Monoprice has traditionally been a manufacturer of electronics and accessories, but the Rancho Cucamonga-based company has created an outdoor department that will feature a select number of carbon bicycle components. They have developed some relationships with carbon fiber manufacturers overseas to bring quality components to consumers at a lower price point while still being able to offer a 1-year warranty for local customers.
I purchased a SpurCycle bell that I had seen at NAHBS (North American Hand-Built Bike Show).The bell creates a powerful, but pleasing sound, that holds a ring much longer than other bells. I like the bell so much that within the first few weeks of having it on my road bike, I ordered another one just like it for my mountain bike.
The ABUS Granit PLUS 640 is one of two ABUS locks that I use on a regular basis. As a D-shaped U-lock, it is a classic option for reliable and proven protection. It is light enough and small enough to carry in a bag, but stout enough to protect your bike from theft. The shackle, which is double bolted into the lock body and made of 12mm hardened steel, is also coated in rubber so that it will not damage the finish on your bicycle. The lock itself weighs less than 900 grams, which is quite light considering the amount of protection it provides.
Magnum Photos opened their archives to Guy Andrews, founding editor of Rouleur magazine, so he could curate a book of unique photos chronicling the history of cycling. Andrews supplements the photographs gathered from the archives with insights into the lives of the people in the front of and behind the camera. Readers will discover many unfamiliar photos and gain a new appreciation for what it takes to be a professional race photographer.
Buying a new helmet or upgrading from an old one can be hard if you don’t know where to start. Due to advancements in modern helmet technology, many options are now available. Depending on a rider’s budget, type of biking, style preferences, and comfort needs, a suitable helmet exists for everyone. But knowing what you want can make your search easier.
As most chain lubricants require a cleaning step prior to application, Rock “N” Roll chain lubes stand out. It combines the two steps leaving one less thing to carry on a multi-day tour and one less thing to forget while traveling – not to mention the time-savings of being able to clean and lube at the same time. And all of this comes at a price well below the average of available alternatives.
Quiet, smooth, and fast, the DD proved to be a perfect option for long rides to improve comfort and provide all of the traction needed for fast descents and steep climbs. Power transfer to the pavement is smooth and consistent, particularly on steep hills, without any wasted effort on straightaways.
Two Wheel Gear recently introduced a new style to their line of versatile commuter bags, the Pannier Backpack Convertible looks like a backpack, but has the capabilities to transform into a pannier. A discreet zipper pouch in the back of the bag opens to reveal a Universal Rixen & Kaul rack attachment system that mounts on your bike if you prefer to ride without any baggage on your person.
Ideally, a high quality saddle stabilizes the rider without their awareness or any conscious effort. The ISM PL 1.0 is a saddle that accomplishes this feat masterfully. ISM saddles utilize a design that many cyclists might consider a “triathlon saddle, but the PL 1.0 is a saddle for any serious bicyclist.
I’ve been using the Varia radar with the 520 on my daily commute for the past couple months, and it has made for a more enjoyable riding experience, with a minor caveat. If you share the same enthusiasm for high value, multi-purpose items as I do, the Continental Tour Ride tires can complete your favorite utility bike.
Alex Webster is the man with the plan at this downtown San Diego wheel-building operation. Hermes-Sport channels Alex’s passion for cycling into high-performance wheels capable of handling the most challenging SoCal rides.