Weekend Videos – Bombtrack laying Groundworks, European adventure, Naked Truth of corporate commuting & more…

We joined Bombtrack in rural eastern France several weeks back for a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at how they develop their bikes and of course for the chance to ride some new bikes with the those who create them. In what they say will be an annual event bringing together their family of designers, team riders, and ambassadors, Bombtrack’s Gressoux Groundworks weekend was a good chance for us to sneak in and get some one-on-one time with the people that make the company tick. We rode their no-nonsense bikes on quiet dirt, gravel & paved roads and tried to get a bit lost in the surrounding forests. Take a glimpse of the kind of riding the begets their style of bikes.

Plus, hop past the jump for a look at another video that OSM mashed up for Bombtrack from three of their bigger individual adventure trips from the latter part of this year. Then Two Wheel Gear’s lighthearted locker room founding re-enactment, and Tune staightening your bars…

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We joined Bombtrack in rural eastern France several weeks back for a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at how they develop their bikes and of course for the chance to ride some new bikes with the those who create them. In what they say will be an annual event bringing together their family of designers, […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Tyler’s Wish List

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Yep, it’s that time of year once again. While we debated about doing a more categorical gift guide this year, offering ideas for mountain bikers, roadies, commuters, etc., truth be told, we started that discussion a little late. So, we’re sticking with our usual format of individual wish lists where each of us picks our favorite things from the past year. Things we think would make great gifts, but also sort of an unofficial Editor’s Choice. Most of the stuff you’ll see in our lists over the next couple weeks are things we’ve actually tested and used and can recommend in good faith. But, inevitably, there’ll be a few that we simply lust after. And while the focus of Bikerumor is the products and gear, we were very fortunate to have been included on several events this year that focused more on the experience than the parts, and its no surprise that those are the ones we remember most fondly. So, once again, we’ll start with an experience before diving into the products…

EXPERIENCE

Riding in Iceland. If Bergur’s video wasn’t enough to make you want to go, maybe the pic above will, too. And I’ve got a feature coming up highlighting my trip there with the Lauf guys to test their GRIT gravel fork. The riding is awesome, but the team at Lauf is what made the past two trips there incredible. It’s like a guy’s weekend that includes great riding, a little adventure, amazing scenery and lots of beer. Good Lord, so much beer. I’m fortunate in that all of the planning was done for me, but there are companies like Made In Mountains and Ice Bike Adventures (both recommended by locals) that’ll help you plan something incredible. So grab some friends, drop the excuses and just go make memories.

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Yep, it’s that time of year once again. While we debated about doing a more categorical gift guide this year, offering ideas for mountain bikers, roadies, commuters, etc., truth be told, we started that discussion a little late. So, we’re sticking with our usual format of individual wish lists where each of us picks our […]

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Review: Küat NV 2.0 hitch-mount bike rack is sleeker than ever

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Küat has always been easy to spot. When they first rolled onto the scene, the Küat NV was the rack that everyone seemed to want. It had unique style, unique features, and a sleek design. Since then, other manufacturers have been catching up, but now Küat is back with the NV 2.0. In addition to building on the iconic style that set it apart in the first place, the new rack was built to be better in almost every way…

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Küat has always been easy to spot. When they first rolled onto the scene, the Küat NV was the rack that everyone seemed to want. It had unique style, unique features, and a sleek design. Since then, other manufacturers have been catching up, but now Küat is back with the NV 2.0. In addition to building on […]

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Do it all with the 3-in-1 Outlier Backpack from BiKase

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Based out of Milwaukee, cycling accessory maker BiKASE has turned to Kickstarter to fund their new 3-in-1 backpack – the Outlier. We’ve seen some clever on-bike storage solutions from BiKASE before, like their adaptable SuperBand, and their latest offering seems similarly inventive. The Outlier is designed to function equally well as a backpack, a pannier, or a trunk bag all without the need for a bunch of separate adapters. Click past the break to see all the tricks this bag has up its sleeve….

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   Based out of Milwaukee, cycling accessory maker BiKASE has turned to Kickstarter to fund their new 3-in-1 backpack – the Outlier. We’ve seen some clever on-bike storage solutions from BiKASE before, like their adaptable SuperBand, and their latest offering seems similarly inventive. The Outlier is designed to function equally well as a backpack, a pannier, […]

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Super Awesome Commuter Pants Review – with bonus material!

