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Garmin Goes Solar With Edge 1040

by editors on June 8, 2022

Garmin’s big daddy, top-of-the-line cycling computer just got a solar update with the new Edge 1040 Solar.

Harnessing the power of the sun, the Edge 1040 Solar features a Power Glass™ solar charging lens, giving cyclists even more ride time between charges–up to 100 hours in battery saver mode –while multi-band GNSS technology provides more accurate GPS positioning in challenging ride environments, such as dense urban areas or under deep tree cover.

The Edge 1040 Solar is big and expensive. It retails for $749.99. This makes it a bike computer for people who really love big cycling computers. We’re still happy with our Edge 500 and a phone in our back pocket, but if you don’t mind the size and paying as much for a bike computer as you’d spend on an iPhone then the 1040 Solar might be right for you. For all the details click here, or follow the jump.

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Draplin Design Company + Smith Optics

by editors on June 1, 2022

Our favorite designer, the world famous teller of stories, layer downer of thick lines, and all-around epic human Aaron Draplin continues his partnership with Smith Optics with the addition of a cycling helmet collaboration. Same great Smith helmets, but with a head full of DDC flavor. Click the link to check out the collection.

[Link: Smith Optic]

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Quick n’ Dirty Summer Series Rolls on

by editors on May 23, 2022

The Summer Series is where it all started and to this event continues to be the staple of the Quick n’ Dirty vibe. You can expect a fun, fast, and challenging series of races that keeps you tuned up, doesn’t break your wallet, and in most cases, gets you home in time for dinner. However, we will have food vendors on site if you want to kick back, relax, and grab a bite to eat at the race.

You’ve got five more chances to race. Click the links below to sign up!

WHEN:
RACE #4: May 26, 2022 – REGISTER FOR RACE #4 HERE
RACE #5: June 9, 2022 – REGISTER FOR RACE #5 HERE
RACE #6: June 16, 2022 – REGISTER FOR RACE #6 HERE
RACE #7: June 23, 2022 – REGISTER FOR RACE #7 HERE
RACE #8: June 30, 2022 – REGISTER FOR RACE #8 HERE

Race Day Schedule:
Registration opens at 4:00pm
Kids race starts at 5:00pm
Race starts at 6:00pm

WHERE:
Lake Hodges Boat Ramp
20175 Lake Drive, Escondido, CA
GOOGLE MAPS
This address takes you to the gate of the parking lot. Proceed through the gate and follow the road to the boat ramp parking lot. For additional details please click the link!

[Link: Quick n’ Dirty MTB]

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Over The Hump Family Night

by editors on May 16, 2022

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Orange County, California’s World Famous Over the Hump MTB race series is having Family night.

If you’ve never been to an Over the Hump Race, Family Night is one not to miss! Unique to Over the Hump is Orange County mountain biking for youth.

  • Lil’ Tikes Trikes and Bikes Race (FREE)– Anyone riding 2, 3, or more wheels (ages up to 5 yrs old).
  • FREE Face painting by Disney Face Painting Artists
  • Bounce house
  • FREE Rides and Games
  • Food trucks will be onsite to fuel families with tacos, snow cones, AÇAI and more.

And not to worry, any kind of kids bike will do, BMX to just an average Garage sale find, or a Walmart “Cheapy.” Don’t let equipment be a deterrent (especially for the kids). It’s all about the Bike Party…if it pedals it is good enough. Some kids ride scooters and striders, etc (ages 2-5). For all the details, please click the link.

[Link: Over The Hump]

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Velocio Sells Out To SRAM

by editors on March 9, 2022

Velocio is not a company we’ve followed closely over the years, other than to say they make our favorite riding vest: one that fits well, packs up small, and has perfectly sized pockets. They also make cool women’s bibs. If you’re unaware, check them out. But today (March 9, 2022) the company announced that they have sold their business to the Chicago-based cycling giant SRAM.

