Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Experience the epic of British Coumbia with the Singletrack 6 – Ride Western Canada and take part in the multi-day cross-country mountain bike adventure this summer. TransRockies has just confirmed the dates and locations of this year’s six-day BC epic set for July 23-28. The event delivers back-to-back big mountain stages with separate timed descents through the heart of the beautiful Canadian Rockies. This year the race ventures deep into the interior, taking stops in Fernie, Cranbrook, Kimberley, and Golden. Register now via Singletrack6.com, and read on for more week’s end news bites…

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Experience the epic of British Coumbia with the Singletrack 6 – Ride Western Canada and take part in the multi-day cross-country mountain bike adventure this summer. TransRockies has just confirmed the dates and locations of this year’s six-day BC epic set for July 23-28. The event delivers back-to-back big mountain stages with separate timed descents through the heart of the beautiful […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing personal goals Liv-Cycling.com

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Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing […]

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SOC16: Power measurement enters third dimension with new 4iiii Precision 2.0 meter

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Introduced at Interbike 2014, the 4iiii power meter has come a long way very quickly. Originally planned as a DIY add on, they showed an even smaller unit at Sea Otter last year and introduced their factory installation option. Now, they’ve done away with the end user installation option and are offering two ways to get their power meter on your bike, both still starting under $400.

Even better, they’ve improved the accuracy of their power measurement by adding a third method of strain gauge measurement to the system. Called 4iiii Precision 2.0, they’re touting it as a “3D crank power meter” because it uses three strain gauges to measure the arm’s bending, shearing (pulling the pedal hole away from the spindle center) and axial deformation, with the latter accounting for odd angles of forces acting on the pedal (like if your knees bow way outward and your pedal isn’t being driven downward in a perfectly straight line…

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Introduced at Interbike 2014, the 4iiii power meter has come a long way very quickly. Originally planned as a DIY add on, they showed an even smaller unit at Sea Otter last year and introduced their factory installation option. Now, they’ve done away with the end user installation option and are offering two ways to […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based industrial designer behind the Wearable Planter line for the last 5 years. Now they come to the bike, on your handlebar, or even strapped to your seattube or fork blade. Where else would you find this sort of thing, but on Etsy.com

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Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based […]

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Polar V800 GPS watch pairs with GoPro for controls & video stats

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One of the early pioneer of wearable fitness tech, Polar has paired up with the GoPro Developer Program to add action cam integration functionality in the V800 GPS watch later this year. While the V800 already tracks a wide range of cycling, running and swimming training, plus 24/7 activity and sleep, the new connection will link the GPS device with the growing number of GoPros filming everything from training to races…

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One of the early pioneer of wearable fitness tech, Polar has paired up with the GoPro Developer Program to add action cam integration functionality in the V800 GPS watch later this year. While the V800 already tracks a wide range of cycling, running and swimming training, plus 24/7 activity and sleep, the new connection will link the GPS device with the […]

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Verve RevUp drops the magnets for Infocrank power meter cadence sensing

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We’ve been testing Verve’s Infocranks  in the harshest conditions you could drum up for a power meter, from rough gravel roads to the mud and pressure washers of cyclocross. But the only real issue after several seasons of testing had been with the magnets needed to ensure accurate cadence reporting. Now up-to-date and accurate cadence measurement is a huge deal in power meters. Since the Infocrank actually measure stress in the cranks and equates torque out of that, it needs cadence (or its analogue of angular velocity) to calculate power. Now Verve after working on the issue for a couple of years, both in the lab and with their pro-team testers, have managed to get accurate cadence data with the existing sensors in the crank and without the use of magnets. Check out the details below and how to get this over the air update now…

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We’ve been testing Verve’s Infocranks  in the harshest conditions you could drum up for a power meter, from rough gravel roads to the mud and pressure washers of cyclocross. But the only real issue after several seasons of testing had been with the magnets needed to ensure accurate cadence reporting. Now up-to-date and accurate cadence measurement is […]

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Just in: New steel 8bar NEUKLN fixed gear do-it-all commuter

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Up until this past year all of the bikes out of 8bar were aluminum as they sought to deliver a balance of high performance and high value. Most companies that make value-oriented track bikes started out with the low-cost of steel, but for 8bar it was more of an evolution back to introducing a steel bike. But just like we’ve seen with their newest carbon road model that moves a little more towards the light performance side, 8bar have been working on a steel fixie for a while now that gets costs even lower down and can deliver an almost indestructible ride for cruising the city streets, or the odd trip to the track.

The NEUKLN is that new bike. We picked up a frameset in Berlin a few weeks back and have built it up with the kind of parts you find lying around or scavenged from old townies. While we’ve spent some time riding a proper carbon race machine around the indoor velodrome from our Prague HQ, spring has sprung now, and it is time to hit the rougher outdoor track here with something that can tame the cobbled streets of Prague as well. Hop past the break with us to take a closer look at the frameset, get the relevant details, and check out our first thoughts on the ride…

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Up until this past year all of the bikes out of 8bar were aluminum as they sought to deliver a balance of high performance and high value. Most companies that make value-oriented track bikes started out with the low-cost of steel, but for 8bar it was more of an evolution back to introducing a steel […]

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Shoot for better performance with red (and green) Baron Xert apps on your Garmin

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The sports science software developers at Baron Biosystems have debuted a few new apps that add improved functionality and a bit of easy to read color to the newest crop of Garmin head units. Available through Garmin’s own Connect IQ app store the Xert system adds new live power data analysis tools to your existing GPS, including several new performance metrics that will help improve training and athletes a live data stream to help better time attacks and recovery in a race situation. Check out the details on the three separate apps, and Barons’s overall Xert power training program after the break…

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The sports science software developers at Baron Biosystems have debuted a few new apps that add improved functionality and a bit of easy to read color to the newest crop of Garmin head units. Available through Garmin’s own Connect IQ app store the Xert system adds new live power data analysis tools to your existing GPS, […]

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Trek Bicycle and Sven Nys Announce New Partnership

With two world championships, seven world cups and over 140 victories, 39 year old Sven Nys is considered one of the greatest cyclocross racers of all time. Not only that, he’s a very capable mountain biker, with five Belgian championships and two appearances at the Olympic games.

Trek Bicycle Corporation and Nys, aka “The Cannibal from Baal”, have announced a partnership that includes support for the forthcoming Baal-based Sven Nys Cycling Center, sponsorship of Nys’ Telenet-Fidea cyclocross team, and a brand ambassadorship that will keep the former World Champion aboard the brand’s bikes in retirement… Continue reading “Trek Bicycle and Sven Nys Announce New Partnership”



With two world championships, seven world cups and over 140 victories, 39 year old Sven Nys is considered one of the greatest cyclocross racers of all time. Not only that, he’s a very capable mountain biker, with five Belgian championships and two appearances at the Olympic games. Trek Bicycle Corporation and Nys, aka “The Cannibal from […]

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