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Need A Winter Cross-Training Alternative To A Fat Bike? Sledgehammer!

In the snowy areas of the country, the fat bike has made a way for us to keep riding and not hang up the wheels for the winter. If you are gravity-addicted, then a ski bike might make a better ride for your winter. This is nothing new, as Lenz Sport has been converting their summer bikes for a long time, and even has a ski-specific model.

If you are lucky enough to be in Germany or Austria during the winter, Sledgehammer is promoting their new ski bikes by renting them for €30 per day, including shipping them to you, and shipping them back at the end of the rental. They hope this access will make people interested in giving them a try.

The video is a pretty good explanation of what happens with a ski bike, and is great to watch, especially if you like watching people crash as they attempt to try a backflip.

Trek Launches New Tee Collection, Offers 10% off Trek Store Plus Other Cyber Monday Deals

Trek Tees

Photo c. Trek

If you’ve been following Trek on social media, you probably noticed their teasers regarding some new products launching this week. We’re not sure if it’s the only new introduction, but Trek is kicking off Cyber Monday with the release of their all new T-Shirt line. Perfect for those times when you’re not wearing cycling gear but still want to profess your love for the Waterloo based brand, the collection includes vintage inspired designs, current race teams including Trek Factory Racing, Bissel, C3, Gravity Girls, and much more.

Available on the Trek web store, each T-shirt is included in their Cyber Monday promotion which includes 10% off your entire order as well as free shipping on orders over $50. The sale does not include bikes, but has plenty of great gift ideas under $30 as well as Trek and Bontrager accessories.

Trek joins a number of other companies offering special deals for Cyber Monday. Check them out next before it’s too late!


Blue Bicycles Auctions Triad SLR To Benefit Team RWB Helping Veterans


Blue Bicycles has given one of 50 Team RWB Triad SLR bikes up for auction on eBay, with the proceeds going to Team RWB. Team Red, White and Blue is recognized as a leader in helping veterans by connecting them with physical and social activity. Team RWB has chapters across the United States, for more information, please visit

FROM BLUE BICYCLES – Auction benefitting Team RWB, raising funds to enrich the lives of our veterans through physical activity, will feature the Limited Edition Team RWB Triad SLR Di2. The auction runs from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, December 7 at 8:30PM EST with all proceeds going directly to Team RWB. The auction will be on eBay at the following link: The feature item of the auction is the Limited Edition Team RWB Triad SLR painted with custom red, white, and blue graphics and built with Shimano Di2, Zipp 808’s, Zipp cockpit, and an American Flag ISM Saddle. Blue Bicycles will be producing only 50 of the Team RWB Triad SLR with the custom graphics and build. The MSRP is $9,495.00 and delivery will be starting in February. “We are looking forward to the auction and helping Team RWB raise funds,” said Steven Harad, CEO of Blue Bicycles. “We have already seen a lot of interest in the Team RWB Triad SLR from introducing it in Kona at Ironman.”

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • The Red Bull Signature Series continues this Sunday on NBC at 12:30 PM EST with the Red Bull District Ride. 80,000 people witnessed a unique urban slopestyle course designed by freeride legend and previous District Ride winner Aaron Chase. The course starts with a drop from Nuremberg’s castle walls and then makes its way through the city center and five different districts that offer varying obstacles for the world’s top freeride bike athletes to master and trick off.
  • One Day Only Sale on Small Business Saturday – 30% off of Complete Handsome Bicycles – Join them for a one day pop-up shop at Martin Patrick 3 in Minneapolis for an event that’s not-to-be-missed!
  • Decorate your bike with festive crap contest – It’s another great year for Magnolia BMX’s Holiday Bike Check Contest, minus the bike check! They’ve got really great sponsors and unlike last year, it’s open internationally!
  • Stages Power meters will be available in South Korea starting January 2015 through Welltuned. The Stages Power meter, which was launched in North America in 2012, is sold factory installed — by Stages Cycling, in Boulder, CO USA — to aluminum crank arms throughout the Cannondale, FSA, Shimano, and SRAM ranges.
  • Hermes Sport handbuilt competition wheels are now available worldwide through The Aftermarket. Founded in July 2009 by Alex Webster, Hermes Sport was born of a general, lifelong obsession with high-end bike parts and a particular fixation on wheels.
  • Scott Sports USA and Deer Valley Resort Announce Multi-Year Partnership. Starting this 2014/2015 season Scott Sports USA will be the official goggle, pole, helmet and bike sponsor of Deer Valley Resort.
  • Bianchi and Thomson Bikes Tours have joined forces to offer exclusive new cycling trips in 2015. The first destination is Lombardia, a cycling paradise in northern Italy, and is open for booking on either company’s website.

