Review: Blindingly bright Capo Padrone SL Wind Jacket & Bib Tights reflect cold weather and light

At first glance, the Capo Padrone SL kit doesn’t seem all that bright. It has a few day-glow yellow pieces of trim, but it’s mostly dark gray and black…until the lights hit it. Even sunlight from indirect angles can illuminate it, but when headlights come straight on? Vegas lights. Roll on down for some bright photos.

Bundled in with the safety of high visibility is warmth to work down into the 40’s (F) with a good base layer. When it drops into the low 40’s and colder, I slipped on a de-chamoised pair of shorts as extra cover for the upper legs through waist and the pieces worked great at blocking freezing cold and wind…

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At first glance, the Capo Padrone SL kit doesn’t seem all that bright. It has a few day-glow yellow pieces of trim, but it’s mostly dark gray and black…until the lights hit it. Even sunlight from indirect angles can illuminate it, but when headlights come straight on? Vegas lights. Roll on down for some bright […]

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Review: Giro Factor Techlace road cycling shoes get fit & function just right

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Launched last summer, the Giro Factor Techlace road shoes introduced a unique take on closures, combining shoelaces with Velcro straps for a lightweight, comfortable way to wrap the shoe around your foot. Above that is a BOA IP1 dial to snug the top of the shoe. Add in their own microfiber upper, stiff Easton carbon sole and several other unique features and you end up with a lightweight racer that’s the most comfortable Giro shoe I’ve ridden yet…

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Launched last summer, the Giro Factor Techlace road shoes introduced a unique take on closures, combining shoelaces with Velcro straps for a lightweight, comfortable way to wrap the shoe around your foot. Above that is a BOA IP1 dial to snug the top of the shoe. Add in their own microfiber upper, stiff Easton carbon […]

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Cold Weather Clothing Roundup Pt. 4: Pactimo warms up before, during, and after the ride

Along with their custom and off the rack clothing for the warmer months, Pactimo has been helping cyclists warm as well. Pactimo’s Alpine Thermal RT jersey remains one of my favorite cold weather pieces, but this time Pactimo sent along a couple jackets that sit on either side of the Alpine in terms of warmth and weather protection. They also included two pieces from their lifestyle collection that will help you stay warm before or after a ride – or just hanging around…

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Along with their custom and off the rack clothing for the warmer months, Pactimo has been helping cyclists warm as well. Pactimo’s Alpine Thermal RT jersey remains one of my favorite cold weather pieces, but this time Pactimo sent along a couple jackets that sit on either side of the Alpine in terms of warmth […]

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A tale of two soles: A few bits of rubber is all that separate the S-Works 6 XC and S-Works 6 Road shoes

Blink and you might miss it. These are not the same shoes. Other than the different colored tongues, a quick glance at the uppers and it would be very easy to confuse the two – which is kind of the point. Pictured above is the Specialized S-Works 6 Road and S-Works 6 XC mountain shoe. Together, they represent the pinnacle of S-Works light weight shoe design regardless of where your ride will take you.

Just like the bikes themselves, riding shoes are going through some interesting evolution. With the rise of gravel racing and mixed terrain riding, suddenly super light XC shoes are appealing again (at least to me). Many of my rides these days on “gravel” bikes consist of long miles on the road, interspersed with single track excursions. I might not be looking for shoe like the S-Works 6 XC for racing cross country, but it appealed to me for road riding where I still needed some real traction. And then there’s the potential of using them for CX….

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Blink and you might miss it. These are not the same shoes. Other than the different colored tongues, a quick glance at the uppers and it would be very easy to confuse the two – which is kind of the point. Pictured above is the Specialized S-Works 6 Road and S-Works 6 XC mountain shoe. […]

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Cold Weather Clothing Roundup Pt. 3: Warm up without the bulk with One Gore Thermium Jacket & Windstopper pants

Whatever the reason –  fat bikes, plus bikes, or just more riders overall, there seems to be an increase in the number of riders pedaling out in the cold. There seems to also be an equal rise in the number of clothing options as riders look for more purpose built pieces to keep them warm. Gore has always been one of the big names in outdoor apparel, so it should come as no surprise that they have a complete kit in their One Gore line. Between the One Gore Windstopper pants and the One Gore Thermium jacket, you’re almost guaranteed to be plenty warm…

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Whatever the reason –  fat bikes, plus bikes, or just more riders overall, there seems to be an increase in the number of riders pedaling out in the cold. There seems to also be an equal rise in the number of clothing options as riders look for more purpose built pieces to keep them warm. […]

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Review: Burning trails with the NiteRider Pro 2800 Enduro Remote headlight

I used to believe that any light putting out more than 800 lumens was just overkill. I saw more power as more weight, cumbersome designs, and unneeded output. This was prior to experiencing NiteRider’s Enduro Remote series that offered me 2800 lumens, literally at the push of a button. It wasn’t the output that swayed my mind though, it was the battery and remote. The system took a bit of getting use to, but after my second ride finding the remote’s button became second nature.

The experience of wielding such power was, dare I say… enlightening…

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I used to believe that any light putting out more than 800 lumens was just overkill. I saw more power as more weight, cumbersome designs, and unneeded output. This was prior to experiencing NiteRider’s Enduro Remote series that offered me 2800 lumens, literally at the push of a button. It wasn’t the output that swayed my mind […]

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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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