Found: Bike Trainer Tape offers stick on protection for pricey treads?

It’s peak trainer season for most of us, and if your bike is mounted up your tires are at risk. Stationary trainers put a lot of wear and tear very quickly into your rear tire because the drum has to be forced tightly into the tire to prevent slipping, and you’re riding in the same spot of the tire the entire time. For most of us, that leaves three options – just deal with accelerated wear to your tires and replace them at the start of the season, mount up one of your old tires to a spare wheel, or go full out with a dedicated trainer wheel and trainer tire which are said to offer better grip on the drum.

Apparently, there’s now a fourth option which involves tape. Yes, Bike Trainer Tape is an adhesive protective layer that is meant to be applied directly to your tire with claims of keeping those pricey tires in good shape…

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It’s peak trainer season for most of us, and if your bike is mounted up your tires are at risk. Stationary trainers put a lot of wear and tear very quickly into your rear tire because the drum has to be forced tightly into the tire to prevent slipping, and you’re riding in the same […]

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Zwift Mobile app out of beta and onto iOS devices for easier virtual training

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We’re in the middle of a trainer renaissance thanks to technology. What used to be an unbearable method of off season punishment for only the most dedicated cyclists, has turned into a sociable video game with real world benefits.  Zwift wasn’t the first company to peddle virtual training, but their integration of the social element has seemingly struck a chord with many cyclists who are taking to trainers due to weather, time constraints, or simply looking for more structured training.

Zwift started as a data heavy computer program that meant you were forced to have a semi permanent trainer set up, or spend a good deal of time setting up for each session. Now, with the introduction of the mobile app, you can be up and running in no time, no matter where you are…

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We’re in the middle of a trainer renaissance thanks to technology. What used to be an unbearable method of off season punishment for only the most dedicated cyclists, has turned into a sociable video game with real world benefits.  Zwift wasn’t the first company to peddle virtual training, but their integration of the social element […]

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Boardman Performance Centre moving forward in Worcestershire with cycling wind tunnel & rider testing

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Just over a year ago we got wind of the new Performance Centre which Boardman Bikes was working on, in early planning stages at that time. Intended to be both a new R&D headquarters for the bike company built around a cyling-specific wind tunnel, but also a testing center for regular cyclists, Boardman tells us they’ve received planning permission for construction and can now share where it will be located. The Valley Evesham, a retail park in Worcestershire, will play host for the new test center, putting it in the heart of England, an hour south of Birmingham and two hours northwest of London, with easy access by rail & car. The aim has always been to make advanced testing more accessible to the regular cyclist, so it’s good to see the project moving forward. More info, including its expected opening date after the break…

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Just over a year ago we got wind of the new Performance Centre which Boardman Bikes was working on, in early planning stages at that time. Intended to be both a new R&D headquarters for the bike company built around a cyling-specific wind tunnel, but also a testing center for regular cyclists, Boardman tells us they’ve received planning permission for […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Zach’s Wish List

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Inevitably, this time of the year rolls along all too soon. Before I know it, it’s time to get together with friends and family to celebrate the season, and I’m left wondering where the year went. I suppose that’s a sign of a great year – when you’re busy enough that things seem to fly by. For me, 2016 was a particularly interesting year. January was off to a rough start as I recovered use of my left arm, but the year’s events progressed in nearly perfect fashion to help get me back on the bike, and back feeling healthy.

Just having a crash-free and healthy 2017 will be enough for me, but that wouldn’t make much of a wish list. Fortunately, there was no shortage of great products, incredible experiences, and riding with friends all over the world this year.

Experience

There were a lot of great experiences this year that I was fortunate enough to take part it, but one stood out. Combining incredible riding with one of the most iconic races in cycling, getting to experience the abridged version of Paris Roubaix is something I’ll always remember. Just riding on the infamous cobble sectors alone is enough to make any cyclist drool, but combining it with a roll out from the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen in Oudenaarde, Belgium and finishing the ride with a few laps of the actual Velodrome de Roubaix was incredible. Of course, it didn’t hurt that I was there to ride a new $10,000 Specialized Roubaix with perfect weather. While this was part of a press launch, there are plenty of cycling tourism outfits that offer trips with similar itineraries so you can get the full Roubaix experience.

