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Lock and Loaded

SkylockIf you have to leave your bike even for a second you need a quality lock. That means bringing keys or remembering a combination. The Skylock is a keyless lock system that works with your mobile phone. It can keep your bike secure – and even alert you if the bike is moved – plus it can act as an alert should it detect a crash.

But the best part is that it syncs with your mobile device so there is no need to bring a key! Video after the jump

Norco Crosses the Threshold

NorcoThe 2015Threshold is ready to go. This new cyclocross bike from Norco is heavily influenced by the B.C. brand’s mountain bike heritage, and features a frame with size-scaled tubing that ensures that that a heavier rider on a larger frame will experience the same ride characteristics as a lighter rider on a smaller frame, while proprietary Gizmo cable routing features plugs that create tight seals at entry and exit points, blocking water and debris from entering the frame and preventing cable rattle.

It features through-axles, disc brakes and offers quick handling on the course.

Norco Official Website

Tour de France Rides to the PS4

TourdeFranceThis year you don’t have to just watch the Tour de France – you can ride it in video game fashion. In fac this year there are two games including Tour de France 2014 and Pro Cycling Manager.

Tour de France 2014 invites you to wear the jersey of the greatest champion cyclists and take part in a 2014 Tour in a game packed with new features. The game lets you enter one of the most prestigious cycling competitions in the world that now takes you through the English countryside, London roads, cobbled sections in northern France, legendary mountain stages and the fabulous finish on the Champs Elysées. The 2014 version of the game will arrive on the Xbox 360 as well as PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in time for the race.

Pro Cycling Manager 2014 on PC is designed to thrill fans of sports management and catapult you to the head of one of the 75 pro teams in a riveting cycling season where you take part in over 200 competitions and 550 stages! This extensive 2014 edition offers meticulously rendered graphics, new off-race management options (R&D, financial management and improved sponsor relations, etc.), a more dynamic transfer market, a more realistic injury system, a brand new and highly intuitive interface and a race gameplay that is full of great features, including consecutive orders and race tactics!

Pro Cycling Manager Official Website

Electrified

E-BikeKitWant to get some electrical assistance on the ride to work? The new E-BikeKit and E-TrikeKit from Electric Bike Technologies USA will electrify your ride.

“This is a significant endorsement for electric bike conversion in the U.S. market and a momentous opportunity for our company,” said Electric Bike Technologies CEO Jason Kraft. “We’ve been hard at work since 2008 developing what we know to be the best value in electric bike conversion kits and to have that recognized by J&B is a real honor.”

The systems are available now from J&B in all wheel sizes, front and rear, with several motor and battery options. Future plans include the introduction of a high-end 500-1000w geared motor and lithium battery options.

E-BikeKit Official Website

Magellan is Ready to Ride

Cyclo-505Magellan once again shows its customers the way, and this includes those on bikes. The company has launched its new Cyclo 315 and 505 GPS cycling computers in North America, following the debut of these last year in Australia and Europe The Magellan Cyclo units are designed to help guide the way for all bike riders from the hardcore triathlete to the body armored mountain biker, or even the weekend touring enthusiast.

At 3-inch in size, both the Cyclo 315 and 505 have the largest touch screens in the GPS cycling computer category. The units feature a highly detailed road network with cycling POI’s, enabling turn-by-turn navigation, as well as the very popular Open Street Map bike network, for either the U.S. or Canada. The Cyclo 505 is also the first GPS cycling computer to include Shimano Di2 gear data display and recording, Bluetooth Smart HRM/SAC sensor support, Android and iOS smartphone support for call and SMS notifications, Indoor ANT+ trainer support and enhanced ANT+ power meter support. Read the rest of this entry »

Bike Friendly

BikeFriendlyThe League of American Bicyclists has announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC).

“This round of applications overwhelmingly confirms what we heard from local elected officials at the National Bike Summit this year — riding a bike embodies the quality-of-life aspirations of communities across the country,” said League President, Andy Clarke. “Making this healthy and active transportation mode safe and easy is of growing importance to the 8 million residents of New York City and the 6,000 people in Franklin, Pa. alike. We’re excited that these communities have made the smart and vital investments to become a designated Bicycle Friendly Community.” Read the rest of this entry »

From Fat to Fit

ProCylcingPhil Gaimon isn’t as famous as Lance Armstrong or Bradley Wiggins, but he could be a true success story for anyone feeling who has hopes of getting in better shape. He just released his book, Pro Cycling on $10 a Day: From Fat Kid to Euro Pro. Gaimon began cycling at age 16 to shed some pounds before he headed off to school, and ended up falling in love with racing. He now rides for Team Garmin-Sharp.