Here’s Velocio’s explanation:

What’s exciting is that we’ll now have SRAM’s backing for more independent product design and development, including a still bigger push towards sustainability in our product offerings and how we deliver them. We’ll also have SRAM’s reach into racing and teams as well as their insights into global distribution and retail support. If the burden of a growing business is to grow ever further, there are few partners more suited for that future in the cycling industry than SRAM.

And they’re right, but for us buyouts are always a big bowl of sweet and sour soup. We’re happy for the founders on a great exit, yet saddened by more consolidation in the cycling business. Founders are always optimistic about their new opportunities under a bigger umbrella, but rarely do they end up with much more than the same corporate decision tree that forces “efficiencies” and increased margins, and reduced costs. And that’s never good for product.

For the rest of the Velocio sale statement, please click the link.

[Link: Velocio]

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Etnies Clipless MTB Shoe Not Super Ugly

by editors on February 25, 2022

Obviously, fashion has it’s place in cycling and things do occasionally need to look a certain way in spite of the functional aspects of the gear. We’ve mentioned before that most MTB shoes are uglier than dog vomit, but sometimes there is a shoe that looks like it was designed with more input than “make it look like a skate shoe, dude!” 

While the new etnies Camber CL MTB is certainly from the ‘sloppy skate shoe’ school of MTB footwear design, it features a bit of tech that makes it a nice option for the baggy shorts crew (who like riding clips) including:

  • Nylon clipless pedal shank optimized for pedaling efficiency and off bike walkability
  • Pro Foam 1 molded PU footbed
  • Exo-Shield upper, lightweight, breathable, and protection where it’s needed

The Camber costs $185.99 and is available on the etnies website. For all the official details click the link.

[Link: etnies]

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Over The Hump Winter Series Kicks Off

by editors on January 6, 2022

Orange County, California’s Over The Hump Mountain Bike racing series is launching their 2022 Winter Series on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Lakeview Park at Irvine Lake, Santiago Canyon. Gates open at 8 AM for all the detail, please click the link.

[Link: Over The Hump]

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Kick Off 2022 With Quick ‘n Dirty MTB

by editors on December 26, 2021

Kick of 2022 with SoCal mountain bike racing at beautiful Lake Hodges in Escondido, California with the Quick ‘n Dirty Winter Throwdown. Racing goes down January 22, 2022. Kids’ race begins at 8:30 AM, adults at 9:30. Click the link for all the details.

[Link: Quick ‘n Dirty]

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Fillmore: The Best Tubeless Valves EVER!

by editors on November 4, 2021

We were just dealing with messed up old valve stems on our MTB today, thinking what a nightmare it was going to be to replace the valves just so we could get some air into the tire.Then we saw this story on Vital MTB on the Reserve Fillmore valve stems and it was like a divine revelation. We already ordered a pair ($50 for two, ouch). You can, too, Right here. Then maybe we can figure out how to “inject the sealant” through the valve. Haven’t really figured out that part of the equation yet. But we’ll let you know.

[Link: Vital MTB]

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Specialized Is Out at Mike’s Bikes

by editors on September 7, 2021

When Mike’s Bikes the “small chain” of 12 bicycling stores in Northern California was sold to the Pon Group in August many wondered what would happen to their deal with Specialized, seeing as the Pon Group is the parent company of Santa Cruz, Cervelo, Gazelle, and Focus, among others. Well, wonder no more. In an letter to Northern California cyclists, Specialized announced today (September 7, 2021) that their product will no longer be sold at Mike’s Bikes, saying:

. . . Mike’s Bikes has provided first-rate service to Specialized riders for the past 23 years. They’ve been a great partner, but our relationship with them has ended as they undergo new ownership by a European Cycling company. . . We’re working quickly to ensure that Specialized riders in Northern California not only remain supported but that their experience is better than it’s ever been before. We’re continuing to improve on online experience so you can shop with us how you’d like.

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer brand. Kind of fun to see Specialized getting the sharp end of the business stick every once in a while. But hey, now that Specialized has done everything they can to squeeze small bike retailers out of business, they’re kinda left with selling direct online. All we can say is, welcome to Canyon country, Specialized! Hope it all goes well for you, because, like most, we absolutely love your shoes!

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