CES2017: Tiny tots on turbo trainers with Fisher-Price Think and Learn SmartCycle

A lot of times we get the sense that CES is a few months early on the whole April Fools game, but apparently this one is as real as it gets. Toy making giant Fisher-Price just announced an indoor bike trainer for kids from 3-6 years old that pairs with a tablet or TV (Zwift Junior anyone?). The Think and Learn Smart Cycle is intended to keep your kids active, even if you can’t get them away from screen time. While it seems a bit scary or even sad at first (I mean seriously… get the kids out on a real bike for crying out loud) studies have shown that kids learn better when they are active & engaged so Fisher-Price developed the trainer around a suite of educational apps…

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A lot of times we get the sense that CES is a few months early on the whole April Fools game, but apparently this one is as real as it gets. Toy making giant Fisher-Price just announced an indoor bike trainer for kids from 3-6 years old that pairs with a tablet or TV (Zwift Junior […]

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9:ZERO:7 gets aggressive w/ new Tundra AL, and kids’ Squall fat bikes

Given the drastic improvement in fat bike components in a very short period of time, it’s no wonder we’re seeing equal advancements in frame design. As the fat bike has evolved, so has the way they’re utilized with riders across the globe using them for different purposes.  Thankfully, in addition to the fat bike intended for rides across the Alaskan wilderness for days at a time, there have been a number of bikes introduced that are intended for shorter rides on more aggressive trails.

Now 9:ZERO:7 is introducing their own take on the all-rounder with the new Tundra. Starting with their previous Whiteout AL frame, the Tundra gains more playful geometry and a suspension compatible front end to tame the trails…

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Given the drastic improvement in fat bike components in a very short period of time, it’s no wonder we’re seeing equal advancements in frame design. As the fat bike has evolved, so has the way they’re utilized with riders across the globe using them for different purposes.  Thankfully, in addition to the fat bike intended […]

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Amazing Kids Bikes Roundup: Carbon & titanium scoot bikes, full suspension MTB & small parts

Need to get your kid shredding alongside you? The Propain Frechdax gives them 90mm of single pivot travel with a shock tuned to their pint sized weights (max rider weight is 40kg). The frame works with a 100mm fork to support both 16″ and 20″ wheels and comes complete with either for €1,399 to €1,599. Of course, a small frame for small riders needs small parts, so they’ve got a complete line of touch points to fit them that are sold separately, too…

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Need to get your kid shredding alongside you? The Propain Frechdax gives them 90mm of single pivot travel with a shock tuned to their pint sized weights (max rider weight is 40kg). The frame works with a 100mm fork to support both 16″ and 20″ wheels and comes complete with either for €1,399 to €1,599. […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Ridley building the next generation of racers – Sure most bike companies are out supporting pro riders. But Ridley actually sponsors 10 youth development teams. Not only does their R&D division work with pros on cyclocross, road & track, but also with young talents. Take 19 year old Robbe Ghys, who’s been riding on Ridley for several years and showed how to be a badass (#BeTough in Ridley-speak) on the track by stepping up and racing with the elites at the six days of Gent. Another is U23 CX World Champ Eli Iserbyt, or 15 year old Luke Verburg who won the first 12 of 19 races on his X-night this season. Ridley-bikes.com

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Ridley building the next generation of racers – Sure most bike companies are out supporting pro riders. But Ridley actually sponsors 10 youth development teams. Not only does their R&D division work with pros on cyclocross, road & track, but also with young talents. Take 19 year old Robbe Ghys, who’s been riding on Ridley for several years […]

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Unique Cycles: custom from DH bikes to chromoly cranks, with some Spiderbike in between

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Another good find in Vienna was the creations of small German builder Unique Handmade Cycles. Based in Saxony, near Leipzig, framebuilder Sören Marx isn’t afraid to dive into some of the more complicated fabrication challenges. Whether it is a full custom geometry steel and aluminum downhill bike, a tubular steel external bearing crankset, or just a new look for a kid’s steel bike, Unique has something to offer. While the road bike that this crank was on and the deep blue DH bike next to it (more on that after the jump) had their finishes dialed, it was actually the rough steel arms of these prototype cranks that drew us in…

