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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Advocacy

  • Ride of Silence – On May 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Check with your local cycling groups to see if there will be a Ride of Silence in your town (there are rides in 49 states). rideofsilence.org

Bike Parks

  • Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Opens May 22nd – Mark your calendar, schedule your tune-up and grab your crew; the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is set to open for the year on May 22. A number of improvements and events are on tap for the Mammoth Bike Park in 2015, including the USA Cycling Mountain Biking National Championships, which moves to Mammoth this July. Several trail extensions aimed at increasing the connectivity of Mammoth’s trail network are scheduled for completion this summer. Also new this year, the Bike Park Basecamp adjacent to the Gondola at Main Lodge will provide the perfect setting to gather after a ride. With outdoor seating, bike tuning stands, snacks and locally brewed beer available for purchase, it’s an ideal post-ride venue.

Benefit Rides

  • Fundraiser to Support the Wood River Bicycle Coalition – The Wood River Bike Coalition is a non-profit organization located in the Sun Valley, Idaho area. The area was hit hard by a fire two years ago that ruined more than 150 miles of trails in our area so through volunteer trails crews in the spring and early summer were able to log over 1500 volunteer hours last year rebuilding trails close to home. On Saturday August 1st, 2015 they’ll host the Sawtooth Century which has become their biggest fundrasier of the year. For more information on the WRBC visit woodriverbike.org

More news and a chance to win a trip to The Tour after the jump…

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Get Tightier and Mightier With Skins’ New Compression Cycling Gear

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SKINS was started by an Australian skier in 2002, who spent the previous five years chasing his goal of developing performance and recovery enhancing athletic garments. Their company mission is simple, and perhaps a little cheeky: to radically improve the world of sport, one pair of tights at a time.

While there is some debate over the functionality of compression wear, SKINS is clearly on the ‘Pro’ side of the argument. They’re quite happy to cite scientific studies and point out that their garments must be effective since they’re banned from all professional cycling tours! SKINS has a bunch of new compression gear for men and women in their cycling specific line, so click past the break for photos and details…
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Focale 44 Announces European-Built Custom Titanium Frame Program

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Comparing their bikes to German cars, Andorra’s Focale 44 is a brand who’s out to make premium grade products. They admit there’s no magic behind it, but taking a high-end approach to engineering, design and manufacturing results in solid products their customers can appreciate long-term. Focale 44 offers a line of complete fixed gear bicycles, frame kits and components, however the company recently announced a custom titanium frame program.

Focale 44 will now design custom frames for buyers who want the unique ride properties of titanium with or without specific geometry, a unique design or personalized finishing touches as requested. Although their stock fixie bikes are inherently simple, they claim almost any design or option is possible within their custom program including road bikes, MTB’s, or whatever you dream up…
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Strava Local Creates Crowdsourced Smart City Guides for Athletes

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We all have a few favorite routes to ride in our local trail network or neighborhood, but now Strava is taking the collective knowledge of their entire user community to share everyone’s favorites with the world. Their new Strava Local app creates smart city guides for athletes, designed by athletes.

Strava Local examines over 38 million uploaded rides or runs and determines the most popular routes and destinations to provide suggestions for great loops and cool shops or landmarks to check out along the way. Each area’s guide is further curated by local experts to ensure the best experiences and attractions appear on the list. Guide yourself down past the break for more info…
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SOC15: Durango Bike Co. deals two wheel sizes w/ new Blackjack full suspension mountain bike

Durango Blackjack full suspension mountain bike can handle 29er or 275-plus wheels

Durango Bike Company has an extra card up it’s sleeve with the new Blackjack 29er full suspension trail bike. The ace in the hole? It’s also 27.5+ compatible, with tire clearance to spare in either setup despite class-leading chainstay lengths.

Builder Jeff Estes started out with AMP research, then worked at Dagger bikes where they hand built their front triangles and used AMP rear ends. Now, he hand builds all the bikes in Durango, Colorado, and they machine anything that’s not a round tube in house, too. The main parts of the frame are Alcoa 6061 tubing that’s heat treated after welding so it’s hardened to T6, which they say is the ultimate hardness you’d want for something like a bike. After that, all the post production machining and finishing is done.

