Hiplok Z LOKs provide compact security

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Just running into the convenience store for a pit stop? Sitting at an outdoor café with your bike in sight? Maybe your bike is up on the car’s roof rack. In times like these, when you feel like you need a little more deterrent than just tying your helmet strap around the front wheel, Hiplok Z LOKs are there. These guys definitely do not replace a solid U-Lock or fat chain, but they do provide a little piece of mind in certain situations.

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First, there’s the original Z LOK steel core security tie. Weighing in at 20 grams and measuring 420mm long, you can either lock your bike to a pole or lock your wheel to the bike so it can’t roll. The key, (Which has new-and-improved all-metal construction for increased strength over earlier versions), inserts easily into the lock to open. But do note that there is only one key to fit all the LOKS. A single Z LOK will run you 12 bucks or you can get two for $20.

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Then there’s the Z LOK Combo. Weighing in at 100g, and sporting a thicker 8mm steel core with programmable 3-digit combination lock so you don’t have to concern yourself with keys. These are $25 each.

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I found Z LOKs pretty ideal for securing my heavy cargo bike while unloading at the UPS Store and such. I also used them on casual group rides as a quick bit of security while grabbing a beverage. And Touring! So many times we’ve left our loaded tourers outside the grocery store because we did not want to be carrying a lock, right? Problem solved. Like I said, a little deterrent, a little piece of mind, a little lock. The added convenience and security of the combo model would make that my go-to for most uses.

 

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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks sing about bike lanes

I don’t know how much the average bicycle rider cares about my favorite band, Pavement, or Steven Malkmus’s “current band” (sorry man), The Jicks, but the Folks over at https://dangerousminds.net were kind enough to turn me on to the trailer for the new Jicks record “Sparkle Hard” which is coming out (“dropping”?) in a few days. It really gets good at about two minutes and 30 seconds in, when the Jick’s get into playing their Pavement-esque new song “Bike Lane”. Enjoy!

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Cool Shop: Luckyduck Oakland

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One has to appreciate a good bike shop. Especially one that builds the community around itself. These days it’s a key to survival in this disrupted economy we live in. Luckyduck has been open since August of 2016, and successful enough that the owners are just starting to scale back from the 16-hour workdays it took to get going. Luckyduck brings bikes, food, beer and community to downtown Oakland. I’ve stopped in on several occasions for just those items.

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For starters, the sandwiches are awesome. Living in the Beast known as East Bay, there’s a lot of great bakeries to spoil you, so Luckyduck starts with some awesome bread, from Firebrand. Everything after that is gravy. And if you’re up in the morning there’s breakfast as well. Sealing the deal is beer. Great beer from local breweries. Mostly local, delivered by the brewery. All California. Keep it local. ‘Nuff said.

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Partners Jimmy Ryan And Aaron Wacks curate the shop. The food menu is tight. And so is the bike selection. Each bike is special. Some are bikes that they have come across as bike geeks. Some are on consignment as well. Everything from a vintage Colnago to a sweet 80’s Rockhopper converted for the streets and priced at $316. Or maybe you’re into the Kona Kilauea bikepacking bike or the Winters show frame.

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The shop section is simple and tidy. A well-curated selection of accessories fulfills your most important needs. Helmets, bags from Inside Line, Ruth Works, and Road Runner. I hate the word “Artisinal” but there ya go. Everything in its right place, like Radiohead says.

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In the end, it’s all about community. The Saturday ride is casual and the yoga classes will keep you limber. There’s bands, art on the walls, and friendly faces. Luckyduck is surely not the first bike shop to espouse this mission, but it does sum things up in a well-said fasion:

“Luckyduck grew from our desire to make riding a bike accessible to everyone. To us, this means expert bicycle service housed in the positive and relaxed vibes of our neighborhood coffee shop and cafe. No pretension or pressure. Just genuine human connection in the name of increasing bicycle ridership throughout the bay.”

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Wow these people “Get it”

302 12th Street, Oakland, California 94607

Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 7pm

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Alien Socks Invade Utah

Greg Bagni has been spreading his love of aliens around the bicycle industry for as long as I can remember. Every year at Interbike, Greg would be there, with socks, stickers and love for all his friends. Now he’s going public with these hot aliens that everyone can enjoy. Yes they are bright. So bright that motorists will have no trouble avoiding you on your bicycle, unless they are aiming for you.

