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Angie Hohenwarter’s Ladies Session 2016

Angie Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Flyer

Lezyne Ambassador Angie Hohenwarter co-organizes a weekend of fun in the Austrian Alps

Last weekend marked the first Ladies Sessions event of the year, where pro rider Angie Hohenwarter and Bine Höll of Spielberghaus organized a weekend of skills training, riding, relaxation and fun for a group of 14 ladies from around Europe. This long weekend in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria (Thursday through Sunday) provided a variety of bike-related (and unrelated) entertainment for the select group.

Angie Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Stretching

With the emphasis being on fun, Angie schedules the weekend to not only be about riding, but also building camaraderie with the participants of the camp. While the riders did spend a significant amount of time on the bike, much of their time was also spent competing in various bike related challenges and clinics to promote the fun atmosphere.

Angie Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Bottlecap Game

The camp began on Thursday with a BBQ, distributing goodie bags to riders with essentials for the weekend (including a Lezyne RAP Tool, HV Drive hand pump and Lever Kit), and some fun challenges such as the beer cap game shown above.

Angie Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Lever Kits

With a break in the rainy weather, Friday made for a perfect time for some UCI Downhill World Cup spectating in Leogang, as well as some practice runs at the local bike park.

Saturday was the most challenging of the days for the riders, as early that morning they were shuttled to the top of Schattberg (one of the close-by Alps) where they tested their skills down the descent, with Angie providing feedback and tips throughout the ride. Following their adventurous ride, the participants headed over to the Alpin Juwel Hotel in Hinterglemm where Angie had a yoga session planned in hopes of some new energy for the following day.

Angie Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Jumping

The final day consisted of more runs through the local trails where the riders were able to learn new skills, and of course have some serious fun.

Angie Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Riding

Angie thrives off of these fun environments and was excited that the event was such a success. After chatting with her, she was excited of the turn out, “What an amazing and fun group, we had a lot of great moments over those few days.” And thanks to her, these “moments” will stick with the ladies for some time.

Angie Hohenwarter's Ladies Session 2016 - Hands Up

While these sessions only happen a couple times a year, be sure to follow Angie on Facebook for information about the event, and if you’re in the area later this month (6/30-7/3) be sure to sign up!

Cedric Gracia’s 2016 Fun Camps

Cedric Gracia's 2016 Fun Camps

Cedric Gracia and co. recently kicked off the 2016 CG Fun Camps series in Florence, Italy, to the delight of dozens of eager fans and participants. The weekend featured a full schedule of clinics, riding and hanging out with camp-leader Cedric Gracia. The legendary Gracia has created an incredibly fun and exciting atmosphere that gives campers a unique opportunity to hang and learn from one mountain biking’s most accomplished athletes. Additionally, campers receive a collection of exclusive products and gear from his sponsors, like our custom-labeled Lever Kit and Tech Drive HV hand pump.

Cedric Gracia's 2016 Fun Camps - Custom Kit

There are none more entertaining that Cedric Gracia, and he’s a fantastic people-person, making his camps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and hang with a true mountain bike icon.

Check out the schedule below for a chance to participate in an upcoming CG Fun Camps and stay tuned as they will add more dates and locations soon!

2016 CG Fun Camps Schedule:
2-6 June – Florence, Italy
26-29 July – Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
15-19 September – Borovets, Bulgaria
TBD December – Argentina

Round One of the Lezyne Year 10 Collection

Round One of the Lezyne Year 10 Collection

The first products from our Year 10 collection are about to hit the market. That’s right, we’re talking 10 years of Engineered Design! And our latest offerings are loaded with new innovations, enhanced technologies and sexier designs.

Round One of the Lezyne Year 10 Collection - Digital Pressure Drive

First and foremost, we’ve once again redefined the hand pump. Ten years ago we introduced a superior hand pump complete with machined aluminum, an integrated flex hose and oh so much style. That hasn’t changed, but we did develop a custom digital gauge that we went ahead and integrated into our popular Pressure Drive model! So now the new Digital Pressure Drive has the added benefit of a digital gauge, in addition to the same qualities as the past Pressure Drive models. Learn more here!

Round One of the Lezyne Year 10 Collection - Pressure Over Drive

We also took our new digital gauge technology and created the Digital Shock Drive shock pump. Already the class leader in size and weight, the Digital Shock Drive now provides a highly accurate pressure reading in an extremely compact design. Furthermore, we added a shop-quality analog version of our popular Shock Drive model.

