The Croix de Fer is UK bike maker Genesis’ do-it-all adventure road bike, and always one of their most popular models. With chromoly, Reynolds 725, and even titanium versions on standard offer, this new premium Reynolds 853 frameset looks set to be the first to adopt thru-axles and flat mount disc brakes.Croix de Fer 853 steel adventure road bike framesetcourtesy GenesisIn a time of specialized road bikes, the Croix de Fer is a long standing jack-of-all-trades, with enough braze-ons to build into a touring rig (or commuter), clearance to fit up to 40mm+ tires, and quick enough handling to still make for fun road riding. Genesis calls it their ‘original gravel bike’.In their 2018 catalog, Genesis’ standard CDF bikes have stuck with quick release axles & IS brake tabs in the interest of affordable builds and backwards compatibility. But the times are a changin’. And the industry has finally settled on 12mm thru-axles and flat mount disc brakes going forward on the road. So Genesis was happy to adopt the new standards for a frameset built from Reynolds’ premium 853 tubing.The idea for the £900 steel frameset, is to give customers a platform to build up their own modern custom road bike to tackle any surface.Tech detailsThe core of the new steel bike frame is a new set of extended, forged flat mount dropouts out back….And at the front a new set of lugged, thru-axle fork tips that also incorporate part of the brake mount, plus the extra braze-ons. Genesis say they kept a straight 1.125″ steerer as the steel fork doesn’t need to go oversized to achieve the desired level of strength, stiffness & ride quality. They also stuck with the same welded unicrown style construction, as it delivers the best balance of meeting their testing standards without adding extra weight.The Croix de Fer 853 will come only as a frameset for 2018, with availability and more concrete details expected in the coming months.GenesisBikes.co.uk
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Cypress Semiconductor, a leading wireless connectivity solutions provider, has released a new wireless solution delivering an advanced combination of 802.11ac high-performance Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for IoT applications. The new Cypress CYW4373 solution (datasheet not available yet) incorporates a USB 2.0 hub that provides a common WLAN and Bluetooth interface. The combo solution is ideal for smart home products and network peripherals such as home appliances and printers.Wi-Fi networks powered by 802.11ac simultaneously deliver low-latency and high-speed with secure device authentication, making it the ideal wireless technology to connect directly to the cloud. Cypress’ 802.11ac solutions use high-speed transmissions to enable IoT devices with faster downloads and better range, as well as lower power consumption by quickly exploiting deep sleep modes.The CYW4373 solution is supported in Cypress’ all-inclusive, turnkey, WICED Studio IoT development platform, which streamlines the integration of wireless technologies for developers. The combo features a dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz radio with dynamic channel selection of 20, 40 and 80 MHz channels, supporting up to 433 Mbps performance, and also includes a separate Bluetooth/BLE 4.2 subsystem. The solution simplifies system design with a common USB hub or shared SDIO interface to the system host controller.The CYW4373 802.11ac solution is currently sampling to lead customers with full production scheduled for late 2017.