Here they are (A different style) in their natural environment. I love this planet!Made in U.S.A. Dig it at https://aliensocks.com

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Artist Spotlight: Julián Dorado

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We just got an email from an artist in Buenos Aires, Argentina with some fresh imagery we thought we’d share with you. Julián Dorado is his name and he’s really into the old-school road racing thing. Specifically the Gino Bartali vs. Fausto Coppi rivalry. Enjoy the art and a couple of questions and answers! Pretty cool how this…

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…becomes this!

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So I ask Julián…
How do you get from the photos to the art? Are they scanned in? Traced? Freehand?
The process begins by browsing the web. I start looking for pictures of a specific cyclist or brand that I want to represent. Once I find an image that’s interesting, I freehand the first sketch (which is almost final). After I have the freehand version of the illustration I scan it and adjust/change some minor details. Painting occurs in Adobe Photoshop, I am particularly interested in turning B&W pictures into colorful artwork!
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Do you have a particular era of cycling you are interested in?
Yes of course! I am mad about the Gino Bartali vs. Fausto Coppi era, it’s great. In Argentina, we have very strong Italian roots so we can relate to the passion and rivalry this two had.
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What inspires you about these old-time cyclists?
All of it, I love the technology of the bikes, the components they had (shifting systems, wooden rims) and of course the challenges they had to endure to get to the finish line. Professional Cycling has always been extremely rough, but back then they were almost superheroes.
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What bike do you ride daily?  What kind of riding do you do?
Actually, I own like 10 different vintage bikes, not all rideable but still, I like to ride some of them from time to time. For daily bases and to get around town I use a Brompton HL6, it’s incredible how useful and agile that bike is. I ride Mostly around the city, I use the bike as my main transportation method.
How’s the cycling scene in Buenos Aires?
Cycling here is getting crowded and the city it’s growing in terms of bike lanes. We have a great weather and a extremely flat land, so the city is perfect for a ride. People are starting to realize that they can use bikes as their main transportation media, which is great. But on the other hand, we are still lacking the infrastructure to make it friendly for riders that come from the suburbs.
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Travel much? Been anywhere interesting?

I did a trip to Europe in 2016 and biked around some capitals such as London, Paris, and Brussels. It was an amazing experience, the trip combined work and pleasure so in my free time I unfolded my Brompton and rode all day long. Europe is great for biking, on the first couple of miles you understand that the state takes city biking pretty serious. Everything is prepared and ready to make the ride smooth and comfortable. My next dream trip will be connecting Paris and London by bike, I know they do this on Bromptons every now and then.

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OK! Thanks for sharing! Check out Julián’s Instagram for more: https://www.instagram.com/goldenbikes/
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Wabi-sabi for mechanics

The Professional Bicycle Mechanic Association’s Mechanics Minute newsletter has been crossing our virtual desks and it’s pretty awesome. So we thought we’d share the most recent edition with you. Check it out!

By Ric Hjertberg

Wabi-sabi is a traditional Japanese aesthetic that’s become well known in the West. Roughly defined as the beauty of imperfection, it is regularly invoked in architecture, fashion, and lifestyle discussions. Even without it, western culture has always seen beauty in imperfection—an abandoned gas station, archeological ruins, a quietly bleaching bone in the desert. However, in Japan, it’s more than just one way to see things. It is key to the fundamental nature of beauty and authenticity, as much as the Greek concept of perfection in the West.

Wabi-sabi’s three underlying principles: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. Few mechanical scenes are as much in tune with these concepts like bicycle mechanics. We work on bikes to slow down their wearing out, all the time knowing that the goal is a machine turned to dust through valuable and enjoyable riding.

We regularly adjust our repair strategies to fit the use, the costs of replacement, and the time available. Beauty comes from work appropriate to the bike. Few vehicle mechanics are challenged with the extremes we enjoy: from high tech ornamentation to rusting dumpster salvage.

More than most trades, bicycle mechanics is informed by riding itself. It’s very rare that a bicycle mechanic is not intimately connected to cycling, riding and reflecting on the machine’s function. Our work is infused with this awareness. It’s journey, not destination, oriented.

The real reason I’m reflecting this way relates to tools, those wonderful extensions of our hands that make the work possible. While we all admire and envy a perfectly formed and balanced tool that is nearly new, there is great satisfaction to one that shows wear and even less-than-perfect function. It might come from a relative or be a survivor of a tool kit you’ve largely re-equipped as your career grows. These unique, imperfect, and worn items are part of the way each of us embraces this work. Here are a few of my own favorites, tools that embody wabi-sabi for me. They keep us grounded, give our boxes character, and help make the workshop feel like home.

