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Review: Kurt Kinetic Road Machine is a solid, quiet, premium fluid trainer

Kurt Kinetic road machine premium fluid cycling indoor trainer review

In the age of connected “smart” trainers that relay your data directly to a computer (and soon directly into the cloud), a standard fluid trainer doesn’t seem nearly as exciting. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be darn good, and there are ways of making it talk to your devices, after all.

The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine is their top level static trainer. The Rock and Roll, which sways with your movement, is still their top model, but it’s $200 more and it doesn’t pack down easily for travel. Their line was overhauled in 2013 to improve compatibility with larger (mountain bike) tires, improve fit and finish of the knobs, and pack them completely assembled so you can jump right on as soon as you open the box. The resistance unit was unchanged, though, which is fine because it’s stellar.

Looking for a high end fluid trainer that keeps it simple? Spin on in and check out the details…


BikeBar prevents roof rack wobble worries, keeps your bike stable

The BikeBar installed on vehicle

The BikeBar was designed to provide lateral support for roof rack systems.

For many of us, travelling with your bike(s) is a common experience. Whether you have to drive to the nearest trailhead or just enjoy road tripping to explore new riding zones, roof racks make it easy to load up and hit the road. However, none of the current offerings stabilize your bike side-to-side, allowing it to wobble left and right when you hit a pothole, make an evasive maneuver or head off road.

After a few unpleasant personal experiences with various bikes popping out of roof racks while travelling, multi-discipline rider Kris Pepper decided to employ his background in industrial design to solve the problem. Enter the BikeBar, an adjustable bar that provides lateral support to your roof-mounted bike, preventing any potential in-transit damage to your bike or vehicle.

Brace yourself and head past the break to check out the BikeBar’s design and setup…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Gourmet Century Schedule Released – Chris King’s Gourmet Century combines our love of food and cycling in pleasantly challenging group rides accompanied by a full days’ worth of deliciously crafted food. Registration opens April 1st for all Gourmet Century events. Check out the video above to get a feel for these “delicious experiences”.
  • Why should you join hundreds of passionate bicyclists in Washington, D.C., March 10-12? Glad you asked! The 2015 National Bike Summit and National Forum on Women & Bicycling is March 10-12 in Washington, D.C. Find out What You Will Gain by attending.
  • Standard registration for the 2015 TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI is officially SOLD OUT, but you can still sign up as a VIP or on behalf of one of their awesome Charity Partners!
  • If you do only one training camp in your life, let this be it. You’ve suffered with the Sufferfest videos at home – and now they want you to Suffer with them in person and become part of a Sufferlandrian National Team. For the first time ever, the UCI World Cycling Center in Aigle, Switzerland – global headquarters for the UCI and the destination for elite national teams – will host the training camp June 14th through 21st 2015.
  • Designer and manufacturer of bicycles for urban transport, Tern, has been awarded a trio of design awards from 2015 d&I and iF Competitions in Taiwan. The Tern Perch wall mount, Verge X18 folding road bike and Kinetix Pro X Wheels were recognized for their quality and innovation. Visit for more information.
  • In its first year, Inside Line Bike Expo is already gaining a lot of momentum and is shaping up to be a very successful event, one like we’ve never had in the Mid-Atlantic before. This is an event no cyclist in the region will want to miss, as we’ve worked very hard to make sure we have something for every type of cyclist!
  • The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), premier showcase for artisan framebuilders, is proud to announce a partnership with Bespoked, the UK-based counterpart to NAHBS, in an effort to further promote the handbuilt bicycle industry around the world. Embracing a “strength in numbers” philosophy, the two shows will cross promote one another to bring the message of artisanal bike building to a broader audience. Builders on each side of the Atlantic will have the opportunity to have their work presented to international audiences that would otherwise be hard to reach.
  • Over the years, riders from around the globe have battled hard for the VIENNA AIR KING throne. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event and is an inseparable part of the FMB World Tour calendar. From April 10th to 12th 2015 mountain bike dirt jump pros and youngsters as well as thousands of spectators will come together at Vienna’s Rathausplatz to honor this jubilee.
  • Cycling apparel manufacturer Pactimo is currently accepting applications for their 2015 Brand Ambassador program. In 2014, the programs inaugural year, they received more than 1800 applications in 4 days and selected 25 incredible brand ambassadors with a passion for the sport and a love for the brand. For 2015, they’re excited to increase the size of the program so get those APPLICATIONS submitted!
  • Want to target urban cyclists with you next marketing campaign? produces bike seat covers made from 100% recyclable material! – Plastic bottles! Connect with cyclists and engage with the wider urban population out on the street, drive traffic in-store and on-line. Check out the sample after the break…



Hands On: iOmounts Nomad Attracts your Phone to the Bars with Magnets

Nomad iomounts magnetic bike mount handlebar (2)

There are a number of products out there to mount your phone to your handlebars, but most of them have the same problem. Either you’re left with a massive case on your phone that is difficult to slip into your pocket, or you have to go through the hassle of installing the phone in the protective mount on the bars, or worse – you risk your phone jettisoning from the mount mid ride. iOmounts is approaching phone management from a different angle entirely. Instead of a twist lock, clamp, or bungee mount, the iOmounts Nomad relies on magnets.

