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Garmin Buys Tacx Trainer Systems

by editors on February 12, 2019

Competition in the indoor trainer market is about to get more interesting as Garmin announced today (February 12, 2019) their plans to buy Tacx the Dutch makers of connected indoor training systems and software.

“Tacx brings an entirely new product category to Garmin’s fitness portfolio that expands our reach into the indoor training market,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin president and CEO. “Together with Tacx, Garmin will offer a seamless, enjoyable and motivating indoor and outdoor experience for cyclists
all year long.”

Totally makes sense, doesn’t it? Might as well keep all our cycling tech in the family, right? Tacx seems pretty happy with the sale as well.

“We are excited to have the support of a technology leader like Garmin,” said Koos Tacx, CEO of Tacx. “With Garmin’s extensive R&D capabilities and global distribution network, we look forward to working together to further enhance our indoor training products and technologies, and bring them to cyclists around the world.”

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

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$RAM $hifts Into Red eTap AX$

by editors on February 8, 2019

Last night (February 7, 2019) we were invited to Canyon Bicycles North American headquarters in Carlsbad, California for a day after roll out of SRAM’s new Red eTap AXS group set. You know, the one that retails for $4,600. 

After a welcome from Canyon NA CEO Blair Clark SRAM’s marketing mastermind Dave Zimberoff (pictured above) gave an overview of the idea behind the ground-breakingly expensive wireless, customizable, smartphone app-powered group set. Here’s a little of what he said.

“At SRAM we believe that simplicity is always the best philosophy and if we can make something better and simpler then we win. So we’ve done that in this new connected platform,” Zimberoff said. “What we launched yesterday was a new Red eTap AXS enabled group set, a new XS and XO mountain bike enabled group set, and an electronic seat post from Rock Shox called Reverb. So a whole suite of products that are all interwoven they can all connect to one another, there’s a badass app that allows you to customize, personalize, monitor and control things.”

Nothing we heard from Mr. Zimberoff regarding the group sounded “simple.” Cables are “simple.” Wireless protocols? Smart apps that must be individually paired with each piece of the group? Not so much.

Since we didn’t get to do much more than look at it while dodging the occasional drool gob from some of Southern California’s strongest cyclists, we decided to let the guys at GCN explain the complex setup, features, and the rest of the details surrounding a group set that we likely won’t be riding for at least a decade — cha-ching. Enjoy.

Oh, one more thing: mountain bikers, the Reverb AXS dropper post costs $800. So you better start saving all those beer cans. . . 

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5 Reasons To Love the Wahoo Tickr HRM

by editors on February 2, 2019

When the Garmin HRM Run strap that came with our fenix 5 watch finally failed, we went back to the first heart rate strap that we’d ever worn and it reminded us how nice it is to have something that feels good, and works. Here are a few of the reasons we’re happy to have returned to Wahoo.

  1. Soft, velvety elastic strap that is snug without being too tight.
  2. Front snap closure. Know how cool front closure bras are? How easy they are to open and close? That’s how nice it is using Wahoo’s front snap closure. It connects the circuit and straps it up all at once. No fiddling with a side clip and then sliding into place. No label that’s constantly folded over and scratching up your ribs.
  3. Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity. This HRM will connect to nearly everything — watches, phones, bike computers…and really what else is there. Use it on the bike with a Garmin 520 for a ride and then pair it up with a smartphone for jogs and hikes. It really is that easy.
  4. Flashing lights to let you know it’s on. This may not seem that important but once something goes wrong it can be difficult to figure out who is to blame in the Bluetooth or ANT+ circle jerk. When the battery is dead the lights won’t flash. Duh. Simple but effective.
  5. Price. Who can complain about $50 bucks. Sure, it doesn’t have built in stride metrics, but who runs anyway and if you do, well, maybe you need a different strap.

If you’d like to join us in HRM heart rate strap comfort, click the link and grab one for yourself.

[Link: Wahoo Tickr HRM]

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Oakland’s Manifesto Calls It Quits

by editors on January 17, 2019

With an Instagram post of their Oakland, California store front and the words “We Out” Manifesto Bike Shop is calling it quits. Here’s what they said:

That’s right. After nearly 11 years in business, we are calling it quits. Out last day open will be Thursday, January 31. It has been a good run.

Though we never made it to the shop, it was always good to see what legendary Sacto skateboarder Sam Cunningham and co-founder MacKay Gibbs were up to with the shop. We’re certain they will be missed. Hopefully, Sam will let us know what’s next for him.

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Holiday Cards 2018: eliel

by editors on December 20, 2018

Nothing better than getting holiday letters from our favorite brands. Here’s one from eliel.

