Bontrager's new grips are great for your hands and the ocean. Trek photo.
More and more these days outdoor brands are trying to help reduce the amount of plastic winding up in our ocean, leading to some pretty darn creative solutions. It turns out that plastic fishnets and ropes can be transformed into all kinds of goods: Hats, sustainable and stylish swimwear, and now mountain bike grips.
Bontrager has just announced that they’ll be collaborating with Plastix, a recycling company that’s repurposing ocean plastic waste. The recycling company collects discarded nets and ropes and turns them into green plastic pellets for manufacturing new products. Bontrager specifically is using the pellets for the core of their new XR trail grip, which comes in three different versions: standard, pro, and elite. And this isn’t the brand’s first time sourcing eco-friendly materials, they also have a bottle cage made from recycled plastic.
A clean bike is a happy bike. Max Ritter photo. There’s just something about a clean bike that makes you want to ride faster and push harder on the trail. Maybe it’s a placebo, or maybe it’s the fact that a clean bike typically means everything is working well, your drivetrain isn’t creaking, and your suspension is as active as it can be. Even if you only ride in dry conditions, cleaning your bike frequently will keep it happy and make all those expensive parts work better and last
While one of mountain biking’s most infamous races – the legendary MegaAvalanche – did not take place this summer, organizers couldn’t resist giving racers a chance to bomb down the mountainside at Alpe D’Huez in a mass-start race. Things were a little different this year, but looked just as rowdy as ever, with lots of carnage and pile-up crashes throughout the day. I mean, come on, what’s there not to like about blasting euro techno at the start line while you and 50 other riders all-out
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