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Testing the New Diamondback Line in Santa Fe

Jon Kennedy at White MesaJon Kennedy shows off his Diamondback at White Mesa. Photo: @portermtb.

Review season is upon us here in Santa Fe, with stacks of bikes arriving on the UPS truck each day, daily rides underway, and Outside's annual Tucson test trip just a month away. Rather than ship us their bikes, the guys from Diamondback decided to drive down and drop off their testers. Given the 1,400-mile drive from Seattle, that might sound excessive. But what mountain biker doesn't want to trade northwest rain for a few days of southwest high pressure? And besides, we love it when companies visit and we can get the skinny on the bikes straight from the source.

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Custom Wood Helmets for Biking, Skiing, and Paddling

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In the 1990s, Dan Coyle started making wooden helmets for himself and his buddies for whitewater kayaking, as well as wooden eyeglass frames and paddles. It was a hobby, a use for Coyle’s chainsaw and grinder.

Coyle noticed that, structurally, wood is similar to rigid, closed-cell foam. That means it can, with impact, deform and absorb shock like EPS in a traditional bicycle helmet. In fact, Coyle discovered, almost any wood is capable of absorbing more energy than polycarbonate and the ABS plastics typically used in bike, skate, motorcycle, and ski helmets, while also being more durable. A wooden shell provides protection over a greater spectrum of impact energies, according to Coyle's tests. Add a cork liner and the comfort level compares to other helmets currently on the market.

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A New 360-Degree POV Cam For Catching, and Controlling, the Action

The next revolution in POV cameras and viewing software allows the watcher to control the view. Red Bull has teamed up with the tech company Making View to release a series of action sports videos captured with the ViewCam 360, a modular camera that records a really, really wide view. The company says that the camera can capture 360-degree, 4K x 2K equirectangular video at 25-50fps. The whole contraption weighs around 600 grams, or 1.3 pounds. The recordings are added to playback software titled the Making Viewer, which allows the online watcher to pan and tilt the footage for the view they want.

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Greg LeMond to Run for President of the UCI

5030351225_1be5d728c0_bGreg LeMond at Interbike. Photo: Interbike/Flickr

Former Tour de France champion Greg LeMond said he plans to take on Pat McQuaid for the presidency of the UCI after being asked this past weekend at the Change Cycling Now conference in London. The conference included cyclists, drug officials, and sports journalists who met to figure out a way to clean up the sport.

“If we want to restore public confidence and sponsors, we must act quickly and decisively," LeMond told French newspaper Le Monde. "Otherwise, cycling will die. Riders do not understand that if we continue like this, there will soon be no money in cycling.”

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Tour of California Turned Upside Down for 2013

Amgen ATOC 2013

The Amgen Tour of California has released details of its 2013 course, and for the first time in its eight year history the race will follow a south-to-north route through the state. Not only will the direction be different than in years past, but every stage is also brand new.

"Taking the Amgen Tour of California (ATOC) from south to north is something we always knew we wanted to do, and we are thrilled with the way things have come together for 2013," said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race. "We think this will bring a whole new element to the competition, not to mention helping us achieve our goal of creating a challenging route year after year while showcasing the very best this state has to offer."

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