This year was BIG. With a growing team, we collectively designed, developed, tested, manufactured, and launched 16 brand new products. We visited 11 US states and hosted 4 Rider House experiences. Hundreds of teams and clubs collaborated with our artists to produce 100% unique custom designs. And we started the official ELIEL Wednesday Ride in Encinitas, which has shared the road together for 41 consecutive weeks. Thank you for being a part of the journey, your support means the world to our team. With immense gratitude we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

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December 22: Don’t Text & Drive Day

by editors on December 18, 2018

Last year, on December 22, 2017 cyclist and racer Jason Lowndes was killed by a car while training close to his home in Australia. He was 23. To remember Lowndes and all the other who have been hit by distracted drivers Louis Garneau is making December 22 International “Don’t Text and Drive” Day.

This event is first and foremost a rallying at the human scale, no matter the way of life or means of transportation, in a great effort to bring awareness to this issue. Following this announcement, we will deploy a message chain on social media which, I hope, will touch millions of people around the world and which will be repeated every December 22, for the rest of our lives, in homage to my friend Jason.

For the official word from Louis Garneau please follow the jump.

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Last Minute Cycling Gifts For Laggers

by editors on December 13, 2018

Waited until the last minute and didn’t grab your favorite cyclist a gift? Check these out. We lagged so hard we didn’t even make this list. It appeared fully formed in our inbox. Either way Amazon will have them to you well before Santa even fires up the sleigh.

ABUS Bordo uGrip Lite | $59.99 | Amazon Prime Link
Lightweight but sturdy, the uGrip Bordo is a folding lock made of hinged steel bars and a simple snap closure design. The lock is easy-to-use, compact, and tucks into your bag or pocket—so you can always have one with you for quick errands.

Showers Pass IMBA Jacket (Women’s) | $199.95 | Amazon Prime Link
From hitting the trails to running errands in the city, this 2.5-layer hardshell breathes and vents just enough to keep your sweat from sticking around. Support a non-profit with the ideal winter layering jacket, as a portion of the proceeds benefit the International Mountain Biking Association.

DZR Shift | $69 | Amazon Link
Good boys and girls might need two stockings to hold a fresh pair of kicks, but these DZRs will light up some eyes with their subtle good looks and comfort, enhanced by stealthy cycling performance thanks to a stiffened midsole for better riding efficiency without sacrificing walkability or style.

Mission Workshop Sanction | $205 | | Amazon Link
Compact and weather-proof, the Sanction is a sleek solution to protecting all the daily essentials on a cycling commute to work or school. Built to last a lifetime with military spec construction and waterproof compartments, it’s bound to be a holiday gift turned year-round favorite.

Silca Ypsilon Travel Kit | $80 | Amazon Prime Link
The mechanic’s favorite y-wrench gets an upgrade in precision and functionality. A variety wrenches for the most common use cases in cycling are now readily available in one tool, so you can ensure the bike mechanic in your life is prepared for anything this holiday season.

UAG Plasma Feather-Light iPhone XR Case | $39.95 | Amazon Prime Link
Did your favorite rider pick up the new iPhone, only to leave it unprotected? Give the gift of phone security with a lightweight and tough case from UAG.

State Bicycle Co Core-Line Singlespeed Bike | from $299 | Amazon Link
Anyone’s eyes would light up at the sight of a bike in their holiday gift pile. Any model from State’s Core Line of affordable and stylish single speed bicycles would make a memorable gift sure to make a star of the giver.

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2019 Colorado Classic Goes All Girl

by editors on December 11, 2018

The 2019 Colorado Classic, August 22-25, will be the only UCI standalone women’s stage race in the Western hemisphere; raising the bar with quadrupled prize purse, team stipends, live streaming and longer, more challenging routes.

“From the inaugural race of the Colorado Classic two years ago, the organization has stood behind women,” said Kristin Armstrong, the most decorated female cyclist in U.S. history, having won gold medals in each of the last three summer Olympics. “The announcement today of a women’s-only UCI stage race truly shows the dedication and commitment the Colorado Classic has to women in sport. I was fortunate enough to have my start in a women’s-only event back in 2002 at the HP Women’s Challenge; I know first-hand the tremendous amount of impact this will have on women’s cycling by creating and providing opportunity for spectators and riders across the world.”

For the official word from RPM Events Group LLC, please follow the jump.

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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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¡Arriba, Arriba! Registration for the Cinco de Mayo edition of the 2019 Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride opens at 12:01am on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Don’t miss their lowest pricing offer ($160 Waffle/$125 Wafer), which will increase starting January 1, 2019, until they sell out (and they will). The race starts and ends in the heart of North County San Diego, California and has become one of the world’s best bucket list rides.

For the Hardwomen, the Waffle Ride has something extra-special this year. Women who register to race Waffle will automatically get a FREE Waffle entry code to gift to another female rider. More women, more power, more fun!

Looking to hit some gravel this weekend? Join us at Canyon Bicycles for our Open Reg Celebratory Ride also on December 1st. This event is being hosted by BWR, Canyon, and our new charity partner the San Diego Mountain Biking Association. Free coffee, free beer, and food trucks are just some of the highlights. Details can be found on our Facebook event page, please RSVP if you plan to attend. https://www.facebook.com/events/1414387392026086/

[Link: Belgian Waffle Ride

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