Princeton Sports closing one location after selling building

BALTIMORE (BRAIN) — Princeton Sports, a third-generation ski and bike retailer that dates to 1936, is closing one of its two locations after selling the real estate. The retailer began a liquidation sale at its 17,000-square foot Columbia, Maryland, store on Thursday.

Santa Cruz, BTI, Polar support hurricane rebuild efforts in Houston

Crowdfunding campaign established to help retailer's employees. HOUSTON (BRAIN) — Several bike industry suppliers are pitching in to help the hurricane recovery in Houston, including efforts to help bike shop employees whose homes were damaged or destroyed. Several bike retailers had stores damaged in the storm , while others lost personal homes and possessions

Cane Creek announces special edition eeBrakes, coil sprung fork and low-profile headset at Eurobike

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Cane Creek Cycling Components is releasing three new products at this year’s Eurobike show: a coil-sprung version of the company’s HELM suspension fork; a special El Chulo edition of its eeBrakes caliper road brakes; and the Slamset headset for riders seeking a low stem position. Cane Creek will also produce a new version of its Ergo Control bar ends, which the company has not sold since 2015

Masi launches online bike sales, with delivery through dealers

VISTA, Calif.

Cerevo device connects cycling sensors to smartphones and the cloud

TOKYO (BRAIN) — The Cerevo RIDE-1 is a frame-mounted bike computer that include a 9-axis sensor, thermometer, atmospheric pressure and brightness sensors as well as GPS.

Bicycle Sport Shop opens fourth Austin-area store

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Bicycle Sport Shop has expanded with a fourth location just outside of Austin in the small community of Bee Cave, Texas.

How to build mountain bike dirt jumps

Learning to jump a mountain bike first requires you to find a proper jump you can practice on. Building things is fun, so let’s look at how to build tabletops — a great place to start. 

We’ll then move on to building doubles, hip jumps and step-ups. For tips on learning how to ride the jumps, see our guide to how to jump a mountain bike.

The tools you’ll need for building dirt jumps

  • A sharp spade
  • A shovel
  • A medium-sized wood saw
  • A gardening brush
  • A wheelbarrow
  • A gardening hoe
  • A gardening fork

The rules of building dirt jumps

Only build where you have permission. Clean up after yourself.


How to build a tabletop jump in 11 easy steps

1. Clean up

First up, thoroughly clear any debris, etc from the area where you want your tabletop to stand.

2. Build solid foundations

Have a search for dead wood that you can use to make a solid foundation to your jump.

3. Scope out the centre of your jump

Lay the wood widthways across the table where you think the centre of the jump will be. This will make it easier when you want to turn your jump into a double (the idea is that you can pull out the middle without affecting the take-off or landing — more on that below).

4. Start digging

5. Dump the earth on the logs

6. Pack it down

7. Get shaping

8. Shape the transition

9. Smooth out the transition

10. Shape that lip

11. Leave it to set

How to build small doubles

1. Start removing dirt from the middle

2. Now you can pull out those logs

3. Smooth it

4. Reuse those logs and dirt

How to build big doubles

1. Plan it out

2. Pile up your logs

3. Lay down the dirt

4. Shape it into a slope

5. Pack it all down

6. Start building your take-off

7. Shape the take-off

8. Smooth the take-off

9. Leave it to set

How to build hip jumps

1. Find your location

2. Clear the area

3. Start making your take-off

4. Build your landing

5. Smooth it all off


1. Find your location

2. Make your foundations

3. Start building it up

4. Shape the landing

5. Smooth out your landing

6. Remember to give the landing a wide base

7. Shape the take-off

8. Smooth it, smooth it

9. Leave it to set

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Canyon says it will begin consumer-direct sales in US by next spring

Investment firm provides capital for expansion.

Bell Volt RL

Bell’s Volt RL helmet is firmly in the XC/roadie camp, so if you dabble in both fields this could be a good shout.

The pared down look is seemingly all vent, indeed there are 22 of them stretched out along the helmet, with an aggressive looking exhaust vent system at the back. Inside there are relatively few dedicated channels, but the location and shape of the vents mean airflow is good and the Volt is a refreshingly cool place to be.

Unfortunately this is where things turn sour. The padding inside is thin, and the odd-shaped EPS foam inner profile creates pressure points, especially at the top of the skull. The retention system’s cradle is well shaped and comfortable, giving the impression that it’s wrapped securely to your head, despite the relative circular shape. Tightening the rubberised wheel is easy, but its press-release system means de-tensioning the band is less controlled than a regular turn wheel.


The straps are anchored inside the helmet and thus sit close to your face for their entire length, which we found annoying when sweaty. They’re lightweight, but are also prone to twisting, which is frustrating.

Despite the Volt’s XC/road image, it’s also hefty at 330g – a similar weight to more protective trail helmets.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Vancouver Dealer Tour: Turning obsessions into careers

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — As the Vancouver bike scene has evolved, successful shops have had to do so as well. Some stores that started out in the 1980s or ’90s as hotbeds of mountain bike innovation have evolved into more mainstream stores, or into retailers who specialize in serving the city’s fast-growing bike transportation, leisure and tourist/rental trade