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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



Tools & Access

  • Find Public Repair  Stations Around the Globe – Minneapolis based Dero has put together an online mapping tool for cities, parks, universities, and bike advocacy groups to embed in their cycling and services sites to help cyclists find access to publicly available repair stands and tools. Dero has been cataloging coordinates for their Fixit stands, an the Fixit map continues to grow as the popularity of bicycling around the world increases. Currently, Dero Fixits can be found in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States, including Puerto Rico.


IB15: Moots Shows off New YBB+ Mountaineer Bike Packing Machine, New Carbon Fork and… New OWNER!

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Moots surprised us with a couple of new items, but nothing grabbed our attention more than the YBB+ Mountaineer bike packing rig… well, the change in ownership is a pretty big deal too, but it sounds like a solid move for a steadily growing company.

Blaze a path past the break to see what Moots has packed away and see what Moots has to say about the changeover…


Sage Cycles bridges the gap between road and cross with new gravel bike, introducing the Sage Barlow

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Making the move to US based production was a smart one for Sage Cycles.  It has enabled the company to quickly design, prototype, and build two updated models, with a third, new model on it’s way within the past year.

The Sage Skyline 2.0 is in our test stable, and a full review will be coming post-Interbike.  For those riding cross this season, the updated PDXCX is available now.  And for those looking to hit the back roads, and even get in some bikepacking, the new Barlow gravel grinder is coming soon.

The Barlow ticks all the right boxes.  It’s made of 3/2.5 ti, has a 44mm headtube and oversized downtube, custom ti seat post, clearance for 40mm tires, separate rack and fender mounts, can use electronic or mechanical drivetrains, quick release or thru axle hub compatibility, and it even has three sets of water bottle mounts.

Head past the break for more images plus the full press release.


Ellsworth brand video teases new suspension, new models

with Interbike just around the corner, brands big and small are sending out the teasers in droves. The latest is from Ellsworth, who’s right around the year anniversary of their acquisition by BST Nano. This video is more about the brands story and where theyre headed (U.S. carbon manufacturing!), but in it youll catch glimpses of a revised suspension design, which is a pretty big deal for a brand that’s stuck to its guns for decades, and a new fat bike.

We’ll have full coverage from the show, stay tuned…

Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #2: Chosen goes for 12 Speeds, Cippollini Gets Aero, DT Swiss & HED Get Wider and MORE!

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Welcome back to Eurobike coverage part deux! With more categories to cover than ever, this year’s show was huge and kept us on our toes more than ever. Pour yourself a well deserved scotch, kick your feet up, and travel into this week’s coverage of Eurobike 2015.

And in case you missed Week 1’s exciting coverage, check it out!


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Industry News

  • Shimano to Develop Leisure Complex in Netherlands – Shimano Europe has signed a letter of intent to develop a new cycling, fishing and rowing complex in Valkenburg, Netherlands that is due for completion in 2017. The Shimano Experience Center will allow visitors to share the love of cycling, fishing and rowing – Shimano’s three core passions – and show visitors fun ways to get involved in these sports. You can find more on the story here.


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

UCI Worlds


  • 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships  – This year’s Worlds are in Vallnord, Andorra and can be seen on Redbull.TV. The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country race is Saturday, September 5th while the Men’s and Ladies Downhill will be aired on Sunday the 6th.


Video: Preview the Rio 2016 Olympic mountain bike course

South African course designer Nick Floros attached a helmet cam and ripped through the XC mountain bike course being built for the 2016 Rio Olympics. While there’s plenty of flat dirt, there’s also more then enough rock features, drops and techy bits to throw off the pace if a rider chooses (or is forced into) a less than ideal line.

There are more than five kilometers of rock, logs, jumps, berms, bridges and a tunnel laid out in what they say is a course that won’t favor any one type of rider.

In the PR by the organizing committee, Flores said: “The area chosen was very good to design for, as it has a natural variety of land types and many climbs and descents. The course is going be great. We’re going to have some different aspects, for example giant footprints around the course, and some parts based on the shapes we see around the city. I’m sure it’s going to be a fun course for everyone.”

They’ll get a chance to see how the riders like it on October 11th during the first test event, the Aquece Rio International Mountain Bike Challenge. The course is part of the X-Park, also home to the BMX course and canoe slalom circuit, which will become part of a public adventure park after the Games.

EB15: New Quarq Qollector, Race Intelligence offer live tracking & 24 hour ANT+ device recording

Quarq Qollector ANT+ data collector and GPS tracker sends ride data to the cloud with 4G cell data

While the ASO may have it’s own GPS-based live tracking for the Tour de France, virtually every other event out there -large or small- have had to rely on mid-course beacons, timing stations or just posting finish line results for everyone to know where and when the competitors might be.

The new Quarq Qollector aims to change all that. By packaging multi-sensor ANT+ data capture with GPS positioning and cellular data transmission, the device gathers power, heart rate, speed, cadence and even gearing selection and more. The data is collected four times per second, then beamed up once per minute.

The data is then sent to the cloud (Qloud?), where Quarq makes it available to be shared in real time and en masse…