About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.


Handmade Show: Ritchey carbonates Break-Away travel bike

North American Handmade Bicycle Show Road Bike

Ritchey has been building their luggage-checkable Break-Away travel bikes in steel and titanium for years. This year company adds a three-pound carbon frame option.

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Handmade Show: Ritchey rolls a fattie into NAHBS with launch of new Commando fatbike

Cross North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Ritchey goes back to the future with new Commando fatbike. Orgainic farmers rejoice.

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Handmade Preview: Ritchey unveils Swiss Cross Disc CX bike at NAHBS

Cross North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Ritchey gives us a sneak peak at what they’ll be showing at this weekend’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show, starting with the new Swiss Cross Disc.

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Diamondback steps up road presence with Optum Team sponsorship

Feature Articles Road Bike

Diamondback—a brand more known for BMX leathers than skinsuits—steps up their road game announcing sponsorship of the Optum Pro Cycling team.

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Accessory Maker Takes the Road Less Travelled with ‘Blackburn Ranger’ Ambassador Program

News Video

With no rain in sight for the foreseeable future, 2014 just might be the perfect year to ride the Pacific Coast, and the folks at Blackburn want to help.

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RoofScope Helps You Keep an Eye on Precious Roof-Mounted Cargo

Gear Video

Ever driven your roof-rack mounted bike into a low overhang? Ouch. RoofScope might just be the ounce-of-prevention you need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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Video: Transition Offers Unique Take on Cyclocross and Training

Cross Video

While some might be surprised to see them doing a cyclocross bike, their promo video for the bike –the Rapture CX–seems like a fitting introduction.

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Toolmaker Paul Morningstar Found Dead in Booby-Trapped California Home

Gear News

‏Morningstar, whose tools like the Freehub Buddy–a tool for injecting grease in freehub bodies–and the Rim ‘Rench–a tool for straightening bent rim beads, enjoy a cult-like following of professional and home mechanics alike.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Presents for the Urban Jungle

Holiday Gift Guide

Dodging potholes and navigating the mean streets gets a little more palatable with these great gifts for the urban rider.

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The Best Bike Tools You’ve Never Heard Of: A Profile of Brett Flemming and Efficient Velo Tools

Feature Articles Gear Interviews Video

Despite localized fame and industry notice, EVT flies under the radar with the bike buying public, somewhat by design. While Park Tool happily sells to consumers as well as shops, Flemming prefers to focus on the professional market.

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Feature: Former Trek Exec Seeking New Ride as Wisconsin Governor

Feature Articles News Video

Touting job growth, economic development, and a spirit of pragmatic cooperation, former Trek Bicycle Corporation executive Mary Burke officially threw her helmet in the ring for the 2014 Wisconsin governor’s race.

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Chrome Industries Wows Interbike with Experiential Trade Show Booth

Gear Interbike

UPDATE: We have added new photos and a video with Chrome Industries President Steve McCallion explaining three initiatives from Chrome including forged rubber, knurled welding and Chrome Motor for moto riders.

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13 Cool, New Urban Cycling Picks From Interbike

Interbike

From fixies to commuters to street mountain bikes to e-bikes, the “urban cycling” moniker covers a wide swath of riding formats and product. This baker’s dozen highlights some of the cooler things we saw.

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Interbike 2013: Devinci Imports Bike Share Features Into Smart New Urban Commuter

Interbike Urban

By necessity, the bikes used in rental bike share programs require a sturdy, somewhat portly build-level. Canadian manufacturer Devinci is one of the biggest suppliers of such bikes for programs.

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Random Awesome: Serendipity Abounds in the Halls of Interbike

Interbike

Getting a feel for the personality and personalities of the bike industry doesn’t take long at a show like Interbike. We thought we’d give you a glimpse by taking you for a stroll through the aisles…

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Interbike 2013: Conti’s Rainbow of Road Rubber, 27.5-inch Mountain Reworks Highlight 2014 Line

Interbike

Tire maker Continental debuted a bevy of new road tires–including colorful and budget-minded options–as well as some re-sized versions of their top mountain bike meats at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo just east of Las Vegas.

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Review: Voler Black Label Cycling Collection

Apparel Pro Review

Voler’s challenges Euros with classy Black Label cycling apparel. The new Black Label line hits new heights in performance, comfort and aesthetics.

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Spurcycle’s Ringer Lets You Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Gear Video

San Francisco-based Spurcycle has taken to crowd-funding site Kickstarter to raise money to produce the Ringer–an entirely US-made minimalist bike bell for the serious cyclist.

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16 Cool (Mostly) Bike-Related Things From OR Show

Apparel Feature Articles Gear Lights

The Summer OR Show (aka Outdoor Retailer) brings nearly 30,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors to Salt Lake City each August. While we generally get the skinny on new bike stuff at the cycling trade shows, RoadBikeReview went in search of gear that crosses-over — and bacon covered ice cream.

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Review: Abus Bordo Series Locks – Compact Bike Protection

Gear Pro Review

Introduction by Francis Cebedo Ahh bike locks, where are they when you need them? Do you use a coiled one under your frame or a big U-Lock that is omnipresent in the front triangle of your bike. Nobody wants the clutter but if you need to run inside the store to grab something, can you

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