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Urban AdvenTours/Urban Cycles is Hiring!

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Bike enthusiasts wanted!

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Urban AdvenTours/Urban Cycles in Downtown Boston is looking for hard-working and positive individuals who want to be part of a 14-year-old bike company that is growing and expanding in downtown Boston and in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Located in the North End/Waterfront, we specialize in high-end, quality bike rentals and unique bicycle tours of the Boston area, with an emphasis on customer service. Complimenting these offerings is our full-service bike shop which offers convenient services with the bicycle commuter in mind. We are known for our fun and friendly attitude and our ‘I Bike Boston’ branded goods which help support the local cycling community.

Now hiring:

  • Bicycle Mechanics
  • Sales and Retail Associates
  • Bicycle Tour Guides
  • Tour and Rental Manager

Full time, Part time, and Seasonal positions available. If you would like to set up an informational interview to find out more about immediate opportunities with us, please just send along a resume to jobs@urbanadventours and a short note on your desired position, availability and cycling experience to email provided. Keep it wheel!

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The best bike lights for road cycling

Modern bike lights can be split into two main categories — lights for road/commuting use and lights for mountain bike use. They differ vastly in terms of light output, run time, weight and expense. 

  • The best mountain bike lights
  • Buyer’s guide to bike lights for commuting and road cycling

We review dozens of bike lights every year at BikeRadar and this page features our pick of the best front and rear lights for road cycling and commuting.

Road lights are split into yet another two categories, however; those that provide enough illumination to enable you to see what’s on the road and those that are designed to simply ensure that you’re seen by other road users.

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For this Best Buy guide, we’ve selected front lights that are more powerful and will enable you to see where you are going on unlit cycle paths or rural roads while the rear lights are designed primarily to make you visible to other road users. Factors such as battery life, weight and side visibility are more important than all-out power for the rear lights, and the prices are lower too.

If you’re looking for lights for off-road riding, you need something more powerful that can light up unlit trails in dark woods littered with rocks, roots and other obstacles. You can find out more about lights for this purpose in our Buyer’s guide to mountain bike lights and Best mountain bike lights round-up.

This article was last updated on 18 October 2016.

Best front lights

Blackburn Central 700

Lezyne Macrodrive 800XL

Best rear lights

Moon Arcturus Auto Pro

Best combo sets

Niterider Lumina & Sabre

Exposure Sirius Mk5 & TraceR

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

How training your muscle memory can improve your mountain biking

Do you find that you’re stumbling as soon as the trails get a bit more technical? This technique from Matt Legg-Bagg at Pedal Progression will train your body to get into good habits, and it’s these habits that should make all the difference for your next session.

  • Sessioning the trail – practice makes perfect
  • Best mountain bike helmets for trail riding
  • Best cheap mountain bike upgrades

The idea is simple: you visit a trail section that you’re familiar with and find comfortable to ride. You session this section, but this time get used to over-exaggerating the position and techniques involved. 

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For example, when cornering, accentuate from your regular position on the bike. It may look a bit silly at first, but this will train your muscle memory, and so when you next fire yourself into a technical section the right technique will feel almost second nature. 

Watch the video below to find out more.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Why downhill racing is booming in the UK

Racing in the UK has never been as good as it is today and regardless of what the old timers tell you about ‘the good old days’, now is the time to get out there and give racing a go.

From stellar national events such as the BDS and Gravity Enduro Series, to any one of the amazing regional events that are ideal for beginners – there’s a challenge out there for everyone.

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How many regional races have world champions and World Cup winners in attendance? Dave and Lindsay Pearce pose for a photo with Gee Atherton and Marc Beaumont, who both live in Shropshire.

Grassroots racing is the lifeblood of the UK’s current racing pedigree, which in downhill, is internationally second to none and no more so is this the case, than in Ludlow, Shropshire. On the outskirts of this historic market town rests one of the sports key instigators of mountain bike racing; Pearce Cycles. A small family run bike shop with an enviable reputation when it comes to organising downhill races.

