Posts in the category Industry News

Irish Cycles offers limited edition green Ciamillo Micro brakes, takes over U.S. distribution

limited edition Tir na Nog 2015 Ciamillo Micro brakes for Irish Cycles

When we last spoke with Ted Ciamillo, he was revamping his business a bit after pouring a bit too many hours and resources into the Gravitas crankset project. While that project’s still on hold, his brakes and aquatic components have been selling as fast as he can make them…leaving little time for customer service, which has been a sore point for some customers.

Now, he’s turned over U.S. sales and service to Irish Cycles, which will handle all customer service, sales and shipments. To kick things off, they’re offering a preseason sale on the Micro brakes. The deal is $279 per set (regular is $299), and that includes the extremely limited edition Tir na Nog green edition shown above. As of this post, there are just four pairs of them in stock. Or just go with the standard black model…


Found: SRAM Electronic Grip Shift mountain bike shifter designs

sram electronic grip shift mountain bike shifter patent drawings

Sure, SRAM’s road-going wireless group might be polishing itself up for primetime, but there’s a pretty decent chance they’re secretly working on a mountain bike equivalent, too. What’s particularly interesting is just how long they’ve been thinking of it.

Almost 30 years ago, SRAM started with Grip Shift as an alternative to the trigger and index shifters available at the time. Then they rebooted the design in 2012 with modern 10- and 11-speed options. Surprisingly, they had considered an electronic version of it more than five years prior!

These patent drawings show two variants of a patent awarded to SRAM in 2007, one with a rotating “switch” set perpendicular to and offset below the bar (Fig. 5), and a version that puts the rotating switch around the bar (Fig. 6, handlebar marked as “12″). It’s a pretty forward thinking concept considering Shimano’s Di2 didn’t hit the market until 2009…except that it actually cites a 1997 patent application for electronic mountain bike shifters from Campagnolo!


Why Isn’t Road Tubeless More Popular? Part Two – Current Options, Challenges & What’s Coming Down the Road


Part One of our Road Tubeless series seemed to spur a lot of discussion, especially around the statement that a Road Tubeless standard does not exist. Most of us believe if a product says “Road Tubeless” on the side, it will work with other items that say the same.

Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily the case, and a lot of this confusion has come from the companies themselves, using the common term -either with caps (Road Tubeless) or without (road tubeless)- to market dissimilar products. So we checked in with the producers of the most common products and asked them about the future of Road Tubeless. Do they see standardization coming? Is there any standard now?

Take a look inside for a comprehensive exploration of where Road Tubeless stands today…


FOUND: RCUK’s beautiful Infographic Guide To Cycling book

Infographic Guide to Cycling

Cover of the Infographic Guide to Cycling

The folks at Road Cycling UK, touted as the United Kingdom’s leading online cycling magazine, have produced a beautifully illustrated Infographic Guide to Cycling to be released this March. The book features infographics designed to present “cycling in a way you’ve never seen before.” Infographics have definitely shown they can convey a lot–like thousands of words (pun intended)–clearly through intentional, well thought out illustrations. Flip the page for a few examples…


How to Break Into the Cycling Industry – Transition Bikes’ Kevin Menard


Kevin’s business card at Transition Bike Co.

It’s a new year, and perhaps your resolutions of shedding the shackles of corporate life for the fun and adventure of cycling are still fresh in your mind. Here, as inspiration (or a kick in the butt, take it how you will) is proof positive that it doesn’t much matter what you’re doing now, you can indeed break into the cycling industry…

BIKERUMOR: Who are you and what are you doing here?

KEVIN: My name is Kevin Menard and I own 50% of Transition Bikes. As an owner of a small business you end up doing a ton of things on a daily basis but my main title is sales and marketing director. I drive the brand direction and image of the company and all the relationships with our fine customers.


Queen of Pain Rebecca Rusch joins Niner Bikes

rebecca rusch joins niner bikes

Niner Bikes has signed Rebecca Rusch as a brand ambassador and test rider. Rusch, whose national and world titles in whitewater rafting, adventure racing, orienteering, and cross-country skiing sit alongside well-known national wins and record setting victories at ultra-endurance events like Leadville Trail 100 and the Dirty Kanza.

