Chamois Butt’r Adds GoStik Lube Applicator & Kit Wash to Get it Off

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Need a little chafe protection somewhere other than your privates? The new Chamois Butt’r GoStik packages 2.5oz of firmer body lube into a convenient stick applicator for use on the rest of your body. Aimed a bit more at triathletes and runners, it keeps your skin from being rubbed the wrong way by shoes, shirts, sports bras, etc. They say it has a higher melting point than competing products, so it’ll last longer, stay in place and not stain any fabrics. We tried it on a chamois, too, but the thick consistency doesn’t rub off well on the fabric, and we’re sure as sugar not gonna rub it down there. Best to leave that part of your body to the original. Retails for $14.99.

The Skin Wash shown above has been out for a bit and helps to more easily remove embrocations. It also works just great as a general cleanup if your ride finishes somewhere other than home and you need to freshen up a bit. Just pack a rag cloth, too. The Kit Wash is newer and is designed to remove embros, creams, body lubes and other such things from your technical sports wear. It’ll also help get chlorine out of swimwear and is safe for wetsuits, too. Available in the 16oz bottle shown or individual use packets for travel.

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: London Ride

bikerumor pic of the day Within the M25, there are plenty of places to escape London traffic. Bowman Cycles Pilgrim finding adventure in the urban jungle.

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Oakley X Troy Lee Designs Collaboration Stays Bright, 6 New Models on the Way

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Troy Lee Designs is already known for their mountain bike and moto helmets, so what is the company to do when it come to goggles? Join forces with one of the most iconic eye wear manufacturers of course. The collaboration between Troy Lee Designs and Oakley is nothing new as they’ve been working together for years, but it does routinely put out some awesome new goggles and sunglasses with the typical TLD flair.

Already piloted to a Guinness World Record, the Airbrake MX Thunderbolt goggles above join the Mayhem goggle and 4 new Troy Lee Color options for sunglasses…

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Bombtrack Builds their Hub Into a Bike, Arise Single Speed CX Ready for SSCXWC15

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SSCXWC14KY may have come and gone, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year. If you’re planning on heading North to Victoria Island, British Columbia (that’s in Canada, eh?), Bombtrack’s newest bike should fit the bill. Built around their newly updated version of their Arise SS CX rear hub, the Arise complete bike also features their own fork with and investment cast crown, Arise drop bars, and versatility to run gears. If you had to.

Details on the Arise complete, plus the new and improved (read much lighter) Arise CX SS hub next…

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IB14: Blue Competition Cycles Unveils All-New Axino Lightweight, Aero Road Bike – Plus New Wheels & More

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Blue Competition Cycles has seen turbulent times of late. They changed ownership in December 2012 when they were sold to a group of investors. In the middle of 2013, the main investor, um, well, let’s just say they had to close their doors at the end of last year. Then, on January 1, 2014, the factory that had been making their bikes bought out the remaining investors and took full ownership. Daniel Stallings, Blue’s Sales Manager, says that’s put them on the best financial footing they’ve ever had and they have now moved through virtually all of the 2014 inventory. That means it’s time to bring in the 2015 inventory and really kick things off again.

The bikes coming in now are all freshly spec’d even though most models carry over with existing frames. The Triad and AC1 carbon frames are unchanged, but spec is updated. The Axino (above) used to be their premium race bike but had left the line over the past few years. For 2015, it returns as their lightest bike they’ve ever made, and it gets extensive aero shaping and plenty of attention paid to comfort. In their words, it’s a “super fast, super comfortable all day race bike.”

The frames are exactly the same for both the SL and EX and come in at just 850g. The only difference is spec, with the SL getting a full Dura-Ace mechanical group and the EX is Ultegra mechanical with FSA cranks.

Their house brand Aerus component line has had cockpit parts for years, but their factory has made wheels for quite some time, too. So, it’s only natural they’d start making their own hoops to offer lighter, better wheels on all their bikes without jacking up the prices…

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Neugent Cycling Spins Away From Neuvation, Launches High-End & Hand-Built Eponymous Brand

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John Neugent has been in the bike industry forever. Maybe not literally, but longer than the vast majority of people currently working, and he has developed a really unique way of creating product and looking at what is happening. John started Neuvation wheels in 2002, and was the owner of the value-based wheelset company that had a loyal, yet small following. John shut the doors to Neuvation in early 2014, but is already back with a new approach to bringing high-value wheels to the cycling industry.

