Bikes and Tech – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:22:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.velonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Velonews_favicon-2-32x32.png Bikes and Tech – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com 32 32 Pro Bike: Kerry Werner’s Kona Super Jake http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/bikes-and-tech/pro-bikes/pro-bike-kerry-werners-kona-super-jake_452248 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/bikes-and-tech/pro-bikes/pro-bike-kerry-werners-kona-super-jake_452248#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:48:25 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=452248 Top domestic cyclocross racer Kerry Werner rides a Kona Super Cross with full Dura-Ace Di2 and matching purple and blue details.

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2017 Gift Guide http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/bikes-and-tech/2017-gift-guide_452245 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/bikes-and-tech/2017-gift-guide_452245#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:13:36 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=452245 Need holiday gift ideas for the cyclist in your life? We've got ideas for racers, roadies, commuters, mountain bikers and mechanics.

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The Week in Tech: Niner gravel, Cycliq connect, Canyon gets Rapha’d, Sagan in Sonoma http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/bikes-and-tech/week-tech-niner-gravel-cycliq-connect-canyon-gets-raphad-sagan-sonoma_452154 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/bikes-and-tech/week-tech-niner-gravel-cycliq-connect-canyon-gets-raphad-sagan-sonoma_452154#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:49:44 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=452154 Here's the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don't.

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Here’s your Week in Tech — all of the gear news you need with none of the marketing gibberish you don’t want.

Niner updates gravel line-up

Niner bikes has updated the gearing ratio, component groups, and tire width compatibility on its RLT 9 gravel range. The main updates are for the RLT 9 RDO, RLT 9 Steel, and RLT 9. These models already came with disc brakes, but now they’re available with Centerlock rotors. The front chainring configuration goes from 46/36 to  50/34. The two-star bikes will receive Shimano Tiagra with hydraulic brakes, three-star bikes have SRAM Rival 22, and all four- and five-star bikes have Shimano Ultegra R8000. All levels will have 38c Schwalbe G-One tires. Both alloy and carbon Niner wheels are taped and valved, but alloy wheelsets will not come with “tubeless ready” tires.

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Cycliq shrinks and gets connected

Cycliq’s Fly 12CE and Fly6 CE (CE stands for connected edition) are ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible. The Bluetooth feature allows users to connect to the Cycliq app. Each device gets a wide-angle camera lens, strong lumen strength for the light and a light, trimmed-down package compared to the original Cycliq cameras. Both models feature 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second and a new six-axis stabilization-recording feature for greater footage stability. Cycliq has also developed a new mode called “HomeSafe,” which is activated if the battery dips below 5 percent during operation. The video recording will turn off to save battery power, but the light will continue to function for up to 1.5 hours. The new devices will be available November 30. The Fly12 CE costs $279 and the Fly6 CE costs $179.

Consumers can register their interest for the new devices here.

Louis Garneau’s jacket craves weather apocalypse

The 4 Seasons rain jacket from Louis Garneau has an inner rear pocket to help your essential gear stay dry when stowed. The “Kangaroo stow pocket” is accessible through zippers on both the left and right sides of the jacket. The zippers also double as ventilation. There is also a pocket in the front of the jacket for your phone or wallet. The full-length waterproof front zipper has an inner flap to block moisture. Wrist zippers help secure the jacket over your gloves, and reflective accents are peppered throughout. The jacket is made with a 2-way stretch, 3-ply, waterproof, windproof, and breathable fabric with sealed seams. The 4 Seasons costs $260.

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Canyon: Does that come in Rapha?

Canyon and Rapha have collaborated to produce the Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero with a paint scheme and graphics for the Rapha Cycling Club (RCC). Only 50 Canyon bikes will be produced with the RCC paint job. The bike comes with a SRAM Red eTap groupset and a Zipp 404NSW carbon wheelset. (And rim brakes.) The bike costs $9,200 and will be available to only RCC members beginning November 17.

Learn more about Rapha’s RCC program here.