More from the press release below…


Friday RoundUP – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Yuba Bicycles make carrying kids fun, safe and easy because they are purpose-built for doing just that. And now, Yuba is coming to your town! Come see “What a Bicycle Can Do” at the Yuba Bicycles Power-up Bike Tour. See their Facebook page page for more information on meet-up locations and a map of the tour’s route.
  • Speaking of bikes to carry your kids around, here is your chance to win a Buddy Bike or other adaptive bicycle for your special needs child. Choose the bike you want to win, submit your entry with a picture of your child with special needs along with a short explanation why your child needs an adaptive bike and get 50 nominations by MARCH 4 to be entered in the drawing to win. Contest begins February 10th so Click Here to Enter or Donate.
  • This is your last reminder that registration for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (the world’s biggest charitable bike ride) opens on January 20th. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out! The Tour itself is May 3rd and is an amazing way to see New York. Visit for more information.
  • Showers Pass is very pleased to announce that it has signed on as an annual sponsor of the nonprofit National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Showers Pass president Kyle Ranson saw the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis firsthand as he watched a 20-year-old friend suffer from the disease. Bike MS is for cyclists of all abilities and anyone seeking a personal challenge and a world free of multiple sclerosis.
  • KEEN Unveils New Season of KEEN Effect Program – After its successful inaugural season of the 2014 KEEN Effect, the company is announcing its second year of the KEEN Effect program to support non-profits globally. For 2015, the KEEN Effect II will award 10 grants to non-profits around the world. To learn more about the KEEN Effect II, please check out: or contact
  • If you’re a bicycle brand, component brand or bike shop and want to be included in our LINKS LIST pages, please check to see if you’re there and if not, use the Submit Tips form to send us your brand name, phone and website. For Bike shops, include your city and state.

Lots more below…


Garmin Acquires iKubu, Designer of Backtracker – Radar Equipped Garmins on the Horizon?

Imagine a device that alerted you when cars were approaching and could indicate how fast they were moving? Not only that but as the vehicles approached you on your bike, your tail light would automatically change in pattern to warn motorist of your presence. It may sound like something out of a scifi movie, but that’s exactly what iKubu has been working on. When we first learned about the Backtracker in June of 2014, the company had working prototypes and have since been working toward bringing it to production.

We’re not sure if they saw this coming, but it was just announced that the Stellenbosch, South African based has been acquired by Garmin. Whether this means Garmin will continue with the Backtracker design remains to be seen, but the company seems particularly interested in the idea of a low power radar system with Garmin’s president and CEO Cliff Pemble stating,

“iKubu has found a way to implement short-range radar into a low-power system that addresses a common concern among cyclists – identifying potential hazards that are approaching them from behind. We are delighted to add this technology to the Garmin portfolio.”

The announcement comes shortly after Garmin had a big showing at CES with an expanded range of wearable electronics. At this rate, it won’t be long until Garmin could offer a fully connected cycling experience, with everything controlled from your wrist or your handlebar…


#BIKESTARTUP – The First 3 Steps to Slaying the Manufacturing Dragon and Mass-Producing your Killer Product

Fourteen factories in three weeks: some incompetent, some inhumane, some overpriced, and one excellent.

Fourteen factories in three weeks: some incompetent, some inhumane, some overpriced, and one excellent.

Slava Menn is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Fortified Bicycle. He loves biking, building, entrepreneuring, and teaching. In this monthly series, he shares his team’s hard-learned startup lessons with aspiring entrepreneurs.

Our first articles showed you how to ease a pain with a product idea and how to go from idea to prototype. Assuming you’ve proven the concept viable and have a working prototype, it’s time to hit “go”on the production line and manufacture en masse, right? Not so fast – you first have to slay the meanest, nastiest dragon in the startup world: volume manufacturing.

We’ll get into price negotiation, quality control, and supply chain optimization later, but first we must learn to source an honest, quality manufacturing partner to take you from prototype to thousands of products.