Round One of the Lezyne Year 10 Collection - Micro Floor Drive XL

For the growing tubeless market, the new Pressure Over Drive and Digital Pressure Over Drive have bolstered our lineup of premium floor pumps. These two new models feature the same quality construction that our floor pumps are known for with the addition of a secondary chamber. This additional chamber can be manually pressurized, and then quickly discharged in order to seat any style of tubeless tire without the need of a CO2 system or air compressor!

Round One of the Lezyne Year 10 Collection - Femto Duo

Elsewhere, we’ve added a fatbike friendly portable pump called the Micro Floor Drive XL. The new RAP CO2 integrates a CO2 chuck into our popular RAP series of multi tools. Commuters looking for a simple and cost-effective solution for safety lights will love the creative Femto Duo front/rear LED combo that attaches atop a helmet. And lastly, a couple of hex wrench offerings have been added to our shop tool collection, the professional quality Hex Kit and Hex Rod.

Stay tuned for more Y10 products in the coming months!

Q&A With Rally Cycling’s Erica Allar

Q&A With Rally Cycling’s Erica Allar

ASK A PRO

Q&A With Rally Cycling’s Erica Allar

Name: Erica Allar
Nationality: USA
Hometown: Fogelsville, PA
Residence: Tucson, AZ
Strengths: Sprints, criteriums
Pro Since: 2008

Erica Allar began racing in 2001 as a track racer. She won two U23 national criterium championships and multiple collegiate national track titles while attending Penn State. When not racing she loves being outside, drinking coffee and laughing.

We recently threw up a post on our Facebook page requesting our fans to ask Erica a question about being a professional cyclist. We selected our 10 favorite inquiries and had Erica answer them below. We also offered up a Lezyne Mini GPS Special Edition to the person whom Erica felt asked the best question: Congratulations B. McAlister!

What is your favorite interval training session? ~D. Morales
Let’s be honest: All interval training sessions suck. I don’t think anyone goes into VO2 efforts thinking, “This is going to be so much fun.”However, I appreciate them because I know they’re making me a better cyclist. But, if I had to choose one session, I would go with Strength Endurance intervals—long, slow cadence muscle builders. Power!

Who is your biggest cycling inspiration? What would you like to pass along to the next generation of aspiring female cyclists? ~T. Work
Cliché, I know, but Jame Carney is my biggest inspiration. He believed in me before anyone knew who I was; before I knew I could do anything in this sport or in my life.

I would pass along the importance of having fun. It needs to be fun, and there needs to be balance.

Q&A With Rally Cycling’s Erica Allar - At Beach

What was the main facet of cycling that drew you in, and encouraged you to want to pursue a professional career? ~P. Molnar
Track racing in T-town is what drew me in. It was fast, fun and different. I was good at it, but there was no way to make a living doing it. I had to swap over to the road, which resulted in a professional career.

I’ve heard you’ve earned the nickname “Always There.” Does that have to do with the fact that you’re always in the mix at the sprint finish? ~B. Jones
Let’s go with it’s because I’m always in the mix for race finishes. If it’s not, than it must be because I have a hard time dropping back any further than fifth wheel while in the field. Or, maybe someone who is taller than me coined the nickname because each time she turned around, I was their enjoying her draft. There aren’t many girls my size in the peloton, so I tend to gravitate toward the same riders for a draft.

What is your favorite pre-, mid- or post-ride snack? ~I. Audrain
I don’t like to eat during rides (unless I’m racing, which in that case it’s Clif Bar). But I love chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I read an article on FoxNews that says cake for breakfast may help keep weight off, so I guess it’s my favorite pre- and post-ride snack!

What would you advise to a lady who is considering going pro? ~J. Sanchez
Take your time. Ask questions but don’t be afraid to make your own choices based on what is right for you. Prioritizing your happiness is not a bad thing; you should. And then make choices in your cycling career to reflect what will make you happy. Oh, and have fun. It should always be fun. Be happy. Have fun. Sounds a little simpler than it is. But it’s true. A happy racer is a fast racer.

At that moment during a race when you are maxed out, what do you think about in order to keep going? ~B. Ticknor

“Man, if I am suffering THIS bad, then everyone else must REALLY be struggling!”

Q&A With Rally Cycling’s Erica Allar - On Road

What’s the hardest part of professional cycling that no one ever talks about? ~E. Vrtis
It’s easy to become so involved in cycling that it consumes every part of your life. There has to be some sort of balance in your life. It is important to have a life and things to do outside of the sport that are not bike related.

On long rides how do pro cyclists occupy their minds? ~P. Houston
Ride with friends who are interesting to talk with. Or, listen to music, podcasts or books on tape.

