Tour lesser known European mountain roads with Podia Roadventures in 2017

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We first met the man behind Podia a couple of years ago after he moved to Kraków, Poland and started blogging about cycling around Central & Eastern Europe, not far from our Prague office. In fact, I think I first ran into Max in Prague while he was doing some road riding adventure with the folks from Czech bike builder Festka. Well, Podia grew from a blog about riding culture to an online shop for nicely designed cycling kit, and now they’ve expanded once more.

Earlier this year Podia organized their first Roadventure travel trip for cyclists coming from all over Europe to experience the lesser traveled roads of the Tatra mountains on the Polish/Slovak border. That trip apparently was run as a feeler to test the response to an alternative option for fully-supported road touring, and the response was great. So, Podia is coming back in the first half of 2017 with two extended-weekend-long trips to the roads of the Tatras. I’ve spent a good bit of time in those mountains myself, and think they are one of the hidden treasure of Europe. Pricing for the small group trips seems reasonable and their adventure guide itineraries look interesting, so hop past the break and get the full details, plus a video preview…

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We first met the man behind Podia a couple of years ago after he moved to Kraków, Poland and started blogging about cycling around Central & Eastern Europe, not far from our Prague office. In fact, I think I first ran into Max in Prague while he was doing some road riding adventure with the folks from Czech […]

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Catching up with the Trail Boss: Jeff Lenosky takes on National, Gravitron, and Farlow Gap

While we’ve been busy traveling to and from trade shows and events, Jeff Lenosky has continued to clean some of the toughest trails in the country. Trail Boss is a video series that highlights the trails that are still a challenge, no matter how good you are – though Jeff does make most of it look pretty easy. Take National trail on South Mountain in Phoenix, AZ for example. There are sections of this trail that most riders couldn’t clean on their best day, but Jeff shows how it’s done. One challenging bit at a time…

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While we’ve been busy traveling to and from trade shows and events, Jeff Lenosky has continued to clean some of the toughest trails in the country. Trail Boss is a video series that highlights the trails that are still a challenge, no matter how good you are – though Jeff does make most of it […]

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Stair step over the Alps & slide down the other side with 8bar’s crit team

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Just a quick one here as we’ve seen the silly fixed gear antics from the 8bar crew before in their multi-day crossings of the Alps. But this year with their more organized (or at least better kitted out) crit racing team, they drove from their Berlin HQ down to Milan for the Red Hook Criterium at the start of October. The 8bar Team couldn’t resist pulling the van over as the hit the base of the Alps again to pedal up and over the Splügen Pass as they went from Switzerland across to Italy on their way to the Red Hook Criterium Milan 2016. Hop past the break to watch them huff it over the top, then skid precariously down the other side, as well as the official director’s cut from the race itself…

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Just a quick one here as we’ve seen the silly fixed gear antics from the 8bar crew before in their multi-day crossings of the Alps. But this year with their more organized (or at least better kitted out) crit racing team, they drove from their Berlin HQ down to Milan for the Red Hook Criterium […]

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Paul Set N’ Forget thru-axles now available

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Billed as the only American-made indexed internal-cam thru axle, Paul’s Set N’ Forget quick release look like they will make a solid upgrade for anyone looking for an alternative to the crunchy action of plastic external cam levers. They were developed as an alternative to the standard QR levers, initially to satisfy the needs of custom frame builders moving to more thru-axles, but have gotten a positive response from production bike owners who wanted something well-built and with a smoother action. With a 12 position head, they can be easily adjusted to line up where you want then inline with your fork or stays, and Paul offers them in a wide array of sizes to fit many frames and forks…

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Billed as the only American-made indexed internal-cam thru axle, Paul’s Set N’ Forget quick release look like they will make a solid upgrade for anyone looking for an alternative to the crunchy action of plastic external cam levers. They were developed as an alternative to the standard QR levers, initially to satisfy the needs of custom […]

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Karma has a glitch – GoPro is recalling all its drones

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After what seemed like a successful launch right around the time of Interbike, GoPro is likely facing tough times ahead. The company hedged their bets on the fact that a drone with GoPro DNA would be their next big thing, propelling them back into the spotlight. Now they are all being recalled. Worse yet, the recall comes after at least one extremely negative review, though most seem to be lukewarm at best. Even though we got a chance to look at the drone at Interbike, we were not given the chance to actually try it out, so we can’t comment on its real world performance.