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Inevitably, this time of the year rolls along all too soon. Before I know it, it’s time to get together with friends and family to celebrate the season, and I’m left wondering where the year went. I suppose that’s a sign of a great year – when you’re busy enough that things seem to fly […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Stay safe and rep Bikerumor with our custom Crashtag – It’s only been about a week and a half since we introduced you to Crashtag’s laser etched titanium bottle opener and emergency contacts tag. But in that time we’ve gotten our customized tag designed and set up in their shop. Now you too can join us in staying safe with a bit of Bikerumor reader representation out on the road & trail. Order yours over at Crashtag.me/BIRU and crack a cold one open for us for the weekend…

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Stay safe and rep Bikerumor with our custom Crashtag – It’s only been about a week and a half since we introduced you to Crashtag’s laser etched titanium bottle opener and emergency contacts tag. But in that time we’ve gotten our customized tag designed and set up in their shop. Now you too can join us […]

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Almost time to be Braver Than The Elements & tackle the Festive 500 with Rapha

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It’s cold where we are in Central Europe, and we’ve sill got a couple more weeks of losing daylight everyday. This time of year it can be harder and harder to stay motivated to ride, so we relish in the fact that other like-minded cyclists are out and using peer pressure to keep everyone riding. While some of our local riding buddies have effectively thrown in the towel for regular outside rides a few of the dedicated group are sticking it out. And it is sometimes even social media campaigns like Rapha’s Braver Than The Elements and Festive 500 that keep us pedaling circles. Braver Than The Elements aims to build on the midsummer success of the Women’s 100 to get those hardcore women out and on the bike on Dec 18. The Festive 500 on the other hand is the latest edition of the Strava-fueled challenge to end 2016 with a band and burn off all of those Christmas cookies and glasses of egg nog in time to start the New Year fresh. If you are ready to stick it out and put in some winter saddle time, spin past the break for details on how to join in, and find others doing the same thing…

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It’s cold where we are in Central Europe, and we’ve sill got a couple more weeks of losing daylight everyday. This time of year it can be harder and harder to stay motivated to ride, so we relish in the fact that other like-minded cyclists are out and using peer pressure to keep everyone riding. […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Falco pairs and e-bike with Zwift for outdoor riding & indoor training – OK, let’s get thee-bike love out of the way first. Many don’t love e-bikes. OK that was easy. Now look a bit closer at this. Falco realized that they could take advantage of having that motor on the bike and pair it with interactive online training sites like Zwift for indoor training. It’s a simple system, essentially a stand alone wheel. Pop it in your bike for pedal assist commuting without working up too much of a sweat, then clamp it down in your regular trainer at home and control & sync it online via its smart phone app. Details are still a bit thin as this is going to officially debut in January 2017, but the concept actually seems pretty cool. FalcoEMotors.com

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Falco pairs and e-bike with Zwift for outdoor riding & indoor training – OK, let’s get thee-bike love out of the way first. Many don’t love e-bikes. OK that was easy. Now look a bit closer at this. Falco realized that they could take advantage of having that motor on the bike and pair it with interactive […]

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It’s about time! MOSKITO smartwatch doubles as a stylish bike computer

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Moskito smartwatch, on top cap

If there’s one thing most bike computers don’t offer, it’s style that you’d actually want to put on your wrist. MOSQUITO, the all-in-one analog smartwatch and speedometer, has been in development for three years by a group of Swiss engineers, designers and frame builders who clearly have an eye for aesthetics.

The MOSKITO is essentially a chronograph watch with a slew of bike computer functions built in including a speedometer, odometer, the ability to set personal challenges, receive call, email or text reminders, and more. All of these functions are crammed into a classy looking Swiss-made watch head that can easily be removed and worn on your wrist too…
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If there’s one thing most bike computers don’t offer, it’s style that you’d actually want to put on your wrist. MOSQUITO, the all-in-one analog smartwatch and speedometer, has been in development for three years by a group of Swiss engineers, designers and frame builders who clearly have an eye for aesthetics. The MOSKITO is essentially […]

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Pioneer power meters for Campagnolo, FSA & Cannondale now shipping, MTB coming in December

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Pioneer continues to show they’re serious about cycling by announcing models for Campagnolo, FSA and Cannondale road cranksets, plus options for Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace, XT and XTR models.

The upgrade to working with the latest Dura-Ace R9100 comes as no surprise since Pioneer sponsors several top pro teams and athletes. That one, along with versions for the Campagnolo alloy cranks, is now shipping in both single and dual leg versions. The Cannondale SiSL2 and Si cranks will come in left-side only options for now and are also shipping. Pricing without the crank arms is $499 for single leg and $999 for dual. Single leg measurement comes from the left crank arm and can be upgraded to add right leg at a later date.

The FSA SL-K carbon road version and mountain bike versions will start shipping in December for Trail XT and XTR cranks. That’s not all they showed at Interbike, though, check our coverage for a look at some prototype meters that capture data from the rest of your bike (and you).



Pioneer continues to show they’re serious about cycling by announcing models for Campagnolo, FSA and Cannondale road cranksets, plus options for Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace, XT and XTR models. The upgrade to working with the latest Dura-Ace R9100 comes as no surprise since Pioneer sponsors several top pro teams and athletes. That one, along with versions […]

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