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Portland Reflector’s Afterglow Is A Late Commuter’s Friend

Portland Reflector's Afterglow in action
Portland Reflector’s Afterglow in action

Portland Reflector has released a big, shiny, detachable reflector that will turn any commuter’s jacket, bag or mumu into a cosmic space beacon of reflectiveness. Dubbed the Afterglow, this pair of large triangular (6.2″ on each side) reflectors uses incredibly strong magnets to allow the user to attach them to just about anything. On a coat, for instance, one reflective magnetic triangle is placed inside the coat, the other is placed on the outside, over the inner magnet and *plink*, there’s now a big reflective triangle attached to the coat. The beauty of this design is obviously the versatility. Keep a pair of these in your commuting bag and, should you get caught out after dark, you can attach it to almost anything and stay seen on the road.

The Afterglow comes in pink, blue, orange and chartreuse with all colors coming with a reflective silver mate, so either the colored triangle or the silver triangle can be visible.  Look on the Portland Reflector website (link above) and you’ll find the Afterglow for a reasonable $19. Also on offer are 2 other reflector products designed to fit on straps.. backpack, pannier, whatever kind of straps you’ve got.  All Portland Reflector products are made in the USA.  Check them out if you’re a commuter, because you know at some point you’ll find yourself getting caught out after dark. And when you do, Portland Reflector reflectors don’t mess around. You will be seen.

Afterglow comes in colors
Afterglow comes in colors

 



Portland Reflector has released a big, shiny, detachable reflector that will turn any commuter’s jacket, bag or mumu into a cosmic space beacon of reflectiveness. Dubbed the Afterglow, this pair of large triangular (6.2″ on each side) reflectors uses incredibly strong magnets to allow the user to attach them to just about anything. On a coat, for instance, […]

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JensonUSA Holiday Gift Guide… for the Roadie

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Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Road Cyclist? Ideas for your own wishlist? Or just wanna stuff your own stocking with a good deal? Since our Bikerumor Editor’s wish lists are focused on products we’ve tested and recommend, we turned to our friends at JensonUSA to provide a gift guide full of popular items and killer deals for every budget, from under $10 up to $100 and more. Even better? Use code “BIKERUMOR” and get another 10% off qualifying items through end of December…

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Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Road Cyclist? Ideas for your own wishlist? Or just wanna stuff your own stocking with a good deal? Since our Bikerumor Editor’s wish lists are focused on products we’ve tested and recommend, we turned to our friends at JensonUSA to provide a gift guide full of popular […]

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Mirra Forever: Custom Specialized Shiv Road 2 Recovery raffle to benefit CTE research

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Photo c. Specialized

Every year Kona, HI hosts a ton of athletes for the annual Ironman World Championships. This year though, one of those athletes was there in spirit. Making good on a pact with the late Dave Mirra to qualify for Ironman Kona, Ben Bostrom rode and finished the grueling test of endurance on a custom Specialized S-Works Shiv painted to honor Mirra in memoriam. The final part of the plan was to sell the bike after the race and donate all of the proceeds to benefit CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) research.

After releasing a poignant video earlier this year, the time has come for the Shiv raffle which is being handled through Road 2 Recovery. If you haven’t already, check out the Remembering Dave Mirra clip after the break, and get more details on the raffle…

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Every year Kona, HI hosts a ton of athletes for the annual Ironman World Championships. This year though, one of those athletes was there in spirit. Making good on a pact with the late Dave Mirra to qualify for Ironman Kona, Ben Bostrom rode and finished the grueling test of endurance on a custom Specialized […]

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Bikes of the 2016 Taiwan KOM: Brett Lindstrom’s Lightweight Urgestalt

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Brett Lindstrom is a former U.S. Pro rider and hill climb champion. Brett may have hung up his wheels but remains affiliated with cycling as the face of Lake Cycling Shoes in the United States. This isn’t the first time he’s appeared at the Taiwan KOM Challenge. In 2014, Brett and the rest of the field suffered on the gradients and the endless rain that doused the mountain. Two years later, the 2016 edition of the race was run under near perfect weather conditions. Perfect for riding fast, provided you have the legs.

Magura USA are the importers of the Lightweight brand into the United States. Known mostly for their premium hand-made carbon wheels, German based Lightweight expanded their portfolio to include high performance frames. The Urgestalt came into existence around 2012, and is a frame Lightweight feel is the perfect chassis to match the performance of their wheelsets. Magura USA kindly loaned a 13lb Lightweight Urgestalt for a period of review to Brett – less than ideal, I snapped pics of Brett’s bike in a hotel room – ultimately the bike that Brett would use to conquer the 2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge. Click on through for more info about the bike… Continue reading “Bikes of the 2016 Taiwan KOM: Brett Lindstrom’s Lightweight Urgestalt”



Brett Lindstrom is a former U.S. Pro rider and hill climb champion. Brett may have hung up his wheels but remains affiliated with cycling as the face of Lake Cycling Shoes in the United States. This isn’t the first time he’s appeared at the Taiwan KOM Challenge. In 2014, Brett and the rest of the field suffered on […]

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5 awesome carbon fiber water bottle cages (starting at 17 grams!)