What’s your favorite wabi-sabi tool?

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This piece was originally published in the Professional Bicycle Mechanic Association‘s Mechanics Minute newsletter.

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How We Roll: Paul Freedman’s BooLander

Paul and Maurice discuss the BooLander over coffee, listen while you look.

Knowing Paul Freedman, his past life as the rapper Fossil Fool, his growing company, Rock The Bike, his tall-tree sound system bike El Arbol, His festival-ready pedal powered sound systems and general good nature, I was intrigued to hear that he had created a new bike, a tall, bamboo, electric, cargo, adventure, tandem bike called BooLander.

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Waaa? Yeah, right. But I knew that with everything Paul had pulled off in the past in the name of spreading the love of the planet through the love of bikes, that I would not want to miss an opportunity to check out his latest creation.

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So yes, bamboo, not only because it’s beautiful and natural, but because that with bamboo’s easier learning curve, Paul could stay up late into the night, building by himself, without having to ask any favors of friends who weld steel. Bamboo ‘cause you can use your imagination.

Tall, because tall bikes can save the world. Google that, will ya? Not only is the view from up there fine and dandy, but the good will, good vibes, and good conversations that result from the spectacle of riding a tall bike are a priceless way to share the love.

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Cargo because Paul does not drive a car, or at least he works very hard to avoid it. Ladders, lumber, and even windows have been hauled on the BooLander for Paul to build his off-grid cabin in the woods.

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Electric, cause it makes the bike-only-car-free lifestyle that much more possible. The BooLander runs a Bafang system of 750 watts from E-rad. Plenty of power for the task. Easily installable on many bikes.

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Tandem, because fun! Two is better than one! This photo is from the Climate Ride.

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Then there’s the “Landers” that hold the bike upright while stationary. This is great for mounting and dismounting the bike, as well as stopping at red lights. Stomp the orange pedal with your foot and the landers activate for four-wheel stability. Flip another lever and the landers spring back into their tucked position for two-wheeled riding.

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Time to ride…I have to admit I was a tad nervous as I climbed up into the cockpit. I’ve ridden tall bikes in the past, in fact, I own one, but with all the pulleys and ropes and mechanisms put together by my mad-scientist friend…well, I do trust him so off we go.

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This thing is pretty hard to ride when the landers are planted, seeing how a bike needs to tilt a bit to turn on two wheels. This made it so you have to activate them just as you are stopping and fold them in just as you are taking off. I did get used to this and went happily along my way. Until I fell off. But that is another story.

So, yea, there is a lot going on here. But it’s all part of a much bigger picture. This guy Paul is seriously devoted and uses the BooLander as his transportation, 24-7, 365. Fuck yea. I asked him (via email) to speak to this:

“I’ve never owned a car. I think cars and car culture are f-ing up the planet, yet our mainstream culture continues to reinforce the idea of their normalcy. We cheer for low gas prices but the prices don’t come close to showing the true impact on our living systems and future generations. I use my own life as a way to challenge the norm and prove that you can live well without a car. To prove this to myself, I recently built an off-grid cabin using cargo bikes (including the BooLander) to haul in the lumber and materials. Some of the loads were really heavy or awkward, like my 6′ tall 250 gallon rainwater tank. But I only fell once!”

There you have it folks.

Non-watermarked photos c/o Rock The Bike.

 

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Win A Pair of Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch Shoes

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The first flat pedal shoe designed to handle the abuse of all-mountain terrain with the confidence, control, and comfort you need for all-day riding. This extremely lightweight shoe uses a premium dual compound Vibram® Megagrip sole for instant pedal engagement combined with long-wearing rubber at the toe and heel. Seamless bonded upper construction delivers unmatched comfort and lightweight durability for hours of riding.

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Review: Yuba Supermarché cargo bike

Maybe driving a car is something you’d like to do less often. A cargo bike can make this a reality and can even replace the gas hog as a way of moving kids and groceries. Yuba, a company out of northern California, has been making longtail-style cargo bikes since 2006, first with the Mundo, Boda Boda and Spicy Curry models. Now, Yuba has expanded into the realm of front-loading cargo bikes with the Supermarché.

