NORCO BICYCLES: All Roads One Bike - The Norco Section

Big rides can take you to all kinds of places, on all kinds of roads, through all kinds of conditions –the riding that inspired us to create the Section. This bike is built to own the asphalt and attack unpaved surfaces. With its carefully-engineered materials providing vertical compliance and lateral stiffness, the Section’s large volume tires combine with its flat mount disc brakes and ample bottle & fender mounts to elevate every ride on every road.

Stages Cycling: HOW TO RIDE, RACE AND TRAIN YOUR WAY THROUGH A COLD.

Ready or not, it’s cold and cold season is here. Fortunately, a common cold doesn’t have to wipe out your hard-earned fitness or seriously disrupt your winter training plans. All you have to do is know how to spot signs of illness coming on before it his and manage workload accordingly. This will have you back in the saddle at full strength ASAP, missing significant training time.

Ben Sharp, former USA Cycling Olympic Program Coach, and current Power Education Specialist at Stages Cycling, sat down to talk tips on dealing with training through cold season and minimizing time off the bike.

Sharp’s number one piece of advice:“If the cold is in your head, you can train at a moderate level, but if the cold is in your chest, you shut it down no matter what.”

This means if you have the classic ‘head cold’ symptoms: stuffed up but runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, you actually can continue to train at a moderate level. But once that cold gets into your lungs and you start coughing up phlegm, complete rest is the only way to making your condition worse and missing even more time on the bike.

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Welcome PROBAR

We are pleased to announce, we now proudly represent PROBAR products!

When Jeff Coleman moved to Park City, Utah in 2002, he was an ‘eat whatever’s there’ kind of guy. Exploring hundreds of miles of Park City trails changed him as it occurred to him that Philly Cheesesteaks and martinis were not the best choices for refueling. Jeff wanted to make more informed decisions about nutrition. He sought out a well-respected local food coach to help educate him about the nutritional benefits of eating simple, real foods. He learned that good, whole food was integral not only to athletic performance, but also overall health and wellness. Jeff’s cheesesteak days were over!

Soon after, at a health food store in Park City, Jeff tried a locally made energy bar. He was surprised a bar so healthy didn’t taste like flavored cardboard. The bar was truly delicious! In one bite PROBAR® smashed all his preconceived notions of what a sports nutrition bar could taste like. Jeff was convinced “In this busy world, we are constantly at risk of making unhealthy food choices. PROBAR® is a great tasting, whole food alternative that is convenient and uncompromising in quality.” Within a month he committed to fund and grow the company, eventually going on to buy it outright.

Jules Lambries soon joined PROBAR® as director of sales. Jules, like Jeff, was passionate about PROBAR® and knew that others would be too. His first order of business was to introduce the bars to a wider audience. Jules, his wife and three kids set off on what turned into a two-year road trip, during which time they lived out of their RV as PROBAR® ambassadors. Jules’ wife even gave birth to their fourth child during their travels! Now, years later, as PROBAR’s president, Jules maintains that same level of passion and dedication.

Led by Jeff and Jules, PROBAR® has grown into a nationally recognized brand while remaining true to its roots. The vision that drove PROBAR® in its early days has never wavered and is engendered in PROBAR’s employees, partners, vendors, and customers. PROBAR® will continue to focus on its mission:

PROBAR® creates delicious, convenient, healthy, plant-based food products. We strive to become the leading provider of REAL FOOD choices, always maintaining our commitment to quality, sustainability, and fantastic taste.

Feedback Sports: TLC for Your Bike Repair Stand

Your trusty wash and work stand has tirelessly held onto your bike(s) hundreds of times so you can freely use both hands to wash, fiddle, adjust, and dial in your favorite ride to keep it in tip top shape, but when is the last time you gave your stand a little love in return? The nice thing about our line of bike repair stands is that they don’t require much, but with a little bit of TLC and inspection of potentially worn parts, you can keep your stand functioning like the first day you laid eyes on each other.  If you’re into bike maintenance and keeping everything in tip-top shape–why not include your bike repair stand?  Read on to find out how to keep things wash and work  running smoothly, which leads to your bike running smoothly, which in turn leads to adorable canines and world peace.

