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.
GEAR PATROL | BIKE
Jones Plus LWB Jones Bikes released their new complete build, the Jones Plus LWB (long wheel base). Similarly to the SWB, the LWB is ready for adventure immediately out of the box, designed around the 27.5″ wheel size, though 29″ and even 26″ wheels fit. This one is directed towards anyone wanting a bike that’ll last a lifetime, especially in bike packing and touring conditions. Jones offers the bike with the option of choosing knobby tires or slick tires, and includes the BICYCLIST favorite Jones Loop H-bar handlebar.
GEAR PATROL | LOCK
ABUS 440A U-lock We have had a chance to use and inspect the ABUS 440A U-lock, and we don’t know how you would ever go back to a standard lock once you’ve used one with an intelligent alarm system. The 440A is ABUS patented technology and is an iteration of the Ultra 410 U-lock. The lock gives trigger warning beeps if it is disturbed. Any continued movement will trigger the full alarm and it will continue to do so as long as movement is detected. It’s basically the ultimate bike thief deterrent. The weight is around 1100 grams (2 pounds), but includes an innovative quick-mount that allows for carrying the heft easily. There’s no price we wouldn’t pay to protect our bikes, but this is one our wallet is happy about too.
GEAR PATROL | BOOK
“Ventoux“/”VeloNews Guide to the 2019 Tour de France” We’ve included two books that you may enjoy devouring during your summer vacation, including fiction and non-fiction. First, Ventoux is a wonderful story about friendship, loss, and getting through it set against the backdrop of the legendary Mount Ventoux. It was written by Bert Wagendorp and translated into English from Dutch by Paul Vincent. Also of interest is the VeloNews Guide to the 2019 Tour de France, a companion to the European tour, with detailed analysis, history and information of interest to all fans.
GEAR PATROL | HELMET
Thousand x Pocketo Thousand makes non-traditional bicycle helmets that are becoming increasingly popular for new commuters and bicyclists. This iteration of their premium helmet is designed in collaboration with Poketo. The Thousand x Poketo helmet collaboration features three different color-way options, including (pictured) the ‘Memphis Movement’ design.
GEAR PATROL | SUNGLASSES
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