Posts in the category Clothing-Gear-Tools

BackBottle turns hydration pack into jersey pocket friendly water bottle

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Ever head out on those long rides and have to plan your route around a convenience store stop just to fill your bottles? Or jump in a really hot cyclocross race where there are no handups allowed and your bike is sans cage?

Those are the problems Brian Davis had, so he decided to find a way to bring an extra bottle without any of the discomfort or annoyance of shoving a standard one in your jersey pocket. The BackBottle is an 18oz, recyclable and BPA-free wide mouth water bottle that uses a unique shape at the bottom with a flat side to keep it from rolling and rocking back and forth in your jersey. The flat side has grooves so air will flow between it and your back. So go on, back that thing up…

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Troy Lee Designs Goes Wild to Mild with New 2015 Bike Collection

Troy Lee Designs 2015 D3 DH helmet, black pinstripe

If America ever decided to redesign their flag, I’d immediately nominate Troy Lee to draw the stripes. Thanks to his artistic hand and iconic style, no apparel brand has flooded the DH racing scene more than Troy Lee Designs, the ubiquitous choice for those who want to look like they’re ready to take a podium next Sunday.

Troy Lee’s complete 2015 Bike Collection launched on Feb. 23rd, and all of their new All-mountain, Gravity and Cross Country apparel and protection is now available worldwide. There are some new additions this year for youth, women and XC riders, making this the largest bike collection Troy Lee has released yet.

To check out a few new pieces, click past the jump…
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Long-term Test: Rapha Pro Team Jacket, Pro Team Thermal Bibs

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We met with Rapha’s European press officer last fall to go through their new Pro Team line and cyclocross-specific kit updates, and came away with this jacket and bibs for an extended Pro Team test. Looking through the line we were searching for a few core items that could be flexible enough to take us through winter cyclocross training and racing, as well as general riding in transition fall and spring seasons. The first two items that jumped out at us were the straight-forward Pro Team Jacket and the fleece Pro Team Thermal Bib Shorts. We know that for many of our readers, Rapha can be perceived as a high-priced brand, so our goal was to seek out products where it looked like great value and functionality would be found.

Join us after the jump for the key details on these two items, and our thoughts after riding with them for the past several months…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • This spring, REI will be adding nine unique mountain-biking classes to their REI Outdoor School lineup. From leisurely group rides to intensive skills training, these new classes have everything cyclists of any level need to increase their involvement and knowledge of the sport. To learn more and find REI Outdoor School cycling classes in your area, visit REI.com/learn.
  • Clearance Sale Alert! Podium Cycling is having a clearance sale. Be sure to use the Coupon Code: BIKERUMOR for 50% off!
  • Save the trails in Pisgah in North Carolina!! There is a possibility that parts of Pisgah will be designated as “wilderness areas” and mountain bikes will be forbidden. Of particular concern are the South Mills and Davidson River areas near the Pisgah Forest community. Today (February 27th) is the last day for public comment so go to this link on SORBA to submit your comments.
  • Southern Cross Ultra Gravel Grind has been rescheduled to March 14, 2015 due to Storm Damage in North Georgia. On Monday, February 16th, North Georgia was hit with freezing rain that has caused considerable damage in some areas, particularly the National Forest land being utilized for the course. REGISTRATION IS OPEN until 8 pm on Wednesday March 11th!
  • Connecting a Town with Singletrack Sidewalks. Our friends at Outside Online posted this article about the town of Eagle Colorado and their plan to make their town more “mountain bike-able”.
  • Strider Bikes Announces 2015 National Championship Racing Series for Toddlers. There will be races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds at each event. Here are the four dates: Saturday, April 25: Bradenton, FL, Saturday, May 9: Ventura, CA, Saturday, June 6: Pittsburgh, PA and Saturday, August 8: Salt Lake City, UT. Visit Strider Bikes Event Page for further information.
  • Tuscany’s famed L’Eroica vintage bike ride will be coming to the United States for the first time in its nineteen year history this spring. After visiting this past fall, L’Eroica creator Giancarlo Brocci himself chose Paso Robles as the location for the first L’Eroica in the United States. The event will be April 10-12, 2015, with registration limited to 1000 riders and a cost of $150 per-entrant. Visit eroicacalifornia.com for more information.
  • Ride Local with Jamis Bicycles at the Farm to Fork Fondo in Vermont! The mass-participation cycling ride will be held July 12, 2015, at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont, with 500 participants expected from throughout North America. For more details visit the Farm to Fork Fondo – Vermont web site.
  • And if you’d prefer to ride in France then perhaps you should check out  Trek Travel’s “Legends Series” Featuring Special Guest Pro Cyclists Andy Schleck and Jens Voigt. As part of this series, Andy Schleck will join the Etape du Tour trip during the Tour de France while Voigt will join Tour de France Alps to Paris Ultimate VIP race experience. For further information contact Trek Travel at 1-866-464-8735 or visit trektravel.com.
  • Attention Mountain Bikers: You have a personal invitation from the Polish Mountainbikers Alliance (POMBA) to ride the varied trails in that beautiful country. You may need to brush up on your Polish but visit the Alliance’s Facebook page anyway to see photos of just how good the riding is.
  • The Mongoose team has added mountain bike slopestyle and dirt jump rider, DJ Brandt its roster of talented athletes. The 21-year-old Denver, Colorado native joins fellow slopestyle and dirt jumpers Greg Watts and Mike Montgomery, as well as top trials rider Chris Akrigg. Visit Facebook.com/MongooseBikes for the latest from the brand and its team riders.
  • In last week’s Friday RoundUp our headline was about peer-to-peer global bike sharing site Spinlister. Well, it was brought to our attention that there’s another app called Spokefly that does the bike rental thing as well, albeit a bit differently. Instead of you contacting the bike owner directly, you simply use the app to pick a bike to ride and go to its location and unlock it. You may then ride it anywhere and not have to return it to the spot where you originally got it. Visit the Spokefly site for details and how you can make money by putting one of your bikes into service.
  • If you’re a triathlete who is looking for new (to you) gear or if you have a bike to sell then be sure to check out the new Cyclone site. They’ve done a major redesign of the site and added many new features to make it more user friendly. Focusing entirely on premium quality, high-value pre-owned bicycles from around the world, the online marketplace allows its customers to easily search and sell via a specialist catalogue.
  • We want to send our get well wishes to Debra Banks of Rivet Cycle Works. Several weeks ago Debra was out on a road ride with friends when she and some of the other riders were struck by a drunk driver. Unfortunately Debra suffered a severely busted ankle requiring 7 hours of surgery. She’ll be off the bike for a while and also won’t be able to make it to NAHBS as she cannot put weight on that ankle. Get well Debra, and we hope you’re back on the saddle real soon.

