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We’re in Hartford, CT, at the USA Cycling CX National Championships and there are plenty of new parts and pro bikes to see. Kicking things off are bike checks with Tobin Ortenblad and Jeremy Powers, and there’s more to come. It’ll be interesting to see how their tire selection changes for Sunday’s main event. While the conditions have changed (not improved, BTW), it’s worth a look at how some of the earlier races turned into a slip-n-slide. Sadly, that part of the course has been removed. Tune in here tomorrow at 8am EST for the live stream of the men’s and women’s pro races!

Should you have to race in similar conditions, or the snow and freeze that’s currently on the CXnats course, World Cup pro Helen Wyman’s tips for tire selection should come in handy. Check out part one and part two to get your rubber dialed for race day.

Meanwhile, out in presumably warmer Las Vegas, the CES show has produced plenty of bicycle tech. Polar and Garmin both launched new wearables, Fisher Price has a trainer for kids, and LeEco has smart road and mountain bikes. Check all of that out here. We also found tech outside the show, including the SpeedX Unicorn bike with integrated power measurement and a patent for auto-aligning rear derailleurs. As usual, plenty more killer stuff, all in new-tab-opening headlines, below…

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Mt. Erebus, Antarctica

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Knik Glacier – Palmer, Alaska

Urbi, Furi & Zappi: Edgy lids from NOW Helmets

Found: Make your own 3D printed disc brake pad spacers

Brilliant Brilliant Unicorn dressing cyclists for the outdoor disco, marshmallow lasers optional

Review: Rolling into the new year with airless tires on the Specialized Alibi Sport

Found: Fifty Strong’s made-in-USA insulated water bottles

World Champion Peter Sagan’s ultra shiny new Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Summer flashback on the Colorado Trail

The Wyman Method of setting proper cyclocross race tire pressure – Part 1

Review: Getting the Ass Saver Wide & Mudder dirty

Must Watch: This slickrock line is not for the faint of heart

The SpeedX Unicorn replaces the horn with first production integrated power meter

Zwift Mobile app out of beta and onto iOS devices for easier virtual training

Review: Cannondale Slate “all road” bike is just too much fun

CES2017: LeEco Smart Road & Smart Mountain bikes

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Fat Biking Lanzarote

Video: CXNats Slip-N-Slide

The Wyman Method of picking cyclocross tires – Part 2

Bead Biter clips lend a helping hand for tough Tubeless Solutions setups

New year, new look: give your RockShox forks a makeover with decal kits from SRAM

Polar Bottle teams up with TwoFish for 42oz to H2O freedom

9:ZERO:7 gets aggressive w/ new Tundra AL, and kids’ Squall fat bikes

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Ostfildern, Germany

Review: Riding the BH bikes G7 Disc over cobbled classics, dirt roads & racing the clock

Design Team Wit’s 2017 fixed crit racing kit

Robert Marchand proves age is just a number (again) with Hour Record for 105+

Recovery Beer? à Bloc brings friends, bikes and beer together around the world

Kirt Voreis tracks down a bike sponsor and captures a Niner

CES2017: Polar puts GoPro control at your wrist, adds GoPro compatible H10 heart rate monitor

CES2017: Garmin Fenix5 adds maps & smaller sizing, plus new 2-way sat-coms

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Rotorua, New Zealand

CES2017: Tiny tots on turbo trainers with Fisher-Price Think and Learn SmartCycle

Ribble Endurance Aero speeds up & boosts comfort in consumer-direct disc brake road update

Found: Auto alignment patent for electronic rear derailleurs could shift expectations

Bikepackers get burly tires with new WTB Ranger 29+ TCS Tough

Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

Horst bites into weight savings with titanium CX toe spikes

Mobile Bike Shop battles: VeloFix DIRECT picks up Eddy Merckx, Beeline delivers Competitive Cyclist

Handup Gloves gets cozy with new fleece-lined winter gloves

Brian Lopes signs on with Ellsworth as Team Rider and Brand Ambassador

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Canary Islands, Spain

Pro Bike Check: Tobin Ortenblad’s shiny new custom painted Santa Cruz Stigmata CC

Pro Bike Check: Jeremy Powers Rapha Focus Mares CX bike (and teammate Ellen Noble, too!)

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