new style sensibility to the otherwise utilitarian world of bicycle transportation. It also introduced clever features like a built in workstand. Now, after three years in development, the Kuat NV 2.0 updates literally every aspect of the rack to make it better, […]

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Rapha Pro Team Lightweight Wind Jacket has got your back

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Wind jackets are an often overlooked when it comes to developing new tech. I’ve seen a lot of nicely designed jackets to battle the harshest elements, and some really great packable vests that offer a bit of protection for early morning starts. But for longer rides in cool weather or even more for those really long rides in the mountains where the temperatures can drop quickly and where long descents can suck all of the warmth out of you a nice packable wind jacket is key.

Developed based on the demands of Rapha’s pro sponsorship with Team Sky the new Pro Team Lightweight Wind Jacket should close that gap between vest and proper jacket in something that can easily stuff in a jersey pocket, but vent well enough to still wear on those cooler climbs…

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Wind jackets are an often overlooked when it comes to developing new tech. I’ve seen a lot of nicely designed jackets to battle the harshest elements, and some really great packable vests that offer a bit of protection for early morning starts. But for longer rides in cool weather or even more for those really […]

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Lumma lazerifies bicycle grips so you can see… and be seen

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Lumma’s approach to bicycle lighting combines several unique approaches to create a sleek illumination system that’s almost invisible…until it’s not.

By combining front and rear lights into the bicycle’s grips, they give you a broader light pattern up front and allow others to gauge your oncoming speed thanks to the perspective of seeing the lights grow wider as you approach. They also combine bright red lasers that point down to create a mini bike lane that helps define your space to motorists coming up from behind. All of it’s packaged in a lock-on grip using an aircraft grade alloy shaft with integrated, USB-rechargeable battery…

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Lumma’s approach to bicycle lighting combines several unique approaches to create a sleek illumination system that’s almost invisible…until it’s not. By combining front and rear lights into the bicycle’s grips, they give you a broader light pattern up front and allow others to gauge your oncoming speed thanks to the perspective of seeing the lights […]

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Showers Pass covers multiple pursuits with new Syncline rain jacket

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Ready for your next adventure? Ready for the unpredictable weather? We feature a lot of cycling clothing on here that is just that – clothing made specifically for cycling. And as good as purpose built clothing can be, sometimes you’re better off with something multi purpose.

Rain jackets are a good example, especially if you find yourself drawn to the latest bikepacking trend. Having the right jacket to survive the elements is equally as important as packing light, so having something that pulls dual duty on and off the bike could be key. The new Showers Pass Syncline jacket probably won’t be the choice for performance cycling, but for anyone looking for a quality rain jacket in almost any situation, the Syncline is worth a look…
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Ready for your next adventure? Ready for the unpredictable weather? We feature a lot of cycling clothing on here that is just that – clothing made specifically for cycling. And as good as purpose built clothing can be, sometimes you’re better off with something multi purpose. Rain jackets are a good example, especially if you find […]

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Accessories in tow: two new bicycle trailers meant to help your gear go the distance

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Go, go, gadget, bike trailer! That’s probably the thought that will cross your mind as you unfold your Multi Purpose Wagon. Just what is a multi purpose wagon? Well, it’s part wagon, part bike trailer, part table and chairs, and part storage. Yes, all of the above packs down into one super compact storage case so you can not only transport your gear, but you can transport the transport as well.

Looking for something a bit more rugged? Then you’ll want to check out the Sentier Bike Trolley next…

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Go, go, gadget, bike trailer! That’s probably the thought that will cross your mind as you unfold your Multi Purpose Wagon. Just what is a multi purpose wagon? Well, it’s part wagon, part bike trailer, part table and chairs, and part storage. Yes, all of the above packs down into one super compact storage case […]

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Velojackr portable repair stand/kit reshapes to fit in cages, Williams offers customizable carbon cage

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Velojackr’s slogan pretty much says it all – “we believe the only part of your bike that should touch the ground is your tires.” That’s referring to the common practice of turning your bike upside down to rest it on the bars and saddle when you need to change a flat. Depending on where you are you can get around the issue (especially if you are riding with someone else – ‘here, hold this’), but for those looking for a simple way to support your bike during down time, Velojackr offers a unique solution.

When we last saw the concept, it was more of a square profile that was meant to fit inside larger saddle bags. Now, after heading back to the drawing board, Velojackr changes profile to fit in your bottle cage and stores more than just a flat kit…

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Velojackr’s slogan pretty much says it all – “we believe the only part of your bike that should touch the ground is your tires.” That’s referring to the common practice of turning your bike upside down to rest it on the bars and saddle when you need to change a flat. Depending on where you […]

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