The real problem though, isn’t negative reviews, but the fact that they seem to be falling out of the sky. Literally. Due to some sort of glitch, there have been a handful which seem to have flipped over mid-flight, only to plummet to earth. And since they’re essentially a flying camera…

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After what seemed like a successful launch right around the time of Interbike, GoPro is likely facing tough times ahead. The company hedged their bets on the fact that a drone with GoPro DNA would be their next big thing, propelling them back into the spotlight. Now they are all being recalled. Worse yet, the […]

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Canyon pairs with Relive to share rides & now win an Endurace CF SLX

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OK, so it was literally just yesterday that we introduced you all to Relive – the service that pulls your ride data from Strava and syncs photos and stitches them together to create a short video reliving your ride – kind of in the same style we see from some pre-race coverage of Grand Tour stages. But now we have just got word that bike maker Canyon has partnered with Relive to support the whole ‘share your adventure’ ethos, and as part of the deal they are giving away one of their new all-road endurance bikes to a lucky Relive user.

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OK, so it was literally just yesterday that we introduced you all to Relive – the service that pulls your ride data from Strava and syncs photos and stitches them together to create a short video reliving your ride – kind of in the same style we see from some pre-race coverage of Grand Tour stages. […]

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Share your ride with Relive, and your own adventure film movie.

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Another way to track your rides… a couple of Dutch guys went to ride the dramatic climbs and volcanic topography of the Canary Islands last year and came back wanting to share their adventure with more than just a line on a map and a couple of pics somewhere else, maybe on Instagram or Facebook. So they created an all new platform that works with the modular Strava API that pulls the data you collect with your GPS device and pairs it to a 3D mapped terrain model, then automatically adds in photos that you snap along the ride to create a movie highlighting your adventure. The process is incredibly simple once you link Relive & Strava. See how, and take a glimpse at one of the founder’s videos after the break…

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Another way to track your rides… a couple of Dutch guys went to ride the dramatic climbs and volcanic topography of the Canary Islands last year and came back wanting to share their adventure with more than just a line on a map and a couple of pics somewhere else, maybe on Instagram or Facebook. […]

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Video: Inner city shredding goes big with Downhill Taxco 2016 racing

Chris Van Dine, Antoine Bizet and Wil White lead the way through the urban downhill course in Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico. Yes, we would very much like to do this, and apparently lots of others do, too. 40,000 folks showed up to support the event, the final stop in the 2016 City Downhill World Tour series held this past weekend. Johannes Fischbach took the win, but you can check out Filip Polc’s second place run in first person POV below…

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Chris Van Dine, Antoine Bizet and Wil White lead the way through the urban downhill course in Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico. Yes, we would very much like to do this, and apparently lots of others do, too. 40,000 folks showed up to support the event, the final stop in the 2016 City Downhill World Tour series […]

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Ready for the second annual World Fat Freeride Championship?

I know what you’re thinking – there was a first annual World Fat Freeride Championship? Yes, there was. And it involved a 2 mile, 3,000 foot vertical descent from Thompson pass in the Chugach mountains near Valdez, Alaska. Apparently, the top speeds from practice were clocked at 44 mph. On a fat bike. Down a snow covered mountain without a real trail. The Chugach Fat Bike Bash also involves a number of fun activities – like jumping a bike into near frozen water. Just like every other bike fest, right? If you want to see the action or compete first hand, the second bash will be taking place from March 1-5, 2017. Head over to Levitation49 for details.



I know what you’re thinking – there was a first annual World Fat Freeride Championship? Yes, there was. And it involved a 2 mile, 3,000 foot vertical descent from Thompson pass in the Chugach mountains near Valdez, Alaska. Apparently, the top speeds from practice were clocked at 44 mph. On a fat bike. Down a snow […]

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