Specialized fires up color-changing, heat-sensitive paint for Olympians (and you)

Specialized torch heat sensitive color changing bicycle paint

Specialized sponsored athletes heading to Rio will be carrying a different type of torch with specially painted Tarmac, Amira and Epic FSR bikes that change color in the heat. While they may stay full yellow down in Rio, the effect is quite spectacular, and it’s found on the Evade helmet, too.

The three bikes and lid are part of a larger collection of clothing and gear available in limited quantities. Check out the video to see it change…

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Specialized sponsored athletes heading to Rio will be carrying a different type of torch with specially painted Tarmac, Amira and Epic FSR bikes that change color in the heat. While they may stay full yellow down in Rio, the effect is quite spectacular, and it’s found on the Evade helmet, too. The three bikes and […]

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Strava Beacon offers peace of mind through restricted live tracking

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Strava wants to make athletes a bit safer while out exploring trails or just putting time in on the road training solo. So the newest addition to their Strava Premium features is the new Beacon tool that lets you share your real-time location information with a limited select group of contacts, either friends or family who want to keep an eye on you from home. Available through their mobile app, Beacon makes it easy to give your loved ones some peace of mind while you are out exercising on your own, without having to sacrifice your online security by opening up your location publicly. Check out how it works after the break….

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Strava wants to make athletes a bit safer while out exploring trails or just putting time in on the road training solo. So the newest addition to their Strava Premium features is the new Beacon tool that lets you share your real-time location information with a limited select group of contacts, either friends or family […]

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Wahoo adds live Strava segments to ELEMNT cycling computer

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The Wahoo ELEMNT keeps getting better. It’s already just about the easiest GPS cycling computer to set up pre ride, sync post ride, and now it’ll provide real time Strava Segments during the ride.

In the ELEMNT’s typical ease of use fashion, getting a Strava Live Segment to show up on the screen is as simply as starring a segment on Strava.com. Then, as you ride, a special screen pops up when you encounter a marked segment and shows you progress. Additional parameters like speed, power, heart rate, etc., can be added to that screen, too. Just customize it through the smartphone app and you’re off to the virtual races…

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The Wahoo ELEMNT keeps getting better. It’s already just about the easiest GPS cycling computer to set up pre ride, sync post ride, and now it’ll provide real time Strava Segments during the ride. In the ELEMNT’s typical ease of use fashion, getting a Strava Live Segment to show up on the screen is as […]

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Blackburn ‘Roll With It’ book & movie combo now available

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Sometimes just seeing other people getting out there and doing it is enough to make you get out there and do it. Other times, it’s just entertaining to watch them do it from the comfort of your couch. Either way, the new Roll With It book and movie from Blackburn, Niner and New Belgium Brewing fits the bill.

Buy the book for $20 and you’ll get the movie download for free. Or, rent the movie on a 24 hour streaming deal for $10. Or just buy the digital download of the movie for $20. Which seems silly since you won’t get the book, a guide for getting your friends together for a bike packing trip. Because we all know that getting out there and doing it is more fun with friends. Trailer below…

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Sometimes just seeing other people getting out there and doing it is enough to make you get out there and do it. Other times, it’s just entertaining to watch them do it from the comfort of your couch. Either way, the new Roll With It book and movie from Blackburn, Niner and New Belgium Brewing […]

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The MODUAL multi-tool offers flexibility, leverage, and a clever roll to carry it along

Altum MODUAL multi tool, with MTR roll

Altum MODUAL multi tool on blueprints

Modular multi tools are a cool idea for those looking to personalize a compact tool for their particular needs. Recently we checked out a tool from Atelier Cycles that comes with any bits you want, and here we have another innovative idea from London’s Altum Designs. The MODUAL is the first product to be made by this upstart company, and it’s already generating plenty of interest- their campaign on Kickstarter has been successfully funded.