Now that your stand is dirty from the grime that has come off of your bike from a good season of riding, here are a few helpful tips and tricks to get your stand dialed so you can focus on keeping your bike clean and happy.

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MAVIC Speed Release: A Faster, Lighter and Safer Through Axle System

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A traditional thru-axle system offers outstanding benefits. It is stiffer, safer and offers more precise integration between the wheel and the dropout. The new Mavic Speed Release system offers all of that plus faster wheel changes and ease of use making it the perfect complement to any road disc bike.

SAFER - 
The integrated torque control system ensures consistent tightening force during each use and the indexed engagement system keeps the axle, and wheel, in the dropout if unscrewed.

LIGHTER -
Thanks to the torque control system, the tightening force is exact and predictable which allows us to confidently make our axle just 40g. Without this built-in predictability, conventional thru-axles must be overbuilt and weigh at least 50% more than the Mavic Speed Release system.

FASTER -
The Mavic Speed Release axle stays on the wheel when removed from the bike so no longer will you need a third hand to manage where to put your axle.

Pinarello: Full gas everywhere...

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GREVIL designed and made to devour miles on every terrain

Pinarello presents itself for the first time in the Gravel world and does it in a revolutionary way. A new frame with distinctive, aggressive lines with aerodynamics details typical of the Pinarello DNA, GREVIL is here.

Thought and built to ride miles on every terrain GREVIL maintains the handling Pinarello but makes versatility its strength.

With GREVIL you can go EVERYWHERE thanks to the use of different wheels able to radically change its nature. We are therefore faced with a bike able to satisfy an extremely vast and demanding public.

Contact Chris Fiehweg c.fiehweg@pinarello.com to learn more and order yours today!


Water Cycle | Chapter 2 - Ocean, Surf by Bike

Inspired by the 71% of the planet covered by water, Blackburn Design has created WATER CYCLE, an ongoing documentary film project. In the second chapter, OCEAN, we follow Ashley Llyod Thompson, a surf shaper from Santa Cruz, California. Ashley took time away from her shaping studio to travel with her husband and son to Mexico in search of quiet surf breaks. Many of the best breaks are tough to access and aren’t on any map. Fat bikes made the most sense to enjoy these secret places. Along the way, she found some beautiful quiet moments with the ocean and with her family. These are the simple joys that life on a bike can bring. Ashley has been an avid surfer since she was a child, eventually turning her passion into a career shaping surfboards and teaching new riders. As she became closer to her craft and the ocean around her, she adopted an emphasis on sustainable building practices that respected both her ability to ride huge waves, and desire to do as little harm as possible to the planet. Our fragile oceans sustain life on our planet, but increasingly, they are polluted with plastic waste. This waste can range from single use plastic products like cup lids, and take out bags, to microscopic particulates that kill fish and foul beaches. Protecting our oceans is important to Blackburn and so for this project we’ve partnered with Sustainable Surf to bring attention to the continued need to be stewards of our oceans. If this is something that resonates with you, consider becoming involved with one of Sustainable Surfs initiatives. sustainablesurf.org/ Featured at: blackburndesign.com/ocean CREATIVE Ocean was directed by Nicole Mackinlay Hahn. Mackinlay Hahn grew up in New York, where she worked at for the family business on Fire Island National Seashore. Curious, adventurous, and with a drive for honesty, she began making films in 8th grade using her brother’s pixelvision camera. Since then, she has collaborated on projects throughout the US, Africa, and the UK. Brian Vernor, a noted filmmaker and photographer, is provided art direction for the film. Brian has long been a Blackburn collaborator and will be making certain that each story in the project has a distinct point of view, while still holding close to the overall theme and vision. Ocean was produced by Robin Sansom, a long time Blackburn collaborator and a principal of Offsite Studios, a brand and content agency. Chris McNally returned for the second chapter of Water Cycle by providing the amazing illustrations. Follow and like us at: instagram.com/blackburndesign facebook.com/BlackburnDesign twitter.com/BlackburnDesign vimeo.com/blackburndesign ABOUT BLACKBURN In 1975, Jim Blackburn looked at the at the emerging cycling culture and knew he could make a difference. That meant thinking from the end-user perspective, showing respect for materials and their functionality, while offering purpose-built design and innovation. Over the years, Blackburn has adopted and honed those principles to build quality gear that allows people to go further, do more and be better prepared for everyday and extraordinary adventures alike.

