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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Crankbrothers Partners with Top Athletes To Support Bike-Related Causes Worldwide –  In partnership with top athletes, Crankbrothers has launched the Crankbrothers for Others charitable giveback initiative to support bike-related causes around the world. Participating athletes span the disciplines of downhill, enduro, cross country, and cyclocross. Charities include World Bicycle Relief, NICA, Ride For Michael, Wheels 4 Life,Prochorus Community Development, Riding Forward, JAM Fund, Team Rynkeby, Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, and the Ride to Conquer Cancer, among others. Visit for more information and make a donation.


Naild develops locking, ultra-quick thru axle system for road & cyclocross bikes, already getting OEM spec

Naild locking quick release thru axle system for road cyclocross and gravel bikes appears on Marin bikes for 2016

Already spec’d on the 2016 Marin gravel and cyclocross bikes (post on those coming soon), the Naild locking, quick release thru axle system takes everything good about thru axles and makes them better.

The system was developed by by Darrell Voss, who worked at Klein Bikes from 1984 to 1996, then started USUL Corp in 1995 while still at Klein’s then-new owner Trek to help bring North American companies to Asian manufacturing and do U.S. service and marketing for Asian manufacturers. Since 1999, they’ve been working as a service center for SR Suntour out of Madison, WI, though Voss himself is based in Portland, OR. During that time, he helped developed Suntour’s Q-Loc thru axle, which was among the first (if not the first) thru axle that didn’t use a thread-in design to secure the wheels. In Voss’ own words, “it works pretty well.”

Fast forward to the advent of disc brakes on road and cyclocross bikes and there are new load paths on the frame structure, which got him thinking…


TDF2015 Tech: What’s inside the team cars, plus Team Sky’s prototype Jaguar F-Pace SUV

Jaguar F-Pace SUV crossover spy shots as Team Sky support vehicle

Let there be no doubt as to who’s the best funded team in the pro peloton. Team Sky wasn’t just rockin’ production Jaguar vehicles for sag wagons, they had this prototype Jaguar F-Pace SUV stealthily decaled. Word is, this model won’t even be formally introduced until the Frankfurt Auto Show, hitting showrooms in 2016 sometime. But here it is, and it’s gorgeous.

Ride on in for more pics of this and other cars from le Tour, including a look inside to see how they set them up to service the riders mid-race…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


Race Across America

  • Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes Wins 3,000-mile Biking “Race Across America”Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes, a group of four elite amateur athletes, today won the four-person mixed-gender division of the 3,000-mile Race Across America (RAAM). Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes crossed the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland in just six days, 13 hours, and 49 minutes. The race started in Oceanside, California on June 20. With the support of individual donors and sponsors including UFC and JPMorgan Chase & Co., Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes raised more than $640,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.


4th of July Sales

  • Culprit Bicycles 4th of July SaleCulprit Bicycles is offering four specials until July 8th 2015.
    1. Pre Order a RoaDi frameset (6061 Alloy Road disc frame, Full carbon steerer with 15 mm thru axle, Full carbon seat post, Culprit Full carbon stem, Full carbon road bar) headset for only $704*
    2. Culprit Croz Blade frame + Token C55 disc wheel set for $2015 * (price includes frame, fork, post painted to order, TRP TTV rim brakes, TRP spyre disc brakes, Culprit jersey, torque wrench, carbon cage/bottle and a set of Token c55 disc brake/rim brake wheels.
    3. Culprit Arrow One frame set for only $704* price is inclusive of frame, fork, seat post , headset, which is painted glossy carbon with the font in matte carbon
    4. 10% off our junior road bikes. All models in stock including Junior One, Junior Two, S1 and S2 with the discount code of July4th.

More Sales & This Weekend’s Racing After the Break…


486,000 Pedal Strokes?! Check Out These Amazing Stats on The Tour De France

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As the worlds largest spectator sporting event, the Tour De France is ‘kinda a big deal’ with roughly 12 million people lining the roadsides to catch the action first hand. If competing in an event of such magnitude seems daunting, just imagine organizing something of this scale. Parcelhero’s Mark Bunce provided us with a nifty informative image detailing all the staggering statistics of the Tour, from the 140 wheels each team brings along to the 252 McDonald’s cheeseburgers that equate to the calories each racer burns during the event.

This year’s Tour De France runs from July 4th to July 25th, featuring 21 stages that cover a total distance of 3360 kms (2088 miles). The route is comprised of nine flat stages, three hill stages, seven mountain stages with five altitude finishes, one individual time-trial stage, one team time-trial stage, and two rest days. Also, six new stage cities have signed on for 2015 including Utrecht, Zélande, Livarot, La Pierre-Saint-Martin, Muret, and Sèvres – Grand Paris Seine Ouest.

Click below the break to see the infographic showing the Tour De France’s amazing stats and figures…

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Video Series

  • The Seasons Collection – A multi-media photography collection of adventure sports-driven stories about people who push the limits in pursuit of their passion aka LIFERS. The video highlights all that happened this past week at Windell’s Sports Camp as the team followed Cadence Founder Dustin Klein, Windell’s Sports Camp Director Jamie Weller and legendary action sports photographer Bryce Kanights. You can also watch all of the other video recaps here.

Father’s Day Deals and more after the break… 


Bliss Protection starts padding its presence in North America – Interview and tech details


Bliss Protection isn’t a new company, but they’re just starting to make inroads in North America, so they reached out with info and samples…which we’ll be testing in the Alps over the next couple weeks. For now, we wanted to know what made them unique? After all, there are quite a few companies making elbow, knee and body pads.

The secret is in the material they use to keep the pads both lightweight and extremely flexible. It’s called Armorgel, and it brings several things to the table. First, it’s incredibly thin, just 6mm on some of the lighter pieces, yet it’ll dissipate about 80% of an impact’s energy. It does this by firming up under impact and spreading the force across a broader area. After the impact, it returns to its original shape and softness, regaining full functionality, flexibility and protection hit after hit.

It’s also breathable, using a porous, open design to keep air circulating to the skin underneath. Compared to fully enclosed pads, that could be reason enough to switch over during the summer. And it can be thrown in the wash up to 50 times without performance loss, so even if you are sweating like mad, it can stay fresh.

We spoke with Bliss founder and designer Matthias Ascherl to learn more…


North St. Bags Opens Retail Location in Portland, OR

North St. Bags Shop Window

North St. Bags was founded in 2009 by Curtis Williams, in Portland, OR.  The history of North St. Bags goes back further, however.  Curtis, a Vermont native, took his first bike tour home to Montpelier along Route 7 from New York City using panniers.  Sure, they got the job done, but Curtis wanted more.  He wanted a bag that had better design and more functionality.  

Head past the break for the full story.


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



Bicycle as Art

  • Keirin: A Show of Photographs by Sam Polcer – Bike Cult Show produces events and exhibitions that intend to present every facet of cycling. This one-day exhibition of photography and paraphernalia explores the world of professional track bike racing in Japan. The show is Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6PM – 10PM at Bicycle Habitat (2nd floor), Chelsea – 226 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011.