Posts in the category Industry News

Steve Hed, Pioneer Of The Aero Carbon Wheel, Has Passed Away

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Steve Hed, industry pioneer in composites, aero wheels, and wide road rims has passed away at 9:30 this morning. He had apparently collapsed outside of work with no pulse last Friday, and was put in an induced coma over the weekend. A cornerstone of innovation, and a constant source of positivity, he will be missed. Most people don’t realize that in the early years of aero product, most racer’s were on Steve’s wheels painted with other sponsors logos. The owner of Hed Cycling is survived by his wife and two children. We will post more details as we know.

UPDATED: Official statement from Hed Cycling posted below…

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Weekend Reading: Acre Supply’s Trans-Provence Photo Journal, Argonaut goes Above Category, More

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Photo: Sven Martin / Duncan Philpott for Acre Supply.

Acre Supply is the mountain bike specific arm of Mission Workshop, whose clothes and gear we’re pretty big fans of. It’s a lifestyle brand that’s also supremely functional and durable, and as such, they take their gear to some killer ride locations and bring along some top photos to capture it all. Their latest adventure journal follows Ty Hathaway through the 2014 Trans-Provence in southern France, and the pics are definitely making us wanna go.

Click through for a few more fun things around the web this week…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Inspired by the trolls rushing to comment on the news of Seattle’s recently launched bike share, The Bicycle Story put together this Commenter Bingo Card to make a game of it!for your enjoyment.
  • Morvélo Battle Royale is an event with a unique take on bicycle speedway, using a natural concrete oval in an abandoned old market in central Brighton. Pitting all types of riders and bikes against each other in a series of fast and furious knockout heats. The event takes place on Saturday December 6th, 2014, Circus Street Old Market, Brighton, BN2 9QF (UK).
  • You probably won’t find Richie Trimble racing his STOOPIDTALLER™ bike in the Battle Royale but you will find him in the Guiness Book of World Records for riding the world’s tallest rideable bicycle. To watch the “The Making of…” video click here.
  • Tidewater Physical Therapy and its Tidewater Performance Centers are pleased to announce that Christian Vande Velde has joined the lineup of keynote speakers for its 2nd Annual Richmond Endurance Athlete Symposium and Expo on Jan. 24, 2015. Vande Velde will speak on “Life in the Pro Peloton” and take questions from the audience.
  • The Young Heroes Foundation (YHF) today revealed plans for Swazi Cycle VI, its sixth annual bicycle trip through the beautiful, peaceful African kingdom of Swaziland. The trip will take place from May 20 – June 1, 2014. For more information click here.
  • How I Stole My Bike Back is a great blog post telling how Bike Portland’s Jonathan Maus recovered his beloved Cielo.
  • Polar Bottle has raised $31,000 for THE Breast Cancer Fundraiser through sales of their water bottle.
  • Each year Western Spirit sells off their rental fleet to insure that their clients are riding bikes that work great and utilize up-to-date components. This is great news because you can purchase one of these beautiful bikes for 40% off retail. Click here to see what’s left of the 2014 fleet.
  • Trips for Kids WNC (Western North Carolina) has successfully completed four years of providing mountain bike outings to youth who would not otherwise have that opportunity.
  • Do you live eat and breath Footwear? Do you dream up Apparel patterns in your head whilst heading to work? Do you believe in the power of the bicycle to change lives? If so, then Specialized Bicycle Components is looking for you! They’re having a Footwear and Apparel Recruiting Event November 21st and 22nd in Portland, OR. Click HERE for details.
  • Don’t blow all of your money on black Friday, save it for the Greensboro Velo Club’s TECHNICOLOR Swap Meet on November 30th.
  • Are you looking for a unique gift for the active guy in your life? CoachUp (the leading private coaching company) offers gift certificates to give the gift of a private coaching session to train with the pros. From golf and running, to cycling and bodybuilding, it’s the ideal gift for those looking to improve their ability and train with a pro.
  • Planning a trip to Moab? Well, there are two new trails that have been added to the vast network that already exists there. They’ve been busy adding to the Navajo Rocks Trail system as well as the Gold Bar Rim Singletrack. Visit DiscoverMoab.com for more information.
  • Road Safety Week is November 17th-23rd. The Evolution of Road Vehicle Safety Inventions is illustrated in the infographic below. It’s essentially a timeline of the standout safety inventions over the last 10 years from Brainy Bike Lights to glow in the dark motorways.

