Eurobike 2014: BRG Sports Invests in MIPS

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Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) helmet technology has been in existence since 2001, and the Swedish company just received a minority investment from California-based BRG Sports, parent company of well-known helmet makers Giro and Bell. The announcement was made at the 2014 Eurobike Show in Germany yesterday.

Not only will BRG Sports introduce several MIPS-equipped helmets under its own brands, it will continue to license the technology to several competitors, including Scott, POC, and Lazer Sport, among others.

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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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Welcome to the team! Steve Boehmke joins Bicycle Times

Longtime industry veteran Steve Boehmke has been hired by Rotating Mass Media—publishers of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines—as its newest advertising sales account representative. Boehmke is based in Orange, California, and replaces Gary Boulanger, who was named Bicycle Times editor in late March.

Boehmke will handle print, digital and online advertising sales for both publications, including sponsorship development for the annual Dirt Rag Dirt Fest in May, and the new Bicycle Times Adventure Festival in October 2015.

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Boehkme, at right, with Bicycle Times Publisher Maurice Tierney.

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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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Bicycle Times now available through Magzter digital newsstand

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There’s nothing quite like a magazine you can hold in your hand, but more and more readers are choosing to read their favorite cycling magazine on digital devices.

Today we’re announcing Bicycle Times will be available in Magzter. Magzter has become one of the fastest growing cross-platform digital newsstands in the world with over 17 million users. There are over 1,500 publishers with over 4,000 magazines.

Magzter is now available on AppleAndroid and Windows 8 devices. You can get Magzter through the App Store or Android Market. Magzter is soon planning to expand its services to other platforms like Symbian, BlackBerry OS, BADA etc. You can also read through your browser.

Hey, we like options, so you can also subscribe to Bicycle Times directly through the App Store, Android Store, Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, and Zinio.

Oh, and there’s always that paper version too!

So why not order up a subscription and help us keep the great features and product reviews you love rolling along? Thanks!

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First Look: Raleigh adds new models, expands for 2015

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Raleigh looks to have a very interesting selection of bikes for 2015, including new road, adventure and mountain bike models.

The bike above, the Grand Prix, wins my “most interesting” award. If you look closely, the Reynolds 530 butted steel frame uses the Ritchey Break-Away system, so this bike can pack away in an small enough bag to escape airline fees. It also is equipped with Campagnolo Veloce, a rare spec these days, and even more rare on a mid-priced bike. The frame includes rack and fender mounts, and is designed for 28mm tires. The $2,300 MSRP includes a travel bag.

See the rest of the lineup 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.

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Voting now open for Oregon Manifest project bikes

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Which will be the “ultimate urban utility bike?” Five bike custom bicycle companies partnered with five industrial design firms to build their vision of that ideal, and now you get to decide which will make it into production by Fuji Bikes.

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Teams from five cities revealed their projects last week and now voting is underway online to determine the winner of the 2014 Oregon Manifest challenge.

See the entries and cast your vote here.

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