What is your most memorable racing event? ~A. Chavez
I have so many great memories. My first big pro win in Macon, Georgia, in 2007 was pretty good, but so were my two U23 Crit National titles [2006 & ‘07]. Or 2012 when I topped three Optum riders and Laura Van Gilder in a breakaway for the win at the Sunny King crit. Also, winning the Cannon Falls stage of the 2010 North Star Grand Prix was a great memory.

How can we encourage youth girls to become active cyclists? ~B. McAlister
I’d like to suggest that the girls considering going pro race with their local men’s fields in an effort to challenge their skills and abilities. I also recommend that they travel outside of their local race scene; it’s important to travel to some of the larger more known races in the US in order to showcase their skills and potential to pro teams.

Stay tuned for more editions of ASK A PRO!

Lezyne Sea Otter Events Calendar

Lezyne Sea Otter Events Calendar

Lezyne Sea Otter Events Calendar

The 2016 Sea Otter Classic is about to kick off! From Thursday, April 14 to Sunday, April 17 the cycling world congregates at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, and we will once again have a booth set up with our latest offerings. We’ll be located near the main entrance in booth number 526. Be sure to drop by, pickup a sticker and check out a handful of products making their first public debut! If that’s not enough to pop in, we’ve got a few activities to further entice your presence.

Cedric Gracia
Friday, April 15, 4:00pm
Cedric Gracia will be on hand signing posters and taking selfies with fans!

Lezyne Sea Otter Events Calendar - Cedric Gracia
Photo credit: Jérémie Reuiller

Air Hockey Challenge
Friday, April 15, 4:00pm
We’ll be hosting an air hockey tournament that’s free for anyone to enter (limited to a first come first serve basis) featuring guest appearances by Cedric Gracia, Cylance Pro Cycling, Eric Porter and Team Clif Bar. Play for a chance to win a bunch of Lezyne prizes!

Lezyne Sea Otter Events Calendar - Air Hockey Challenge

Danny MacAskill
Saturday, April 16, 1:00pm
The legendary Danny MacAskill will be at our booth for an autograph session! Come by and meet one of the most incredible trials riders ever!

Lezyne Sea Otter Events Calendar - Danny MacAskill
Photo Credit: Dave Mackison

How To Install ABS2 Chucks to Older Lezyne Pumps

How To Apply ABS2 Chucks to Older Lezyne Pumps

How To Install ABS2 Chucks to Older Lezyne Pumps

The release of the ABS2 on the Year 9 line of floor pumps was a major improvement. This new chuck works for both Presta and Schrader valves and features a quick disconnect for Presta valves and an Air Bleed System button for easy pressure tuning. The ABS2 chuck is also sold separately and can be applied to older Lezyne Floor pumps. It’s also available in high volume (HV) or high pressure (HP) versions for mountain and road biking, respectively. We’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to convert older models, so here’s an easy guide to help you with your pump upgrade.

How To Apply ABS2 Chucks to Older Lezyne Pumps - Step 1

Step 1
Unscrew the old ABS chuck from the hose swivel.

How To Apply ABS2 Chucks to Older Lezyne Pumps - Step 2

Step 2
Use an Allen wrench (Allen 4 on the Lezyne 3-Way Wrench) to remove the swivel from the hose. If you own a pump with the crimped on swivel, simply cut it off.

How To Apply ABS2 Chucks to Older Lezyne Pumps - Step 3

How To Apply ABS2 Chucks to Older Lezyne Pumps - Step 4

Refer to this video for more in-depth instructions on swivel removal:

Step 3
Twist off the compression nut of the ABS2 chuck and insert it on the pump hose.

How To Apply ABS2 Chucks to Older Lezyne Pumps - Step 5

Step 4
Insert the ABS2 chuck into the hose.

How To Apply ABS2 Chucks to Older Lezyne Pumps - Step 6

Step 5
Slide the compression nut of the ABS2 chuck up the hose and screw back on to the chuck.

How To Apply ABS2 Chucks to Older Lezyne Pumps - Step 7

Step 6
Your newly upgraded pump is ready to prepare you for your next epic ride! Enjoy!

road.cc Reviews the Lezyne Macro Drive 600XL

road.cc Reviews the Lezyne Macro Drive 600XL
Image: road.cc

road.cc Reviews the Lezyne Macro Drive 600XL

We can always count on road.cc to release thorough reviews of all our new products every year, and this time they’ve gone after the new Macro Drive 600XL! This was a huge upgrade from our Macro Drive of previous years, and the reviewers over at road.cc have taken note.

“The Macro Drive is clearly designed for those who, along with the obvious need to be seen at night by other road users, need enough light to blaze their own trail through the night.”

