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Strava app updated for Apple Watch Series 2, tracks rides without an iPhone

First it was Android Wear, and now it’s Apple Watch getting the untethered ride tracking through Strava. iOS users can update the app to the latest version and, if you’ve got the Apple Watch Series 2, it’ll push the update to your wrist and let you track your rides using only the watch…no iPhone needed.

From the press release: “Athletes can now take full advantage of the watch’s GPS capabilities by recording their time, pace, distance, speed and heart rate without their iOS device. Apple Watch Series 2 joins more than 100 other GPS devices that work seamlessly with Strava.”



First it was Android Wear, and now it’s Apple Watch getting the untethered ride tracking through Strava. iOS users can update the app to the latest version and, if you’ve got the Apple Watch Series 2, it’ll push the update to your wrist and let you track your rides using only the watch…no iPhone needed. […]

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Prototype White Industries headset spotted, possibly headed to NAHBS

prototype white industries headset for Sklar Cycles
Photo courtesy California Travis.

If you look at products that take bearings, the three items that most often find their way into boutique brands’ catalogs are hubs, bottom brackets and headsets. The latter has been a glaring omission from White Industries’ spread…until now. This gold external cup headset pic was snapped by California Travis, and Alec White was coy about their intentions for it. What we could surmise from a few cryptic messages were that you might see it on Adam Sklar’s bikes at NAHBS, you might see it on a couple other small builders’ bikes at NAHBS, and it might or might not be something they are developing for future production. And you might be able to spot more pictures of such things on other builders’ Instagram accounts between now at NAHBS. Or, in Alec’s words, “Maybe someone could think that might be what is possibly going on.”



If you look at products that take bearings, the three items that most often find their way into boutique brands’ catalogs are hubs, bottom brackets and headsets. The latter has been a glaring omission from White Industries’ spread…until now. This gold external cup headset pic was snapped by California Travis, and Alec White was coy […]

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Sportful Giara & HotPack NoRain kit you out to explore, plus more summer kit available now

With eyes on warmer weather ahead, Sporful just rolled their Summer 2017 line out to retailers. We saw some of their top WorldTour racing kit coming to you back at Eurobike with the race-proven R&D Cima line and packable Stelvio rain jacket. Off the racing circuit, they’ve got even more to satisfy the general riding public. A new Giara line developed with a slightly more relaxed fit and toned down look to meet the needs of riders out on all-day adventures that want performance without a kit screaming ‘Euro Pro’. At the same time, Sportful has something new in their popular, super packable HotPack range. A new HotPack NoRain Ultralight rain jacket gets Sportful’s lightest ever fully waterproof fabric to take away any remaining excuse for being unprepared for a surprise thunderstorm. Get a closer look at it all, after the jump…

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With eyes on warmer weather ahead, Sporful just rolled their Summer 2017 line out to retailers. We saw some of their top WorldTour racing kit coming to you back at Eurobike with the race-proven R&D Cima line and packable Stelvio rain jacket. Off the racing circuit, they’ve got even more to satisfy the general riding public. A new Giara line developed with […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017: Adam Sklar of Sklar Bikes

Six years since building his first frame, Adam Sklar, the young gun behind Sklar Bikes, seems to be settling in on a theme. His steel frames seem to be gelling – with main triangle tubing featuring gentle bends and subtly changing cross-sections, waisted seat stays, accompanied by the occasional super-straight blade segmented-crowned fork to help accentuate those curves. It is always fun to witness a builder focusing in on their style, but what makes this case so interesting is that Adam’s frames will be on display next to those of builders who have been refining a style longer than he’s been alive.

How young is Adam?

