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AdamNewman

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Yeah, but what do you ACTUALLY do around here?

Watch cat videos. Blog about cat videos. Come up with catchy hashtags about #catvideos.

What do you think about when you're riding your bike?

I wish I was riding my other bike.

How would you rate your coffee consumption on a scale of 8-10?

Infinite

Complete this sentence: "My other bike is …"

...an 800 horsepower gas-guzzling drag car.

What are you eating, drinking, reading, or fearing these days?

I am buried under a mountain of RSS. I felt physical pain when Google Reader went away.

Elvis or the Beatles?

Elvis

Say something profound and meaningful in exactly seven words…

1. something 2. profound 3. and 4. meaningful 5. in 6. exactly 7. seven 8. shit ...

I like your answers. How can I get in touch with you?

Twitter: @adamgnewman

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Norco joins the ‘all-road’ market with Search line

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Road bikes with disc brakes and big tires are all the rage this year, and Norco has entered the fray with a new line of models designed to take you beyond where the pavement ends. With three models in both carbon fiber and steel, there’s no shortage of options.

Norco has been building excellent mountain bikes for years, and many of those technologies are proving to be a good fit for adventure bikes, including thru-axles and disc brakes.

See the new bikes here.

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iPhone Phridays – iBattz Mojo Refuel Aquaseal case

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Editor’s note: Smartphones are a great tool for cycling that can track your ride, navigate you to a destination, or even call for a rescue. iPhone Phridays is a roundup of some of the most interesting or useful iPhone cases we’ve been testing over the last few weeks.


Ever since I ruined one phone’s screen by putting it in my pocket while riding I have been using a waterproof iPhone case, since it protects the phone not only from drops, but from splashes and sweat. I was especially intrigued by the iPhone 5/5s iBattz case ($120) because it is not only waterproof, but has an extra battery pack to extend your run time.

That battery is 2,200 mAh, effectively doubling the size of the stock battery power. With my iPhone I get most of a day of normal use out of one charge, and maybe half a day of heavy use (this is the iPhone 5 with the lousy battery). With the iBattz case I can get multiple days of normal use and at least a full day of heavy use.

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Trek unveils new Lync city bike with integrated lighting and USB charging

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Electricity seems to be finding its way into bicycles more and more these days. From e-bikes to electronic shifting, batteries are everywhere. But not everyone needs all that, they just want to see and be seen. Enter the new Trek Lync, a city bike with fully integrated lighting and a USB rechargeable battery. The Lync has everything built in.

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Shop tour: Ruckus Composites carbon fiber repair

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There is little doubt that has—quite literally—reshaped the mountain bike industry. You can get carbon anything these days: frames, rims, handlebars, brake levers, stems, seatposts, cranksets, chains… ok, maybe not chains, but the Gates Carbon Belt Drive is pretty close.

And while it makes for an excellent structural material, like anything you ride hard, things can break. When you drop three months salary on a new mountain bike (what else would you spend that kind of money on?) it can be a bitter pill to swallow when you realize even the strongest carbon fiber has its limits. That’s where Ruckus Composites comes in.

With more than a decade of carbon fiber repair experience, Shawn Small and his team have made repairing or reviving carbon frames an art form, with exacting OE-style refinishes and modifications to carbon frames.

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This Just In: Niner BSB 9 RDO

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Niner is of course best known for its growing line of 29-inch mountain bikes, but the latest few products from the California/Colorado brand expand the boundaries of what a 700c wheel can be. This spring we rode and enjoyed the aluminum RLT 9, a cyclocross/gravel/adventure road bike and really enjoyed its versatility (watch for the full review in Issue #31). Now we’ve just got our hands on the BSB 9 RDO, a carbon fiber sister to the RLT that puts speed ahead of practicality.

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This Just In: Blackburn Central rechargeable USB lights

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A good set of lights is one of the simplest ways to promote your safety on the road. Being seen—and seeing where you’re going—is pretty much the most essential functions of urban cycling. Blackburn Designs continues to expand its lighting options with a new set of USB rechargeable “blinky” lights that pack a lot of technology into a small package.

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Express your style with new Nutcase helmets

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The folks over at Nutcase Helmets sure know how to have fun. While keeping your melon safe is serious business, no one does it with more color than the Portland-based company. They have a few new products debuting this week, including the Unframed series and the new Metroride model. Since they are right down the road, I went over to visit the offices and check them out.

See the new helmets here.

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Meet the Oregon Manifest winner – Denny

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If you could have the ultimate urban commuting bike, what features would it have? Fenders, racks, lights—those are a given, but the goal of the Oregon Manifest design competition was to push innovation and integration even further.

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Five teams were chosen, and one was voted the winner by the public. Meet Denny, the bicycle conceived of and built by TEAGUE and Sizemore Cycles. Based it Seattle, the team included all the features that integrate safety and practicality in a revolutionary package.

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Love folding bikes? Apply to become a Dahon Explorer

Since 1982 Dahon has been designing and building folding bicycles that have taken people on two wheels to places that they never thought possible. Now the brand is looking for a few of those Explorers to become ambassadors of the folding bike lifestyle to inspire others to take a trip short or far. Now through August 20 anyone is welcome to apply. Those selected will receive Dahon products to promote online.

Print Learn how to apply here.

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