Cold Weather Clothing Roundup Pt. 2: Pearl Izumi’s awesome thermal jerseys, MTB pants, more

The photo above sort of sums up our winter to date. We’ve had a few days with true wintry conditions, but for the most part it’s been warmer than average and increasingly rainy. However, it has been cold enough at points to test out some cold weather gear, and while there was no snow for our Global Fat Bike Day ride, it was chilly enough to don the new Pearl Izumi Launch Thermal jersey and some ridiculous shades, because, why not?

The jersey is just one of a number of new pieces from Pearl Izumi, which show some big improvements…

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The photo above sort of sums up our winter to date. We’ve had a few days with true wintry conditions, but for the most part it’s been warmer than average and increasingly rainy. However, it has been cold enough at points to test out some cold weather gear, and while there was no snow for […]

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Cold Weather Clothing Roundup Pt. 1: Bontrager gets visible with Halo, adds S1 and S2 Softshell Kits

Every year, when colder weather rolls around it seems that there is a continual battle between riding outside and training indoors. As trainer technology continues to improve, fall and winter clothing also gets better making it easier than ever to get outside. Cold weather clothing isn’t just about staying warm though – you don’t have to look very far to find a too-close-for-comfort moment out on the road, so staying visible is as important as ever.

Along with a new winter clothing system designated as S1/S2, Bontrager is diving into visibility with their Halo initiative. Instead of just focusing on high visibility or reflective hits, the Halo products blend the two based on studies of how the eye of drivers see and react to both. The goal is to provide total visibility either day or night as well as providing needed warmth at the S1 level…

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Every year, when colder weather rolls around it seems that there is a continual battle between riding outside and training indoors. As trainer technology continues to improve, fall and winter clothing also gets better making it easier than ever to get outside. Cold weather clothing isn’t just about staying warm though – you don’t have to […]

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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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Review: Endura MT500 enduro backpack

Recently we’ve seen a lot of new gear from Scottish company Endura in the way of clothing, whether it was to deal with wet riding on the road or trail, or on the backs of women’s and men’s road pros. But they’ve also done some good work as one of the early companies to work with the alt material Koroyd in protection gear. One of those new products was the MT500 trail backpack that we first glimpsed last winter. And when we had a chance to test one ourselves, we jumped to see how it would perform on our regular rides and catch us when we came crashing back down…

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Recently we’ve seen a lot of new gear from Scottish company Endura in the way of clothing, whether it was to deal with wet riding on the road or trail, or on the backs of women’s and men’s road pros. But they’ve also done some good work as one of the early companies to work with […]

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Review: Bontrager Circuit kit ups their apparel game at all levels

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We get quite a few kits to check out. Sometimes it’s part of a product launch, other times it’s just to check out what’s new, but what we don’t get a lot of is what could be considered entry to mid level apparel. That’s what made it surprising when I tried on the Bontrager Circuit and then looked at the tags for details. It may have been one of Bontrager’s most affordable kits for the season, but you wouldn’t know it by the feel. And if you haven’t tried on new road kits recently, it’s that feel that will surprise you too. Compared to high end kits just a few years ago, cycling apparel has drastically improved and those benefits are making their way down to the lower price points.

For Bontrager, the Circuit kit isn’t just an improved, affordable cycling kit – it’s an indication of where their clothing collection is headed from here…

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We get quite a few kits to check out. Sometimes it’s part of a product launch, other times it’s just to check out what’s new, but what we don’t get a lot of is what could be considered entry to mid level apparel. That’s what made it surprising when I tried on the Bontrager Circuit and […]

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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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First Impressions: Putting the 45NRTH Naughtvind Clothing system to the test in Cuyuna

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You’re going where? It’s going to be how cold? That was the reaction I got from most people when I mentioned that I was headed up north to do some riding. Specifically, I was on my way to Crosby – a tiny town in northern Minnesota that built up around the mining industry, only to nearly collapse as the iron ore pits were abandoned in 1984. After a bleak 34 years, something amazing happened. Someone had a vision. Seeing potential for the 400 foot deep pits that were turned into lakes and the surrounding hills created from the dirt removed from those same pits, John Schaubach started the Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association in 1998 which started with a single paved trail to connect people with the three lakes. That led to MORC (Minnesota Off Road Cyclists) to come in with the help of IMBA and create a 25 mile trail network. But for the Cuyuna Lakes Trail System, that was just the beginning.

Three months before the first phase of trails opened, a visionary by the name of Aaron got involved. With a background in economic development and advertising, Aaron had the unique talent of rallying an economically depressed town around the potential of a mountain biking and fat biking destination. When the trails opened in 2011, the 25 mile footprint included mostly machine built trails that took advantage of the man-made topography. Part of a master plan that includes 75 miles of trail with a projected economic impact of $21 million injected to the local economy, Cuyuna is currently up to 30 miles of trail with another 3 miles to be added next year, and 12 more to be added after that.

The Cuyuna Lakes Trail system is also home to the True North Basecamp which would be our home for the short trip. In addition to six nicely appointed cabins that are heated during the winter, the Basecamp also includes 33 campsites, all of which are positioned in ride-out locations with incredible lake views. The property also includes a bath house with heated floors and warm showers which is an important consideration based on the fact that during the winter, all of the 30+ miles of trail are groomed for fat bike use.

Which made it a perfect spot to test out the new 45NRTH Naughtvind clothing system…

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You’re going where? It’s going to be how cold? That was the reaction I got from most people when I mentioned that I was headed up north to do some riding. Specifically, I was on my way to Crosby – a tiny town in northern Minnesota that built up around the mining industry, only to […]

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Review: Pro-level Rapha Souplesse bib shorts and jersey for women

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Over the past couple of years, a few of our European women road and cross testers were introduced to the benefits of proper premium bibs through Rapha’s Women’s Classic Bib Short. While Rapha clearly isn’t the only one making top-level shorts for women, until surprisingly recently premium bibs on par with what men had to choose from were not so readily available. Of course the growth of online retailing has greatly improved accessibility, but frontline women’s development with pro teams like Canyon//SRAM has certainly helped. So to see what the pro-level kit had to offer we put a couple of women in Rapha’s pro Souplesse bibs and jerseys to ride through the seasons and report back both on how they performed and how they’ve held up…

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Over the past couple of years, a few of our European women road and cross testers were introduced to the benefits of proper premium bibs through Rapha’s Women’s Classic Bib Short. While Rapha clearly isn’t the only one making top-level shorts for women, until surprisingly recently premium bibs on par with what men had to choose from were not […]

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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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