Road to NAHBS 2016: Jason Quade of Abbey Bike Tools

Photo by Jon Shipman
Photo by Jon Shipman
Photo by Jon Shipman

This year for NAHBS coverage, we’re taking the opportunity to interview a select number of brands that produce bicycle adjacent products. Abbey Bike Tools is the first in that series.

It sounds cliche to call a product race-tuned and pro-tour tested, but Abbey Bike Tools are literally just that. The first product in the line, the Crombie Tool, was conceived by a pair of race mechanics, a group of chronically under-appreciated professionals who constantly cobble together special tools and equipment for their work. Today, Abbey tools can be found in the professional and private tool boxes of mechanics throughout the professional circuit. Abbey has really set itself apart by not just creating clever functional solutions, but by elevating the fit, feel, and finish of its product to a level worthy of their professional audience. The tools work, they are designed to be beautiful and feel nice in your hands, and they are reliable for when mechanics and athletes need them most.

The main man behind the brand is Jason Quade, a veteran of the race circuit himself. In this interview, we discuss the origins of Abbey tools and what it’s like to have a problem like Titanium Hammers…
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Chamois Cream Roundup Review: Doc’s, Junk Jam, Donkey Label & Crotch Guard

Chamois Cream Roundup Review: Doc’s, Junk Jam, Donkey Label & Crotch Guard

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Of all the things we put on our bodies before getting on the bike, perhaps none should be more heavily scrutinized than the chamois cream that’s absorbed into our skin (and very special skin at that). So, as someone who has almost as extensive a collection of balms, butters, lotions and potions as I do bike shorts (which is to say, a giant box full), I’ve been testing four of the lesser known or newer formulas on the road, trail and trainer.

All four are free of parabens, petroleum products and other such chemicals. Each has it’s own unique consistency, from oil to almost pasty – something for everyone. Slide past the break for ingredients and pics of Crotch Guard, Junk Jam, Donkey Label and Doc’s Skincare…

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Review: Made-in-USA Ornot Jacket, Knickers & Cap hold back the cold and the logos

Review: Made-in-USA Ornot Jacket, Knickers & Cap hold back the cold and the logos

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Does a made-in-USA, fairly priced, high quality brand without any visible logos appeal to you? We’ve highlighted some of Ornot’s soft-goods in the past, including their Winter line and they sent us a few  well timed items to put through the paces over the winter. In a very competitive field where many companies follow a traditional business model, Ornot wanted to stand out by standing out less with their high quality brand’less soft goods.

Check out why I think this concept is as fantastic as the products themselves, and why I was a little hot around the collar…

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Review: Proviz Reflect 360+ jacket delivers unmatched foul weather commute visibility

Review: Proviz Reflect 360+ jacket delivers unmatched foul weather commute visibility

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Proviz recently updated their ultra high-visibility lineup for commuters with the new Reflect 360+ jacket, which aims to be a bit higher level of performance than the jacket that they debuted back in 2014. The new jacket claims increased breathability, while maintaining both the unparalleled reflectivity and resistance to cold and wet weather. We had tested the previous generation of the Reflect 360 getting around town, but were hoping for something that could do a bit more double duty crossing over to some winter road riding. Follow us past the break to see what we think of the jacket that is getting us through our winter commutes these days…

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Zefal offers plenty of cleaning power with 1 liter Bike Bio Degreaser and Bike Wash

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Muddy bike, Della Creek B.C.
Sloppy days like this require more than a quick shower and wipe down…Della Creek, B.C.

I was mentored into the MTB scene by a well known Whistler-area ripper who earned the nickname ‘the cleaner’ for two reasons- First, he could clean nearly any technical section of trail and make it look easy. Second, he was known for leaving his bikes (and customer’s bikes at the shop) perfectly polished and completely dirt-free after repairs or services. If you’re like ‘the cleaner’ and you like your bikes looking showroom ready, Zefal has two handy products for you.

Alongside a broad array of fenders, pumps, mirrors, and other accessories the company offers a complete line of bike care products. For 2016, Zefal’s bike wash and biodegradable degreaser are now both available in larger 1L spray bottles…
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Camile puts GPS and Video into one clean & simple package

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There are more and more GPS and digital video devices coming to market for cyclists every year. So each new product has to differentiate itself from the rest by delivering better performance or lower pricing, or even both. Upstart Chinese consumer electronics company MiniWing has a solution by combing the digital recording and GPS into the Camile, a single device with a simple design and easy-to-use interface. They are bringing the Camile to Indiegogo to get over that first product manufacturing hump and bring the new tech to market quickly. Take a closer look after the break…

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Road Style Roundup: Lace Up new goods from Bontrager, Twin Six, & Cadence Collection

Road Style Roundup: Lace Up new goods from Bontrager, Twin Six, & Cadence Collection

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Because sometimes we just don’t stand out enough or in the right way, companies like Twin Six, Bontrager and Cadence have come to the rescue. If you’re lucky enough to have the raddest guy or gal in your life, you might consider stylin profilin some of these dapper fashion pieces on your next bike date rather than that smelly team or 90’s day-glow kit…

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Blackburn expands its Outpost line with… well, an expandable frame bag

Blackburn expands its Outpost line with… well, an expandable frame bag

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Every year, more and more people are going off the grid and further away from civilization on their bikes. Whether a day, week, or months at a time, you need to haul a moderate amount of items, and one of the lowest (center of gravity), accessible and somewhat protected spaces is within the bike’s frame. Blackburn’s newest addition to the Outpost family of bags, the Outpost Frame Bag, offers a multitude of flexibility for most traditional frames and adventures alike…..

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Mineral’s Mini-bar and Barstow tools keep your ride stocked in case of mechanical

Mineral’s Mini-bar and Barstow tools keep your ride stocked in case of mechanical

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One thing many riders appreciate is simplifying the process of their ride. A lot of that involves making sure we have the proper gear for said ride, because forgetting the simplest of things can make or break that experience you were longing for. Tools are one thing you should always have with you, but swapping them between bikes or even just plain forgetting them in your front seat will do nothing for that loose bolt or broken chain. Mineral has a couple of somewhat different, but simple alternatives with their Mini-bar and Barstow tools that may be worth looking at….

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