CES2017: Garmin Fenix5 adds maps & smaller sizing, plus new 2-way sat-coms

We got a sneak peak at some soon to be available wearable tech from Garmin, plus their first Garmin branded global satellite communicators since acquiring DeLorme. The new Fenix 5 comes in a few new variations with some pretty cool updates including full on viewable maps and navigation on the flagship Fenix 5X, and the Fenix 5s which is a smaller, full-featured Fenix that won’t dwarf smaller wrists. You won’t get lost no matter where you are with their new inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ satellite communicators. They offer adventuring souls several built-in features like navigation, interactive SOS, and the ability to send texts & emails from anywhere on the globe.

Also check out some slick updates to their open platform Connect IQ for third-party developers to create content for Garmin wearables, bike computers & outdoor handhelds. You can now monitor levels & control you compatible Bontrager lights, be aware when you need to shoot another GU or drink more Nuun… and even hail an Uber!

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We got a sneak peak at some soon to be available wearable tech from Garmin, plus their first Garmin branded global satellite communicators since acquiring DeLorme. The new Fenix 5 comes in a few new variations with some pretty cool updates including full on viewable maps and navigation on the flagship Fenix 5X, and the Fenix […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Trey’s Wish List

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Another year has passed and it’s been an interesting one to say the least. While there are few parts of my life that don’t involve bikes, I seem to enjoy them more and more as the years roll on. This year started off with hosting a slumber party with 9 girls… solo, taking a last minute trip across the globe to ride bikes and do other cool stuff, taking my 7-year-old to urgent care to get her first ever (face) stitches after her first “real” bike crash, to getting to build the “World’s Funnest Bike”.

Regardless, the above pics is from one of my favorite past times of cruising the bazaar street markets in foreign countries… and it sorta had some Christmas-y colors in it. Now go check out my holiday loot list after explaining to your boss what the heck you’re looking at…

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Another year has passed and it’s been an interesting one to say the least. While there are few parts of my life that don’t involve bikes, I seem to enjoy them more and more as the years roll on. This year started off with hosting a slumber party with 9 girls… solo, taking a last […]

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Video: Thomas Turner packs in adventure & Southern hospitality on the Jamis Renegade

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Don’t let the luscious ginger face coat, “packs”, and well chosen plaid shirt fool you. For the past 10 years, when Thomas Turner shows up at a cyclocross or mountain bike race (XC & Enduro), anywhere in the Southeast, it most often becomes a race for 2nd. If Thomas wasn’t such a friendly and likable guy, most of the folks a step or two down from him would probably wish he would move. That said, Jamis Bikes put together a brilliant video highlighting their factory rider piloting the Jamis Renegade Gravel/Adventure bike and did a darn good job touching on a little bit of the unique culture we get to enjoy down yonder…

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Don’t let the luscious ginger face coat, “packs”, and well chosen plaid shirt fool you. For the past 10 years, when Thomas Turner shows up at a cyclocross or mountain bike race (XC & Enduro), anywhere in the Southeast, it most often becomes a race for 2nd. If Thomas wasn’t such a friendly and likable […]

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Winter Maintenance: Cleaning, protecting & lubing the most neglected bikes along w/ some semi-pro tips

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If you’re reading this right now, your bike is dirty. Let’s face it, except for those of you that make your bed every morning, wash the dishes after a light healthy breakfast and disinfect your chain after each ride (truth… best friend and former roommate), you probably owe your bike a really good, deep cleaning. When I received the Ultimate Bike Care Kit from Muc-Off, and what has to be the most robust chain cleaning device ever created from Park Tool, I said… “it’s time”.

Knowing I might be judged, I decided anyway that this would be a good time to delve a little into some winter maintenance tips while tending to an embarrassingly overdue cleaning of my bike. Check out the before and after pics as a result of the Muc-Off and Park Tool’s help as well as some handy semi-pro tips and items I threw in for good measure. I’d love to learn more so be sure to add your maintenance tricks and tips in the comments…

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If you’re reading this right now, your bike is dirty. Let’s face it, except for those of you that make your bed every morning, wash the dishes after a light healthy breakfast and disinfect your chain after each ride (truth… best friend and former roommate), you probably owe your bike a really good, deep cleaning. When […]

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Just in: The long awaited 11-speed Box One derailleur & PushPush Shifter

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It’s in! After a few years of tweaking, adding a speed, and a lot of anticipation, Box Components has finally gotten the Box One clutch derailleur and PushPush shifter in the public’s… well, my hands. This is a pre-production set that I will get to put through the paces to give some early feedback.

