Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Get ’em started young. Mountain Creek Kid’s Camp this weekend – This Saturday in Vernon, NJ Mountain Creek Bike Park is running their mountain bike Kid’s Camp for your little ripper to work on developing the fundamental skills that build confidence and the ability to have more fun on their bikes. Taught by Kathi Krause, 3x Masters World Downhill Champ there is a half day option for ages 6-9 for just $70 and a full day for 10-15 year olds for $120. They’ve also got 2 more Kid’s Camp dates later in the summer, plus a couple in the early fall. MountainCreekBikePark.com

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Get ’em started young. Mountain Creek Kid’s Camp this weekend – This Saturday in Vernon, NJ Mountain Creek Bike Park is running their mountain bike Kid’s Camp for your little ripper to work on developing the fundamental skills that build confidence and the ability to have more fun on their bikes. Taught by Kathi Krause, 3x Masters World Downhill […]

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Week in Review: Rolling resistance science, lots of new bikes, gear reviews and more!

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Lots of great enduro and mountain bike reviews this week, plus plenty of new bikes for all types of riding from Pivot, Trek, Bianchi, Budnitz and others. Plus, if your kids are looking to get the pro treatment, Isla Bikes unveiled their complete line of “pro” level youth bikes for mountain and cyclocross. Catch up with everything we covered this week on the list below, each link opening in a new tab for your reading convenience…

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Lots of great enduro and mountain bike reviews this week, plus plenty of new bikes for all types of riding from Pivot, Trek, Bianchi, Budnitz and others. Plus, if your kids are looking to get the pro treatment, Isla Bikes unveiled their complete line of “pro” level youth bikes for mountain and cyclocross. Catch up […]

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Isla Bikes gets pro with new race-ready kids’ cyclocross and mountain bikes

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The options for kids bikes just keep getting better,and we couldn’t be more excited…particularly when there’s a disc brake cyclocross on offer, filling in a category that’s been sorely deficient in youth sizes. And Isla Bikes has built not one, but three different wheel size options, fitting 8 year olds and up with 24″, 26″ and 700c options, and all equally ready for slicks to turn them into road bikes.

Add in an even wider spread of sizes for mountain bikes and you’ve got everything you need to get your kid across the finish line…

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The options for kids bikes just keep getting better,and we couldn’t be more excited…particularly when there’s a disc brake cyclocross on offer, filling in a category that’s been sorely deficient in youth sizes. And Isla Bikes has built not one, but three different wheel size options, fitting 8 year olds and up with 24″, 26″ […]

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Taga 2.0 brings flexible family cargo bike to the masses

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A lot of cyclists would probably like to have the hauling capacity of a cargo bike, and plenty of parents can get behind the idea of lugging kids around in a Dutch box bike. But when it comes down to it, the cost of entry is so high, and the bikes are so big and unwieldy that it is usually pretty hard to justify. Enter Taga, the company that developed a convertible stroller that could do double or even triple duty as a kid-hauling bike or cargo bike.

They’ve now developed a new iteration that simplifies things a bit, but still keep all of the good bike functionality. In the process the new Taga 2.0 drops in price by around a third, putting it in reach for a lot more cyclists. Taga took their new family bike to Kickstarter to get it off the ground, and has had a pretty unbelievable response. See how you can get in on the action too, plus full details on the bike after the break…

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A lot of cyclists would probably like to have the hauling capacity of a cargo bike, and plenty of parents can get behind the idea of lugging kids around in a Dutch box bike. But when it comes down to it, the cost of entry is so high, and the bikes are so big and unwieldy […]

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SOC16: Cleary shows Meerkat 24″ disc brake kids bike, plus Project X internally geared prototype

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Cleary offers a complete wheel size range of kids bikes, all cutely named – Starfish (12″ balance bike), Gecko (12″), Hedgehog (16″), and Owl (20″). The newest is the Meerkat, which is now also their largest bike with 24″ wheels.