Sagan to ride in Sonoma for fire relief

Three-time world road champion Peter Sagan will be in Sonoma County on November 28 for the Ride for #SonomaPride. The ride will benefit Sonoma Pride, a fundraiser for multiple local relief organizations that are administered by the Kind Ridge Foundation. Two ride distances are available: a 38-mile loop with 1,650 feet of climbing, and a 31-mile loop with 1,100 feet of gain. California Highway Patrol, police, on-bike marshals, moto officials, and sag vehicles will provide basic rider support. There will also be a post-ride party.

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Shimano to provide neutral support for RCS races

Shimano and RCS Sport have agreed to a three-year neutral support partnership at several UCI WorldTour races, including the Giro d’Italia. Other events include Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo, GranPiemonte, Milano-Torino, and Il Lombardia. Vittoria had previously provided neutral support at RCS Sport events.

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First Ride: Omata’s one-of-a-kind analog GPS http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/bikes-and-tech/reviews/first-ride-omatas-one-of-a-kind-analog-gps_451988 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/bikes-and-tech/reviews/first-ride-omatas-one-of-a-kind-analog-gps_451988#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:49:56 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451988 Omata's One is completely unlike other GPS units. And maybe that's why you want it.

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If your pre-ride checklist includes a heart rate monitor, the Omata One isn’t right for you. If you fixate on your three-second power every ride, this review might not be worth your time. If your current GPS head unit screen is crammed with 10 data fields … Well, perhaps you get the point.

The Omata One GPS stands apart from any other head unit on the market. It is exactly what you’ve been looking for if you’ve been resisting cycling’s march toward more and more data.

Omata’s device is different in nearly every way. It is round while others are square. There are no buttons, simply a bezel that you twist to switch between three functions — record, stop, and upload. And naturally, the analog dial is Omata’s most significant point of differentiation.

It takes a moment to decipher the different arms and inset dials. The orange hand points to speed, starting at the nine o’clock position for zero. The large hand, white with a dark tip, is distance — it starts at a 12 o’clock position. The left inset dial shows elevation gain, while the right shows moving time. At purchase, you commit to either imperial or metric units, and there’s no mixing and matching when it comes to distance and elevation.

After a few rides, it was easy to glance down at the Omata and digest the information. The brightly colored speed indicator is a smart design feature. Those who are far-sighted might have trouble with the little inset dials. On occasion, the distance arm would obscure part of the ride time dial.

However, these quibbles miss the point of an Omata. It isn’t so much about relaying specific data to the rider. It is about providing an aesthetic experience while riding, sort of like a Tag Heuer versus a Casio calculator watch.

The good news is that the data is being recorded, even if you can’t quite read it on a fast, technical descent. Omata’s One works like any other GPS device. When the ride is done, it’s simple to upload the data from the head unit to the app, and it can be shared on Strava as well. Omata provided us with a beta version of its app. We’ll wait to see the final product before we assess its functionality. Fortunately, we had no trouble uploading ride data.

Similarly, Omata says its device will be able to record data from sensors like power meters, but we weren’t able to test that with the beta app. This data is transmitted via Bluetooth or Ant+, and while it won’t be visible on the head unit, it will be available for analysis afterward.

If you’re still reading by this point, there’s one more hurdle to overcome: price. At $550, the Omata One is only slightly less expensive than Garmin’s Edge 1030, a device packed with colored maps and nearly every feature a cyclist could ask for. Wahoo’s Elemnt is a paltry $330.

But as we said at the beginning, the Omata is completely different from other GPS units. And maybe that’s why you’d want it.

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Technical FAQ: Heart arrhythmias, flying with discs http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/bikes-and-tech/technical-faq-heart-arrhythmias-and-flying-with-discs_452006 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/bikes-and-tech/technical-faq-heart-arrhythmias-and-flying-with-discs_452006#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:46:28 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=452006 This week, Lennard Zinn address questions about heart problems and flying with disc brake-equipped bikes.

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Follow-up on heart arrhythmias

Dear Lennard,
I think you should share medical advice with caution. Routine echocardiography for a large asymptomatic population is not indicated for screening for “safety.”

Even cardiac stress tests will not predict with any confidence when a patient might have a plaque rupture and die of a huge heart attack (think of former NBC News anchor Tim Russert, who had a nuclear test one month before dying suddenly).