There are no minced words when John speaks about his company, or how the industry works.  It is refreshing and honest, something he says is what creates his loyal followings.  There are a lot of people out there who just want to ride a bike, and not sift through the clutter, and John speaks directly to them, both literally with his popular newsletter, and through the products he is bringing with his new company, Neugent Cycling.

We recently caught up to John to hear his thoughts on starting something new, and where he thinks the industry is doing things right or wrong…

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BeBop Launches Wearable Smart Sensors, Coming to Cycling Clothing Near You?

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Sometimes it takes someone from outside an industry to come up with something revolutionary. When it comes to wearable data collection, BeBop’s entry into the world of flexible smart sensors stems from their experience with musical instruments. Keith McMillen is the founder of KMI, an instrument company out of Berkeley, CA that specializes in MIDI controllers and keyboards that have already been using a similar fabric sensor for years.

“BeBop is a natural step for KMI, where we have diligently tuned fabrics, geometries, and production processes allowing us to ship over 1 million sensors to some of the most demanding musicians in the world,” said Keith McMillen, Founder, KMI and BeBop Sensors. “All musical instruments are essentially sensors with forms of acoustic processing attached.  The same care and creativity used to build our instruments will serve well for our non-musical customers as we expand into the wearables market.”

Now with over 1 million of the sensors in current use, Keith is taking his sensor and eyeing a new market – anything that can be worn. Unlike any of the sensors currently on the market, the BeBop sensor uses a proprietary and patented monolithic design that is capable of measuring all components of movement including bend, location, motion, rotation, angle, torque. In addition to monitoring various physical vitals the sensors can also be used as wearable controllers for smart phones. Answer calls, change tracks, volume, etc. all while the phone remains in your pocket.

Obviously the sensor is just the beginning as it will take clothing manufacturers integrating it into their products for it to be really useful. But what are the possibilities? Try on a few after the break…

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IB14: Null Winds Reinvents the Aero Spoke

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Earlier this year, Null Winds introduced their upper wheel fairing concept to block wind from the top section of spokes that typically push into the wind, creating multiples of drag compared to other parts of the bike. Aesthetically that device left quite a bit to be desired, but it looks like their new AeroTaper spoke could be just the solution.

The design works like this: A round spoke profile is used closer to the hub where the spoke is moving slower in relation to the wind. Because they’re round, they don’t impose as much penalty in a cross wind and have minimal aerodynamic penalty for the headwind. Closer to the rim, where the spokes are moving relatively faster, it flattens out to create an aero shape where they need to slice through a head wind better. Thus, an optimized cross sectional profile.

It’s not dissimilar to the idea of deep section aero rims, and you’ve got plenty of choices in rim depths to suit conditions. Likewise, Null Winds founder Garth Magee says they’ll have different taper depths to suit varying degrees of cross winds. No, you won’t rebuild your wheel every time. Rather, you’ll have a rim that you really like and have several different wheels built with different AeroTaper spokes and choose according to the day’s conditions.

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IB14: Club Ride Expands Inner Wear Line, Shows Open Road Casual Roadie Apparel & More

2015 Club Ride Open Road casual road cycling apparel for men and womenInfused with a fresh round of financing, Club Ride has steadily expanded from their western-style mountain bike clothing origins. They now offer a full range of casual gear to fit virtually any type of riding you’re doing, including road and commuting.

The new Open Road line shown at left fits a bit slimmer than their mountain bike kit, with features more suited to the pavement.

Both men’s and women’s versions have a jersey and short, and they share key features like a seamless gussetted crotch, abrasion resistant fabric, side waist adjustment strap and zippered pockets on the shorts and reflective bits and UPF20 on the jerseys. The men’s Phantom shorts are made with DurX, a four-way stretch wicking fabric with DWR finish and 11″ inseam. The women’s Zest shorts have a lighter weight fabric with 2-way stretch with an 8.5″ inseam.

Likewise, the jerseys sport different materials, with the men’s being a bit heavier and having an extra pocket on the rear. The women’s is lighter with a single storage pocket on the back, but both get media ports for headphone wires. Pricing is $59.99 to $79.99.

Take a peek at what’s underneath, below…

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