About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.

First Look: Parlee ESX aero road bike

Aero Road Bike Sea Otter Classic

Well-regarded custom frame builder Parlee set out to create a bike that cheated the wind, but still rode like a traditional road frame. With the ESX, they claim to have succeeded.

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Review: Rapha Hooded Wind Jacket


If you’re looking for a top-shelf lightweight, windproof hooded cycling jacket for cruising around the city — and you have disposable income to spare — this new offering from Rapha fits the bill.

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Seven road (and off-road) tires spotted at Sea Otter

Sea Otter Classic Tires

The definition of what road bikes are capable of is rapidly changing, and that means tire changes, too.

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Hot new road products from the Sea Otter Classic

Apparel Nutrition Parts Saddle Sea Otter Classic Shoes

New bars and ‘cross gearing from SRAM, new saddles from Velo and Ergon, and some styling new shades from POC are just some of the new and cool gear spotted at the 2014 Sea Otter Classic.

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Five eye-catching jerseys from Sea Otter

Apparel Sea Otter Classic

Fashionable and functional tops for racing, taking on a charity ride, or simply riding with friends.

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Hot News: Felt all in with disc brakes on cyclocross bikes

Cross Sea Otter Classic

California-based bike maker is joining a growing number of manufactures spec’ing disc brakes (and in some cases thru-axles) on cyclocross bikes.

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News: Timeline for replacement SRAM hydro brakes remains uncertain

Disc News

SRAM says production of new model year 2015 brakes will commence in late April, and that consumers waiting for recall replacements will be first in line when those new brakes are ready to ship. However, he did not say when that might be.

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How To Video: Lance Armstrong fixes a flat (seriously)

How To Video

Have to say we never saw this coming. Looks like Lance has sunk to new lows — or actually has a sense of humor.

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First Look: Lapierre Pulsium endurance race bike (with suspension)

Road Bike Sea Otter Classic

France’s Lapierre joins the growing number of bike makers producing endurance road models with tangible rear end bump absorption.

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Freewheeling: Ten things I hate about cycling


We love cycling, yes we do. But like just about everything in life, not all is perfect — even in the two-wheeled world.

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Sea Otter: First look at Fezzari’s disc-equipped road bike

Disc Road Bike Sea Otter Classic

Utah-based direct-to-consumer bike seller Fezzari will plunge wheels first into the road disc arena in mid-summer 2014, releasing a disc-equipped full carbon tarmac tamer with thru-axles front and rear.

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Sea Otter: Meet the drone in the skies above Laguna Seca

Gear Sea Otter Classic

What has a top speed of 60mph, runs on a battery the size of a brick, and can been seen in the skies above this year’s Sea Otter Classic?

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Hot News: New Verve InfoCrank provides bilateral power measurement

Gear Power Meters Series Sea Otter Classic

Launched this week at Sea Otter, the Verve InfoCrank boast independent left-right power output measurement.

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Hot News: New Garmin Edge 1000 packed with connectivity features

Gear News

Garmin has launched the Edge 1000, a top-of-the-line cycling computer that does everything from tell you where you are and how fast your going to displaying heart rate and power output to synching with your smartphone to display info on incoming phone calls and text messages.

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Review: DZR Tosca bike shoes

Pro Review Shoes

In the market for a stylish pair of commuter friendly high tops that can accommodate a two-bolt cycling cleat? Check out the DZR Tosca.

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News: Levi’s Gran Fondo helps repair Sonoma County roads


Now matter how you feel about Levi Leipheimer or his professional past, it’s hard not to be impressed by the event that bears his name. Since its 2009 inception, it’s raised a boatload of money for charity. And now it’s even helping maintain area roads.

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How To: Prep Your Bike For Spring

How To

Spring officially arrived back in March, which means it’s time to dust off the bike and get back out on the road. But before you start turning those pedals, it’s a good idea to give your two-wheeled machine a little love.

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Spotted: New Shimano compact multi-sport camera

Gear News

The new CM-1000 Sport Camera is the first product from Shimano’s Lifestyle Gear Division. Claimed weight is 86 grams including battery and lens cover — and it’s waterproof up to 10 meters straight out of the box, no external case necessary.

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Spotted: Shimano Di2 Wireless Data Management System

Gear News

Further expanding the capabilities of its Di2 electronic shifting systems, Shimano is rolling out a new Di2 wireless unit featuring the new Shimano D-Fly data management system. This new component wirelessly connects riders to their Di2 data through a cycling computer and displays current gear and battery life.

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Cross Worlds: Neils Albert’s Colnago & 10 Riders to Watch

Cross Video

The last major cyclocross race of this season is this weekend, and it’s the biggest of them all — the 2014 world championships in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands. To get you prepped we have a look at Neils Albert’s Colnago Prestige, plus our 10 Riders to Watch and race predictions.

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Tested: Diamondback Steilacoom RCX Pro Disc ‘Cross Bike

Cross Pro Review

If you’re looking for an attractive, affordable and durable workingman’s cyclocross bike with disc brakes, the Diamondback’s Steilacoom RCX Pro Disc is worth checking out.

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First Look: Trek Domane Classics Edition Road Bike

Pro Review Road Bike

Ride what the pros race is a common marketing refrain in the cycling world, but in this case it’s actually true.

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Dream Bike: $21K Storck Aernario Signature Edition

New Product Road Bike

Looking for a place to unload all those capital gains after Wall Street’s banner 2013 run? Perhaps a new dream bike is in order.

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How To: Choose, Set Up and Use a Turbo Trainer (Video)


Polar vortex put an end to your outdoor training? Time to train indoors? Find out how to pick a trainer, set it up and use it.

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Stages Cycling Partners With Sky Pro Cycling Team

News Power Meters Series

The team that’s won the last two Tours de France will be running Stages power meters in 2014.

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