More sage advice would be that anyone who has been sedentary and who wants to go into more serious training should see a health professional for advice, especially those entering middle age. A medical professional can gauge appropriate tests based on the patient’s risks for certain health issues.

For example, the single most common risk factor of sudden death in marathoners is a prior history of smoking and sedentary living.
— Prospero Gogo, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Vermont Medical Center
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Dear Prospero,
Thank you so much for your letter. As you said, the best advice is always to see a doctor and follow his or her recommendations. I should not have given a blanket answer for something as individual as human health.
Lennard

Dear Lennard,
In regards to your reply to Steve about cardiac testing, I have a follow-up question.

I took up cycling nearly 20 years ago and have been an avid cyclist during that time. A couple of years ago I found myself having difficulty keeping up with my long-time group, despite the same or more training. My doc recommended a cardiac stress test and echo-cardiogram. The stress test went fine (and I felt highly complimented by the doc who referred to me as a “high level athlete” in the test results). The echo-cardiogram, however, revealed that I had left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). Unfortunately, the doc did not know how this could affect my cycling, or if I was in any mortal danger. Apparently, there had not been any comprehensive studies analyzing the risks of athletic activity for somebody with LVH, or at least none up to that time. He put me on meds to lower my blood pressure and that was that.

Since that time, a couple of injuries forced me off the bike for the last couple of years, but I’ve recently taken back up a regular schedule of cycling.

I’ve ordered your book “The Haywire Heart” but was wondering if you were aware of any other research that has been done specific to LVH and its associated risks. Do I need to be worried? Or can I go out and train with the same high intensity that I used to?
— Mark

Dear Mark,
By now maybe you’ve read “The Haywire Heart” and already know what I’m going to tell you. First of all, you ought to seek the advice of a cardiologist who deals with lots of athletes.

You will also have seen in the book that in a masters athlete, hypertrophy of the heart can lead to scarring in the heart, and myocardial scarring is a substrate for arrhythmia. A key finding of a Scottish study of masters athletes that we detail in the book is that fibrosis markers were higher in masters athletes, with more hypertrophy leading to higher levels of collagen chemicals, which are related to fibrosis (scarring).

I don’t think anybody can predict whether you would end up with heart arrhythmia or other problems if you were to go back to training with the same intensity that you used to. What I think can be said from related medical studies is that, assuming you are a “veteran” or “masters” (over 40-year-old) athlete, your left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) increases the likelihood of developing an arrhythmia than if you did not have LVH, and that this risk goes up with increased demand on the heart through hard training. And whether it is high intensity, high volume, or both that most increases that risk from endurance training, I know of no study that separates those.

Two Scandinavian studies of cross-country skiers that we discuss in the book do not make that distinction. In one study, 509 non-elite 65- to 90-year-old male competitors in the mountainous, 54-kilometer Norwegian Birkebeiner cross-country ski race had 1.9 times the incidence of AF (“atrial fibrillation,” the most common cardiac arrhythmia) than did 1,768 men in the same age group from the general population. And in a bigger study less skewed toward elderly athletes, 52,000 finishers of the Swedish Vasaloppet 90km cross-country ski race followed over a 10-year period showed that both volume and speed increase the risk. Competitors who had completed the Vasaloppet five times were 29 percent more likely to have AF than those who had completed the race only once. And skiers in the fastest group were 30 percent more likely to have developed AF than skiers in the slowest group.

Training for marathon ski races certainly involves lots of volume, and training to be one of the fastest skiers, in my experience over 22 years of cross-country ski racing that includes participating in both of those Scandinavian races, always requires quite a bit of high-intensity work as well. So these studies don’t separate out risks of training intensity from training volume. That is as thorough an answer as I can give you to your questions of whether you “need to be worried” if you “go out and train with the same high intensity” that you used to.
― Lennard

Dear Lennard,
I always enjoy your articles, but the recent one on cyclists preparing going to the doctor with cardiac issue was especially interesting to me, as I’ve had a different but related experience. And, I’m pleased to see articles on this area, as cyclists need to watch out. I’ll try to be brief.

