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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Brilliant Brilliant Unicorn dressing cyclists for the outdoor disco, marshmallow lasers optional

At the end of last year, new cycling kit and off-the-bike fashion brand BBUC launched in Vienna, Austria. Yes, the company’s name stands for Brilliant Brilliant Unicorn Cycling and their Spring/Summer 2017 clothing line is titled OutdoorDisco. With naming like that we certainly weren’t expecting much in the way of conservative riding kit, but were pleasantly surprised there’s substance behind the flashy aesthetics as well. Plus, a nice collaboration with Legor Cicli for a custom steel bike in their Fictional Nation team colors…

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At the end of last year, new cycling kit and off-the-bike fashion brand BBUC launched in Vienna, Austria. Yes, the company’s name stands for Brilliant Brilliant Unicorn Cycling and their Spring/Summer 2017 clothing line is titled OutdoorDisco. With naming like that we certainly weren’t expecting much in the way of conservative riding kit, but were pleasantly surprised […]

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Urbi, Furi & Zappi: Edgy lids from NOW Helmets

After a bit more than two years of focused product development, new helmet maker Nonstop On Wheels recently debuted an eye-catching trio of new helmets – the Furi, Zappi & Urbi – to suit everything from road racing to commuting around town. Founded with more than a decade of experience on the motorcycle helmet side of things, NOW brings a completely unique look to head protection of the bike. Their angular designs pack all the safety we’ve come to expect (and more) into a shell that breaks the mold…

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After a bit more than two years of focused product development, new helmet maker Nonstop On Wheels recently debuted an eye-catching trio of new helmets – the Furi, Zappi & Urbi – to suit everything from road racing to commuting around town. Founded with more than a decade of experience on the motorcycle helmet side of […]

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Carry over to the New Year with the Timbuk2 Spring lineup

Bags… If you’re anything like me you’ve got one for every part of your life, and a growing need for another. Every one we collect is easily justifiable for commuting to work, school, a friend’s place, or casually riding around. Each commute requires similar needs, but with different sizes, styles, and tech. Timbuk2 hopes to meet these needs with their upcoming bag lineups in the new year.

Continue on from when we last covered their 2017 bag lineup, here is the second half…

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Bags… If you’re anything like me you’ve got one for every part of your life, and a growing need for another. Every one we collect is easily justifiable for commuting to work, school, a friend’s place, or casually riding around. Each commute requires similar needs, but with different sizes, styles, and tech. Timbuk2 hopes to meet […]

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Token cinches down Thread Fit bottom brackets to solve your Press Fit woes

Token wants to eliminate all of the downsides of Press Fit bottom brackets with their new Thread Fit setup. They aren’t the first company to come up with the idea of threading a bottom bracket back into your modern Press Fit bike, but with a modular system, a couple of bearing options, and a wide range of frame & crank compatibility, they are trying to make it easier on both bike shops and individual cyclists looking to get rid of creaking and bearing drag (as well as brute force to install BBs.) They’ve also got a trick new thru-axle concept, all after the break…

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Token wants to eliminate all of the downsides of Press Fit bottom brackets with their new Thread Fit setup. They aren’t the first company to come up with the idea of threading a bottom bracket back into your modern Press Fit bike, but with a modular system, a couple of bearing options, and a wide range of […]

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