The review covers battery life, the different light modes, light range, variety of mounts offered, and other solid talking points.

Read the entire review by road.cc here.

Shop the Lezyne Macro Drive 600XL here.

Lezyne Bolsters International Sales Staff

Lezyne Bolsters International Sales Staff

Lezyne Bolsters International Sales Staff

Every year brings on new exciting challenges here at Lezyne, and every year we hit new milestones as we continue to expand around the world.

Currently, our global sales and marketing team is in Taiwan preparing for the upcoming 2016 Taipei Cycle Show, which takes place March 2nd – 5th. Preceding the show, we welcome our global distributors to our Taichung based manufacturing facility to proudly present our YEAR 10 product line.

We are also proud to announce some new additions and restructurings to our US and international sales teams:

Brian Billington (Right) took over the role as Pacific Oceanic Sales Manager. In his new role, Brian will be handling South America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and our USA distributors. Furthermore, he will oversee the Asian markets together with our new Asia Sales Manager, Eric Chiang (2nd from right).

In Europe, and working closely with our longtime European Sales and Marketing Manager Alex Mai (2nd from Left), joins Arnaud Berg (Left). Arnaud will assume the role as our new Junior European Sales and Marketing Manager.

Brad Buxton (not pictured) has been promoted internally to USA Inside Sales Manager. He will lead our San Luis Obispo-based customer service and warranty departments, US warehouse and our USA sales reps.

Ulrike Prokasky (Center) will maintain her role as Global Sales and Marketing Director. “We are extremely excited about our new hires and the promotions from within!” Ulrike exclaimed. “Lezyne continues to grow globally and our newly expanded sales force will keep us heading the right direction.”

For more information please contact Uli Prokasky.

Macro Drive 600XL and Super GPS Win RCUK Accolades

Macro Drive 600XL and Super GPS Win RCUK Accolades

Macro Drive 600XL and Super GPS Win RCUK Accolades

We are just over a month into 2016 and we’ve already picked up two significant awards. Along with the three products that won the Design & Innovation Award 2016, Road Cycling UK has just announced that our Super GPS computer and Macro Drive 600XL front light have been honored as one of the industry’s top 100 hottest road cycling products of 2016.

Macro Drive 600XL and Super GPS Win RCUK Accolades - Logo

RCUK notes the Super GPS’ versatility, “One stand out feature in the range, though, is the dual connectivity on the Super GPS with it featuring ANT+ in addition to Bluetooth Smart. That means it’ll communicate with almost any device or external sensor on the market, making it highly compatible.” Furthermore, RCUK calls out the devices impressive battery life, affordability and GPS Root website. They also mention the Super GPS’ ability to pair with smart phones, stating, “You also get Bluetooth Smart connectivity on the Super, and that means call, text and email alerts on screen when it’s connected to your smartphone.”

The Macro Drive 600XL is an excellent choice for a road cyclists and RCUK took note of the unit’s size and output. They mention that it’s “a powerful but compact and affordable light” and “you won’t go far wrong with the Macro Drive.” In addition to the light’s features, RCUK discussed the redesign for 2016 saying, “On that topic, the casing is crafted from a compact, durable and heat-dissipating machined aluminum body.”

We are thrilled to continue seeing our latest products and innovations receive these prestigious awards. Being recognized as making one of the world’s hottest products is a great honor and it’s something we strive for with everything we create.

Read more about these honors for the Macro Drive 600XL here,
and the Super GPS here.

Engineered Design!

Rest In Peace Kelly McGarry

Rest in Peace Kelly McGarry

Rest in Peace Kelly McGarry

We are all incredibly heartbroken today by the loss of Kelly McGarry. Nothing can truly describe the shock and sadness we all feel at Lezyne. Kelly was more than just an ambassador for us; he was a friend, a mountain bike brother and inspiration to us all. Though we were only lucky enough work with him for a short time, his charismatic smile and carefree attitude will forever leave a lasting impression on all of us.

The only thing greater than Kelly’s fearlessness was his personality. His larger-than-life presence was felt wherever he went, and his outgoing lifestyle made him a true rockstar of the action sports world. In his short time on this planet Kelly embraced life 1,000-percent while pushing the boundaries of mountain biking, surfing, motocross and many other extreme sports.

Kelly will be greatly missed by all of us, but he will live on in our hearts and forever inspire us to go big and live life to its fullest. Our sincerest thoughts and condolences go out to Kelly’s family and friends.

The world has lost a legend.
Rest in Peace, Kelly McGarry.

Love,
Everyone at Lezyne