Lifeboat Events Adds Urban PressCamp – Focus on Bicycle Commuting at Bike Summit in Washington, DC

Lifeboat Events, the company that puts on DealerCamp and PressCamp has added a third event to focus on the increasing market and importance of bicycle commuting and transportation: Urban PressCamp. It’ll be held just prior to the annual Bike Summit in Washington, DC, in March and connect media (which hopefully includes Bikerumor…hint, hint, Lance) with cycling brands that focus on transportation and commuting with their product lines.  Full press release after the break…

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Lifeboat Events, the company that puts on DealerCamp and PressCamp has added a third event to focus on the increasing market and importance of bicycle commuting and transportation: Urban PressCamp. It’ll be held just prior to the annual Bike Summit in Washington, DC, in March and connect media (which hopefully includes Bikerumor…hint, hint, Lance) with […]

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Bike PressCamp Begins

Bike PressCamp begins tonight with a little social and dinner, where we get to meet up with other journalists and manufacturers. Over the next few days, we’ll get a first look at new products and tech…including the much anticipated 2011 XTR!

Above, the schwag awaiting me in my hotel room: new Clif Crunch granola bars; EFX holographic balance doodads; Camelbak lightweight hydration pack, bottles and elixir drink tabs; custom Sugoi jersey; Ridley t-shirt, DeFeet socks and arm warmers, Knog light and it was all stuffed inside a totally rad Knog The Dog messenger bag!

And this comes hot on the heels of Cannondale’s press camp…good times. Stay tuned…



Bike PressCamp begins tonight with a little social and dinner, where we get to meet up with other journalists and manufacturers. Over the next few days, we’ll get a first look at new products and tech…including the much anticipated 2011 XTR! Above, the schwag awaiting me in my hotel room: new Clif Crunch granola bars; […]

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PC16: Ridley debuts NOAH SL disc speed machine, Helium SLA with bang for the buck

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Ridley’s decision to move their flagship aero road bike to disc brakes is driven partially by the extreme wet and muddy conditions of the Belgian terrain, but mostly by the philosophy that braking faster allows riders to go faster. Afterall, F1 race teams spend fortunes shaving down their stopping distances, notes Ridley Vice President of International Relations, Richard Wittenberg. As an indicator that the brand is committed to disc, they have re-interpreted their Noah SL to accommodate a flat mount brake system while staying true to the pure race roots of the aero machine.

While the brand may be looking to discs as the future of speed, Ridley has been cooking up several smart gateway products for racers just getting their start, and was able to give us a sneak peak into what we might see this Eurobike…

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Ridley’s decision to move their flagship aero road bike to disc brakes is driven partially by the extreme wet and muddy conditions of the Belgian terrain, but mostly by the philosophy that braking faster allows riders to go faster. Afterall, F1 race teams spend fortunes shaving down their stopping distances, notes Ridley Vice President of International Relations, […]

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Camelbak reservoirs get big updates; Mule, Hawg, and Luxe get the LR treatment, more

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Looking at the current Camelbak product, it’s hard to imagine that the first bladders were inspired by IV bags. In the past 26 years the bladders have seen major updates every 5-6 years, and based on what we’ve seen at PressCamp, the latest generation is the best one yet.

Called the Crux Reservoir, Camelbak has focused on a few key areas to improve the bladder’s usability but also improve the performance of the hydration packs themselves. Combined with new LR versions of their most popular larger packs, Camelbak continues to provide excellent options for hydration…

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Looking at the current Camelbak product, it’s hard to imagine that the first bladders were inspired by IV bags. In the past 26 years the bladders have seen major updates every 5-6 years, and based on what we’ve seen at PressCamp, the latest generation is the best one yet. Called the Crux Reservoir, Camelbak has […]

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Coastline Cycle Company surfs in w/ the Supermoto inspired “One” bike for street, dirt & more

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There are a lot of new bikes out there. There are so many that for a new company to make a splash with a new bike, it really has to be something different. Something, interesting. Something… like the first offering from Coastline Cycle Company.

