Garmin Brings Power To MTB Pedals

by editors on March 28, 2021

For those of us who ride mountain bike pedals ALL THE TIME, the new Garmin Rally XC200 power meters solve a power problem we’ve had for a while: double-sided SPD power with left and right metrics. Here, look at all the specs that Garmin is so proud about:

Rally power meters have undergone rigorous testing to increase reliability. Featuring a superior design with sensors housed inside, these sleek pedals install like any pedal. And they’re quick to transfer between bikes. . . In addition to total power and cadence, Rally XC200 measures much more. These metrics help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, so you can work to improve. . . Measure power from your left leg versus power from your right leg to get a better look at how symmetrically you’re producing power. . . Track the amount of time you spend in each position, and gauge position effectiveness. . . From road to gravel to cyclocross and much more, keep riding year-round with a transferable spindle that can be installed in the Rally™ RS/Rally RK road pedal body kits (each sold separately).

The pedals are for sale (in limited quantity) on the Garmin site right now and will only set you back $1,199 at the most (or $699 for one side). The pedals come in Shimano SPD, Look KEO, and Shimano SPD SL flavors and the pedals (can be swapped on the spindles). They really have thought of everything. (Pedal tops sold separately.)

[Link: Garmin]

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JoJé Bar Sold To RoadRunner Holdings

by editors on March 18, 2021

Since starting JoJé Bar in 2016, Founder and CEO Jess Cerra’s mission has been to create a line of energy bars baked with real-food ingredients that strikes the perfect balance of taste and nutrition.

While the bars fulfilled this quest – delivering some of the best-tasting bars on the market by being baked like a home-cooked style soft cookie, while providing easy-to-digest nutrients and sustained energy for athletes and active people – Cerra was also trying to find a way to balance all of her life’s goals and ambitions, from being a founder and CEO, to a professional chef and instructor, a professional gravel cyclist and event organizer, as well as a journalist and TV correspondent.

Today Cerra was able to take a step toward finding that balance as RoadRunner Holdings LLC announced the addition of JoJé Bar to its portfolio of athlete-focused active nutrition brands. Cerra will become the Vice President of Product and Community Development for RoadRunner, working alongside RoadRunner Holdings CEO Mac Tillman.

For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Swenson Reclaims White Rim Trail FKT

by editors on March 16, 2021

Keegen Swenson gets it done on Moab’s White Rim Trail.

The White Rim Trail in Moab is a famed 100-mile loop in Canyonlands National Park. In 2019 the record was set, the “Fastest Known Time” on a bicycle was under 6hrs. This is no easy task for any human, the loop stretches across the vast canyonlands carved by the Colorado River. It’s full of a colorful landscape that has eroded into countless canyons, mesa’s, and arches. This makes for a daunting task on a self-supported bike adventure. Current US Cross Country National Champion Keegen Swenson once had the infamous FKT on the White Rim trail but recently lost it. Since losing it Keegan has made it a priority of his to return and reclaim the FKT.

Sorry, Pete!

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Pocket Outdoor Media Goes Outside

by editors on February 22, 2021

Pocket Outdoor Media, the umbrella company that owns VeloNews, Backpacker, SKI, Climbing, and many other media properties, (we wrote all about them here) announced today (February 22, 20121) the purchase of Outside, parent company of Outside Magazine, Outside TV, Peloton Magazine and the rest from owner Larry Burke for an undisclosed sum, according to a story on Pocket Media’s SNews.com.

“Adding these businesses to our portfolio and rebranding Pocket is a transformative moment for us,” says Robin Thurston, CEO of the all-new Outside. “Together with our other category-leading properties—SKI, Yoga Journal, Backpacker, Trail Runner, VeloNews, Climbing, Warren Miller Entertainment, Roll Massif, FinisherPix, SNEWS, and more—these brands make our new company the world’s leading creator of active living content, experiences, travel, and services. We now deliver content to almost every home in America across every platform, screen, and device.”

Is consolidation good? When it keeps your favorite brand alive it may be. And with this purchase, the newly renamed Outside seems to have saved a bundle of brands from certain death. So, yay, Outside!

