VN tech ticker: American Classic relaunches with cheap tires, Strava adds equipment management to mobile app and more

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American Classic relaunches with cheap tires

The long-standing wheel manufacturer American Classic was closed for a short time in 2019, and now the brand is back with new tires.

Available directly from the American Classic website, and also the American Classic Amazon store, the new rubber promises safe grips at competitive prices – racing tires start at just $ 38 each.

The new tires are available in three categories:

  • Rubberforce G gravel tires
  • Rubberforce S road tires
  • Rubberforce R tire commuter and e-bike tiresAmerican classic torchbearer.
American classic torchbearer. (Photo: American Classic)

American Classic also has different levels of flat protection:

  • Step 3: for road racing use, a minimum weight, high density puncture strip under the tread
  • Step 3s: for all weather tires, protects from pearl to pearl
  • Step 5s: for gravel tires, with a microfiber composite tread with full layer and puncture protection
  • Step 7: for pendulum tires, with 3 mm elastic ‘undertread’

American Classic also has a ‘Road Hazard Replacement Policy’ for registered tire owners to purchase replacement tires at a 50 percent MSRP discount if they get a puncture or tear while riding.

Strava adds equipment management features to the mobile app

Strava users can now add and update their bikes (and running shoes) from the mobile app.

This is a useful set of features for those who have more than one bike and want to track attributes and use across two or more bikes.

For example, a useful use of this new feature is if you are a season rider using Zwift during the winter months, you can change your default bike in the Strava app, so you do not have to constantly remember to change bike when recording or editing a activity.

After updating to version 219, simply tap the You icon (bottom right of the Home screen) and then tap the GEAR option.

From this screen you can add bikes, specify type, make, model, weight, add any notes and also specify whether it is the default bike to use.

Bicycles already added to your profile can be updated from the Your Gear screen.

Strava subscribers can now manage their bikes in the mobile app.
Strava subscribers can now manage their bikes in the mobile app.

Whiskey Parts Co. Spano controls

Whiskey Parts Co.  Spano controls.
Whiskey Parts Co. Spano controls.

Whiskey Parts Co. Spano Handlebar ($ 280) is an all-road / gravel / adventure drop bar with a carbon construction designed to alleviate some energy-saving feedback on rough surfaces and a standard 31.8mm clamp diameter.

The carbon construction and the flat tops are designed to offer consistency, less talk means less fatigue. The short, 68 mm range and superficial 100 mm drops end in a long “tail” to allow for extra hand placement.

Chrome Industries / Panaracer collaboration

Chrome Industries and Panaracer tires are collaborating on city and SPD-compatible cycling shoes.
Chrome Industries and Panaracer tires are collaborating on city and SPD-compatible cycling shoes. (Photo: Chrome Industries)

Chrome Industries partnered with Panaracer Pedal and Pro Series footwear tires.

Chrome Pro Series SPD-compatible cycling shoes also get Panaracer soles and Chrome Industries’ Flexplate.

“We are really excited about the renewal of our new pedal series. We have had a lot of feedback over the years to bring back SPD-compatible footwear, and these shoes are as versatile on the bike as they are off, ”said Chrome footwear design chief Matt Sourapas. “We built these weatherproof, extremely durable and extra grippy thanks to the signature Panaracer outsole.”

The Panaracer rubber outsole is matched with an upper that has weather resistance and reflective highlights.

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