New Colorado brand offers US-made bike clothing

By Stephen Frothingham

DENVER (BRAIN) —Conation Collective is a new company offering stylish and functional cycling clothes. The company is based in Colorado and sources fabrics from France, Italy, and Australia, then completes the design, printing, and production in the USA.aunching a brand new apparel line for the 2015 holiday season.

The company was founded by Matt Hayes, who has worked in retail and wholesale positions in the bike industry, including a stint at Haro …read more

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Fairdale Weekender Drop offers single-chainring 10-speed build

By Stephen Frothingham

NORWALK, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Fairdale Weekender Drop bike sits at the top of the brand’s 2016 Weekender line. The Drop is a 10-speed road bike with a wide gear range thanks to its 11-40 tooth rear cassette.

The parts kit includes SRAM’s Apex shifter lever and the SRAM X7 Type 2 rear derailleur. Avid BB7 road disc brakes paired with Fairdale Linear cables (by Odyssey) provide stopping powerm while 42mm wide …read more

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Craig Hoyt joins Kent International for up-market designs

By Stephen Frothingham

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (BRAIN) — Retailers are pushing Kent International for products bridging the gap between mass market and specialty retail, and the company has hired Craig Hoyt to head up product development for this program.

“We talked about a few different directions on how to elevate our current business and Craig was real passionate about bringing his knowledge to our team,” said Scott Kamler, Kent International president.

“We have the license for Goodyear on bicycle tires …read more

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Saris promotes Jon Lewis to national sales manager

By Stephen Frothingham

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) — Saris Cycling Group has promoted Jon Lewis to national sales manager. Based in Waitsfield, Vermont, Lewis will lead a team of sales managers located throughout the United States.

Lewis spent the past six months as Saris’ East Coast sales manager and the eight years prior as the Northeast U.S. regional sales manager for Saris Cycling Group.

Lewis began his career working at an independent bicycle dealer in Boston. Saris …read more

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Bianchi opens new store in Munich

By Stephen Frothingham

TREVIGLIO, Italy (BRAIN) — Bianchi has opened a new company store in the heart of Munich, Germany. The new 200 square-meter (2,200 square feet) store opened Nov. 25 in the Eataly Schrannenhalle, an Italian food market.

The new store offers the complete Bianchi range of bicycles, including road, mountain bike, city/trekking, e-bikes, accessories and clothing. The store offers retail service, mechanical assistance and a Bianchi bike fitting system powered by Shimano.

“I’m glad …read more

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Idaho's Hippie Tech is named Wren Sports' third service center

By Stephen Frothingham

VALLEJO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Wren Sports has reached an agreement with Hippie Tech Suspension of Garden City, Idaho, to be Wren’s third service center in the U.S.

“It’s very exciting for us to be working with Jerry (Vanderpool, Hippie Tech’s owner),” said Wren Sports founder Kevin Wren. “Jerry’s reputation for quality service is well known and we were thrilled he contacted us.”

Vanderpool said, “I’ve been hearing good things about the Wren fork and thought I …read more

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UCI to expand road disc 'trial' in 2016 season

By Stephen Frothingham

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The international cycling union, UCI, will allow disc brakes across all categories of pro road teams next season, including Continental, Pro Continental, WorldTeams and Women’s teams. The organization still considers the disc brake use a “trial,” however.

The UCI allowed WorldTour teams to use discs in two events of their choice in August and September this year. No major issues were reported.

Next year, “The use of disc brakes will be carefully …read more

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Avoiding stolen bikes online


Yuck. Stolen bikes… We are all familiar with some of the horror stories associated with purchasing bikes from online sales outlets like Craigslist or EBay. There are definitely some great deals to be had from these sources, but when you factor in the the risk of purchasing counterfeit frames or merchandise, the deals become less appealing. However, there is a larger issue that many of us wrestle with: the risk of buying stolen bikes. Keep reading →

Elle Anderson

By Pretty Fast


Interview with Elle by Natalie Tapias, Photography by Andy Bokanev

U.S. Women’s Pro Cyclocross is composed of a group of incredibly interesting and dynamic racers. Coming from a variety of different athletic backgrounds and from all over the country, these women compete week-in and week-out in Elite UCI races, often representing the USA in Europe, most frequently in the heartland of the sport in Belgium.

One of these racers is Elle Anderson, who’s …read more

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Morning Links: Daily News spins bike news badly, not getting it San Pedro, and a local bike ride needs your help

By bikinginla Sometimes, good news is bad news, depending on how you spin it. The LA Daily News looks at the LA city council’s re-adoption of the new Mobility Plan last week, and the promise to consider proposed amendments after the first of the year. Except they give …read more

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