Posts in the category Clothing-Gear-Tools

IB15: Wheels Manufacturing Solves The Squeaky Pressfit Bottom Bracket, Busts Out Banger Hangers


Wheels Manufacturing lurks in the chasms from product left behind in the industry’s never-ending march towards The Modern Standard. While many ignore or avoid the troll-filled forums and poisonous comments sections of blogs full of unhappy customers who are just trying to make their bike work, the dedicated team at Wheels Manufacturing pour over them looking for inspiration for new, ultra-functional solutions. They keep throwback product on the road and challenge existing standards if they feel they can improve on the theme. It’s this ingenuity that makes them one of the great un-sung heroes of cycling. And, as you can see, they do it with class.

Nick Lasar, Wheels Manufacturing Professional Customer Service Representative, is often the first line of feedback from IBS service departments or from garage wrenches through their extremely responsive online support chat, and he was excited to show off some game-changer product this Interbike. “We are dedicated to addressing the inherent issues with the press fit system,” Nick proclaimed as he shuttled me over to their end-all be-all solution to the squeaky bottom bracket… READ MORE ->

Review: Lupine Rotlicht Auto Brake Light and Neo Headlamp

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A few weeks back we wrote about Lupine’s new App-based setup of their headlamps which takes away the chore of adjusting your light with a single button and a convoluted series of clicks. While that is certainly a helpful move for their high-end trail riding lights, we spent last fall/winter testing some of the more everyday/commuting products that we saw last year at the show.

Now with the days getting shorter in the northern hemisphere, we’ve started to ride home from the office in the dark again, so thought to get some reviews out on the Rotlicht and Neo for those gearing up for the darker months. We have been quite happy with the Rotlicht to the extent that it has been on or near a bike all year, and now with evening commuting and riding the Neo has been charged up and is back on a helmet. Follow us past the break to see how the two have gotten us through the nights…


Project Disc Cross: Ritchey WCS Cross Disc fork and aluminum WCS cockpit – Long-term test


Last week we took a look at a project bike which had been upgraded to disc brakes last winter for cyclocross season, before it got to spend the warmer weather all-around gravel and trail exploring. The bike served to give us the chance to torture test the SRAM Red Hydro R group that we reviewed last week. It’s also become a test mule for things like chainrings, tires, and different wheelsets, with more tests with it on the way. This time though, we focus on the one component that started the disc-brake conversion in the first place, the full carbon Ritchey WCS Disc Cross fork that we first spotted in Taipei. Then, since we’ve been happy with Ritchey Logic components on other personal bikes, we were happy to add a WCS cockpit to the bike by way of a Vector saddle and WCS aluminum seatpost, stem, and handlebars. Join us after the break for a walk-through of the disc brake conversion and our detailed piece-by-piece thoughts on the individual components…


IB15: Kopin Solos looks forward with miniature heads up display for cycling sunglasses

Kopin Solos heads up display cycling sunglasses

Kopin, a brand calling themselves the world’s leading supplier of wearables and micro displays, has primarily focused on high end and military applications for many years.

More recently, as the cost of those displays has come down, they’ve found ways to commercialize those displays with some of the 3D virtual reality headsets making their way to market. For athletes, that also includes products like the Recon Jet, for which which they made the screen.

As these consumer products started taking off, they asked themselves “What are the changes in user behavior around devices?”

The answer would help them adapt the devices to modern users. That meant smaller sizes and better battery life. And for most folks, it meant their smartphone was tagging along for the ride. So, they could focus not on recreating a miniature computer, but on their their specialty: Micro displays.

The result is Vista, which is about one quarter the size of anything else out there. And they’re putting it on their new Solos sunglasses…


EB15: FABike adds new Titanium T1 and upgrades Carbon C2 to Disc Brakes


After having spent a good bit of time last year riding FABike’s first generation carbon bike on a mix of road and trails, we came away pleased but wondering how flexible and adjustable the bike really was, being stuck with rim brakes. Well, Fabike heard our thoughts, and now with the updates of their second major iteration of the carbon frame – the C2 – has added compatibility with both flat or post mount disc brakes and their own in-house aero v-brakes (with completely removable posts.) But also new from them at Eurobike was the T1, a titanium version of their flexible & adjustable concept that is disc-brake only. Jump past the fold with us for the full details on both of the new bikes, plus new carbon and alloy tubeless ready, disc-brake wheelsets to complement the bikes…


IB15: Excellent new post-ride massage tools from Triggerpoint Therapy & RollingFWD

RollingFWD vibrating massage foam roller

We’re all familiar (or should be) with foam rollers. And we’ve probably all wandered into a Brookstone and given in to the guilty little pleasure that is the vibrating massage chair. Now, combine those two and you get the RollingFWD massage roller with vibration.

After shamelessly rolling around on it for a few minutes at Interbike, it’s now at the top of my wish list. The core is solid, covered by enough foam to be comfortable yet still press deep enough into the muscle. Once turned on, there are three levels of vibration intensity, which helps boost blood flow for even faster recovery. It’s rechargeable and will come in 18″ and 36″ lengths and should start shipping in March.

Roll on down for more details and other new things to keep those muscles loose…


IB15: Blackburn lights up new, super versatile Central 300/700 Lights, Adventure Multitools


Blackburn’s new Central lights are designed for high functionality and adaptability. The light’s interface makes them interchangeable with your existing GoPro-style mounts, you can easily attach your Central to the helmet mount you already use for gnarly night trail rides if you’re into it. Also, catch the new multi-tools designed for your journey into the wilderness and the challenges therein after the jump… READ MORE ->

IB15: Polar Bottle Adds U.S. Made Zip Stream Nozzle, Updates Standard

Polar bottle sport cap zip stream (2)

If you ask any true water bottle snob, the only ones worth carrying are those with a hands (or teeth) free spout similar to the Camelbak Podium or Specialized Purist Hydroflow bottles. Polar knew for some time that they needed to provide a similar option, but wanted it to follow their current business model of being made in the U.S. of domestically sourced parts.

After quite a bit of time in development, that nozzle is almost here with the Zip Stream…


IB15: Fouriers Goes on a Bender at the Bar, Stashes Di2 out of sight, Plus Oval & N/W Rings For Shimano and SRAM!

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We love stumbling across unique items at Interbike…. especially those that are so simple that you wonder why it took so long for somebody to try it. Fouriers showed us the new Control Bend Bars, with a slight arch in the grip area, that claim to reduce hand fatigue. They also had the new Stash Stem and Bars with Di2 routing and “first of their kind” features. Plus some new oval and narrow-wide ring options for Shimano and Sram.

Head around the bend to see what Fouriers has been up to…..