Review: Camelbak K.U.D.U. hydration pack is ready for adventure…and enduro!

camelbak-kudu-enduro-ready-hydration-pack-review08

Along with the Bell Super 2R mountain bike helmet with removable chin bar, I needed an enduro-ready hydration pack for round one of the Italian Super Enduro series. Why? And what makes it “enduro ready”?

The Italian series, and others throughout the world, require spine protection to be worn during the race. And they require a full face helmet to be worn on the timed sections. The Super 2R’s convertible design made it possible to bring along just one helmet without having to wear a true full face during all the climbing transfer stages. But, that chin bar had to go somewhere while I was riding, as did water, snacks, a tool, tubes, etc. And, putting the back protection on the pack meant I didn’t need another padded base layer under my jersey to trap heat. So, I opted for a pack that combined my desired storage with the required protection, which was the Camelbak K.U.D.U…

Continue reading “Review: Camelbak K.U.D.U. hydration pack is ready for adventure…and enduro!”



Along with the Bell Super 2R mountain bike helmet with removable chin bar, I needed an enduro-ready hydration pack for round one of the Italian Super Enduro series. Why? And what makes it “enduro ready”? The Italian series, and others throughout the world, require spine protection to be worn during the race. And they require […]

Posted in Clothes-Gear, Clothing-Gear-Tools, ReviewsLeave a comment

Widen your view with the Lensbaby fisheye adapter for GoPro camreas

Lensbaby_180degree-circular-fisheye-lens-GoPro_cam

Lensbaby_180degree-circular-fisheye-lens-GoPro_attach

Lensbaby is a small Portland-based company that makes some non-traditional lenses for DSLR, mirrorless, and motion picture cameras to creative unique effects. That might mean a look with controlled blur or something like that tilt-shift look, but it can also be some crazy fisheye adapters. This latest lens is a circular 185° adapter that mounts onto the housing of a GoPro camera to give an all-new perspective to action cam footage. They’ve put this fun lens up on Kickstarter to get the ball rolling, so take a closer look at how it can make you rethink the look of riding footage…

Continue reading “Widen your view with the Lensbaby fisheye adapter for GoPro camreas”



Lensbaby is a small Portland-based company that makes some non-traditional lenses for DSLR, mirrorless, and motion picture cameras to creative unique effects. That might mean a look with controlled blur or something like that tilt-shift look, but it can also be some crazy fisheye adapters. This latest lens is a circular 185° adapter that mounts onto the […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Gadgets & Hacks, Kickstarter, Video4 Comments

Solos heads up cycling display puts a deal in view on Kickstarter

solos-heads-up-display-for-cyclists-on-kickstarter

Launched at Interbike last year and now the official heads up display of USA Cycling’s Olympic contenders, the Solos micro display and sunglasses combo is now in production and on Kickstarter to let you get one for half off.

Suggested retail will be $500, but the crowdfunding campaign will let you nab one for as little as $250 if you act fast. As of this post, about half of the units available at that price are gone, and they’re halfway to meeting their goal just hours after going live. Check the video and more below…

Continue reading “Solos heads up cycling display puts a deal in view on Kickstarter”



Launched at Interbike last year and now the official heads up display of USA Cycling’s Olympic contenders, the Solos micro display and sunglasses combo is now in production and on Kickstarter to let you get one for half off. Suggested retail will be $500, but the crowdfunding campaign will let you nab one for as […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Kickstarter6 Comments

Clothing Roundup: Mission Workshop, TwinSix, Ekoi Reversibles, & Amgen Tour of California Jerseys

ENVE

ENVE

Summer 2016 is starting to look better with all kinds of fresh new wearables rolling in. Check out the new slimmed down shorts from Mission Workshop, fun jerseys from Twin Six, and Ekoi’s reversible jacket and vests…

Continue reading “Clothing Roundup: Mission Workshop, TwinSix, Ekoi Reversibles, & Amgen Tour of California Jerseys”



Summer 2016 is starting to look better with all kinds of fresh new wearables rolling in. Check out the new slimmed down shorts from Mission Workshop, fun jerseys from Twin Six, and Ekoi’s reversible jacket and vests…

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools3 Comments

Long term Review: We take DVO’s super adjustable Diamond into the rough

2016-05-22 P1120225

2016-05-22 P1120225

DVO has made several green with envy since their entrance into the suspension marketplace. Though a somewhat new company, they really aren’t… well, in experience anyway. I was wrenching in a shop when mountain bike suspension first reared its springy head and recall when Marzocchi and the ultra-smooth & reactive Z1 Bomber entered the market. Everything on the market “worked”, but the Bomber was a performance game changer. Despite Marzocchi being a much smaller company, even with a few maintenance headaches and leaks, the Bombers just performed better. The founder of Marzocchi USA and the brainchild behind the Bomber line, (still considered one of the best performing forks of its day), Bryson Martin, along with many long time employees left the company due to struggles with the owner at the time, Tenneco, and soon after DVO was born. Quietly entering the almost monopolized market by the “big 2” was never their style and between the branding, their heritage, and that GREEN, it was game on… but does the performance back the hype?

