September 2015

Wax On, Wax Off With Wend Waxworks

by editors on September 29, 2015

When we were kids we had a nerdy neighbor who was constantly in his parents’ garage mucking about with his old, steel, road bike (with fenders). He’d hand built a truing stand out of a pair of old Masi forks and it seemed he was always building new wheels, replacing spokes on old ones, or re-gluing sew ups.

One of the things that tripped us out most was when he would “wax” his chain. He’d use a small camp stove to heat up an old Folgers can filled with wax. We could smell it from across the street. Once the wax was totally liquid he’d lower his chain into it using a bent coat hanger. After removing the chain from its hot waxy bath he would hang it from the open garage door to dry. Being nosy neighbor kids we asked him, “Why do you put wax on your chain.” 

He said paraffin was the best chain lube there was. We didn’t argue, however, we also never tried it.

The reason we mention this is that Wend Waxworks (part of the Wax Research family of companies that includes popular surf wax Sticky Bumps) has launched the first ever “rub-on” wax based chain lube. 

That’s right. No camp stoves, no, bent hangers, and no old coffee cans, just a clean, twist up deodorant style applicator. Here’s what Wend is saying about it:

Wax‐On is quiet, quick, and clean. It is no secret that the most efficient chain lubrication method to date is immersing a chain into a vat of molten paraffin. However, this method is time consuming, temporary, and dangerous. WEND Waxworks set out to create a lube that would perform equal to or better than hot waxing and that would be easy to apply. After two years of development, the R&D at WEND has come up with Wax‐On. Wax‐On is a sophisticated paraffin based formula that includes proprietary friction reducers as well as proven lubricants such as Zinc and Teflon. The application is a cinch as the user simply rubs the wax onto the chains rollers, resulting in a race ready chain in seconds. Overall user satisfaction is high due to the ease of use, product cleanliness, and lubrication performance. We are confident once you make the change to WEND you will never look back.

We haven’t tried it yet, but the people we trust say it’s been working amazingly well. If you’d like to try some, click the link for more info. The Wend Chain Wax Kit retails for $30 and includes Wax-On, Wax-Off, and a micro fiber towel for making it all happen.

[Link: Wend Waxworks]


Phinney On Winning Team TT Worlds

by editors on September 21, 2015

BMC is no stranger to the world team time trail championships, but Taylor Phinney is. For those of us who thought Phinney would never race at a world class level again BMC’s team time trial win at the World Championships in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday, Septmber 21, 2015) was amazing news. From the sounds of it, Taylor doesn’t even know what to think of it yet, either. Congrats!


Save The Date: 2016 Belgian Waffle Ride

by editors on September 16, 2015

Bwr 2016The fifth running of the Belgian Waffle Ride will go down April 23-24, 2016 in San Marcos, California. Organizers say this will be the largest cycling extravaganza in Belgian Waffle Ride history, and participation numbers will be capped at 1,200 of the best from all over, including Olympians; World, National and State champions; professional and amateur cyclists; and surf, motocross and bike industry luminaries.

“The Belgian Waffle Ride presented by SPY was created as an homage to the storied history of bike racing in Belgium—a wonderful country considered to be the epicenter of the hardest one-day bike races in the world,” says Michael Marckx, CDO of Creative Disruption and creator of the event. “A tribute to the beautiful—and equally grueling—races staged in Belgium during the early spring, this year’s route will once again be different than all of the previous years with some new and sinuous gravel, dirt, and rocky sections, and more climbing than rural Belgium could offer, promising more fun, more pain and more opportunity for excuses than ever before. We hope to have at least 14 dirt sections, more than 11,000 feet of climbing and headwinds no matter which direction you ride.”

For a better look at the ride from the inside, check out this photo gallery. For the official word from Creative Disruption, please follow the jump [click to continue…]


Honey Stinger Add Gluten Free Organics

by editors on September 15, 2015

Deb42Bd8-B25B-4148-B11B-97Ee8E61F2Cd.PngHoney Stinger is getting all the buzz words covered in their latest performance fuel offerings. At Interbike the company is bringing out Gluten Free Organic Stinger Waffles and Protein Energy Chews. Yes, you read that right: “gluten free” and “organic.”

“We developed the line of Gluten Free Waffles in response to our most frequent customer request—to meet the nutritional needs of those avoiding gluten in training or dietary restrictions while maintaining the great taste of our original Stinger Waffles,” says Jennifer Shea, Honey Stinger national sales manager. “The addition of the Gluten-Free Waffles and the Protein Energy Chews not only strengthens our roster of nutritious and great-tasting, honey-based foods, they set us apart from all other nutrition brands. Customer and consumer demand for an additional Organic Energy Gel flavor also drove the launch of Mango Orange.”

Wonder if the Honey they use is “free range” honey? For the official word from Honey Stinger, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]


POC Lights Up Some Clothing

by editors on September 15, 2015

Swedish helmet company POC has partnered with Light Flex Technology to develop cycling clothing that lights up.

Light Flex Technology uses its new printed light technology which can be incorporated into any wearable to increase visibility. The patented technology is lightweight, flexible, washable and easily integrated. Light Flex Technology offers design flexibly since it can be printed in complex shapes and does not compromise comfort or aesthetics.

Not to second guess POC, but if we were designing clothing that lit up we’d probably put the lights on the outlines of the rider so people know what’s ahead of them. This floating blue dot on the cyclist’s lower back seems like it might confuse drivers more than alerting them. For the official word from POC, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Monster Media Rolls Up Spy Giant Ride

by editors on September 14, 2015


Last month, when news spread that Michael Marckx was stepping down as CEO of Spy eyewear the big question on Southern California competitive cyclists mind was “what will happen to the Spy Ride Giant cycling team?” Well, now we know.

According to a press release sent out today (September 14, 2015) the Spy Giant Ride team has merged with Monster Media Racing to become. . . well, Monster Media Racing. But there’s more: the Monster Media Racing Team will now be owned by and operated by MMR Sports Group, LLC which is, in turn, owned by Chris DeMarchi, Derric Swinfard, Phil Tinstman, and Michael Marckx.

Here’s what they’re saying:

The unification not only marks the most significant cycling team development in the region—the most competitive cycling arena in the country—it also paves the way for the strengthened team to both own the leader boards in all men’s and women’s road categories. In addition, and more importantly, the new team will serve as a marketing and distribution agency for the team’s sponsors across the country, where MMR has plans to launch with seven chapters in 2015 and grow to fifteen chapters by 2016.

“MMR will create opportunities for all stakeholders to enjoy the services and pursuits of the team as a marketing agency,” said Michael Marckx, former president/CEO of SPY and MMR Team Partner. “Our unique program is for both cyclists in pursuit of their athletic dreams and brands seeking new ways of communicating their brand messages while competing in the increasingly challenging cycling marketplace.”

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