Review: Garmin gets safer – Edge Explore 1000 w/ incident detection and Varia radar integration

Edge 1000 Explorer Varia 20160201_172627

Edge 1000 Explorer Varia 20160201_172627

Testing Garmin’s first unit with “Incident Detection” sounded like a fun experiment, and I even considered taking and ghost riding one of the lesser used bikes in my possession to set it off. Ultimately, I didn’t need to stage a crash as my riding took care of that for me, but I’m happy to say the crash incident detection works – even if it’s not a huge crash. Adding to the Edge Explore 1000’s list of features is integration with the Garmin Varia radar detection device. After my first experience with the Varia, this is exactly what it was missng…

Continue reading “Review: Garmin gets safer – Edge Explore 1000 w/ incident detection and Varia radar integration”

Posted in Clothes-Gear, Clothing-Gear-Tools, Commuter, Feature, Reviews, Road Bike, Training9 Comments

Review: Casco SpeedAiro-TC Plus aero road helmet

Review: Casco SpeedAiro-TC Plus aero road helmet

Casco_Speed-Airo-TCS-aero-road-helmet_castle

This past year at Eurobike we got a closer look at the new special TC Plus edition of Casco’s SPEEDairo road helmet, and wanted to try it out. That large integrated lens/shield and distinct styling had caught our attention before in some other color configurations, but the gloss-on-matte black finish of the TC and the inclusion of several accessories as part of the Plus package got us thinking about its versatility. Come past the break with us to see how we have ridden and raced the helmet over the past half a year, and how it has fared in different setups with diverse use from the road, track, cyclocross, and even just getting around town…

Continue reading “Review: Casco SpeedAiro-TC Plus aero road helmet”

Posted in Clothes-Gear, Clothing-Gear-Tools, Cyclocross, Reviews, Road Bike, Triathlon8 Comments

Winter Boot Roundup: Pedaling with the 45NRTH Wölvhammer, Bontrager OMW, and Northwave Celsius Arctic 2 GTX

Winter cycling boot review bikerumor 45nrth wolvhammer bontrager OMW old man winter northwave Celcius 2 gtx (15)

Winter cycling boot review bikerumor 45nrth wolvhammer bontrager OMW old man winter northwave Celcius 2 gtx (15)

When I was really young, going out to play in the snow meant stuffing my feet into plastic bags and then into my shoes. I still love playing in the snow just as much, but fortunately my footwear is a little more, uh, comfortable.

Nothing puts a damper on a winter ride quite like wet, cold feet. At best, you tough it out through a miserable ride. At worst – the ride is over, or you risk frost bite if the conditions are right. Shoe covers work, but they’ll only take you so far. Hardly waterproof thanks to the giant openings in the bottom, they also seem to all suffer from the same fate – torn and floppy after one good season.

Yes, winter riding boots will keep your feet warm and your summer shoes in great shape, but which ones should you get? There are more options than ever, but this time we’re taking a look at the new 45NRTH Wölvhammers, Bontrager Old Man Winters, and the Northwave Celsius Arctic 2 GTX…

Continue reading “Winter Boot Roundup: Pedaling with the 45NRTH Wölvhammer, Bontrager OMW, and Northwave Celsius Arctic 2 GTX”

Posted in Actual Weights, Clothes-Gear, Clothing-Gear-Tools, Fatbike, Feature, Reviews17 Comments

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

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

chamois cream roundup comparison review for cyclists

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…

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

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Miscellaneous, Reviews4 Comments

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

0 Review aIMG_7449

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…

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

Posted in Clothes-Gear, Clothing-Gear-Tools, Reviews10 Comments

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

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

Proviz_Reflect-360+_high-visibility-performance-reflective-commuter-jacket

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…

Continue reading “Review: Proviz Reflect 360+ jacket delivers unmatched foul weather commute visibility”

Posted in Clothes-Gear, Clothing-Gear-Tools, Commuter, Reviews9 Comments

Review: Specialized x 686 3L Tech Jacket and Bibs deliver Ultimate fat bike outerwear performance

Specialized 686 winter fat bike clothing (6)

Specialized 686 winter fat bike clothing (6)

If my riding buddies’ jeans and flannel are any indication, dedicated winter riding clothing is not required to have a good time on a bike in the winter. But like most things in life, the right equipment can make for a much better experience. Especially when you’re talking about brutally cold and wet conditions.

As fat bikes have been getting more popular, more attention has been given to winter clothing. I hesitate to refer to this as fat bike specific clothing since you can just as easily use the gear for mountain biking with skinnier tires in the winter. Though realistically, if you’re looking for clothing for negative temperatures, you’ll probably be riding fat.

Over the years my quiver of winter clothing has been sharpened to the point that I was relatively comfortable in most conditions. The trick though is knowing what crazy combination of pieces will be the right choice for the day. The Specialized x 686 kit seemed promising since it is a modular system designed to adapt to any conditions. Seems too good to be true, right? As it turns out, this may some of the best purpose built cycling kit I’ve used – if you can stomach the price…

Continue reading “Review: Specialized x 686 3L Tech Jacket and Bibs deliver Ultimate fat bike outerwear performance”

Posted in Clothes-Gear, Fatbike, Feature, Mountain Bike, Reviews25 Comments

Review: Always ready to ride with the Trek Lync

Trek Lync light bike review (3)

Trek Lync light bike review (2)

For longer than I can remember, there have been a lot of bikes in the garage (or dorm room, living room, where ever I could stash them). Since there always seemed to be one bike or another to take for rides around town, trips to the store, or to ride to the bar, the concept of yet another bike around the house as a dedicated city bike seemed a bit superfluous.

But when Trek offered to let us keep their Lync 3 for a while, I thought why not? In addition to the overall design and function of the bike being tailored to city riding and commuting, the Lync has another trick up its sleeve – built in lights. While it may seem like an unnecessary feature, the Lync proved better than expected in more ways than one…

Continue reading “Review: Always ready to ride with the Trek Lync”

Posted in Bicycles, Commuter, Feature, Reviews14 Comments

Review: SKS Twentyniner large barrel floor pump

Review: SKS Twentyniner large barrel floor pump

SKS-Twentyniner_high-volume-low-pressure-floor-pump_6bar-87psi-max

A lot of companies have started making ultra low pressure pumps recently to cater to the needs of fat bikers, and SKS has been among them with their Big Wheel pump. The biggest selling point of those pumps is the ability to read small pressure changes on their dials and to have accurate (or at least repeatable) measurements down in the 10-20 psi range. And while that is great for a fat-only pump, a lot of times the gauges miss out by not going up quite enough to give a broader spectrum of use for other low-pressure tires like the 20-30 psi range for cyclocross and the 23-40 psi range for mountain bikes. So that’s why we looked to the next SKS pump up the line, the Twentyniner. It’s an oversized barrel pump with an easy-to-read gauge that goes up to ~85 psi/6 bar. That’s a bit higher than we might have initially hoped, but in the end let us cover even more ground. Check out how it has done for us after the break…

Continue reading “Review: SKS Twentyniner large barrel floor pump”

Posted in Commuter, Cyclocross, Gravel Bikes, Miscellaneous, Mountain Bike, Reviews3 Comments