If you’ve been on the fence about buying a pair of new panniers, this new custom color program from legendary manufacturer Arkel might help with your tough decision. From now until March 15th, the company is taking orders for custom bags in one of 6 limited edition colors. Once the last orders are in, production will begin. Each bag is hand made in Canada and the delivery window is April 15th-May 1st.
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If you thought fat bikes would soon fade into the distance, you haven’t seen the show floors of the Taipei show. Fatbikes are everywhere and so are fatbike accessories. For a category that basically started with one option not too long ago, the amount of fatbike tires popping up is staggering and no one seems to be matching the pace of Vee Rubber. Now with 8 tires in their “Fat Tire” collection, Vee rubber is gunning for market share with high tech compounds, light weight casings, improved tread design and even the first 27.5″ “fatbike” tread.
What does that mean for the future of fatties? Read on to find out.
Depending on where you live, the Spring months ahead probably spell rain. Or, in the case of Portland Design works it’s probably raining right now. Either way, if you’re running bigger tires and want some premium fenders, PDW’s Full Metal Fenders just got a little wider. Now offered in a 45mm width, the fenders will comfortably clear a 38mm tire in aluminum Full Metal glory. Each aluminum fender is equipped with a rubber mud flap to keep spray to a minimum. 45mm Full Metal Fenders retail for $120.
Chances are pretty good that if you’re on board with the road disc concept, you may also be a fan of road tubeless. Thanks to more road disc bikes popping up on a regular basis, Velocity is entering the market with their first disc specific road rim, the all new Aileron. Built as a tubeless compatible aluminum rim with a nice wide, aero profile, the Aileron looks like it will help you go fast while stopping on a dime.
Cinelli’s on a roll, pumping out a new product every couple weeks. The latest is their new Kink Straps, oversized eco-leather foot straps that’ll fit most flat pedals.
The aluminum buckles are angled to ease foot entry, and thick padded straps keep ‘em comfy. Retail’s $43.16 USD, available now. More pics below…
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Around the Bikerumor office, there’s always a collection of wheels and tires to be tested. Sometimes, that means re-using tires on new rims, or just switching things around to suit a particular type of ride. And that means we go through a good bit of sealant, sometimes mixing them (against the advice of the brands – fortunately, nothing’s exploded so far).
As such, we’ve seen plenty of semi-solidified sealant in every state of congealment from pouring straight onto the floor to us simply wanting to scrap the tires because it looks like lava rock painted beige. That got us thinking. What causes the sealant to dry up? How often should we be checking it? Replacing it? And, in the event you find zero moisture in your tire, how can you get it out? Or should you?
We spoke to Bob Nunnink, U.S. Domestic Sales & Marketing Manager for Stan’s NoTubes, and John Vargas, President of Orange Seal Cycling, to get some ideas. Oh, and then we spent two hours of our lives that we’ll never get back peeling mixed, dried sealant out of a set of Maxxis Ikons to see just how much weight sealant really adds…
Recently a fellow contributor to BikeRumor sent me a link to a beautiful new mountain bike and asked me if it was special enough to post. He’s more of a roadie, just like i’m more of a mountain biker, so it was a valid question. The bike in question retailed for over $10,000 and had carbon everything, plus some custom accents, but if you look through the past several homepages you won’t find it posted. You see somewhere along the way, a carbon frame, wheels, and even sub 500 gram carbon cranks, become rather ubiquitous.
In the mountain bike realm, the acceleration of this trend is due in part to economies of scale but also advancements in technology. Trails that used to be exclusively downhill bike territory are now half lid and trail bike fun. Which ultimately means that enthusiasts can buy one bike that does it all, rather than have two or three bikes for disciplines ranging the gamut from XC to DH.
So in this brave new world filled with $10k steeds, one thing remains unchanged – the need for bike mechanics. Sure some tasks are simple and can be performed by your average garage mechanic, but many parts must be torqued carefully or require special tools and servicing. So why haven’t the wages of bike mechanics gone up accordingly? Donny Perry of Specialized SBCU has posted a thorough and interesting slideshow on the subject that’s well worth a look through. Drop past the break to flip through it….
Ugh, and here we thought using the term “brick” was finally going out of vogue. But, now The Sufferfest has thrown a brick into your torture chamber. The brick workout combines a stationary bike (or your own bike on a trainer) and treadmill to stack together workouts from Apex Coaching. Officially licensed Challenge Events video is cobbled together by the suffering’s master mason for brick after brick of run/bike layers.
Like all their videos, this one’s sure to hit you like a ton of (wait for it…)
And through end of day February 10, all Sufferfest Training Plans are 15% off and accompanying videos are 10% off.
Thanks to a small glitch in the machine, we lost a bunch of posts and all the comments associated with them in the past day and a half. We have worked hard to restore all that we could, but if you comment is not showing, please note that it is likely due to the website error. We apologize for the inconvenience.
As the firth and final installment in the Easton Dream Bike Charity Sweepstakes, Easton will be giving away this candy apple red Hunter at the end of this month. Just like the other bikes that have been raffle off, tickets can be purchased for $5 through Easton’s Facebook Page. Even if you don’t win, you can feel good in the fact that the money is being donated to a worthy cause – in this case the American Red Cross with Hunter stating,“There are a lot of great nonprofits in the world. But Red Cross… They’re the ones on the ground, offering help to the people that need it most,” When asked about the bike Hunter said, “I wanted to make this thing special. It’s basically my dream road bike, in a smaller size.”
What makes this a dream bike? Check out the details after the break.