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Sea Otter 2018: Kids’ bike brands move young riders up the age spectrum

Editor’s note: This article appears in the festival guide for this year’s Sea Otter Classic, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. Visit bicycleretailer.com later this week for on-site coverage from Laguna Seca.

By Emma on April 17, 2018 | Mountain Bikes, Safety
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Move into complete builds ramps up Parlee’s business

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Parlee started out as a custom framebuilder, then added Asian-sourced stock sizes. But when the company added complete bike builds to its offerings, it hit a hot spot for dealers

Move into complete builds ramps up Parlee’s business

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Parlee started out as a custom framebuilder, then added Asian-sourced stock sizes. But when the company added complete bike builds to its offerings, it hit a hot spot for dealers.

PeopleForBikes board approves Community Grants

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) —The PeopleForBikes Coalition board of directors held their biannual here this week, where it approved eight new Community Grants for bike projects.  The board also welcomed a new member, Chad Price of Specialized

Timbuk2 to hold Summer Sessions events at its stores through September

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) – Starting today, San Francisco-based bag maker Timbuk2 will host a series of nationwide events the company hopes will inspire urban adventures in Chicago, New York, Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Venice, California. These Summer Sessions events will take place through September in its stores and include special deals, beer tastings and margaritas made with human-powered bike blenders.

Tern begins delivery of Kickstarter pledge bikes through dealers

LAKEWOOD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Tern has delivered the first batch of its Vektron electric folding bikes to Kickstarter backers in the United States. The bikes are being delivered to Kickstarter backers via Tern’s U.S

Sea Otter: Kona introduces road-plus bikes, updates ’cross line, shows off e-MTB for outdoor pursuits

MONTEREY, Calif.

Taipei Cycle Show: Heard in the halls

Sharks and fast fish: The Taipei Cycle Show, a 30-year-old event in Taiwan, is going head to head with a much younger but more nimble Taichung Bike Week. The  Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) , the government agency that organizes the Taipei Cycle Show, announced last October that it would move its traditional March show to Oct.

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Topeak Defender M1 front mudguard review

The Topeak DeFender M1 is very much out of the old-skool moto inspired mould, with a large fender that mounts via an expanding plug into your steerer tube.

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It’ll cope with all sizes of steerer and this means it’ll also work with a Cannondale Lefty or any other upside down fork that has an exposed lower steerer tube.

Despite the flex and distance from the wheel, it does do a surprisingly good job of keeping water spray off you at all speeds

It’s made from hard plastic with a softer rubberised edge that’ll prove more gentle to rider and frame should you contact it in a crash, though being mounted high up means it’s much more exposed to damage than a guard that follows the contour of the wheel. 

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The DeFender also flaps about rather alarmingly in use and because it’s so high up it also obscures your view of the front wheel, which is really rather unnerving when you’re trying to place it accurately on technical terrain. Some of the play in the fender is down to the fact that either blade can be removed via a small clip to allow you to transport it with your wheels out without damaging the guard.

Despite the flex and distance from the wheel, it does do a surprisingly good job of keeping water spray off you at all speeds, though claggy mud tends to get thrown about a bit more and also adds to the flapping about issue once the guard is weighted down. It’s also nowhere near as good as the full coverage guides that sit close to the tyre, but being high up means there’s no way it’ll get jammed.

At 202g it’s no lightweight either, though the price isn’t extortionate.

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