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Guilty verdict in Kalamazoo’s deadly crash gratifies local cyclists

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (BRAIN) — Bike riders do things a bit differently now in this city of 75,000, where a driver plowed his truck into a group road ride nearly two years ago, killing five cyclists and injuring four others.

REI suspends orders of Vista Outdoor brands, encourages Vista ’to lead’

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI, like its Canadian co-op cohort MEC has decided to suspend orders of Vista Outdoor products because of the company’s connection to the firearms industry.

Specialized opens pop-up store in Germany; launches new Turbo model

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (BRAIN) — On the heels of launching the second model in its Turbo pedal-assist line, the urban-focused Vado, Specialized has opened a pop-up store here. The store opened Friday evening local time near the Königsallee, an area in the city’s downtown that attracts more than 10,000 visitors each day. In just under two months, the Tour de France will start here and pass by the new store

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State of Retail Question: Does your shop do custom bike or wheel builds?

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif.

Do you rent bikes? This month’s State of Retail question

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Do you rent bikes

Your turn to weigh in on the big questions: BRAIN’s State of Retail comes to the web

This issue's question: What do you do to improve operations and profitability in your store? LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — State of Retail is one of the most consistently read departments in Bicycle Retailer ’s print magazine, which is published 18 times per year.

Zombie apocalypse! What bike would you pick?

Let’s hope it never happens, but if the zombie apocalypse were to decimate the planet, what bike would you choose? There are a lot of considerations: do you have a home base from which you venture out occasionally, are you on the move constantly in search of safety, are you in a city or out in the country? 

All-out speed

Is a fast bike, like a road bike, the get-away answer? Zombies are notoriously slow and lumbering, so even if you had nowhere near Cavendish’s sprint, you could still most likely pedal away from the flesh eaters.

But what about the (I’m assuming) disheveled roads and broken, discarded remnants of society littering your every turn? What style of road bike makes the most sense: a race rocket or an endurance machine, carbon or aluminum?

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All-terrain capable

While conceding a bit in all out speed, a mountain bike is generally able to take on difficult terrain pretty simply. Transitioning from the road to the woods and blasting around the city up and down stairs is all within a mountain bike’s realm.

But what if your suspension fails or you bang a wheel out of true? Which genre would you pick: an XC whip, enduro crusher, downhill sled or fat bike? 

Reliable tourer 

Perhaps you’ll have all your possessions haphazardly bundled together in children’s bookbags. Maybe you need to cover some miles and do so not with speed as much, but with reliability.

Electric bike

So over to you…

What’s your bike of choice when the world ends and the undead wreak havoc? And for a completely different take on the idea, what if the zombies figured out how to ride bikes themselves? What bike would you hope they were on? Let us know your thoughts and plans in the comments below.

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Over to you: What’s the best new road bike technology?

In this week’s Over to you, we want to know your thoughts on what’s been the best new road bike technology in the last 10 years?

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  • FSA readies WE electronic groupset for 2017

History and tradition’s veritable stranglehold on road bikes is finally falling to the wayside. Advances in technology and manufacturing processes, along with the road bike’s continuously evolving mountain bike cousins, have shed light on what’s possible to advance performance on the tarmac.

Is it something that increases a road bike’s ability or perhaps your own, such as the ability to run larger tire sizes?

The past decade has seen some major advances in road bike technology, with impressive electronic drivetrains from Campagnolo, SRAM and Shimano, hydraulic disc brakes, and thru-axles both on frames and forks. Not to mention featherweight carbon frames becoming more and more mainstream.

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Other upgrades in technology, like press-fit bottom brackets and even electric motors, have received mixed results, to put it very lightly. 

Is it something that increases a road bike’s ability or perhaps your own, such as the ability to run larger tire sizes, relaxed geometry found on new endurance bikes, or perhaps something that allows you to ride smarter like power meters that allow for more specific training? Or is it something simple like tapered steerer tubes or additional gears that makes the best road bike advancement? 

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Over to you: are wider rims marketing hype or a real-world benefit?

In a new regular series for BikeRadar, we want to hear from you, dear reader. We’ll come up with an interesting discussion topic, controversial opinion or maybe one of our own horror stories, and ask you to share your experiences in the comments below. Don’t hold back, tell us what you really think!

  • Buyers guide to road wheels
  • How to choose mountain bike wheels

This week, we want to know your thoughts on the topic of wider rims — marketing hype or real-world benefit?

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We’re being told that wider rims and tyres have a range of positive benefits

We’re being told that wider rims and tyres have a range of positive benefits that include lower rolling resistance and better control. But with ne17mm, 19mm, even 21mm on road wheels and 30mm plus and growing on mountain bikes, the array of new products is dizzying as are the number of articles and discussions around whether these new wider rims can give you the edge. 

So over to you. Are these bigger rim widths a genuine cycling innovation providing speed, stability, traction and other benefits, or are they just another piece of bike industry marketing getting us to spend our hard-earned cash. Have you bought in, or opted out? And what do you think about other new industry standards? Let us know in the comments below…

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SRAM mourns death of front derailleur – do you?

SRAM has just released a video mourning the passing of the front derailleur on modern mountain bikes. 

“Though not a sudden departure, the weight of finality is heavy…it’s time to say goodbye to the mountain bike front derailleur forever,” the narrator solemnly states. 

This video eulogy could be more proof that SRAM’s rumored wide-range 1×12 will be released very soon. Click here to read our analysis of how this 1×12 drivetrain could stack up against the competition and what it might mean for you.   

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This video also begs the question: is the front derailleur really dead? Sure, SRAM might not plan to include front derailleurs and multiple chainrings in its future drivetrains, but is that what the majority of mountain bikers want? 

Share your opinion in this survey and sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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