VeloPress, his publisher noted: “His book chronicles a racer’s daily lot of blood-soaked bandages, sleazy motels, cheap food, and overflowing toilets. But Gaimon also celebrates the true beauty of the sport and the worth of the journey, proving in the end that even among the narrow ranks of world-class professional cycling, there will always be room for a hardworking outsider.”

VeloPress Official Website

Giving Its All

RetroshiftIf you’re looking to go old school cyclocross brand Gevenalle will help you get in gear with its new line of components that include hydraulic shift levers and cassette adapters designed for use in mud and dirt. Formerly known as Retroshift, the company’s new name is derived from a pair of Dutch words and translates to “Give All,” and this line certainly does that and more.

“Gevenalle products are the result of a love for cyclocross and desire to offer innovative and problem-solving solutions for the sport that road components don’t quite meet,” said company founder Adam Clement, who launched Retroshift in 2011. “Our products are geared toward the ’cross racer looking to improve his/her performance with race parts built to better meet their requirements. We are offering affordable aftermarket components that better meet the requirements of the muddy carnage we call cyclocross.”

Gevenalle Official Website

Fat-Bike Goes Hollywood

HollywoodIf you’re looking to take that fat tire bike up to the Hollywood Hills and ride with the rich and famous perhaps you can do so with the new wheel holders from Hollywood Racks! These replace the standard wheel/tire holders on all Hollywood Sport Rider and Trail Rider racks and are designed to accommodate all bicycle tires up to 5 inches wide. Thewheel holders are sold as a pair (for one bike), and include reinforced extra-long wheel straps.

Hollywood Racks Official Website

Weekend Reading List (05.24.2014): Golf Gear, Interbike Opens Up, Vacation Fitness

Golf Gear

Golf

From Sport Techie: Golf Gadget Round-Up for All Types of Players
I’m far from being a high-tech wizard. I don’t collect gizmos for the heck of it, but I can appreciate the latest offerings in golf gadgetry just as much as the next guy. When GPS-enabled golf carts hit the market, essentially, if your local course didn’t jump on board, they were considered behind the times. While some of us still prefer to know more about the course than our carts do, it’s impossible to remain analog in this newly digitized version of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Made in America: In the Bluff

Bluff-WorksThere are naked rides that have cyclists ride in the buff – but if that’s not your style but showing up at work looking ready for race day isn’t your style either the new cycling friendly apparel from Bluff Works might be more your thing. The company launched last year via a Kickstarter campaign, and now offers business friendly men’s pans that are ideal for cycling to work and that early meeting.

The pants, which are available in four colors, are made from a technical polyester fabric that is wrinkle-free and stand up to being rolled, folded, stuffed in a bag and worn time and time again without ironing or washing in between. The fabric is breathable and machine-washable.

These pants even offer a zippered front hidden internal security pocket that large enough to hold a passport, along with a rear zippered pocket that can hold an oversized travel wallet. These pants even offer a discrete side pocket for phone storage, and a hidden loop to clip keys or a security badge inside your front pocket.

Bluff Works Official Website

Silk Road

SilqueTrek has introduced a new women’s endurance road bike with the Isospeed decoupler popularized by the Trek Domane. The new Silque (pronounced “silk”) will reportedly provide the perfect balance of smoothness and power for female road riders the world over. The women’s size-specific custom Ride Tuned OCLV Carbon frame is designed for women to ride smoother, longer, and faster than ever before. In other words the Silque combines the attributes of the Domane endurance bike with the Madone race bike making for a stable but lively bike.

“The Silque takes the customization of women’s road bikes to a new level,” said Trek Women’s Product Manager Amanda Schulze. “When comparing female and male athletes on the same frame size, professional training data shows that most female athletes place less stress on the frame. Knowing this, we designed a size-specific frame to compliment a woman’s power to weight ratio, delivering the perfect balance of smoothness and power at every frame size.”

The bike comes in four models, the Silque, Silque SL, Silque SLX and the Project One Silque SSL. All be hitting the road this year.

Trek Bicycles Official Website

Jimmy and the Cruisers

City-CruiserIf you’re going to commute on a bike it shouldn’t have to be a beater. The James Perse City Cruiser is a custom built single speed that will have you riding to work in style. It features a chromoly steel frame that is equipped with a flip-flop rear hub – so riders can do the ‘fixie’ thing or be able to coast. There are of course front and rear brakes, while leather grips and a canvas-infused rubber saddle will add to the comfort during the ride to the office.

James Perse Official Website

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