I remember being young and naïve (some would say I still am), thinking that I could survive an entire XC race fueled by one water bottle and one gel packet. After learning the hard way numerous times—bonking in the worst possible places and DNFing on more than one occasion—I have learned you need calories during an endurance event, no matter the length.
A lightweight "race" shoe that offers all day comfort and hikeability
Continental has over 100 years of experience producing bicycle tires. This long tradition seems to put focus on quality design and materials optimized to deliver great results. The Mountain King 2.4 has been a fantastic tire to test and to gain experience with the quality that Continental is known for. by Kurt Smith
Reviewed by Dave Sheldon Nothing beats the plush feel of soft wool socks on an autumn day, especially when the feet they cover will be crammed, buckled, and abused during an afternoon ride.
Reviewed by Dave Sheldon
Considering the plethora of gear one needs to enjoy an afternoon on two wheels, it’s surprising to note that only a few pieces from a two or three thousand dollar kit truly support rider comfort. And of these crucial components, high quality cycling shorts reside near the top of the list.
Reviewed by Dave Sheldon
One thing that no cyclist can escape is wind chill, as the faster one pedals, the cooler it gets. Sometimes this perma-brezze has a pleasant effect. But when the sun disappears behind a damp cloud or you’re halfway into a twenty-minute mountain descent, having your core chilled can feel alarmingly frigid. For the properly equipped, zipping on a light wind vest is an easy answer, and the Velom Vest from Descente is a top choice.
Reviewed by Dave Sheldon Long days of backcountry saddle time require a handful of tools, some choice snacks, a weatherproof layer, and loads of H2O. And as hydration packs are perfect for toting these basic necessities, we eagerly accepted the chance to test the mettle of Hyradpak’s Big Sur during four months of riding.
Reviewed By Caroline Spaeth I’ve always thought that commuting to work in Lycra shorts was wrong. Like seeing your boss in a bathing suit, there’s just something unnerving about mixing work and play. So I was more than happy to get a chance to try Sheila Moon’s riding britches, or knickers as they’re commonly known.
Form follows function…a difficult credo to abide by, especially if you are a technical clothing designer. Impressively, the Descente Newton MTB Short provides on all counts.
Are you still wearing your lycra monkey suit for your morning bike commute? (You are riding your bike to work, right?) It’s no wonder the rednecks try to run you over.
Chrome, originally known for their bombproof messenger bags makes these classy three-quarter length technical cycling knickers right in the heart of San Francisco, USA and the craftsmanship really shows.
Cycling specific eye-wear is an essential part of any rider’s kit, as pesky debris, wind, and UV rays will take their toll on unprotected peepers. So, when the chance to see what was behind the BBB Winners, came along, I pounced.
Review by Caroline Spaeth Fashion is never far away from function in Gore Bike Wear’s apparel, especially the women’s designs. Gore’s cool weather jersey is the Amazone Lady Jersey.
When you live in the mountains at 7,000 feet, you have to wear sunglasses. Shoot, these days, everybody needs shades wherever they live. But, being from the Midwest, I was too stubborn to believe that when I moved up here closer to the sun. I spent years riding with sunglasses that were too dark to ride at dawn or dusk, sunglasses that blinded me with glare when the sun dared to change angles and sunglasses that just didn’t fit well.