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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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Far West Road Race State Championships

by editors on May 17, 2022

Don’t say you weren’t warned. The LAX Circuit Race and Inaugural Far Web Championships presented by Realty Advisors and Asset Managers, Inc. is going down Sunday, May 22, 2022, right next to LAX. This race will be the Women & Men’s California State Road Race Championships, so if you want the title, better click this to sign up! Men’s CAT 5 starts at 7 AM. For the rest of the info from Boost CycleSport, please click the link.

[Link: Boost CycleSport & Bike Reg]

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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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New Skratch Labrador Support Dogs

by editors on April 1, 2022

We’re not dog people, however, world renowned, dog-loving instagrammer Phil Gaimon tells us we should “consider broadening our horizons.” And what better way to do that than with the new Skratch Support Labradors.

Whether you can’t bag that PR, or are just trying to make it to the finish, our team of friendly labradors is here to support you no matter what.

Let Skratch take the “owning a dog problems” out of having a support dog. Sounds great to us.

[Link: Skratch Labs]

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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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BWR Names Gravel’s Largest Prize Purse

by editors on January 6, 2022

San Diego, California’s world famous Belgian Waffle Ride today announced that their 2022 race will have super boosted prize purse.

. . . the prize purse for the BWR CA on April 30, 2022 will be the largest ever for a gravel race with over $50,000 in cash and prizes being distributed between the top five men and women, inclusive of a $5,000 purse and prizes for the top three junior riders, 18 and under, who compete in the Waffle. The BWR CA is the first stop of the 2022 Quadrupel Crown of Gravel Series, which will feature its own soon to be announced prize purse for the top four male and female riders with the lowest cumulative times for the four-race series. The Quad includes the Hell of the North, South, East and (Mid) West.

For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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