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.
Solid Quality. Smooth and Steady Ride. Compact. But… Say What?
Spring weather getting you down? The way the weather has been tracking this April, it could be time for a (sigh) new indoor trainer.
San Francisco Cool and as tough as Pittsburgh Steel
When I was 14, my parents bought a SAAB 900. I thought it was rad. It didn’t look like anything else on the road.
Bear with me. This is about a Mission backpack.
Receiver hitch racks have become a popular way to carry bicycles along for any length road trip. Easy installation, sturdy designs, and maximum versatility make hitch racks an obvious choice for most avid cyclists looking to carry an array of bikes. Plus you can become the envy of all your friends with the right rack setup.
Looking for a easy way to share some of your epic rides with friends? The Contour HD camera may be the answer for you. With prices coming down, cameras getting smaller, and computer technology always improving, having a helmet camera allows you to share your passion of riding with everyone, riders or not. With a ride video, riders are able to give an up close and personal view in to their passion of riding and singletrack. Our most recent look in to the digital video realm is with the Contour HD 1080p camera.
Ever crashed because you were reaching in your pocket to grab an energy gel? Well this may be the answer for you.
Mountain biking is a sport where you need to be focused all the time with your hands on the bars, making fueling more difficult than with other forms of cycling. But getting those calories is still extremely important and the more accessible your nutrition is the more it will be consumed.
Every fall Interbike brings most cycling businesses to Vegas to show off their 2011 products. It is a great place for industry folks to see products first hand as well as ride some new bikes. We caught up with a few companies at the show and here are some products we thought were cool.
Review by Caroline Spaeth How often have you gotten a flat, looked in your bag and realized you forgot one key tool?
Here’s something you probably never thought of: Since a bicycle rides on rubber tires, it’s not grounded. So what? To impress your friends, you could stick your finger in the light socket while riding your rollers…
Genuine Innovations is the self described world leader in C02 powered tire inflation for bike and motorsports and with 9 (or more?) C02 bike inflator models in their line up, they’ve certainly got a world of options.
Although relatively new to the U.S., BBB has been producing high quality bicycle tools, parts, and accessories for years. Two of their offerings, the Lockout Tool and Chain Grip, help to simplify cassette or chain related repairs and cleaning.
We live in a synthetic world as almost everything we touch on a daily basis, office chairs, car interiors, cell phones, is made from plastic. Bucking this trend is Klean Kanteen, a company that produces toxin free and non-leaching stainless steel water bottles.
Considering that cycling is a world where people scrutinize the weight of bikes and components down to the ounce, I am always surprised by how many folks use spring loaded fishing scales or bathroom floor rigs to weigh their thoroughbred racers.
Carrying a water filter on extended backcountry trail rides has never appealed to me, nor has drinking water treated with stinky iodine tablets. My personal solution has been to fill my hydration pack’s bladder up to a near burst level, and then ration my swill like I was adrift at sea.