To find out more, we headed to Ludlow on the day of registration for their 2015 series. After previous years overwhelming successes, the plan for this year was to open the shop an hour before online and phone registration could begin. This way, some of the riders who perhaps weren’t as fast off the mark with their phones and computers and missed out in previous years, could truck over to the store and sign on in person.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

MBUK rides with mountain bike legend Shaun Palmer at the Forest of Dean

When MBUK went to ride with Shaun Palmer recently to find out more about his return to the sport as an ambassador for Intense Cycles, the opportunity to meet and ride with my biggest hero in mountain biking was finally right in front of me…

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Shaun Palmer was one of the few mountain bikers who I idolised as a teenager. Not only is he a mountain bike legend, but one of action sport’s most iconic characters. He’s also someone well known for being as much of a bad ass as he is a hard ass, so I don’t mind admitting I was a little nervous at the prospect of meeting him – after all, this was someone I’ve looked up to since I was 17. Even now at 34, and having been privileged to meet most of the sport’s biggest stars, the aura of cool that surrounds Shaun Palmer is as strong for me as it’s ever been. I’ve even had a copy of Heckler (a US board and lifestyle mag) since ’99 with Palmer on the cover, and I won’t lie when I tell you I’ve watched ‘The Miserable Champion’ (a video biography about Palmer) a fair few times to boot.

Shaun Palmer and Intense Cycles – a synonymous relationship that is thankfully back in action and set to do some damage at the races with Shaun managing their Junior development team, helping young US riders to become the next Aaron Gwin or Neko Mulally.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Saris offers rack trade-in promotion in March

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) — Saris Racks is launching an in-store trade-in promotion for March whereby consumers can exchange their old racks of any brand for a discount of up to 20 percent on select Saris racks

Troy Lee Designs Aaron Gwin Sprint race kit – first look

Troy Lee Designs has announced the release of a special, limited edition TLD Sprint race kit, in collaboration with champion mountain bike downhill racer, Aaron Gwin.?

The all-new Sprint race kit was released earlier this year, and is a totally new take on lightweight and performance race wear for gravity and BMX racing. Two out of the four UCI World Cup rounds have been won by riders in this kit so far (Gwin and Troy Brosnan), as well as the UCI BMX World Championship, thanks to Sam Willoughby, The Sprint kit is having a successful debut year, and now Troy Lee Designs has revealed this Aaron Gwin signature version, which comprises a jersey, pants and shorts in a brand new colourway.

The aaron gwin sprint jersey:

The Troy Lee Designs Aaron Gwin Sprint jersey

Aaron will be in his signature kit this weekend at the UCI World Cup in Mont St Anne, Canada, but from Monday (4 August), you’ll be able to buy your own set of this limited edition gear in the US, with stock due at international distributors soon after.

The Sprint jersey features mesh arms and side panels for targeted ventilation, a moisture-wicking rear collar and sublimated graphics, and will be priced at ?54.99 / US$50. The Sprint shorts are made from 600 denier polyester material for durability and protection with a mesh liner, and have 5.5in zipped front pockets as well as full waist and hip adjustment. They are priced at ?79.99 / US$86. The Sprint pants feature a rear stretch yoke, full waist and hip adjustment and are also made from tough 600 denier polyester material with a lycra stretch inner liner panel and a three-quarter length mesh liner. They’ll set you back ?119.99 / US$125.

Find out more at www.troyleedesigns.com.








Urge reveals new Supacross mountain bike helmet – gallery and video

Urge has revealed its latest mountain bike helmet, the Supacross, which it describes as the “ultimate XC helmet”.

Designed specifically for cross-country riding, the Supacross is one of the lightest helmets in its class, with a claimed weight of 260g. It also features 14 vents and internal channeling to help air flow between the helmet shell and the rider’s head.

Urge product manager Julien Pruvost described the helmet as having “a racy, aggressive look” that was still instantly recognisable as an Urge helmet.

Have a look at the gallery for a closer look at the details of the Supacross, and watch the video below to see Pruvost talk through the helmet’s key features.

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Video: Julien Pruvost on the new Urge Supacross helmet

Prices and release dates are to be confirmed. You can find out more about Urge products at www.urgebike.com.


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Upcoming UK bike events for July 1-8

If you don’t want to be deterred by the recent spell of bad UK weather, you’ll be glad to hear that there’s a wide selection of cycling events planned for this July. From festivals to cross-country races and sportives, next month is full of?organised rides you can get involved with. Here’s a taster of what’s in store…

Ribble Valley 100 – Sunday 1 July 2012

This route used to be known as the Cross Pennine 100. Any riders who’ve taken part in that event will know that it encompasses the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire and, if you’re doing the 100-mile option, Cumbria. A few challenging climbs are thrown in for good measure, just in case you get too comfortable admiring the views!

As the name suggests, 100km or 100-mile routes are on the cards, and you’ll be raising money for?Action Medical Research.?

Find out more about the event?and check out the route in more detail on BikeRadar Training.