Yep, the same thing you use to hang pictures on your fridge is supposed to be trusted with your pricey smart phone. While it may seem far fetched, when it comes to the nomad we’re actually pretty impressed…


Edco’s Wheel Saving TEN+ELEVEN Monoblock Cassette Now Available through Reynolds Cycling

Edco MonoblockNew standards got you down? While changing specifications often results in obsolete equipment, they also provide a chance for other companies to step up and offer solutions to keep that pair of wheels out of retirement. That’s the case with the Edco Monoblock cassette. Named after its one piece construction, the hardened chromoly steel design also aides in durability. Edco offers a number of 11 speed Monoblock cassettes for Shimano and Campagnolo drivetrains, but that doesn’t help those who are still riding wheels with a 10 speed freehub body.

That’s where the Monoblock TEN+ELEVEN adapter cassette comes in to play. Since the cassette is all one piece, the end of the cassette can be extended from the freehub. Used in conjunction with the special TEN+ELEVEN lock nut, and you have an 11 speed cassette that should fit on most 10 speed wheels. Even better, the cassettes are now available in the U.S. through Reynolds Cycling…


Feedback Sports Updates Maintenance App, Puts All Info In The Cloud For Easy Access


Feedback Sports created an maintenance app last spring, and has now taken taken their customer’s feedback to keep it up to date, and helping keep customer’s bikes properly maintained.

The biggest improvement is that all data is now kept in the cloud, so if the user changes phones, has two devices, or needs to log in from a device that isn’t their own, it is all possible now.

If you haven’t heard of this app, it can help you keep track of all your bikes, their components, and the maintenance that has been done to them. It can also allow multiple users to log into the same list, so it can possibly be used for teams or other groups to manage a fleet of bikes. The greatest thing is the free app does not try to sell you anything, so there may just be a free lunch after all.

Check it out at Feedback Sports.


LEAFXPRO Bicycle Umbrella Leaves You Dry and Protected

LeafXPro bicycle umbrella fender bubble (1)

To be entirely honest, it will probably be awhile before products like the LEAFXPRO catch on in the U.S. Far more likely to succeed in countries where infrastructure is built around cycling as a true form of transportation, not just an afterthought, LEAFXPRO is the next evolutionary step in protection from the elements. Almost certain to draw some stares, a bicycle umbrella is as it sounds – a protective barrier from the wind and rain. Only, this umbrella is attached to the bike so you don’t have to ride with one hand and fight with an umbrella at the same time.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like the LEAFXPRO either as you couldn’t step foot outside Eurobike without running into similar contraptions. Where the LEAFXPRO stands out though, is in the aerodynamic design and modular construction. It may look funny, but the bicycle umbrella should keep you dry if you choose to use it…


Found: Clug – The World’s Smallest Bike Rack

clugWe missed the CLUG during their Kickstarter last June, but it didn’t seem to matter. The company crushed their $32,000 funding goal, and raised an impressive $107,947 CAD. That’s a lot of money for something so small – actually, what CLUG is calling the world’s smallest bike rack. Originally created with a 3D printer, CLUG is a simple clip that is mounted to the wall. Your bike’s tire then snaps into the clip, leaving your bike supported and your home or office space de-cluttered.

During the Kickstarter campaign you could pledge just $5 to get your own .stl file to print your own CLUG and the early bird supporters were sent 3D printed first run CLUGs while the actual CLUGs were being manufactured. Certainly an interesting use of 3D printing to bridge the gap between concept and production. Soon with three options to choose from, CLUG is looking like an intriguing storage solution for your home…


Jaguar Moves To Put Bike Sense Cyclist Protection System In All Jag and Rover Vehicles Within 2 Years


Following the same idea as Volvo and POC, Jaguar is starting to use high-tech vehicle features to protect cyclists and other non-four-wheeled users.

The Jaguar system called Bike Sense would be fit into new Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles over the next two years. There is a whole host of ways it can alert drivers with haptic feedback on pedals, door handles and steering wheel, visible color changes to interior parts, auditory alerts (including a bicycle bell!), and it could even tap the driver on the shoulder.

Using sensors around the vehicle, it can tell if cyclists, pedestrians or motorcyclists are in the path of the vehicle, or if moving the vehicle would cause a collision. Then, it can decide which is the best method of all the various notifications, and alert the driver to the situation. For instance, if a cyclist is coming up from behind, and opening the door could hit them, the car will buzz the door handle someone goes to open the door, or if moving the car forward would create a collision, it will buzz the gas pedal if the driver tries to accelerate.

Jaguar has thought through a lot of scenarios, and the resulting features cover almost everything. Click more to see a video showing the cool color changing interior to alert drivers to people in the blind spots…