April 2015

Smith Beyond Walls: New Zealand, Part 1

by editors on April 29, 2015

Members of the Smith mountain bike team (including Joey Schusler, Lars Sternberg, Mike Hopkins, Rosara Joseph, Alex “KrunkShox” McGuinnis, and Carolynn Romaine) were reportedly sent to New Zealand to explore the south island, ride single track, destroy an RV, forge storms, and have run-ins with the local law. What was captured in this three part video series reveals a glimpse into their life on the road, though we’re not exactly sure what it means to “forge” a storm. Guess you’ll have to watch and find out.

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Spy’s Belgian Waffle Ride & Fitness Expo

by editors on April 21, 2015

Spy-2015-Bwr-Expo-Poster-FinalCarlsbad, California eyewear company Spy is holding its infamous annual Spy Belgian Waffle Ride and Fitness Expo this weekend on Saturday and Sunday April 25-26, 2015. For 2015 the entire 145 mile event is centered around the Lost Abby Brewery.

The ride itself takes place on Sunday, April 26th and once again, it will be surrounded a two-day bicycle and fitness expo, kicking off at The Lost Abbey brewery in San Marcos, CA, which is also where the start of the race will be. . . Now in its fourth year, the SPY BWR is a grueling 229-kilometer, multi-terrain cycling race that began as a tribute to the beautiful and taxing rides staged in Belgium each spring. The course includes 11,000 feet of arduous climbing through the unrelenting hills of San Diego County and includes a relentless barrage of mud, dirt, single-track and water crossings. . . The Expo will include multiple food trucks from Gear Grinder Grill as well as more than 30 performance and sports related exhibitors.. . More than $10,000 in prizes will be raffled off, including bikes from Giant, Felt, Masi, Haro, as well as prize packs from lululemon. . . The family friendly festivities will also include an astro jump and bouncy house for children in attendance.

If you like bikes (and/or beer) then the Spy Belgian Waffle weekend is just for you. Sadly, it is sold out but for more info, please click the link. Or click here for Bikeistan coverage of previous events.

[Link: Spy Belgian Waffle Ride]

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Garmin Goes Pro With New Cams

by editors on April 21, 2015

We liked the old Garmin Virb cameras for a couple reasons: they were streamlined, they rolled in GPS data easily, and they worked. Unlike our GoPro 3+ (which requires that the battery be removed up to five times before it will even turn on) the Garmin Virb had a switch — flip in and it was recording. The only problem was that the lipstickish shape of the Virb meant it was impossible to mount the camera on a chest strap. There were some other mounting issues as well. Garmin has changed all that with their new Virb XE action cameras. They’ve placed the camera in a similar form factor to the GoPro (conventional camera shape), but with all the Garmin bells and whistles. Truth is, this may be a favorite new action camera. We’ll let you know when we get to try one out.

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Enduro World Series Hecklers

by editors on April 21, 2015

This little clip from “Hecklers’ Corner” at the Crankworx Rotorua, New Zealand sums up pretty much everything we don’t understand about enduro racing (well, the knee pads make sense). But, we will say one thing: it looks fun to watch.

[Link: VitalMTB]

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Overtaken By Smith’s Road Helmet

by editors on April 21, 2015

After being completely sold on Smith’s Koroyd material in our Forefront mountain bike helmet, we’re looking forward to testing the new Overtake. It fits well, is very aero, and seems light. We’ll let you know after we put a few miles in under it.

[Link: Smith]

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Gamin Makes Pedal Power Even Easier

by editors on April 16, 2015

Garmin announced today (April 16, 2015) that they are upgrading their power tracking pedals the Vector and Vector S to the Vector 2 and Vector 2S.

Vector 2’s dual-sensing pedal-based power meter measures cadence, total power, left/right balance and displays cycling dynamics, revolutionary metrics that provide feedback to cyclists on their position and pedal form. With cycling dynamics users can tailor their training around specific weaknesses and strengths by viewing exactly where they are generating power throughout the pedal stroke. Cyclists can also view where force is being applied on the pedal itself to ensure proper cleat position, as well as when and how long they were seated versus standing during a ride to gauge position effectiveness.

The new Vector pedals also make transferring the power meters from bike to bike, much easier. Those who already own Vector pedals, don’t worry. There is an economic upgrade path that will get you rolling on the latest for $149.99 or less. And that sounds great. Now, if only they had a MTB pedal we’d be all set. 

For the official word from Garmin, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Fox’s New All Mountain/Trail Collection

by editors on April 2, 2015

What better way to check out Fox’s new All Mountain/Trail Collection than throwing it on Cam McCaul and Kirt Voreis and letting them rip their way through a couple trails.

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Getting A Road Bike Ready For Dirt

by editors on April 2, 2015

Don’t let anyone tell you that road bikes should only be ridden on the road. Truth is they’re quite capable of handling nearly anything you throw at them for a while. A 135 mile Belgian Waffle Ride might be a little much for some bikes, but if you’re going to ride or race on a little gravel there are a few things you can do to make that ride a little more enjoyable. Here Art’s Cyclery goes through some of the details.

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Patagonia’s Worn Wear Fixes Your Stuff

by editors on April 1, 2015

Here’s some decidedly not April Fools news. Patagonia is kicking off their Worn Wear Mobile Tour tomorrow April 2, 2015 in Ventura, California. They’re taking members of their Reno, Nevada warehouse repair staff on the road to fix your stuff for you for FREE.

The Worn Wear Wagon is a one-of-a-kind custom vehicle, created by artist/surfer Jay Nelson. The solar-powered camper shell is made from redwood salvaged from giant wine barrels and mounted on a ’91 Dodge Cummins fueled by biodiesel. The mobile repair shop, complete with an Industrial Juki sewing machine, will be open to anyone who brings in a garment, regardless of brand. The tour will aim to educate visitors about the philosophy behind Patagonia’s Worn Wear program, in addition to offering up some fun with food, drinks and live music.

If you have some gear that needs repairing follow the jump for a complete schedule of where the Worn Wear Wagon will be, and when. [click to continue…]

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How To Bake Skratch Cookies In A Hotel

by editors on April 1, 2015

It’s April 1, 2015 and it’s amazing how many companies decide that today is the day to release fresh, new, sometimes shocking entertainment information. Here Aaron from Skratch Labs shows just how easy it is to bake “real” cookies in a hotel room. And as they point out, “results may vary.”

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