Handup Gloves gets cozy with new fleece-lined winter gloves

Handup Gloves are already some of our favorites thanks to their minimalist construction and good grip on the bars (and beers). But, even though they were inspired by cyclocross, they could be a bit thin for winter. Now, they’ve got new fleece lined gloves to keep your hands a bit warmer.

They get double lined thumbs for a little extra warmth. Tops have a wind and water resistant fleece lining, palms remain a synthetic leather for super grip when grabbing the bars or a beverage, but it’s a tiny bit thicker than the originals. Two patterns are offered, Knitted Sweater and USA…

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Handup Gloves are already some of our favorites thanks to their minimalist construction and good grip on the bars (and beers). But, even though they were inspired by cyclocross, they could be a bit thin for winter. Now, they’ve got new fleece lined gloves to keep your hands a bit warmer. They get double lined […]

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Horst bites into weight savings with titanium CX toe spikes

horst engineering titanium toe soikes for cyclocross shoes

Horst Engineering has added a lighter weight option to their original, patented stainless steel toe spike collection. President Scott Livingston says they’re 40% lighter than the stainless steel spikes. They’re also about 40% more expensive. The Pro Kit, which includes four sets covering  all conditions, is $125.49 versus $83.49 for steel. Or get just the size you need for less. These shoes belong to Art Roti, Horst’s GM and product designer/chief engineer, which also got the sheet metal screw treatment just in case the ground is icy.
The spikes were designed here in Hartford, CT, for this particular type of mud. Their HQ is just across the river from the USAC Cyclocross National Championships course, and they were the first to put on a race at this park years ago. 



Horst Engineering has added a lighter weight option to their original, patented stainless steel toe spike collection. President Scott Livingston says they’re 40% lighter than the stainless steel spikes. They’re also about 40% more expensive. The Pro Kit, which includes four sets covering  all conditions, is $125.49 versus $83.49 for steel. Or get just the […]

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Bikepackers get burly tires with new WTB Ranger 29+ TCS Tough

When Plus tires started showing up, everyone seemed to have the same thought – “let’s make these huge tires as light as possible.” While light tires are great, durable tires are often better, and in the case of Plus, many riders were quickly chiming in that the available tires simply weren’t cutting it. Slowly, we’ve seen a move towards making all of the Plus options more robust. No one seems to be happier about this than bikepackers. Plus turns out to be a great option for hauling you and your gear across remote landscapes, but not so much if the tires are going to leave you feeling deflated miles from anywhere.

Offering up their newest Plus tire, WTB thinks they have the answer for the 29+ crowd. In their own words, they’ve “never been so pleased to produce such a hefty tire”… Continue reading “Bikepackers get burly tires with new WTB Ranger 29+ TCS Tough”



When Plus tires started showing up, everyone seemed to have the same thought – “let’s make these huge tires as light as possible.” While light tires are great, durable tires are often better, and in the case of Plus, many riders were quickly chiming in that the available tires simply weren’t cutting it. Slowly, we’ve […]

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CES2017: Garmin Fenix5 adds maps & smaller sizing, plus new 2-way sat-coms

We got a sneak peak at some soon to be available wearable tech from Garmin, plus their first Garmin branded global satellite communicators since acquiring DeLorme. The new Fenix 5 comes in a few new variations with some pretty cool updates including full on viewable maps and navigation on the flagship Fenix 5X, and the Fenix 5s which is a smaller, full-featured Fenix that won’t dwarf smaller wrists. You won’t get lost no matter where you are with their new inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ satellite communicators. They offer adventuring souls several built-in features like navigation, interactive SOS, and the ability to send texts & emails from anywhere on the globe.

Also check out some slick updates to their open platform Connect IQ for third-party developers to create content for Garmin wearables, bike computers & outdoor handhelds. You can now monitor levels & control you compatible Bontrager lights, be aware when you need to shoot another GU or drink more Nuun… and even hail an Uber!

