Under Test: DUALCO Lubricants

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If you work on bicycles and you’ve ever used a grease gun, there’s a good chance it was made by DUALCO. The Texas-based company has been producing professional lubrication products since 1960, and recently introduced their line of bicycle lubes. DUALCO’s bicycle products include extreme-duty and high-performance greases, cable lube, and spot oil.

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Magellan Cyclo GPS Giveaway

Congratulations to our winner Elliott from Chicago!

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Magellan is giving away a Cyclo 505 GPS ($379.99 value) to one of GRAVELBIKE’s readers.

The fine print:

  • Winner will be chosen randomly from all entries received by midnight, December 11th, 2015
  • One entry per email address; duplicate entries will be discarded
  • Contestants’ information will not be shared with third-parties or outside organizations
  • Offer limited to US residents

First Impressions: Magellan Cyclo 505 GPS

Not so long ago, there weren’t many choices for GPS-enabled cycle computers. In the past couple of years, however, more companies have thrown their cycling caps into the bicycle GPS arena. One of the companies looking to capture a piece of that pie is Magellan, a 30-year-old company which boasts more than 200 GPS-related patents.

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The 505’s main menu. Image courtesy of Magellan.

Designed for road, mountain, touring, and training, the Cyclo 505 is the company’s flagship cycling computer. Magellan offers the 505 in two flavors: the basic head unit ($379.99), and the HC bundle which includes heart-rate and speed/cadence sensors ($449.99). Both versions include out-front and pad-style handlebar mounts, and come preloaded with detailed road base maps and OpenStreetMap (OSM) crowd-sourced maps.

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Q&A with Rolf Prima Wheel Systems

Rolf Wheels got its start back in 1997 when founder Rolf Dietrich partnered with Trek to bring paired-spoke wheels to market. After the license agreement expired in 2001, Dietrich founded Rolf Prima Wheel Systems with three former Trek/Bontrager product engineers. One of those former Trek/Bontrager employees, Brian Roddy, would eventually become Rolf Prima’s owner. I spoke with Roddy at this year’s Interbike trade show, where we discussed Rolf’s wheels, gravel and adventure riding, and what the company has in store for 2016.

GRAVELBIKE: Do you think that disc-equipped gravel and adventure bikes will standardize on 142mm rear spacing?

Rolf Prima: We hand-build everything pretty much to order, so we build fronts as 9 mm, 12 mm, or 15 mm, and rears as 135 mm or 142 mm no problem. That said, the industry will probably coalesce around 12 mm thru-axles front, and 142 mm rear. I think everyone–the industry and customers, alike–really wants the proliferation of standards to slow down and stick so they know that their expensive bikes and components will be replaceable, serviceable, or upgradeable in a few years (instead of becoming obsolete).

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