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15 Year Old Ethan Reynolds Rocking Power Cordz

iO DuPont - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ethan Reynolds, 15, is at the bottom of his age class this season. But the rising star cyclist does not really mind because he's happy to help his 16-year-old teammates out for a year. It also helps that he's already beat adult pro riders in several races, racking up the junior and pro points.

"I really feel like I'm more of an all around rider, but crit results always come out better for me," Reynolds, 15, told us recently. Reynolds rides for the Boise Young Rider Development Squad, or BYRDS, based out of the Endurance Training and Fitness Center here in Boise, Idaho, just down the street from Power Cordz HQ. This is his fourth year racing—Reynolds won the 10-12 Nationals in Bend in criterium and the 13-14 criterium in Augusta, GA last year. More recently, he was the top junior racer in the circuit at Sea Otter in April.

Last year, in Georgia, Reynolds crashed and broke his frame two days before the big race. He replaced his old bike with a Gallium, a top-end racing bike from Argon 18, a Canadian bike maker. Reynolds outfitted the bike with a Shimano Pro bar and stem for a stiffer feel and outfitted the brakes with Power Cordz for a smoother feel.

Reynolds says that steel cables feel like they are pulling through the housing, whereas the Cordz are smoother, lighter, and win style points.

Future Bike Roundup No. 1

iO DuPont - Sunday, May 06, 2012

We just came across the photo below, from the February Paralympic Cycling World Championships in LA (via Bike Hugger), and are inaugurating a new blog series with it: The #FutureBike Roundup. In this space we will highlight the most cutting edge innovations in cycling technology. Obviously we are interested in futuristic bike materials here at Power Cordz, and this prosthetic leg, designed for a cyclist, is just the type of thing to kick off this blog series.

paralympic Ireland 

Hi-tech prosthetics are nothing new in the cycling world. Here is another version, with a dynamic, tension loaded pedal-foot interface, via Fast Company.

From Channel 4 in London, an interview with Chris Furber, head coach of the British paracycling team on the interface between bike, rider and prosthetic limb.

The New York Times recently profiled Cuban cyclist, Damian Lopez Alfonso, who is going to London for the 2012 Paralympic Games in August. Lopez Alfonso developed his own handlebar setup while training in Cuba, and used it as a fallback, when his state-of-the-art ride failed him in Guadalajara. 

Please leave us more links to #FutureBike paracycling innovations in the comments, on our Facebook page, via Twitter or at Google Plus.