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Bike Startup: Why They’ll Tell You Not to Launch Your Own Company, and How to Do It Anyway

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Original Theft-Proof Defender Bike Light

I bet you have a really great bike product idea. Cleaner gear shifting, better pedals, lighter shocks, glow-in-the-dark tires, tastier supplements, smart-phone performance tracking. You watched countless Shark Tank episodes and Kickstarter videos and thought, “Hey, I can do this.”

When we launched Fortified Bicycle in 2012 we had lots of ideas, too. Like most ideas, ours were borne out of a problem. In our case the problem was bicycle gear wasn’t designed for urban cyclists. Our first bike light product came after a friend had his light stolen. Riding home that night he was hit by a driver who couldn’t see him. So we made the world’s first anti-theft bike light and it got our company off the ground.

Everyone told us not to do it, and they had genuinely good and persuasive reasons: the bicycle industry is really tough; making products in the U.S. is too expensive but if you make it overseas the Chinese will copy you; and so on. Our favorite came from an industry veteran: “How do you make a million dollars in the bike industry? Start with $10 million.”

Well, we did it anyway. And because we’re teachers at heart, we’ve shared our battle-learned lessons during guest lectures at MIT and Boston University, and in past articles. Now, we’re teaming up with Bikerumor to bring these lessons to future bike entrepreneurs in a new series. Let’s get started…

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Juliana Bicycles Now Recruiting Brand Ambassadors and Racers For 2015

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Juliana Bicycles, the sister brand of Santa Cruz, is the first manufacturer to focus exclusively on the women’s specific mountain bike market. Their product line spans everything from entry level aluminum hard tails to full carbon wonder machines, and has a unique ethos.

The company is run by and represented by some of the fastest (and bad ass) chicks we’ve had the pleasure of riding with, and they’re looking to expand that family of riders. Whether you’re a high school athlete, established ripper, or industry hack, if you identify with the brand, they invite you to sign up to be part of their Ambassador Program.

Check out all the details after the break..

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PBE14: Calfee Starts 3D Printing Carbon Fiber Molds, Gears Up for E-Bikes

Calfee’s Manta endurance road bike is one of their models that uses a lugged construction, a design that had some limitations when it came to custom geometry. Since Calfee has a local guy make their metal molds, carving a new one out of metal for a single custom bike wasn’t cost effective or practical. So, those customers were steered to their wrapped carbon bikes.

The solution came with the purchase of a 3D printer. Now, any angle is possible. The machine takes about 13 hours to print one half of the mold, so it’s not super quick, but it also doesn’t require constant oversight. The process works because they use a room temp cure for the lugs to set them, then they go in the oven for a post cure out of the mold…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • In case you weren’t one of the 3500 people who were lucky enough to score a ticket to the Red Bull Dreamline last month then you’re in luck. NBC will be airing the event this Saturday at 5 PM EST. The Red Bull Dreamline, which is part of the Red Bull Signature Series, was held at the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The event featured a field of 32 of the world’s best BMX dirt jump riders.
  • Here’s one more reminder that if you’re in the Philadelphia area this weekend then be sure to check out the Philadelphia Bike Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It will be held November 8th and 9th. Purchase your tickets in advance and save $$$!
  • After the incredible turnout last year, the Chiltern Cycling Festival has grown into two events. First off will be The Chiltern Cycling Festival on July 12th. The next date for your calendar is the Chenies Velo Classique on August 31st. Entries open on November 6th via www.britishcycling.org.uk.
  • Get ready for next season’s riding by training indoors over the winter with the ultimate cycling video experience. The Sufferfest - creators of the world’s best cycling, running and triathlon training videos – have launched a licensing program which is set to transform the indoor cycling experience for facilities, instructors and participants.
  • Put that training to good use by taking a cycling tour through beautiful Tuscany. Imagine spending several days cycling through the Italian countryside, riding past vineyards and Roman castles, then stopping overnight in hilltop towns to enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and wine at the end of the day. Lifecycle Adventures, a cycling vacation company known for its customized bike tours in California, Hawaii, Washington’s San Juan Islands and Oregon, is now operating cycling tours in Tuscany, Italy.
  • Do you live in New York City? Want to know the ins and outs of bike commuting in the city? Bike New York offers free Bike Commuting 101 and Winter Riding 101 classes to empower cyclists to become year-round bike commuters.
  • Mario Cipollini, Tour de France multi-stage winner will be visiting California from November 12 to 15 for several meet and greet events at  Cipollini dealers. Visit www.cipolliniusa.com for dates and times.
  • Funkier Bike Apparel is now available in the USA! Torcano Industries has become the exclusive U.S. distributor for Funkier Bike Apparel. Check out the story HERE.
  • Swiftwick’s Sock of the Month for November are these really cool Turkey Trot socks. I can’t think of anything better to wear on my piggies on Thanksgiving Day. Look for mine propped up on the end of the couch while I take my tryptophan nap. Click HERE to get yours today.