I’m 63 years old and have been back to cycling for about a dozen years. I’m an enthusiast, mostly ride solo, and I’m not very competitive. For a few summers I went on a couple of weekend 100km to 180km per day tours, and would ride around 200km per week. 

Things had been steadily improving over the years, and then things got harder one summer, and I had recovery problems while training in the fall and winter. I always ride with a heart rate monitor (sometimes with power too), and detect recovery issues by a lower-than-expected heart rate during a warmup. That winter, there were more times than usual when I was not able to do my normal day-on, day-off schedule because my heart rate indicated I was not adequately recovered. When the spring came, I started back into longer rides and some intervals. One was going up a gentle but steady hill for about 5 minutes near threshold. When I did it, there was a gentle ache on my left side, nothing special. One repeat and I decided to go home and take a few days off. Repeat, and had the same symptom.

I got an appointment at my GP’s clinic quickly and went through the story with the doctor. I was into a great cardiac center the next Wednesday, and had two stents put in in July.

 It turns out I had the same thing my mother had many years ago when she was my age, plaque buildup in two of the arteries feeding the heart. Not too serious for me at that point, and I probably would not have known for years if I had not been cycling. And, if it had been noticed, I still might not have had the stents put in if I had not been so active. However, if I had not listened to my body, who knows what might have happened one day when I’m out alone on the road.

I’ve recovered well and have been back on the road for a couple of years.
— Jim

Feedback on flying with disc brakes

Dear Lennard,
Your advice in this FAQ included the passage, “… In any case (pun intended), I recommend that you remove the rotors from the wheels for travel. That makes the obvious case (pun intended again) for CenterLock rotors and hubs, rather than 6-bolt ones, so you are spending more time riding and less time screwing around with a dozen rotor bolts.”

Shimano CenterLock rotors have a very high torque recommendation (40Nms or so). I would love your advice as to:

— Recommended torque wrench covering this range (for home use).

— How this can be accomplished by the traveling cyclist.
— Peter

Dear Peter,
To tighten a cassette lockring or a CenterLock rotor lockring to torque, you use a 26mm socket on a cassette lockring tool. While 26mm may not be a common size, it is the same size as some suspension-fork top caps. As for what torque wrench to use, you want at least a 3/8”-drive one (1/2”-drive is also fine) that is rated to at least 60N-m and has a long handle. Here is an example.

When traveling, you’re just going to have to tighten it down with a Crescent wrench to your best guess on the torque, unless you want to lug along a big torque wrench.
― Lennard

Dear Lennard,
Regarding the fellow who had a bike that required fork removal for transport (Flying with discs) but had an internal front brake hose — would a hydraulic quick-connect (or perhaps two) work for him? Here is an example.
— Steve

Dear Steve,
I haven’t heard more about that Formula quick hydraulic coupler since its announcement four years ago. I’m not sure it’s still available and whether there are any problems with using it with a mineral-oil system vs. a DOT-fluid system.

There are lots of quick-disconnect couplers for automotive and agricultural applications. I know there will be a demand for them for bicycles, now that disc brakes on road bikes are becoming ubiquitous.

As another reader named Tom pointed out, TRP is developing one, but it’s not up on TRP’s site yet. TRP’s marketing director Lance Larrabee said, “Quick connect hose kits will be available before the end of the year. Price TBD. Currently our hose O.D. is 5.5mm. I believe Shimano is 5.0MM, so it wouldn’t work [on Shimano brakes].”
― Lennard

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Elite Vico Carbon water bottle cage http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/elite-vico-carbon-water-bottle-cage_451733 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/elite-vico-carbon-water-bottle-cage_451733#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:32:16 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451733 At just 23 grams, these featherweight bottle cages are made from a carbon fiber composite that offer durability and security.

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Price: $40

At just 23 grams, these featherweight bottle cages are made from a carbon fiber composite that offers durability and security.

A front support structure sits high on the bottle for improved retention. Varying levels of tension throughout the cage also hold the bottle in place. The unique shape makes it easy to insert and remove the bottle and large mounting holes provide a wide range of placements on the bike.

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Castelli Prosecco Wind LS base layer http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/castelli-prosecco-wind-ls-base-layer_451729 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/castelli-prosecco-wind-ls-base-layer_451729#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:30:55 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451729 The Prosecco features a windproof front panel and a hydrophilic treatment to move sweat away from your body.