And those are just the material details…

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CeramicSpeed acquires Ultrafast Optimization’s “World’s Fastest Racing Chain”

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Friction Facts, an independent testing lab in Boulder, CO, has switched ownership of their UltraFast Optimization subsidiary to CeramicSpeed, the makers of lustworthy ceramic bearing upgrade bits that make everything roll smoother and faster.

The acquisition connects the spinny parts most commonly rolling on their bearings with a specially treated chain that claims to save an additional 2-5 watts for approximately 200 miles (320km) of use. Why just 200 miles? It has to do with the treatment used to reduce friction.

That treatment also gives them their ghostly white color. The first step is to break in the chain and clean it thoroughly. It’s then waxed, which is the primary source of friction reduction. The last step is a coating of Teflon powder, which they claim removes another 0.25 watts of frictional losses from the chain…and gives it that white color.

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SOC15: Selle Italia Adds Multiple Mountain Saddles, Revamps Friction Free Series, More

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A far cry from the Flite Gel Flow saddle I had on my first real mountain bike, Selle Italia continues to add models that are geared towards off road use. Technically, the new SLR X-Cross Flow saddle is listed for both road and off road use, but the added grip of the cover and additional padding are being pushed more towards the MTB/CX side of things.

Along with the SLX X-Cross Flow, Selle Italia had a few other new saddles on display along with some changes to their Friction Free series…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Contests

  • Central Region Voting is Now Live – Is your local trail one of the candidates to receive the grant from Bell Helmets? Vote now through May 10th. The project with the most votes will be awarded the grant on May 25th. Visit BellHelmets.com to place your vote.
  • Win a Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD road bike – The athlete nutrition experts at The Feed are giving away a Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD road bike to one lucky winner (valued at $7,500).  Visit thefeed.com to register for the contest and be sure to check out their other deals.

Clothing – Gear – Tools

  • Microsoft Partners Strava and MapMyRide for Band Smartwatch – Microsoft has responded quickly to early criticism of its Band product’s cycling-specific functionality by announcing a partnership with Strava and MapMyRide. Building upon the initial Bike Tile introduction in February, Band customers will now be able to compare performance or share routes with other riders using the popular apps. Here’s more details.
  • Tribike Transport Introduces New Service: Ship & Ride – TriBike Transport (TBT), triathlon’s first fully assembled bicycle transportation service, is proud to announce their newest service: Ship & Ride, for those athletes interested in taking their bike with them while traveling for work, vacation, or for any instance that takes them away from their home and vis a vis, their bike.

Plenty more cycling tidbits and how you can help Nepal after the break…

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Solargenome Hydracharge, Solar Power on Your Back – Hands On & Thoughts on the Tech

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Two and a half years back we did a intro article about this photovoltaic-packing hydration bag that promised to charge your gadgets on the go, and we kind of left it at that. See then, most of us had a mobile phone that held a charge for a couple of days with limited other functionality and only some of us had a GPS on every ride. In any case, personal electronics hadn’t really taken over cycling so much and so there really wasn’t a constant need for more power. Now almost every ride gets tracked with a GPS or smartphone to upload to Strava, gotta get pics up on Instagram or it didn’t happen, why not upload some sick edits from the GoPro to Youtube, and surely we need to notify the world on Facebook and Twitter; and with all that comes a constant drain on our devices. Sure it’s fine on a 2hr ride, but what about that all day epic? Our followers don’t want to miss that, right?

OK, well thankfully it isn’t as crazy as that for most of us. But I can personally attest to finishing a ride on the last legs of an iPhone battery after using mobile maps to chart an alternate way home after an overnighter when my Garmin’s battery drained. This solar powered backpack from Solargenome seems like a pretty solid alternate to keep the electronics going as long as your adventures do.

Come past the break to see our first impressions of riding with the bag, powering our devices, and see its current discount…

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