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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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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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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Sinclair IRIS goes the e-trike route too, for a super fast commuter

OK, so at the risk of seriously having to get a lock on eTrikeRumor.com, this one is hard to resist as a follow-up to the PodRide. While that contraption was about an all-weather commuter to get through Swedish winters by bike [sic], the IRIS leans a different way, pushing for a “superfast, supersafe & ultra efficient” alternative means of transportation. Built on the same platform and shell, the Iris gets two models that target different potential velomobile buyers with different output motors – the Eco & Extreme. While commercially Grant Sinclair has put most of his company’s focus on electronics product design over the last few years, he’s been a tinkerer & advocate of e-velomobile design since the 1980s. Now his latest sleek designs have a targeted production date later this year, and real prices. Get the details and find out how to preorder after the jump. You know you want to…

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OK, so at the risk of seriously having to get a lock on eTrikeRumor.com, this one is hard to resist as a follow-up to the PodRide. While that contraption was about an all-weather commuter to get through Swedish winters by bike [sic], the IRIS leans a different way, pushing for a “superfast, supersafe & ultra efficient” alternative […]

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Next gen Sigma Rox 7.0 & 11.0 GPS computers available now, plus killer upgrade deal

Sigma’s ROX computers have been around for quite a while, offering GPS-enabled ride tracking in a more classically compact cycling computer for those riders not looking to have a huge mapping screen strapped to the bar. Displaying the most common ride metrics and with competitive pricing, the ROX line-up has offered solid value for cyclists looking to track their rides. The latest generation debuted back at Eurobike last autumn added on more customization of the data screen, Strava segment integration, and wireless connectivity in the top model. The two new devices – the ROX GPS 7.0 & ROX GPS 10.0 – are now available, and to reward return customers Sigma is offering a 30% off deal for the new computers. Check out the features of both and how to get in on the discount after the break (even if you are new to the ROX)…

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Sigma’s ROX computers have been around for quite a while, offering GPS-enabled ride tracking in a more classically compact cycling computer for those riders not looking to have a huge mapping screen strapped to the bar. Displaying the most common ride metrics and with competitive pricing, the ROX line-up has offered solid value for cyclists looking […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • 2017 National Bike Challenge announced by Bike League and 3M – The League of American Bicyclists and presenting sponsor 3M have announced the 6th annual National Bike Challenge. The Challenge expects over 60,000 riders to pedal a more than 30 million miles between May 1 and September 30 to focus on improved health, fitness & fun. Challenge participants will use Strava to record their commuting and recreational miles, then stats & leaderboards will show up over at the NationalBikeChallenge.org site. There’s no cost to join, and riders are encouraged to form teams at their workplace or school to motivate each other to log more miles or to start commuting for the first time. BikeLeague.org

    Check out where you’ll ride in 2017 after the break…

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2017 National Bike Challenge announced by Bike League and 3M – The League of American Bicyclists and presenting sponsor 3M have announced the 6th annual National Bike Challenge. The Challenge expects over 60,000 riders to pedal a more than 30 million miles between May 1 and September 30 to focus on improved health, fitness & fun. Challenge participants […]

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PodRide, a wild enclosed 3 or 4 wheeled e-bike that looks like a micro car

Let’s get this out of the way. The PodRide is pretty much crazy. That said, the fully enclosed multi-wheel recumbent bike was designed to be protected from the weather, to be a more comfortable way to commute by bike in all seasons. With a shell designed to look like a miniature car, it is without a doubt crazy looking, but inside it packs a lot of the logical features of a multi-wheel recumbent bike as a viable alternate to driving and with a small e-bike motor making even more sense. Its Swedish designer Mikael Kjellman crowdfunded the concept’s development based on this working prototype last year and is now working on building a version that you might be able to buy before the end of 2017.

And in the meantime, watching him ride the thing on a frozen pond and over his local dirt jumps is sure to put a smile on your face, like it did for us…

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Let’s get this out of the way. The PodRide is pretty much crazy. That said, the fully enclosed multi-wheel recumbent bike was designed to be protected from the weather, to be a more comfortable way to commute by bike in all seasons. With a shell designed to look like a miniature car, it is without a […]

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Danny MacAskill can’t slackline like the rest of us…

And by that of course we mean that he doesn’t flail around like an idiot trying to balance one foot in front of the other on a piece of nylon webbing that is violently shaking back and forth. No. Instead he just rolls up to it on a trials bike, and rides across as if it were normal. He says he’s gonna rig up another slackline to play some more. Next, we are waiting for him to at least manual across it.

Just a further reminder that Danny MacAskill may not actually be human. Oh, and that it’s probably worth killing some time and watching the raw feed of video clips that he posts to his Facebook.



And by that of course we mean that he doesn’t flail around like an idiot trying to balance one foot in front of the other on a piece of nylon webbing that is violently shaking back and forth. No. Instead he just rolls up to it on a trials bike, and rides across as if […]

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Abus Nutfix security for wheels & seatposts now available

We’ve seen several different solutions to try to create theft-resistant and even tamper-proof bolts to secure the most often stolen parts of a city bike – the wheels and the saddle/seatpost combo. Last fall we got the details on the NutFix system from German lock specialists Abus. How it works is by replacing the standard nuts & bolts that secure your components with a special nut that can only be operated when you rotate the bike 90° onto its side, so that as long as you lock your bike up securely to a fixed rack or object, your components will be there when you return. The NutFix system is available now, and we have some more details and pricing after the break…

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We’ve seen several different solutions to try to create theft-resistant and even tamper-proof bolts to secure the most often stolen parts of a city bike – the wheels and the saddle/seatpost combo. Last fall we got the details on the NutFix system from German lock specialists Abus. How it works is by replacing the standard […]

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