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Price: $90

It takes mental toughness to power through winter, and some smart clothing choices.

It doesn’t get much smarter than the Prosecco, which features a windproof front panel and a hydrophilic treatment to move sweat away from your body, thereby keeping you warmer longer.

The high collar keeps the winter chill at bay, too.

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Fizik Performance Tacky Touch bar tape http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/fizik-performance-tacky-touch-bar-tape_451849 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/fizik-performance-tacky-touch-bar-tape_451849#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:29:07 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451849 Fizik's Tacky Touch bar tape offers plenty of grip thanks largely to the laser-cut perforations and grippy Microtex material.

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If gnarly conditions are on the menu — we’re looking at you cyclocross racers — Fizik’s Tacky Touch bar tape offers plenty of grip thanks largely to the laser-cut perforations and grippy Microtex material.

Choose from a variety of colors to keep your bike’s aesthetic looking slick and consistent.

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Vittoria Corsa G+ tire http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/vittoria-corsa-g-tire_451768 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/vittoria-corsa-g-tire_451768#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:27:20 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451768 It doesn’t get any better than a cotton casing. Well, if it’s one of the world’s fastest tires, we suppose it does.

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Price: $69 (clincher)

It doesn’t get any better than a cotton casing. Well, if it’s one of the world’s fastest tires, we suppose it does.

The Corsa G+ combines the supple ride feel of a cotton casing with a grippy and fast tread you’ll appreciate on the racecourse. And it’s a feathery addition to your race bike at 252 grams.

There’s perhaps no better way to improve your bike’s ride quality and cornering.

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Rotor Uno Cassette http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/rotor-uno-cassette_451731 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/rotor-uno-cassette_451731#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:25:49 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451731 At 134 grams (11-28-tooth), Rotor's Uno cassette may be the lightest cassette on the market.

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This one’s only for the serious weight weenies. At 134 grams (11-28-tooth), the Uno cassette may be the lightest cassette on the market. It was designed to be used with Rotor’s Uno group, but it’s also compatible with Shimano and SRAM drivetrains.

A 7075 heat-treated aluminum structure keeps weight to a minimum without diminishing strength, and the two-piece construction (all but the two largest cogs are one piece) only adds to the durability.

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Lezyne Classic Brass Bells http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/news/lezyne-classic-brass-bells_451763 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/news/lezyne-classic-brass-bells_451763#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 22:16:37 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451763 Bells have transcended kitsch and now exist on the verge of necessity for commuters and serious (seriously polite) riders alike.

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Bells have transcended kitsch and now exist on the verge of necessity for commuters and serious (seriously polite) riders alike.

Lezyne’s Classic and Classic Shallow Brass Bells both offer crystal clear pings, easy-to-toggle strikers, and an attractive appearance you won’t mind marrying to your handlebar. They both mount easily, too, using O-rings that adapt to just about any bar size and shape.

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‘Gravel Cycling’ book http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/gravel-cycling-book_452118 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/gravel-cycling-book_452118#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:36:54 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=452118 “Gravel Cycling” by former VeloNews tech editor Nick Legan offers everything you’d want from a guide to off-pavement riding.

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“Gravel Cycling” by former VeloNews tech editor Nick Legan offers everything you’d want from a guide to gravel: insider beta on the world’s 18 most popular gravel grinders, profiles of eight scary, big, multi-day bikepacking routes like Tour Divide and the Arizona Trail, and Legan’s world-class guidance to bike setup, tire and rim compatibility, and how to design your dream gravel bike. It’s all wrapped up with over 350 full color, want-to-be-there photographs that capture the essence of each route or show off drool-worthy rigs bound to inspire some upgrades to your own gravel machine.

Legan explores the quirky personalities of the gravel scene (Barry Wicks, Guitar Ted) and bikepacking pioneers like John Stamstad, who laid tracks that became the Great Divide MTB Route. “Gravel Cycling” includes an in-depth interview with Salsa Cycle’s Joe Meiser, arguably the founding father of the modern gravel bike, who walks Legan through design iterations of the iconic Fargo and Warbird to today’s Vaya and Cuttthroat.

