Posts in the category Clothing-Gear-Tools

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.

Details next…

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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

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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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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • JensonUSA is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this fall with a big 20% Off Sale! Click here to check out the deals, then flick around the site for more blowouts that are considerably more than just 20% off! Congrats, guys!
  • Early bird special offer for the 2015 Assaults on Mount Mitchell and Marion, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary ride on May 18, 2015.
  • Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals, October 22nd – 26th at Beech Mountain resort in North Carolina. Contact Tracy Simms by phone (828)387-2011 Ext. 205 or e-mail at mtbvolunteers@yahoo.com. Free ski season lift tickets for volunteers!
  • Volunteers are also needed for the Bookwalter Binge near Asheville, NC. The event is Saturday, November 1st. Sign up Here.
  • On October 3rd 2014 the 2nd Wheels 4 Life Indian Summer Gala fundraiser was held at the Ranch in Laguna Beach, California. The event raised $54,000 which is enough to buy almost 500 bicycles. Wheels 4 Life’s cause is to supply bicycles to people in developing countries in need of transportation. “Give A Bike – Change A Life”
  • Stock up on great tasting Kate’s Bars by taking advantage of their surplus! Until October 31st Kate’s Real SALE takes 30% off of online purchases. Use the code FALL30 at checkout. They also have an Instagram contest going on as well.
  • Swiftwick has a NEW and IMPROVED Sock Club where they offer exclusive and unique limited edition designs. Membership is now FREE and they’ve lowered the per pair price by two bucks! Also check out their PINK socks recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Get your ‘cross on in Southern Cali! Come ride with Peloton Magazine and The MOB Shop at the Peloton Cross and Gravel MOB Grinder November, 1st & 2nd.
  • Spot a few pros in the 2014 Levi’s GranFondo photo gallery HERE. The event was October 4th in Santa Rosa, California.
  • If you’re going to be in Philly for the Philly Bike Expo then be sure to take in “Bicycle Nomad” Eric Cedeno’s recount of his 2,200 mile journey along the route of The Underground Railroad. The presentation is at 3pm on November 8th and just one of many offerings on the event schedule at the 2014 Philly Bike expo.
  • It seems like everyone is having a sale these days. Timbuk2 is clearing out their warehouse by offer up to 60% off select styles. Hurry though. Quantities are limited and time is running out!
  • Your chance to be Dutch…Sort of. Road Holland Cycling Apparel is looking for brand ambassadors across the USA. So, if you’re active in your cycling community, are social media savvy and believe in the mission and look of the Road Holland brand then contact them HERE.

Ted Biker, er, Baker Introduces Fashionable Ready to Wear Bicycle Commuter Collection

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Giro’s New Road collection started bridging the gap between pure roadie spandex and something more coffee shop appropriate. And Levis, Outlier, Makers & Riders, Beta Brand, Bluffworks and more have introduced office-ready garments that work as well on the bike as off.

But you know bicycle commuting has started it’s glorious path toward mainstream when the major fashion houses start creating entire collections around the activity. Fortunately, Ted Baker’s modern British eye has turned to it before such department store brands as Hilfiger, setting the (handle)bar pretty high for others entering the space.

Click through for a sampling and video teaser of the collection…

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Warm, Bright, Reflective, the Pactimo Fall Collection Has it All

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As both the season and day light wind down, there is a lot of talk about lights. Indeed, lights are very important both to allow you to see and get you noticed by drivers, but clothing can also play an important role in visibility. Brightly colored threads help you stand out in the day while reflective panels make you pop against a car’s headlights.

Even though many riders acknowledge the need for visible clothing, for many cyclists style comes first for better or for worse. When Pactimo set out to create their Fall line for 2014 their goal was simple -  create a collection of clothes with attention grabbing colors and smart reflective panels that don’t look like you’re wearing a safety jacket.

Combined with Pactimo’s value for the money and fit that we love, and you have some very interesting, very attention grabbing Fall cycling gear. See what makes the new gear shine next…

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