Bike Check: Rodeo Adventure Labs Trail Donkey 1.0

Not everyone fits into cycling’s traditional niches. Sometimes you need a bike design for the riding on — and off — the beaten path.

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Giving Thanks: Living for the love of it

Freeskiing star Jen Hudak’s singular focus was an Olympic medal until a blown-out knee ended her dream. Using a mountain bike as part of her recovery she found not only a new athletic outlet, but a new outlook as well. Her first-person telling of the story is a reminder to us all why we should be thankful for our bike lives.

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Giving Thanks: A cyclocross story of redemption

Giving Thanks: Cassie Maximenko went to 2012-13 cross nationals in hopes of scoring some hardware. She came home with the wrong kind. See how she’s gone from the depths of despair to the top of the podium.

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How to: Use a torque wrench (video)

With the increasing proliferation of super light alloy and carbon fiber parts on bikes, knowing how to properly use a torque wrench is critical. Watch this video to find out more.

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Video: Earning your turkey and stuffing the hard way

In 1983 Danny Chew and friends conceived the Dirty Dozen challenge. It’s pretty simple. Just climb 13 of Pittsburgh’s steepest hills over the course of a 50-mile loop. This rolling circus attracts riders and spectators alike, and it s a great way to burn off all that Thanksgiving turkey.

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In the Queue: What’s new in the RoadBikeReview test bin

This week’s sneak peek at the RoadBikeReview test queue centers on the Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie, the final entrant in our ongoing Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout series. We’ll also preview its top shelf build kit from SRAM, Zipp, Challenge and fi’zi:k.

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Review: Bellwether Coldfront Convertible Jersey

Versatile cool-weather top does double duty as long or short sleeve jersey.

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Video: Finding work – and life – by bike

See how one man delivers pizza and finds deliverance on two wheels.

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SF Bike Expo is coming November 22

Part swap meet, part handmade bike show, part rail jam and all fun! The SF Bike Expo is coming this weekend.

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Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout: Trek Boone 9 Disc Review

Versatile bike with exceptional compliant ride and top-end parts that can do double duty as ‘cross race and adventure roadster.

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Cool Gear: Folding e-bike fits inside a backpack

Pedal-less scooter-like contraption has 45-minute run time and rolls along at 12-15mph.

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Review: Princeton Tec Swerve Tail Light

This is a good light with good rear and side visibility. The toggle switch makes this very easy to use, but we wish it used rechargeable batteries.

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Review: Blackburn Central 20 Rear Tail Light

This light surprised us, as it’s brighter than claimed and visible from a wide angle. Price is right too at $35 for a rechargeable system.

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Review: CatEye Rapid X Tail Light

The CatEye Rapid X is a minimalist tail light that even weight weenies can just leave mounted on their bike. Weighing in at 22 grams, this light array delivers good rear and side visibility with four flash modes.

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In the Queue: What’s new in the RoadBikeReview test bin

This week we pay homage to the coming winter months and focus primarily on gear designed to keep you pedaling even when it’s snowy and cold out. Coming soon we’ll have reviews on mud tires from Vittoria, Michelin, and Vee, Lake winter boots, a Bell helmet, and more.

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Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout: Specialized Crux Pro Race Ultegra Di2 Review

Race ready rig delivers great handling, sublime shifting, and stop-on-a-dime braking. But price may be too tall a barrier for some.

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Review: Serfas Thunderbolt Red Tail Light

Brightness to weight ratio is awesome with this light. The new clear housings improve side visibility even more.

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Video: The birth of a bicycle

See the artful process of bike building in a pair of great short videos.

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Review: Light & Motion Vis 180 Tail Light

The Vis 180 has good mounting options and good visibility but the competition has caught up in this price point.

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Review: Lumicycle InSight Brake Tail Light

Lumicycle from the UK delivers a bright tail light with a brake light function. A nice, big form factor and ergonmic switch makes this ideal for commuters.

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Review: Lezyne Zecto Auto Tail Light

It’s a good tail light and it turns itself on and off automatically. Small form factor and good light animation and visibility are its other highlights.

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Must Watch Video: Rocket powered bike goes 207mph

What travels a quarter mile in under seven seconds? This “bike.” Check the video.

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Video: Inside look at relationship between Jeremy Powers and his mechanic

The relationship between professional cyclocross racer Jeremy Powers and mechanic Tom Hopper is unique. Check out this video for an insider’s look.

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Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout: Jamis Supernova Team Review

Purebred competition machine delivers snappy handling, great braking and eye-catching looks, but is best suited to skilled racers.

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In the Queue: What’s new in the RoadBikeReview test bin

Coming soon reviews on Bontrager shoes, American Classic wheels, SRAM CX1, Shimano Ultegra Di2, and more.

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