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Another good find in Vienna was the creations of small German builder Unique Handmade Cycles. Based in Saxony, near Leipzig, framebuilder Sören Marx isn’t afraid to dive into some of the more complicated fabrication challenges. Whether it is a full custom geometry steel and aluminum downhill bike, a tubular steel external bearing crankset, or just a new […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Sign up for the 30th edition of the granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare 2017 – The international granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare has just opened registration. The event on the July 9 in Cuneo, Italy, celebrates its 30th birthday, with some special celebrations in the works. For now, all cyclists that will have their 30th birthday in 2017 (born in 1987) will pay only 30€ for their entry fee, no matter when they register. Everyone else will also pay a discounted price of 35€ if they register before Dec 31 2016. The routes will be the same as in 2016, with the mediofondo counting 111 km (2550m of climbing), and the granfondo of 177 km (4125m of getting up). FaustoCoppi.net

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Sign up for the 30th edition of the granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare 2017 – The international granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare has just opened registration. The event on the July 9 in Cuneo, Italy, celebrates its 30th birthday, with some special celebrations in the works. For now, all cyclists that will […]

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Isla Bikes’ youth-sized Greim cyclocross tires now available separately

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Isla Bikes makes some sick kids cyclocross bikes, which come equipped with their own Gréim tires. Now, they’re offering those tires for sale without having to buy the complete bike, and they come in three sizes and two versions. Like the bikes, there’s a Pro version and a Standard one. The Pro model is lighter thanks to a Kevlar bead and 185tpi skinwall casing, which gives it a more supple ride. The Standard version gets a wire bead and 72tpi casing, but adds a Kevlar puncture protection layer. Specs and more details below…

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Isla Bikes makes some sick kids cyclocross bikes, which come equipped with their own Gréim tires. Now, they’re offering those tires for sale without having to buy the complete bike, and they come in three sizes and two versions. Like the bikes, there’s a Pro version and a Standard one. The Pro model is lighter […]

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Trailcraft lets little ones roll big on new Timber 26″ youth mountain bike

Trailcraft Timber 26 lightweight mountain bike for kids

A couple years ago, proud parent Ginger Rosenbauer launched Trailcraft Cycles to fill the void in the youth cycling market. Specifically, the near void of really well designed, lightweight mountain bikes that could hold their own on the trail with mom and dad’s bikes. The Pineridge 24 was born, and since then we’ve seen a number of high end options follow from major brands. But, what’s a kid to do when they outgrow a 24″ wheeled bike?

Hop on a 26″ bike, of course. But most 26″ bikes remaining in shops are low-end, entry level models that are likely to be a serious downgrade in spec and performance and be heavier than the Pineridge. That, and they were originally designed for adults, not kids. That’s where the new Trailcraft Timber 26 comes in…

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A couple years ago, proud parent Ginger Rosenbauer launched Trailcraft Cycles to fill the void in the youth cycling market. Specifically, the near void of really well designed, lightweight mountain bikes that could hold their own on the trail with mom and dad’s bikes. The Pineridge 24 was born, and since then we’ve seen a […]

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Grupetto Italia brings Italian road bikes to all ages

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Grupetto Italia showcases a line up with a wide range of road bikes spanning from juniors’ bikes to retro-inspired lugged steel beauties, with carbon road racing bikes in between. Owned by brothers Nick and Dom O’Brien, Grupetto Italia was founded to bring classic Italian craftsmanship and cycling heritage back to the UK, the way they remembered it as kids. Having both raced as juniors, part of their offering includes high-quality small bikes designed with young riders in mind, so hop past the break to take a closer look at how you get get your kid ready to ride…

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Grupetto Italia showcases a line up with a wide range of road bikes spanning from juniors’ bikes to retro-inspired lugged steel beauties, with carbon road racing bikes in between. Owned by brothers Nick and Dom O’Brien, Grupetto Italia was founded to bring classic Italian craftsmanship and cycling heritage back to the UK, the way they remembered it as […]

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