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11spd: This week’s best new bike gear 

A bountiful harvest of fresh goodies from Rapha, Kona, SRAM and more (Bike Radar)

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Cycling Maven: Badass Bay Crits!

Cycling Maven VLOG #301.
On bike footage from the Bay Crits in Australia.
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Video: Alberto Contador rides his bike round his home – while being chased by his dog

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Schmolke Offers Carbon Fiber Bolts

Carbon fiber bolts, for real? (Capo Velo)

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Chris Froome rejected TUE on ‘moral grounds’

Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome rejected a therapeutic use exemption to treat a medical condition during his 2015 win on moral grounds. (BBC Sport)

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Fitness trackers and cycling: a match made in heaven, or the odd couple?

After a few months with the Garmin Vivoactive HR and Fitbit Surge, let’s just say that US technical editor James Huang won’t be making the switch any time soon, but the future is potentially very, very bright. (Cycling Tips)

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Found: Auto alignment patent for electronic rear derailleurs could shift expectations

Prior art for electronic shifting systems sets the stage, but it’s the new sensors that change the game. (Bike Rumor)

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Book Review: Circus, by Camille J McMillan

Circus – Inside the World of Professional Bike Racing, by Camille J McMillan

(Podium Cafe)

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Gallery: Boonen and Kittel work on their speed at team camp

The Quick-Step Floors team is back in Calpe, Spain for a new year training camp, with Tom Boonen, Marcel Kittel, Dan Martin and Philippe Gilbert clocking up some quality kilometres. (CyclingNews.com)

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Neutral Support companies brace for disc brake mayhem

With dozens of possible wheel-brake combinations on the market, it may no longer be possible for companies like SRAM Neutral Support to carry enough wheels to support the whole peloton. (CyclingNews.com)

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Tweets of the week: Mark Cavendish, Katie Archibald, Owain Doull and more

Here are some of the tweets that caught our eye this week, including ones from Mark Cavendish, Katie Archibald and Owain Doull. (Cycling Weekly)

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Video: Peter Sagan joins team mates in Mannequin Challenge – and stars in his own calendar

World champion joins Bora-Hansgrohe colleagues in video craze. (road.cc)

Just the video…

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Game-changer smart helmet connects and puts you in control

Having raised $319,000 on Kickstarter in recent months, Coros LINX is in the process of rolling out its new smart cycling helmet.

The new lid uses open-ear bone conduction, which gets sound into your ear while keeping your them free to hear what’s going on around you. (Sticky Bottle)

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Jack Bauer crowned National Time Trial champion in New Zealand

The 31-year-old’s aim was to start the season on a high and the Kiwi didn’t disappoint. (The Bike Comes First)

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Team Sky announce Tour Down Under line-up

Geraint Thomas and Sergio Henao head Team Sky’s line-up for the opening WorldTour race of the 2017 season: the Tour Down Under (January 17-22). (Cycling Weekly)

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Review: Prologo CPC Airing Nago Evo Nack Saddle

A comfortable and innovative saddle, one of the best I’ve used. (road.cc)

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One Pro Cycling announce three-year partnership with Boardman Bikes

Following the withdrawal of Factor Bikes as the team’s bike sponsor in the autumn and the subsequent knock-on effect it caused with One Pro being forced to drop down to Continental level because of the funding shortfall, this news is a welcome change of tone for the team and continues their commitment to racing British branded bikes. (Cycling Weekly)

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Bennett and McCarthy to support Sagan at Tour Down Under

First appearance at Australian WorldTour race for German team. (CyclingNews.com)

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Jens Voigt: Shut Up, Everest!

Retired cycling icon Jens Voigt turns to ‘Everesting’ in Germany for charity, fun, and an endurance fix. (Bicycling Magazine)

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Watch the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships live on Cyclingnews!

The USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships are already underway in Hartford, Connecticut with the amateur and age group categories, but the racing culminates on Sunday with the five UCI categories, and you will be able to watch all the racing live on Cyclingnews. (CyclingNews.com)

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Silca T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque hands on

Portable, highly-refined ratcheting torque wrench from Silca. (Bike Radar)