While “Gravel Cycling” is an ideal guide for newcomers to gravel riding and those looking for better race results, the book also gives committed gravel junkies a way to take their riding even farther. Legan, an experienced bikepacker who is gear editor for the Adventure Cycling Association and has raced the Tour Divide, gives his overview of bikepacking gear like frame bags, shelters, and camp kitchen outfits. Legan walks through the differences between gravel and bikepacking bikes and outlines the top priorities riders must consider when planning a big ride.

Gravel riders have discovered that America’s 1.4 million miles of unpaved roads offer a riding escape filled with beautiful views and devoid of smartphone-distracted drivers. Legan’s “Gravel Cycling” celebrates the appeal of cycling’s hottest new trend and gives roadies and mountain bikers a handy way into the community and the fun that gravel riding has to offer.

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Walz Cycling Caps http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/news/walz-cycling-caps_451765 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/news/walz-cycling-caps_451765#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:20:34 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451765 Sewn in California, Walz Cycling Caps blend style and function for all riding seasons.

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Price: $29

Sewn in California, Walz Cycling Caps blend style and function for all riding seasons. The classic cotton caps are soft and comfortable while the heavy-duty wool hats will keep your head warm on winter rides.

The Cardinal Herringbone wool cap features a classic 3-panel design with a moisture-wicking band to keep sweat out of your eyes. A soft liner provides comfort so you get the classic wool look without the classic itchy head.

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Patagonia Black Hole Backpack 25L http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/bikes-and-tech/patagonia-black-hole-backpack-25l_452031 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/bikes-and-tech/patagonia-black-hole-backpack-25l_452031#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:10:43 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=452031 Patagonia’s Black Hole Backpack is deceptively spacious with enough room to carry all your daily essentials.

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Patagonia’s slim, lightweight, and bombproof Black Hole Backpack is deceptively spacious (25 liters) with enough room to carry all your daily essentials.

The weather-proof TPU laminate and DWR water-repellant finish keep valuables protected during stormy commutes.

Zippered pockets on the top and front of the bag allow for easy access to small items, while inside the main compartment there is a laptop sleeve and additional organizational pockets. Stretchy pockets on either side of the bag’s exterior hold a range of water bottle sizes.

The bag’s soft, molded back panel sits comfortably against the spine, even on long commutes with a heavy load. The padded shoulder straps and sternum strap keep the load firmly in place.

Available in black, light grey with purple accents, teal, navy, and red.

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Grimpeur Bros. coffee http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/news/grimpeur-bros-coffee_451759 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/news/grimpeur-bros-coffee_451759#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:37:16 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451759 Grimpeur Bros. sponsors several pro, elite, and club cycling teams, and it hosts coffee gatherings at national cycling events.

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Brooklyn-based roasters Grimpeur Bros. does more than just heat up some beans: The company also sponsors several pro, elite, and club cycling teams, and it hosts coffee gatherings at national cycling events.

All that aside, the coffee is pretty darn tasty. You can grab individual bags from the Grimpeur Bros. website, or subscribe for a monthly delivery.

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Handlebar Mustache socks http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/news/handlebar-mustache-socks_451846 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/news/handlebar-mustache-socks_451846#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:34:38 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451846 Handlebar Mustache makes it easy to tie your kit aesthetic together with styles that range from the colorfully tame to the playfully

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Handlebar Mustache makes it easy to tie your kit aesthetic together with styles that range from the colorfully tame to the playfully outlandish.

But ’tis the season for giving, so it’s not just about you: For every two pairs of socks the company sells, it gives one pair to homeless shelters.

Look good, feel good.

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‘Ask a Pro’ book http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/ask-pro-book_452121 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/ask-pro-book_452121#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:43:20 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=452121 No matter how you know Phil Gaimon, you have to admit: The guy has a sharp wit and he’s not afraid to use it.

