Hitting the trails with a 9-year old and his new Norco

courtesy Norco. photos by Steven Lloyd

Weston Lloyd is probably cooler than you, but that’s OK. His dad, mountain biker & pro photographer Steven Lloyd, saw 9-year-old Weston getting more comfortable hitting the trails and local dirt jumps, so decided it was time to kick things up a notch.  Steven remembered having a blast as a kid cruising the neighborhood on his BMX bike and camping with his dad. So now that Weston was cementing his love for the bike, it was time for what Steven calls “The Summer of Grom”. Time for a new bike – a 24″ Norco Fluid – and to head up into the mountains with dad to build some skills and memories…

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Weston Lloyd is probably cooler than you, but that’s OK. His dad, mountain biker & pro photographer Steven Lloyd, saw 9-year-old Weston getting more comfortable hitting the trails and local dirt jumps, so decided it was time to kick things up a notch.  Steven remembered having a blast as a kid cruising the neighborhood on his […]

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Islabikes stitches up proper performance cycling kit for kids

If you have a young rider at home you’ll know the struggle of finding them real cycling clothing to wear. As a dad, I’ve resorted in the past to XXS women’s shorts for my daughter that I’ve then trimmed down to get her something workable for longer rides when she wanted to. Jerseys are a bit easier as the close fit is less critical (and there are actually more options available), but it’s always been a bit of a compromise. Well, now Islabikes who have a nice range of both affordable and premium race-ready kids’ bikes decided they needed to kit out their young riders as well. The new Islabikes Children’s Racing Kit keeps it simple, but looks to get the fit where it counts…

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If you have a young rider at home you’ll know the struggle of finding them real cycling clothing to wear. As a dad, I’ve resorted in the past to XXS women’s shorts for my daughter that I’ve then trimmed down to get her something workable for longer rides when she wanted to. Jerseys are a bit easier as […]

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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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