This is a pretty big deal as we haven’t seen another player make a worthy attempt to enter the tightly held drivetrain category for mountain bikes since Suntour and Campagnolo succumbed to the competition back in the 90’s. Check out some close-up pics and details along with actual weights past the break…

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It’s in! After a few years of tweaking, adding a speed, and a lot of anticipation, Box Components has finally gotten the Box One clutch derailleur and PushPush shifter in the public’s… well, my hands. This is a pre-production set that I will get to put through the paces to give some early feedback. This […]

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World’s Funnest Bike Part III: Built ridden & reviewed… plus video! Now, SHOW US YOURS!!!

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Here it is in all its colorful glory. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this bike was going to ride or how it would look once the parts started flowing in… especially with my wheel choice(s). At first, I didn’t really care if something didn’t match as we often get things in for testing that aren’t all matchy-matchy with the rigs on hand. Once the first few pieces came in (black/blue EPO frame, black/yellow wheels, Kawasaki green DVO fork…), well, now I was on a mission!

Check out the final build & ride review, lots of pics, plus a really “cinematographic” video of the bike in action…

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Here it is in all its colorful glory. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this bike was going to ride or how it would look once the parts started flowing in… especially with my wheel choice(s). At first, I didn’t really care if something didn’t match as we often get things in for testing that […]

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Review: Coros Linx smart helmet connects your smart phone to your head

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There has been a tidal wave of technology flooding the bicycle industry trying to integrate the power of our hand-held computers (with phone service) to our riding experience. While many may think this sounds ludicrous, many of the potential soon to be cyclists expect this sort of standard because… well what don’t smartphones do for us nowadays? Coros sent me an early run of their Linx “smart helmet” to try out. The Linx takes many of the most commonly used functions provided by your phone and wraps them up in a safe, hands-free place around your head.

Stick with me here and see why this could be more of a benefit than you might think…

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There has been a tidal wave of technology flooding the bicycle industry trying to integrate the power of our hand-held computers (with phone service) to our riding experience. While many may think this sounds ludicrous, many of the potential soon to be cyclists expect this sort of standard because… well what don’t smartphones do for us […]

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I’m not mid-fat, I’m big boned! New Industry Nine Backcountry 360 squeezes out even more volume

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While everyone has been making like Cool Hand Luke and seeing how much “plus” they can stuff into their husky stays, there has been another movement towards improving the standard 2.4″ – 2.5″ tires’ stance. To give the tire more lateral stability when running lower pressures, a 35 – 36mm wide rim can potentially spread out a tire just enough without flattening it out too much. Nestled in Asheville, NC neighboring the now not so secret Pisgah National Forest, Industry Nine is no stranger to aggressive trail riding. And while their Enduro 305 wheels are stout in their own right, the demand for wider is strong and Industry Nine has seized the opportunity.

We got our hands on a pre-production set of these bad boys, so check out the details and weights on Industry Nine’s new fluffy Backcountry 360 wheels, (they’re light, so I ruled out “Husky”), and how they look up close…

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While everyone has been making like Cool Hand Luke and seeing how much “plus” they can stuff into their husky stays, there has been another movement towards improving the standard 2.4″ – 2.5″ tires’ stance. To give the tire more lateral stability when running lower pressures, a 35 – 36mm wide rim can potentially spread out a tire […]

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Campagnolo stretches out top of the line Mille alloy wheels with the Shamal Mille C17

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With the increasing number of road riders preferring the benefits of wider tire profiles, Campagnolo has taken their recently released wider Shamal C17 wheels and married them to their premium ceramic-surfaced Shamal Milles. The new Shamal Mille C17 wheelset now lets you have that wider profile with improved braking.

Check out the details and specs of the new wider aluminum flagship Shamal Mille C17 wheels and what makes them so special…

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With the increasing number of road riders preferring the benefits of wider tire profiles, Campagnolo has taken their recently released wider Shamal C17 wheels and married them to their premium ceramic-surfaced Shamal Milles. The new Shamal Mille C17 wheelset now lets you have that wider profile with improved braking. Check out the details and specs of […]

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