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Harlot Clothing Co. Scarlet-X Tech Knickers

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harlot clothing co scarlet x tech knickers   Harlot Clothing Co. Scarlet X Tech Knickers

Looking fabulous while riding a bike is what Harlot Clothing Co. was aiming for with its Scarlet-X Teck Knickers. The fabric is made with 98% nylon and 2% spandex. The cycling wear comes with a water repellent finish to keep you looking dry and stylish. It has reflective piping details for night rides and safety, too.

The X in the Scarlet-X Tech Knickers is for the X-static silver fiber technology that’s incorporated to prevent body odor from seeping from the material. It is also anti-static and has thermodynamic properties to keep you warm in its soft fabric.

The Scarlet-X is stretchable with a low rise fit and cycling specific waistband that’s higher in the back than front. Durable with its seamless inseam construction and wicking, it has two back pockets and one front pocket closed by a zipper along the thigh portion. On the left leg, it has embroidered details.

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Citec 6000 CX Carbon Tubular Wheelset Clincher

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citec 6000 cx carbon tubular wheelset clincher   Citec 6000 CX Carbon Tubular Wheelset Clincher

Citec releases an innovative design to merge the benefits of a carbon wheelset with a metal braking surface in its 6000 CX Carbon Tubular Wheelset Clincher. Light yet durable, the carbon tubular wheelset has an aluminum braking surface and a rim depth of 50mm.

The metal strip on the braking surface is replaceable and the wheelset also features hidden nipples for better aerodynamics. (The internal nipples are located inside the carbon rim.) The front wheel has 12 black bladed spokes, wide flanges with an anodized 3-part front hub for lateral stiffness. It also features sealed cartridge bearings.

The rear wheel features anodized 2-part rear/hub attached to a HyperFlange hub with 16 bladed spokes. It has sealed bearings, a DT Swiss 240 S aluminium body compatible with Shimano 8/9/10-speed.

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FSA Gossamer BB30 Recall

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Full Speed Ahead (FSA) issued a voluntary recall of its non-drive Gossamer BB30 series crankarms. This was due to reports that say its crankarms can crack and break should it be overtightened than the recommended torque specification.

The BB30 series affected are those that have serial numbers beging with 10B, 10C and 10D, found on the backside of the crankarm, near the pedal threads. If you find that your crankarm is tagged for recall, find your local dealer to have it replaced and fitted for a new FSA issue.

Unaffected crankarms are MegaExo, Gossamer BB30 Drive and Gossamer BB30 Triple cranksets. Some bikes with the Gossamer BB30 non-drive are:

Synapse Alloy 105 / Apex
Super Six 5 105
Synapse Carbon 105 / Apex
CAAD 8 105
CAAD 10 105

SEMPRE Veloce 10v
SEMPRE Ultegra

For more info, you may call FSA toll free at 1 877 RIDE FSA (1-877-743-3372) or email

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2011 Specialized Roubaix SL3

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2011 specialized roubaix sl3   2011 Specialized Roubaix SL3

Specialized updated the Roubaix SL3 for 2011, making it one of the smoothest and fastest bike on the market. The goal of the design was to make sure that jarring and vibration over uneven roads and rough roads will not be experienced by the rider.

To make this possible, the Zertz elastomer inserts were placed mechanically in the seatstays unlike before. This damping gives about 6mm degree of flex. The frame becomes more stiff and durable when the inserts were pressed onto it.

There is a new stay molding with one bladder on each leg with a new shape for the stays. The stays are now 3D and it trickles from the dropouts to the seat tube for additional side-to-side stability.

Overall stiffness is made possible with the one-piece top tube/head tube/down tube mold used on the Tarmac SL3. For power transfer, Specialized used Press-In bearings, which in turn no longer requires…

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Headsweats Shorty and Classic Cycling Caps

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headsweats shorty and classic cycling caps   Headsweats Shorty and Classic Cycling Caps

For 2011, Headsweats adds a semi-custom new designs to its cycling caps Shorty and Classic. Both products still feature the COOLMAX® fabric, which draws moisture away to give maximum comfort and performance. It dries up to 3 to 4 times faster than cotton. The new designs are that of gears and chain ring.

The Classic is the flagship product for Headsweats. Designed to be super comfortable for any use, it has a COOLMAX® terry sweatband that optimizes air flow to keep your head dry at all times. You can tie the cap at the back. Available in five colors.

On the other hand, the Shorty has a smaller tail with twelve colors to choose from. It also has an elastic back for a snug fit. The 2011 caps have an MSRP of $22 while regular caps retail for $20.

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2011 Specialized Ariel Step Thru

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2011 specialized ariel step thru   2011 Specialized Ariel Step Thru

For those riders who prefer more of a transport/fitness bike, the Specialized Ariel Step Thru drops for 2011. With a women’s style step-through A1 Premium aluminum feature frame, the bike delivers easier accessibility and lightweight confidence for a more relaxed and comfortable riding position.

A 75mm travel coil-sprung fork with alloy lowers, the transport bike performs exceptionally well. The Ariel Step Thru also uses durable, double-walled 700c alloy rims covered by a Specialized Infinity Sport 700c tires, to help it cope with all unfit roads.

For better performance, a chainguard is added with a triple crankset that provides the rider the gear needed for a ride. Also offered here is the pain-free Women’s-specific BG Contour MTB grips designed for longer rides.

Specialized’s Ariel Step Thru comes in at $599 for the complete package.

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2011 Volagi Venga SL

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Tapping into the market of long-distance riding, Volagi introduces the 2011 Venga SL road bike. Its form, shape and geometry are designed specific to meet the demands of endurance cyclists. Its design includes a pass through for the seat tube, top tube and its seat stays are forged as one. Vertical travel is also available for damping and flexibility at the rear.

The SL frame is made from 30/24T high-modulus carbon fiber. It uses Dura-Ace components that feature the latest STI carbon levers. As for the bottom bracket, FSA SL-K BB30 crank system is in place with its monocoque composite design. For added stiffness, it possess a 30mm AL 7075 spindle with AL 7075 T6 CNC’d 50/34 chain ring.

Volagi uses an E7 Sync Ti saddle for its ergonomic design and multi-postition platform. This has a cutout feature for better circulation. The saddle has a microfiber cover with UltraLite foam on…

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