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ASI says it owns the worldwide rights to the Roubaix trademark — it’s had a Fuji Roubaix road bike model in its lineup since 1992 — and has licensed it to Specialized since 2003. ASI’s Pat Cunnane said the company has no problem with retailer Dan Richter using the name on his store, Cafe Roubaix.
Costumes encouraged, partying mandatory, rules optional. Bilenky Junkyard Cross is a less-than-formal bike race through the junkyard behind Bilenky Cycle Works in Philadelphia. The 8th annual event was held this past Saturday in conjunction with the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships, acting as a qualifier for the main event. Ripping through the aisles of the junkyard, over a car and through a van riders raced in heats of about 15 a piece to vie for spots in the men’s and women’s SSCXWC main event. A near perfect event, though you may not want to jump your ‘cross bike over the junked car.
Photographer Corie Spruill and Mountain Flyer Magazine have teamed up on a 2014 calendar of “Bike Date” portraits. Featuring women riders and their bikes hanging out on date night, it’s certainly a different take on the sexy bike calendar genre. Mountain2Mountain benefits from sales with 20% of profits going towards helping women in conflict zones. Order it for $24 shipped. Save 25% with coupon code Klunker25
Anyone who has done some night pedalling is familiar with the frustration of constantly moving between light modes as conditions change and you try to make sure you have enough juice to finish the ride. It is a button dance I am familiar with, especially throughout the winter months where I find my recreational riding taking to the woods and urban trails at night even more than usual. The Xlerad is an auto-illuminuating and auto-adjusting bike light, meant to make sure you have the appropriate amount of light while riding and maximize battery life. Use it in auto mode for up to 1000 lumens of light, enough for the darkest streets and fastest mountain bike trails. Riding conditions beyond ambient light dictate the brightness, the Xlerad factors in relative speed, turning motion, charge level and LED temperature to determine the light output. It even automatically shuts off if you stop riding for a few minutes. The automatic mode boasts 3.7 – 45 hours of runtime from the 5000 mAh battery pack depending on lighting factors. Use the fixed 400 lumen output mode for 10 hours. Commuters should be good for a weeks worth of riding on this light, trail riders should get a couple of good rides in before recharging. See more at the Xlerad Kickstarter campaign and pre-order your own for $189.