Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Which country will climb the most in Suunto’s World Vertical week – The action is about to begin, as Suunto is pitting country against country in the ultimate battle of who can earn the most vertical in just one week. The northern hemisphere might be at a slight disadvantage with wintery temps in many places, but Americans might get a boost from the competition starting on a Monday federal holiday? You don’t need to be a Suunto user, just download their Movescount app and hit the road or trail. Find out after a week how your country does. #VerticalWeek starts globally on Feb 15 and runs through the 21st. MovesCount.com

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Which country will climb the most in Suunto’s World Vertical week – The action is about to begin, as Suunto is pitting country against country in the ultimate battle of who can earn the most vertical in just one week. The northern hemisphere might be at a slight disadvantage with wintery temps in many places, but Americans might get a boost from […]

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Roundup: Weird & wonderful racks, lights, bags, helmets, aliens and things to keep you aero

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With several of us also being fans (or wanting to as midlife approaches, anyway) of motorized two wheel transportation alongside our bicycles, finding ways to combine the two always catches our eyes. This rack from 2×2 Cycles lets you take along a couple bikes, a skateboard and your bags.

Throttle past the break to see it and a whole lot more random things…

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With several of us also being fans (or wanting to as midlife approaches, anyway) of motorized two wheel transportation alongside our bicycles, finding ways to combine the two always catches our eyes. This rack from 2×2 Cycles lets you take along a couple bikes, a skateboard and your bags. Throttle past the break to see it and […]

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Roundup: Random look-worthy bikes (and sort-of bikes) from the shows

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It’s not everyday you get to hop aboard a pro’s bike to demo parts, but Pioneer had Hollywood Daniel Holloway’s Felt road bike on hand to show what their powermeter could do. The bike’s paint scheme showed off the American colors in grand style, and a couple other custom touches helped personalize the bike further.

Check out more pics of this and other random, weird, useful and downright cool bikes and bike-ish things below…

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It’s not everyday you get to hop aboard a pro’s bike to demo parts, but Pioneer had Hollywood Daniel Holloway’s Felt road bike on hand to show what their powermeter could do. The bike’s paint scheme showed off the American colors in grand style, and a couple other custom touches helped personalize the bike further. […]

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Roundup: Sleek carbon (and other) saddles from Astute, ISM & Selle Esse

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Originating in Italy like so many other high end saddle manufacturers, Selle Esse had some elegant looking high performance and high feature saddles that bundle in things like NFC chips to verify product authenticity and looped rails for micro suspension.

Above, the Pelle Carbonio saddles come in your choice of full carbon or full carbon with a genuine leather cover bonded over the shell. There’s no padding, but with looks like these, we’re not complaining…

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Originating in Italy like so many other high end saddle manufacturers, Selle Esse had some elegant looking high performance and high feature saddles that bundle in things like NFC chips to verify product authenticity and looped rails for micro suspension. Above, the Pelle Carbonio saddles come in your choice of full carbon or full carbon […]

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Orbea’s Updated MyO Custom Program gives you 1.4 Million Combos To Have it Your Way

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While off the shelf bikes aren’t necessarily a bad thing, what if you could have something completely different than anybody else that is to your personal liking…. for no additional costs? Orbea has revamped their customization program and interactive MyO website to do more than ever.

Swagger past the break to see how you can pimp your ride, and tinker with it to see what you can come up with….

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While off the shelf bikes aren’t necessarily a bad thing, what if you could have something completely different than anybody else that is to your personal liking…. for no additional costs? Orbea has revamped their customization program and interactive MyO website to do more than ever. Swagger past the break to see how you can […]

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Roundup: Chamois creams, lotions, soaps & and other fresh body care for cyclists

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Tucked into the corners of Interbike were a number of brands offering new skincare lines. Here are the best of what we saw, focusing on products that kept the ingredients lists mostly (or all) natural, often organic, and seemingly useful.

The most interesting of the bunch was TufMed, a brand launched in 2011 by a member of the US Martial Arts Team to help heal the cuts, scrapes and bruises common in that arena. Fortunately (or not, depending on how you look at it), we cyclists also get banged up from time to time, and their all-natural, odorless and greaseless formulas claim to work just as well for us as for the fighters.

The products cover the gamut, from bruise and black eye relief, to lotions for healing cuts and scrapes quickly. They work by giving the body the nutrients it needs to heal itself, like aloe, arnica, amino acids, etc. I’ve been testing out the TufHands to get the blisters and cracked skin from my ninja warrior training (it’s true), and it works fantastically well. Hands healed up much faster than before I used it, and I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the line for more cycling specific uses. The soap is pretty stellar, too. Perhaps the best part of their business is that they wanted everything to be affordable. Even with top notch ingredients, all of the products are under $10.

Lather up more body lovin’ goodness below…

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Tucked into the corners of Interbike were a number of brands offering new skincare lines. Here are the best of what we saw, focusing on products that kept the ingredients lists mostly (or all) natural, often organic, and seemingly useful. The most interesting of the bunch was TufMed, a brand launched in 2011 by a […]

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A Week In Review: New Bottom Bracket Standard, E’Bike racing, and Lots of Other Less Dramatic Things

 

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It’s been a pretty heated week with a mostly liked new bottom bracket standard with folks like White Industries, Chris King & Paragon Machine Works behind it and a dedicated moped E’Bike race at North America’s Largest consumer event. Regardless, new stuff from Ventana, LeMond, Leatt and others will keep you smiling.

Take a deep breath, fill up your coffee, (if you want to make it through all the comments), and head past the break to see what the heck has been going on…..

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     It’s been a pretty heated week with a mostly liked new bottom bracket standard with folks like White Industries, Chris King & Paragon Machine Works behind it and a dedicated moped E’Bike race at North America’s Largest consumer event. Regardless, new stuff from Ventana, LeMond, Leatt and others will keep you smiling. Take a deep breath, […]

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Raleigh Puts Fun First with New Redux, Carbon Roker, Merit Road, Pardner Fat Bike, and more

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You can talk about high end components and bike weight until you’re blue in the face, but if you’re not having fun on your bike, many would say you’re missing the point. In a nut shell, that’s the direction Raleigh is taking with their line for 2016. That’s not to say Raleigh is without any high end bikes for next year – the new Carbon Skarn full suspension bike is offered as proof. But that for the bulk of the line they are focused on well spec’ed, affordable, fun bikes for the city, open road, dirt, and for youth…

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You can talk about high end components and bike weight until you’re blue in the face, but if you’re not having fun on your bike, many would say you’re missing the point. In a nut shell, that’s the direction Raleigh is taking with their line for 2016. That’s not to say Raleigh is without any […]

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Leatt adds more knee protection, DBX full face helmets shipping end of year (probably)

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When we caught up with Leatt at Crankworx, their long-awaited full face helmets were just made final following production delays. Now, they’re in production and expected to be on the water by year’s end for delivery then or first of 2016.

The helmet incorporates all the expected features -inmold construction, adjustable breakaway visor, compatibility with their neck protection- plus a few bonus treats like hydration pack hose integration. The real special feature is the 360 Turbine cushions that handle rotational impact forces to lessen the risk of concussion. Check those out, plus more new protection for your joints and hands, below…

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When we caught up with Leatt at Crankworx, their long-awaited full face helmets were just made final following production delays. Now, they’re in production and expected to be on the water by year’s end for delivery then or first of 2016. The helmet incorporates all the expected features -inmold construction, adjustable breakaway visor, compatibility with their […]

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