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Call it a Front Loader, Long John, or Bakfiets if you want to get fancy – the Supermarché puts the load low and in front of you for certain advantages. Compared to a longtail, a front loader opens you up to carry a wider variety of loads more easily. Small children can be sat side by side as you pedal along, chat them up and keep an eye on them. Front loaders are also great for those odd or heavy loads like boxes of bicycle magazines, bass drums or kegs. Not that you need to chat with your drum or your beer, but those are the kind of thing I like to carry. The center of gravity is low, and the cargo space itself can be configured to accommodate a wide variety of “things.” The Supermarché can (soon) be had in an electric version if you live in a hilly area or just want some more juice to go further without questioning your physical ability to do so.

So what sets the Yuba Supermarché apart? One design goal was making a cargo bike that would fit a wide variety of people and carry a wide variety of loads. This is accomplished with a loooong seatpost and a looong steerer tube for a wide range of seat and handlebar adjustments. I had no trouble fitting my 6’4” frame on to the Super – in fact, I found it fit quite well whether I was sitting or standing to pedal. With its short seat tube, the Supermarché is designed to fit riders as small as 4’7″.

Another goal was to make the Supermarché as easy to ride as possible, so Yuba’s team selected a cable-actuated steering system which not only eliminates the usual damage-prone steering rod extension to the front wheel but allows for an even lower center of gravity. They also used different sized pulleys and played with fork rake to make the Supermarché relatively easy to handle.

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The drivetrain is of the Shimano 3 x 8 trigger-shifting variety and connected to 20-inch wheels front and rear, providing ample gearing for the steepest of hills. Those 20-inch wheels have fat 2.4-inch tires and 36/48 spokes (front/rear), which provide confidence when carrying heavy loads. Plus, there’s only one innertube size to keep in stock for flats. Braking is handled by Tektro hydraulic discs for ample stopping power. The frame is aluminum the fork is cromoly and a wide kickstand holds the whole thing up without issue when loading or parking.

Other pertinent info? The Supermarché weighs 58 pounds before accessories and is capable of carrying up to 300 pounds of cargo, 220 pounds in the front and 80 pounds over the massive rear rack.

Accessories are a big part of the Supermarché thing. There are a variety of bamboo platforms and boxes available to customize your ride. My review rig came with the $250 bamboo box, which is pretty key if you just want to drop stuff into a box and forget about it. If you want to haul children, there’s a $150 seat kit that attaches to said bamboo box. And for the minimalist with a huge load, there’s a simple bamboo baseboard for $70. You are also free to build your own solutions and mount them to the frame. A third child can be put in a $199 Yepp child seat mounted to the rear of the bike. One more cool accessory is a $35 frame lock that slips through a special bracket that locks the back wheel from turning.

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How about the ride? Starting off on the Supermarché is definitely easier than a couple of other front loaders I’ve tried riding. The step-through frame makes it easy to get on, and once you push off there’s no drama, even with a large load. The riding position is comfortable whether sitting or standing and wide MTB-style handlebars with ergonomic grips made controlling the bike a breeze.

Acceleration was great for such a large bike with the smaller wheel size. Loaded, the low center of gravity was appreciated. I have carried some pretty heavy loads with the longtail Mundo, and getting the weight even lower was yummy. The burly center kickstand also makes parking a breeze. Mind you, the wheelbase is quite long, so it doesn’t have the turning radius of a regular bike, but it does feel pretty natural once you get rolling. The only thing that felt odd to me was the five feet of bicycle sticking out in front of the handlebars. This made it a bit weird when, say, pulling out from between two parked cars, but I got used to it. The added length (8’5″ total) also takes the edge off the roughness of the smaller wheels when the going gets rough.

Coming off the Yuba’s Mundo longtail, there were a few things I noticed right away. First of all, I found myself picking up and moving more odd loads of various sizes – a bass drum, Dirt Rag magazines, people, etc. This can be addicting. Why bother with a regular bike when you might decide to do some shopping, stop at a garage sale or flea market, or want to give someone a ride home? The Supermarché is becoming my daily driver.

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In the past, I had already been handling many daily chores on my Yuba Mundo cargo bike. But now, with the Supermarché my car is going to be parked even more. Yuba makes it easy to go car-free! Breathe the outside air, enjoy the day and be happy!

Price: $2799

More info can be found on Yuba’s website.

