The Return of Serotta?

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The Return of Serotta?

This is exciting news for fans of Serotta!

“After spending the past six years traveling the world as a bike designer and supply-chain consultant, Ben Serotta will relaunch his iconic bike brand this spring. In the coming months, Serotta’s refocus is on building metal bikes in steel, aluminum and titanium offerings. Steel and aluminum models will be available in March, with titanium beginning in early summer.”

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Bikepacking the Arizona Trail with Freehub Magazine

Our friends at Freehub recently bikepacked the AZT and created a beautiful video showcasing this ride. “Without an agenda, time becomes irrelevant. When it comes to bikepacking, this is the perfect mindset to have. Void of all expectations and obligations, Jackie Paaso and Stan Jorgensen set off on a three-day, 90-mile mission on the Arizona Trail, embracing the moment and abiding only by the rhythm of mother nature.”

Bontrager Announces a Free Lifetime Warranty on their Carbon Wheels

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Bontrager Announces a Free Lifetime Warranty on their Carbon Wheels

Bontrager announced a major change to its warranty program for carbon wheels recently, upgrading the program to include a lifetime warranty against defect while keeping the Carbon Care Wheel Loyalty Program, which offers free replacement or repair of any Bontrager carbon wheels that sustain damage from riding within the first two years of ownership. This program applies to the original owner only.

This new lifetime warranty covers all Bontrager carbon wheels for road and mountain bikes and comes at no additional cost to the purchaser. It includes all Bontrager carbon wheels purchased aftermarket as well as those that come stock on Trek bikes.

 

The Art of Escapism: Bikingman Portugal

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The Art of Escapism: Bikingman Portugal

The Art of Escapism, an essay on an ultra-distance race called Bikingman Portugal.

So the only question that really matters is why?

Why do you ride more than you like?

Why do you let something you love hurt you so much that you start hating it?

Why do you finish it?

Why do you want to do it again then?

What’s the point?

Ok, you defeated your limits but then why again?

Are you so limited in your own life?

What is the outcome, what is the takeaway but most importantly why do you need this?

Boyd Cycling’s CCC Alloy Gravel Wheelset Promises Durability

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Boyd Cycling’s CCC Alloy Gravel Wheelset Promises Durability

Today Boyd Cycling announced the latest wheel to enter their alloy gravel wheelset division, the CCC. These wheels are lightweight and durable, complementing Boyd’s current carbon Pinnacle 700c and Jocassee 650b offering. Best of all, they come in at a $700 price point.

The CCC got its name from the Civilian Conservation Corps, a voluntary public unemployment program designed to provide jobs during the Great Depression. Still to this day “Old CCC” roads can be found deep in the wood. CCC wheels feature:

-6069 series alloy rim weighs in at 415 grams in a 700c size and 395 grams in the 650b.
-Built with Boyd’s own Quest Disc Brake hubs
-Complete wheelset 1515 grams for 700c set and 1475 grams for the 650b.
-Spoke options 24f/28r and 28f/32r
-Built with Pillar Wing 20 spokes and external brass nipples.
-Hubs:Shimano Hyperglide, Sram XDR, and Shimano Microspline drivers and feature tool-free swapping of axle end caps and drivers.

Trust Forks Introduce Trade-In Program

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Trust Forks Introduce Trade-In Program

In an effort to get more riders to try out Trust’s innovative linkage-design suspension forks, the brand has announced a trade-in program, with lots of incentives to get new riders on this intriguing fork. All you have to do is buy either one of the Trust Performance suspension forks, either online or at a retailer and then fill out the RMA. Trust is giving customers $500 for a boost telescopic fork in working, rideable condition or $250 for any telescopic fork in any condition. Got an old fork kicking around? Tired of air and coil-sprung designs? Well, now’s your chance… Head to Trust for more information!

Introducing Unpaved Podcast: The UK’s First Gravel and Bikepacking Podcast

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Introducing Unpaved Podcast: The UK’s First Gravel and Bikepacking Podcast

If you live in the UK and have been hankering for some local bikepacking and gravel coverage, then check out Unpaved, the new podcast from Katherine Moore! Unpaved Podcast investigates the the bikepacking and gravel scene with stories of riders, route designers, and their local trails, while exploring the reasons why and how the off-road movement is booming. Read the full press-release below!

