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BeBop Launches Wearable Smart Sensors, Coming to Cycling Clothing Near You?

BeBop Wearable Sensor & Controller with Smartphone

Sometimes it takes someone from outside an industry to come up with something revolutionary. When it comes to wearable data collection, BeBop’s entry into the world of flexible smart sensors stems from their experience with musical instruments. Keith McMillen is the founder of KMI, an instrument company out of Berkeley, CA that specializes in MIDI controllers and keyboards that have already been using a similar fabric sensor for years.

“BeBop is a natural step for KMI, where we have diligently tuned fabrics, geometries, and production processes allowing us to ship over 1 million sensors to some of the most demanding musicians in the world,” said Keith McMillen, Founder, KMI and BeBop Sensors. “All musical instruments are essentially sensors with forms of acoustic processing attached.  The same care and creativity used to build our instruments will serve well for our non-musical customers as we expand into the wearables market.”

Now with over 1 million of the sensors in current use, Keith is taking his sensor and eyeing a new market – anything that can be worn. Unlike any of the sensors currently on the market, the BeBop sensor uses a proprietary and patented monolithic design that is capable of measuring all components of movement including bend, location, motion, rotation, angle, torque. In addition to monitoring various physical vitals the sensors can also be used as wearable controllers for smart phones. Answer calls, change tracks, volume, etc. all while the phone remains in your pocket.

Obviously the sensor is just the beginning as it will take clothing manufacturers integrating it into their products for it to be really useful. But what are the possibilities? Try on a few after the break…

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Interview: Talking Fatbike Future with 9:ZERO:7′s Founders Bill & Jamie

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Anchorage, Alaska is the place to be if you are in the fat bike business. They are literally everywhere, and even before the snow has fallen, the local trail head had more riders on fat bikes than normal mountain bikes.

We caught up with 9:ZERO:7 at Interbike to see a lot of their new product. Being a relatively new and small company, they are putting out an impressive amount of new designs. Bill Fleming and Jamie Stull are the owners of Chain Reaction Cycles in Anchorage [no relation to Chain Reaction UK], and started 9:ZERO:7 right out of their store. On a brisk fall morning where you could feel that fat bike season was near, we sat down for a coffee with them to hear their thoughts on the future of fat bikes, and the future of their small company within this market. Would this rising tide raise all ships or sink the small ones?

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Bandha Bikes Project: Across Uganda, achieving basic needs for individuals and families is dependent on their ability to access available resources. Bicycles become the catalyst to link families with essential resources but many Ugandans cannot afford them. Bandha Bikes will be launching a crowdfunding campaign on Oct 27th to seek donations in support of our Ugandan based pilot program.
  • Calling all ripping goblins, ghosts and ghouls! Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex is hosting a Halloween Jam on November 1st at their facility in Holly Springs, NC. Besides having awards for best trick, fastest lap, etc. they’re also awarding the best costume so be sure to dress up.
  • Do you want to win an exclusive Orbea Carpe that’s been hand painted by Roberto Tirso in Mallabia? Enter Here.
  • Womens Bike Mechanic Scholarship opens doors for women in the cycling industry. SRAM, Liv, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Quality Bicycle Products, Pedro’s, and Park Tool have joined together to offer ten scholarships for women to attend United Bicycle Institute. The scholarship was created for women who are aspiring or experienced bike mechanics wishing to increase their technical knowledge and actively pursue a career in the cycling industry. Find the details HERE.
  • Kinetic Trainers announced the launch of its new website, www.kurtkinetic.com. The new site features enhanced product information including product videos, technical information, reviews, new page layouts and customer service portal. The website is now live.
  • Do you have a favorite bike park? MTBParks.com wants to hear from you! If you love lift-accessed mountain biking, take a few minutes to complete the survey and share your opinions HERE.
  • Here’s a better way to let everyone know that you’re a proud cyclist without wearing your jersey to the local coffee house. Après Vélo is having a 48 hour Mega Sale on their stylish cycling t-shirts but it ends at 8 AM on October 26th so act fast. Enter Coupon Code BDAY20P at check out.

Exclusive: Sneak Peek at the Pan American Continental CX Championship Course + Interview with Race Director Mitch Graham

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If you need proof of the growing popularity of cyclocross on this side of the Atlantic, look no further than the upcoming Pan American Continental Cyclocross Championships. For the first time ever, cyclocross will will be included in the Pan Am Continental races and it’s all going down just two hours north of the 2013 Cyclocross World Championship venue.

Already established for road, track, and cross country racing, the Pan Am series is a competition between the 43 nations in the Pan American Cycling Confederation or COPACI. The confederation includes any country with a recognized cycling program from North or South America as well as any island nations.

