The Gift List: For the Road Warrior or Armchair Racer
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.
Gear to Stay Stylish on the Back to Work by Bike Commute
When your work attire demands more than a crumpled pair of jeans and a tee shirt, having solutions that help you feel your best without sacrificing your professionalism are important.
The Arkel Rollpacker Rolls Light and Carries Heavy
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.
Bike, Light, Action! Hands on with the dependable Ravemen 1200
The Ravemen 1200 is a solid piece of gear that is dependable and intelligently designed. The only surprise is a pleasant one, with a street price of $90 at your LBS.
The Hite Rite Changed How We Ride Mountain Bikes
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 Hangs Tight
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 Shiny Bits Make You Safer
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.
Jones’ Loop H-Bars Are Unconventional For Good Reason
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.
Winter Heat Wave On The Horizon- This Castelli Kit Will Keep You Cool
In another homage to Italian racing history, the “Rosso Corsa” moniker of Castelli is a shout out to the red international motor racing color of cars entered by teams from Italy.
A Test Ride With The Build-a-Jersey from California-Maker Walz Caps: Time To Form Your Team
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.
An Ingenious Silicone Device to Hold your Smart Phone While Riding
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
Bryton Rider 100 GPS
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.
The Osprey Radial 26: A Multi-Purpose Pack With Ideal Cycling Accoutrements
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 Mounts On Your Bike So You Never Forget
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.
Adjustments are Easy with the Portland Design Works Bindle Rack
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.
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