Love it or hate it, Kickstarter has given the cycling community dozens of great projects. Among them is the Musguard, a super minimal fender that attaches to your seatube with velcro, and can be rolled up and stashed on your frame once the sun comes out to play. The only caveat is that it’s low slung profile works best on bikes without a rear brake. READ MORE ->
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Kitsbow produces high quality garments tailored made for mountain biking. Rather than garish colors and baggy fits, their all new Ride Tee is a casually styled T-shirt hand made in Vancouver from New Zealand Merino wool. Each has embroidered nylon shoulder panels for added abrasion wear resistance and a stitched chest past pocket.
The Ride Tee is available in five sizes (XS-XL) and is offered in three different color ways – Black Olive, Gray Heather, and Charcoal Heather. Retail is $120-130 and they’ll be available April 1st.
While you’re waiting for the new kit to become available, head over to their web site and enter their #JoinTheObsessives contest for a chance to win twelve grand in rad gear (including an Ibis Ripley.)
Steel is real and so are the benefits of suspension. The new Paragon fork from RockShox isn’t intended to woo riders sold on disc brake road bikes into becoming drop bar mountain bikers, but it will take make riding gravel roads alot more comfortable for people who ride trekking bikes. The 4.07 lb (1,846g) fork is said to offer the best of mountain biking suspension, while being purpose built for road and commuting applications.
The fork houses a Solo Air spring and Turn Key damping, but had specific features like routing for lighting and wiring systems from a dynamo hub that will appeal to commuters. There is also an integrated mounting option for headlights and cast bosses for fenders. Without fenders, the purpose built 700c fork will accommodate up to 45C tires, and will offers 50/65mm of travel in disc or rim brake specific iterations.
During last weeks Top Gear UK episode, the dynamic British hosts released some cycling awareness tips for city commuters. While we haven’t been able to find a clip from the show yet, we hope you’ll enjoy this safety short.
Expanding innovations in technology are being applied to auto safety and now congruently, cyclists’ safety. The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (CARRS-Q) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has assumed a leading role in developing automated communications between motorists and cyclists. Next, see how your iPhone may one day save your life…
Revolights, which has launched two wheel-based bicycle light systems on Kickstarter is back for their third act.
The Arc LED light system is an add-on product that fits onto existing fenders, letting people simply add it onto the fenders of their choice. There’ll also be two complete options, one with a plastic universal fender and one with a higher end metal fender.
“The design is able to conform to different shapes,” says Drew Ocon, Revolights’ marketing manager. “All of the electronics we’re using and the plastic itself is pretty flexible. Not only does that allow it to curve to the shape of different size wheels, but also open or close (think hot dog bun) to fit wider or narrower fenders, too.”
The built in sensor detects deceleration, trigging the lights to become a solid brake light when you stop. The blink pattern will also speed up as you slow down, providing plenty of visual cues to drivers that something’s changing. Video intro, pics and more below…
Like the road and commuter wheels and hubs announced today, Shimano’s upcoming mountain bike products lead in with entry and mid level products that take full advantage of their tech. We often see comments about how expensive the top tier products in the industry are getting, but then you look at the new Alivio group and you realize that what used to be Deore or LX level years ago, can now be had on an entry level 9 speed bike.
It may not include a clutch rear derailleur or offer competition to XX1, but the new Alivio M4000 group should allow for some quality builds at easily attainable prices. It’s based on a Mega 9 shifting platform which is anchored by the new Shadow M4000 rear derailleur…
The time is upon us when Shimano divulges all the new gear they have been working on for the next product year, in 2015. Ok, when we say all, we really mean some. There will be some bigger product announcements coming later in the year. Consider this the intro level debut for road and commuter. While we tend to geek out more about the high end stuff, today’s announcements show just how far technology has trickled down.
If there was any doubt to Shimano’s belief in road tubeless, all you have to do is check these wheel introductions. Out of four different 11 speed compatible wheels, only one is not tubeless – and that is the impressively affordable $229.99 WH-RS010. They’ve also revised their dynamo and internal gear hubs.
See what’s new after the jump!
With the increase in bicycle usage, especially within cities, security concerns continue to be at the front of cyclists’ minds. In this war against bike theft, as with most any defensive strategy, diversification is highly effective. U-lock your frame, cable lock your wheels, lock your components, install GPS tracking — all are effective war tactics. Dennis Siegel, student at University of the Arts Bremen, decided to add yet another weapon to the war chest. Be debriefed on his advanced safety measures once you conquer the break…