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Grinduro 2018 sponsors include Giro, Fabric and SRAM

The Giro-owned events, in California and Scotland, are in the fourth year. SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.

Top pro road team to race 3T’s Strada, with single chainring, disc brakes and wide tires, next season

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — At least one team will ride a single-chainring, disc brake road bike in some of the world’s biggest races next season. The Aqua Blue Sport team, an Irish-based Pro Continental squad, will race the 3T Strada bike in 2018. The team, which is gunning for a Tour de France wild card invite and WorldTour status in the coming seasons, includes American pro road champion Larry Warbasse.

Populo launches sub-$1,000 Sport urban e-bike

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Populo Bicycles’ new Sport model is a singlespeed urban e-bike that retails for less than $1,000.

Ted King joins Beeline Bikes as brand ambassador

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) – Beeline Bikes has added Ted King as a brand ambassador. King spent ten years as a pro road cyclist and has a resume that includes Grand Tours, World Championships races and seven personal victories.

Stromer’s new e-bike, the ST1 X, is aimed at the young and stylish

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Stromer’s new ST1 X e-bike model is aimed at young and stylish city dwellers

Speedplay’s Richard Bryne and Ironman’s Valerie Silk to be honored at TBI event

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) —Triathlon Business International will honor Valerie Silk and Richard Bryne at its 7th Annual Business Conference in Dallas later this month. Silk will be presented with the Ron Smith Award and Bryne with the Steve Hed Award for Innovation. Silk as known as “the mother of the Ironman race.” “Everything about the race would have been entirely different had Silk refused the responsibility of handling the race after previous director Captain John Collins departed Hawaii to a new duty assignment,” TBI said

QBP announces 2017 Fat Bike Summit schedule

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products has announced a schedule of four Fat Bike Summits for 2017.

Does aero matter for mountain bikers?

In the world of road cycling, aero — that’s aerodynamics for people who are going too fast to say complete words — is king. In everything from bikes to helmets to clothing, trying to slip through the air with as little drag as possible is a priority, with extra slippery fabrics, extreme tube profiles and wind tunnel testing being a major selling point even on bikes not designed to win races.

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When it comes to riding bikes in dirt, it’s been less of a consideration. I’m currently unaware of any mountain bike on the market that brags about its aero credentials and only in recent years have we seen lids that tout a wind cheating profile; most of those tend to be repurposed road helmets too. 

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While cross-country racers have traditionally stuck to tight fitting lycra and helmets without peaks, most mountain bikers tend to use baggies whatever discipline they ride. There are some reasons for this. The biggest is obviously fashion. Even at the genesis of the sport the long haired hippy types that thought drifting old beach cruisers down a hill in Marin County would be a laugh chose to wear jeans and flannel shirts, rather than traditional cycling clothing. There was a good reason for that — apart from ensuring a rugged looking legacy — because having thick, baggy clothing afforded more protection from the inevitable crashes that result from riding silly bikes on slippery surfaces.

For the first part of my test I decided to investigate just how draggy different clothing styles are by doing a very simple roll down test on a fireroad

Even in modern times, mountain biking is arguably still more closely aligned with ‘action sports’ such as snowboarding and motocross rather than road cycling, and so the culture and clothing tends to reflect this. Of course, whether some of the brightly coloured baggy clothing that you see out on the trails is objectively ‘cooler’ than skin-tight clothing is up for debate; to be honest both are a hard look to pull off when in the company of people who don’t partake in either sport.

Anyway, ever since 2008 “tight fitting clothing” has actually been banned in downhill racing by decree of the UCI, cycling’s governing body. Take a look at the Enduro World Series and you won’t see anyone sporting a skinsuit either, though many of the top riders certainly modify their sponsor’s clothing to make sure there’s not an excessive amount of material. 

Part one: the roll down test

Part two: the offroad test

So, what should we take away from this? Well, if you just want to go fast, then clothing does matter

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Cannondale, Sugoi and Fabric continue support of Cyclocrossworld.com team

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Cannondale has agreed to a two-year extension of its sponsorship of the long-running Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com team

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.