- Cool video footage of last week’s Morvelo CityCross2 above. Sticks and stones? More like Cobbles and rain…
- Early registration has begun for the 2014 Subaru Sea Otter Classic race to be held April 10-13th. Get 10% off registration with code EARLYBIRD.
- BuddyBike is billed as an alternative tandem bicycle that lets you ride along with a person with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. As a small company, they cannot support as many programs as they’d like with donations, but have a great list of suggestions for how to get funding for their bicycles.
- The University of California-Davis has been awarded Platinum level status as a Bicycle Friendly University from the League of American Bicyclists. It’s only the League’s second Platinum level university, with Stanford taking honors as the first. Click here to find out how to move your school towards becoming a bicycle friendly university!
- Factor Bikes has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to help raise £20,000 for the charity. They’ve donated a Limited Edition Vis Vres (size 56cm) worth £10,000 for a raffle. Tickets are £10 and raffle closes April 14th, or when they sell out all 2,000 tickets.
- The Gran Fondo Super Prestige calendar has been released. To obtain “Super Prestige” status, riders must ride 3 of the 8 events. What is this new series? According to GFNY magazine: “GFSP provides cyclists in North America a new challenge. The series follows the success of the Italian ‘Prestigio’ series put on by Cicloturismo magazine. In Italy, thousands of riders aim to become ‘Prestigioso’ but only a few hundred achieve to complete seven out of ten Gran Fondos. A select few even do all ten races.“
- The Adventure Cycling Association is working towards better bike service on multi-modal travel options – taking your bicycle with you on airplanes, trains, and by bus. Click here to find out about their travel initiatives and some helpful information about traveling with your bike.
- Found while perusing the Adventure Cycling Association’s blog, a video about a revolutionary new information system…
- The Florida Department of Transportation has announced that it plans a U.S Bicycle Route following US1 from Jacksonville to Key West. It is one of four routes planned that will connect to future routes in Georgia and Alabama.
- MissionMission has posted about a simple, streamlined bicycle map of SF. More info here. Image after the break.
- If you live in the city of Santa Cruz, CA, here is a link to an online petition to replace a temporary BMX park with a permanent BMX plaza.
- Bokos has announced their new color lineup of comfy après-cycling sandals. Perfect for holiday gifts!
- NBC will premiere the 2013 GoPro Ironman World Championship on November 16th.
- Spy Optic have announced they will donate $30 for every pair of sunglasses sold on their website to the Philippine typhoon relief efforts provided by Waves for Water. This offer runs through tomorrow, Nov. 16th (get on it!). All they have to do is sell more than 3,334 sunglasses and this company will donate more than the country of China.
- The official tourism website of Sufferlandria has opened and is now taking citizenship applications.
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Osprey has expanded their lineup of packs from the hydration models we’ve seen before to cover commuters as well.
The new Portal series gets, as the name suggests, clear “portals” that allow tablets to be used without removal. Shown above is the Pixel (right) and Pixel Port (left). The Pixel’s portal is under the flip cover front panel, and there’s a handy removable zippered punch to store all of your cables, chargers and various other lifelines required in this digital age. Closed, it fits into the lower zippered pocket on the bottom of the bag.
Loaded Precision Components introduced their new X-Lite mountain bike wheels at Sea Otter, with offerings for all three wheel sizes.
The rims use their “True Bead Technology”, their own tubeless system, that supposedly makes installation and initial inflation super easy. There’s an internal beam extruded into the design to improve lateral rigidity. To keep it light, they use 32 quad-butted spokes with alloy nipples color matched to the hubs, and they’re available in red, green, gold, black, silver and pewter/gray.
Internals use three double-engagement-point pawls with 24 points of contact. They work with 9/15 front axles and QR/12×142 rear and include skewers. Roll past the break for closeups, more specs and their new stem…
Xentis is better known for their five-spoke full carbon wheels, but it’s their new Silver line road wheels that are handmade in Austria, including the carbon production, that were in the spotlight at Sea Otter Classic.
They build in three depths, getting wider and rounder as they get deeper. The spoke holes are drilled asymmetrically, and they partnered with DT Swiss to make specially developed nipples that keep the spokes aimed straight at the rim, so there’s no binding or bending.
The shallowest is a 25mm deep, narrow, lightweight model. On the 42mm and 58mmm, a magnet is embedded in the rim across from the spoke hole, which not only balances the wheel a bit, but means you don’t need to add one for speed sensors or bike computers.
Yes, that is a Cervelo R5ca frame getting whacked with another tube repeatedly. This interesting demonstration was to illustrate Carbon Solutions’ proprietary clear coat additive that can be mixed in with any color paint to form a super hard, protective layer. The paint is said to prevent chipping in almost any circumstance – which includes beating the frame repeatedly for all passers by. In addition to the clear coat, Joe’s Bicycle Painting is evolving to create their own carbon repair and painting company called Carbon Solutions. With years of experience painting and repairing carbon frames for Calfee, Kestrel, and more, you might not have heard of Carbon Solutions, but if you’ve seen repaired carbon frames, you’ve probably seen their work.
If you had something new to show, Sea Otter 2013 was the place to be. With more vendors than ever, and even more making the rounds with product in hand it seemed that wherever you looked there was something new to see. The Sea Otter was spotted with Asylum Cycles’ new Meuse SSCX cross bike which just met its funding goal through Crowd Supply. That means the bike will see production, but you still have 4 days left to get in on the special price for the frame at $895.
Read on for more on the SSCX, plus a look at some of the best show randoms!
With so much to see, my lunch breaks often consist of frequent stops at the nutrition booths, which doubles as a nice way to see what’s new for cyclists. This year’s Sea Otter has the usual smorgasbord of drinks and bars to keep me running around all day.
A perennial favorite is Cytosport’s Muscle Milk because, well, I can only handle so much sports drink and carby bars. This year, the new Light Peach flavor was a perfect compliment to the sunny days. They also have new Protein Crunch bars in Chocolate Peanut Butter and Vanilla Almond Yogurt. There were the sample sizes, the real bars are much larger.
Over the past few years, Kona has begun to reinvent itself with a host of great new products ranging. As part of the transformation, the company has completely overhauled their world cup down hill contender with a whole new look wrapped in a carbon fiber package.
The new Kona Operator will be available as either one of two complete builds or as a frame only. We took a close look at both bikes and put them on our scale. Hop past the break to check it out. READ MORE ->
Kitsbow wove itself into the mountain bike scene last year with two premium pieces of apparel, the Sustans Jersey shown above, and the Softshell A/M Shorts. I’ve been testing both and they’re amazing.
Now, they’re expanding and updating their line with a softshell jacket, various shorts, polo shirts and a merino liner short. Like the first two items, they’re made with very upscale materials and packed full of nifty features. The Sustans has a new light blue color, and it’s now available without the quilted shoulder panels (shown on the dark blue model). The zipper has also been extended from the original 1/3 length to about 1/2 length.
Zip past the break for more…