A week in review: Road to NAHBS, Winter gear rampage, Tour Down Under rigs and much more!

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Take an intimate peak of some of the many frame (& tool) builders we’ve interviewed leading up to the North American Handmade Bike Show so far. Plus see how Cory, Trey and especially Zach take on Winter in some VERY different environments with gear from Proviz, Ornot, and Specialized…. Continue reading “A week in review: Road to NAHBS, Winter gear rampage, Tour Down Under rigs and much more!”

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Don’t get bent out of shape… Wheels Manufacturing has a bunch of new derailleur hangers for your bike

Don’t get bent out of shape… Wheels Manufacturing has a bunch of new derailleur hangers for your bike

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Like death and taxes, eventually a bent derailleur hanger is inevitable. Fortunately, Wheels Manufacturing is constantly turning out new derailleur hangers to replace yours should it have a moving experience. Machined in the U.S. from hiqh quality aluminum, Wheels Manufacturing hangers are designed to be as good, if not better than the original hanger than came on the bike.

Now with new hangers numbered 268-279, Wheels Manufacturing has even more bikes covered from Blue, Colnago, Corratec, Diamondback, Focus, Fuji, Ghost, Giant, GT, Jamis, Kona, Marin, Novara, Norco and more…

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Bombtrack breaks the Hook down into 3 specialist cyclocross machines

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About a year and a half ago Bombtrack bikes stepped out of their fixie comfort zone and offered a steel framed cyclocross bike to broaden their horizons. In that time the original Hook cross bike outreached their expectations and everyone from their development team to their customers began to take the bike more and more off its intended track. So now Bombtrack has added two more bike to the Hook line. A new entry level steel bike steel bike becomes the 1, last year’s Hook carries over as the 2, and an all carbon Hook 3 makes its debut, with more shots and details across the fold…

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Review: Proviz Reflect 360+ jacket delivers unmatched foul weather commute visibility

Review: Proviz Reflect 360+ jacket delivers unmatched foul weather commute visibility

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Proviz recently updated their ultra high-visibility lineup for commuters with the new Reflect 360+ jacket, which aims to be a bit higher level of performance than the jacket that they debuted back in 2014. The new jacket claims increased breathability, while maintaining both the unparalleled reflectivity and resistance to cold and wet weather. We had tested the previous generation of the Reflect 360 getting around town, but were hoping for something that could do a bit more double duty crossing over to some winter road riding. Follow us past the break to see what we think of the jacket that is getting us through our winter commutes these days…

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The Box Bike Collective looks to crowdfund an affordable cargo E-bike

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After quitting his job to be a stay at home dad, Alex Yasbek was loving life but missing his passion for cycling. He decided he needed a bike that would carry his kids and cargo so he could keep riding in his daily routine, since he no longer commuted to work.

With a diverse group of parents, engineers and bike industry experts Yasbek founded the Bike Box Collective in Santa Cruz, California, and began drafting up designs. They came up with the Box Bike, a two-wheeled hauler with electric assist for carrying kids, groceries, parcels, and of course surfboards!

The collective is a notably ethical bunch- Not only do they intend to promote a healthier and greener alternative to driving, they also plan to hand build the bikes in Santa Cruz and offer reasonable wages to employees. The Box Bike’s Kickstarter campaign is on until Feb. 20th, with the goal of gaining funds to begin production…
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Camile puts GPS and Video into one clean & simple package

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There are more and more GPS and digital video devices coming to market for cyclists every year. So each new product has to differentiate itself from the rest by delivering better performance or lower pricing, or even both. Upstart Chinese consumer electronics company MiniWing has a solution by combing the digital recording and GPS into the Camile, a single device with a simple design and easy-to-use interface. They are bringing the Camile to Indiegogo to get over that first product manufacturing hump and bring the new tech to market quickly. Take a closer look after the break…

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Shimano updates STePS + Di2 e-bikes with auto shifting firmware

Shimano updates STePS + Di2 e-bikes with auto shifting firmware

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Shimano finally announced today the release of a new firmware update for e-bikes running their STePS system and the Di2 Nexus hubs. Shimano had introduced us to the possibility of automatic, electronic gear shifting on their drivetrains almost a year ago, but when we talked to STePS users and industry insiders who were spec’ing the systems, no one really had heard anything suggesting real world availability of the automatic transmission setup. That has changed now with public v2.11.1 firmware available from Shimano. Let your mouse automatically take you across the break to see how it works and self-learns when it should shift based on your riding style…

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Blackburn expands its Outpost line with… well, an expandable frame bag

Blackburn expands its Outpost line with… well, an expandable frame bag

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Every year, more and more people are going off the grid and further away from civilization on their bikes. Whether a day, week, or months at a time, you need to haul a moderate amount of items, and one of the lowest (center of gravity), accessible and somewhat protected spaces is within the bike’s frame. Blackburn’s newest addition to the Outpost family of bags, the Outpost Frame Bag, offers a multitude of flexibility for most traditional frames and adventures alike…..

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Review: Always ready to ride with the Trek Lync

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For longer than I can remember, there have been a lot of bikes in the garage (or dorm room, living room, where ever I could stash them). Since there always seemed to be one bike or another to take for rides around town, trips to the store, or to ride to the bar, the concept of yet another bike around the house as a dedicated city bike seemed a bit superfluous.

But when Trek offered to let us keep their Lync 3 for a while, I thought why not? In addition to the overall design and function of the bike being tailored to city riding and commuting, the Lync has another trick up its sleeve – built in lights. While it may seem like an unnecessary feature, the Lync proved better than expected in more ways than one…

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