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.


Review: DannyShane Gex Jersey and Shelby S4 Bib Short

Austin, Texas-based company uses bamboo white ash to create comfortable, stylish apparel. Check out our review and see an extended photo gallery.

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Cool Gear: Bontrager Flanders Backpack

Whether traveling overseas or pedaling across town, this pack is up to the task.

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First Look: Pactimo RFLX cool weather fall clothing line

When it comes to riding in low light conditions, bright clothes alone just aren’t enough. That’s why Pactimo’s new line-up of fall riding gear mixes dashes of hard-to-miss neon yellow with accents of reflective fabric.

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Video: Rapha Gentlemen’s Race Colorado

Want to know what it’s like to pedal 103 miles, climb more than 14,000 feet, and do it all at altitude? Check out this great video recap of the 2014 Rapha Gentlemen’s Race Colorado.

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In the news: Effects of doping may outlast length of bans

New studies conducted by Norwegian researchers purport to show that illicit drug users could reap benefits for many years — and maybe even a lifetime — after doping products are administered.

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First Look: New Shimano road cycling wear

Japanese cycling giant bringing limited line-up of touring and performance road-centric kit to North America.

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Launched: Diamondback Serios time trial bike

Just in time for the Ironman World Championship, Diamondback has rolled out a new time trial bike it claims is 33 percent faster than key competitors at +15 degree yaw angle.

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Road Tubeless Tires: Yea or Nay?

We weigh the pros and cons of ditching your standard tubed clincher tire set-up for a tubeless system.

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How-to: Win a world road race championship

Take a dive into Michal Kwiatkowski’s power meter data to see just what it takes to be the best.

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How-to: Install road tubeless tires

Eliminate pinch flats and run lower pressure for decreased rolling resistance and increased traction and cornering grip.

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New Product: Speedplay aero – and walkable – pedal system

Speedplay killed two proverbial birds with one stone with its new-for-2015 walkable aero pedal system.

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Function over Fashion: New apparel focuses on safety first

Gone are the days when what you wore while riding had more to do with fashion than form. Today’s top-end cycling apparel boasts a host of functional features that protect riders from the wind, weather, cars and crashes.

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Hot Wheels: 6 new road wheels that reveal top trends

Three words sum up the current direction of road bike wheel technology: wide, tubeless, disc. Nearly every wheel maker is showing off new wares that piggyback the growing trend toward disc-equipped go-anywhere road bikes.

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Exotic Foreign Imports: 5 racey new road bikes from Europe

Extensive integration, aero enhancements, ultra light weight, and lots of racing heritage are just of some of the hallmarks.

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Interbike: Six new race-ready cyclocross bikes

From budget bikes to budget breakers, there are new cyclocross offerings for every level of racer.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Jeremy Powers Focus Mares CX

National champion’s ‘cross race bike full of patriotic flare, prototype wheels, and cutting edge thru-axle technology.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Katie Compton’s Trek Boone 9 fleet

U.S. national champ has disc and canti cross bike options to choose from. Find out which one she currently prefers.

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Interbike: Storck’s 14.6-pound, $14,000 T.I.X. cross bike

High-end German bike maker launches first ever cross bike (with more budget friendly options), and is making renewed push into U.S. market.

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Photo Gallery: 2014 Boulder Cup Cyclocross Race

Jeremy Powers and Katie Compton dominate at Colorado’s Valmont Bike Park.

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Interbike: Seven new gravel grinding road bikes

Tackle the road less traveled with these new off-road adventurers spotted at Interbike.

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Interbike: Michelin rolls out puncture resistant 28c tire

Add the giant tire maker to the growing number of companies offering gravel road riding specific product.

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Interbike: Lake offers toned down MX331 Cross

Black version of modular cyclocross shoe added to expansive line-up.

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Interbike: Fix It Sticks option to traditional multi-tool

T-shaped problem solver provides leverage and is pack and saddle bag friendly.

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Interbike: Scott launches protective RC ProTec kit

New proprietary carbon-impregnated material minimizes road rash if you crash.

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Interbike: American Classic goes tubeless with Sprint 350 wheels

Yet another sign that tubeless road wheels are here to stay.

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