(Edited 2/1/18 to reflect earlier use of cable-actuated steering system)

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Win a prize package from Knog

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PWR Commuter is a 450 lumen LED front bike light that can also be used as a power bank. Includes the option to program your brightness and runtime (through ModeMaker app), or use remaining battery to charge your phone or cycle computer on the go. The Mr Chips MOB V rear bike light uses COB LED tech to pump out 44 lumens of light in a 120° beam ensuring you are well seen not just from the rear, but from the side too. And its secret weapon? 3x rear interchangeable straps so you can swap these tail lights between bikes with different sized seatposts – including aero seatposts. Also, this comp gives you the chance to get your hands on a cap, musette and t-shirt from the limited edition Knog x Leave Pass range. This is a limited edition apparel range has been designed in collaboration with “Leave Pass”, to help you look more badass (than you know you really are .)

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Cycliq’s HD bike cameras and safety lights – the Fly6 and Fly12 – are a cycling advancement. Packed with innovative safety features, they improve cyclist safety and allow you to enjoy your ride.

The main features:
– HD video recording with audio
– Bright safety lights
– Massive battery life; the only camera to outlast your rides
– Incident protection technology
– Looping recording for set and forget use
– Simple two button operation

The bike cameras not only capture the cycling lifestyle, but also help deliver valuable proof should an incident occur on the roads. The incident protection technology acts as black box, safeguarding the relevant video files when the camera detects a crash. Footage from the Cycliq cameras has been used successfully as evidence on multiple occasions and are also used by the police to raise awareness for safe passing distance legislation.

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This is the ultimate bicycle commuting light set. With this combination of lights Planet Bike has you visible with 360 degrees of light day or night.

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Win a Sunrace Sturmey-Archer CSMX8.EAZR.MS0 Cassette and DLMX30.RE Shifter

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The Sunrace CSMX8 11-46 11 speed cassette will fit on a standard MTB Shimano freehub body. Weighs 465g. Compatible with SRAM derailleurs and new Shimano XT and SLX rear derailleurs The Sunrace DLMX30 11 speed rear trigger shifter is Shimano compatible and weighs 139g.

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A classy alternative for a lightweight, well-ventilated helmet complete with Nutcase’s signature magnetic buckle. This helmet comes equipped with Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS-) which is designed to add protection against the rotational motion (or kinematics) transmitted to the brain from angled impacts to the head.

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Win a SARIS SuperClamp EX 2-Bike, Beverage Carrier and Made in the USA T-Shirts

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Whether you’re hauling eBikes, beefy downhill rigs, your prized TT bike, or an assortment of bicycles, the SuperClamp‘s dual shepard’s hooks promise all bikes a truly secure ride without touching the bike’s frame. And thanks to the SuperClamp‘s tilting feature, no more unloading bikes to let the dog out of the back. Top it all off integrated locks, a built-in bottle opener and head-turning reflectors, the SuperClamp 2-bike is proof that you can have your cake and eat it too. Plus, the SuperClamp EX is made in Madison, Wisconsin, and is backed with a lifetime warranty. That’s not all. This prize package includes two Made in the USA T-shirts and a six-pack beverage carrier so you can take your picnic to places only bikes can go.

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Challenge convention with the first-ever Bluetooth integrated cycling helmet, the X1. Sena is breaking new ground by taking its world renowned technology and packing it all into one sleek, safe and cutting-edge cycling helmet. Welcome to urban hi-tech cycling with the X1, allowing for seamless smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth 4.1 to listen to music, GPS navigation, make and answer phone calls, and even receive data from fitness apps through the built in HD quality speakers. Perfect for the cosmopolitan cyclist, the X1 is equipped with built-in FM radio and a fully integrated Bluetooth communication system, allowing intercom with up to three other riders over a half mile distance.

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Win a ABUS Granit X Plus 54 Mini U-lock, and a Yadd-I Urban Helmet

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ABUS Mobile Secuirty, Inc. has partnered with us to give one winner an ABUS Granit X Plus 54 Mini U-lock, and a Yadd-I Urban Helmet. Enter to win below.

Modern design comes to the urban helmet. The Yadd-I with its distinctive angular design takes the urban helmet to a new level. Forced Air Cooling Technology keeps the rider’s head cool even on the warmest of days, and the Soft Tune retention system allows the rider to adjust the helmet for a perfect fit. Identical to its big brother lock (The Granit X-Plus 540) the U54 Mini is a shorter shackle version of ABUS’s flagship bicycle U-Lock from ABUS. Originally designed to accommodate locking around the reinforced parking meters in San Francisco, this lock is ideal for urban settings and high quality bicycles needing strong theft protection.

