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Emerald Cancels 2019 Interbike Show

by editors on December 7, 2018

As if bicycle retailing in general can get any worse Emerald Expositions, owners of among other things the Interbike and Outdoor Retailer trade shows announced on December 6, 2018 that they were canning the 2019 Interbike show in Reno.

Instead, the company will research alternative plans for 2020 and beyond, including the opportunity to launch events featuring bicycling and bike-related components within or alongside its various successful, multi-sport trade show franchises.

In other words, until Emerald Expositions figures out how to save their flagging business all bets are off. Likely, Interbike will be thrown in with one of the Outdoor Retailer/SIA Snow Shows in Denver, Colorado. This on the heels of their President and CEO David Loechner announcing a rather immediate departure from the company on November 1, 2018  doesn’t seem suggest that bright a future for the company nor trade shows in general. Follow the jump for the official word from Emerald.

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Garmin Launches Affordable Action Watch

by editors on October 11, 2018

It’s funny to think of Garmin’s new Instinct GPS adventure watch as “affordable” when it weighs in at $299, however compared the $799 fenix 5+ it’s a downright bargain. The Instinct, which comes in three colors (Graphite, Tundra and Flame Red) is bursting with G-shock flavor and features a new fiber reinforced polymer case shape that visually differentiates it from the fenix while still keeping the familiar five-button layout. It doesn’t have built-in mapping, music storage, or Garmin Pay like its big brother, but it will handle the cycling, running, hiking, and swimming (not that any of us swim) tracking just fine: cadence and speed with sensors (ANT+ or bluetooth) sure, power, nope. For the official word from Garmin, please follow the jump.

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Mueller-Korenek Blasts To Speed Record

by editors on September 25, 2018

It’s always cool when someone you ride with does something spectacular. What Denise Mueller-Korenek did on the Bonneville Salt Flats September 16, 2018 goes well beyond spectacular and into the mind-blowing zone. She blazed across Utah on a bike at 183.932 miles per hour. To understand how gnarly that is, watch the whole video. We know Denise had a tough year on the road, so it’s great to see her put it all together on the salt to became the fastest person on a bike ever. Congrats, Denise.

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2018 UCI Mountain Bike Worlds

by editors on August 30, 2018

The world’s best mountain bike athletes and the rising stars of the future generation will be competing for gold medals and rainbow stripes during the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz from September 5-9, 2018 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. That’s weekend after next. Ten athletes and one national team will be crowned as World Champions in front of tens of thousands of supporters

We’re not going, but it looks pretty, pretty good, doesn’t it? Watches, chocolate, and cheese? There are still tickets available if you’re on the continent. Click the link for more.

[Link: Lenzerheide 2018]

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Filthy 50 Registration Opening Soon

by editors on August 16, 2018

This fall don’t miss out on Southern California’s premiere long distance dirt ride as the Quick n’ Dirty Filthy 50 celebrates its fifth anniversary with a new course for 2018.

The 50 mile course is jam packed with plenty of distance, elevation and terrain to challenge even the most fit of MTBers. Plus, there’s a new lollipop section to the course that you’ll dig exploring as you hit the furthest reaches our scenic track. . . If you’re not up for the 50 mile challenge, jump in on the 30 mile version – a truncated trip out many of the same trails and you get back to the venue to enjoy the post party even sooner. Win, win!

Registration opens August 25, 2018 and the ride rolls on Sunday, October  28, 2018. Click the link for all the details.

[Link: Quick n’ Dirty]

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Wend Wax Goes Day-Glo

by editors on July 12, 2018

Second to the silky smoothness we get from a well waxed chain, we love the smell of Wend Wax. Rubbing it on our chains is like getting the fresh blasting breeze of speed. But now, our olfactory isn’t the only sense getting tickled. Nope. Wend Wax is serving up their rub-on chain lube in six new day-glo shades of visual bling: blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and pink.

“Our mission at WEND is to follow suit with the legacy of Wax Research—which means we’re all about creating unconventional formulas that work along with bringing products to market that no one has ever created before,” says company co-founder Ryan Dahl. “This collection isn’t just big for us at WEND, it’s exciting for the entire cycling community and we’re happy to introduce something unique and fun that works even better than it looks.”

Isn’t it about time you got waxed in matchy-matchy colors? We think so. Click here to buy some or follow the jump for all the official details.

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Vista Outdoor Selling Giro & Guns?

by editors on May 29, 2018

The Giro and Blackburn boycott may not need continue much longer if their parent company Vista Outdoor is successful in unloading all these brands along with their gun business. They’re apparently, trying according to a story on The Motley Fool.

Between outdoor products and shooting sports, Vista has grown to a company with some 50 brands in its portfolio, and when times were good, they helped create a diversified business that boosted its stock to record highs. But the past year-plus has not been kind to the gun market and supporting businesses, and Vista felt firearms no longer fit into its core strengths, because they will require large investments to turn them into a growth business.

Hmmm, who would want their cycling brands? Maybe Pon Holdings? They have BBB, but a little Giro/Blackburn/Bell, couldn’t hurt, right? Would be nice if someone could breathe some new life into them.

[Link: Motley Fool]

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Checkout Pivot’s New Trail 429

by editors on May 17, 2018

The semantic progression goes something like this. Mach429, Mach429 Trail, and now Pivot is putting Trail first with the Trail 429. Here’s what Pivot has to say about it:

We took the original Mach 429 Trail, completely reshaped the chassis and gave the bike a truly progressive geometry. The new Trail 429 is even more capable on technical terrain than its predecessor yet doesn’t sacrifice a thing in the quick and nimble departments. . . Effortless handling, incredible power transfer and blazing acceleration are what set the Trail 429 apart from so many other trail bikes.

Okay. We get it. It’s a 429 Trail. Exactly what most of the MTB riders we know are looking for. For all the details, click the link.

[Link: Pivot Cycles]

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The Ride For Rwanda Needs Volunteers

by editors on April 19, 2018

Orange County, California’s annual Ride For Rwanda mountain bike epic (April 28, 2018) can’t be done without hundreds of volunteers and organizers still need need more volunteers. That’s where you come in.

Ride for Rwanda is a Earth Moving experience delivering life through bike to African communities. An Army of Amazing Volunteers make it happen! You literally change the world by volunteering, or have family members and friends come join the fun. . . . Each of our volunteers gets the opportunity to impact the world, serve local cycling community, plus get free food, event t-shirt, and beer! (If you are 21 or older)

Currently needed are crossing guards, course guides, and a long list of other options for various times and locations. Seriously, free food, T-shirt, and beverages? Sounds like a deal you shouldn’t pass up not to mention the thrill you get helping out a great cause. For all the details, please click the link.

[Link: Ride For Rwanda]

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IMBA to Host Women’s Summit

by editors on February 22, 2018

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will host the first-ever IMBA UPRISING event to bring together female leaders in mountain biking from all over the country who are cultivating strong riding communities in their backyards. The event will take place March 22-25, 2018, in Bentonville, Arkansas.

UPRISING is two-and-half days of hands-on collaboration among dedicated, engaged and influential women in the sport to share, learn and ride together in beautiful Northwest Arkansas. The event will highlight the best women’s riding efforts happening across the country in a format designed to provide best practices, information, resources and networking opportunities centered around four guiding principles: Build, Ride, Learn and Engage. Join leading female trail builders, IMBA chapter presidents, ride leaders, coaches and advocates who are influencing an evolution in mountain biking.

For the official word from the IMBA, please follow the jump.

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