Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • SUF Camp: Train like a pro with fellow Sufferlandrians – OK, so we mentioned the national team training camp run by the Sufferfest a couple of months back. But now we have an update that only 8 spots are left, and that the price has dropped down about 15% to $4950 for the entire, once in a lifetime week-long package starting June 12 in Aigle, Switzerland. Head over to their site for full details how to get the real pro experience. And don’t forget the fourth annual Tour of Sufferlandria is coming up in just a week or so. 9-days from Feb 6-14 to bang out a winter base from the comfort of home, with donations going to a good cause at TheSufferfest.com

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BRAAPPP!!! Ducati branded Bicycles to be engineered and distributed by Bianchi

BRAAPPP!!! Ducati branded Bicycles to be engineered and distributed by Bianchi

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Ducati is making bikes again. Yes, again. In fact, they were the Bosh e-bike motors of the 1940’s in that they made gas powered motors to fit conventional bicycles, and soon came out with their own “moped” of sorts, before making full blown motorcycles. (I wonder if those got shunned back in those days?). To engineer and distribute the bikes, Ducati is leaving it up to the professionals and fellow Italians of Bianchi who have one of the longest histories in the bike biz.

Zoom past the break to see what we could be seeing in the form of the motorcycle brand’s version of a bicycle…..

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A week in review: New bikes from Alchemy, Reeb, & Canfield Bros, Cateye’s 6K lumen lite, & Interbike heads East?

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We had an awesome week with all kinds of rad fun stuff piling on our desks. Canfield Brothers’ Balance gets better, Reeb is now canning gears in the new TyREEBdonkadonk, and check out the sweet holiday gift ideas/wishes from Jayson, Steve, Cory & yours truly. Also, Zach, our head editor and fat bike aficionado exposes what he’s been dealing with the last several months after what was a simple everyday crash turned no so simple and the crazy road to his recovery.

Fill up your coffee or grab a stout depending on what time of day it is (if that even matters), and thumb through our extensive coverage from last week…..

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Children can Charge in Any Condition with new Cooker 20 & 24 Fat Bikes

Children can Charge in Any Condition with new Cooker 20 & 24 Fat Bikes

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I didn’t know it at the time, but if there is one thing I wish I would have had as a child during snow days, it would have to be a fat bike. Granted it didn’t stop me from getting out and trying to ride my bike in the snow, but I’m imagining the latest crop of kids’ fat bikes would be a blast, you know, for the kids…

One of the latest companies to offer something fat for the kids is Charge Bikes out of the UK. Now, in addition to the Cooker fat bike for adults, the kids have two different options for themselves…

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Holiday gift ideas: Trey’s Wish List

Holiday gift ideas: Trey’s Wish List

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The holidays are a time we gather to celebrate a lot of things. Gathering with friends, family, and an abundance of holiday food & “cheer” are always in order. Another joyous tradition is for kids to let their dreams run wild asking for fun as well as the unrealistic things, (I’m still waiting on my Supergoose III) that are just fun to think about having. Well for us, and the abundance of our fans, not much has changed and we still like ogling over “toys”…. the attainable and unrealistic alike.

Being the kid at the Rumor, (age doesn’t count, right?), I was stoked when it was time for us to do our holiday wish lists. The folks here at BikeRumor are like family…. more specifically older siblings. Zach’s list appeared first with MY the Evil Insurgent, and shortly after Tyler casually made an informal announcement to us to make sure nobody took his SRAM Red eTap from under the tree…. now I know what my little brothers felt like *full circle*.

Regardless, I’m pining over some rad items that even these guys might beat me up over…

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A week in review: Culprit’s new “modular” tri-bike, old school stem for new bars, our holiday wish lists, plus much more!

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Check out  Tyler and Zach’s 2015 holiday wishlist, SRAM’s new GX1 1X drivetrain & the highly anticipated Red eTap system being released into the wild sooner than later. We also found some cool & not so cool Star Wars themed bikes and accessories.

Head past the break to see our extensive coverage over the last week and what some of the BikeRumor kids would hope to find under their tree this year…..

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Tyler’s Wish List

Holiday Gift Ideas: Tyler’s Wish List
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Building on Zach’s Holiday Wish List is my own, and I’ve even added the category of “Other Bikes” because, like so many of us, I’m fairly well stocked on road and mountain bikes. Of course I have room for more, but more of the same doesn’t bring the same increase in happiness or utility that should be derived from something so wonderful as the bicycle.

And like Zach’s list, much of this represents a “Best Of” list of things I’ve ridden or, at a minimum, seen in person and used or covered. Kind of like an Editor’s Choice listing, but less pretentious.

Experience

Once I aged out of expecting anything from my parents or Santa under the tree, the things I really want have morphed from actual things to experiences. And since I spend most of my days thinking hard about running this little (*cough* world’s largest) cycling tech blog business, managing (some great!) people and trying to start a couple other businesses with friends (I really should know better by now), the last thing I want to do on vacation is think, plan and manage. But I still want to ride. So my experiential choice would be to hop on one of H+I Adventures’ mountain bike tours. They have rides across the globe and for all skill levels, and the prices are on the right side of affordable considering the food and lodging that’s included. All you’ve got to do is get yourself there. There are tons of other (more expensive) options worth checking out if road or a mixed activities suit you better, and here’s a few links (A, B, C, D).

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Win One (or Two) of the World’s Safest Bikes for your Kid – All you need to enter is to share the contest on Facebook or Twitter and fill out a registration form. Then if you tag a friend and you win, they get a free bike too! Winners will get to choose from one of Gaurdian’s 20″ kids bikes, each equipped with SureStop anti-endo brakes, a low center of gravity, and a light frame to make them easy for kids to handle and enjoy. The contest runs until December 15, with the promise to deliver the bike by Christmas. GuardianBikes.com

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Trailcraft adds 104bcd 30-tooth narrow/wide chainring in colors, perfect for kids big and small

Trailcraft adds 104bcd 30-tooth narrow/wide chainring in colors, perfect for kids big and small

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Just a day after introducing new colors on the Trailcraft Pineridge 24 youth mountain bike, the Colorado brand has added 30-tooth narrow wide chainrings as a custom option on the complete bikes and cranksets.

Designed to keep the chain on without any retention mechanism, the tooth profile is 9/10/11 speed compatible to work with any 104bcd crankset. It’s machined from 7075 alloy, weighs in at just 38g and comes in five colors – black, blue, green, orange and pink.

“The reason we decided to make our own 30T narrow-wide chainrings is because they are perfect to help achieve lower gearing on kids bikes,” says Ginger Rosenbauer, Trailcraft’s founder. “We have a custom configuration build model option on our website for the Pineridge 24 that gives you the option to choose your chainring color. The 30T chainrings are also available separately or on our Trailcraft 152mm 1x crankset.”

Pricing and more below…

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