It launched last fall, but this was our first look at it. The frame uses thin wall HiTen steel for a complete bike weight of 24 lbs. Not bad for a 9-speed bike that retails for just $645 and comes with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes. Check out more spec, plus their Project X youth bike with a Sturmey Archer rear hub, below…

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Cleary offers a complete wheel size range of kids bikes, all cutely named – Starfish (12″ balance bike), Gecko (12″), Hedgehog (16″), and Owl (20″). The newest is the Meerkat, which is now also their largest bike with 24″ wheels. It launched last fall, but this was our first look at it. The frame uses […]

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Fair Wheel Bikes customizes a super light Woom Carbonara 20” MTB for one lucky kid

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Some riders insist on treating themselves to the best bikes and components they can afford, and if these riders have kids (and a healthy income) those little tykes are likely to benefit from their parent’s appreciation of high-quality goods. If you want ‘only the finest’ for your up and coming mountain biker, how about a full carbon bike with disc brakes, a 1×11 drivetrain, a slew of carbon components and titanium pedals?

Fair Wheel Bikes doesn’t play second fiddle with their custom creations, and we’ve checked out a few other tantalizing bikes in the past including a Parlee gravel grinder with a custom XTR/Di2 setup. This is the first kids bike they’ve put together, and it was built around Woom’s brand new Carbonara 20” rigid frame and fork.

The complete custom bike seen here weighs just 14.2 lbs with the pedals and bottle cage included. Check out more specs on Fair Wheel’s custom build and info on Woom’s stock Carbonara models below…
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Some riders insist on treating themselves to the best bikes and components they can afford, and if these riders have kids (and a healthy income) those little tykes are likely to benefit from their parent’s appreciation of high-quality goods. If you want ‘only the finest’ for your up and coming mountain biker, how about a […]

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SOC16: Raleigh cranks out drop bar fun with fat tire, dropper equipped Stuntman, Steel RXM, Kid’s CX, More

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On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve Brian ‘Sally’ Fornes, the focus on fun isn’t surprising as the Stuntman blends big tires, drop bars, and dropper posts. The result is a truly unique bike that will crush anything in its path…

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On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve […]

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Trailcraft adds 1×10 wide range gearing option to youth mountain bikes

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Trailcraft had already addressed weight with their top shelf youth mountain bikes by creating a kid-sized alloy frame dressed with lightweight, high end spec. Now, to add to the custom Stan’s NoTubes Crest wheels, Schwalbe tires and RST air suspension fork, they’ve put together a 1×10 wide range gearing option to shed another 200 grams or so.

Ginger Rosenbauer, Trailcraft’s founder, says the option came about from parent’s asking about 42-tooth expander compatibility. So, she decided to simply offer an out of the box solution complete with their own 1x narrow-wide chainrings. Available now in two spec levels, pics and details below…

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Trailcraft had already addressed weight with their top shelf youth mountain bikes by creating a kid-sized alloy frame dressed with lightweight, high end spec. Now, to add to the custom Stan’s NoTubes Crest wheels, Schwalbe tires and RST air suspension fork, they’ve put together a 1×10 wide range gearing option to shed another 200 grams […]

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Schwinn gets kids riding faster, stronger, longer with new SmartStart youth bicycles

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If most kids’ bicycles seem like high tensile steel tanks, it’s because most are. Particularly those found at the big box stores like Target, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us. But, they sell many times more youth bikes that independent bike shops, so any improvement in them is certainly welcome. After all, have you ever tried to convince a non-cycling friend that it makes sense to spend $250 or more on a kid’s bike when they can grab one for under $100 while picking up their cereal and toilet paper?

Schwinn’s new SmartStart line remakes 12″, 14″, 16″, 18″ and 20″ bikes so they fit kids better, are easier to ride, and will grow with them for longer. And they start under $100 and are available at all three of those big box stores. Here’s what’s different…

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If most kids’ bicycles seem like high tensile steel tanks, it’s because most are. Particularly those found at the big box stores like Target, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us. But, they sell many times more youth bikes that independent bike shops, so any improvement in them is certainly welcome. After all, have you ever tried […]

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