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laguna bicycles 17g carbon fiber water bottle cage

Sure, a metal bottle cage gets the job done, but to get really light and maintain your carbon bike’s aesthetic, you gotta go carbon. Some of the cages here have been on my test bikes for years, others joined the party this spring. All have been ridden extensively and proven over varied terrain. Here are five of the best carbon cages I’ve ever used.

Leading in the weight department is Laguna Bicycles. At just 17g claimed, it’s almost non-existent with a beautiful barely-there aesthetic sure to please minimalists. Fortunately, it also does a decent job holding water bottles, too. The upper edge is flared outward just slightly to ease blind bottle entry, helping you keep your eyes on the road.

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Sure, a metal bottle cage gets the job done, but to get really light and maintain your carbon bike’s aesthetic, you gotta go carbon. Some of the cages here have been on my test bikes for years, others joined the party this spring. All have been ridden extensively and proven over varied terrain. Here are five […]

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Get an (offset) grip with Commencal Ride Alpha cockpit

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Three contact points link you to your bike and down to the trail. Commencal has already had the saddle/seatpost and flat pedal connections tied up with their house brand Ride Alpha components, but now in time for their 2017 bike they’ve added some new kit to give you something for your hands to hold onto. With some of the most in-depth tech out of the new group, they’ve added the lock-on Ride Alpha Gravity grips that vary in thickness internally to deliver better grip and comfort, while at the same time there are new alloy bars and an updated freeride capable stem. They’ve also just released a geometry adjusting offset headset that will drop into any EC44/56 frame. The key out of the entire new cockpit range that will grace many of their new bikes is that is all affordable and each can be purchased on its own to upgrade whatever you are currently riding…

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Three contact points link you to your bike and down to the trail. Commencal has already had the saddle/seatpost and flat pedal connections tied up with their house brand Ride Alpha components, but now in time for their 2017 bike they’ve added some new kit to give you something for your hands to hold onto. With some of […]

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Found: East folds a full-size mountain bike into your backpack

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No, that isn’t a pile of tubing and components that will eventually be fabricated into a rideable bike. It is actually a complete 27.5″ trail riding hardtail (minus the wheels of course) that will unfold and be ready to ride in about 90 seconds. The brainchild of Austrian designer, tinkerer, and framebuilder Thomas Schwaiger, the East folding bike was conceived originally as a way to take a proper mountain bike and stick in inside of a backpack so that he could haul it along when he went paragliding. A few optimized generations later and the current bike has adapted to provide stiffness on par with an aluminum full-suspension bike and breaks down so small that it can be easily transported anywhere you want to go, then stored out-of-the-way when you get back home…

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No, that isn’t a pile of tubing and components that will eventually be fabricated into a rideable bike. It is actually a complete 27.5″ trail riding hardtail (minus the wheels of course) that will unfold and be ready to ride in about 90 seconds. The brainchild of Austrian designer, tinkerer, and framebuilder Thomas Schwaiger, the […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Issaquah, Washington

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Photo submitted by Jesse Nofziger, “First snowfall of the year on the Master Link trail at East Tiger Mountain, Issaquah, WA.”

We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and are happy to share them with our readers around the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your pics with a brief description here.



Photo submitted by Jesse Nofziger, “First snowfall of the year on the Master Link trail at East Tiger Mountain, Issaquah, WA.” We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and are happy to share them with our readers around the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your pics with a brief description here.

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The Schratz monstercross bike covers gravel, cyclocross, trails & fits absolutely everyone

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The new Fitwell Schratz takes their five sizes and three fits philosophy and marries that with a bike made to fit just about any terrain you throw at it. The result? A bike that works for just about anything and anyone.

Depending on frame size, it’s ready for 27.5″ or 29er wheels with up to 2.0″ mountain bike tires (or 700×35 up to 700×50). The frame comes in three versions, with geometry for racers, enthusiasts and casual riders. Those go from aggressively low position to a very upright one, and it’s actually done with different frames, not just cockpit parts. Throw in suspension corrected geometry for a 100mm fork and this ambitious project might be as close to the elusive one bike quiver we’ve been dreaming of. Oh, and you can grab a frame for as little as $155 during their Kickstarter launch…

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The new Fitwell Schratz takes their five sizes and three fits philosophy and marries that with a bike made to fit just about any terrain you throw at it. The result? A bike that works for just about anything and anyone. Depending on frame size, it’s ready for 27.5″ or 29er wheels with up to […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gravel Bikes, Kickstarter13 Comments