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Friday RoundUP – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Inspired to Ride Still on the Big Screen – Inspired to Ride, the film that documented participants in the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race, has been screened in over 25 theaters the past few months. And events are still coming together. Visit inspiredtoride.it for screening dates.

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1x Road Bikes Are Coming- Aribike Announces Round and Oval Mono or Double Ring Kits

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Not long ago, Bikerumor previewed an innovative set of oval chainrings for mountain bikes manufactured by Italy’s Aribike. With 1x road bike drivetrains now starting to appear (as seen very recently from Lindarets and Wolf Tooth Components) it’s no surprise that the company has just announced the release of chainring kits for road bikes with round or oval double ring and 1x options available.

With a wide range of customized gearing options on tap, Aribike says they are one of just a handful companies worldwide producing oval chainrings, and the only Italian manufacturer of 1x road-specific rings featuring their special drop-stop tooth shape. Read on for more details, and to find out how Aribike’s oval chainring kits create a training system for competitive riders…
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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Crankbrothers Partners with Top Athletes To Support Bike-Related Causes Worldwide –  In partnership with top athletes, Crankbrothers has launched the Crankbrothers for Others charitable giveback initiative to support bike-related causes around the world. Participating athletes span the disciplines of downhill, enduro, cross country, and cyclocross. Charities include World Bicycle Relief, NICA, Ride For Michael, Wheels 4 Life,Prochorus Community Development, Riding Forward, JAM Fund, Team Rynkeby, Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, and the Ride to Conquer Cancer, among others. Visit crankbrothers.com/for-others for more information and make a donation.

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New Garmin Edge 520 In Living Color and Live Strava Segments, Expanded Smart Capabilities

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Debuting this Tour de France is the new Garmin Edge 520, the world’s first GPS cycling computer featuring live Strava segments. The 520 features a color screen, a revised interface strategy, an extended battery life, and a myriad of other exciting features that the Edge 510 fan-men and women among us have been begging for. It interfaces with ANT+ trainers and your existing Vector  pedals for greater tracking capability. Meet your new best friend to beat your best friend after the jump… READ MORE ->

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Race Across America

  • Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes Wins 3,000-mile Biking “Race Across America”Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes, a group of four elite amateur athletes, today won the four-person mixed-gender division of the 3,000-mile Race Across America (RAAM). Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes crossed the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland in just six days, 13 hours, and 49 minutes. The race started in Oceanside, California on June 20. With the support of individual donors and sponsors including UFC and JPMorgan Chase & Co., Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes raised more than $640,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

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4th of July Sales

  • Culprit Bicycles 4th of July SaleCulprit Bicycles is offering four specials until July 8th 2015.
    1. Pre Order a RoaDi frameset (6061 Alloy Road disc frame, Full carbon steerer with 15 mm thru axle, Full carbon seat post, Culprit Full carbon stem, Full carbon road bar) headset for only $704*
    2. Culprit Croz Blade frame + Token C55 disc wheel set for $2015 * (price includes frame, fork, post painted to order, TRP TTV rim brakes, TRP spyre disc brakes, Culprit jersey, torque wrench, carbon cage/bottle and a set of Token c55 disc brake/rim brake wheels.
    3. Culprit Arrow One frame set for only $704* price is inclusive of frame, fork, seat post , headset, which is painted glossy carbon with the font in matte carbon
    4. 10% off our junior road bikes. All models in stock including Junior One, Junior Two, S1 and S2 with the discount code of July4th.

More Sales & This Weekend’s Racing After the Break…

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Peaks Coaching: A Criterium Primer

By Todd Scheske, PCG elite/master coach

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Peaks Coaching Group athlete James Walsh in the lead

Criteriums, or “crits” as they’re often referred to, are short course races from 800 meters to 5 kilometers in length, with race distances usually from 20 to 100 kilometers (for elite level). Crits offer high speeds and are perfect spectator events, with great opportunities for some exciting action. While newer racers may find them a bit intimidating at first, by keeping a few things in mind they needn’t avoid these really fun and exciting types of races. Click through for these important tips… READ MORE ->

PC15: Introducing New KICKR SNAP Foldable Entry Level Smart Trainer By Wahoo Fitness

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Training indoors is a bummer. So when Wahoo Fitness brought to market their trainer called the KICKR, it was designed to best replicate the inertial experience of pedaling outside. The Trainer included the development of a thoroughly engineered flywheel and was one of the first such trainers to be powered by an iPhone for seamless control and interactive possibilities galore through compatible apps. Wahoo’s development paid off within two years of the release when Team Sky selected KICKR for their off-season training platform.

Today, Wahoo announces the release of their new entry level smart trainer called KICKR SNAP – a foldable, tire based version of KICKR. It has the smart functionality and strives for a similarly high level of riding experience and feedback, but in an easy to use, smaller, more affordable package. SNAP into this smart new equipment after the jump… READ MORE ->

Long Term Review: Stages Cycling crank arm power meter

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For the past two-and-a-half years, I’ve been testing the Stages power meter on and off, letting a few friends try it out between my own testing.

It’s a seemingly simple device, just stuck on the inside of your non-drive crank arm to measure left leg power by way of the crank’s deformation. Each model is calibrated to the specific crank arm it’s being attached to, and it’s all done in their own Colorado facility. While several lower priced options have been announced that allow for user installation, Stages’ says they’re not terribly concerned about things that aren’t even shipping yet. And they say they’re now among the largest cycling power meter brands by unit volume, especially when you include their indoor stationary cycles. That, along with pro team endorsements and usage, should say something about their quality.

My own experiences have spanned a couple years worth of firmware development that’s seen some marked upgrades and improvements, all with very few issues. For any piece of electronics on a bike to last that long without failure or problem is very good, and I’d recommend it highly with just a couple caveats…

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Kuai Multisport Biometric Headset puts a personal trainer in your ear

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Even with tech devices getting smaller and smaller, it requires a collection of them for athletes to take multiple biometric measurements while training. The creative minds behind the Kuai headset are an athletic bunch of tech-sector businessmen who wanted to make it simpler and less cumbersome to collect a wide range of biometric data, so they invented the Kuai. The headset allows athletes to train smarter, safer and achieve performance goals more efficiently with real time coaching by combining the heart rate, foot strike (for running) and other biometric sensors into a lightweight, wireless headset.

The designers are calling the Kuai the world’s first biometric headset designed for all sports. Earlier this year we covered The Dash earbuds from Bragi which offers many of the same features, but are apparently quite far behind schedule with production. The Kuai headset is very close to fruition, with the research and development phase complete.

The team at Kuaiwear has working prototypes, and live demos will be held at Ironman 70.3 Boulder on June 13th. All that’s needed now is the funding to go into production, so their Kickstarter campaign goes live today with a great discount for early supporters…
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