Pinarello's Team Sky conquers Paris

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For the sixth time in seven years Team Sky has won the race, and now with a new champion in Welshman Geraint Thomas.

After twenty-one stages and over 2000 miles of racing Geraint Thomas won the 2018 Tour de France. The Walshman's has shown its strenght day by day from opening nine days in which he was the only contender to avoid time losses, supported by a strong Team, picking up bonus stages when it was possible and of course with strongs legs in the mountains.

The 32 years old became only the third Brit and first ever Welshman to win the yellow jersey. The podium has also been completed by Fourth time Tour de France winner Chris Froome (3rd) and the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (2nd).

Thomas's victory represents the sixth success in seven years for Team Sky at the world's biggest bike race, fourteenth of Pinarello's history. Congrats G.

Giordana Cycling: Review of the FormaRed-Carbon™ Bib Short

The FormaRed-Carbon™ Bib Short

Let's face it, a good bib short is the cornerstone of a cycling apparel maker's lineup. Experimenting with new fabrics and construction techniques can pay a huge dividend to the final product and ultimately to the cyclist. The new FormaRed-Carbon™ Bib Short with all of its new fabrics and technical features has eclipsed every previous generation to become the new benchmark in performance and comfort.

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Pinarello returns pink after 24 years

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Chris Froome brings the ROSA Jersey to Treviso

It was 1993 when Miguel Indurain won the Giro d'Italia on a Pinarello, since then the race in our homeland had become a real taboo.

Many champions have passed through these 24 years, but we needed the great Froomey to get the pink jersey back to our home.

A Giro that has been considered by everyone one of the most beautiful and exciting ever, first with the stage of the Zoncolan and then with the astonishing stage of Colle delle Finestre that will be remembered in the history of cycling. Obviously with a Pinarello bike.

Mavic: THROUGH THE ARCTIC -- CANADA

1400 km from Whitehorse to Tuktoyaktuk in winter time

THE CHALLENGE

When someone noticed me that a new arctic road was built in the north Canada, I said him "I must be the first to cross it!". Tuktoyaktuk is a small village in the northern part of Canada (Northwest Territories region) and until November 2017 the only way to reach it was by flight or, in alternative, by driving along the McKenzie river (only in winter time, where the river was iced). So I started thinking about an extreme adventure to reach this village with my gravel bike and I fixed the start point in Whitehorse (Yukon) planning a 1400 km route and a 10 stages timetable.

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TECH & EQUIPMENT

A winter time challenge is a really stressing test for bike, equipment (and of course, for the rider!). This is why I have to choose the best in terms of apparel, wheelset and equipment considering that the temperature is constantly under zero Celsius degrees (and in Canada I found temperature from -10°C to -30°C)

I use merino wool base layer: this is really important to isolate your skin and to have a first "warm" shell. The new Mavic Cosmic winter kit did the rest of the job: I used the Cosmic Pro Softshell Jacket (switched with the "Vision" one during the arctic nights) and the Cosmic Pro Wind Bib Tight as main "uniform". Merino wool Ksyrium Pro Thermo+ socks was my choice to protect my foot under the Ksyrium Pro Thermo shoes, the only shoes I can imagine to use over there (already tested during my 2016 and 2017 adventures across Norway, Finland and Iceland) Ksyrium Pro Thermo+ Gloves (paired with the slim merino wool gloves) protected my hands against the extreme cold conditions I found.

During this arctic adventure I had the opportunity to test a new gravel bike from "Wilier La Triestina". I setup the bike using the newest Allroad Pro Ust Disc Wheelset, that helped me to keep safe my ride, especially during critical brakes onto the ice surface.

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RIDING THE ARCTIC

When you ride across an arctic region everything is different: the beat of your heart, the pain of your legs. Your breath is frozen and the silence of the nature is able to full your heart of emotions: riding out there is a one in lifetime experience. First stages was a real tough challenge. I had to adapt my body to ride in so cold conditions and to keep the bike perfectly balanced on the road because the ice is really deceitful.

