Best Young Riders, Worst TOC Jerseys

by editors on April 27, 2017

TAG Heuer rolled out their jerseys for the Amgen Tour of California’s best young riders and they have to be the ugliest jerseys we’ve ever seen for a world tour event. Designed by “art provocateur Alec Monopoly” the jerseys feature a chaotic spattering of spray can squirts and TAG logos that looks like, well high viz scribbling. Here’s how TAG explains it:

Though cycling and art are seemingly dissimilar, these pursuits have universal appeal as movement and creation are both fundamental instincts, regardless of country, background or age. TAG Heuer specializes in uniting divergent worlds, creating disruptive moments that highlight the avant-garde nature of the brand.

We can say one thing: it’s no real surprise that the jersey’s designer wears a mask. For the official word from the Tour of California, please follow the jump.

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Garmin Lights It Up With Varia UT800

by editors on April 26, 2017

Garmin’s smartlight system gets an urban/trail boost with the new Varia UT800. The new light has five modes and is visible during the day from one mile away. And when you run it with a new Edge cycling computer Garmin says it will “automatically adjust its beam intensity based on speed and changing light condition.”

“As leaders in cycling technology, we are excited to introduce the Varia UT800 to our line of innovative Varia cycling awareness products,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “With five different light modes, whether riding on the streets or the trail, the Varia UT800 smart headlight shines brighter for longer allowing cyclists to ride with greater confidence.”

We’ve ridden with an earlier version and it worked well. For the official word (and a photo) from Garmin, please follow the jump.

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Patagonia’s CEO Speaks For The Trees

by editors on April 26, 2017

In a presidency that becomes more absurd with each day, the Trump administration is now moving to review all of the United State’s National Monuments and Patagonia’s CEO Rose Marcario doesn’t like it one bit. She says:

Our National Monuments were established after extensive public input because they provide unique and irreplaceable cultural, ecological, economic and recreational value worth protecting for our children and our grandchildren. As stewards of America’s federal public lands, the Trump administration has an obligation to protect these most special wild places. Unfortunately, it seems clear they intend to do the opposite.

In a statement released today (Wednesday, April 26, 2017) Marcario urges everyone who loves America’s public lands to contact their members of Congress and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to “express outrage at the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back National Monument protections.” For the official statement from Marcario, please follow the jump.

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Garmin + SmartThings = Home Control

by editors on April 19, 2017

Now, your Garmin GPS cycling watch can to more than just log milage, count steps, and answer your phone. Coupled with Samsung’s SmartThings enabled devices and an app, your Connect IQ compatible Garmin Forerunner 935 could unlock your front door, turn on your lights, even get your coffee started. . . interesting, huh? For more on the app, click the link.

[Link: Garmin]

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Mazda Quick N Dirty Coming In June

by editors on April 13, 2017

Southern California’s world famous Quick n Dirty twilight mountain bike race series is swapping things up for 2017. This year, the first race will be held June 1, 2017 at North County’s Lake Hodges Boat Ramp. Races will continue each Thursday night through June and then take a break for July then return again in August creating two separate blocks of racing. Here’s how it works:

We’ll compile points from each race and award a champion of the 1st and 2nd block of racing.  You must race 3 of the 4 races in the block to qualify for the respective championship. . . For the Grand Champion, we’ll compile the points from each of the 2 racing blocks and give a way a snazzy Grand Champion jersey and special prizes to the overall winner in each category.

Come out this year because you never know who you’ll be racing with. It could be former World MTB Champ Ned Overand, AMA motocross hall of famer Johnny O’Mara, or even Bones Brigade skateboarding legend Steve Cabellero. For all the official details, click the link. If you already know and just want to register, click here.

[Link: Quick n Dirty MTB]

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Peter Sagan Naked In The Shower

by editors on March 30, 2017

We’ve no doubt that Oleg Tinkov asked two-time world champion Peto Sagan to do a lot of insane stuff during his time on the team, but we’re not sure that any of it was worse that what Hansgrohe USA is making Peto do in support of their self-proclaimed “cleverly named” Shower With Like A Pro sweepstakes.

We were hoping that one of the prizes would be showering with Peto, or at least getting one of his sweaty kits, but no, the prizes are a shower head and/or a trip to Sacramento, California for stage one of the Amgen Tour of California. Damn!

If a winning a trip to SacTown is something that you’re interested in, then by all means click this link and visit Hansgrohe’s Facebook page while we kick back and laugh a little longer at super sexy Peto in the shower. . .

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Very Nice Socks From Velocio

by editors on March 21, 2017

Velocio says they are putting their best foot forward with these new socks.

Velocio socks are ultralight weight and designed for riding. Ultrafine polyamide yarns with a touch of Lycra for the perfect fit, and with new looks and colors to bring the perfect pop to a ride.

If you agree, please click the link and you can snap up a few for yourself. Seriously, it’s that easy.

[Link: Velocio]

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Cycling Can Save The World Here’s How

by editors on March 21, 2017

In a new book titled How Cycling Can Save the World Guardian writer Peter Walker discusses the ways in which getting more people on bicycles can make the world a better place. Reducing smog and traffic and improving health are obvious, but Walker goes much deeper into the subtle ways cycling can improve nearly everything about urban life. 

In a world dominated . . . by bikes, people can amble, children can play, fresh air can be breathed, conversations can be heard, all without our omniscient, noisy, smelly, lethal modern-day plague,” Walker says. “Cyclists are recognizably human, traveling at human-scaled speeds. As a benefits to urban living, that can hardly be overstated.

How Cycling Can Save the World goes on sale April 4, 2017. To order it, please click here. For a short interview with the author, please follow the jump.

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40th Anniversary TD Five Boro Bike Tour

by editors on March 8, 2017

On May 7, 2017 the TD Five Boro Bike Tour rolls though New York City for the 40th time to raise funds for bike education.

As New York City continues its efforts to make transportation safer, healthier, more sustainable, more equitable, and otherwise more sensible for residents and visitors alike, the nonprofit organization Bike New York is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its landmark achievement in cycling advocacy and education: the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI, taking place May 7th.

This year 32,000 cyclists will roll the closed streets of New York City in what has become the largest bike ride in America. For the official word please follow the jump or click here.

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Patagonia’s First Down Sleeping Bag

by editors on March 3, 2017

We know what you’re thinking: hasn’t Patagonia been made sleeping bags for years? We thought that too, but in fact they haven’t. . . until now with the  800 Down Sleeping Bag. 

“After years and years of making one-off sleeping bags for ourselves and people heading out on select trips, we wanted to share what we’ve learned with the greater outdoor community,” said Jenna Johnson, Patagonia’s sr. director, technical outdoor. “Our team built on a deep knowledge of insulation design and thought through every aspect of these sleeping bags, offering our customers a highly crafted, super functional bag option. Sleeping bags are such a crux part of our kit, and they become like a partner as we go out to explore and see new places. I’m very proud of our work and excited to offer these products to our customers.”

Nothing makes sleeping in your car more comfortable than a good mummy bag. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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