The 15-year-old Asada, last year’s world junior champion, skated an error-free program that earned her 62.92 points for second behind leader Irina Slutskaya of Russia (70.22).Japan’s Shizuka Arakawa, the 2004 world champion, finished in third place on 57.56.Asada was delighted with what she described as a “100-point performance.”“I am the youngest skater here and there isn’t an Olympic berth or anything like that at stake so I just thought I would go out there and give a lively display,” said Asada.“I landed all my jumps and enjoyed my skating. Hopefully, I can land a triple axel in the free skate,” she added.Compatriot Arakawa was disappointed with her skate but hopeful she could turn things around in the free program.“There weren’t any major flaws in my skate, but I didn’t seem to be able to get in time with the music,” said Arakawa, the 2004 world champion.“I couldn’t focus properly on my jumps and other parts of my routine,” she shrugged.Russia also took the top slots in the pairs short program and the ice dance compulsory event.Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov won the pairs, while Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov moved to the top of the table after the ice dance.Michelle Kwan pulled out the event with a strained hip. BEIJING – Japanese teenager Mao Asada made a bright start in her senior Grand Prix debut after taking second place in the women’s short program at the Cup of China on Thursday.Japan’s Mao Asada, the world junior champion in 2004, performs a spin during her short program at the Cup of China on Thursday night in Beijing. Asada is in second place going into the free skate. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
First Published: 2nd August, 2020 06:57 IST LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez will miss the entire season because of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19.He has been on the injured list since mid-July and has not pitched this season.“In the course of monitoring Eduardo after his return, we discovered that he was showing evidence of myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart, and fortunately, the severity of that complication looked mild,” Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said before Saturday night’s game against the Yankees.“We were optimistic that it would resolve in short order and that we would be progressing back to pitching. As we’ve continued to monitor it, it has not resolved. It is still there,” he said.Rodríguez was a career-best 19-6 last year with a 3.81. The Red Sox said July 7 the the 27-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19.“We are confident that he is going to make a full recovery and that his long-term prognosis is excellent,” Bloom said. “But the fact of the matter is that there just isn’t enough time left this season to safely ramp him back up to pitching.”Bloom five times described the condition was “mild.” Boston received the medical update Friday night and Rodríguez told his teammates on Saturday. Rather than travel with the team, he will return to his home in Florida.“While the heart is is affected like this, we just can’t responsibly put any this kind of cardiovascular load on him,” Bloom said. “So once it once it resolves, we’ll be able to progress him back.”Boston already is without left-hander Chris Sale after the staff ace had Tommy John surgery on March 30. The Red Sox rotation includes Nathan Eovaldi, left-hander Martín Pérez and Ryan Weber.“When you look out over the course of the season, it certainly makes the mountain a little higher,” Bloom said. “We will continue to obviously monitor the market and make sure we’re not walking by any opportunity to upgrade our group.”He expects Rodríguez will make a full recovery.“This case, while it’s something that is persistent, is not something that has that has impacted or damaged the functioning of his heart,” Bloom said. “Now myocarditis following COVID, it is obviously not something that the medical community has a lot of data on because the virus itself is new, much less in an athlete.”Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US COMMENT Last Updated: 2nd August, 2020 06:57 IST Bosox LHP Rodríguez Out For Year, Inflamed Heart From COVID Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez will miss the entire season because of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets rounded off their preparations for the FIFA U17 World Cup with a morale-boosting 4-2 win over fellow world cup team South Korea in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo on Wednesday.The manner of the win would have been very pleasing for head coach Manu Garba who watched his lads come from 2-1 down to claim a decisive victory.It was a markedly better display and a massive improvement from the inefficient finishing which marked the 2-1 loss to Sao Paulo FC in another warmup game two days ago.On the back of this performance, Garba, who was at the helm when Nigeria won a 4th U17 World Cup title in 2013 surely has his work cut out as he attempts to select a final 21-man roster from the 25 players in camp.The Golden Eaglets were on the front foot from the blast of the whistle and were ahead inside six minutes when Divine Nwachukwu found the net with a well-placed header.South Korea, though, were let back in when the Eaglets conceded a 10th minute penalty which was expertly dispatched by Oh Jaehyeok.The Asians were further ahead in the 41st minute through Choi Minseo although their lead lasted exactly a minute before they were pegged back by Olakunle Olusegun which ensured both teams went into the break on level terms.A dominant Golden Eaglets missed a flurry of chances to extend their lead before Olakunle Olusegun scored his second goal of the game with a well-placed 88th-minute effort.Charles Etim completed the coup de grace with a curlier into the top corner in added time to secure a win that adds a spring in their steps ahead of the tournament which kicks off on 26 October.Nigeria are record winners of the tournament with five titles achieved in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and most recently in 2015.The Golden Eaglets are returning to the 24-nation tournament after missing the last edition in 2017 which was held in India and won by England.They open their campaign in Group B against Hungary in Goiania on 26 October before playing Ecuador three days later at the same venue and then rounding off their group stage against Australia On 1 November in Brasilia.RelatedFIFA U17 WC: Golden Eaglets Lose To Japan In Final Warm-Up MatchOctober 21, 2019In “FIFA”FIFA U17 World Cup: Golden Eaglets Off To BrazilOctober 10, 2019In “FIFA”FIFA U17 World Cup: Nigeria Battle Hungary In OpenerOctober 24, 2019In “National Team”