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Seeing as how my office job consists of almost never having to wear pants (well, dress pants anyway), I’ve decided that if I am going to wear pants, they’re going to be awesome. After all, you never know when you might get to play, so best to be ready. That means they must be comfortable, flexible and able to keep up with whatever I might feel like riding, climbing or jumping over in a given day.

Two of the most recent options came in from Thunderbolt Sportswear and Mountain Khakis, both of which fit superbly and move fluidly on and off the bike. They’re also both very comfortable, but one’s more for cooler weather and the other favors warmer temps. Check ’em out, along with a complement of gear that makes daily adventures better…

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Seeing as how my office job consists of almost never having to wear pants (well, dress pants anyway), I’ve decided that if I am going to wear pants, they’re going to be awesome. After all, you never know when you might get to play, so best to be ready. That means they must be comfortable, […]

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Cycle Star rolls your chain on laser-crafted nanotech lube

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Yes, lasers and nanotech. Fresh new lube maker Cycle Star Nanotech just popped up out of public:private research partnership with scientists at North Carolina State. The team have been developing a new technology to create super hard nano- & micro-sized balls (carbon, graphene, sapphire & more) at such small sizes and precise tolerances that they can be used to lubricate how two metal surfaces move across each other. Basically they add these tiny particles to a lightweight oil carrier to get them on the chain, and you end up with long-lasting, decreased friction without the need for complicated application. It sounds a bit like ‘snake oil’ (those were Cycle Star’s words, in fact), but the performance has been so promising that they’ve signed on UCI Continental team Holowesko|Citadel pb Hincapie Racing after a successful race-winning trial last season, and have been building some impressive testimonials. Slip bast the break for some more details and how to slide it onto your chain…

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Yes, lasers and nanotech. Fresh new lube maker Cycle Star Nanotech just popped up out of public:private research partnership with scientists at North Carolina State. The team have been developing a new technology to create super hard nano- & micro-sized balls (carbon, graphene, sapphire & more) at such small sizes and precise tolerances that they can be used to lubricate how […]

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FSA EasyHeadset online fit finder prevents standards confusion

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There are so many ‘standards’ on bikes these days it can be difficult to keep them straight, whether you work in a bike shop or just have a couple of bikes at home. FSA is trying to add a little clarity to the headset market with a simple online fit tool, designed to ensure you end up with the right replacement headset for your bike. Just enter your dimensions and get paired with the right solution to get you rolling again…

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There are so many ‘standards’ on bikes these days it can be difficult to keep them straight, whether you work in a bike shop or just have a couple of bikes at home. FSA is trying to add a little clarity to the headset market with a simple online fit tool, designed to ensure you end […]

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Jet Roll gets dirty with new Wild Weasel 2.0

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JET Roll’s under saddle tool rolls are an exercise in carrying the fewest tools possible wrapped securely to your saddle rails. But this time of year, and especially heading off-road, wrapping your gear up in fabric and tying it under your butt puts it directly in harms way for all the tire spray and mud, and is a bit of a recipe for trouble. So Jet has taken their mountain bike roll and given it an update to securely and cleanly store you spares….

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JET Roll’s under saddle tool rolls are an exercise in carrying the fewest tools possible wrapped securely to your saddle rails. But this time of year, and especially heading off-road, wrapping your gear up in fabric and tying it under your butt puts it directly in harms way for all the tire spray and mud, and is […]

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Crashtag gives rescuers your info on a titanium dog tag (that’s also a bottle opener)

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There’ve been a number of personal ID devices that list your basic info at a quick glance, some also providing more info through scannable codes or short links, too. Crashtag does all this and adds an element of style and the ever useful bonus of opening bottles.

The titanium dog tag is etched with your desired personal info on one side, and can be customized on the back with full color laser chromatography to put just about any design you want. The tag itself is 6/4 titanium and weighs just 4g, so you’ll barely know it’s there. The necklace is a lightweight nylon microcord that closes with nickel-plated hematite magnets that are strong enough to keep it in place but can release with a firm tug. That lets rescuers pull it off without moving your neck in the event of a real nasty crash. The benefits don’t stop there…

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There’ve been a number of personal ID devices that list your basic info at a quick glance, some also providing more info through scannable codes or short links, too. Crashtag does all this and adds an element of style and the ever useful bonus of opening bottles. The titanium dog tag is etched with your […]

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