Time to get behind Balint Hamvas’ 2016/2017 Cyclocross Album

We’ve been reading and poring over the photos and stories in the annual cyclocross season wrap-up that professional cycling photographer Balint Hamvas has put together since his first edition back in 2009/2010. Last year he took to Kickstarter to fund the project so that he could devote more time to cyclocross and ensure that there was sufficient demand to support his muddy passions. While he ran into a couple of ill-timed snags last year that delayed the project a bit (sucks for a pro photog to get their computer stolen: remember to back everything up folks!), he appreciated the connection to his supporters and is going that route again…

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We’ve been reading and poring over the photos and stories in the annual cyclocross season wrap-up that professional cycling photographer Balint Hamvas has put together since his first edition back in 2009/2010. Last year he took to Kickstarter to fund the project so that he could devote more time to cyclocross and ensure that there was […]

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The SpeedX Unicorn replaces the horn with first production integrated power meter

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES2017) is just around the corner, which means it’s time to geek out. Both on bike, and on the electronics that more and more companies are stuffing into those bikes. After launching their Leopard aero road bike with a built in computer and smart technology, SpeedX is back with the aptly named Unicorn. Taking that same built in head unit and adding a crank based power meter, the company is making the claim of the world’s first production bike with an integrated power meter.

But the Unicorn is more than just numbers. The frame has been designed to offer the best ride possible making it look pretty appealing – at least to the overwhelming number of people who allowed it to meet its Kickstarter funding goal in just 75 minutes…

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES2017) is just around the corner, which means it’s time to geek out. Both on bike, and on the electronics that more and more companies are stuffing into those bikes. After launching their Leopard aero road bike with a built in computer and smart technology, SpeedX is back with the aptly […]

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Simplify your flat repair kit with the Bar Fly Air Lever

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I can’t remember the last time that I had a repair kit on my road bike. I don’t typically have time to spend rooting around the house looking for the tools on my way out the door. This has yet to come back to bite me *knock on wood* but should the day come that I get a flat, the Air Lever by Bar Fly might be the one tool I wish I had…

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I can’t remember the last time that I had a repair kit on my road bike. I don’t typically have time to spend rooting around the house looking for the tools on my way out the door. This has yet to come back to bite me *knock on wood* but should the day come that I get a […]

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Off the Bike Gear Roundup: Titanium sporks, floating tents, and a handheld plasma torch!

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While not strictly bike-related, all these new pieces of gear are tech-heavy and could easily find their way into any bikepacker’s panniers. Shown above is the new Muncher multi-tool from Full Windsor, who have had some successful bike tools in the past like the Breaker and the Nutter Multi-tool. The titanium Muncher is sure to be appreciated by anyone packing for a camp kitchen, and tips the scales at just 20g. Click past the break to chomp on details and read up on some other trick camp gear..

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While not strictly bike-related, all these new pieces of gear are tech-heavy and could easily find their way into any bikepacker’s panniers. Shown above is the new Muncher multi-tool from Full Windsor, who have had some successful bike tools in the past like the Breaker and the Nutter Multi-tool. The titanium Muncher is sure to be appreciated by […]

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The Schratz monstercross bike covers gravel, cyclocross, trails & fits absolutely everyone

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The new Fitwell Schratz takes their five sizes and three fits philosophy and marries that with a bike made to fit just about any terrain you throw at it. The result? A bike that works for just about anything and anyone.

