Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Trey’s Wish List

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Another year has passed and it’s been an interesting one to say the least. While there are few parts of my life that don’t involve bikes, I seem to enjoy them more and more as the years roll on. This year started off with hosting a slumber party with 9 girls… solo, taking a last minute trip across the globe to ride bikes and do other cool stuff, taking my 7-year-old to urgent care to get her first ever (face) stitches after her first “real” bike crash, to getting to build the “World’s Funnest Bike”.

Regardless, the above pics is from one of my favorite past times of cruising the bazaar street markets in foreign countries… and it sorta had some Christmas-y colors in it. Now go check out my holiday loot list after explaining to your boss what the heck you’re looking at…

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Another year has passed and it’s been an interesting one to say the least. While there are few parts of my life that don’t involve bikes, I seem to enjoy them more and more as the years roll on. This year started off with hosting a slumber party with 9 girls… solo, taking a last […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Steve’s wish list 2016

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As a serious cyclist, it seems like there’s always an ongoing shopping list of biking-related stuff in the back of your mind. Fortunately, there’s always a ton of cool new things to wish for in the cycling world from clothing to safety gear to components and complete bikes. The holidays are fast approaching, so it’s time for the Bikerumor crew to make our lists for 2016.

I rode some cool bikes, tested some components and gear, and wrote about a ton more cool products throughout the year. From bottle opening top caps to belt-driven commuters, here’s my list of personal wishes, recommendations and impressions. Let’s go ho ho…

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As a serious cyclist, it seems like there’s always an ongoing shopping list of biking-related stuff in the back of your mind. Fortunately, there’s always a ton of cool new things to wish for in the cycling world from clothing to safety gear to components and complete bikes. The holidays are fast approaching, so it’s […]

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Video: Thomas Turner packs in adventure & Southern hospitality on the Jamis Renegade

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Don’t let the luscious ginger face coat, “packs”, and well chosen plaid shirt fool you. For the past 10 years, when Thomas Turner shows up at a cyclocross or mountain bike race (XC & Enduro), anywhere in the Southeast, it most often becomes a race for 2nd. If Thomas wasn’t such a friendly and likable guy, most of the folks a step or two down from him would probably wish he would move. That said, Jamis Bikes put together a brilliant video highlighting their factory rider piloting the Jamis Renegade Gravel/Adventure bike and did a darn good job touching on a little bit of the unique culture we get to enjoy down yonder…

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Don’t let the luscious ginger face coat, “packs”, and well chosen plaid shirt fool you. For the past 10 years, when Thomas Turner shows up at a cyclocross or mountain bike race (XC & Enduro), anywhere in the Southeast, it most often becomes a race for 2nd. If Thomas wasn’t such a friendly and likable […]

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JensonUSA Holiday Gift Guide… for the Bicycle Commuter

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Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Bicycle Commuter? 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 Bicycle Commuter? 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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Winter Maintenance: Cleaning, protecting & lubing the most neglected bikes along w/ some semi-pro tips

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If you’re reading this right now, your bike is dirty. Let’s face it, except for those of you that make your bed every morning, wash the dishes after a light healthy breakfast and disinfect your chain after each ride (truth… best friend and former roommate), you probably owe your bike a really good, deep cleaning. When I received the Ultimate Bike Care Kit from Muc-Off, and what has to be the most robust chain cleaning device ever created from Park Tool, I said… “it’s time”.

Knowing I might be judged, I decided anyway that this would be a good time to delve a little into some winter maintenance tips while tending to an embarrassingly overdue cleaning of my bike. Check out the before and after pics as a result of the Muc-Off and Park Tool’s help as well as some handy semi-pro tips and items I threw in for good measure. I’d love to learn more so be sure to add your maintenance tricks and tips in the comments…

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If you’re reading this right now, your bike is dirty. Let’s face it, except for those of you that make your bed every morning, wash the dishes after a light healthy breakfast and disinfect your chain after each ride (truth… best friend and former roommate), you probably owe your bike a really good, deep cleaning. When […]

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WFS2016: Roundup of what to wear on the bike

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Another roundup of smaller items that we found in Vienna at the Wiener Fahrradschau, this time we’ve picked out a few things to wear to make cruising around town more fun. Like its Berlin older brother, the Vienna show focuses a lot on urban cycling and since it is targeted at consumers there tends to be more things most of us can actually afford on display. Whether it is a baseball cap-style helmet, some fancy around town jackets, cycling friendly denim, or just something fuzzy to keep your hands warm, we’ve got the details below the crease…

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Another roundup of smaller items that we found in Vienna at the Wiener Fahrradschau, this time we’ve picked out a few things to wear to make cruising around town more fun. Like its Berlin older brother, the Vienna show focuses a lot on urban cycling and since it is targeted at consumers there tends to be […]

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WFS2016: Roundup of bells, carbon bits & enormous wheels

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We found a number of interesting bikes and baubles when we dropped into the inaugural Vienna Bike Show several weeks back, and going through our photos there are still a few articles worth of goodies to share. We’ll start off this week with a broad range of accessories and a line of bikes that go from the tiny up to the extreme. This bell crafted by Valentinitsch Design really caught our eyes just as we stepped into the show. Fit on the front of a simple frame that beer maker Heineken had commissioned (and with a matching tail light) as part of their Ridentity campaign, it nicely balances modern tech with a classic look. Hop past the break for a closer look, plus some European made 36ers, handmade carbon accessories, and an update to the disc brake version of the Werking Cycles Model S that we got a glimpse of at the end of this past summer…

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We found a number of interesting bikes and baubles when we dropped into the inaugural Vienna Bike Show several weeks back, and going through our photos there are still a few articles worth of goodies to share. We’ll start off this week with a broad range of accessories and a line of bikes that go […]

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Alpacargo – a quick & light way to haul around town

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A few weeks back we had the opportunity to stop for a chat with Diego Brunello the designer behind the Alpacargo longtail cargo bike from his Cargobike Works in Italy. While mostly when we think about cargo bikes, it is about heavy & somewhat clunky solutions that really only makes sense in an uber bike friendly city where you can safely lock it outside or in a garage. But Alpacargo is a bit of a different cargo bike. By keeping the bike itself light and agile with full-sized wheels it is able to navigate even car-focused traffic – and maybe as important – the bike is just as easy to maneuver and store in the tight confines of the apartments, stairwells, and elevators that most urban cyclists actually live with…

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A few weeks back we had the opportunity to stop for a chat with Diego Brunello the designer behind the Alpacargo longtail cargo bike from his Cargobike Works in Italy. While mostly when we think about cargo bikes, it is about heavy & somewhat clunky solutions that really only makes sense in an uber bike friendly […]

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

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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 obvious beauty of this design is 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…

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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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