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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Eating to win: Training, Race, and Recovery Nutrition with Team Sky’s Dr. Morton and SIS Nutrition

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Ian Boswell fueling up at the top of the climb.

Are you eating for your best performance? That seems like a fairly simple question, but based on the latest science, the answer might surprise you. As cyclists, for years we’ve been told that carbs are king. Want to perform your best for your race tomorrow? Eat pasta the night before the race. But as it turns out, the balance between carbs, fat, and protein might be a bit different than you’ve been  taught. Not only the balance, but the timing for each group to obtain your peak performance.

All of this was the subject of a recent even put on by Science in Sport. As the chief nutrition sponsor of Team Sky, SIS plays a critical role in the performance of their star athletes like Chris Froome, but there’s a lot more to the story than gels and protein powder. Real food is just as important as prepackaged performance nutrition, but it’s also not as simple as eating healthy and bumping up the carbs for race day.

To ensure that their team performs at their peak, Team Sky brought in renowned sports nutrition expert, Dr. James Morton. A researcher at Liverpool John Moores University, Dr. Morton also lends his services to other sports including boxing, Premier League football teams, and MMA. While each of those sports have unique nutritional needs for athletes to perform their best, Dr. Morton says nutrition presents a uniquely important role in cycling, and in a way that is still evolving…

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Are you eating for your best performance? That seems like a fairly simple question, but based on the latest science, the answer might surprise you. As cyclists, for years we’ve been told that carbs are king. Want to perform your best for your race tomorrow? Eat pasta the night before the race. But as it […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Trek kicks off Women’s Expert Tech Course in Waterloo – This past week 11 women bike techs, along with industry partners SRAM, Shimano, RockShox, Bosch, and Fox, all came to gether with the Trek Certified Service team at their global HQ in Wisconsin for their first Women’s Expert Tech course. The six-day, scholarship-funded program is the third in a series of women’s-focused courses designed to provide growth opportunities and increase diversity within the cycling industry, with each of them heading back to their home shops with new Expert Technician certifications. TrekBikes.com

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Trek kicks off Women’s Expert Tech Course in Waterloo – This past week 11 women bike techs, along with industry partners SRAM, Shimano, RockShox, Bosch, and Fox, all came to gether with the Trek Certified Service team at their global HQ in Wisconsin for their first Women’s Expert Tech course. The six-day, scholarship-funded program is the third in […]

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2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge: Part Three – The Event

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Photo c. Taiwan Cyclist Federation

Continuing my story from Part One and Part Two, four o’clock in the morning on Friday, October 28, 2016, signified an early wake up to attend the fifth running of the Taiwan KOM Challenge starting in the beachside city of Hualien, Taiwan. I chowed down a modest breakfast as I made last minute checks of my bicycle and GoPro cameras, and loaded all of my nutritional goodies onto my person for the day. Was I ready? About as ready as a bloke who calls Gainesville, FL, home could be!

On the agenda was arguably the toughest paved climb on the planet. Approximately 10,700 feet (3,275 meters) of sustained climbing from sea level to the summit of Wuling. Somewhere along the climb is a short descent about 2.5 kilometres / 1.5 miles in length, but even with this taken into account, I was looking at over 80 kilometres / 50 miles of sustained climbing with nary any relief. Time to line up with 385 other cyclists and do my best… Continue reading “2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge: Part Three – The Event”



Continuing my story from Part One and Part Two, four o’clock in the morning on Friday, October 28, 2016, signified an early wake up to attend the fifth running of the Taiwan KOM Challenge starting in the beachside city of Hualien, Taiwan. I chowed down a modest breakfast as I made last minute checks of my […]

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You’re the motor on new Oreka treadmill cycling trainer

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Oren Training indoor cycling trainer treadmill

Want the most realistic road feel of any trainer out there? The new Oreka treadmill-style trainer could be just the ticket. Unlike a regular treadmill that’s moving the belt for you, the Oreka turns you into the motor and adds resistance to simulate climbing, acceleration, etc. It’s just that you’re turning the entire ground under you, not a little roller attached to the rear wheel.

The benefit is that you’re balancing the bike like normal, able to rock it back and forth for sprints, stand up naturally and generally act as though you’re outdoors. The platform also connects to a software simulation to makes it feel even more realistic, adjusting resistance based on the virtual landscape in front of you…

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Want the most realistic indoor cycling trainer experience? Forget rollers, Oreka puts a treadmill under your bike and makes you the motor!

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