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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Robot Bike 3D prints titanium, carbon tubes into 160mm DW-link shredder

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As we’ve seen the rapid prototyping concept grow technologically into an actual method to manufacture components, a lot of design limitations that have previously governed bike design start to disappear. Bike shapes can become more fluid or flexible, and things like custom geometry full-suspension bikes can become reality. One such promising bike is the new R160 from the young Robot Bike Co.

The 160mm travel trail bike starts with a set of 11 individually made-to-order 3D printed titanium lugs that get heat-treated, precision machined out, and joined up to 8 carbon fiber tubes to build a unique bike for each customer. With Dave Weagle onboard as a founding company partner, the R160 gets shaped around a progressive DW6 suspension design to give it the confidence to fly over steep and technical trails, while still pedal well enough to get back up the hills and enjoy all-day adventures.  Drop past the break for a close look at the new bike…

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As we’ve seen the rapid prototyping concept grow technologically into an actual method to manufacture components, a lot of design limitations that have previously governed bike design start to disappear. Bike shapes can become more fluid or flexible, and things like custom geometry full-suspension bikes can become reality. One such promising bike is the new R160 from […]

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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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OpenBike connects all of your bikes’ lights, shifting, computer, batteries & more

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As our bicycles continue to add more and more electronics to them (lights, shifting, computers, motors, etc.), we’re also adding batteries. Which means additional weight, complexity and things to charge. Not to mention separate controls and things that aren’t necessarily designed to work with each other.

Enter OpenBike, a new platform that combines the power and control of all those devices into a single hub. And a single battery. And makes them play nice with each other. It’s done by creating a central hub and common, shared communication protocol that lets parts operate together from a single power source and shared controls. Could this be the future of bicycle “operating systems”?

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As our bicycles continue to add more and more electronics to them (lights, shifting, computers, motors, etc.), we’re also adding batteries. Which means additional weight, complexity and things to charge. Not to mention separate controls and things that aren’t necessarily designed to work with each other. Enter OpenBike, a new platform that combines the power and […]

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Rotor UBB4630 spins out more secure option for PF30. BB386, and BBRight

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Love the threaded BB30 solution from Rotor Bike Components? That same threaded pressfit design is now making its way to more bottom bracket “standards” thanks to their new UBB4630. For whatever reason some bottom brackets tend to creak – some claim it’s the fault of frame manufactures, while others claim it’s a fault of the BB design itself. To help with the issue, Rotor is adding a more secure aluminum threaded pressfit bottom bracket to complement their current UBB line.

Whether you have a frame with a PF30, BBRight, or BB386 shell, the UBB4630 is here to help…

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Love the threaded BB30 solution from Rotor Bike Components? That same threaded pressfit design is now making its way to more bottom bracket “standards” thanks to their new UBB4630. For whatever reason some bottom brackets tend to creak – some claim it’s the fault of frame manufactures, while others claim it’s a fault of the […]

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Let Blinkers signal turns for your city bike

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One of the founders of Swiss startup Velohub sent us their latest urban riding project. Set up to develop new tech for better and safer city riding, Velohub has taken their Blinkers project to a crowdfunding campaign to get the idea off the ground. Blinkers is a pair of front and rear rechargeable lights and integrated turn signal indicators that easily attach to most bikes and offer a simple and clear visual cue to let cars and pedestrians know your intentions. With a relatively narrow footprint on the bike they offer visibility and clear direction indication through the use of cascading LEDs. Take a closer look at how they work, plus their brake light function and laser ‘bike lane’ indicators after the jump…

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One of the founders of Swiss startup Velohub sent us their latest urban riding project. Set up to develop new tech for better and safer city riding, Velohub has taken their Blinkers project to a crowdfunding campaign to get the idea off the ground. Blinkers is a pair of front and rear rechargeable lights and […]

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Found: JustGoRide lets you create free GPX route files, GPSvisualizer makes them useful

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I suppose all of this was only ever a Google search away, but now that I’ve been using the Wahoo ELEMNT and it’s ability to add GPX route files in the most insanely easy way, I’ve found myself actually wanting to upload GPX files to a cycling computer…simply because it’s now so darn easy.

The hard part then became creating the files without paying for a subscription, because I’m frugal, which led me to the UK site JustGoRide. It lets you overlay a route on Google Maps, showing distance and elevation (in kilometers and meters, respectively) as you mark it, then export it all as a GPX file for free…

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I suppose all of this was only ever a Google search away, but now that I’ve been using the Wahoo ELEMNT and it’s ability to add GPX route files in the most insanely easy way, I’ve found myself actually wanting to upload GPX files to a cycling computer…simply because it’s now so darn easy. The […]

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Week in Review: SRAM eTap Hydro, hacked Di2 MTB install, sweet new bikes & more!

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This past week we saw new bikes from several smaller brands, like SE Bikes and Rodeo Labs, plus a couple of hacks showing off an ultra clean Di2 mountain bike install and hydraulic shifting for Rohloff hubs. And speaking of hydraulics, SRAM went ahead and formally announced eTAP with Hydro disc brakes! As usual, tons of great stuff, all wrapped up in a tidy list of links below. Happy weekend reading!!!

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This past week we saw new bikes from several smaller brands, like SE Bikes and Rodeo Labs, plus a couple of hacks showing off an ultra clean Di2 mountain bike install and hydraulic shifting for Rohloff hubs. And speaking of hydraulics, SRAM went ahead and formally announced eTAP with Hydro disc brakes! As usual, tons […]

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