Posts in the category Tools

DOIY Design Presents a New Bicycle-Shaped Pizza Cutter

DOIY fixed gear bicycle pizza cutter

The pizza cutter is an indispensable kitchen implement – cutting pizza with a knife simply doesn’t yield the clean cut and topping-retention that any pizza enthusiast demands.

However, along with its cousin the ice cream scoop, the typical pizza cutter doesn’t play well with the the other more stackable items in the kitchen utensil drawer. For a long time Park Tool has held a monopoly on a brilliant solution to the problem – cast the pizza cutter as a displayable item so it can live proudly upon a shelf rather than getting dull knocking about against your forks the spoons.

British design firm DOIY now challenges Park Tool’s monopoly with their new Fixie Pizza Cutter.  But does in come in enough colorways to call itself a fixie? Slice past the break and find out…

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Blow Past Shark Bites With The Hammerhead, Genuine Innovations’ Intuitive CO2 Inflator

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When sharks attack you mid-ride, 50 miles from home, you’d better be prepared to fight back. In the old days that meant wielding your frame pump and attempting to bludgeon them to death with 100+ tire-inflating-reps of the pump. Whew! No longer a need to visit the gym to work the bi’s and tri’s this week!

When Genuine Innovations started innovating in 1989 all that pumping nonsense went the way of Barney Rubble. It’s been one innovation after the next ever since. The newest weapon in the never-ending fight against mid-ride shark-bites is the Hammerhead CO2 Tire Inflator. To see just how well it kills sharks, chomp past the break…

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Zach’s Cycling Wish List

Rather than pump out some generic Top 10 list, we decided to put a personal touch on it and each curate our own wish lists of things we’d love to get this holiday season. Each of us has our own riding style, and our lists are made up of things we’ve seen or ridden so far this year that have really impressed us. We think you’ll like them, too. – Tyler

As the tech editor for Bikerumor.com, my riding style is diverse to say the least. I’m not sure I can be pigeon holed into a particular category except I like to go fast, ride loose, and take chances. I’ll ride just about anything, and probably try something ill advised while doing so – which is how I ended up with a broken arm this fall while riding a cross bike. I get joy out of things that are really well made, but I’m not opposed to trying something new (why do I feel like I just filled out an online dating profile or something?).

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Tyler’s Cycling Wish List

Guru Photon HL ultralight custom carbon fiber road bike

Rather than pump out some generic Top 10 list, we decided to put a personal touch on it and each curate our own wish lists of things we’d love to get this holiday season. Each of us has our own riding style, and our lists are made up of things we’ve seen or ridden so far this year that have really impressed us. We think you’ll like them, too.

Here’s my list. I’m Tyler, the founder of Bikerumor.com. I’m an all-around cyclist and my riding style is mostly XC on the dirt and long exploratory road rides. I ride my ‘cross bike year round and pull the kids to school when the weather’s nice. My philosophy is spend a little more up front and you’ll end up with better stuff that lasts longer and makes you happy. Here’s what I’m liking for road, mountain, and all the other gear that makes cycling so wonderful…

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After visiting Guru’s factory near Montreal and riding their ultralight Photon HL, it immediately shot to the top of my list. Not only does it satisfy every weight weenie craving in my bones, the thing just flat out rides like a dream and it looks incredible. The Photon HL was introduced at NAHBS this year as their premium offering. Thanks to a unique method of carbon cutting and layup, frame weights are around 670 grams for a medium.  Yet, it gives up nothing in functional stiffness or ride quality. Look for our factory tour to post soon – their craftsmen layup each frame specific to the customer – and you’ll understand why this one tops my list.

Acceptable alternatives: At $8,500 for just the Photon HL frame, it’s probably good give to Sweetie a couple options. Parlee’s aren’t much cheaper, but I’ve really enjoyed riding those, too, and the Z-Zero is pretty darn sharp. If I had to be reasonable, the Trek Domane rode smooth and wouldn’t completely wipe out my next ten years of bike budget. Oh God, and then there’s the new Moots Vamoots Disc

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Get your Fix, Birzman Tools Now Available in US Through QBP

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Adding another option to the standard US tool and pump choices, Quality Bicycle Products just announced that they will be distributing Birzman products stateside. Tyler has had a number of Birzman’s tools in for review, with great results as the tools offer smart, stylish design paired with functionality. Check out Birzman.com for the full catalog.

IB13: The Latest Crop of Blue from Park Tool – Gloves, Fatbike Adapters, and Sporks?

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While many show goers were drooling over the latest Enduro this, and fatbike that, there was as always a steady stream of shop guys stopping by the Park Tool booth to see what’s new. Often having the right tool means getting the job done or not, so as new standards crop up vigilance among the tools is a must. While there were certainly a few tools you could do without (a spork?), most of the new products from Park are needed improvements over previous models, or fill a void in the range.

Check out why you may need truing stand adapters (again) after the break.

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