Posts in the category Clothing-Gear-Tools

Timbuk2 and Bianchi Partner for Limited Edition Celeste Prospect Pack, Plus Giving Away an Entire Bicycle Starter Kit

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Bike Month means a lot of riders new or old are dusting off their commuters and heading to work. Commuting by bike is easier than most people think especially when you have a convenient way of carrying your gear and any extra clothes. Timbuk2 has been making bags that fit the bill and for National Bike Month they are teaming up with a company with an even longer history of serving the bicycling community. To help Bianchi celebrate their 130th anniversary, Timbuk2 has partnered with the legendary brand not only to introduce a Limited Edition Prospect pack, but a contest that will provide everything you need to start commuting by bike….

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Dial in Your Fit With Bontrager’s Mid-Range Velocis Road Cycling Shoe

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Building upon the growing success of their cycling shoe line, Bontrager has just announced a new model of Men’s road riding shoe called the Velocis. With a wide selection of road shoes ranging from $80-400, the Velocis fits roughly in the middle of Bontrager’s lineup as a price-competitive model with some nice features.

The Velocis was designed to provide the main things roadies generally desire in a shoe- light weight, a stiff sole and good ventilation. It also features a Boa system IP1 dial for quick and easy fit adjustments with no loose laces dangling around. Step below the break for more photos and details…
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Kali Rethinks Skate park Protection with New Viva BMX / DJ Helmet

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If you’ve ridden dirt jumps, skate parks, or BMX at any point in your life, you’re probably familiar with the state of helmets that come with the territory. Most commonly due to their price point, skid lids use a thick ABS shell with an EPS foam liner glued into the inside. The resulting helmet is durable (to a point) but typically heavy, hot, and not exactly comfortable. On the other side there are more expensive in-molded helmets that make for a lighter, more comfortable fit but typically suffer in durability because of that. Somewhere in the middle are the skate lids which are more comfortable, but lack the necessary bicycle certifications.

Kali’s founder Brad Waldron is known to tell it like he sees it. Case in point – when it comes to Kali’s new Viva, Brad light heartedly states, “The Viva is the best helmet we’ve ever created that no one will ever give a shit about, but that’s ok.” While dirt jump/BMX helmets might not gain the most attention in the media, this is one helmet that Brad wanted to build for himself and his family and friends more than anything. Calling it the most technologically advanced BMX/Dirt Jump helmet ever made, the goal was fairly straight forward. Create a DJ/BMX helmet that was as durable as the ABS half shells but also included the comfort and fit of the in-molded variety.

What appears to be just another BMX/DJ helmet on the outside, the Viva is actually another technological marvel from Kali…

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SOC15: New cycling and casual sunglasses from Bolle and Smith

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Bolle introduced the smaller version of their 6th Sense cycling sunglasses at Interbike in prototype form last fall, and now they’re final and available. The blue model is the 6th Sense S, and the red is the full size original. The lenses are slightly shorter and they’re a bit narrower overall to fit smaller faces.

But, they fit normal sized faces like mine just fine, too, and I brought this pair home for testing and so far have really enjoyed them. The lens color and clarity is perfect for road riding (I haven’t taken them on the trail yet), wind blocking is perfect and they’re lightweight and stay put.

Check out the side by side comparison below, along with new lifestyle shades from Bolle and Smith…plus a little helmet news…

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Beat the Heat With Adidas’ Ultralight Adizero Road Jersey and Bibshorts

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Summer is here, but not quite in full swing yet. While we’re all adapting to warmer temperatures, there’s still a ways to go before those stifling mid-July heat waves when you want to burn off some mileage but can barely be outdoors without sweating up a storm. When the mercury rises, road riders might want to check out Adidas’ Adizero jersey and Evasus bibshorts.

Bikerumor had a chance to check out the Adizero Evasus shorts at Eurobike last winter, which took home an award for their extremely lightweight design. With both coming in sub-100g, these may be the world’s lightest cycling jersey and bibshorts. Check out more photos and info after the break…
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POC Adds to Eyewear Collection with new DO Half Blade Sunglasses

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Moving right along with their sport sunglass progression, POC is using the 2015 Giro d’Italia to launch their newest pair of shades. Called the DO Half Blade, the glasses are a logical evolution of their original DO Blades. Essentially a DO Blade with the lower half of the frame removed (hence the name), the Half Blade retains all of the tech of the originals but with an increased field of vision…

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Ion’s Tectonic Fit Pads Get You up to Speed and Bring You Down Safely

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Photo by Ale DiLullo

They say to follow your passions, and that’s exactly what brought Ion into the cycling realm. Since 2004 Ion has been producing wetsuits and accessories for watersports, but since the company founder also happens to love riding bikes, they decided to take their experience in making wetsuits fit comfortably into MTB protection in 2013.

Ion’s new top of the line K Cap and K Cap Select pads are designed for maximum protection when you’re riding at maximum speed. Their design elements allow for full mobility and excellent protection so you can get up to speed, and stay safe when you suddenly go from full-tilt to full-stop…
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Ride Like an Italian Stallion with Velocio’s Stripes Jersey and Nalini’s Black Label Collection

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Road riders in need of some new clothes are in luck, as a few of Italy’s garment gurus have recently released some nice looking pieces for your cycling wardrobe. Velocio has just come out with a new lightweight jersey, and Nalini has announced a whole new two sided line of pro-level clothing for warm and cold weather riding.

Both brands are Italian companies whose products are actually made in Italy, where quality and style are typically top priorities. To check out photos and more details, click past the break…
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Vima GPS Bike Tracker distills tracking your ride to the intuitive essentials

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In that many data tracking apps seem to focus on collecting and juxtaposing as many forms of data as possible, the Vima represents a departure. Not everyone is a data fiend with the need to record and preserve every point of data associated with a ride. The people who developed Vima are sympathetic to this less obsessed crowd, or even riders just wanting to dabble in data, having developed a simple but well-thought out GPS tracking application for cycling. It does the basics, is extremely intuitive, and now comes with a version compatible for your Apple Watch… READ MORE ->