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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Redfrog leaps into women’s cycling wear with full featured merino kit

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all photos by Missy Davis, courtesy Redfrog

After a 5000 mile trip riding across the US a few years back, Redfrog Athletics founder Jaimee Erickson was inspired to create technical riding clothing for women that would make her as comfortable on as it was off the bike. The crop of women-specific cycling kit is improving, but there are lots of flowers & butterflies that just don’t appeal to all women. And as my own wife has complained, it is all to common to find a nice looking women’s jersey that leaves out some obvious feature, like rear pockets.

Erickson’s solution was to make it herself – she was a designer already anyway – and now a couple of years of design & development later and Redfrog is launching with a boost from a crowdfunding campaign that has already passed its early targets. The brand is kicking off with a line of women’s cycling clothing with four core pieces: three different jersey variants and a light jacket, all made of a mix of soft, functional merino wool and a blend of synthetic fibers to balance performance and fit. Take a closer look and get the full information on the pre-order below the fold…

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After a 5000 mile trip riding across the US a few years back, Redfrog Athletics founder Jaimee Erickson was inspired to create technical riding clothing for women that would make her as comfortable on as it was off the bike. The crop of women-specific cycling kit is improving, but there are lots of flowers & […]

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Review: Gore Bike Wear Rescue Shell Jacket is the perfect ‘just in case’ protection from the elements

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There’s a saying out there that goes something to the effect of ‘you don’t realize what you have, until it’s gone.’ That was exactly what was going through my head as I retraced my path from a previous day’s ride hoping to spot my missing Gore Bike Wear jacket. Even though I had been using the thing for just over a month, the thought of losing what had turned out to be my favorite shell was a bit of a bummer.

Fortunately, my ride took me off the beaten path and the jacket managed to blend in with the surroundings so it was waiting for my return…

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There’s a saying out there that goes something to the effect of ‘you don’t realize what you have, until it’s gone.’ That was exactly what was going through my head as I retraced my path from a previous day’s ride hoping to spot my missing Gore Bike Wear jacket. Even though I had been using […]

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Upside Racks flips the script on traditional roof racks for bikes

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Tired of complicated roof rack systems that are semi-permanently attached to your car? That’s exactly what Upside Racks set out to improve on when they started designing their own roof rack. We’ve all probably seen someone driving down the highway with a bicycle upside down and tied to the roof rack, and while the Upside Rack might look similar at first, it’s actually a fairly innovative approach to transporting a bicycle on your roof.

The key to design is that the rack is less a permanent part of your car and more an accessory that allows you to quickly mount almost any bike to almost any car with a factory roof rack (or aftermarket cross bars)…

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Tired of complicated roof rack systems that are semi-permanently attached to your car? That’s exactly what Upside Racks set out to improve on when they started designing their own roof rack. We’ve all probably seen someone driving down the highway with a bicycle upside down and tied to the roof rack, and while the Upside Rack […]

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Northwave, Rapha & Morvelo jackets to stay dry & warm through all seasons

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Hitting a variety of price points, over the past week or so we’ve seen a bunch of new options to keep the weather at bay as we fight to ride year round. And with us all doing a bit of holiday shopping for our cycling friends and family, you kinda can’t go wrong in making it more comfortable for the other cyclists in your life to get out and pedal no matter how cold or wet it gets. The latest jackets that have caught our interest are Northwave’s affordable Extreme H2O Jacket, which comes in both short and long sleeve versions, Rapha’s designed premium Classic Winter Jacket and their lower priced packable Core Rain Jacket, plus the ultralight packable & waterproof Plan B race cape from Morvélo. Check out the details and get some Cyber Monday shopping out of the way after the break…

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Hitting a variety of price points, over the past week or so we’ve seen a bunch of new options to keep the weather at bay as we fight to ride year round. And with us all doing a bit of holiday shopping for our cycling friends and family, you kinda can’t go wrong in making […]

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Clever Standard makes quick work of re-using chain quick links

Clever Standard tire levers with bicycle chain quick link removal tool

Clever Standard tire levers with bicycle chain quick link removal tool

Inventor Tomo Ichikawa, who last popped up here with his adjustable height headset spacers, is back with his new brand Clever Standard. Focusing (for now) on tire lever based tools, his first is a nifty combination of lever and quick link remover.

The levers are made of a strong injection molded ABS material and interlock to create a plier-like device. Slotted fork ends grab between the links while leaving room for the outer plates to slide past. Squeeze it and the quick link is compressed, letting it be removed and reused. Video below…

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Inventor Tomo Ichikawa, who last popped up here with his adjustable height headset spacers, is back with his new brand Clever Standard. Focusing (for now) on tire lever based tools, his first is a nifty combination of lever and quick link remover. The levers are made of a strong injection molded ABS material and interlock to […]

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PBE16: RYB Denim is back in action with bike life denim for women

When Chandel Bodner launched the Indiegogo for RYB (short for Ride Your Bike) three years ago, women’s “bike life” cycling clothing was nearly non-existent. While larger brands would dedicate full lines to men’s casual collections with full lines of casual pants, shorts knickers, and denim, these brands would offer a single pant or nothing at all to accommodate women and their unique needs on the bike. With women’s non-technical pants being hobbled from a functional standpoint with short or cosmetic (ie. no) front pockets, small rear pockets, and thin, non-durable fabrics, it was common to wear through a pair of pants on a bike within weeks. And as far as fit, women would find themselves struggling to fit athletic calves, glutes, and thighs into standard clothing (speaking from personal experience).

RYB launched via Indiegogo three years ago with the goal to create a durable, functional pant that would address the unique challenges in fit for the unique muscle structure of the woman cyclist- a product that the women’s urban riding community jumped at. Finally, bike life pants designed by women who ride and who understand the urgency and relevance of the product! At the Philly Bike Expo this year, RYB shared their new line, with a refined designed based off of rider feedback and an improved logistics for product delivery. It features ultra-functional pants and shorts in several compelling styles (with more rumored on the way), all made in the USA…

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When Chandel Bodner launched the Indiegogo for RYB (short for Ride Your Bike) three years ago, women’s “bike life” cycling clothing was nearly non-existent. While larger brands would dedicate full lines to men’s casual collections with full lines of casual pants, shorts knickers, and denim, these brands would offer a single pant or nothing at […]

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Scicon teases a new Aerocomfort 3.0 TSA bike bag with Bahrain Merida pro sponsorship

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We’ve been seeing lots of press releases from the new Bahraini pro cycling team that Vincenzo Nibali will ride for in 2017, but to be honest we’re not too concerned over which domestiques and sports directors will make the new team function day to day. On the other hand, sometimes buried in the PR is an interesting tidbit. This one takes the form of a new pair of bike travel cases from premium Italian bag maker Scicon. The new pro team will be traveling with new Scicon Aerocomfort Road and Triathlon 3.0 TSA Bike Travel Bags, as well as the updated Race Rain Bags and several others, all in their characteristic red. Jump past the break for a look inside the bags and a hint of what new tech they bring…

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We’ve been seeing lots of press releases from the new Bahraini pro cycling team that Vincenzo Nibali will ride for in 2017, but to be honest we’re not too concerned over which domestiques and sports directors will make the new team function day to day. On the other hand, sometimes buried in the PR is an interesting […]

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