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We got a sneak peak at some soon to be available wearable tech from Garmin, plus their first Garmin branded global satellite communicators since acquiring DeLorme. The new Fenix 5 comes in a few new variations with some pretty cool updates including full on viewable maps and navigation on the flagship Fenix 5X, and the Fenix […]

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Design Team Wit’s 2017 fixed crit racing kit

Team Wit is a Dutch fixed gear crit racing team led by the cycling industry designer responsible for the Fendor Bendor, some elements of Scope Cycling‘s wheel and Bombtrack‘s bike designs, among other products. But they are putting their design chops aside and letting you determine the style that they’ll be rocking this coming year. And to do that Team Wit are leaning on Instagram’s recent Stories toolkit. That means that anybody with Instagram on their mobile device can submit their vision via the rudimentary MS Paint style tool. Check out how to enter your design and a few crazy examples after the break…

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Team Wit is a Dutch fixed gear crit racing team led by the cycling industry designer responsible for the Fendor Bendor, some elements of Scope Cycling‘s wheel and Bombtrack‘s bike designs, among other products. But they are putting their design chops aside and letting you determine the style that they’ll be rocking this coming year. And to […]

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Polar Bottle teams up with TwoFish for 42oz to H2O freedom

Last summer, Polar Bottle announced that their insulated bottles were getting super sized. The aptly named Big 42 was great news if you wanted a bottle to carry massive amounts of water, but not so good if you wanted to carry it in a standard bottle cage.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take it with you. Thanks to a few oversized cages on the market, the Big 42 can be strapped to your downtube, and now Polar Bottle is making it even easier to get…

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Last summer, Polar Bottle announced that their insulated bottles were getting super sized. The aptly named Big 42 was great news if you wanted a bottle to carry massive amounts of water, but not so good if you wanted to carry it in a standard bottle cage. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take it […]

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Bead Biter clips lend a helping hand for tough Tubeless Solutions setups

We first got a sneak peek at the Bead Biter clips as part of the complete Tubeless Tower Pro Workstation developed by Tubeless Solutions almost a year and a half ago. That idea had been to build a complete setup that would take the guesswork out of setting up tubeless, and convince even the most reluctant, obstinate, luddite, or retro-grouch bike shop that they could be spreading the gospel of tubeless without the mess. In the kit were a set of 3D printed rim and tire clips. Now named the Bead Biters, they are available separately and will make your home tubeless setup and maintenance life easier…

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We first got a sneak peek at the Bead Biter clips as part of the complete Tubeless Tower Pro Workstation developed by Tubeless Solutions almost a year and a half ago. That idea had been to build a complete setup that would take the guesswork out of setting up tubeless, and convince even the most reluctant, obstinate, […]

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Review: Getting the Ass Saver Wide & Mudder dirty

The folks at Ass Savers have always been happy to toss some of their snap-on plastic pseudo-fenders our way to test out. Most of the time though, when we are looking for fenders we really want a full-coverage mudguard to make the winter commute less wet and grimy. And as much as we might hope, no fender clipped onto the saddle rails is going to keep our pants leg clean. But with the addition of their newest zip-tie-on Mudder we threw some plastic mud deflectors on some mountain bikes to at least try to keep our glasses clear and our shorts a bit easier to clean when we got home…

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The folks at Ass Savers have always been happy to toss some of their snap-on plastic pseudo-fenders our way to test out. Most of the time though, when we are looking for fenders we really want a full-coverage mudguard to make the winter commute less wet and grimy. And as much as we might hope, no fender […]

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Found: Fifty Strong’s made-in-USA insulated water bottles

Be 50 Strong insulated water bottles are made in the USA and BPA free

Fifty Strong donates 10% of its profits to scholarship programs helping workers pursuing manufacturing careers, helping to maintain a made-in-America infrastructure. As such, its bottles are made in the USA of BPA-free polypropylene. The 24oz bottle is insulated with a soft bite valve and included color-matched (and removable) lanyard.

We received a couple in for test and found that they kept a drink cool for a reasonable amount of time. The bite valve lifts to open easily with a gentle tug from your teeth – much easier than some other bottles, and it’s very soft, too. Flow is adequate, though the bottle is somewhat stiff, giving a decent swig per squeeze but being hard to squeeze deeper for guzzling. The bite valve is removable for cleaning, too, and the whole thing claims to be top rack dishwasher safe. For $11.99, it’s a solid, affordable entry into the insulated water bottle market with plenty of graphic and color options beyond what’s shown here.



Fifty Strong donates 10% of its profits to scholarship programs helping workers pursuing manufacturing careers, helping to maintain a made-in-America infrastructure. As such, its bottles are made in the USA of BPA-free polypropylene. The 24oz bottle is insulated with a soft bite valve and included color-matched (and removable) lanyard. We received a couple in for […]

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