Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Uber admits its self-driving cars have trouble with bike lanes – While we’d love nothing more than being able to sit back and let the car do the driving while we post more goodness on Bikerumor, the challenges to full robotic chauffeurs remains. Uber’s self driving test fleet apparently has trouble recognizing bike lanes, but at least they’ve recognized the problem before bad things happened.
    Besides the threat of our robot overlords, there are always plenty of things to get us on the bike over the holidays and into the New Year…

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Uber admits its self-driving cars have trouble with bike lanes – While we’d love nothing more than being able to sit back and let the car do the driving while we post more goodness on Bikerumor, the challenges to full robotic chauffeurs remains. Uber’s self driving test fleet apparently has trouble recognizing bike lanes, but at least […]

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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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Gear Roundup: Bikepacking bags & tent, frame protection, tool wraps, MTB bells & more!

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Acepac is a newer brand of bike packing gear from Czech Republic with a solid collection of frame bags and this ultra simple tent shell that uses you and your mate’s bikes to create structure. Prefer higher ground? They make a hammock, too. Check out the collection along with a lot more killer pieces of gear below…

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Acepac is a newer brand of bike packing gear from Czech Republic with a solid collection of frame bags and this ultra simple tent shell that uses you and your mate’s bikes to create structure. Prefer higher ground? They make a hammock, too. Check out the collection along with a lot more killer pieces of […]

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Are custom painted cycling shoes the next big hit?

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It used to be that you had to win at least a stage in the Tour de France, or maybe your national championship to get a truly customized pair of cycling shoes. Sure you could always buy a fully custom pair of shoes from someone like Bont Cycling or D2 Shoe for some inordinate amount of money, but even then you were more limited to crazy patterns and bright colors. But recently paired with the rise of quality, slick finished microfiber uppers and coinciding with the renaissance of the lace-up led by Giro, cycling shoes have gotten a lot more colorful. And with all of those choices now there are actually people out there who will customize your shoes for you, whether it is a partner with some talented paint skills, a neighborhood kid with some Sharpies, or a proper graphic designer with a steady hand. Check out a bunch of styles after the break…

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It used to be that you had to win at least a stage in the Tour de France, or maybe your national championship to get a truly customized pair of cycling shoes. Sure you could always buy a fully custom pair of shoes from someone like Bont Cycling or D2 Shoe for some inordinate amount […]

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Rampage into the holidays with Red Bull & NBC this weekend

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courtesy Red Bull, photo by Christian Pondella

Sitting around spending time with your loved ones, hiding off on your own to wrap some last minute presents, or even sneaking away to get in some last-minute shopping the day before Christmas. Why not drop that holiday madness, crack open a tall boy of egg nog and watch a bunch of crazies impressive & fearless athletes as they took on this year’s 11th annual Red Bull Rampage? For this who missed it back in November, NBC is reliving the Rampage in a rebroadcast this Saturday afternoon as part of their Red Bull Signature Series. Sure you can dig up who won on the interwebs, but no spoilers here. Instead sit around the boob tube with your family for 90 minutes trying to explain to them that this is totally normal, pretty much the same thing you do on a mountain bike and they should come join you for a ride once it warms up a bit. Catch a glimpse of the flippin’ maddness after the jump…
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Sitting around spending time with your loved ones, hiding off on your own to wrap some last minute presents, or even sneaking away to get in some last-minute shopping the day before Christmas. Why not drop that holiday madness, crack open a tall boy of egg nog and watch a bunch of crazies impressive & fearless athletes […]

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Oh Suzi Q, new Rocky Mountain carbon 27.5 fat bike won’t leave you blue

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Rocky Mountain’s new line of fast moving fat bikes aims to turn the notion of slow, slogging wide rubber on its head. Instead of thinking of fat as being able to drop tire pressures imaginably low to creep over loose sand & rocks and crawl through deep mud & snow, the 2017 Rocky Mountain Suzi Q carbon fat bike that we first glimpsed back at Eurobike is reimagined as a lightweight carbon (or alloy) all-mountain hardtail with a narrow Q-factor and short chainstays that can still squeeze in wide tires. That makes it as agile on singletrack as it is capable on loose terrain. Its key is dropping the 26″ fat tire standard and working with a new 27.5×3.8″ wheel/tire combo that gives all the upsides of the smaller wheels with a lot of other benefits. Maybe snow is where 27.5+ is going next…

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Rocky Mountain’s new line of fast moving fat bikes aims to turn the notion of slow, slogging wide rubber on its head. Instead of thinking of fat as being able to drop tire pressures imaginably low to creep over loose sand & rocks and crawl through deep mud & snow, the 2017 Rocky Mountain Suzi Q carbon fat bike […]

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Mountain Bike Roundup: Old school, new school & make ya drool

1997 Centurion No Pogo full suspension mountain bike

The Centurion No Pogo won “Bike of the Year 1997” from a German magazine. It came race ready with a Shimano XT triple and V-brakes, Rockshox Indy SL and rear coil shock and my personal favorites of the era, the IRC Mythos tires. My, how times have changed. Check it out, and some much, much more modern carbon full sussers for everything from Marathon to Enduro to XC race, below…

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The Centurion No Pogo won “Bike of the Year 1997” from a German magazine. It came race ready with a Shimano XT triple and V-brakes, Rockshox Indy SL and rear coil shock and my personal favorites of the era, the IRC Mythos tires. My, how times have changed. Check it out, and some much, much […]

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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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Weekend Videos: Jordie Lunn Rough AF, Kendall-Weed’s Telluride off-season & Fairclough’s Deathgrip teaser

Long time freerider & Kali athlete Jordie Lunn has been hard at work sending it deep into the wilderness of Vancouver Island. Fresh lines and sometimes no lines, not many people are out pushing it like Jordie. You really don’t see guys out backflipping long travel bikes in the woods that much. Good thing he’s got a helmet sponsor. “I built all these lines last winter and into this spring. Summer was coming up quick and I wanted to get shooting but couldn’t find anyone available to work with me. So I started going out and riding the lines, just testing mainly, shooting GoPro POV and still angles with my DSLR. The end result was this edit…pretty rough, not the most professional, but some fun lines on Vancouver Island.”

Flip past the jump for more with Jeff Kendall throwing it down in the Colorado mountains, and then a glimpse of Brendan Fairclough and Clay Porter pairing up for Deathgrip to come..

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Long time freerider & Kali athlete Jordie Lunn has been hard at work sending it deep into the wilderness of Vancouver Island. Fresh lines and sometimes no lines, not many people are out pushing it like Jordie. You really don’t see guys out backflipping long travel bikes in the woods that much. Good thing he’s […]

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