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  1. General Discussion
    Best of: Bike cleaning tools It's end of summer now and everything's been dusty. Cleaning has been simpler with brushing, wiping or a simple rinse. But as the seasons are changing with more rain and moisture so will our bike washing habits. First and foremost, our lube has to change from very...
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    Best of Bike Tools series: Bike Pumps and Inflators Getting air in your tires isn't the sexiest conversation but its something that cyclist do almost every day. So why not get the best, most efficient equipment for the task? Now, each rider and riding style has different needs. Do you need...
  3. Misc Components
    Topeak was showing off their new JoeBlow Twin Turbo floor pump model featuring TurboBoost technology at the Sea Otter Classic. This new technology utilizes the push and pull of every stroke to fill the double chambers on the pump to maximize output and reduce tire inflation times. With a 200psi...
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    Skip the pump in the jersey or pack and carry a pair of CO2s instead. Adding to their Ninja product platform of concealed tools introduced last year, Topeak is offering a few updated versions of the line for 2017. On the mountain bike side are two new CO2 carrying options, the Ninja C02 and...
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    During our tours of duty at Eurobike and Interbike this year, we saw loads of new products designed to ease the burden of wrenching on your bike. Whether you need a simple multi-tool or you're looking for a shop quality bearing puller, check out part one of our two-part mega-roundup of...
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    Lowdown: Topeak JoeBlow Booster Floor Pump With all due respect to dropper posts, carbon everything, and 50-tooth sprockets, I still say the No. 1 mountain biking innovation of the last decade is tubeless tires. Ditching those pesky tubes ushered in a (mostly) flat free era blessed with lower...
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    The bike industry is in a period of rapid innovation - and it's not limited to just bikes. Companies such as Topeak are getting creative with tool design, coming up with new and unique takes on old standards such as the hand pump, multi-tool, and floor pump (though Bontrager gets credit for...
  8. General Discussion
    Rider's skills were given center stage with the descent off of Georgia Pass, the second trip over the Continental Divide (click to enlarge). Photo Courtesy Breck Epic/Eddie Clark The Breck Epic cross-country stage race marched on Tuesday, with the 46-mile trek around Mount Guyot deep in the...
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    Marathon World Champion Alban Lakata stays focused on a berm saturated descent. Photo courtesy Breck Epic/Eddie Clark The six-day Breck Epic cross country stage race kicked off Sunday with the Pennsylvania Loop, a 35.8-mille high altitude effort with a leg and lung busting 5080 feet of...
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    Because we've had a bike or two roll away from us while pumping up the tires, we can appreciate the thinking behind Topeak's new $140 Transformer X bike pump/stand combo. By integrating a two-hook rear wheel bike stand into a standard floor pump, Topeak hopes to kill two birds with one stone...
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    Some people love to spend hours in the garage tinkering on their own bikes. They like to crank up the tunes, crack a beer, and take their time dialing everything in. I'm not one of those people. I like the accomplishment and sense of self-reliance when I work on my own bike, but I want to get it...
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    Nagano, Japan Yuki Ikeda, home in Japan until August 2, is preparing for the Marathon World Championships in Italy and the 2011 Leadville Trail 100. Taking advantage of a solid training block, Ikeda doubled up on the racing this past weekend in Nagano, Japan with a hill climb race and short...
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    The machines in 2011 The final curtain falls. The team bikes for 2011 are stripped. The design of the new team bike is final. The sponsors get the riders exclusive material. The team of world champion Alban Lakata, two-times world champion Irina Kalentieva and the triple german champion...
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    2011 Brings The Same Dream Team Roster and New Partners The team is preparing to launch into the sixth season with three new partners. The Topeak-Ergon Racing Team goes with an unchanged rider lineup in the 2011 season and starts on Canyon bikes. The team can look back on three world...
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    Race Day. This short film gives a unique behind the scenes peek at a professional mountain bikers routine as the race approaches. Not just any professional mountain biker, but the two times World Champion Irina Kalentieva, it is an emotionally charged documentary which catalogues the hours...
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    Mellow Johnny's 6 Hour Austin, Texas, USA Held on Lance Armstrong's Juan Pelota Ranch outside of Dripping Springs, Texas, the event was the largest 6-hour turnout in Texas history. Cool morning temperatures greeted riders, but gave way to nearly perfect riding conditions under clear...
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    Claro Brasil Ride November 14-19, 2010 Bahia, Brasil USA team riders, Sonya Looney and Jeff Kerkove, finalized their 2010 racing season by taking on the new 6-day mountain bike stage race known as the Claro Brasil Ride. Held in the Bahia region of Brazil, the course offered the riders a...
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    eTopeak-Ergon to attend Claro Brasil Ride Stage Race Fort Collins, CO - November traditionally is the kick-off to the off-season for the members of Topeak-Ergon USA. But, up until November 19th, it will still be race season for Sonya Looney and Jeff Kerkove. Both riders were recently chosen...
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    Bailey, Colorado, USA The Bailey HUNDO is quickly becoming the premier 100-mile mountain bike race of Colorado. As a new event in 2010, the Bailey HUNDO helps promote mountain biking by supporting Trips For and the newly founded Colorado High School Cycling League. At 6 AM on June 19th, 200...
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    April 3, 2010 North Carolina Topeak-Ergon USA members Eddie and Namrita O'Dea joined forces again to compete in the Warrior Creek 6 hour race in North Carolina. The duo was very happy with the quality of the trail and the race organization. Just under 400 racers participated in just the 2nd...
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