Liv Cycling releases two women’s e-bike model lines

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Live Cycling is releasing two new model lines of women’s specific e-bikes: one line for the road and one for off-road. “With the unveiling of two e-bike platforms, Liv continues to expand its selection of women’s specific cycling products — furthering cycling opportunities for both new and well-versed riders via Hybrid Cycling Technology,” the company said.

Live to Play Sports adds Terry Duran to US sales team

PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Live to Play Sports has hired industry veteran Terry Duran as regional sales manager for the Southern U.S.. The appointment took effect Monday, May 15. Duran was most recently national sales manager for Wilier Triestena USA

Specialized opens pop-up store in Germany; launches new Turbo model

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (BRAIN) — On the heels of launching the second model in its Turbo pedal-assist line, the urban-focused Vado, Specialized has opened a pop-up store here. The store opened Friday evening local time near the Königsallee, an area in the city’s downtown that attracts more than 10,000 visitors each day. In just under two months, the Tour de France will start here and pass by the new store

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Industry veteran Blair Clark to lead Canyon US; German brand sets up California office

Canyon staffs up as it preps for U.S. entry KOBLENZ, Germany (BRAIN) — Canyon Bicycles GmbH has made several key hires in the U.S. as it prepares to begin selling direct to consumers in late summer

Colorado shop featured in BRAIN’s Retail Remodel Project to close

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bike-n-Hike, a Trek dealer in this Front Range city, will close its doors after 44 years in business. Current owners Rick and Jill Emerson bought the shop in 2007 from its second owner, Dave Swenson.

Five top bikepacking tips

Miles Porter, head of activities with BSpoke Tours and Cycling For Softies, has some packing tips for commuting and touring.

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1. Commute in style

If you’re committed to commuting, but want to bring a change of clothes, laptop and lunch, then panniers can maximise carrying capacity without ruining your ride or sapping your energy the way a backpack can.

“For a more appealing look, Brooks panniers are not only the most famous bike bags, they are classics in terms of style and usability,” says Porter.


2. Secure the store

On a regular commute, through water and road salt soaked streets, look for tough, waterproof but lightweight fabric panniers with a secure fastening mechanism, roll-top or flap-down cover and a zip or draw-string inside to keep valuables safe.

“It’s also crucial to ensure that your bike is well balanced with the weight evenly distributed from side to side,” says Porter.

3. Pack to protect

When you’re packing laptops, tablets or MP3 players use padded cases or bubble wrap to stop them moving around.

4. Take a tour bag

5. Make life easy

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Sparky’s Distribution hires new reps for Subrosa and Shadow sales

LONGWOOD, Fla. (BRAIN) — Subrosa Brand Bikes has contracted with the Dennis Lee Co

BikeRadar Bargains: end-of-season sale madness

There’s a sprinkling of amber in the trees, a certain smell in the air, and an earlier-creeping dusk – all of which signal that summer is drawing to a close. Sad though that might be, there are some reasons to celebrate. Cheap cycle kit, for one! Most of the big retailers are selling off their old stock at mega-discounted rates, so now’s the perfect time to bag a bargain. Here’s our pick of the best deals to be had online. 

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NiteRider Pro 1400 Race £220.00 £165.00

With the nights drawing in, it’s getting near time to break out the lights, particularly if you fancy a little post-work mountain bike action. This front light from NiteRider will help illuminate the trail ahead of you, so you can keep your fitness, skills and fun levels up during the darker months. 


Available with a 25% discount from Cycle Surgery

High5 Energy Gel Sachets – 20 x 38g £19.80 £7.99

The summer might be ending but that’s no reason to stop riding! If you’ve got a hectic autumn and winter of cyclocross racing or club rides, or are just heading out to keep the winter blues at bay, you’ll be sorted for energy with this bumper box of 20 gels for a bargain £7.99. 

Specialized BG S-Works clip-in road shoe white/red £260 £200

Specialized Source Sport Disc 2015 hybrid bike £700 £485

Mekk Volante AL 24in Claris (2016) £399 £239

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Thule hits financial and environmental goals for 2015

STOCKHOLM (BRAIN) —?Thule Group AB hit its financial goals for annual sales growth and EBIT margin for 2015, and exceeded its goal for the proportion of the energy used in its factories coming from renewable sources. In its annual financial and sustainability report released Friday, the publicly traded Swedish company reported net sales of 5,320 million Swedish Kronas ($656 million) in 2015, up 5.1 percent over the previous year when adjusted for currency changes.

O’Neal Stinger II

The Stinger IIs use O’Neal’s own Honey Stinger rubber for a decently grippy sole, but their more casual looks belie the fact that they’re definitely based on a more traditional skate-style shoe rather than their more technical, bike specific rivals.

They have a relatively narrow overall fit which is great for slimmer slipper lovers, but that’s bolstered by the fact that the mid section of the shoe is usefully wide, giving decent enough support on the pedal. Compared to many other mountain bike specific shoes on the market, there is definitely much more overall flex in the shank however. That means the shoe is really comfy off the bike, something that matches up perfectly with their BMX/skate style looks. 


While the rubber is grippy enough, it’s not especially tacky. While the the honeycomb tread pattern hooks up well with pedal pins, it doesn’t offer particularly good traction off the bike or in deeper mud. The rather flexy sole means that although you get great feel, pedalling efficiency isn’t particularly good. Add in a rather broad heel cup that allows a lot of lift to waste your energy and it means they’re not the shoes you’ll want to use on a longer distance ride.

The shoe itself has plenty of padding which makes them super comfy, but also soaks up water despite the moderately weatherproof outer. There’s not much in the way of toe protection either, so hard strikes onto rocks are more likely to leave your toes worse for wear. If you keep yourself mostly to the bike (or skate) park then they’re decent enough, but for mountain use there are better options.

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