Mobile shops roll ahead as alternative to brick and mortar

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NuVinci Cycling hires Anne Guethoff as director of marketing

ZWOLLE, Netherlands (BRAIN) — NuVinci Cycling, a division of Fallbrook Technologies Inc. has hired Anne Guethoff as its new director of marketing

Pactimo Apex MTB jersey review

Pactimo, the brand primarily known for its top quality road kits offered in both custom and standard designs, is now making mountain bike clothing. Their new Apex MTB jersey has an excellent fit and a few well thought out details that make it a keeper.

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Light and trim

All performance riding jerseys are lightweight, that’s pretty much a given nowadays, the fit though, that can be a complete crapshoot.


The Apex MTB jersey nailed the low weight criteria, and managed to hit the mark on the fit as well. It fits trim, not Lycra racer, second-skin type trim, but far removed from the all too typical American square box shirt fit. It’s worth noting, I’m tall and gangly, and while I remember the 90’s baggy look, I’m well past that now. It pairs well with the matching Apex shorts, both with a nod towards XC riding. 

Adding to the impeccable fit, the material placement works well. The front panel is a super soft Run-Lite fabric, if you’re not a runner, having a silky smooth shirt is key as the up and down motion of a shirt can cause chafing on two spots where you really don’t want to be chafed. 

Pactimo Apex MTB jersey pricing and availability

Available now. £35 / US$50 / Pactimo does not ship to Australia currently

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BikeExchange becomes co-title sponsor of Orica-BikeExchange WorldTour team

Australia-based online marketplace moves up to title position prior to Tour de France. IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) —?BikeExchange, an online marketplace based in Australia and recently expanding internationally, has become a co-title sponsor of the newly named Orica-BikeExchange team, previously known as Orica-GreenEdge

Qloom Avalon shorts and Hey Dude liner review

Qloom’s motto is ‘Surf the trail’, and the brand aims to bring surfing’s bright, bold colors and graphics to mountain bike wear, as well as the laidback surf vibe to both singletrack and the pre- and post-ride hangout.

Qloom offers mountain bike clothing for men, women, and kids, and has been sold through dealers in Europe since being founded in Switzerland in 2007. The brand has jumped into the US market in the fall of 2015 going direct-to-consumer, and plans are in place to join Australia soon.

Qloom touts the Avalon shorts as an enduro offering. With that, they feature a slightly looser fit and more durable materials. 


According to Qloom’s Stephen Downey, “We’ve noticed a shift in what a lot of riders desire in their mountain bike products. From bike geos to helmet designs, consumers expect products that deliver performance on the climbs, but really come to life and excel on the descents. We feel the Avalon fits the bill with its features and fit. They rock the uphill, but are really made to rally the downhills.”

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Fit and details equal function

I have a good handful of rides in the Avalons, and am impressed. The fit is spot on, with a performance cut that strikes a very nice middle ground between tight and loose. The rise through the crotch features a stretchy, slicker material, allowing for easy movement around the saddle, and most importantly not snagging on the seat when wiggling your way off the back on steep, fully committed descents. 

Hey Dude! That’s a good liner short


  • Avalon shorts: $139.95 / €139.95 (UK and Australian pricing not available)
  • Hey Dude inner shorts $54.95 / €54.95 (UK and Australian pricing not available)

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Today’s Plan: training and analytics tailored to your event and daily schedule

Today’s Plan is a relatively young Australian software startup that launched at the beginning of 2015. The online platform seeks to bring the knowledge of a qualified coach to an affordable, cloud-based training and coaching subscription service. With a year of product refinement now complete, we thought it was time to update our original story and check in on what this fast-moving company was up to.

Although there are businesses in this space already, Today’s Plan offers a range of unique features, split into two distinct areas. The first is a computer-generated, yet personalised training plan that based on your riding history, fitness level and time available to train is tailored towards your exact event goal. The other area is in analytics, with endless data captured and displayed in easy to use graphs and summarised terminology. The latter is something the Trek-Segafredo team, and a growing number of professional cycling coaches are now using.

Training plans

Originally created with cycling coach Mark Fenner of FTP Training, Today’s Plan claims to have thousands of training templates in its database that users can make use of after answering the setup questions.


Company director Ben Bowley, a former managing director of Apple in Australia and New Zealand, explained to BikeRadar that the starting point had been him meeting Fenner as a customer.

“I was disappointed in my mountain bike marathon results and wanted to do better,” he said. “The following year, working with Fenner, I smashed my previous record and was competitive.

“I couldn’t have done it without a coach’s assistance – and our system is bringing much of that to your fingertips at an affordable price,” claimed Bowley.


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Knog launches new bell design on Kickstarter

RICHMOND, Australia (BRAIN) —?Australian cycling accessory brand Knog has launched a new style of bicycle bell with a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign.

2018 Velo-City conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro

BRUSSELS?(BRAIN) — The 2018 Velo-City international advocacy summit will be held in Rio de Janeiro, the European Cyclists’ Federation, the event’s organizer, announced Monday. The ECF has been organizing the annual conferences since 1980. This year’s conference is being held later this month in Taipei, Taiwan, directly preceding Taipei’s annual bike trade show.? ?The 2017 conference will take place in the Netherlands.

BionX International names Casey Anderson as new sales manager

AURORA, Ontario (BRAIN) —?Canadian e-bike electric propulsion system manufacturer?BionX International has named Casey Anderson as its new sales manager for North America and emerging markets. Anderson has 15 years of experience in the cycling industry, starting in retail sales and through several positions at BionX including technical representative and global training manager