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.


U.S. Cyclocross Nationals: Mud, Ruts and Pee Wee Pride

Cross

Three things gleaned from the first day of the U.S. Cyclocross National Championships in Boulder, Colorado: disc brakes work great, disc brakes don’t work great, and Pee Wee Herman skinsuits increase your popularity exponentially.

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U.S. Cyclocross Nationals: Snow Falling, Beer Flowing

Cross Feature Articles Race Coverage

Need another reason to get excited about this week’s U.S. cyclocross national championships in Boulder, Colorado? We have two: snow and beer!

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Course Preview: U.S. Cyclocross National Championships

Cross Feature Articles

With just 10 days until America’s best cyclocross racers descend on Boulder, Colorado, to decide who will carry the mantle of U.S. national champion in 2014, the course at Valmont Bike Park has taken shape.

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Revealed: New Trek Boone Cyclocross Bike

Cross Disc New Product

Last week, Trek announced its new sponsorship deal with reigning cyclocross world champion Sven Nys and his Crelan-AA Drink team. This week we find out about the new bike Nys and fellow Trek-sponsored rider Katie Compton will be riding.

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Gear of the Year: Top Product Picks From 2013

Feature Articles Gear

Lots of great products passed through RoadBikeReview’s on-the-road test lab. Nothing was utterly revolutionary, but there was plenty to get excited about. Here are some (but certainly not all) of our favorites.

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Review: Louis Garneau Course 2LS Road Cycling Shoes

Pro Review Shoes Video

If you’re in the market for a pair of lightweight, stiff-soled road cycling shoes, are fans of the BOA closure system, are not looking to make a huge fashion statement, and can spend north of $350, these shoes are worth trying on for a spin.

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Factory Tour: Inside Pearl Izumi’s New HQ Building

Apparel Feature Articles Photo Gallery

Best Christmas present you can give a company? How about a brand new 55,000-square foot state-of-the art building complete with a fitness room, locker room, showers, and expansive indoor bike storage.

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How To: Tips For Commuting By Bike

How To

There are few greater joys for a cyclist than watching car commuters lurch along in bumper-to-bumper traffic while you casually pedal home from work. For those new to commuting by bike, here are some helpful tips to get you started.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: For The Cold Weather Warrior

Holiday Gift Guide

For some cyclists, the coming of winter is a time to put away the bikes and tackle other outdoor pursuits. For others, these colder, darker days are simply one more two-wheeled challenge. If you’re shopping for someone not afraid of Jack Frost nipping at their nose, check out these great holiday gift ideas for the Cold Weather Warrior.

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SRAM Road Hydraulic Brake Recall: Stop Use Immediately

Disc News

What started as a partial recall of select model numbers of SRAM’s hydraulic road disc and rim brakes is now a full recall of all road hydraulic brakes. Citing failures of the master cylinder seals and an ensuing loss of braking power, SRAM is calling back about 19,000 brakes systems.

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Martyn Ashton’s Road Bike Party 2 Video Released

Feature Articles Road Bike Video

Just three months after suffering a severe spinal injury, trials rider extraordinaire Martyn Ashton has released the second Road Bike Party video. This amazing 6-minute compilation of jaw-dropping stunts further bends the rules of what one can do on a road bike, say for instance ride up a tree or jump a tennis court net.

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Spotted: Limited Edition Schwinn Paramount Road Frame

Custom News Road Bike

America’s oldest bike brand celebrates the Paramount’s 75th anniversary with a fully customizable made-in-USA steel frame.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: When Money Is No Object

Holiday Gift Guide

You know those Lexus “December to Remember” commercials? Well, screw that. If you’re in a tax bracket that permits the purchase of luxury automobiles as Christmas gifts, we suggest you skip the gas guzzler and instead shop from this list.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Gear For the Gravel Grinder

Holiday Gift Guide

Know someone whose dream ride is the Dirty Kanza or who views “Pavement Ends” signs as entryways to adventure? Then you need to check these great gifts for the gravel grinder on your holiday shopping list.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Gear For The Endurance Junkie

Holiday Gift Guide

Know someone who loves to log monster days, if not weeks, in the saddle? Then check out our Holiday Gift Guide for Endurance Junkies.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Great Gear For Under $50

Holiday Gift Guide

Cycling is an expensive habit. Ten thousand dollar bikes, $2,000 wheelsets, and shoes that push $350 are commonplace in the two-wheeled world. Fortunately, you don’t have to take out a second mortgage just to buy that special someone a cycling-specific gift. Read on to discover seven great gifts for under $50.

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Pro Tips: CX Star Jeremy Powers On Cold Weather Riding

Cross Feature Articles

Jeremy Powers knows a little something about riding in the cold. As one of America’s top cyclocross racers, the Team Rapha-Focus rider earns his paycheck battling competitors — and the elements

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Louis Garneau Launches Custom Paint Program

Custom New Product Road Bike

Count Louis Garneau among a growing number of bike makers availing customers the chance to create custom paint schemes on new frames. The Canadian company’s new Dream Factory program includes three customization options that range in price from $275 to $500.

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How To: Remount Your Cyclocross Bike (Video)

Cross How To Video

A few weeks back we explained how to perform the perfect cyclocross dismount. Now it’s time to dive into carrying your bike and then the all important remount. Here are some tips and tricks (in text and video form) that will help make the process smooth and efficient.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Cyclocross Fanatic

Cross Holiday Gift Guide

Signs that someone you know is a true cyclocross fanatic? They’re convinced Sven Nys is twice the bike racer Eddy Merckx was. They’re passionate cowbell collectors. And they put mayonnaise on their frites, not ketchup on their fries. If this sounds familiar, here are some great gift ideas for the coming holiday season.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: For The Newbie Road Rider

Holiday Gift Guide

Help that budding cyclist in your life fill out their new gear needs with these great gifts.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Type A Crit Racer

Holiday Gift Guide

You know who we’re talking about. The guy who shaves his legs twice a week, LOVES interval workouts, thinks headset spacers are a sin, and believes office parks were made for bike racing, not parking cars.

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Factory Tour: Ridley Bikes Belgian Headquarters (Video)

Cross Feature Articles Video

Who manufactured seven of the last 11 men’s elite cyclocross world champions’ bikes, plus all the bikes for the Lotto-Belisol WorldTour team? Belgium’s Ridley Bikes, of course. Take a step inside the bike maker’s headquarters.

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Review: Lazer Helium Helmet

Gear Helmets Pro Review

Great lid if you’re looking for a well-ventilated brain protector that passes all the required impact tests, is easy to adjust, comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes, has a narrow profile, and you can stomach the $230 price tag.

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Q&A: Shimano Road Product Manager Dave Lawrence

Company Spotlight Disc Feature Articles Interviews

Find out what this 25-year Shimano veteran thinks of disc brakes for road bikes, how he’ll use them, and how they can be improved.

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