To call this thing a commuter really isn’t a worthy description, but neither is city bike, or even mountain bike. The brainchild of industry veteran Chad Battistone, Coastline Cycle Company is hoping to capitalize on those looking for a bike that is as fun as it is practical, and ride in with a new wave of affordable yet performance oriented carbon components as well…

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There are a lot of new bikes out there. There are so many that for a new company to make a splash with a new bike, it really has to be something different. Something, interesting. Something… like the first offering from Coastline Cycle Company. To call this thing a commuter really isn’t a worthy description, but […]

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PCW16: Ellsworth finds renewed energy with another new owner

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It’s been 25 years since the first Ellsworth mountain bike saw dirt. After a great run as one of the premier brands, Ellsworth started an uphill battle in a struggle to remain current. The ride of their iconic Instant Center Tracking suspension design is very rarely called into question, but the forums echoed concerns about aesthetics and frame stiffness.

To address those concerns, Ellsworth decided it was time for a new owner. BST Nano Carbon was chosen due to their desire to build new carbon bikes in the United States. While BST did a lot to help Tony and his engineering and design crew redesign the bikes, Ellsworth has a new owner. Again.

But this time, if Tony Ellsworth’s body language is any indication, things are looking up for the legendary brand…

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It’s been 25 years since the first Ellsworth mountain bike saw dirt. After a great run as one of the premier brands, Ellsworth started an uphill battle in a struggle to remain current. The ride of their iconic Instant Center Tracking suspension design is very rarely called into question, but the forums echoed concerns about […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Wil’s Wish List

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Christmas. It’s a time of year that’s synonymous with eating way too much food, having awkward family get-togethers, and the annual reawakening of Michael Buble. For those of us lucky enough to be in the Southern Hemisphere though, the Christmas holiday period is also prime time for cycling. Unlike my North American counterparts, our Christmas family time isn’t so much filled with egg nog and snowball fights, but rather ice-cold beer and beach cricket. And for those of us with a two-wheeled inclination, it’s also the perfect time of year for early morning road rides, mid-afternoon beach cruises, and warm summer evening mountain bike rides.

Given that we’re just kicking into our main riding season Down Under, I’ve put together a Christmas wish list full of items that I am absolutely pumped on for the New Year. There are a few nods towards some Aussie companies, and a few other items that have really caught my eye this year. Read on for some giftspiration (new word, awesome I know), or just the opportunity to dream!

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Christmas. It’s a time of year that’s synonymous with eating way too much food, having awkward family get-togethers, and the annual reawakening of Michael Buble. For those of us lucky enough to be in the Southern Hemisphere though, the Christmas holiday period is also prime time for cycling. Unlike my North American counterparts, our Christmas family […]

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EB15: Kali adds new $99 Naka full face helmet, plus EU-only e-bike model

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Most of Kali’s new helmets debuted at PressCamp this summer, including the new aero road lid and more. But there were a couple new ones racked in their Eurobike booth – one for all of us and one aimed mainly at the e-bike market in Europe.

For the global market, the Naka replaces Savara to become their price point full face helmet. Retail is just $99, but weight for a medium is a very respectable 967g.

Unlike the high end, DOT-certified Shiva with a carbon fiber shell, the Naka uses standard EPS construction, not imnolded with the outer shell, but it does get a proprietary visor (as opposed to a catalog item found on so many other budget helmets).

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Most of Kali’s new helmets debuted at PressCamp this summer, including the new aero road lid and more. But there were a couple new ones racked in their Eurobike booth – one for all of us and one aimed mainly at the e-bike market in Europe. For the global market, the Naka replaces Savara to […]

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PC15: Orbea Ticks Down to New Ordu OMP Tri/TT Bike

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At this point the cat’s out of the bag, but Orbea has a new TT/Tri bike up their sleeve. Extending the Ordu’s lineage, the new OMP model comes as the brand is celebrating their 175th anniversary! If you do the math, you’ll realize that’s probably too early for bikes which is true. Orbea surprisingly started manufacturing guns and bullets almost 175 years ago. Eventually the gun business was sold off and Orbea first started turning the pedals in the 1920’s.

Watching the video which celebrates their storied history, you start to get a sense of just how quickly bicycle have evolved in the last 20 years. Bicycles like the new Ordu are now looking for every advantage whether it be carbon construction, aerodynamics, or integration. Translated to ‘moment’ in Basque, Orbea hopes the Ordu will give you the ‘time of your life’…

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At this point the cat’s out of the bag, but Orbea has a new TT/Tri bike up their sleeve. Extending the Ordu’s lineage, the new OMP model comes as the brand is celebrating their 175th anniversary! If you do the math, you’ll realize that’s probably too early for bikes which is true. Orbea surprisingly started manufacturing […]

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