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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.

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).

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The Sturmfist 4 has four fingers for warmth.

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. 

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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.

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