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From folding e-bikes to dozens of MTBs – here’s what we’ve been riding

Here at BikeRadar we like to welcome the arrival of a shiny new week by celebrating everything that was good about the previous one, namely all the bike riding we did in it. Over the past seven days we’ve covered the full spectrum of riding, with everything from folding electric commuters to getting knee deep in the dirt.

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Jamie Beach – Deputy Editor

This week I’m swinging my leg over something new and a little bit naughty – an electric motorbike electric folding bike. I’ll be adopting the new Tern Vektron for my daily commute to see how it gets on with rush-hour traffic and packed trains. You can read all about it soon.

Joe Norledge – Videographer

With the weather looking pretty grim over the weekend, Reuben and I decided to hit the roads and head for the hills. All our usual South Bristol favourites were ticked off, with plenty of half wheeling and making each other suffer throughout the ride. Sunday was really grim, but we still managed some productive KMs and even stumbled across a motorbike trial. As ever no ride is complete without a trip to Parsons bakery, and this weekend was no different.

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Ben Delaney – US Editor in Chief

I spent a few days in California at Road Press Camp, test riding FSA’s electronic K-Force WE group, the new Ridley Helium SLX and other new goodies. Where stuff is made was a hot topic, with talk of US and UK protectionist taxes in the news.  

Jon Woodhouse – Technical Editor

It’s that time of the year when all of our print titles go into overdrive for their massive Bike of the Year tests, so it’s been all hands on deck to get as many bikes ridden as possible. I headed out to the Forest of Dean with the What Mountain Bike crew as they did their best to get some serious testing time on the 20 bikes they’ve shortlisted for the test. 
We even managed to coax reclusive Northern tester-man Guy Kesteven out to play ‘dahn sarf’, though he insisted on wearing camouflage in order to keep a low profile. After a load of laps over two days, more swapping than one of ‘those’ parties, almost endless setup tweaking and light arguing, we’d managed to thin the herd out to a top ten that’ll be taken to the far flung shores of Spain for the final shootout.

Matthew Allen – Senior Technical Writer

I spent two days in deepest, darkest Wales with Rob Moxon of Cycling Plus magazine, trying to find out if an e-road bike can coexist with a regular one. (Conclusion: yes and no, watch this space…) We were riding around Llyn Brianne reservoir and although it was hideously cold, the views were stunning – it’s like a miniature version of the Alps in places, with a side order of Canadian forest.

Russell Eich – Technical Writer

I went to the second annual Fat Bike Worlds in Crested Butte, Colorado. It was a very unofficial Worlds event with no licensing, lots of beer, and few rules other than racers must be on at least a 3.5-inch tire and roll pressures under 10 psi. Despite brutally cold temps (-27 C / -18 F) in the morning, riders and racers had fun trying out all sorts of fat bikes. I raced both the short track on Thursday and the unofficial Worlds event on Saturday, and am pleased to report that I wasn’t the guy who rode off the groomed track and fell in the creek.

Josh Patterson – US Tech Editor

Getting hassled by salespeople isn’t something I usually look forward to, but like everything else in life, there are exceptions.

On Sunday I returned home from a long road ride to find an army of neighborhood Girl Scouts standing guard outside my house. They were armed with cookies for sale and ready to strike.

What our readers have been up to

So that’s what we’ve been doing, how about you? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to stay hydrated

Drinking enough water is essential if you want your muscles and, importantly, brain to perform at their best when you’re on the bike, and you’ll recover better too. Follow these tips from mountain bike coach Chris Kilmurray to stay hydrated while riding.

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1. Lifestyle extension

Staying hydrated on the bike should be an extension of staying hydrated in your daily life. Never start a ride dehydrated. Begin each day with a 500ml glass of water. Tea and coffee count as extras too. Aim to drink another 500ml half an hour before you start riding.

2. Know your kit

Whether you ride with a backpack and hydration bladder or drink bottle and cage, aim to have a minimum of 750ml with you — that’s enough for one hour to 90 minutes of moderate riding. Any longer and you’ll need to carry more fluid or know a place to refill.

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3. Little and often

Sipping on fluid after the first half hour of riding plus always drinking three gulps with any food consumed is a great way to stay on top of your hydration. If you’ve not drunk at least 500ml in 90 minutes you’re not drinking enough. Drink more than that in 30 minutes or less and you’re overdoing it.

4. Electrolyte tablets

While not essential, a quality electrolyte tablet that contains potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium will help you retain the fluids you’re drinking, and they often add a great taste to plain water for those who like something different. It’s usually one tab per 500ml of water.

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Greg Siple, co-founder of Adventure Cycling, retires

MISSOULA, Mt. (BRAIN) — Greg Siple, Adventure Cycling Association’s co-founder and art director of 40 years, will retire on Jan. 29

Brompton releases limited edition NYC folding bike

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Brompton Bicycle has unveiled its New York City Edition bike, designed in collaboration with VESPERTINE NYC, a safety wear brand.

Quiz: How many of these gravity bikes can you identify?

This quiz is for the downhill demons, the gravity fiends, the men and women who can’t be bothered to ride uphill. If you shuttle on the daily, then you should be able to ID these 10 downhill bikes with ease. If you’re a well-rounded rider you should fare pretty well. If you’re a roadie, then good luck to you; you’ll need it. 

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  • Vintage mountain bike quiz
  • Can you guess the tyre from the tread?

Too easy? Completely stumped? Let us know how you did in the comments section below.

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Summer PressCamp Day 3: Protection, apparel and industry bonding

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Wake, caffeinate, eat, meet, eat, ride, eat, socialize…repeat in a spectacular setting.

BSX launches second generation cuff, adding muscle oxygenation monitoring

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — BSX Athletics, which introduced a non-invasive blood lactate measuring cuff last year , has officially launched the second generation of the device, called the BSXinsight.

GU adds energy bar to nutrition range

BERKELEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — GU Energy Labs is debuting its first energy bar and a bulk package option for its GU Energy Gel. The new bulk packaging is designed to reduce litter: fewer packages mean less trash and less material used

AIM acquires Catalyst’s Outdoor Guide

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Active Interest Media, publisher of Backpacker , SKI , Skiing , Climbing and a host of other outdoor consumer magazines, has acquired the Outdoor Guide, a direct mail service, from Catalyst Communication

Giant USA promotes several employees to new roles this month

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant USA has promoted several of its employees to new roles, starting with John “JT” Thompson, who has been promoted to executive director. Thompson will still be in charge of Giant’s sales and retail services, and now adds Credit, Product, and Marketing