From the latest product news to details of routes and events, our news round-up is a collection of short snippets of information in one handy article.
Today we bring you an unlikely but valuable donation to the Cannock Forest trail building collective, Shimano's acquisition of Bikefitting.com, a change of bikes for The Coastal Crew, the search for Scotland's brightest downhill racing prospect and more.
Shimano acquires Bikefitting.com
Shimano have announced the acquisition of Dutch firm bikefitting.com, a company that uses biomechanical data to optimise cycling comfort and efficiency. For over 25 years it has produced and sold measuring instruments and software for bike measurements. The deal secures bikefitting.com's long-term future, as well as giving Shimano a new string to their bow. Its location stays the same and former owners Hay Janssen and Cisca Scipio will remain with the company.
The Coastal Crew switch to Specialized
The Coastal Crew, stars of the recent From the Inside Out film, has announced a switch to Specialized for 2012. The British Colombia crew will be riding the Demo, Stumpy EVO and SX bikes during a year where they’ll embark on another as-yet-unnamed feature film.
Tern Duo wins prestigious design award
Folding bike specialists Tern have won a Red Dot Design Award for its Verge Duo bike. The prestigious award saw over 1,800 manufacturers and designers from 58 countries compete in this year's competition, and the aluminium Verge Duo, with its 2-speed hub and uncluttered cabling, got the nod.
OnYerBikeSeat, who specialise in custom branded saddle and backpack covers for business, charitable or personal needs, bill their products as 'advertising by the seat of your pants'. The reason behind it is that since there are a billion bikes in the world today, there are at least as many saddles, so why not take advantage? Pictured here is the waterproof seat cover, which is elasticated and fits any saddle, and is customisable to any design you want. Visit their website to find out more.
Routes, racing & rides
Cement firm shows true grit to Cannock Chase
A UK quarry company has pledged to donate 500 tonnes of sand and gravel each year to help keep neighbouring Cannock Forest trails in tip-top shape. Trail building group Chase Trails are celebrating the move by CEMEX which will help maintain the popular trails in the 3,480 hectare Staffordshire woodland. All they need now are volunteers to help shovel the sand around and repair the areas in need of patching up. More information on doing so can be found at the Chase Trails website.
Search for Scotland's fastest junior downhill racer is on
The search is on for Scotland’s fastest junior downhill racer. Throughout April and May leading up to the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round at Fort William on 9 June, Scottish Cycling, with the support of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, will be on the lookout. The Mini Downhill Series, for children aged 8-16, is just like the real thing, only shorter and with smaller bikes. The prize is a big one; podium placers at the six qualifying events will be invited to compete in the final at the world cup. Click here for full details on the calendar and how to enter.