Depending on frame size, it’s ready for 27.5″ or 29er wheels with up to 2.0″ mountain bike tires (or 700×35 up to 700×50). The frame comes in three versions, with geometry for racers, enthusiasts and casual riders. Those go from aggressively low position to a very upright one, and it’s actually done with different frames, not just cockpit parts. Throw in suspension corrected geometry for a 100mm fork and this ambitious project might be as close to the elusive one bike quiver we’ve been dreaming of. Oh, and you can grab a frame for as little as $155 during their Kickstarter launch…

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The new Fitwell Schratz takes their five sizes and three fits philosophy and marries that with a bike made to fit just about any terrain you throw at it. The result? A bike that works for just about anything and anyone. Depending on frame size, it’s ready for 27.5″ or 29er wheels with up to […]

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Urban Circus lights up the night with technical hi-vis reflective & LED fashion

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The French founders of Urban Circus were a bit frustrated with seeing those yellow mesh reflective vests everywhere they looked in the city – on grounds crews at the airport, on road workers, kids on school trips, and of course bike commuters. So their idea was to spice up visibility a bit by combining fabrics and prints that still met the ISO hi-vis standard, but did so combined with some high-tech performance clothing options, and with a healthy dose of French fashion thrown in too. The result is a couple of new jackets that offer a much more unique look with options like different prints, stealthy reversibility, integrated LEDs & usable phone pocket, and even integrated crash pads. Check out how it all shines after the jump…

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The French founders of Urban Circus were a bit frustrated with seeing those yellow mesh reflective vests everywhere they looked in the city – on grounds crews at the airport, on road workers, kids on school trips, and of course bike commuters. So their idea was to spice up visibility a bit by combining fabrics […]

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Do it all with the 3-in-1 Outlier Backpack from BiKase

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Based out of Milwaukee, cycling accessory maker BiKASE has turned to Kickstarter to fund their new 3-in-1 backpack – the Outlier. We’ve seen some clever on-bike storage solutions from BiKASE before, like their adaptable SuperBand, and their latest offering seems similarly inventive. The Outlier is designed to function equally well as a backpack, a pannier, or a trunk bag all without the need for a bunch of separate adapters. Click past the break to see all the tricks this bag has up its sleeve….

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   Based out of Milwaukee, cycling accessory maker BiKASE has turned to Kickstarter to fund their new 3-in-1 backpack – the Outlier. We’ve seen some clever on-bike storage solutions from BiKASE before, like their adaptable SuperBand, and their latest offering seems similarly inventive. The Outlier is designed to function equally well as a backpack, a pannier, […]

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Upside Racks flips the script on traditional roof racks for bikes

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Tired of complicated roof rack systems that are semi-permanently attached to your car? That’s exactly what Upside Racks set out to improve on when they started designing their own roof rack. We’ve all probably seen someone driving down the highway with a bicycle upside down and tied to the roof rack, and while the Upside Rack might look similar at first, it’s actually a fairly innovative approach to transporting a bicycle on your roof.

The key to design is that the rack is less a permanent part of your car and more an accessory that allows you to quickly mount almost any bike to almost any car with a factory roof rack (or aftermarket cross bars)…

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Tired of complicated roof rack systems that are semi-permanently attached to your car? That’s exactly what Upside Racks set out to improve on when they started designing their own roof rack. We’ve all probably seen someone driving down the highway with a bicycle upside down and tied to the roof rack, and while the Upside Rack […]

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Kickstarter Roundup: Electric folding bike, electric warmth & cycling games for glory

Tern promised that the Vektron would come to market as a full production bike regardless of the Kickstarter outcome, but it’s fully funded anyway. There’s still five days to go, though, so you can still nab this electric-assist folding bike for a deal. It folds down to the same compact dimensions as their non-motorized bikes, but gives you a premium Bosch e-bike system to scoot from A to B with minimal effort (or, at least, minimal sweat). The twist is that all backers will have their bikes shipped to a local Tern dealer for professional assembly and they come with a 10 year warranty. Not much of a gamble on this one. But if you want to play games, Glory Gears has got something for you…

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Tern promised that the Vektron would come to market as a full production bike regardless of the Kickstarter outcome, but it’s fully funded anyway. There’s still five days to go, though, so you can still nab this electric-assist folding bike for a deal. It folds down to the same compact dimensions as their non-motorized bikes, […]

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