The 100-mile route around the ribble valley : the 100-mile route around the ribble valley

The 100-mile route around the Ribble Valley

Hope XC Series Race 2 – Sunday 1 July 2012

More into getting your tyres muddy? Take part in this grassroots mountain bike race?at Lee Quarry, Lancashire.?Priding itself on its friendly atmosphere and accessibility for all riders, it’s a good place to give XC racing a go if you’re a novice. With a number of male and female categories, from Weekend Warriors to Racing Divas, there’ll be a category to make sure you’re pitted against those of similar race experience.?There’s also a Singlespeed category for those who don’t do gears…??

Entry costs are some of the cheapest you’ll pay for an XC series, at just ?6 for 15-16 year olds and ?12 for those of 17 years and over (that goes up to ?7.50 and ?15 respectively on the day).?

Find out more about the event on BikeRadar Training.

Brownbacks racing host grassroots races at lee quarry in lancashire:

Brownbacks Racing promote grassroots cross-country racing in Lancashire

Rat Race BASECAMP – 6-8 July 2012

If you have a couple of days to spare and really want to mix things up, it’s worth taking a look at this event.?Held at Graves Park, Sheffield, it’s part of the Cliffhanger Festival (the UK’s biggest outdoor pursuits festival). Enjoy a weekend of camping, live music, real ales and enter the?50km Rat Ride cyclosportive?on the Sunday.

A weekend of music, camping, ales and this 50km cyclosportive – sounds perfect! :

A weekend of music, camping, ales and this 50km cyclosportive – sounds perfect!

There are plenty more events going on throughout July. Head over to BikeRadar Training to view the full line-up. And if you know of some rides or races going on that aren’t already listed, feel free to add them to our calendar.

Are you interested in entering events but want to get fitter first? Then head over to our new fitness site,?BikeRadar Training. It’s a free online resource for you to?record and analyse?all aspects of your training, log your?routes, get yourself tailored?training plans, see how you’re doing on ourleaderboards, set goals and plan your season with a comprehensive?events guide.



Upcoming UK bike events for July 1-8

If you don’t want to be deterred by the recent spell of bad UK weather, you’ll be glad to hear that there’s a wide selection of cycling events planned for this July. From festivals to cross-country races and sportives, next month is full of?organised rides you can get involved with. Here’s a taster of what’s in store…

Ribble Valley 100 – Sunday 1 July 2012

This route used to be known as the Cross Pennine 100. Any riders who’ve taken part in that event will know that it encompasses the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire and, if you’re doing the 100-mile option, Cumbria. A few challenging climbs are thrown in for good measure, just in case you get too comfortable admiring the views!

As the name suggests, 100km or 100-mile routes are on the cards, and you’ll be raising money for?Action Medical Research.?

Find out more about the event?and check out the route in more detail on BikeRadar Training.

The 100-mile route around the ribble valley : the 100-mile route around the ribble valley

The 100-mile route around the Ribble Valley

Hope XC Series Race 2 – Sunday 1 July 2012

More into getting your tyres muddy? Take part in this grassroots mountain bike race?at Lee Quarry, Lancashire.?Priding itself on its friendly atmosphere and accessibility for all riders, it’s a good place to give XC racing a go if you’re a novice. With a number of male and female categories, from Weekend Warriors to Racing Divas, there’ll be a category to make sure you’re pitted against those of similar race experience.?There’s also a Singlespeed category for those who don’t do gears…??

Entry costs are some of the cheapest you’ll pay for an XC series, at just ?6 for 15-16 year olds and ?12 for those of 17 years and over (that goes up to ?7.50 and ?15 respectively on the day).?

Find out more about the event on BikeRadar Training.

Brownbacks racing host grassroots races at lee quarry in lancashire:

Brownbacks Racing promote grassroots cross-country racing in Lancashire

Rat Race BASECAMP – 6-8 July 2012

If you have a couple of days to spare and really want to mix things up, it’s worth taking a look at this event.?Held at Graves Park, Sheffield, it’s part of the Cliffhanger Festival (the UK’s biggest outdoor pursuits festival). Enjoy a weekend of camping, live music, real ales and enter the?50km Rat Ride cyclosportive?on the Sunday.

A weekend of music, camping, ales and this 50km cyclosportive – sounds perfect! :

A weekend of music, camping, ales and this 50km cyclosportive – sounds perfect!

There are plenty more events going on throughout July. Head over to BikeRadar Training to view the full line-up. And if you know of some rides or races going on that aren’t already listed, feel free to add them to our calendar.

Are you interested in entering events but want to get fitter first? Then head over to our new fitness site,?BikeRadar Training. It’s a free online resource for you to?record and analyse?all aspects of your training, log your?routes, get yourself tailored?training plans, see how you’re doing on ourleaderboards, set goals and plan your season with a comprehensive?events guide.