Sweathawg Doubles Up, New Helmet Liner X2 Soaks up the Sweat

 

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We’re big fans of the SweatHawg helmet liners. Thanks to the ultra absorbent material stitched into the front of each liner, the small pieces of fabric are great for keeping the sweat out of your eyes while riding. Thanks to evaporative cooling the liners never get too hot, and with the originals they worked very well – except in super humid locations.

The combination of a lot of sweat plus high humidity meant the liners were only good for an hour or so before they started dripping or needed wringing out. Still better than nothing, but SweatHawg thought they could improve on the original. That improvement comes in the form of the new Helmet Liner X2. Using the same design as the original, the X2 doubles up on the absorbent layer increasing the sweat soaking abilities by two fold.

Details next…

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Carrera Partners with Brooks for Special Edition Folding Helmets, Introduces new Colors

Immagini 1069

The Carrera Folding helmet is modern as it is retro. Inspired by the old leather “hairnets,” the design fuses modern helmet technology with a flexible core allowing the helmet to “fold.” While it doesn’t really fold, it does compress to about 80% of the full size allowing it to fit more easily in bags, lockers, etc.

In addition to adding new colors for the coming year, Carrera has teamed up with Brooks to offer two special collaboration projects – the J.B. Special and the J.B. Classic. Built on the Carrera folding platform but with classic Brooks touches, the helmets will certainly appeal to anyone perched on the rivets of a leather saddle…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Sprain Ridge Park, NY

bikerumor pic of the day Sprain Ridge Mountain Bike Park, yonkers, ny

Photo submitted by Michael Mainiero, “Here’s one from Yonkers at Sprain Ridge Mountain Bike Park. This is about 20 miles north of Manhattan.”

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RearViz Offers Uni Mount Wearable GoPro Mount & Rear View Mirror

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Australian company RearViz has two new wearable products designed to increase safety on the road and catch video for later use. Their first product, the patent pending RearViz (product name same as the company) is a rear view mirror that you wear on your body. An interesting alternative to the helmet mirror, the angle of the mirror is adjustable to fit your body.

The Uni Mount mounting system for GoPro cameras uses a similar body attachment system, and allows full 360 degree adjustability to aim the camera.  Available in different sizes and compatible with accessories for other items, see the details after the break…

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First Impressions: SRAM Force CX1 Cyclocross Group

2015 SRAM Force CX1 first impressions ride review

After weighing and installing the SRAM Force CX1 group, I put it through a couple “get to know ya” rides before heading to Asheville for the final race in the AVLCX series at Pisgah Brewing.

With a good bit of rain the day before and a little sprinkling during the race, the course went from a little damp to downright slip-n-slide like during our 45 minute race. Fortunately, the CX1 group held up to the mud, grass and a few slips and spills with zero problems. The bike even sat outside, unwashed and unloved for a few days after the race before getting a bath, but things still worked just fine.

Here’s how things worked out during my first race week with CX1 and the Force Hydro-RD disc brakes…

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IB14: RPM2 Power Meter Shoe Insole Inserts Measure Force Everywhere

RPM2 cycling power meter shoe insole insert

While PowerTap may have experimented with insole-based power meters, RPM2 put their foot down and stepped into production.

They make versions for both cycling and running as well as a combo unit for triathlon/multisport use, and the cycling features make it fairly unique among power meter options. Garmin’s recent software update for its Vector pedals added a simple foot pressure balance measurement, showing if you were putting more pressure on the inside or outside edges of the pedal. Presumably, this data let you know if you’re feet could be better centered over the pedal for more efficient power transfer.

RPM2 takes this a step further (or closer?) by measuring both left/right and fore/after pressure, letting you see exactly where your feet are pressing the hardest against your shoe’s sole. This provides more specific and exact data that can be used to correct cleat placement, fit and alignment.

Of course, it also provides standard total power output for each leg, along with cadence and where in your pedal stroke your power is being applied…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Valley View Sinkhole

bikerumor pic of the day valley view sinkhole gravel ride

Photo submitted by Gerald Torrance, “Instead of the usual Saturday road ride, the gang opted to head out into the country for their very first experience with gravel roads. As you can see, there were nothing but smiles. Departing from quaint  Texas town of Valley View (about 60 miles North of Dallas), the 50 mile route took us through farm lands, ranches, small towns, and even one random sinkhole, where we stopped for a break and a snack.”

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Unboxed, Weighed & Installed: SRAM Force CX1 Cyclocross Group & Hydraulic Disc Brakes

2015 SRAM CX1 1x11 cyclocross component group with hydraulic disc brakes install notes and actual weights

SRAM’s Force CX1 group with hydraulic disc brakes had no sooner showed up then we threw it on the scale, installed and took it to a very muddy race at Pisgah Brewing near Asheville, NC.

Introduced in March, the group just started aftermarket shipping en masse around August, with hydraulic brake versions following in September. For those upgrading their current rig, it meant a nick-of-time delivery before the season gets too far underway. Fortunately, installation is pretty straightforward, even if you have to run hydraulic disc brakes through a frame. Heck, even if you don’t, they ship with very long hoses, so chances are high you’ll need to at least trim the length and re-bleed them.

Here’s the run down of individual component weights, including a comparison to the mechanical brake counterparts, and install notes…

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Hands On with the Fezzari Forè Cyx Cyclocross Bike

Fezzari Fore Cyx cyclocross cross bike carbon disc (2)

To Fezzari, Forè means the best. Out in front. Top of the line. In the case of the Forè Cyx (siKs) it means cross. Technically, Cyx is the model name while Forè is being introduced as Fezzari’s top tier brand. Think of Forè as Fezzari’s S-Works if you will. Along with their Forè Cyx cross bikes Fezzari currently has a number of Forè road bikes as well with more on the way.

Based out of Utah, Fezzari is a consumer direct company that specializes in high end bikes with the service to match. As for the name? After founding the company the owner asked his son to come up with the craziest name he could think of, something unique that would stick. The name Fezzari also plays on Utah’s penchant for double Zs for their sports team with the Jazz, Grizzlies, Starzz and many other now retired names.

Representing one of the newest models for 2015, the Forè Cyx was introduced just in time for the start of cyclocross season and brings with it the latest in equipment and frame technology. If you’re looking for a cross bike with disc brakes and thru axles, the Forè Cyx is worth a look…

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