So young that he had to – real talk, here – Google the reference in my first question before he could respond to it. As he found out, the series ended the week before he was born…

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Six years since building his first frame, Adam Sklar, the young gun behind Sklar Bikes, seems to be settling in on a theme. His steel frames seem to be gelling – with main triangle tubing featuring gentle bends and subtly changing cross-sections, waisted seat stays, accompanied by the occasional super-straight blade segmented-crowned fork to help accentuate those curves. […]

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Shimano trickles down trek & trail versatility with new Deore, Alivio, Acera & Altus groups

Always one to adapt their top-level tech into the more affordable groupsets that sell to a vast swat of the market and end up spec’d as OEM on tons of entry to mid level bikes, Shimano has just announced a new round of updates to their budget friendly off-road groupsets. From Deore down to Altus, these workingman’s groups all get a bit of reshaping and updating to more closely mimic the look and performance of the top level XT & XTR groups. But while the new groups get minor makeovers and the new X-thousand series designations, they stick with their current 10 & 9 speed variations and really only take on a few subtle changes. Out of the bunch the new Deore M6000 does add Boost spacing, and the familiar non-standard 4-bolt chainrings, plus a new 11-42  10 speed cassette that will likely see a lot of use shoehorned into other older groupsets. Check out all that is new after the jump…

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Always one to adapt their top-level tech into the more affordable groupsets that sell to a vast swat of the market and end up spec’d as OEM on tons of entry to mid level bikes, Shimano has just announced a new round of updates to their budget friendly off-road groupsets. From Deore down to Altus, […]

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TDU 2017: Behind the scenes at the Tour Down Under

The Tour Down Under has been run and won for 2017, with Richie Porte of BMC Racing taking the overall win and victories on the second and fifth stages. As the first UCI World Tour race of the season, it serves as an important event for teams and riders to collect World Tour points, and a proving ground for new team equipment. The riders themselves are the stars of the World Tour, but without their teams of support staff – mechanics, soigneurs and management – the riders would be sorely pressed to do what they do, day in and day out.

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The Tour Down Under has been run and won for 2017, with Richie Porte of BMC Racing taking the overall win and victories on the second and fifth stages. As the first UCI World Tour race of the season, it serves as an important event for teams and riders to collect World Tour points, and a proving ground […]

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New Pipedream Cycles A.L.I.C.E. adventure bike lets you get lost in a gravel wonderland

pipe dream cycles alice gravel adventure steel road bike

It’s been a while since we’ve taken a close look at Pipedream Cycles, but this switch from their usual hardtail mountain bike lineup brought us through the looking glass. Now, they’ve launched A.L.I.C.E., a go-anywhere drop bar bike designed to handle the weather and terrain of its home base in Scotland. The frame is a custom triple-butted, heat treated 4130 chromoly with shaped stays and tubes, paired with a chromoly uni-crown fork, both with mounts galore.

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It’s been a while since we’ve taken a close look at Pipedream Cycles, but this switch from their usual hardtail mountain bike lineup brought us through the looking glass. Now, they’ve launched A.L.I.C.E., a go-anywhere drop bar bike designed to handle the weather and terrain of its home base in Scotland. The frame is a custom […]

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Chris Connor asked if this wood makes his bike look fat?

NAHBS is just around the corner again. And while Anna is bringing us the behind-the-scenes with another season of Road to NAHBS interviews, this fat creation snuck past her into my inbox. Chris Connor, owner of Connor Wood Bicycles has been displaying his wooden crafted bikes at NAHBS since at least 2013. Each year the bikes get more refined, look even more capable off-road, and the latest additions even added some wood/carbon composite handlebar offerings. Well, this year Connor has been busy in the wood shop again, and is going fat with a new bike built around a set of wide Surly Lous…

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NAHBS is just around the corner again. And while Anna is bringing us the behind-the-scenes with another season of Road to NAHBS interviews, this fat creation snuck past her into my inbox. Chris Connor, owner of Connor Wood Bicycles has been displaying his wooden crafted bikes at NAHBS since at least 2013. Each year the bikes get more […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Luleå, Sweden

bikerumor pic of the day mountain biking in the snow in Luleå, swedish lapland

bikerumor pic of the day mountain biking in the snow in Luleå, swedish lapland

Photo submitted by Martin Aasa, “Went for a 3h long endurance ride with a couple of mates from our local club. With the right conditions you don’t need a fatbike to ride in the snow!
Greetings from Luleå, Swedish Lapland.”

We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and are happy to share them with our readers around the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your pics with a brief description here.



Photo submitted by Martin Aasa, “Went for a 3h long endurance ride with a couple of mates from our local club. With the right conditions you don’t need a fatbike to ride in the snow! Greetings from Luleå, Swedish Lapland.” We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and are happy to share them […]

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