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Sea Otter Expo is sold out

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Sea Otter Classic say they have sold out the entire expo area for this year’s festival. The expo will include more than 500 exhibitors representing nearly 900 brands and occupy 165,000 square feet of display space.

Weldtite entering US market, hires Derek Goltz

LINCOLNSHIRE, United Kingdom (BRAIN) — British bike care brand Weldtite has hired Derek Goltz to oversee all sales and marketing activities for the brand in the U.S. The company, which offers lubes, cleaners, tools and other accessories, is entering the U.S. market for the first time this year and will display at next month’s Sea Otter Classic.  Goltz, most recently the director of marketing for Finish Line, will work from Orlando, Florida

RZC Investments, controlled by Wal-Mart heirs, buys majority share in Rapha

LONDON (BRAIN) — Rapha has announced that U.S.-based RZC Investments is now the majority shareholder in the business.

Sombrio Prodigy gloves review

Vancouver, BC-based Sombrio has been focused on developing some of the most stylish and functional mountain bike clothing since the 80s. Can those two traits coalesce with durability?

Sombrio Prodigy glove features

  • DuPont Kevlar thread construction throughout
  • Ax Suede stretch and recovery chamude palm
  • Silicone breaking fingers for improved modulation
  • Terry moss thumb panel
  • Pull on cuff less, no slip design
  • Pre-curved dexterity

Heavy-duty, but odd stitching

I was initially excited for the Prodigy gloves. The palms are completely one piece, devoid of any superfluous padding or extra material, exactly how I like gloves. The fit, however, dampened my enthusiasm. On my hands, the X-Large size felt about right, but the stitching felt in the wrong place, especially over the first knuckle on my index finger. It was immediately noticeable and didn’t subside with wear. 

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I could also feel the stitching at the fingertips, and while it wasn’t as bothersome as the knuckle rubbing, it’s certainly something I don’t look for in gloves. The protruding stitching could be due to the Kevlar thread used. Yep, it’s the same stuff bulletproof vests are crafted from. 

The nose/brow wipe is comically small for some reason. I’m a farmers’ blow kind of guy, I don’t depend on my gloves to wipe my face all that much, but I can’t imagine the reasoning behind making the terry cloth so small.

Saved my hands

Are they for you?

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

UPDATED: Greg Herbold retires from SRAM, RockShox after 25 years

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Greg Herbold is retiring from work with SRAM and RockShox after 25 years with the brands as a racer, product developer and ambassador. Herbold first became affiliated with SRAM when he was signed to race and endorse the company’s first and only product — Grip Shift.

Summer starts early after more than 100 Rodale employees bike to work

EMMAUS, Pa. (BRAIN) — More than 100 Rodale Inc employees biked to work on Monday, the first day of Bike to Work week

Participation surges for 2015 Sea Otter Classic

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Sea Otter Classic already had plenty to celebrate as its 25th edition approaches in April. Now the annual Monterey festival is also reveling in surging numbers for exhibitor sales (up 45 percent), athlete registration (up 17 percent) and camping reservations (up 23 percent).

Kali Protectives adds to marketing team

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Kali Protectives has hired longtime Bike Rumor contributor and tech editor Saris Mercanti to a new marketing role. Working with sales and marketing manager Bryan Mason, Mercanti will oversee brand communication, in-house content creation and help expand the brand’s moto division

Veteran cycling journalist Josh Patterson joins BIkeRadar US

BikeRadar is pleased to announce that Josh Patterson, former editor of Dirt Rag Magazine, joined the BikeRadar US team today as technical writer.

Patterson holds a master’s degree in journalism, and he grew up working in bike shops – a perfect combination for all the riders coming to BikeRadar for practical advice on bikes and gear.

Patterson will be moving with his wife to Colorado to join the BikeRadar US staff of James Huang and Ben Delaney.

“Josh understands all the complexities of the bicycle and can clearly explain the pros and cons of any set-up to any level of rider,” said Delaney, editor in chief of BikeRadar US. “He can easily distinguish hype from substance, and his enthusiasm for riding bikes is contagious. We’re lucky to have him.”

Before his years at the helm of Dirt Rag, Patterson helped launch Cyclocross Magazine.

“As a competitor, I respected BikeRadar for their honest, in-depth articles and product reviews,” Patterson said. “As a member of the BikeRadar US team I look forward to using my technical experience and passion for cycling to inform and inspire our readers.”

Last month more than 2.65 million readers enjoyed BikeRadar content, with more than 29.7 million pageviews, according to Comscore. BikeRadar now has a dedicated homepage for North American readers at BikeRadar.com/US.

Patterson will be working closely with technical editor Huang, who has spent more than 10 years reporting on bikes and gear around the world. With a master’s degree in materials science and a critical eye for detail, Huang is routinely sought out by bike industry veterans as well as everyday riders for his expert opinion.

At BikeRadar’s UK headquarters, global editor in chief Jeff Jones leads an experienced team of gear experts, including Warren Rossiter (road) and former pro downhill racer Robin Weaver (mountain bike), alongside Robin Wilmott (road), John Whitney (road) and Guy Kesteven (anything with two wheels), among others.

Before founding BikeRadar with Future Publishing in 2007, Jones spent seven years as the editor of Cyclingnews, living in Australia and Belgium. Jones is the former 12-hour time trial world record holder (305.5 miles), and has won five World Press Cycling Championship titles.

With more than 10,000 products reviewed by this team of experts, BikeRadar is the rider’s best resource for news, information and recommendations on bikes and gear.



Josh Patterson joins BikeRadar.com

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Josh Patterson, the former editor of Dirt Rag magazine, is joining Future Plc.’s Bike Radar U.S. team as a technical writer. Patterson will officially start with BikeRadar on Monday, Sept