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Entries from November 2010

News roundup – Garmin jersey & Syncros pedal

November 30th, 2010 · No Comments

A few bits and pieces that crossed our desk in the last few days. Garmin-Slipstream jersey released. The new jersey for the merged Garmin-Slipstream and Cervelo Test Team has just been released.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Road cycling · Tech

On-one buy Titus bikes!

November 26th, 2010 · No Comments

UK manufacturer On One, a division of road bike manufacturers Planet X,  have purchased troubled US bike company Titus in a move which adds a quality full suspension heritage to the companies lineup.  Known for their quality durable hardtails at the keenest prices, On One have recently expanded into carbon and titanium frames too with [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

New restaurant for Nevis Range in Fort William

November 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Work has commenced on the building of a new café bar restaurant at the base of the Nevis Range mountain gondola, near Fort William, which will help operators cater better for the diverse demands of its growing customer base – sightseers, skiers and snowboarders, and mountain bikers. Located at the foot of Aonach Mor the [...]

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What is mountain biking about?

November 25th, 2010 · No Comments

We have all been asked the question – Why?  Apart from the obvious (because it’s there type stuff) this video might just sum it all up neatly. What is Mountainbiking about? from Filme von Draussen on Vimeo.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Review – UrbanFrog Merino cycling gear

November 24th, 2010 · No Comments

The brain child of two commuting young mothers Urbanfrog is a new Irish cyclists clothing brand that is a more function than racing. The owners -Angie and Viv, are two working mums who cycle to work, collect kids from school, meet with friends in town and do all the things you do.

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Tags: General commentary · Reviews

Columbia sportwear evening in Great Outdoors this wednesday

November 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

We here at Spoke are big fans of Columbia sportswear, a company that is reinventing itself as a major player in the outdoors market.  They have loads of new technologies (check out Omni-Dry and Omni-Heat in particular)and this is an invaluable opportunity to learn a bit about some new product at an info evening with [...]

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Knog commuting bags reviews

November 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

As the cold weather closes in commuters are outfitting themselves for dark wet commutes and we thought it a good time to look at some options for transporting your stuff.  Waterproof and capable of taking lots of gear these bags are ideal for bringing a full change of clothes with you – even a suit.  [...]

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On test – Shimano XT 10 speed

November 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

We have just received the first load of 2011 test gear and chief among it is a Shimano 10 speed groupset (for a comparison to SRAM XO).  We are big fans of 10 speed having ridden a number of 2011 bikes featuring 10 speed at Eurobike. While SRAM favour a 2×10 setup, Shimano have stuck [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

New MTB film – FIND

November 19th, 2010 · No Comments

A new trail riding film has just been released.  The follow up to ‘Home’ it features spectacular riding in a number of locations with a multitude of riders. Find -The Mountain Bike Film from ResetFilms.co.uk on Vimeo. Filmed entirely in HD and featuring the likes of trials superstars Hans Ray and Danny Macaskill and former [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Minutes from the Off Road AGM

November 18th, 2010 · No Comments

Below are the minutes from the Off Road Commission AGM last Saturday.  There is a lot to it so we felt it best to reproduce it in full.

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Tags: Cross country · Cyclocross · Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

Danny MacAskill – Way Back Home

November 17th, 2010 · No Comments

The long awaited follow up to the Youtube sensation, Danny MacAskill is back with his new short film ‘Way Back Home’.  Charting a trip from Edinburgh back to the riders home town of Dunvegan on the isle of Skye it’s a biking trials masterclass that just makes you want to get out and ride.

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Tags: General commentary · Video

Off Road Commission AGM update

November 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

On Saturday afternoon the Annual General Meeting of the Off Road Commission of Cycling Ireland took place in Lynham’s Hotel in Laragh.  Amongst the many motions up for discussion there were a few points of particular interest that we thought warranted a look at before we publish the full minutes when they are made available. [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing

Dan Martin to launch Garmin Edge 800 in Ireland

November 13th, 2010 · No Comments

Irish Garmin-Transitions rider Dan Martin will be in the Cycle Superstore in Tallaght on Saturday the 20th of November to launch the new Garmin Edge 800 cycling computer. Dan will be signing t-shirts and other memorabilia in store so be there early!

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Tags: General commentary · Road cycling

Dublin Bike scheme set for major expansion

November 12th, 2010 · No Comments

The highly successful Dublin Bike Scheme is set to expand its fleet of hire bikes from 500 to 5,000 over the next five years. Previously the project has been funded by advertising firm JC Decaux who swapped the bikes for advertising space around the city in a deal with Dublin City Council.    However the expansion [...]

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Tags: General commentary

Motions for the 2010 Off Road Commission AGM

November 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Below is the list of motions and submissions to the 2010 Off Road Commission for discussion.  The AGM will take place this Saturday at 2.30 in Lynham’s hotel in Larragh.  Be there to make sure your voice is heard! The following motions have been submitted for discussion at the Off Road Commission AGM on November [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing

Offroad Commission 2010 racing review.

November 10th, 2010 · No Comments

The Offroad Commission have released a season review ahead of the AGM this Saturday in Laragh at 2.30. – 2010 has been an excellent year for Offroad biking with a record amount of events being held across the various disciplines of CX, XC and DH.  New venues were introduced and some old venues were revamped [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Trek World Racing sign Aaron Gwin

November 10th, 2010 · No Comments

Hot on the heals of the last “In Pursuit” episode, Trek World Racing have announced the signing of the number 3 World ranked rider Aaron Gwin from the US.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · World Cup

Trek World Racing In Pursuit Ep.10

November 9th, 2010 · No Comments

The final episode for the year finds the downhill squad racing in upstate New York for the last time in 2010 with Tracy Moseley sporting her new World Champs jersey for the first time.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Tuff Trax Duathlon

November 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Missing the racing buzz?  Looking for a challenge?  Tuff trax is an off-road duathlon series which will be run in the grounds of Kilruddery house in Bray.  A long time favourite for XC racers, Kilruddery’s challenging courses have something for everyone with open mountain and forrest singletrack in abundance and has held numerous XC National [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Endurance events · Racing

The Making of Shimano XTR

November 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Continuing Shimano’s story of how it developed the new XTR group here are three short videos covering a rare trip into the Shimano factory in Japan, the BC Bike Race and the World Champs.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech · Video

New top end Shimano shoes

November 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Shimano has recently introduced two new top level shoes for road racing (SH-R315) as well as for mountain biking (SH-M315).  Utilising the company’s Custom-Fit oven technology for an individual fit they also feature a new synthetic leather for a further comfort boost. Shimano SH M315 MTB shoe

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Tags: Mountain biking · Road cycling · Tech

An interesting commute…

November 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Here is an interesting video that we came across recently. Thanks to Mick for pointing it out.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Cycle Inn Tallaght new store Grand opening

November 1st, 2010 · No Comments

The new look Cycle Inn Tallaght store will have it’s grand opening this Friday night, the 5th of November between 6 and 9pm with a film night.  The proprietor Mike Jordan has been a cornerstone of the MTB scene since its inception in this country and the new shop finally allows him the floorspace to [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking