Set Up Camp With the New Blackburn Outpost Adventure Bags

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If you’re daydreaming at your computer thinking about your next big adventure, toying with the idea of bike packing, you’re going to need some bags. Packing light is key, but you still need a way to carry the essentials. As bikepacking has become more popular Blackburn has used their Ranger ambassador program to help develop some killer new bags that will get you out there and get you back home.

Capable of crossing the Great Divide, or making sure you’re well stocked for a day trip, the Outpost series includes a Handlebar Roll, Top Tube Bag, and a Seat Pack. Certainly not your ordinary seat pack, the Outpost model provides an extra large capacity that will mount to nearly any bike. Adjustable to fit smaller or larger items, the Seat Pack includes a stuff sack  but is also compatible with standard dry bags.

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EB14: Haero Carbon Makes World’s Lightest Aero Handlebars

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German brand Haero Carbon is part of a family of companies that specializes in mold and die production, making carbon parts for the automotive industry alongside really lightweight bike parts. They’re all 100% carbon, and they’re all 100% made in Germany.

The headliner for the brand is their H.253, a base bar and extensions combo that comes in at just 340g ready to ride. The base bar is 400mm wide and has open, ergonomic ends ready for brake lever insertion. It comes in at just 205g on its own. The center has integrated mounts for their extensions, letting you slide them in and out to fit. The back side of those slots feeds the wires or cables through to the frame.

More details and a unique take on road (and mountain!) bars below…

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Beautiful Vandeyk x Crema Cycles VDX Collabo Dives into Cyclocross

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German builder Vandeyk has once again created a masterpiece of rolling art. The newest VDX is built in a partnership with Crema Cycles, and made out of a mix of Columbus Spirit and True Temper OX Platinum tubing. Paired with an ENVE fork, the VDX is the painted in the notable Vandeyk style, using high-grade liquid paints. They’re well known for creating absolutely stunning rides, such as the Machine for Riding and the Rapha Continental team bikes, that could hold their place in a museum.

But they’re are also meant to be ridden, with the VDX taking design input from former pro-crosser Ken Bloomer. If you’re not afraid to get something so pretty dirty, look past the break for pricing and more glamour shots…

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A Tricycle That Leans Into Turns, Dreisch Teaches Your Kid The Feel Of Riding

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The reason balance bikes work so well compared to training wheels is they let toddlers lean into the turns, replicating what’ll happen on a regular bike and teaching them to stay upright and corner properly. While it’s rare to get a tricycle going fast enough to flip, Brothers Rich and Steve Thrush thought a trike that would teach children how it actually feels to ride a bicycle was a good idea. Apparently others agreed and the Kickstarter project met its funding goal and they now have their own company called Dreisch Leaning Tricycles.

The Dreisch is more than just a tricycle with a hinge on the back, it actually has a linkage arm that moves across the frame, and specifically turns the front fork in the correct amount of the lean, and keeps the trike from leaning to one side when going straight. This link also limits the lean angle of the trike to prevent mishaps. See what else it can do after the jump…

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Fox Gets Colorful w/ Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Heritage Decal Sets

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Using the same retro modern graphics they introduced on the 2015 Fox 36 fork, these limited edition decal sets celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary while helping you color match your suspension to your frame. Offered in seven colors (Cyan Blue, White, Stealth Black, Tennis Ball Yellow, Red, Green, Heritage Orange), the $20 decal sets will fit any Fox fork and shock.

Hit up your local bike shop to order, and check the ridiculous install video below…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Folsom Lake, CA

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Photo submitted by David Almquist, “I’ll see your beautiful, exotic locations Bike Rumor; and I’ll raise you one drought-stricken, dwindling northern California lake. The water level should be up to the levee on which my bike is sitting. Folsom Lake, California.”

We always love to see your photos and would like to show them to the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your photo with a brief description here.

First the Nutter, Now the Breaker – Full Windsor Reinvents the Multi-Tool (Again)

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Anyone who has ever struggled to use a small, fiddly chain breaker that was part of a multi-tool take note. Based on a similar design to their popular Nutter multi-tool, Full Windsor is back with a new tool that forgoes the 15mm wrench in favor of an appropriately sized chain tool. Aptly named the Breaker, the tool manages to combine a chain tool with a tool grade stainless steel pin along with a number of other useful functions, a bit set, and even socket set.

The original Nutter was good, but for the average cyclist on a bicycle without bolt-on hubs, the Breaker looks even better. Wrap up the details next…

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Ritte Introduces the Rider Diaries: A Chance Encounter

In addition to putting out some beautiful bikes, the Ritte team has an excellent sense of humor. Case in point? Their newest video series, The Rider Diaries. Episode One focuses on a rider cruising through the streets of Malibu when a chance encounter leads to an interesting adventure.

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Just In: Hayes Radar Disc Brakes Offer Mineral Oil Performance on a Budget

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As a long time supporter of the use of DOT fluid for their disc brakes, the first Hayes brake based on mineral oil has arrived. While the company still believes in the use of DOT fluid for many applications, the fact that some OEM bike manufactures (mostly in Europe) are requiring mineral oil brake systems for their bikes has spurred the development of the Hayes Radar. The brake is the first to use the new Hayes Venom mineral oil, which like other mineral oil systems is non-toxic and safe for painted and finished surfaces.

The Radar is more than just a move to mineral oil however as the brake has been designed to use fewer parts and offer a simple, durable design. Fewer parts also means the system is easier to manufacture which ultimately results in a more affordable product. Expect the Hayes Radar to start showing up on complete bikes soon but we’ve got early report on their performance next…

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