The stage is set and the first ever Pan American Continental Cyclocross Championship looks like it will take place on one of the most challenging ‘cross courses we’ve seen. We got a sneak preview of the course and interviewed Race Director Mitch Graham next…

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Just For Fun: All Hail The Black Market Plus Photoshop Minus Bikes

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The always lovable Stevil Kinevil entertains on the regular with the blog, All Hail The Black Market.  Many of you are familiar with it already,  but if you aren’t, it’s a fun read. The past few days, the All Hail The Black Market Instagram page has been populated by many hilarious images of people riding bikes, minus the bikes.  Take a look and have a laugh.  We sure did.

Gamut USA Announces Acquisition of Point One Racing

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Probably best known for their Split-Second stems, Point One racing has been cranking out some clever stems, pedals, and other machined bits for more than a few years now. It was announced today that Point One Racing has been acquired by Gamut USA who is also known for their beautifully machined parts.

As part of the deal, the lead designer and co-founder of Point One Jimmy Amaral will transition to his new role as product designer and engineer at Gamut. That means that there will be only Gamut product moving forward and we’re told that the company plans to improve on products like the Podium 2 pedal and re-release them in the future with the Gamut brand.

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • JensonUSA is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this fall with a big 20% Off Sale! Click here to check out the deals, then flick around the site for more blowouts that are considerably more than just 20% off! Congrats, guys!
  • Early bird special offer for the 2015 Assaults on Mount Mitchell and Marion, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary ride on May 18, 2015.
  • Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals, October 22nd – 26th at Beech Mountain resort in North Carolina. Contact Tracy Simms by phone (828)387-2011 Ext. 205 or e-mail at mtbvolunteers@yahoo.com. Free ski season lift tickets for volunteers!
  • Volunteers are also needed for the Bookwalter Binge near Asheville, NC. The event is Saturday, November 1st. Sign up Here.
  • On October 3rd 2014 the 2nd Wheels 4 Life Indian Summer Gala fundraiser was held at the Ranch in Laguna Beach, California. The event raised $54,000 which is enough to buy almost 500 bicycles. Wheels 4 Life’s cause is to supply bicycles to people in developing countries in need of transportation. “Give A Bike – Change A Life”
  • Stock up on great tasting Kate’s Bars by taking advantage of their surplus! Until October 31st Kate’s Real SALE takes 30% off of online purchases. Use the code FALL30 at checkout. They also have an Instagram contest going on as well.
  • Swiftwick has a NEW and IMPROVED Sock Club where they offer exclusive and unique limited edition designs. Membership is now FREE and they’ve lowered the per pair price by two bucks! Also check out their PINK socks recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Get your ‘cross on in Southern Cali! Come ride with Peloton Magazine and The MOB Shop at the Peloton Cross and Gravel MOB Grinder November, 1st & 2nd.
  • Spot a few pros in the 2014 Levi’s GranFondo photo gallery HERE. The event was October 4th in Santa Rosa, California.
  • If you’re going to be in Philly for the Philly Bike Expo then be sure to take in “Bicycle Nomad” Eric Cedeno’s recount of his 2,200 mile journey along the route of The Underground Railroad. The presentation is at 3pm on November 8th and just one of many offerings on the event schedule at the 2014 Philly Bike expo.
  • It seems like everyone is having a sale these days. Timbuk2 is clearing out their warehouse by offer up to 60% off select styles. Hurry though. Quantities are limited and time is running out!
  • Your chance to be Dutch…Sort of. Road Holland Cycling Apparel is looking for brand ambassadors across the USA. So, if you’re active in your cycling community, are social media savvy and believe in the mission and look of the Road Holland brand then contact them HERE.

Vee Tire Co Offers Manufacturers Easy Customization

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You’ll probably be seeing more Vee Tires equipped on bikes in the future. That’s because the company is making a big push into the OEM market with their new guidebook designed to make the customization process as easy as possible. Offering companies the chance to pick their own tread patterns, color options, hot patches, sidewalls, and even special treatments on the shoulders, the move means we’ll not only see more Vee tires, but tires that will probably match the bike.

Obviously this is bigger news if you are a manufacturer, but it does mean the possibility for stock bikes to ship with better tires thanks to low prices and low minimums.

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Found: Brilliant Two-Chamber Pad Contact Adjust Concept for Hydraulic MTB Brake Levers

tien hsin industries hydraulic disc brake free stroke adjustment design patent for mountain bike brake levers

Free stroke is the term used to describe how much lever pull you have on a hydraulic braking system before the pads actually start moving toward the rotor. Higher end brakes from most brands have a pad contact adjustment to let you dial in the free stroke, and the good ones actually provide a discernible effect. Avid has it, as do Shimano, Magura, Hayes, FSA, Formula, etc.

And all of them use a design that places the adjustment components inline with the fluid’s flow from the master cylinder into the hose. It’s worked so far, so what could possibly be wrong with that design?

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