BRAIN Dealer Tour plies Austin’s prime paths

AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — Rolling on pink-accented tires provided by sponsor Hutchinson and attired in Sockguy socks bearing slogans like “Save the Ta Tas” and “Cancer Sucks” in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BRAIN’s Austin Dealer Tour kicked off Tuesday sampling some of the Texas capital’s growing network of premier cycling infrastructure en route to four shops, including multisport specialist Jack & Adam’s Bicycles and multi-store powerhouse Bicycle Sport Shop. Robin Stallings, executive director of advocacy group Bike Texas, led a crew of about 20 riders on a mix of paved, dirt and gravel paths and protected bike lanes

Osprey makes cash grants to four regional mountain bike programs

CORTEZ, Colo. (BRAIN) — Osprey Packs, Inc., is making four cash grants through IMBA’s “Let’s Build Trails” program to support the growth of recreational mountain biking in the United States. The grant recipients are the Central Illinois Trails Association; Team Dirt of Corvallis, Ore.; the South Alabama Mountain Bike Association; and the Southern Kettle Moraine Chapter of IMBA, based in Whitewater, Wisc

Blue introduces limited edition tri bike and auctions one for Team RWB

WILMINGTON, Del.

Mystery tool is a link to the industry’s heydays

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One23 Extreme Bright Duo 2000 front light review

One23’s ‘Batman’ design has a powerful spot beam, but poor power menu and bulky battery issues.

The Gotham hero-styled light houses wide spaced twin LEDs with the ‘ears’ providing the cooling fins in the centre. The quoted 2000 lumen output throws a serious amount of light down the trail but the dark really crowds in closely at the edge of the narrow beam, which can be distracting and tiring in visually ‘busy’ situations.

The one23's powerful, focused beam can be a bit on the tunnel-vision side:

The One23’s powerful, focused beam can be a bit on the tunnel-vision side

The four modes are controlled via a silicon ‘alien head’ switch on the back, which also acts as a low battery warning. Having a flashing and then totally off setting in the sequence between the two power modes is potentially a problem if you try to change output during a descent.

You get bar and helmet mounts in the box plus a hinged mystery mount. While the side mount cable looks slightly vulnerable it stops the cable being bent sharply by the clamp; a proven weak spot on other designs.

The hard case battery doesn’t increase run times but is harder to home than last year’s bag battery as it sticks out a long way either side of most frame tubes.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.








One23 Extreme Bright Duo 2000 front light review

One23’s ‘Batman’ design has a powerful spot beam, but poor power menu and bulky battery issues.

The Gotham hero-styled light houses wide spaced twin LEDs with the ‘ears’ providing the cooling fins in the centre. The quoted 2000 lumen output throws a serious amount of light down the trail but the dark really crowds in closely at the edge of the narrow beam, which can be distracting and tiring in visually ‘busy’ situations.

The one23's powerful, focused beam can be a bit on the tunnel-vision side:

The One23’s powerful, focused beam can be a bit on the tunnel-vision side

The four modes are controlled via a silicon ‘alien head’ switch on the back, which also acts as a low battery warning. Having a flashing and then totally off setting in the sequence between the two power modes is potentially a problem if you try to change output during a descent.

You get bar and helmet mounts in the box plus a hinged mystery mount. While the side mount cable looks slightly vulnerable it stops the cable being bent sharply by the clamp; a proven weak spot on other designs.

The hard case battery doesn’t increase run times but is harder to home than last year’s bag battery as it sticks out a long way either side of most frame tubes.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.








BRAIN returns to Texas for second tour—this time in Austin

AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — BRAIN’s final Dealer Tour of 2014 gets underway Tuesday in Austin as BRAIN editors, sponsors and guests set out on bikes to visit shops in the Texas capital. The tour will visit 13 retailers over three days

Cannondale store wins award from Hub Magazine

WILTON, Conn.

New device offers non-invasive lactate level testing for athletes

HOUSTON (BRAIN) — With help from a successful kickstarter.com campaign , a Texas company is preparing to begin shipping a non-invasive blood lactate testing device in December. The device, called the BSX Insight, will allow athletes, including runners, cyclists and multi-sport athletes, to determine their lactate threshold, a critical number for measuring fitness and determining optimum training levels.

Veglo Commuter X4 goes on sale

The Veglo Commuter X4 is a four-strapped cycling light that’s designed to be worn by cyclists. It creates a unique shape in order to give other road users multiple focal points, and help drivers better judge the distance, width and speed of cyclists. It’s available to order for ?39.99 from the Veglo website, just in time for the clocks going back in the UK.

The water-resistant, USB chargeable light, which can be worn on a backpack or over the shoulders, won second place in the British Inventors’ Project at the Gadget Show Live and reached 120 per cent of its funding goal on Kickstarter.

Veglo also won the Shell Live Wire Business Award in July, and designer Ed Ward – who developed the Commuter X4 after being knocked off his bike from behind in London – is now in the ‘Hot 48’ shortlist for the 2014 Young entrepreneur of the year competition. The company is also in The Pitch UK’s final 30, Britain’s biggest small business competition, and was also nominated in the final 12 from 700 brands in the John Lewis Pitch Up competition.

The straps are designed to help other road users judge your speed and distance:

The straps are designed to help other road users judge your speed and distance

Ward said: “We are thrilled to be recognised by the likes of John Lewis, Shell and The Pitch who have a great history in spotting potential in young companies whilst supporting them at crucial stages. An endorsement from such companies means so much to a budding brand.

“I’ve designed this light as an enthusiastic cyclist and as someone who has already suffered the dangers of cycling. I know personally that one of the biggest causes of accidents is poor visibility in heavy traffic. Cyclists need to be as obvious as possible because visibility is the simplest and most effective key to cycling safety.”