February 2015

Moab Thaw Kicks Off 2015 Season

by editors on February 26, 2015


One of our favorite Moab bike shops, Poison Spyder Bicycles, is the title sponsor of Moab Thaw 2015. What is Thaw? It’s an early spring celebration to kick off another season of Moab mountain biking and it goes down March 6- 8, 2015.

Every year, we get together and shake the cold with a fun mountain biking event we call “Thaw”. Join us for rides, skills clinics, food, demos and of course parties! . . . Thaw is a great way to shake off winter and get your legs moving again with fun, friends, and great Moab riding.

The event features meet-ups, rides, parties, and demo ops of the latest gear from Shimano, Pivot, Ibis, Niner, Trek, SRAM, Kona and many more. Click here for the full schedule.

With nighttime lows for the weekend scheduled to be in the low 20s to 30s and highs during the days in 40s we’re not sure that “thaw” is the right word . But one thing is for certain — on this trip you won’t have another near death heat stroke experience on the Moab Brand Trails.

For all the details call (800) 635-1792 or just click the link.

[Link: Moab Thaw]


Garneau Paints $80K For Team Rwanda

by editors on February 24, 2015

Aside from the full line of cycling equipment Louis Garneau’s company creates, he is also a remarkable fine artist. Garneau recently put his talents to work to raise money for Team Rwanda.

Painting in a necessary outlet for me,” Garneau says. “It lets me express feeling and share life experiences. It is also a way for me to give back. Thus, faced with the sheer size of the help necessary to make a difference, I decided to paint the HOPE series, a collection of 12 paintings of which 4 have already been sold at the price of $20,000 each.”

Garneau then donated the money, $80,000 to the Rwanda National Cycling Team to help them “grow through their sport and continue the work of hope for the Rwandas who follow their feats and are able to dream.”


Japan’s Automated Bike Parking

by editors on February 19, 2015

Yeah, it seems a little like overkill, but just think how many bikes would be spared the humiliation of being stolen if they’d install one of these on every block in Manhattan.

[Link: Hypebeast]


Spring Kit Refresh: Aussie Edition

by editors on February 18, 2015

Five brands from the Land Down Under that will up your kit game

Photo courtesy of Black Sheep Cycling

Photo courtesy of Black Sheep Cycling


Australia may be best known for its unique animals and the Great Barrier Reef, but North American cyclists may be surprised to learn that it’s home to a multitude of small scale, fashion-driven bike apparel brands as well.

Maybe it’s the constant sunshine, temperate climate, and striking scenery, but Australian cyclists seem hellbent on wearing kits that stand out both on the road and while sipping an espresso.

Next time you find yourself bemoaning another day in your standby team kit, think about a refresh with a new kit from Pedal Mafia, Road And Dirt Apparel, Cream Cycling, STëLF Cycling, and Black Sheep Cycling. Follow the jump to see our favorites…

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Santa Cruz Stigmata’s Second Coming

by editors on February 18, 2015

Santacruz Stigmata

It’s been called “a cyclocross bike deserving of the Santa Cruz name,” but we’re just kind of giddy that Santa Cruz has resurrected the drop bars with a carbon framed, disc brake loaded all-around, all new Stigmata. Here’s how Santa Cruz is playing it:

We started the development of the new Stigmata a couple years ago, because we missed the old Stigmata, and felt that there was a lot we could do with carbon that we were unable to do with aluminum. At the same time, hydraulic disc brakes for road bikes were becoming a reality, meaning that we wouldn’t have to put up with ancient braking technology to get our drop bar on. . . The new Stigmata is versatile. It’ll fit 41mm-wide tires with room for mud, but handles nicely with skinny road tires for base miles. It’s also home to our first PressFit 30 bottom bracket. We didn’t make this decision lightly, but not only is PF30 capable of accommodating all road bike cranks, it allowed us to make the bike lighter while maintaining the strength and durability you expect from Santa Cruz.

Sounds like it might be our perfect N+1 bike: epic for cross, great for gravel, and just fine for road. Click the link for all the specs.

[Link: Santa Cruz Bicycles]


Untapped: Pure Maple Syrup Energy

by editors on February 17, 2015

The logic makes sense: if you’re just going to squeeze some goo into your mouth, why not squeeze some 100 percent pure Vermont Maple Syrup in? It’s got all the goods, tastes great, and grows in trees. And Ted King backs it, too. Untapped packages just that product. Click the link for more info.

[Link: Untapped]


SoCal’s Quick N’ Dirty Kicks Off Feb 22

by editors on February 13, 2015

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In SoCal and want to race your MTB next week (February 22, 2015)? The Quick n Dirty Series is the best fun race in Southern California. Here’s what’s up:

We’re just a little over a week away to the 2015 Quick n’ Dirty season and couldn’t be more excited to bring you a whole year’s worth of great racing at wonderful venues. . . . Our inaugural event this season will be held at historic Balboa Park just outside of downtown San Diego on Sunday February 22 and promises to give the racers a challenging, fun course that will even include racing across the famous Balboa Park velodrome. Racers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come out and race with us and we’ll even be kicking off the day with a kids race! It’s fun for the whole family!

Truth. Click the link for more info.

[Link: Quick n Dirty]