VECTr Interchangeable Expanding Gear System Seeks Feedback, Check It Out & Give Your Opinion

Joseph Magee, the product developer of the VECTr, is looking for feedback on his design as he conducts market research. The name is short for the Variably Expanding Chain Transmission, and is a new way to change your front drive ratio. They have built a working prototype along their journey towards production.

The system is said to be better than typical current designs by reducing the wear and friction of a front derailleur, reducing wear on the chain from drastic chain angles (cross-chaining), can change gears quickly, and can be adjusted anywhere in between a 22t and 44t equivelant.

Watch the video, and take their survey. Tell us what you think of VECTr

Jeronimo’s Pandora Ti Will Open The Door To Titanium, Pinion & Belt Drive

Jeronimo 1Jeronimo Cycles, from the Canary Islands has caught our attention before with very unique designs built from Titanium, strange names, and flashy Reynolds 853 bikes. The newest release is the Pandora Ti, a hardtail built around the Pinion P1.18 gearbox, and powered by Gates Center Track belt drive.

With the frame costing an astonishing €2,849, and a Pinion gearbox also reaching close to €2,000, this gorgeous bike won’t come cheap. See the detailed titanium work after the jump…


Duro Shows Big D Fat Bike Tire, Shows 3D Print Of Next Design

Duro-Fat-Bike-TireDuro Tire is jumping into the fat bike playground with a 120tpi folding tire. Looking very similar to a cross between the Surly Larry and Surly Endomorph, the 26×4.0 inch tire took the safe route for a first tire, and built off designs that are already known to work.

Also present, but without explanation is a 3D print of another tread pattern that looks to be more dirt oriented with bigger lugs that have wider spacing between them. Click more to see the technical specs on Big D… READ MORE ->

Bandha Bikes Is Crowdfunding To Build Bamboo Bikes for Uganda

Bandha Bikes is a project to increase access to transportation for people in Ugandan villages. By creating and distributing bamboo bikes, they can help the residents achieve basic needs and access to resources. Most Ugandans spend their time walking since there are no other options, and they need to get to places where they can find food, water, schools, work and health.

Riding a bicycle is four times faster than walking, so they can have more access to the things they need. They have identified several local sources of mature bamboo to sustainably harvest. Then, they are importing the hemp wrap for the joints and the epoxy, with an estimated total build cost of a complete bike is $250.

Bandha is seeking donations to bring these bamboo bicycles to Uganda. They are running a crowdfunding campaign where donations are tax-deductable, and all funds raised will be to run a pilot program in Lwanda village.

Kickstarter Roundup: Dappercap, WiscoWood, WingLights & More

There is no denying that Kickstarter is changing the shape of product development for inventors. The volume of product moving through the crowd funding website is steadily increasing, and projects are continually getting funded. This means that consumers are also seeing it as the place to find the leading edge of art and innovation, and actually putting up their money towards these ideas.

WiscoWood is re purposing hardwood scraps from local businesses, and then using a laser engraver to artistically style the custom wallets. Founded by a couple friends with various experience in the cycling industry, they are calling this the beginning to their company that has a vision to make products in America with little impact on the planet. Their Kickstarter project has several different selections for graphics on the wallets, and even a bookmark!

Check out the stylish helmets, turn signals and other ideas after the jump…