League of American Bicyclists recognizes Bicycle Friendly Businesses in all 50 states

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — In celebration of National Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists welcomes 34 new and renewingBicycle Friendly Businesses.

League of American Bicyclists recognizes Bicycle Friendly Businesses in all 50 states

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — In celebration of National Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists welcomes 34 new and renewingBicycle Friendly Businesses. They join 1,343 businesses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that have earned BFB status.

UK retailer Sports Direct buys Eastern Mountain Sports for $101 million

WILMINGTON, Del. (BRAIN) — Sports Direct, which operates over 700 stores worldwide as well as the Muddyfox and Silver Fox bike brands, has purchased Eastern Outfitters LCC, the company that owns Eastern Mountain Sports and Bob’s Stores

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


PressCamp plans two outdoor media events for next year

SOLON, Ohio (BRAIN) — ECRM will hold two Outdoor PressCamp events next year, to introduce new outdoor products to industry reporters and editors. Next year the company will repeat its June event, held for the first time this year, and launch a new event in December to focus on winter sports brands and product stories

ZIV reports challenging first half for German bike market

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — The first half of 2016 proved to be challenging for the German bike market, according to the latest figures from Zweirad-Industrie-Verband (ZIV), the country’s bike industry association, which includes manufacturers and importers of bicycles, components, accessories and e-bikes. ZIV, which presented the numbers during a discussion panel that kicked off Eurobike Tuesday morning, noted that bike production through the first six months of the year dipped compared to last year, with an estimated 1.6 million units produced. Sales of bicycles and e-bikes declined 5 to 8 percent, ZIV reported.

Blue continues to rebuild in marketplace

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — When editors at PressCamp walk into Room 6131 at the Silver Barron Lodge, the Triad Elite SL Di2 is an attention grabber.

Outdoor PressCamp signs up brands for first event

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (BRAIN) — CamelBak, Five Ten and Lowa Boots are among the outdoor brands that will exhibit at the? inaugural Outdoor PressCamp next June at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah

Dealer Tour LA, Day 2: Crossing the car-centric City of Angels

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Time tables and a detailed itinerary went out the window Wednesday on Day 2 of Bicycle Retailer ’s Dealer Tour Los Angeles as the group of editors and sponsors made the 37-mile journey from the coast at Marina Del Rey and headed across the City of Angels to its ultimate destination in Pasadena. (Huge apologies to Velo Pasadena for being two hours late to our final stop and missing owners Hrach and Nevrik Gevrikyan!) Despite fantastic guiding from Steve Messer, president of the Concerned Off Road Bicyclists’ Association, and Jon Riddle, ride marshal for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, we grossly underestimated how much traffic signals would delay us reaching our appointed stops. Still, the group got to witness the strides L.A

Horse for the Course: Merida Cyclo Cross for Melburn Roobaix

The FYXO Melburn Roobaix is part scavenger hunt, part showcase of Melbourne cycling culture. I recently attended the 10th edition of the event after hearing how popular (and fun) the previous years had been.

Melburn Roobaix isn’t exactly the most competitive event (seriously, look at the photos!). Its website states that those at the finish first, second or third don’t stand a chance of winning. Dressing up is strongly encouraged, and following ‘the rules’ is advised against. If you own some cycling gear that should by rights be burned rather than letting it see the light of day, it seems this is the day to break it out.


You know the event is lighthearted when some of your ‘competition’ are wearing this type of svelte skinsuit

With all that in mind, this isn’t the most serious Horse for the Course, either. The outcome wasn’t for the fastest bike – it was for a bike well suited to the course, for no complaints from the ‘pavé sectors’ or parkland riding… and to facilitate a cheesy smile along the way.

I didn’t want to take anything too racy, and likewise, with much urban riding to be had, a mountain bike seemed like overkill. Enter the entry-level Merida Cyclo Cross 500.

  • The course: The 10th anniversary Melburn Roobaix. Starting at an outdoor velodrome just down the road from the original birthplace of the Malvern Star brand, find your way to the checkpoints on the map and stop for some fun along the way. Finally finish some odd 43km later (if not lost – ours was much longer) at Brunswick velodrome with the approximately 2,500 other participants.
  • The equipment goal: A dependable and comfortable multi-terrain bike that was up to the cobbles, but still efficient on tarmac. Nothing too flash given the high likelihood of stopping for a coffee mid-event in urban Melbourne.
  • The horse: A 2015 Merida Cyclocross 500, with the inline brake levers removed for better brake feel, added tyre sealant to the tubes to prevent flats from grass (bindis) and glass, Shimano XT Race pedals and a Speedsleev on the saddle rails for spares, Indigo Dual mount off handlebar with GoPro Silver 4. No GPS computer in the spirit of getting lost. 10.2kg all up.

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