When I was bike racing a lot around Chicago in the early 1990s, Pedro’s products were everywhere. Pedro's was cool because they used things like citrus for degreasers, made tire levers from recycled milk cartons and everything was instantly recognizable because of Pedro’s trademark yellow color. Pedro’s is still running strong.
If you follow the world of cycling technology with even a casual eye, you’ve by now heard about the new power meter from Boulder, Colorado-based Stages Cycling.
180g light that boasts an amazing 750lumens all in a discrete package
The miniscule li-ion battery pack for the Piko3 is the size of a multi-tool and its 55-gram, CNC-machined aluminum lamp head mounts stealthily to any vented helmet.
The Kuat NV Core is an economical, sturdy tow hitch rack for either 1.25 or 2 inch receivers. It's fast, effective and let's you put two bikes on the car in a matter of seconds. The days of taking the front wheel off and balancing precariously on the side of the truck to get your bike on the roof rack are over. Yes!
Bright yet Functional: 1700 Lumens from a 400-Gram Package
Technological advancements (and Asian manufacturing) have made great quality, ultra-bright LED lights and high-tech batteries widely available. This has simultaneously made lightweight, blindingly bright bike lights extremely affordable for those wanting to go to the dark side for more ride time or overnight races. Gemini Lights’ Olympia provides a 1,700 lumen torch from a light-head no larger than an SPD pedal.
100oz Lumbar Based Hydration Pack Provides Stability and Comfort on All Day Adventures
After using Camelbak’s Charge LR minimalist lumbar pack for the majority of last season, I was pumped to see a new lumbar pack from Camelbak. Though I loved the Charge for short rides, its storage capacity and versatility lacked for longer days in the saddle. The latest addition to the LR (lumbar) line, the Volt LR, offers added storage along with a larger capacity bladder, but how does it stack up on the trail?
A Recargeable Commuter Light Bright Enough for the Trail.
On longer solo rides in the backcountry, I always throw a lightweight headlamp in my pack for backup “daylight” extension. That little light has saved my ass more than once, making due on short exits and emergency bushwhacks, but it’s not very effective in brightening the trail enough to bomb out quickly.
Be Prepared on the Trail with the Cleverly Designed ST-15i Multi Tool
Being prepared doesn't have to mean carrying a fully stocked pack on every ride, the Serfas ST-15i offers extensive features in a miniscule package.
A Handmade, Lightweight Hitch Rack at a Reasonable Price
Despite my initial skepticism about the strength and durability of this rack, I was pleasantly surprised once everything was assembled and installed. The freedom rack comes with a 1¼ “ receiver shaft as well as a 2” adapter. Unlike many other racks that use an adapter for the 2” receiver, the Saris rack fit snugly into the hitch and had minimal rocking once installed.
Do your Riding Jerseys and Shorts Wearout before they should? Maybe your Washing them in the Wrong Detergent.
With as much money as we have invested in riding gear, it is important to get the most out of each $200 pair of shorts. Nikwax Basewash is the perfect solution, designed to safely clean and deodorize this cleaner also claims to improve a garments wicking properties and accelerates drying. Harsh chemicals in traditional detergents can wear out sensitive athletic clothing after repeated washing
Swiss-based Motorex Maintenance Products put to the Test
Most cyclist would agree that a properly tuned and well-lubed bike amplifies the overall riding experience. Another group of riders, myself included, believes that a clean and shiny bike is just plain faster. Motorex Oil of Switzerland understands this “obsession” and their products are designed to create a clean, lubed, and finely tuned bicycle.
Boulder, Colo. based Feedback Sports keeps bikes running smoothly with well designed repair stands.
As the top tier repair stand offering from Feedback Sports, the Pro Elite Stand offers some great features that will make DIY bike repair more enjoyable even if you have no idea what your doing.
An Easy to use GPS Camera offers Quality Features but Video Quality Falls Short
Pairing GPS capability with a helmet POV camera allows riders to share a wealth of detailed ride information with other riders across the interwebs. Cateye’s latest creation, the Inou, features both video and still capabilities along with GPS tracking. A lightweight, user friendly design makes using the camera a breeze, but for the technically saavy, the Inou may be lacking.
I have some bad habits when it comes to taking care of gear. I don’t religiously clean my bike and lube my chain. I have been known to machine dry my chamois. And I regularly store my sunglasses in a backpack or throw them in a pile of old mail on my kitchen counter.