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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — The company that makes Polar Bottle insulated water bottles is preparing to launch an inexpensive hydration system with a recyclable water reservoir, making replacing a yucky bladder less painful to the wallet and the planet.

ESSEX, United Kingdom (BRAIN) — U.K.-based Sphyke offers theft resistant combination locks for wheel skewers, axle locknuts and seat binder bolts.

EUGENE, OR (BRAIN) — Abbey Bike Tools is now offering a single-sided, Team Issue, version of its Crombie cassette lock ring tool.

Center-drive-motor system retains the name of its predecessor.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Shimano’s latest entry into the e-bike powertrain market takes aim at Bosch with a center-drive motor that will be introduced in Europe in 2014.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week
The BOS Deville fork

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — BOS Suspension forks and shocks have been some of Europe’s most desired suspension components, but unless you ordered from Europe you were not going to ride them.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week
Levi's Commuter Parka

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — The Levi’s Commuter clothing series introduces new styles for fall 2013—including parkas, jeans, tees, woven tops and outerwear—with performance features including water resistance, moisture wicking, reflective accents and greater mobility.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — German high-end wheelmaker Lightweight is offering a limited edition of its wheels personalized with whatever words the buyer would like to see laser engraved on the rims.

Wick and Ollie Thomas

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — KORE, a longtime mountain bike brand with early roots in Southern California’s dirt scene, is enjoying a resurgence in sales as a growing list of bicycle companies again spec the iconic company’s products.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week
MicroShift's mountain bike shifter test machine.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Being a viable alternative to Shimano is not easy for the small Taiwanese company MicroShift.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week
The Thar saddle in black.

VICENZA, Italy (BRAIN) — Fizik says its new Thar saddle line was specifically designed for use on 29er mountain bikes.

Erik Saunders, VP's brand manager in the U.S.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—When Shimano announced its distribution shakeup in July, a number of Taiwanese component suppliers began calculating the odds of picking up additional aftermarket

Tagged Taichung Bike Week

SEYMOUR, CT (BRAIN) — Thule's new Round Trip Pro is the brand's premium soft case for bike travel and includes an integrated bike work stand.

A SRAM Red hydraulic brake caliper

The company says situation applies to a narrower range of serial numbers than initially reported.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — Chrome Industries’ new super-durable BLCKCHRM bags feature exteriors made of hypalon, a material originally used to make U.S. Coast Guard rescue rafts. Liners use a tightly woven nylon, while the trim is full grain leather and hardware is coated with rubber. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — Strava has added indoor workout videos to its mobile device apps. 

Tagged Mobile bike apps

NEWPORT, VT (BRAIN) — Louis Garneau's new Course Skinsuit is intended to be a functional, aerodynamic option for road racers.  

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — A new book co-authored by Tour of Spain winner Chris Horner focuses on teaching road race tactics.

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — At last Wednesday’s cyclocross practice at Marymoor Velodrome, a handful of riders — including some BRAIN staffers and a few industry insider types — got the chance to try a new suspension seatpost on the facility’s somewhat bumpy grass surface.

MUKILTEO, WA (BRAIN) — FSA's new Super Light ACB Bearings are up to 38 percent lighter than its standard headset bearings, saving up to 9.2 grams per bearing with no loss in durability, the company said.

GoBe+ 700 Spot

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN) — The new GoBe light from Light & Motion is a factory sealed rechargeable flashlight that can go 120 meters underwater, but is also good for hiking, biking or surfing.

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