[Link: SNews.com]

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POC’s New Solar Helmet & Light

by editors on February 16, 2021

The problem with most technology is that it needs to be charged. We haven’t jumped to DI2 because, well, we don’t need another bit of kit that needs to be plugged in to an outlet before we can ride. We forget to charge stuff all the time and even our friends who claim their electronic shifting systems rarely need to be charged have stumbled home locked in one gear more often than they like to admit.

POC, the Swedish helmet manufacturer has partnered with Exeger, another Swedish company to create a helmet with a light on the back that is charged by solar panels on the helmet. Yes, it’s lot of tech for a blinky light on the back, but the concept is more interesting than just a helmet. It’s a piece of technology that requires electricity, yet, never needs to be plugged in and that is pretty cool. Here’s how POC spins it.

POC is proud to introduce the Omne Eternal, the world’s first self-powered cycling helmet which integrates Powerfoyle, an innovative light-harvesting material, which can convert any light source, indoor or outdoor, into electrical power. . . To enhance a rider’s safety on the road, the Omne Eternal features an automatic and self-powered light, which never needs charging with a cable or activation from an on or off switch. Safety and light from clean, endless energy.

If having a light on your helmet that you don’t need to charge EVER is something you find interesting, the please, follow the jump for all the official details.

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Quick n’ Dirty Winter MTB Series

by editors on January 25, 2021

We know you’re clamoring to tie on a number and get dirty and on Saturday, January 30, 2021 you can. It’s race one of the Quick n’ Dirty Winter Series! at Barona Oaks MX in Lakeside, California. Q n’ D is presenting three weeks of racing on a hand built course that organizer claim will “will blow you away.” There’s even a drop-bar category for the CX/gravel types. Here’s the official word:

The Winter Series will mimic our world famous Summer Series in that the races will be about an hour long and of course we have categories for all ages and abilities. Also, we’ll kick everything off with a kids race so make sure to bring the groms so they can get in on the fun too!
Here’s all the important info!
Kids race rolls off @ 8:30am, categories racers fire out at 9am
On site registration from 7am to 8:40am
The trails are in pristine condition and we will race RAIN OR SHINE!
Food and coffee on site thanks to Conchita Bros!
$5 for parking – cash is king!

 For directions, registration, and all the official details, please click the link.

[Link: Quick & Dirty MTB]

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Mark Partain: Skater Joins Loose Riders

by editors on January 6, 2021

Skater Mark Partain is joining the Loose Riders family and moves his shred from four wheels to two. Even at 57 it doesn’t appear that Mark’s even begun to think twice, or slow down.

[Link via Vital MTB]

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HUF + Cult = BMX Cruiser Heaven

by editors on December 10, 2020

Looks pretty good, huh?

A collab 25 years in the making. Featuring a custom HUF Cruiser bike and apparel capsule with renowned BMX brand CULT.

If you want one, click the link. The bike is $600. They made some pretty nice shirts to go along with it and they cost $38. Check it. You’re welcome.

[Link: HUF]

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Garmin’s New, Analog Tacx Trainer

by editors on December 9, 2020

For those who just don’t need or want all the virtual training bells, whistles, and attached appliances, Garmin has a new (almost retro in its simplicity) Tacx Boost indoor, mostly analog trainer.

A powerful magnetic brake allows cyclists to apply resistance, or lighten it, to get the most of their indoor ride. . . Cyclists can ride anywhere –there’s no need for an external power source. Setting up the Boost is easy –with just two simple clicks, cyclists can start riding. What’s more, the multifunctional front wheel support ensures a natural cycling position while riding and serves as a handle to carry the trainer.

In other words, this thing is straight out of 1986, with a few design upgrades. The Boost is selling right now for $299.99. Which seems kind of high for what they are offering, but if you like the looks of the Boost, please follow the jump for all the official details.

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Stetina, Rockwell vs. The White Rim Trail

by editors on November 11, 2020

For those who love the 100 mile Strava segment: Peter Stetina and Amity Rockwell, roll out to see if they can be the king and queen of Moab’s White Rim Trail. Did they make it? Watch and see.

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