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You might recognize Phil Gaimon’s name from his VeloNews fan-favorite column, “Ask a Pro.” Or from his “Worst Retirement Ever” project, in which he challenges dubious Strava KOMs and posts videos of his stripped-down bikes and heavy breathing on YouTube. Or from his rags-to-riches and back again pro cycling career riding for Jonathan Vaughters and others. No matter how you know ‘Phil the Thrill,’ you have to admit: The guy has a sharp wit and he’s not afraid to use it.

In his wise-ass second book, “Ask a Pro,” Gaimon serves up sardonic answers to the best — and worst — questions he got while writing his VeloNews column. The book of questions and answers parallels Gaimon’s racing career and begins the same way: with Phil clearly in over his head and making s—t up so it seemed like he knew what he was doing. As Gaimon chases contracts and accumulates racing miles, his answers become more convincing and more insightful. By the end of “Ask a Pro,” you’ll empathize with the sport’s journeyman racers and be ready to dish out hilarity to new riders just joining your own club ride.

While compiling “Ask a Pro,” Gaimon couldn’t resist mocking his younger self, so he did just that through footnotes and all-new illustrations throughout this full-color hardcover. Gaimon offers nods to his past columns, too, with a new Cookie Map of America, smart tips to “win the race buffet,” advice on negotiating the best possible terms from your host housing, and a recipe from a professional chef for “The Phil” cookie. Finally, Gaimon’s magnum opus closes out with one article VeloNews censored every time he tried to sneak it into his column. You won’t believe it.

Pick up a copy for yourself and one for a buddy. “Ask a Pro” offers top-quality small talk for the easy miles before your club ride hits the county line sprint finish.

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Ashmei Hooded Wind Jersey http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/news/ashmei-hooded-wind-jersey_451761 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/news/ashmei-hooded-wind-jersey_451761#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:03:28 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451761 Ashmei’s Hooded Wind Jersey fits perfectly on your commute to work, but it’s up for a hard effort at lunchtime, too.

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Price: $238

Not every ride needs to be a Lycra-clad effort. Ashmei’s Hooded Wind Jersey fits perfectly on your commute to work, but it’s up for a hard effort at lunchtime, too.

It’s made from a windproof, breathable, water-resistant fabric to help you move moisture away from the body. The stowable hood fits nicely under a helmet, and the Merino wool blend rear fabric adds a touch of insulation for chilly mornings.

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The Week in Tech: Fizik winter shoes, Rapha shades, Park Tool grants http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/news/week-tech-fizik-winter-shoes-rapha-shades-park-tool-grants_451664 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/news/week-tech-fizik-winter-shoes-rapha-shades-park-tool-grants_451664#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:03:11 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451664 Fi'zi:k waterproof shoes, Park Tool offering grants, a sub-1000 gram Ti frame, Canyon sponsors the Belgian Waffle ride and more in The Week

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Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

Fizik gears up for winter

Fizik’s Artica R5 and X5 shoes feature a Microtex-reinforced outer shell that’s fully waterproof to keep bad weather at bay. Fizik’s internal lacing system cinches down the outer shell around the foot and helps keep moisture out. The outer membrane is breathable as well, and a fleece insole provides warmth. The X5 mountain bike shoe has a carbon-reinforced nylon outsole with rubber treads for grip. The R5 road shoe has a carbon composite outsole for more stiffness. Each pair of shoes costs $200. The R5 weighs 380 grams and the X5 weighs 463 grams (size 42.5 for both). The Artica is only available in men’s fit and sizing. Read more >>

Park Tool accepting applications for community grants

Park Tool’s Community Tool Grant Program helps local non-profit, community-oriented cycling organizations get the bicycle repair products they need. For 2017, Park Tool’s grant program will provide the recipients with over $1,400 in Park Tool products. Some of the products include a professional mechanic tool kit, repair stands, and shop aprons. Applications for next year’s grant are now being accepted and the deadline to submit an application is December 31, 2017. The 10 grant recipients will be announced in mid-January. Read more >>

Do you see what Rapha sees?

