Posts in the category Clothing-Gear-Tools

Kickstarter Roundup: Crankpump Almost There & Indiglo’s Dual GoPro/Garmin Mount

This one’s a bit of a recap/update in that we’ve featured both of these brands before. CrankPump’s campaign is coming to a close in a couple days and they need a last little push to meet their fund raising goal. It’s a nifty little mini CO2 inflator that hides inside your crankset’s spindle, keeping weight low on the bike and out of sight. Check the video above for details, then hit up their Kickstarter page here. Our original coverage of CrankPump is here.

If you’re the type that likes to mount more things to the outside of your bike, read on for Indiglo’s new dual handlebar mount to fit two things in the space of one…

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PDW Lars Rover: Into the Night

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As far as we were concerned, the new PDW Lars Rover lights had already blasted off after seeing them at Interbike. In what has become tradition for Portland Design Works however, the new product isn’t really launched until there is an entertaining video featuring the new goods. At 650 lumens for the more powerful version, the Lars Rover has more than enough power for most nocturnal shenanigans.

Seriously, night riding is awesome when you have a good light. Power up with the Lars Rover next…

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IB14: Yakima Debuts Budget Tray Racks, SUP Carriers & More – Plus Original 1979 Roof Rack!

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Yakima’s celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, and to show how far they’ve come their booth showcased an original roof rack circa 1979. It was fitted with an era-appropriate bike and mounted to an era-appropriate car, but neither detracted from the interesting peek into history the rack provided.

We’ll start this post off with a little gallery of it, followed by the new and thoroughly modern Fourplay and Twotimer hitch-mount tray racks, bringing the favored style to a lower price point. And for non-bike pursuits, their new SUP carriers and roof boxes look pretty good, too…

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Found: Limited Edition DZR Dice Camo SPD Cycling Shoes

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DZR’s taken their best SPD-ready cycling shoe and given it a ripstop camo upper in a very limited quantity. As in 50 pairs…worldwide.

The sole is built around their stiffest steel-reinforced fiberglass shank to keep it stiff under pedaling pressure. The wrap-around Velcro strap keeps your foot firmly yet comfortably in place, snug in the padded upper. Link treads provide grip on flat pedals, too, or when sneaking about the trail. Retail is $149, available only on DZR’s website. More pics and link below…

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IB14: New Bicycle Lights from Light & Motion, Fortified and Gloworm

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Light & Motion’s Urban gets completely rebuilt from the inside out. It looks the same, but it’s all new where it counts. The original was getting about a 4% return rate, so they wanted to make something better. Now, it has an IP67 rating, which means it remains waterproof for an hour in a meter of water and passes a 1 meter drop test. It’s also thermally more efficient, so they could bump the output up to 800 lumens on the top model.

It also gets new packaging and colors, with each model getting a basic and bright color option. Choose from 350 up to 800 lumens with prices from $69.99 to $179.99.

They also updated a few other models and added options. Those, plus a look at two more brand’s latest goods, below…

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FOUND: Yep Components Uptimizer Swiss-Made Dropper Seatpost

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Dropper seatposts will change the way you ride, so most who already have them consider it to be one of the best upgrades you can do to your bike to improve your riding. Swiss company Yep Components agrees, and their new Uptimizer dropper seatpost is the only product they offer. There are two models, the HC with internal cable routing, and the ST with external cable routing.

In typical Swiss fashion, Yep Components uses components they say are the best around, such as Motorex fluids and Igus bushings.  They’re CNC machined and assembled in Switzerland, and they use less air pressure than other dropper seatposts on the market, which they say allows for longer service life of the parts.

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Kickstarter Roundup: Hauler Convertible Messenger Bag/Seat Bag & Quick-Kaps Wheel Locks

There are plenty of ways to get your stuff from point A to B on a bike. You could stuff it in a backpack or messenger bag, but that puts the weight up high and possibly gives you a sweaty back. You could get racks and panniers, but those add weight to your bike and aren’t as easy to carry once you get to your destination.

Developed by two MSU Denver students and avid riders, the Hauler will be made in the U.S. by Green Guru of upcycled materials like spent inner tubes and scrap cordura. It has a sturdy frame inside that holds the bottom flat while velcro straps attached to your seatpost and saddle rails. They’re lined with inner tubes to keep them from slipping around. The roll top closure eliminates Velcro or zippers, and removable shoulder straps keep it tidy while on the bike. Packages for the Hauler start at $100 during the crowd funding stage, and smaller donations get you smaller handlebar and seat bags from Green Guru.

You’ll have the option of the colorful one shown here made from fabric remnants or an all-black version with a few inner tube panels, as well as other goodies to thank you for your support. This one’s well on its way to being funded, check it out here.

If you need something to keep your wheels from leaving your bike while locked up, click through for another novel invention…

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Hands On with the New Sony Action Cam Mini – It’s all in the Wrist

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Let’s be real for a moment. You can have the most feature packed action camera around, but if it isn’t easy to use you’ll end up with a bunch of boring footage that’s probably either of the ground or the sky. The introduction of the smart phone app and wireless capabilities was a huge step forward in terms of being able to properly capture the actual action, but they still leave things to be desired – connecting can be troublesome, and you still have to do something with your smartphone once you start riding. To keep you from having to constantly dig into your bag to fish out your phone, many cameras are paired with wrist or handlebar mounted remotes that allows you to control the recording.

Even so, wouldn’t it be more convenient if the same functions were available in a single wrist mounted remote?

That seems to be what Sony is thinking and is exactly what they offer with the new Action Cam Mini AZ1. In addition to the live view remote, the camera is 30% smaller than the original AS20 and the replacement AS100V. The smaller size means you can stick it just about anywhere to create some creative videos while simultaneously controlling it from your wrist. Sony brought us out to Northern New Jersey for a crash course in the new camera which included mountain bikes, mountain coasters, and even archery.

After just a day playing with the Action Cam Mini, we can’t help but think GoPro has some serious competition…

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Long Term Review: Triple Eight’s New MTB & Urban Helmets

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Triple Eight, the NYC purveyor of skater lids and pads, has been moving into bike specific helmets recently. The bike line has four models, ranging from a kids helmet to a full face helmet, and we received their Compass (MTB) and Gotham (urban/commuter) for testing. Hit ‘more’ for weights, prices, and review.

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