VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Mio Global has launched Mio Velo, a wristband for cyclists that offers heart rate monitoring without a chest strap. It also links with ANT+ wireless speed and cadence sensors to smart phones via Bluetooth Smart (AKA Bluetooth 4.0).
PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Chris King is now shipping two front hub models designed for Cannondale's Lefty forks.
AUGUSTA, Kan. (BRAIN) — GearUp, Inc. signed an agreement to distribute a new bike rack system called Figo in the U.S. Peruzzo s.r.l. of Rossano Veneto, Italy, manufactures the rack.
FERNDALE, Wash. (BRAIN) — Kona has recalled its 2014 Wo fat bike due to concerns that the fork can crack or break at the junction of the crown and steerer column. In a notice on its website, Kona said there has been one U.S. report of a steerer tube breaking, with no injury reported.
INDIANAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Silca is now selling a new chain lube, which company president Joshua Poertner says was inspired by a "secret lube" being used by pro race mechanics.
The new lube, called NFS ProBlend, is made by NFS in Maryland for Silca.
OXNARD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Galfer, a supplier to the motorcycle industry and to OEMs in the bike industry, is now making its disc brake pads and rotors available in the U.S. aftermarket. The company offers a wide range of pads to fit most brakes on the market, as well as four sizes of stainless steel brake rotors.
MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Bike Fixtation's new Deluxe Public Workstand includes a system to securely tether tools with retractable stainless steel aircraft cable. It has several installation options and includes a large surface area for custom store branding.
MADISON, Wisc. (BRAIN) — Planet Bike has introduced three new high-output, USB-rechargeable headlights.
The Blaze 650 XLR ($95), Blaze 500 XLR ($75) and the Blaze 180 USB ($45) will be available in the next week. The model names refer to each model's lumen output. Each model also have a Superflash mode.
FOXBORO, Mass. (BRAIN) — The MET Parabellum helmet features the brand's exclusive HES shell construction. The company said the model offers World Cup-level performance, with lightness (284 grams in size Medium), vending and some extra bells and whistles not normally found in this class.
IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego Electric Bikes is launching a new bike, called the Boomerang, with an extra-low step-through frame. The company did not say if the model name was inspired by the frame's appearance or by its intended customers: Baby Boomers (or both).
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — 45NRTH is launching a two-model line of gloves designed for cold-weather riding — with one model intended for riding in 15-to-35 degree conditions and the other for riding when it's between zero and 15 degrees out.
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — VeloPress' new book title, "Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop," is marketed as an all-access pass to professional cycling's service course.
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — "Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking," is a new hardcover book published by VeloPress this fall.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP is now distributing the Lauf Fork, lightweight carbon mountain bike fork from an Iceland-based company.
SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — Hermes Sport stopped selling wheels in the aftermarket about two years ago to focus on the OE market. Now the San Diego brand is back with a line of road and cyclocross wheels featuring redesigned a spoke pattern and new hubs, with many of the components made in the U.S.
SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — New for 2015, BMC's teammachine SLR03 uses the same ACE Technology software as the Pro Tour-level SLR01 to achieve the most optimal values in terms of stiffness and weight.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) ─ Mid-drive systems from Bosch, Panasonic and Shimano require frames designed around their drive units. Novatec took the opposite approach with Eram, introduced at Taichung Bike Week.
IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Morsa Design, a new brand launching this month, will offer modular accessory handlebar mounts with optional adapters to accept action cameras, lights, GPS computers and more.
FREEHOLD, N.J. (BRAIN) — The JET (Just Enough Tools) Roll is an updated version of the old roadie trick of wrapping tools and spare in a cloth then strapping it under the saddle with a toe strap. The JET Roll is made in the U.S.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Lezyne’s Smart Energy Caddy is a compact yet durable toptube-mounted caddy to keep smartphones, gels, energy bars and tools in easy reach on the bike.