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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Travel & Touring

  • Hipcamp Launches “Airbnb” for Outdoors | Unlocks Private Lands – Hipcamp, the website that makes getting outside fun and easy, is bringing the sharing economy, made popular by Airbnb, to the outdoors. Check out Hipcamp’s Land Sharing video to be transported to these unspoiled lands. Be sure to turn up the volume to get the full effect!

More news and pumptrack event info after the break…


EB15: Selle Italia shows lightest ever concept saddle, plus new seats for road, triathlon, mountain bikes & more

Selle Italia’s SP-01 concept saddle is a new take on aerodynamics by eliminating the usual pockets that could trap air under the saddle, or at least slow it down. They did it by having the rails flow into wing like shapes that wrap around to create the perch with a flexible, wide open shape.

It’s the crazier looking saddle concept, but it’s not the lightest…


SRAM’s New X-Sync 1X Chain Rings Prove Steel is Real… Affordable


Due to the impressive amount of CNC machining time, most narrow wide rings have a price that reflects the production costs. Sram wanted to create a replacement 1x ring for the cost conscious which meant they needed look to a different material – steel. Utilizing their stamping and manufacturing wizardry, the new steel rings are not only more affordable but they should be more durable as well.

Available in three select sizes, SRAM is offering a direct mount, plus an interesting looking 94 BCD ring as well…


Contest: Win a Wheelset from Token Cycling!

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Contest Details: Fill in your email address and answer all four survey questions to be entered to win a Token C50 carbon clincher wheelset. One winner will be chosen from the respondents with the correct answers.

Survey closes 11pm EST on Sunday, August 30th, 2015. Click past the break to enter!


Friday RoundUP – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Biography of Legendary Cyclist Bernard Hinault – Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion. The Badger: The Life of Bernard Hinault and the Legacy of French Cycling as written by William Fotheringham, takes a close look at Hinault, aka: The Badger while also exploring the reasons that France has had a difficult time producing another Tour champion. Published by Chicago Review Press. The book is available at


Win a ride with Ken Block on a New Specialized Bike!

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Hold on tight because Specialized bicycles has teamed up with the Hoonigan himself, Ken Block to give some really lucky person a chance to hang out with Block himself and explore some of his favorite spots in his home town.  After that you’ll #ridewithblock on some of his local trails atop a brand new Specialized bike and who knows, Ken make take you for a little spin in one of his motorized toys so take a change of clothes just in case.

Today is the last day to enter so go to, then drift past the break to see the latest Gymkhana video of him destroying the streets of Los Angeles.


Fuji drops a 10.9 pound featherweight with new SL Road Bike *updated with pricing and additional models

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Fuji has been very busy the last two years developing their newest road bike, the Fuji SL, and according to the specs, the results are astounding. The bike will be shown to the public for the first time this weekend at the 2015 Vuelta a España, but we were given an early preview and interview with Fuji’s longtime Road Project Manager Steven Fairchild to get the low down on how they accomplished such a feat.

Fuji knew how much everyone loved the ride and stiffness of their Altamira line, and that they needed to set the stakes high.  The result is a frame that came in at a jaw dropping 695 grams without sacrificing anything that the Altamira offered. Click on through to see the detailed pictures and technology that went into Fuji’s new flagship road bike and a couple of hints of more things coming down the pipeline…


Sony Adds Flip-out Camcorder Screen Case for Action Cam, Makes it Easier than Ever to Get the Shot


Sony introduces a case for their line of action cams, (excluding the latest 4K model due to button configuration) with a 2.7 inch flip out screen. This may at first seem novel, but when you want to actually get a good shot at any moving object while holding the camera, it is actually pretty difficult to do without either holding it directly in front of your face and moving your whole body or “pointing” it in the general direction of the action hoping to get lucky. Rather than a whole new camera, Sony is offering the ability to upgrade your current model with this impressive case…


Gaining Some Speed and Longevity with VCRC Bike’s Ceramic Components

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In every form of racing that requires any sort of equipment, the top competitors are very close to being at the same level of performance. That means the little details can add up to make a pretty big difference. Ceramic bearings have made their way and established themselves as a pretty valid item not only because they potentially perform better, but because they also can last longer than standard steel bearings in the right circumstances. Matt Speer at VCRC Bike has made a name for himself by being highly focused on the details of the products he makes, not to mention being a stickler for details.

VCRC (originally Velo Carbon Racing Componets) was started by Matt Speer back in 2002 out of his garage simply to fund his racing and travel by selling a few products locally.  Things seemed to take off better than expected and he became one of the early manufactures to bring ceramic bearings to the bicycle.  They also produce carbon stems, (his first product), seat posts, and bottle cages.

VCRC Bike’s new “threaded” Press Fit bottom bracket was designed to prevent creaking by creating an additional secure point of contact with the left and right BB cups making sure they are not only more secure, but most importantly, perfectly aligned. This helps increase the bottom bracket’s bond to the frame to eliminate potential wear and seal harming movement as well as solve any slight misalignment in the frame’s BB shell. All VCRC bottom brackets come with their “made in house” ceramic bearings which are available as is with their standard seal and VCRC Speed Cream, or with an upgraded seal for added protection (CROSS IS COMING!), or even their VCRC “Racing Cream” super fast lubricant.  Retail on the press fit bottom bracket is $150

Click below to see how else VCRC can speed things up plus some of their nicely done components…