Posts in the category Clothing-Gear-Tools

IB14: Hiplok Gets Tougher By Going Gold, Adds Cable to U-Lock

Hiplock has added two new models to their lineup, the Hiplock Gold and Hiplok DC.

The Gold, shown above in their limited edition Camo cover with orange buckle, ups the diameter of the chain links to 10mm thick hardened steel. That locks into a 12mm shackle, and it all wraps conveniently around your waist while riding with a seatbelt-style strap.

It’s given a top rating by Sold Secure, an independent testing firm. More picks of that and their new DC edition U-Lock below…

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Clothing Roundup: Get Ready for Cool Weather with Hincapie, Bellwether, Funkier & Pere Performance

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Depending on where you are in the country, the cool weather of fall is either coming very shortly, or has already arrived.  Here in Minnesota, we have already been riding with frost in the mornings.  Proper gear is essential to be comfortable riding, and as riders
all over stretch the seasons, lots of new cold weather gear is hitting the market.

Bellwether has been around since 1973, leading the way back then with some of the first lycra/nylon cycling shorts. They have been through some rough patches, and are now trying to re-establish themselves with a new line of products. Coldfront is the windproof side designed to minimize exposure, and Aqua-NO is waterproof so you can ride through the worst conditions. There is a large line of new products, but the riding jackets and gloves featuring the new technologies are leading the rebirth of the brand.

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Abus Locks Up Value with new 410 Ultra Line of U-Locks

Ultra410HB140Just because you can’t afford the top of the line lock doesn’t mean you don’t deserve security. For ABUS that means the introduction of their new 410 Ultra series – a complete range of locks packed with the German lock maker’s technology at affordable prices. Meant to fill out their 400 series of U-Locks, the 410 Ultra locks are available in 4 different styles each with an optional Cobra Cable.

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IB14: Niterider Sentinel Blinky Light Creates a Bike Lane w/ Lasers!

2015 Niterider Sentinel commuter bicycle tail light creates a bike lane with lasers

The new Niterider Sentinel is a 2watt/30 Lumen tail light with all the usual blinky functions you’d want to help people see you from behind. The bonus feature is the laser emitter on the bottom that creates a long, wide virtual bike lane around you, encouraging drivers to give you your space.

Retail is just $49.99. Because of the lasers, it’s regulated by the FDA and DOT, and you won’t want to aim it at your eyes. It’s USB rechargeable with run times up to 36 hours. See how the lane markers blink into existence after the break…

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Lizard Skins Announces New Colors of DSP Bar Tape

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Lizard Skins has announced 5 new colors in their DSP handlebar tape line.  DSP, standing for “Durasoft Polymer”, is a grippy, yet soft bar tape that we reviewed in the 2.5mm thickness. The company had one of the most unique marketing approaches I have seen, wrapping all of the door handles of the Eurobike venue for the past several years, so I can attest, it feels pretty grippy.

The tape is available in 2 thicknesses, 2.5mm and 3.2mm, and one pretty cool feature is that in the 2.5mm thickness, you can select a dual-color transition that has one color below the hoods, and a different color above the hoods. In the 2.5mm thickness, the new colors are Neon Yellow, Brown and Cobalt Blue, in 3,2mm the new color is Green, and in dual-color, there is Black and Neon Yellow.

Sweathawg Doubles Up, New Helmet Liner X2 Soaks up the Sweat

 

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We’re big fans of the SweatHawg helmet liners. Thanks to the ultra absorbent material stitched into the front of each liner, the small pieces of fabric are great for keeping the sweat out of your eyes while riding. Thanks to evaporative cooling the liners never get too hot, and with the originals they worked very well – except in super humid locations.

The combination of a lot of sweat plus high humidity meant the liners were only good for an hour or so before they started dripping or needed wringing out. Still better than nothing, but SweatHawg thought they could improve on the original. That improvement comes in the form of the new Helmet Liner X2. Using the same design as the original, the X2 doubles up on the absorbent layer increasing the sweat soaking abilities by two fold.

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Carrera Partners with Brooks for Special Edition Folding Helmets, Introduces new Colors

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The Carrera Folding helmet is modern as it is retro. Inspired by the old leather “hairnets,” the design fuses modern helmet technology with a flexible core allowing the helmet to “fold.” While it doesn’t really fold, it does compress to about 80% of the full size allowing it to fit more easily in bags, lockers, etc.

In addition to adding new colors for the coming year, Carrera has teamed up with Brooks to offer two special collaboration projects – the J.B. Special and the J.B. Classic. Built on the Carrera folding platform but with classic Brooks touches, the helmets will certainly appeal to anyone perched on the rivets of a leather saddle…

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RearViz Offers Uni Mount Wearable GoPro Mount & Rear View Mirror

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Australian company RearViz has two new wearable products designed to increase safety on the road and catch video for later use. Their first product, the patent pending RearViz (product name same as the company) is a rear view mirror that you wear on your body. An interesting alternative to the helmet mirror, the angle of the mirror is adjustable to fit your body.

The Uni Mount mounting system for GoPro cameras uses a similar body attachment system, and allows full 360 degree adjustability to aim the camera.  Available in different sizes and compatible with accessories for other items, see the details after the break…

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IB14: RPM2 Power Meter Shoe Insole Inserts Measure Force Everywhere

RPM2 cycling power meter shoe insole insert

While PowerTap may have experimented with insole-based power meters, RPM2 put their foot down and stepped into production.

They make versions for both cycling and running as well as a combo unit for triathlon/multisport use, and the cycling features make it fairly unique among power meter options. Garmin’s recent software update for its Vector pedals added a simple foot pressure balance measurement, showing if you were putting more pressure on the inside or outside edges of the pedal. Presumably, this data let you know if you’re feet could be better centered over the pedal for more efficient power transfer.

RPM2 takes this a step further (or closer?) by measuring both left/right and fore/after pressure, letting you see exactly where your feet are pressing the hardest against your shoe’s sole. This provides more specific and exact data that can be used to correct cleat placement, fit and alignment.

Of course, it also provides standard total power output for each leg, along with cadence and where in your pedal stroke your power is being applied…

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