HIA Velo revives Guru’s carbon manufacturing in Arkansas w/ all-star team

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Last year, Canadian brand Guru Cycles shut down after years of expanding their production capabilities and talents. We toured their facility a few years back and walked away very, very impressed with the techniques and equipment. Fortunately, rather than seeing it go to waste, industry veteran Tony Karklins purchased the assets and began moving it all to Little Rock, Arkansas, with the goal of creating a premiere domestic carbon fiber bicycle manufacturer.

We have a phone interview scheduled later this week, and we’ll be touring their new factory this fall. For now, check the full PR and a few pics after the break…

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Last year, Canadian brand Guru Cycles shut down after years of expanding their production capabilities and talents. We toured their facility a few years back and walked away very, very impressed with the techniques and equipment. Fortunately, rather than seeing it go to waste, industry veteran Tony Karklins purchased the assets and began moving it […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Check out State’s limited run Rattlesnake – State Bicycle Co. just released a special Rattlesnake Edition of their fixie ‘The Undefeated’. It is said to pay tribute to the Mojave Desert, with an aluminum frame with a copper finish and black, purple & teal accents. Only 42 frames were made, and it gets the same frame et specs as the original model. The Rattlesnake Edition can be purchased as a frameset or you can select from 3 custom-builds. StateBicycle.com
    Read on for more bits and pieces that snuck in this week’s news…

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Check out State’s limited run Rattlesnake – State Bicycle Co. just released a special Rattlesnake Edition of their fixie ‘The Undefeated’. It is said to pay tribute to the Mojave Desert, with an aluminum frame with a copper finish and black, purple & teal accents. Only 42 frames were made, and it gets the same frame et specs as the original model. […]

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Yakima outfits Zipcar’s shared autos with bike, SUP & ski racks

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Abandoning the auto for the bike is all well and good, until you wanna get outta dodge and hit the trails well outside of town. Sure, you might be able to bum a ride from friends now and then, but when schedules don’t mesh, you don’t want to be stuck. Now, Yakima’s helping make it a bit easier in areas serviced by Zipcar by outfitting some vehicles with their Streamline base rack system.

Those will be paired with FrontLoader bike tray mounts, FatCat 6 ski/snowboard mounts and/or SUPdawg paddle and surf board mounts. About 150 cars in 17 markets will be so equipped, each one capable of holding more than one piece of equipment (two bikes, to be exact), so you can even pick up a friend. Check out their Yakima-specific web page for details and availability. You’ll find them on Subaru Impreza and Crosstrek models for the U.S., and the Hyundai Elantra in Canada.



Abandoning the auto for the bike is all well and good, until you wanna get outta dodge and hit the trails well outside of town. Sure, you might be able to bum a ride from friends now and then, but when schedules don’t mesh, you don’t want to be stuck. Now, Yakima’s helping make it […]

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Fuji parent Advanced Sports Intl buys Performance Bicycle

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Already a large retail outlet for Advanced Sports International’s Fuji brand, Chapel Hill, NC based Performance Bicycle is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. The move puts the retail bike shop and online operations under their umbrella, which already included SE Bikes, Fuji, Kestrel, Breezer and Phat. Full press release below…

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Already a large retail outlet for Advanced Sports International’s Fuji brand, Chapel Hill, NC based Performance Bicycle is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. The move puts the retail bike shop and online operations under their umbrella, which already included SE Bikes, Fuji, Kestrel, Breezer and Phat. Full press release below…

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Tech Talk: Are your bike tires too wide for your rims? Here’s how to get it right

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With the explosion of Boost, Plus bikes, Mid Fat and other portly new rim and tire sizes for everything from road to cyclocross to gravel to mountain bikes, it’s a wonder there isn’t more confusion as to what will actually work together.

And by “work together”, we don’t just mean whether or not it’ll mount. We wanted to know what the compatibility limitations are for optimum performance and, more importantly, safety. If we’ve learned one thing from Mavic’s presentations over the years, it’s that tire and rim sizes really and truly are designed to work in tandem. Step outside the guidelines and you risk poor performance, component damage, or even a total blowout. And it’s not just Mavic. We spoke with WTB, Kenda, Schwalbe, Stan’s NoTubes and Industry Nine to see where everyone sits on the matter. Here’s what they had to say…

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With the explosion of Boost, Plus bikes, Mid Fat and other portly new rim and tire sizes for everything from road to cyclocross to gravel to mountain bikes, it’s a wonder there isn’t more confusion as to what will actually work together. And by “work together”, we don’t just mean whether or not it’ll mount. […]

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Belgian Greg van Avermaet’s Olympic Gold Medal winning ride on Strava

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Huge congrats to Belgium’s Greg van Avermaet for the win and Olympic Gold Medal. Above, the Strava overview of his race, and check out the video recap of the finish here on NBC Sports’ official event page here. Speed and Cadence graph below…

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Huge congrats to Belgium’s Greg van Avermaet for the win and Olympic Gold Medal. Above, the Strava overview of his race, and check out the video recap of the finish here on NBC Sports’ official event page here. Speed and Cadence graph below…

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How to Break Into the Cycling Industry – Beeline Bikes’ co-founder Pete Buhl

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For the long awaited return of our “Break In” interview series, we talk to someone who’s concept certainly shook things up. It’s one thing to iterate on an existing product category, which, in a way, is what happened here, but it’s something else to virtually reinvent it for the modern age. Beeline Bikes took the bike shop “product” and made it mobile. And it gave anyone the opportunity to own one of those mobile shops through a franchise model. Then, as online sales continue to challenge brick and mortar operations, they became a conduit for brands looking to offer consumer direct Internet sales, funneling potentially lost revenue directly into their (and their franchisees’) pockets.

As of this story going live, Beeline has 31 mobile bike shops open and in development across Albuquerque, the Bay Area, Boulder, Denver, Los Angeles, Orange County and Phoenix. They are a dealer for Breezer, Cleary, Diamondback, Faraday, Fuji, Kestrel, Lynskey, Raleigh, Spot and Van Dessel, with more brands having conversations with them. Here’s how it all started…

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For the long awaited return of our “Break In” interview series, we talk to someone who’s concept certainly shook things up. It’s one thing to iterate on an existing product category, which, in a way, is what happened here, but it’s something else to virtually reinvent it for the modern age. Beeline Bikes took the […]

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IMBA responds to Utah Senators’ proposed bicycle exception in Wilderness

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Here, reprinted with permission, is IMBA president Mike Van Abel’s full response to the Human Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act proposed by two Utah Senators. As the comments on that post suggest, there’s more to meets the eye. On the surface, the proposal seems to be a win for mountain bikers as it would reshape the language of the Wilderness designation to allow “non-motorized” vehicle use, which is a better descriptor than the current “non-mechanized” verbiage that has led to inconsistent rules being applied from one area to another (but mostly just banning bikes altogether).

The letter is posted on IMBA’s website and directed to IMBA chapter leaders throughout the U.S…

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Here, reprinted with permission, is IMBA president Mike Van Abel’s full response to the Human Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act proposed by two Utah Senators. As the comments on that post suggest, there’s more to meets the eye. On the surface, the proposal seems to be a win for mountain bikers as it would […]

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

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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 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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