Check out some of the ups and downs I had with the DVO Diamond and why it’s crucial to pay attention to the small details…

Continue reading “Long term Review: We take DVO’s super adjustable Diamond into the rough”



DVO has made several green with envy since their entrance into the suspension marketplace. Though a somewhat new company, they really aren’t… well, in experience anyway. I was wrenching in a shop when mountain bike suspension first reared its springy head and recall when Marzocchi and the ultra-smooth & reactive Z1 Bomber entered the market. Everything on […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Components, Feature, Mountain Bike, Reviews9 Comments

Catlike gives us a look inside new EPS+PPE helmet tech

Catlike_EPS+PPE_detail1

Catlike_Cloud-352_adaptive-aero-road-helmet_breathable-reticulated-shell_riding

We’ve seen two new road helmets from Catlike this spring, the more affordable Olula and the convertible aero Cloud 352. Both helmets have been out this year racing on the heads of Catlike’s sponsored World Tour and Pro Conti teams, but when they were introduced Catlike didn’t elaborate on how they were being made differently than other helmets on the market. What we’ve learned now is that by combining two different types of foam – EPS and PPE – Catlike are able to shape a lightweight helmet that retains more protection even after the first impact. While that won’t mean that you don’t have to replace your lid after a crash, you will be much safer if you end up tumbling down the road or trail…

Continue reading “Catlike gives us a look inside new EPS+PPE helmet tech”



We’ve seen two new road helmets from Catlike this spring, the more affordable Olula and the convertible aero Cloud 352. Both helmets have been out this year racing on the heads of Catlike’s sponsored World Tour and Pro Conti teams, but when they were introduced Catlike didn’t elaborate on how they were being made differently than other […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Road Bike4 Comments

Review: Bell Super 2R convertible full face helmet is the enduro racing solution

Bell Super 2R enduro mountain bike helmet with removable chin bar

Bell Super 2R enduro mountain bike helmet with removable chin bar

When SRAM invited us to the Eagle 1×12 launch, they offered an extension to the trip to race round one of the revived Italian Super Enduro series. Um, yes please, but first I needed the right gear. I like to pack light, but a full face helmet was required for participation in the event. But only on the timed downhill sections. On the transfer stages, you could wear a standard helmet. But I just couldn’t wrap my head around carrying a second helmet on my pack when something like the Bell Super 2R existed.

With a removable chin bar and all necessary safety certifications to meet race organizer approval (and, you know, those consumer safety entities), it was called in and packed for travel. Here’s how it worked out…

Continue reading “Review: Bell Super 2R convertible full face helmet is the enduro racing solution”



When SRAM invited us to the Eagle 1×12 launch, they offered an extension to the trip to race round one of the revived Italian Super Enduro series. Um, yes please, but first I needed the right gear. I like to pack light, but a full face helmet was required for participation in the event. But […]

Posted in Clothes-Gear, Clothing-Gear-Tools, Reviews3 Comments

ElevenPine solve performance vs. fashion woes with form fitting cycling shorts that zip into baggies

elevenpine baggy cycling shorts zip tight to be form fitting while riding then loosen up for social after ride events

You know those times when you need to hammer on the bike but will be finishing somewhere other than home and chillin’ for a while? Those are the times ElevenPine’s new convertible baggy shorts were made for. They use a patent pending side zip design to become more form fitting while on the bike, then loosen up when it’s time to relax. Check out the videos and more pics below to see how it works…

Continue reading “ElevenPine solve performance vs. fashion woes with form fitting cycling shorts that zip into baggies”



You know those times when you need to hammer on the bike but will be finishing somewhere other than home and chillin’ for a while? Those are the times ElevenPine’s new convertible baggy shorts were made for. They use a patent pending side zip design to become more form fitting while on the bike, then […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools11 Comments

First Impression: Atomik speeds things up with new carbon road tubeless wheels

Road Wheels IMG_7839

Road Wheels IMG_7839

While many companies sit behind a desk or send reps out to be the face of the company, owner Wayne Lee and VP Kevin Lineberger are road warriors. I was supposed to meet up with them a few months back at a wheel demo 10 minutes from my house, but the flu kept me home bound. Skip ahead to 2 weeks ago while at a local Enduro which was a whopping 25 minutes from my house. While raising a beer to some friends on the podium, I hear Wayne and Kevin’s name shouted out thanking them for their support… and there they stood. Unless a locally based business, you just don’t see that.

Atomik has been taunting us with their carbon road wheels since last October and now they’re available and priced well within the reach of those with non-dentist incomes. I had been testing a prototype set of their Chubby 27.5+ wheels for some time and soon after we caught wind of the carbon road tubeless wheels, they asked if I could give them some feedback on them as well.

Check out my first impression and why I’m waiting to do a more extensive long term review soon…

Continue reading “First Impression: Atomik speeds things up with new carbon road tubeless wheels”



While many companies sit behind a desk or send reps out to be the face of the company, owner Wayne Lee and VP Kevin Lineberger are road warriors. I was supposed to meet up with them a few months back at a wheel demo 10 minutes from my house, but the flu kept me home bound. Skip […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Components, Reviews, Road Bike6 Comments