Lots more Friday Roundup after the break!

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Sharp-eyed reader Jakub Świderski spotted this prototype Rock Shox fork (above) at Eurobike being put through the paces.
  • Interested in a Great British Cycling adventure? PRIORITY ENTRY for the 2015 Chiltern Cycling Festival is now open. The event will be July 12th 2015. Click here to register.
  • Berlin Bicycle Week – Cyclists Ahead’ Will be held March 16th – 22nd and it kicks off a week-long festival of bicycle culture in Germany’s capital. The event celebrates bicycle culture in all of its variations and serves as the umbrella event for the BERLINER FAHRRADSCHAU.
  • Beti AllRide inspires women of all levels to progress and achieve their goals on the bike. In 2014 nearly 200 women participated in four clinics across the Rocky Mountain Region. To capture the spirit of their events, Beti AllRide is proud to release its first video filmed on location in beautiful Crested Butte, check it out after the break. In addition, Beti AllRide is very excited to announce that they will be expanding east in 2015, bringing mountain bike skills clinics to new territories. More details regarding their upcoming schedule can be found on their website.
  • The Near Miss Project Needs YOU! Help to collect data on cycling incidents that are otherwise unrecorded. The Near Miss Project is hosted at nearmiss.bike, and it is asking as many people as possible to sign up to record a day’s worth of riding within a two-week period.
  • We hope that your forever incident-free on the bike. To help with that, Bike Rags offers cycling t-shirts and gear that are printed with reflective ink. They’re currently taking pre orders on full zip hoodies. www.bikerags.co
  • Cycology Gear, the Australian manufacturers of stylish cycling wear and sports-inspired t-shirts has released a new line of messenger bags. They offer free shipping worldwide so check them out.
  • Since we’re on the topic of style and cycling… Celebrate bikes and fashion with the launch of Hemma Design’s “The Happy Bicycle”! Author Kathy McGee, a Rhode Island Design School alumna, brings her experience creating contemporary, bright, Scandinavian-inspired design through her company Hemma Design to bicycles. www.hemmadesign.com And if you’re in the St Paul, Minnesota area, you can meet Kathy at the launch of her book at Treadle Yard Goods on November 8th.
  • With the holidays just around the corner, consider these very cool hangers from Reynolds. They’re probably the coolest closet hangers ever as they’re built from Reynolds carbon rims. they could just be a perfect everyday gift for any rider.
  • RECALL ALERT: Cane Creek Cycling Components is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall about 5,000 DBinline rear shocks sold in the U.S. because the shocks are marked with graphics that incorrectly identify the adjustment directions for high-speed rebound damping. Click HERE to read the article in Bicycle Retailer. Consumers are also encouraged to contact Cane Creek by emailing them or calling its recall hotline at (844) 490-3663 or (828) 209-4480 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
  • Rolf Prima has launched an all-new website, featuring a Wheel Advisor and Wheel Comparison to help you choose the right wheels for you after answering a few questions.

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

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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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