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kLite’s 2020 Bikepacker ULTRA V2 Was Made with Feedback From Riders

kLite, the Australian company (there is an Australian website and a US website) behind generator lamps, have just announced their new and improved Bikepacker ULTRA V2 lamp. These lights were made with feedback from ultra endurance bikepackers, pro cyclists, and the like. They come in two models, MTB and gravel, which feature two lighting patterns. The MTB version has 2x flood optics 1x spot optic, features a 180º wide flood beam and when you get up to speed, a spot light kicks in. Then when you’re stopped, a flood beam turns on, to illuminate your area.

Meanwhile, the road version features 2x spot optics 1x flood optic so as not to blind drivers. It has a very long throw beam for faster speeds and a spot standlight when the rider has stopped moving. kLite’s offerings deliver the complete lighting package, simply run your setup with your favorite generator hub. This includes a battery pack, switches and other lights. The Bikepacker ULTRA V2 is shipping late February.

Other specs include:

-Cree LEDs
-1300lm output
-SquareTECH optics (made for trail riding not flashlights)
-3D printed case
-Waterproof / Vibration proof (internally potted)
-135g / 4.7oz
**light can be run facing up or down, it does not make a difference to light pattern**
**NOW with a smaller XT30 plug to fit the new Bar switch V2 w smaller XT30 plug also**

Austin’s CyclEast and Flat Track Coffee Continue the Bikes and Coffee Tradition

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Austin’s CyclEast and Flat Track Coffee Continue the Bikes and Coffee Tradition

Wow! It feels like yesterday I was still calling Austin my home, riding the rolling hills and ripping around on the limestone and cedar tree-lined singletrack. Those were some magical years for me, filled with a lot of amazing memories, solid friendships, and watching my friends open their own businesses, only to have them bloom and grow when I left town.

I’ve been back through Austin a few times since leaving in 2015 but never really had enough time to settle in and document the spaces of these businesses. This past trip, we had all the time in the world, so I got to work documenting my favorite of the Austin scene: the space at Cycleast and Flat Track Coffee

Salsa’s 2020 Rustler Comes in Aluminum

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Salsa’s 2020 Rustler Comes in Aluminum

Starting at $2,649 for the SX Eagle, or $3,199 for the SLX (pictured), the Rustler’s all-mountain capabilities are now available in a more affordable aluminum frameset. The 6066-T6 aluminum frame features 425 mm chainstays and 27.5” wheel size, with 130 mm of rear suspension travel, with a 150 mm fork, and a nicely-equipped component specification. Now, all three full suspension models from Salsa come with an aluminum frame option, making it a little easier to get your mitts on one. Head on over to Salsa to see the full spec rundown.

2020 Single Speed Arizona! Bisbee Edition

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2020 Single Speed Arizona! Bisbee Edition

Before I go into the story of Single Speed Arizona 2020, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Nate. I’m from Tucson, Arizona and I own a bike shop called Blue Dog Bicycles. I eat, sleep, breathe, shit, and fart mountain biking. I’ve been making unique and challenging routes around Southern Arizona for 11 years and heading out with my friends to try to push ourselves. I host 10-15 bike events a year around Southern Arizona. Everything from taco scavenger hunts to 400-mile gravel epics. Bicycling and the Southern Arizona cycling community are almost all that I care about at this moment in my life.

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Santa Cruz Bicycles Unlocks Downieville and Race Registration is Monday at 8pm PST!

After covering the Downieville Classic for three years now, I can honestly say if it’s the only MTB race I cover each year, then I’m a-ok with that! The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is the feature in Santa Cruz’s new video, featuring their eMTB the Heckler. If you want to race Downieville this year, I highly suggest it, just don’t miss race registration on MONDAY, February 17th at 8pm PST!

Wanna see our coverage? Hop on over to the archives

The Roads To Take: Pacific Coast – Oregon to California on Highway 1

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The Roads To Take: Pacific Coast – Oregon to California on Highway 1

He thought there would be a limit and that would stop him. He depended on that.

“An Atlas of the Difficult World – VIII” – Adrienne Rich

Before I left:

A month before I left, a bus hit me on the sidewalk as I avoided² the dangers of an indifferent suburb riding to the job I did as pittance-paid worker on a bike industry profit trawler. The night before I left, I couldn’t get the tire off, sobbed, exhausted. Six days before I left, I stopped having fun at a race and decided to bail, tired, beer softened, slowed wrong, ate gravel, wrist sprained. Before I left I destroyed my shell in the wash. Before I left I shook nothing down. I wasn’t ready but it didn’t matter. I had to go. How would I keep on otherwise?

Some of us are hoping for limits. There are reasons for that.