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OudoorGearLabs: Yakima Skybox 16 Carbonite Review

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Yakima Skybox 16 Carbonite Review

Price:  $529 List |

Pros:  Great handle, cool appearance, less expensive
Cons:  Frustrating installation
Bottom line:  The SkyBox Carbonite is an exceptional value because of its top-notch user friendly design.
Editors' Rating:   4 Star
Weight (lbs):  47 lbs
Volume (Cubic Feet):  16 cu ft
Size (Inches - L x W x H):  81 x 36 x 15
Manufacturer:   Yakima

Our Verdict

Before we started testing, we had all six of these cargo boxes laid out side-by-side in a garage. It was pretty readily apparent that our two $300 boxes, the ones we've deemed the "short and stumpy," were considerably less nice than the other four. What we were the most curious about, then, was what was going to separate a $500 box from a $700 box. At first glance they seemed really similar, so we couldn't quite figure out what the secret of the top-of-the-line boxes was, but we were determined to find out.

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Mavic Deemax Pro 27.5 wheelset review

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BikeRadar verdict

"Strong, quality riding enduro wheelset that's unique in looks, build and rear rim width"

Highs: Smooth, unique ride quality; tough and durable; UST for easy tubeless; interesting looking and sounding

Lows: Narrow width; special tools needed for truing; proprietary spokes; loud freehub

Buy if: Riding with gravity is your focus, yet you still have to pedal; you want something unique, and don't mind a narrow rear rim

Anyone who was a fan of downhill racing in the early 2000s can likely conjure up images of bright yellow wheels smashing tracks under the fastest riders. Back then, Mavic's signature yellow was used for the bar-setting Deemax wheelset. Today, Mavic has expanded the Deemax line to include the Deemax Pro hoops aimed at enduro and all-mountain riding.

Introducing Stages Power LR and Stages Power R

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TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING AND ALREADY TWO TOUR DE FRANCE VICTORIES TO ITS NAME, STAGES POWER LR IS THE DUAL-SIDED POWER METER USED BY TEAM SKY.
 
PLUS, TRANSFORM YOUR CURRENT LEFT-ONLY POWER METER INTO A DUAL-SIDED METER WITH STAGES POWER R.

 

FEATURES

• Individual measurement of both left and right pedaling inputs, including Pedaling Smoothness and Torque Effciency metrics.
• Active Temp Compensation (ATC) ensures consistent accuracy.
• +/-1.5% accuracy at 100w/90rpm (per side)
• IPX7 water resistance rating.
• 175+ hours of battery life from a user replaceable 2032 coin cell.
• Internal sensors measure cadence, omitting need for a magnet.
• Wireless firmware update capability via the Stages App.
• Available for Dura-Ace R9100 & Ultegra R8000

 

https://stagescycling.com/us/stages-power-lr-dual-sided-meter/

Giro Knit Collection

You’ve seen knit technology in athletic footwear, but you haven’t seen it in cycling… until now. Introducing our new engineered Xnetic™ Knit (pronounced ex-net-ic) for unparalleled comfort and breathability. Xnetic™ Knit technology was developed for the specific needs of performance cycling. A TPU skeletal system provides support where you need it, while the knit offers suppleness for superior sock-like comfort. The porous knit material makes the entire upper breathable, giving you a shoe that has superior ventilation and drying time.

Don’t confuse this knit footwear with a fragile sweater, because these shoes stand up to the elements. The Xnetic™ Knit is DWR-treated for water repellency and easy cleaning after grimy rides. Rubber or TPU toe and heel guards provide abrasion resistance and superior durability.
Simply speaking, they are built to tackle the road, trails and any environment where your adventure takes you.

Plus, the style of knit is simply undeniable.

Mavic More Efficient Pedal Stroke

The technical and technological developments in the cycling world over the past few years have been numerous, particularly for bicycles as a whole (frames, wheels, components, etc.). When talking about equipment for cyclists, however, such leaps in development have not been seen, particularly with shoes. In fact, shoe construction has remained unchanged for many years, with an upper (the top part of the shoe, often made of synthetic materials or leather) glued to the sole (stiff bottom part of the shoe) to which the cleat is attached.

