Super Awesome Commuter Pants Review – with bonus material!

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thunderbolt sportswear active commuter pants review

Seeing as how my office job consists of almost never having to wear pants (well, dress pants anyway), I’ve decided that if I am going to wear pants, they’re going to be awesome. After all, you never know when you might get to play, so best to be ready. That means they must be comfortable, flexible and able to keep up with whatever I might feel like riding, climbing or jumping over in a given day.

Two of the most recent options came in from Thunderbolt Sportswear and Mountain Khakis, both of which fit superbly and move fluidly on and off the bike. They’re also both very comfortable, but one’s more for cooler weather and the other favors warmer temps. Check ’em out, along with a complement of gear that makes daily adventures better…

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Seeing as how my office job consists of almost never having to wear pants (well, dress pants anyway), I’ve decided that if I am going to wear pants, they’re going to be awesome. After all, you never know when you might get to play, so best to be ready. That means they must be comfortable, […]

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Review: Titanium Foundry Flyover CX bike is a versatile, comfortable racer

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If you could pick any material for a cross bike, what would it be? If you’re like me, the racer inside looking for that competitive advantage would say carbon. Foundry doesn’t disagree – two out of three of their cross bikes are made from the stuff. But the newcomer to their line up does things a bit differently. This time, it’s all about titanium. Part of an addition of three new bikes in titanium, the Flyover fills in for the cyclocross segment while the Chilkoot is built for roads, and the Overland is built for gravel.

I’ve ridden enough ti bikes to know that I’m a fan of the ride quality, I just didn’t know how that would translate over to a cyclocross course. Quite well, as it turns out…

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If you could pick any material for a cross bike, what would it be? If you’re like me, the racer inside looking for that competitive advantage would say carbon. Foundry doesn’t disagree – two out of three of their cross bikes are made from the stuff. But the newcomer to their line up does things […]

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First Look: DT Swiss ERC 1100 Aero+ endurance carbon road wheels show wide open future

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Last week we visited DT Swiss in their Biel/Bienne, Switzerland global headquarters to get an up close look at their newest road wheels. The disc brake-only ERC 1100s are designed to redefine the top of the growing Endurance Road segment for everything from long granfondo rides and races to all of the dirt and gravel back roads your own neighborhood has to offer. Said to be the first of many in their major road wheel makeover for 2018, the new ERC 1100 wheels grow wider than any of the current DT road catalog. They also mark the first development partnership with aero specialists Swiss Side to bring an entirely new perspective to aerodynamic wheels, and one that can actually be felt (or rather not felt) out riding in the wind. Everything is new in the wheels from hubs to spokes to the rims, and offers hints of what more is to come. Check out the details, price tag, and how surprisingly soon they will be available…

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Last week we visited DT Swiss in their Biel/Bienne, Switzerland global headquarters to get an up close look at their newest road wheels. The disc brake-only ERC 1100s are designed to redefine the top of the growing Endurance Road segment for everything from long granfondo rides and races to all of the dirt and gravel back […]

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Just In: Terrene covers the tread with fat, plus, and gravel tires

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One of the newest players in the tire industry, Terrene popped up with three new models. The Wazia, Chunk, and Elwood seem to follow popular trends in cycling with fat, plus, and gravel tires, but they also conveniently fit into Advocate Cycles’ line up. Which makes sense considering industry Veteran Tim Krueger is at the helm of both companies. Being able to spec your own bikes with your own tires only makes sense.

It also means that Tim and the crew behind Terrene have a vested interest in creating great tires. Not surprisingly, their first rubber offerings are looking pretty good out of the box, and mounted up on three very different rides…

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One of the newest players in the tire industry, Terrene popped up with three new models. The Wazia, Chunk, and Elwood seem to follow popular trends in cycling with fat, plus, and gravel tires, but they also conveniently fit into Advocate Cycles’ line up. Which makes sense considering industry Veteran Tim Krueger is at the […]

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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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Dropper Post Roundup: Comparing the Crankbrothers Highline, Magura Vyron, RaceFace Turbine, & RockShox Reverb

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Still on the fence about a dropper post? The newest crop of seat height adjusters are more durable than ever, and getting better all the time. But like many things, they’re also still not perfect. We got our hands on four of the latest posts to see how they held up to some abuse. The good news? None of them have failed (completely), and at least one was quite surprising…

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Still on the fence about a dropper post? The newest crop of seat height adjusters are more durable than ever, and getting better all the time. But like many things, they’re also still not perfect. We got our hands on four of the latest posts to see how they held up to some abuse. The […]

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Review: OORR’s coffee infused, nanotech eco jerseys and bib shorts

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We first featured the coffee bean infused apparel of OORR (Out Of the Rat Race) as part of a Kickstarter round up, a few weeks back. But while a lot of Kickstarter products tend to be pie-in-the-sky tech that we can’t really offer much insight on since they tend not to be real yet, that’s not the situation here. In fact, we’ve actually been riding in the OORR kit since the start of the summer. We had the chance to test some preproduction samples that covered the range of warm weather jerseys and bib shorts that are on offer. So, we can safely say that they kept up comfortable through warm to hot riding, offered unique visibility, and delivered on a few unconventional performance features. There is some unique kit here, so it is worth having a closer look, and you have just under a week to get in on the deal if you are so inclined…

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We first featured the coffee bean infused apparel of OORR (Out Of the Rat Race) as part of a Kickstarter round up, a few weeks back. But while a lot of Kickstarter products tend to be pie-in-the-sky tech that we can’t really offer much insight on since they tend not to be real yet, that’s not […]

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Review: Blue Axino is a delightfully affordable carbon aero road bike

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While some aero bikes’ tube shapes become more and more dramatic, Blue’s Axino has kept the simple truncated Kamtail design they introduced for 2014. Those tube shapes carry across the head, down and seat tubes to improve air flow while keeping it looking like a regular road bike. They also seem to save weight, and do a good job of keeping the Axino comfortable yet stiff. In other words, they deliver just what we want from a modern road bike…

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While some aero bikes’ tube shapes become more and more dramatic, Blue’s Axino has kept the simple truncated Kamtail design they introduced for 2014. Those tube shapes carry across the head, down and seat tubes to improve air flow while keeping it looking like a regular road bike. They also seem to save weight, and […]

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One Ride Review: 2017 Rocky Mountain Element XC-ish full suspension mountain bike

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2017 Rocky Mountain Element full suspension XC-trail mountain bike review

A few years ago, I had the Rocky Mountain Element in for long term review and applauded its go-fast manners and ability to handle Pisgah’s rough descents at high speeds. For 2017, the Canadian brand embraced their North Shore roots with updated geometry and linkage and increased travel to make it a little more capable. This latest model now borders on “trail bike” status, gaining 5mm of rear wheel travel and their Ride 9 chip system that allows you to adjust both geometry and suspension performance. So, is this new bike out of its XC element?

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A few years ago, I had the Rocky Mountain Element in for long term review and applauded its go-fast manners and ability to handle Pisgah’s rough descents at high speeds. For 2017, the Canadian brand embraced their North Shore roots with updated geometry and linkage and increased travel to make it a little more capable. This latest model now […]

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