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Win a pair of Ryders Eyewear FYRE Lens

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Ryders Eyewear has partnered with us to giveaway a pair of FYRE Lens glasses. Enter to win below.

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The five most innovative advancements in sports optics, packed into one lens. Developed in partnership with Essilor® Sun Solution-, the RYDERS FYRE- lens is the only lens of its kind on the planet, with unmatched versatility, fog-resistance and clarity.

NXT – Advanced impact protection and superior optics.

antiFOG – Military-grade fog-resistance.

VARIA – Fast-acting, wide-range photochromic technology.

COLOUR BOOST – 20% faster colour recognition.

MLV MIRROR – Allows VARIA to perform at its full potential.

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Win an Abus U-Lock plus a wheel and seatpost security system

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Enter to win an Abus Granit Plus 640 U-Lock, NutFix wheel Security System and NutFix Seatpost Security System!

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The GRANIT Plus 640- compact and lightweight – is slightly wider than its predecessor, the Futura 64, and is capable of locking around reinforced parking meters despite it’s compact size. It also features an array of security upgrades making this our highest security mini u-lock (12 out of 15).

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The NutFix- is ABUS’ innovative solution to preventing component theft. This stylish lock is THE solution for securing bicycle components, including wheels, seatposts and saddles against would-be thieves. Its real strength lies in its design. The nut is fitted with a mechanism that only releases the screw below when the bike is on its side. This means it is not possible to access the screw unless the bike is on its side.


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Sea Otter Classic 2017: Ortlieb bikepacking bags

Ortlieb has been a reliable pannier bag brand for cyclists for decades, so it wasn’t surprising to see them release a few bikepacking-specific products in 2016.

At the Sea Otter Classic this year, Ortlieb continued that progression by upgrading their Gravel-Pack panniers, seat pack and handlebar bag, and adding couple new items.

The big focus of these bags is reducing the overall size of the bag. This is based on consumer feedback that Ortlieb has conducted and the statistic that when given the option to use more space, most people will use it, but when space is not available, they make-do. When you are riding long distance, multi-day trips, less weight is a good thing.

The Ortlieb Gravel-Pack front panniers are a more compact version of their current Sport-Roller pannier. The Sport-Roller has 25 liters of storage space, while the new Gravel-Pack has 22 liter. The Gravel-Pack features Ortlieb’s signature 3M Scotchlite reflectors on the sides of the bag and double lower mounting hooks for V-shaped racks. The Gravel-Pack will be available this fall and will retail at $170. 

And now a little sneak-peek at 2018 products:

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The Ortlieb Seat-Pack M is a compact version the currently available Seat-Pack. Both bags offer Ortlieb’s 3M Scotchlite reflectors, honeycomb texture, waterproof with a roll closure, and the air release valve.

The original Seat-Pack is a substantial 16.5 liters while the M is a cozy 11 liters. Because the M is smaller, Ortlieb was able to make the seat post attachment a single velcro strap versus the original’s double. The benefits to a single seat post attachment are that it can now be used on a dropper post and it’s also more usable for petite cyclists who have limited space to attach a bag to the seat post. Price: $145 

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Another evolved product is the Handlebar-Pack S, again another shrunken version of the original. The S is 15.7 inches wide and 6.7 inches in diameter. Its short length makes it a good candidate for drop bars, with the capacity for up to 9 liters. The S has 3M Scotchlite reflectors, honeycomb texture, and is waterproof with roll closures. Price: $125 

Ortlieb also has two brand new bags for 2018. One is the Frame-Pack Top Tube, a narrow frame bag that accommodates water bottle cages or rear shocks. The Frame-Pack is waterproof and offers 4 liters of volume. Price: $135

The second bag is the Cockpit-Pack, a waterproof bag positioned on the top tube to house a few small essentials in an easy-access location. It looks as though it could hold a cell phone, keys and a snack easily. Price: $55

All Ortlieb products come with a 5-year warranty.

Ortlieb also had their no-sew patches on-site. Patches are awesome, but holes in your waterproof gear are not. Thanks for the patch!

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Keep Reading: Check out more coverage from the 2017 Sea Otter Classic here.

 

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