The Future is Looking Up with Sony’s Concept HUD Module

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In today’s high-tech times, our world feels a little more like that of Star-Trek each day. One of the most advanced technologies finding its way into the cycling scene is that of Heads-Up-Display (HUD) units. These devices aren’t new, but recently they`ve shrunk to the point of becoming wearable technology.

A HUD unit attached to your sunglasses allows riders to display key information within their field of vision, eliminating the need to look down at your cycling computer or fumble around in a pocket for your smartphone. Sony has jumped into the HUD market with a Single-lens Display Module which is yet unnamed, as it’s still in the prototype phase. Could your next cycling computer be part of your sunglasses?

Head past the jump for a glimpse into the future…
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Kinetic Introduces Ergonomic Twenty20 Water Bottle Cage

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Quick – you’re reaching for your bottle. What hand do you use? According to Kinetic, if you’re like most riders you favor a particular hand, likely your dominant one. That begs the question, if you’re constantly grabbing the bottle from one side of the frame, why do most bottle cages only have the split located dead center on the frame? Filed in the category of why didn’t I think of that, the new Kinetic Twenty20 water bottle cage addresses that very issue.

Simple, affordable, and light, the Twenty20 cage may have you rethinking your current bottle holders…

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Problem Solvers Adds New MisMatch Adapters, Bar Plugs, Top Caps, and a few Surprises

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You can always count on the Problem Solvers booth at Frostbike for two things: clever new products, and feats of skill. Or in this case torque. You know there is always that battle between mechanics of the use of a torque wrench vs. the calibrated arm? Thanks to the Problem Solvers dorque test, the potential for mechanics to tighten a bolt to a specified torque was finally put to the test. PS had confident mechanics choose their weapon (3 way, multi tool, or L wrench) and then try to tighten a bolt to 5.6 Nm. Me personally? I was a bit under on the first go, then nailed it on number two. I suppose that’s better than going over?

While the dorque test was an easy distraction for the mechanically focused among us, in typical Problem Solvers’ fashion there were a few new products that are definitely worth a look…

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Review: Louis Garneau WINDTEX Eco-Flex II cold weather gloves

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Back when I was a BMXing teen in Ontario, I decided a good pair of cold weather gloves would be worth buying. A car was still a few years off, and the weather wasn’t going to keep me from hanging out with my friends in June, October or January. I bought a pair of Louis Garneau winter gloves and instantly loved them for being thin but surprisingly warm.

Unfortunately, I lost one of those gloves and missed them dearly for several years. After finding a new home in Pemberton, B.C. and diving into the MTB scene, I finally decided to get another pair for last fall’s final trail rides. I found the updated gloves, now known as the WINDTEX Eco Flex 2 and reunited myself with an old friend. As suggested by the above photo, I’m quite happy with them.

Find out why the Eco-Flex 2 deserves two thumbs up after the jump…

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L’Etape Clothing launches with single run, limited edition designs

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In this day and age of wonder fabrics and fitness enhancing clothing tech, it seems any startup needs to find ever more elusive ways to differentiate themselves. Fortunately, good design and a sense of scarcity rarely fails to attract an audience, and that’s what L’Etape is going for.

They’ll offer one design per month, released on their website and social media channels. Upon release, you’ll have about 14 days to pre-order if you like it, then that style goes off sale, never to be repeated, and production begins. Once done, it ships to your door anywhere in the world free of charge.

They’re kicking things off with three designs for the launch, though, which are available to order through March 10. Check ‘em out and get a preview of the next one in line…

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