Posts in the category Clothing-Gear-Tools

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

Triple Eight Compass MTB helmet and Gotham urban helmet

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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Timbuk2 Goes Crazy Custom w/ New Prospect Backpack, Adds Red Hook Crit Edition Travel Pack

Timbuk2 x Red Hook Crit travel backpack

Wanna keep it simple? The new Timbuk2 x Red Hook Crit travel backpack is their lightest weight bag ever, and it converts from duffel bag to backpack in seconds. It’s a ripstop nylon material with shoulder straps that tuck away and hide when not in use. Perhaps more clever, either shoulder strap can be clipped to the opposite side on the bottom, creating a quasi-messenger bag, too.

The single main compartment’s full zip wraps around the body to make a huge opening with a bit of internal zip storage compartments. It’ll fit a helmet, shoes, riding gear and a few extra small items, or a weekend’s worth of normal clothes. The bottom panel is reflective, and additional reflective hits throughout keep you visible at night. An external U-Lock pocket sits on the left side. Retail is $99, also available in black.

If you prefer something a little more wild in its appearance, the Prospect is their new backpack that’s insanely customizable…

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Video: 45NRTH – Designing Winter Cycling Footwear

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I can hardly believe it’s almost that time of year, but the small bit of sleet this weekend reminds us that cold temperatures are closing in. 45NRTH has staked their reputation on building gear that will get you out there and keep you comfortable. Ever wondered what goes into designing products like the Wölvhammer Winter boot? 45NRTH gives us the rundown in the first of 3 product design videos next…

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IB14: Mission Workshop Dark Camo Bags…or New Brighter Colors, New Shorts & More (Updated)

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Mission Workshop’s latest collection features Dark Camo MultiCam-black 500D Cordura material with their Arkiv closures on the messenger bags and AustriAlpin Cobra buckles on the cargo (back) packs. The main compartments on both are weatherproofed, and main zippers are are urethane coated.

The messengers use their roll top/flap closure and house up to a 15″ laptop with plenty of internal and external pockets for the rest of your goods. Three sizes available, retail from $249 to $289. The cargo packs come in two sizes (big and bigger) with retails of $315 to $345, and you can choose from five different buckle hardware colors. They have a carbon fiber reinforced frame system, expandable main section and Arkiv accessory attachments on the shoulder straps.

And, maybe just maybe, you’ll see this material on some other things…

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Kickstarter Roundup – Mountain Bike Clothing, Integrated BikeLocks, Camera Mounts & More!

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The cycling industry is notoriously full of very passionate entrepreneurs, which can lead to some excellent ideas that may just not have the funding to see the light of day. Crowdsourcing, or attaining funding from a large pool of small investors has been a great injector to the ingenuity of the tech and design world, with Kickstarter leading the way as a web-based resource for inventors to show their ideas and have people contribute money to their project. We’ve covered plenty of them, like when industry vet Steve Domahidy using it to successfully fund his namesake brand back in March, and here are four more ideas…

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Leatt Goes Big with Full Bicycle Protection Range, Safer Helmet, and Redesigned Neck Brace

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Leatt sold their first neck brace back in 2004 which at the time was a revolution in protection. Eventually, that brace made its way over into the U.S. and later crossed over into the world of mountain biking. That single product has changed the way many companies have looked at rider safety when it comes to neck injuries. Now, the same company founded by Dr. Chris Leatt is expanding their reach and introducing a complete new range of protectives.

Head injuries are something we hear a lot about these days – specifically, how to design a helmet that will prevent them. It turns out that the standard EPS foam helmet we’ve been using for years is great at absorbing impact, but not so good at preventing brain injuries from rotational impact. Going by the weight of buzz words alone it would seem that MIPS is the current heavyweight in preventing rotational brain injuries, but Leatt is offering what they consider a superior solution – 360º Turbines made from Armorgel.

Check out how the Turbines will keep your brain intact next…

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IB14: Pedal Pushers Club Peddles New Styles, Women’s Tanks, Even Drunk Cyclist Tech Tees

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Always one of our favorite ride-inspired casual clothing companies, Pedal Pushers had some new goods to add to their growing range. Classics like the city tees and tongue-in-cheek “Don’t be such a Roadie” t-shirts aren’t going anywhere so if you have a past favorite, many of them are still there. If you’re looking for women’s tank tops or technical tees, there are some new options after the break…

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