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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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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Look partners with SRM to create carbon fiber power meter cranks

Look has been making some of the lightest carbon fiber cranks on the market by integrating their arms, spiders and spindle into a single piece. Their frames aren’t too shabby either. Now, they’re taking all that composite know-how and partnering with SRM to offer power meter cranksets that will work with any modern spindle type and use Look’s Tri Lobe pedal insert to convert between 170mm, 172.5mm and 175mm crank lengths all on the same arm.

UPDATE: Here’s the link to Eurobike coverage that shows and mentions the THM crank, and we’ve reached out to Look for clarification. Updates as we get more info.

UPDATE 2: Look has confirmed to us that they are indeed making these carbon cranks.

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Look has been making some of the lightest carbon fiber cranks on the market by integrating their arms, spiders and spindle into a single piece. Their frames aren’t too shabby either. Now, they’re taking all that composite know-how and partnering with SRM to offer power meter cranksets that will work with any modern spindle type […]

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Review: Blindingly bright Capo Padrone SL Wind Jacket & Bib Tights reflect cold weather and light

At first glance, the Capo Padrone SL kit doesn’t seem all that bright. It has a few day-glow yellow pieces of trim, but it’s mostly dark gray and black…until the lights hit it. Even sunlight from indirect angles can illuminate it, but when headlights come straight on? Vegas lights. Roll on down for some bright photos.

Bundled in with the safety of high visibility is warmth to work down into the 40’s (F) with a good base layer. When it drops into the low 40’s and colder, I slipped on a de-chamoised pair of shorts as extra cover for the upper legs through waist and the pieces worked great at blocking freezing cold and wind…

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At first glance, the Capo Padrone SL kit doesn’t seem all that bright. It has a few day-glow yellow pieces of trim, but it’s mostly dark gray and black…until the lights hit it. Even sunlight from indirect angles can illuminate it, but when headlights come straight on? Vegas lights. Roll on down for some bright […]

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Met Drone triathlon helmet slips through on pre-release photos and video

spy shot of MET Drone triathlon tt aero helmet

For all the talk about shaving seconds of a 40km time trial with aerodynamics, we’ve heard little about saving time in transition during triathlon. Those marginal aero gains can easily be lost fiddling with gear, and that looks to be where the upcoming Met Drone aero helmet sets itself apart. Presumably, the actual aerodynamics will be dialed, too, but we’ll have to wait for the official release for that info. Until then, they’ve released these photos of pro triathlete Frederik Van Lierde wearing the helmet, plus video showing how quickly it goes on…

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For all the talk about shaving seconds of a 40km time trial with aerodynamics, we’ve heard little about saving time in transition during triathlon. Those marginal aero gains can easily be lost fiddling with gear, and that looks to be where the upcoming Met Drone aero helmet sets itself apart. Presumably, the actual aerodynamics will […]

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Prototype Fox AX Adventure Cross “gravel” suspension fork spotted

prototype fox adventure cross gravel road bike suspension fork spy shot
Photo pulled from Peter James Lucas’ Instagram account, provided by Road.cc.

Spotted on then quickly pulled from Shimano’s California-based tech rep Peter James Lucas’ Instagram account was this image of a prototype Fox AX Adventure Cross suspension fork mounted to what’s presumably his Santa Cruz Stigmata cyclocross bike.

Fortunately, our friends at Road.cc grabbed the image before it was deleted and kindly shared with us, check out their prognostications here. Their guess is the same as ours, that it’ll be built on the lightweight, minimalist SC32 XC fork’s platform, but with travel dialed back. Considering how good the Lefty Oliver-equipped Cannondale Slate and any bike with the Lauf GRIT feels on rough roads, it’s not a huge surprise to see more options coming. We’re expecting some gravel-related news from sister brand Easton in April, so perhaps we’ll learn more then. Until then, keep those eyes peeled…



Spotted on then quickly pulled from Shimano’s California-based tech rep Peter James Lucas’ Instagram account was this image of a prototype Fox AX Adventure Cross suspension fork mounted to what’s presumably his Santa Cruz Stigmata cyclocross bike. Fortunately, our friends at Road.cc grabbed the image before it was deleted and kindly shared with us, check […]

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Niner RLT9 Steel now travels w/ flat mount disc brakes; Plus new Boost RDO carbon fork & longer RKT

2017 Niner RLT9 Steel gravel road bike with carbon touring fork

Hot on the trail of the carbon RLT RDO launched in January, the RLT Steel gets updated with flat mount brakes and a beautiful baby blue-on-metal paint scheme. Borrowing the new RDO carbon gravel fork from the carbon bike puts flat mount brakes and an abundance of rack and accessory mounts up front, too.

Alongside this news comes revised (longer travel) fork spec on the RKT XC full suspension race bike, and a new Boost 110mm axle spacing option for their RDO rigid carbon mountain bike fork that adds a few bonus features…

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Hot on the trail of the carbon RLT RDO launched in January, the RLT Steel gets updated with flat mount brakes and a beautiful baby blue-on-metal paint scheme. Borrowing the new RDO carbon gravel fork from the carbon bike puts flat mount brakes and an abundance of rack and accessory mounts up front, too. Alongside this […]

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Factory Tour: How DeFeet makes their cycling socks

Ever wonder how those beautifully colorful DeFeet socks go from concept to cushioned cover for your footsies? We visited their Hildebran, NC, factory to see how everything’s made. Founder Shane Cooper showed us around, providing background on their materials sourcing and unique construction along with a sneak peek at new styles coming early 2017. If you’re not already following @thebuildcycle yet, hop on it as our Podcast series is about to launch, and Shane’s story of starting and growing this “micro-sockery” is Episode Four!



Ever wonder how those beautifully colorful DeFeet socks go from concept to cushioned cover for your footsies? We visited their Hildebran, NC, factory to see how everything’s made. Founder Shane Cooper showed us around, providing background on their materials sourcing and unique construction along with a sneak peek at new styles coming early 2017. If […]

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