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Week in Tech: Bikepacking how-to, Tour shades, Bulls ambassadors

Salsa has a book for bikepackers, new sunglasses are debuted at the Tour, and Bulls is looking to make a splash in the U.S.

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Salsa athletes pen a bikepacking guide with tips, tricks, and stories

Within the 88 pages of “The Bikepacker’s Guide,” Salsa walks the new and seasoned bikepacker through route planning, meal planning, and what to pack, from the bike you ride to the clothing you wear. Building off its “Adventure by Bike” slogan and the increasing popularity of the camping/biking hybrid, Salsa compiles advice and stories from seasoned bikepackers like Kaitlyn Boyle, Kurt Refsnider, Casey Greene, Cass Gilbert, and Eszter Horanyi. According to Salsa, it’s a thorough guide for newbies and experienced bikepackers alike. If you’re itching for that little kick to get you packed up and rolling on for a multi-day adventure, check out the guide here.

Rapha aims for retro cool and bicycle bling with the Classic glasses

Rapha made a splash in the WorldTour scene when it started making competition cycling clothing for Team Sky, and now the purveyors of high-end cycling fashion have released the Rapha Classic Sunglasses for racers and stylish riders alike. These glasses don’t look like most cycling-friendly optics, but Rapha claims that, while the glasses were designed with a less overtly sporting aesthetic, the Classic Sunglasses offer a similar weight and field of vision as the more technical-looking styles used by the pro peloton. The glasses come in four separate styles for four different face shapes and roll into the stores at a price of $295. To get a good look the new shades, click here.

Rudy Project eyes the Tour with new Tralyx glasses

The Tour de France catapulted out of Utrecht with much fanfare, and on July 4, pro riders from various teams debuted Rudy Project’s latest performance sunglasses, the Tralyx. The shades incorporate classic Italian design to create a unique shield-style sunglass that Rudy Project says is sure to give these riders an edge. Keep an eye on who crosses the finish line first each day and see if Rudy’s onto something. Riders from teams like Astana, Europcar, Bora-Argon 18, IAM, Cofidis, and the entire LottoNL-Jumbo team are sporting the new shades. Click here for more info.

Bulls Bikes USA looking for ambassadors

Bulls Bikes, a brand likely unfamiliar to Americans, is looking for ambassadors to spread the word of its arrival in the U.S. You can be that ambassador and get a free bike out of the gig if you meet Bulls’ criteria: “Six Bulls Ambassadors will be selected from an applicant pool, evaluated from criteria that include: experience and avid ridership (mountain and/or road); activity in their local cycling community; a strong social media presence and engagement; as well as a friendly, engaging personality.” Applications are currently available on the Bulls Bikes USA website and will be reviewed until August 10.