Why is it that shoes are so important in cycling? Quite simply because they are the interface between the cyclist and the machine. You could put a well-trained cyclist on a very efficient bike, but if the connection between the two is poor, the system will not be the most efficient. And yet, if you take a look at top-level cycling today, you’ll see that the time differences have become smaller and smaller (for example, only 2 seconds separated the 1st and 2nd place finishers of Paris-Nice). It is thus important to optimize the performance of not only the machine and the athlete, but also the connection between the two.

By proposing our new Comète Ultimate shoe with its unique carbon shell + bootie construction (figure 1), the interface between cyclist and bike has never been so efficient.

 

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Bike Radar Review Giro Cinder MIPS Helmet

By: Ben Delaney | May 27, 2017 7:00am GMT

The Giro Cinder is a MIPS road helmet that costs just over half as much as the California company’s top-end Synthe MIPS.

I love the fit and feel of the Cinder, except for on hot days and/or when doing strenuous climbs. In those situations, the difference in ventilation to the Synthe becomes quite apparent.

Cinder MIPS vs. Synthe MIPS, in fit and ventilation

Visually the two are quite similar, and while there are small differences in the size and shape of the vents, the main difference in air flow lies within the helmets.

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The Synthe uses Giro’s Roc Loc Air retention system, which keeps the helmet slightly off the head, especially at the front. This design allows a little more airflow across the forehead.

The Cinder uses Giro’s Roc Loc 5 retention system, which is anchored at the temples of the helmet. The front pad of the Cinder lays right on top of the MIPS liner, which in turn lays flat against the foam body of the helmet.

So Roc Loc Air is better than Roc Loc 5, right? Well, here’s the thing: over months of testing I have found myself grabbing the Cinder over the Synthe most of the time for a couple of reasons.

One, the Cinder just feels more comfortable to me, perhaps because the weight of the helmet is distributed throughout the inside, inside of resting on just the 360-degree plastic Roc Loc Air band.

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Bell's Sean Coffey Comments on Latest Helmet Tech

Through distributor ZyroFisher, Bell Helmets has experienced a number of significant successes in recent years, with top athletes such as Danny Hart and Rachel Atherton wearing its products on their way to becoming World Champions.

The brand’s 2017 helmet collection builds on its success in the MTB category with a range of Road helmets that feature a host of performance and safety innovations.

We sat down with Bell’s Sean Coffey who gave us an insight into Bell Helmets: “We are in a constant state of brainstorming and concept development. That’s why Bell has so many technology ‘firsts’ within the cycling helmet realm. The Bell Zephyr was a ground-up development with the goal of pushing the boundaries in terms of energy management, maximum ventilation and incredible fit and comfort. Concepts like Progressive Layering made sense to consider as it allows us to create an incredibly complex structure for absorbing a broad spectrum of impacts.”

The Progressive Layering in Bell’s Zephyr is more than just the use two different densities of EPS foam, it’s also the replacement of the internal nylon roll cage support structure with a second in-molded polycarbonate shell for the inner layer, essentially two helmets in one. This approach allowed Bell to meet their energy management goals while also incorporating some exceptionally aggressive vents.

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Giordana Custom Kits Emphasis in 2017

There were lots of apparel offerings this year at PressCamp Road. But custom options seem to be the emphasis for 2017.

Giordana launched its expanded custom line here. A couple of years ago, the Italian company opened a new factory in Montecchio, Italy, and with the transition from its previous factory, it began revamping its apparel lineups extensively. The latest revamp was to custom, which is all entirely made in Montecchio, with fabrics sourced from the Veneto region, renowned for its textile industry, said Giordana Andretta, national sales manager.

Giordana now offers a Custom collection with multiple levels of kits to accommodate different fits and riding levels, from a Sunday coffee shop ride to a gran fondo or a racing club. The custom line now offers all the premium fabrics and details of Giordana’s in-line apparel but with the option of custom colors and branding.

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