The MODUAL consists of two parts- the MTS tool itself and an accompanying MODUAL Tool Roll (MTR). The tool offers 13 different bits and can be used as either a wrench or a screwdriver. Altum decided to eschew the typical folding tool design in order to provide more leverage, plus with the roll the MTS can be conveniently strapped under your seat…
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Modular multi tools are a cool idea for those looking to personalize a compact tool for their particular needs. Recently we checked out a tool from Atelier Cycles that comes with any bits you want, and here we have another innovative idea from London’s Altum Designs. The MODUAL is the first product to be made […]

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Eye Candy! Rio Olympic paint schemes from Scott; fully wrapped Rocky Mountain from rie:sel designs

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With several of their athletes (like the amazing Nino Schurter) headed to the Rio Olympics, Scott Sports has custom painted several of their bikes to celebrate the accomplishment. Look for it on the Spark full suspension mountain bike, and the Addict, Plasma and Foil on the pavement.

“When we kicked off the project, we did a lot of research regarding colors, patterns and symbols which represent aspects of Brazilian culture,” says Michael Pinto, the designer behind the Rio Special Edition. “It wasn’t until I spent my holidays in Brazil that I found this unique pattern in the streets of Rio which for me perfectly represents the colorful culture and spirit of the Brazilian people.”

Following the event, a limited run of 50 matching versions of the Foil worldwide. Pre-orders start in September, check them out (plus a wild graphic wrap from Riesel:Designs) below…

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With several of their athletes (like the amazing Nino Schurter) headed to the Rio Olympics, Scott Sports has custom painted several of their bikes to celebrate the accomplishment. Look for it on the Spark full suspension mountain bike, and the Addict, Plasma and Foil on the pavement. “When we kicked off the project, we did […]

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BikeYoke “dehydraulifies” your Reverb dropper post w/ mechanical lever conversion

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In June, Bike Yoke unveiled the Triggy, giving you a dropper post remote that looked and felt like the familiar shifter lever we’ve almost all removed from our left side. Now, they’ve made it (or most other remotes) compatible with the formerly hydraulic-only Rockshox Reverb with the new DeHy.

The DeHy replaces the hydraulic hose connection on the Reverb without replacing or affecting any of the internals. It then allows you to connect a standard brake cable to it and run that through standard housing up to the mechanical lever. Here’s why you might want to do such a thing…

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In June, Bike Yoke unveiled the Triggy, giving you a dropper post remote that looked and felt like the familiar shifter lever we’ve almost all removed from our left side. Now, they’ve made it (or most other remotes) compatible with the formerly hydraulic-only Rockshox Reverb with the new DeHy. The DeHy replaces the hydraulic hose […]

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Cyclotron: a hubless, spokeless bike getting funded on Kickstarter

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OK, now if we would have looked at this a month before it started its crowdfunding campaign, like many people I might have just dismissed it. I mean come on, are we really ready for a Tron-looking bike built around hubless wheels? Or is it even ready for us? The answer to that is apparently, yes. More than enough people have put their money where their mouths are to more than double the funding the Cyclotron bike team needed to get their project out of technology and design development, and off the ground towards production. Take a closer look with us at what could be one of the most technology-integrated bikes rolling around town, with it built-in electronic shifting gearbox, sensors, lighting, and much more…

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OK, now if we would have looked at this a month before it started its crowdfunding campaign, like many people I might have just dismissed it. I mean come on, are we really ready for a Tron-looking bike built around hubless wheels? Or is it even ready for us? The answer to that is apparently, yes. More […]

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BONX earpiece and app bring live chat to your group ride

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We’ve seen several other bluetooth and hands free communication devices, some very complex with a camera, and some unencumbered by a smartphone but using a separate transmitter. Now, there’s one that minimizes the size and weight of what’s on your noggin by pairing with a smartphone app to let you communicate with up to nine of your riding buddies at a time…

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We’ve seen several other bluetooth and hands free communication devices, some very complex with a camera, and some unencumbered by a smartphone but using a separate transmitter. Now, there’s one that minimizes the size and weight of what’s on your noggin by pairing with a smartphone app to let you communicate with up to nine […]

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