Posts in the category Clothing-Gear-Tools

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto! Livall adds another full featured “smart helmet” to the lineup

Livall Bling Bh60 2

We covered Livall’s Bling smart helmet a while back and it looks as though they have a new model with the same smart features. Crash detection, communication & ride tracking via Bluetooth, turn signals, and a freaking walkie talkie! What’s your handle?

Head past the break to see what the future might hold….


Rapha joins Canyon-SRAM to bring top kit to the Women’s Pro WorldTour


While it has been just a week or so since Rapha said that they will be parting ways with Team Sky after the 2016 race season, today they have already announced a partnership with a new pro team and signal a bit of a change of direction by focusing on the women’s WorldTour for the next three years.

By joining up with Canyon//SRAM Racing, who took over the Velocio-SRAM team that was just shuttered, Rapha will transition to developing and providing women-specific race kit for the racers, as well as their off the bike lines for both riders and staff. Their Souplesse line-up has really grown out of making their men’s Pro Team gear performance available to women, even more so in the last year, so it will be interesting to see how Rapha continues to add to the Souplesse line expanding the top level kit being made for women, but more importantly being offered to consumers.

Morgan Blue spreads new disc brake silencing paste on your pads

Morgan Blue disc brake silencing paste for noisy disc brake rotor squealingI’ve tried everything imaginable to silence a noisy set of disc brakes, going so far as to switch brakesets altogether. Short of that, I’ve snugged every imaginable bolt, scrubbed the pads and even applied a small patch of Dynamat to the rotor’s spider. About the only thing’s that worked somewhat was when I used a metal file brush to clean the rotors.

Morgan Blue has heard the collective annoying squealing all too clearly and come up with a solution. It’s called Brake Silencer Paste, and it goes on the brake pads.

But not that side of the pads. It goes on the back of the pads between them and the pistons, taking up any space and quashing the vibrations that tend to howl. It’s a non-corrosive product that they say holds up to heat and stays put for a long time.

Waterproof Clothing is about to get a lot more Breathable with new Gore-tex Active w/ Permanent Water Beading Surface

GORETEX Active PBS_layer

Waterproof and breathable is the ultimate combination when it comes to active wear. It’s how Gore-Tex made their mark on the industry almost 40 years ago with their waterproof, windproof, and breathable clothing. However, even with the best clothing including Gore-Tex, when you’re really pushing yourself the sweat from the inside of your clothing can be as bad as the rain you’re trying to keep out.

In their constant pursuit of improved fabrics and new technology, Gore-Tex is introducing their new Active Line – a collection of pieces that use the latest Gore-Tex technology for highly aerobic activities…


Long-term Review: Thule’s Chasm Water-Resistant Duffel Taken to the Races & into the Air


Just over a year ago I was looking to replace a worn out gear bag to haul around all of the cycling kit, helmets, and shoes that get thrashed and muddied each weekend racing cyclocross, and I happened across the water resistant duffels from rack-maker Thule. The Chasm bag offered a big opening to make loading and unpacking easy, flexibility of how to carry it, and five different size options from 27-130 liters. I opted for a bright Zinnia yellow bag in the middle Medium size, and have stuffed it and drug it through a season of cross racing, then packed it back up as both checked and carry-on luggage for spring and summer air travels. In that time, I’ve also needed to steal it back from my wife on a number of occasions, as its flexibility and hauling capacity has made it a go-to in our household for pretty much any weekend travel. Get the full details and see how it has fared after the break…


Blaze Fires Up with 100 Lumen, 24 LED, Easy to Attach Rear Bike Light

burner rear light laserlight blaze (2)

Whether it’s due to the rapid increase in lighting technology, the number of car vs. cyclist incidents, or the tech industry trying to home in on the bike industry, there have been a lot of lights released recently. And that’s a good thing. More options make it easier to light up and keep yourself seen. Also, increased competition usually leads to better products which seems to certainly be the case with front and rear lights.

After successfully funding their Laserlight headlight, Blaze is back with an impressive new tail light. If the overall brightness doesn’t attract your attention, the way it mounts to your bike just may…


Zipp introduces Rotor Protectors, plus more Accessory additions


While the Zipp brand tends to be bring aerodynamics to mind, especially with regards to carbon wheels, they do also make some solid everyday components like bars, stems, and seatposts and offer a wide range of accessories from valve extenders to bottle cages to solve some everyday needs. Zipp just sent us a press release that mostly consisted of these same basic accessories in some slightly updated or expanded configurations, but what caught our attention were the forthcoming Rotor Protectors. While throwing spare cross wheels around for the past couple of years to and from races, the thought of keeping the rotors out of harms way sounds intriguing. Join us after the break to take a better look, and to get pricing and availability, also for the other accessory updates…

Mack Workshop’s Boutique Cycling Bags and Accessories

Mack Workshop The Sack backpack, front

Necessity is the mother of invention, and quite often in the cycling industry new companies pop up when an entrepreneurial individual just can’t find exactly what they’re looking for. Jon MacKinnon wasn’t quite happy with his options for cycling bags and storage accessories, so a few years ago he started Mack Workshop.

Mack Workshop is an independent manufacturer, eschewing mass production in favour of putting out hand-cut quality products made one-by-one. The brand aims to create simple, high quality goods for fair prices. MacKinnon tests all his products in real-world conditions, and his designs will likely continue to evolve, as we’ve already seen with The Sack backpack pictured above. Check out the bulk of Mack Workshop’s product line after the break…

Just In: Brooks Cambium C13 Carbon-railed racing saddle


At the end of the summer, just before and during Eurobike, we previewed a carbon-railed saddle from Brooks, a pretty dramatic move for them. The new Cambium C13 builds on the other vulcanized rubber and cotton topped saddles in their Cambium range, but ditches the aluminum structure and steel rails to shave off more than 100g from their next lightest saddle. We’ve apparently been added to the pool of early testers, so one of the new narrow saddles showed up on our doorstep this week. I’ve thrown it on a cross bike that I’m getting around town on this week and already have some thoughts on the new perch…