Photo: Rapha

Rapha’s Arenberg sunglasses maintain the same shape as the Pro Team Flyweight glasses but add a full frame and lens vents. As you would expect with a high-zoot pair of sunglasses, Rapha opts for Zeiss lenses; a neutral gray/bronze mirror lens is included, while other options are available for additional purchase. And of course, there’s no shortage of frame colors either. The full frame sits flush with the lens to help improve peripheral vision. The glasses will be available for $220; additional lenses can be purchased for $120. Read more >>

Showers Pass wind jacket embraces bad weather

Portland-based Showers Pass’s Ultralight Wind Jacket embraces the winter commute. A PFC-free durable water repellent finish (DWR) sheds light rain while letting excess heat escape. Stretchy and seamless underarm side panels provide a trim fit, and 3M Scotchlite Reflective details are a nod to safety. An asymmetrical zipper ensures the collar won’t be bothersome. The jacket weighs a scant 5.8oz and packs down to smaller than a water bottle. The Ultralight Wind Jacket costs $79 and is available in blue and orange. Read more >>

Turkey time


Gobble gobble. Sock Guy has your Thanksgiving style on lockdown with its turkey-themed socks. Choose from a running turkey, “I ‘heart’ pie,” and a sock covered in gobblers (pictured). The pie and gobblers socks come with a one-inch cuff height, while the turkey design has a two-inch cuff height. The gobbler design costs $11, while the other two designs cost $12 each. Read more >>

Litespeed lightens the load

Litespeed’s new T1sl titanium frame weighs a scant 995 grams for the rim-brake version, with the disc-brake version tipping the scales at 1,175 grams. The company claims it is the lightest handmade production titanium frame on the market. The T1sl is 15 percent lighter than the 2015 T1. A single sheet of 6Al/4V titanium is used to make the top-tube, thus reducing weight and increasing stiffness. Oversized, triple-butted, asymmetric chainstays help to maximize power transfer, according to Litespeed. The PF30 bottom bracket is compatible with virtually every crank on the market. However, the T1sl accepts caliper brakes only. The frame is compatible with internal Di2 and hydraulic brake cable routing. Read more >>

Youth travel award applications due soon

Adventure Cycling Association is now accepting applications through the end of the year for its Greg Siple Award for Youth Bike Travel. The award is open to  18- to 30-year-olds and aims to inspire youth to travel by bike. There are two types of awards: one for those just entering the bike touring world and another for those looking to take the next step. Both awards will go to two recipients. The beginner level Intro to Bike Travel award winners will get outfitted with a touring bicycle from REI and will attend a touring training course. Outdoor Leadership award winners will attend a leadership bike touring training course, get lots of cool equipment, and have the opportunity to take an additional Adventure Cycling self-contained tour. Applications are due by December 31 at midnight EST. Read more >>

Canyon continues U.S. push with Belgian Waffle Ride sponsorship

The seventh edition of the Belgian Waffle Ride is a 235-kilometer all-terrain road ride that corresponds with one of the most grueling races in all of cycling — Paris-Roubaix. The long day is the saddle is filled with Belgian waffles, Moules-frites, and of course, plenty of beer. Canyon has joined the ride as the title sponsor for 2018. The ride takes place in San Marcos, California and registration will open December 1, 2017. Make sure to be on your computer then because registration fills quickly. The entry fee is $160 for the full Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride and $125 for the 68-mile Belgian Wafer Ride. Proceeds from registration fees will help support the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Read more >>

World Bicycle Relief launches year-end campaign

World Bicycle Relief’s (WBR) 2017 year-end fundraising campaign highlights Umoja Secondary School in Eldoret, Kenya, where children of multiple faiths study together. WBR aims to help women, particularly young girls, break down barriers in developing countries in order to get an education. WBR provides bicycles to help students get to and from school in places where there are few other transportation options. Donations are being accepted through December 31, 2017 and will be matched up to $1.7 million.

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100Copies Print http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/100copies-print_451778 http://www.velonews.com/2017/11/2017-gift-guide/100copies-print_451778#respond Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:31:38 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=451778 Spice up your garage space with a unique print from 100Copies, the bike-centric creative world of Singapore-based Thomas Yang.

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The walls can’t all be pegboard. Spice up your garage space with a unique print from 100Copies, the bike-centric creative world of Singapore-based Thomas Yang. Bike components become faces, typography reminds us why we ride, and sweeping lines become motion.

As the name implies, each print is one of only 100; once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.

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