VN tech ticker: American Classic Relaunches with Cheap Tires, Strava Adds Asset Management to Mobile App, and More


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American Classic relaunches with cheap tires

Longtime wheel maker American Classic was shut down for a short time in 2019, and now the brand is back with new tires.

Available direct from the American Classic website, as well as the American Classic Amazon store, the new rubber promises secure grip at competitive prices – racing tires start at just $ 38 each.

The new tires come in three categories:

  • Rubberforce G Gravel Tires
  • Rubberforce S road tires
  • Rubberforce R Tires Commuter and Electric Bike Tires
Classic American torch holder. (Photo: American Classic)

American Classic also offers different levels of flat protection:

  • Step 3: for road racing use, minimum weight, high density anti-puncture strip under the tread
  • Stage 3s: for all-season tires, bead-to-bead guard
  • Stage 5s: for gravel tires, with composite microfiber tread with full puncture and tear protection
  • Step 7: for commuter tires, with 3 mm of elastic “undercage”

American Classic also has a “Road Hazard Replacement Policy” allowing registered tire owners to purchase replacement tires at 50% off MSRP if they experience a puncture or tear while driving.

Strava Adds Asset Management Features to Mobile App

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

This is a useful feature set for those who have more than one bike and want to track attributes and use it on two or more bikes.

For example, a useful application of this new feature is that if you are a seasonal rider who uses Zwift during the winter months, you can change your default bike in the Strava app so you don’t have to remember constantly changing bikes when recording or editing an activity.

After upgrading to version 219, all you need to do to manage your cycling stuff is to tap the You icon (bottom right of the home screen) and then tap on the GEAR option.

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

Bikes that have already been added to your profile can be updated from the Your Equipment 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 Handlebar

Whiskey Parts Co. Spano handlebars.
Whiskey Parts Co. Spano handlebars.

The Whiskey Parts Co. Spano handlebar ($ 280) is an all-terrain / gravel / adventure handlebar with carbon construction that should dampen some kickbacks on rough surfaces and a standard 31.8mm clamp diameter.

Carbon construction and flattened chainrings are designed to offer compliance, less chatter means less fatigue. The short 68mm reach and shallow 100mm drops end in a long “tail” to allow for additional hand placement.

Chrome Industries / Panaracer collaboration

Chrome Industries and Panaracer tires collaborate on urban and SPD compatible cycling shoes.
Chrome Industries and Panaracer tires collaborate on urban and SPD compatible cycling shoes. (Photo: Chrome Industries)

Chrome Industries collaborates with Panaracer tires on the Pedal and Pro Series shoes.

The Chrome Pro Series SPD compatible cycling shoes also feature the Panaracer sole and Flexplate from Chrome Industries.

“We are really excited about the redesign of our new series of pedals. We’ve had a lot of feedback over the years to bring back SPD compatible shoes, and these shoes are just as versatile on the bike as they are, ”said Matt Sourapas, shoe design manager at Chrome. “We built these shoes to be weather resistant, extremely durable and extremely grippy thanks to the signature Panaracer outsole.”

The Panaracer rubber outsole is paired with a weatherproof and reflective upper.


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