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A few modern and snazzy components, bikes, and gear have come across our radar, or have been consumed by the BICYCLIST team. If you’re looking for a refresh in some areas of your bicycling experience, look no further than these forward-thinking and note-worthy items that we’ve got our eyes and hands on.
Trail Boss has pushed forward the idea of ‘rolling maintenance’, or the collective efforts of individuals to maintain mountain trails for running and cycling before conditions get to the point where organized action is required. This push in priority allows organizations to focus their resources on the problems that are out of reach for the individual. Namely trail access and advocacy.
Rouvy, a platform for cyclists and triathletes, has released its latest course for its augmented/mixed reality mode, IM Kona. The 40 km course is part of the iconic route for the triathlete world, which summits in Hawaii each year.
The inaugural west coast version of the industry bike show took place at the Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego, California on January 16 and 17th of 2019. Here are some of the goods that caught our eye. Subscribe to the BICYCLIST Experience podcast for additional information on this field trip
New for 2019, the ZOIC Men’s Carbon Bib Liner provides ultimate support for long days in the saddle, ideal for enduro racers and bikepackers, The Carbon Bib Liner is engineered to maximize comfort and minimize irritation, from seamless straps up top to the Italian-made 3D stretch foam chamois inside
We see the bike media et. al. falling over themselves to encourage a public dependence on component electronics. And both ebikes and component electronics have an intrinsic designed obsolescence, by virtue of these systems having a limited number of battery cycles. There won’t be ‘vintage’ drivetrains in 20 years as none of the batteries will be usable. I have a birthday coming up, maybe I’m being overly nostalgic to consider this.
We’ve compiled this year’s holiday gift list for the road warrior or armchair racer. A seasoned veteran of turning pedals can be a difficult person to shop for when holidays are near. Most will already have all the gear they require; if it was needed they would have it. Solution? Books, a fresh set of tires and some new warmers. Simple pleasures.
Arkel’s newly released Rollpacker 15 and 25 seat bags utilize an innovative, patent-pending aluminum quick release hanger that eliminates the sway (what Arkel terms ‘tail wag’) common to other bag designs.
This seemingly ubiquitous product is viewed as an essential tool in many MTB disciplines. It’s doubtful the Hite Rite will rise from its ashes, but it was the progenitor of a line of products that has contributed to the development of the modern MTB.
The Henty Enduro Backpack is a smart collaboration of outdoor essentials with integrated hydration bladder, uber storage options and an innovative movie horizontally of the hydration bladder, acting as side and back impact protection.
The next step of PROVIZ apparel evolution has been the development of their Sportive collection, a performance apparel line focused on road visibility. The design is understated, and appealing for those that appreciate black on black. The safety police will appreciate reflective material on front and back, as well as day-glow accents that provide side awareness of the rider.
The impetus for a new handlebar design came from Jeff’s desire to find a way to bring his hands into a more natural riding position. In the process, he tossed out some of the conventional industry bike-fit standards that have been the norm for the past decade or two.
Walz Caps jersey builder is fun to use and the final product is expertly sewn. The jersey would look striking on a pack of club riders cruising down PCH, the colors are bright and eye-catching.
Austrian organization BikeCitizens created ‘Finn’, an ingenious silicone device to hold your smart phone while riding. But maker Bikecitizen is doing much more than enabling hands free riding
I really enjoyed using this GPS unit. It was simple, small, light-weight, and worked 100% of the time. Unlike larger brands, the Bryton Rider 100 turned on right away, and let you begin timing within seconds of pushing the power button.
After several months of testing, I found that AfterShokz’s Trekz Titanium claim to being the “safest alternative to traditional sports headphones and ear buds” wasn’t just Vegas Interbike hype.
I have not been nice to this pack. I have overloaded it, stabbed it, cut it, pulled at every point, and it still looks like the day I got it (with some dirt patches). I have taken this bag on multiple flights as carry on, used it on hikes, and have carried on every bike-commute.
Fix It Sticks have been around for a while, but what got me excited about them recently was the mount now available for your bike. Now you can take 2 fix it sticks along with you on your ride with the mount that attaches under a bottle cage.
The Bindle Rack by Portland Design Works turned out to be a great multi-use rack in our fleet. I used it on my city bike as a very handy commuting rack to carry spare shoes, clothes, and other daily items.
LEOMO unveiled their new motion capture device called the TYPE-R, a wearable measurement tool for competitive cyclists, triathletes and their coaches that, for the first time allows them to analyze form on the road where they train and compete versus in a lab or studio.
The helmet is light and comfortable, perfect for commuting or night riding. This is a great product, not because it has a lot of features, but because it has a few features that work very well and reliably.
Her friend’s death had a great impact on Gloria, prompting her to pursue an alternative, but rewarding career move. Gloria Hwang started Thousand Helmets with one major goal in mind: to make helmets that were too stylish not to wear, her part in encouraging cyclists to protect themselves.
At this year’s Las Vegas Interbike show, the growing bike-packing and gravel grinder niches were well represented, and we picked 5 of our favorite pieces of gear for the cyclist taking the less-traveled road.