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Drifter Jean

PETALUMA, Calif. (BRAIN) – Mountain bike apparel brand Kitsbow is getting into urban bike apparel with the Drifter Jean, a classic denim pant tailored to cyclists.

INDIANAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Silca is now offering a version of its SuperPista Ultimate floor pump, tailored for low pressure applications, including cyclocross, mountain bike and gravel bike use.

AURORA, Ontario (BRAIN) — BionX is supplying the kick for a concept electric kick scooter produced by Mini, a brand of BMW.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — The Tiber is one of four steel-framed, disc brake-equipped road/gravel models in Brodie Bicycles' newly introduced 2015 line.

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — QBP's Salsa Cycles is recalling about 2,500 aluminum Salsa Bearpaw forks sold separately and on Mukluk bicycles. 

According to Salsa, the fork steerers can bend or break.

DENVER (BRAIN) — Gates Corporation, maker of the Gates Carbon Drive system for bicycles, is launching a series of limited-edition red belts called Carbon Drive Red.

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — The new Z1 Pro Fluid boasts a 6.6-pound flywheel that generates long coast-down times and a more realistic on-road feel. This year the Z1 also has a new Set-Clip Release system that allows for a fast bike entry and release, offering a one-time-only "set and forget" function.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Since the introduction of Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 9070 levers in 2012, some have puzzled over the purpose of a little button on the top of the lever, under the rubber hood. 

DENVER (BRAIN) — For cyclists who want to support their favorite ball team, Primal has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Major League Baseball to offer cycling jerseys, shorts, socks and lifestyle jackets with MLB logos.

The F85X cyclocross bike.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Felt Bicycles is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall about 150 cyclocross bikes because the frames can break. The company said Tuesday that it has already located and replaced 127 of the relevant frames.

HOUSTON (BRAIN) — Founded in Germany by Markus Storck in 1995, Storck Bicycle is now celebrating its 20th anniversary with limited-edition framesets and accesories.

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).

The Lefty Supermax in pink.

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.

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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.

The Galfer Wave rotor is available in four sizes.

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.

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