Gear Roundup: Custom body armor, workstands, cool locks, lights & best bicycle bell ever

The Rockingtor AirCobra is designed to be the first clear, floating shin guard, but that’s just the beginning of their tech story. The multi-part design lets your piece together the protection you need. Modular sleeves, need pads and cushioning join together, and all parts are highly perforated for awesome breathability. The shin guards are held above the skin, letting air flow between them and your skin. Check out closeups and a lot of other neat (and completely random) bike bits below…

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The Rockingtor AirCobra is designed to be the first clear, floating shin guard, but that’s just the beginning of their tech story. The multi-part design lets your piece together the protection you need. Modular sleeves, need pads and cushioning join together, and all parts are highly perforated for awesome breathability. The shin guards are held […]

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Clothing Roundup: Dan Craven’s Namibia Team jersey plus cold weather duds from Rapha and Twin Six

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Typically clothing articles are more or less an overview of key specs and details, but once in a while there’s something more to say about a specific piece: Rarely does a jersey have the kind of story behind it that Rapha’s Namibia Team edition can claim. After going viral at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Dan Craven brought a lot of attention to his home country and got consumers begging for a jersey just like his. Well, now you can get one as Rapha is offering a limited edition of the Namibia Team jersey.

Rapha has also honored their US champion cyclocross racers with some stars and stripes, plus in this roundup we’ll check out a new insulated jacket from Rapha and Twin Six’s NWRC Sawtooth cold-weather jersey/vest combo…
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Typically clothing articles are more or less an overview of key specs and details, but once in a while there’s something more to say about a specific piece: Rarely does a jersey have the kind of story behind it that Rapha’s Namibia Team edition can claim. After going viral at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, […]

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Component Roundup: Colored carbon, pedals made of rice, plus new tires, brakes & more!

newmen components colored carbon fiber bicycle handlebar seatpost and rims are limited edition for spring 2017

Newmen Components is a relatively new company, but brings years of experience to create premium, lightweight carbon fiber parts that pass all safety testing. The designs are their own, with some parts using texTreme fibers to reduce weight while improving strength and stiffness. What caught our eye were these limited edition colored carbon rims, seatposts and handlebars that’ll debut in Spring 2017…

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Newmen Components is a relatively new company, but brings years of experience to create premium, lightweight carbon fiber parts that pass all safety testing. The designs are their own, with some parts using texTreme fibers to reduce weight while improving strength and stiffness. What caught our eye were these limited edition colored carbon rims, seatposts and handlebars […]

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Gear Roundup: Plus/fat tubeless conversions, brake upgrades & Lights, Camera, Speakers!

Effetto Mariposa makes the toughest tubeless rim tape around, and now it’s available in new Plus and Fat widths. They’re sold as a kit with two strips and two tubeless valve stems, with sizes based on rim width and options for just about anything. The strips are a firm, nearly impenetrable rubbery plastic-like material that stretch over the rim to create a tight seal without needing adhesive. Check the size options below, along with interesting new ways to listen to your music on the ride without drowning out ambient noise, a couple of brake lights for your bike and more…

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Effetto Mariposa makes the toughest tubeless rim tape around, and now it’s available in new Plus and Fat widths. They’re sold as a kit with two strips and two tubeless valve stems, with sizes based on rim width and options for just about anything. The strips are a firm, nearly impenetrable rubbery plastic-like material that […]

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Abus secures limited edition Bordo Black to honor lock’s 10 year anniversary

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What do you do when one of your most popular products reaches a milestone like the 10 year anniversary? Make a special edition, of course. Considered somewhat of a revolution in lock design, the Abus Bordo series allowed for a compact, folding lock that still offered a high level of security – but its creation wasn’t easy. According to Abus, the ability to create the theft resistant rivets required all new machinery which could apply enough force to connect them…

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What do you do when one of your most popular products reaches a milestone like the 10 year anniversary? Make a special edition, of course. Considered somewhat of a revolution in lock design, the Abus Bordo series allowed for a compact, folding lock that still offered a high level of security – but its creation […]

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Outbraker doubles up, puts full anti-lock control over both brakes in a single lever

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We first saw Outbraker’s power adjusting system at Interbike 2015, test riding it to see how it completely eliminates brake lock. It does it by effectively introducing a secondary master cylinder that lets you adjust where the flow cutoff is, which means it can apply power up to the point of full braking, but just before lock up. For commuters and newbies, that could mean just grabbing a handful of brakes and getting maximum stopping power with no skidding or loss of control. Now, they’ve got a dual system that controls both front and rear brakes with a single lever…

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We first saw Outbraker’s power adjusting system at Interbike 2015, test riding it to see how it completely eliminates brake lock. It does it by effectively introducing a secondary master cylinder that lets you adjust where the flow cutoff is, which means it can apply power up to the point of full braking, but just […]

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Yuba cargo bikes finds two new ways to haul the goods

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The Yuba Supermarché shifts the cargo to the front of the bike in their first ever bakfiets style bicycle. The alloy frame splits for easy shuttling if you need to, but combines for some big loads. Details are light since it doesn’t formally launch until next year (at a price of $2,599), but expect it to have multiple box and bag options to fill the front end. Check it out and their new Sweet Curry below…

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The Yuba Supermarché shifts the cargo to the front of the bike in their first ever bakfiets style bicycle. The alloy frame splits for easy shuttling if you need to, but combines for some big loads. Details are light since it doesn’t formally launch until next year (at a price of $2,599), but expect it […]

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Put yourself in the spotlight with the Vizy tail light by Tern

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It can never be said too often, lights are important day or night. The more you can stand out, the better. Tern is making riders stand out in a different way by providing a rear tail light with a downward facing lens, along with a rear facing one. The goal is to make drivers give cyclists more room on the road.  See it in action past the break…

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It can never be said too often, lights are important day or night. The more you can stand out, the better. Tern is making riders stand out in a different way by providing a rear tail light with a downward facing lens, along with a rear facing one. The goal is to make drivers give […]

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Urban & Commuter Bicycle Roundup: Traditional, or not, with integrated OLED screens

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The 700 Bike Backstreet Smart Bike starts with a Reynolds chromoly steel frameset that’s uniquely shaped and adds an integrated OLED screen on the stem to map and monitor your ride. Keeping the lines simple is a single-speed looking setup, using a PFBB30 with eccentric bottom bracket to keep chain tension. But, it’s hiding a SRAM Automatic 2-speed internally geared hub shifts for you based on effort, so you’re not stuck grinding up the hills or spinning feverishly on the descents.

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The 700 Bike Backstreet Smart Bike starts with a Reynolds chromoly steel frameset that’s uniquely shaped and adds an integrated OLED screen on the stem to map and monitor your ride. Keeping the lines simple is a single-speed looking setup, using a PFBB30 with eccentric bottom bracket to keep chain tension. But, it’s hiding a SRAM Automatic 2-speed […]

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