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Product Reviews

WOHO Ghost Bike Grips and Handlebar Tape

WOHO has updated their lineup with two new ways to keep your hands on the bars. Both feature their latest graphics, which depict skulls and lightning bolts. Very metal, indeed. The grips will be pretty familiar to anyone who’s used lock-on grips in the past. They’ve got aluminum clamps, 3 mm hex screws and a […] Continue reading »

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Upright Cyclist Lakeshore Jacket and 12.5 OZ Riding Denim

Upright Cyclist is a Boulder-based apparel brand with a clear cut mission, “To design functional commuting apparel and accessories that perform like bike clothes when called upon, but look and feel like everyday clothes.” In other words, these are real clothes for people who ride bikes, not cycling apparel that looks like everyday street wear. […] Continue reading »

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Paul Component Engineering Thumbie Shifter Mounts Review

Top-mount thumbshifters are a classic design that the big players have left behind in the race to make a “better” shifter. Other designs are undeniably more ergonomic and capable of faster shifts, all without changing your grip on the bars. But some of us are hooked on thumbshifters, if for nothing else than their proven […] Continue reading »

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Lezyne Gauge Drive HP Pump Review

Compact hand pumps are a must-have item on the road; ride more than a few miles from home and you’re bound to get a flat. The $50 Lezyne Gauge Drive HP is an aluminum bodied pump meant for high pressure, low volume tires and equipped with an in-line pressure gauge meant as a step up […] Continue reading »

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Chrome Victor Urban Utility Belt Review

The Chrome Victor Urban Utility Belt is a beyond miniature messenger bag, meant to hold the bare essentials when you don’t need a full backpack or want to deal with on-bike bags. Over the shoulder or fanny pack style, the $85 Victor is essentially a set of secure jersey pockets when you’re wearing more casual […] Continue reading »

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Brompton M6L Folding Bike Review

Brompton folders are born from the small quarters and extensive public transit system of their London home, a place where indoor space is at a premium and multi-modal transport is key to making it across town on time. Founder Andrew Ritchie was introduced to an Australian folding bike by chance one day, and quickly thereafter […] Continue reading »

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Surly Straggler Review

Shortly after Surly introduced the Cross Check some fifteen years ago, someone chimed in that they wished for a disc brake option. After introducing a bunch of other bikes and “inventing” a category or two along the way, Surly took a sideways glance at their cyclocross bike and gave us the Straggler. It’s like the […] Continue reading »

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ABUS Granit Futura Mini U-Lock

The ABUS Granit Futura Mini U-Lock has been my go-to lock for almost three years now, locking up my bike on streets across the country and throughout Western Europe. Whether making my daily Post Office run or locking up in high theft cities like New York, San Francisco and London, in every instance my bike […] Continue reading »

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Banjo Brothers Convertible Waterproof Pannier Backpack Review

Being a teacher carries with it many rewards, an unencumbered commute not being among them. Panniers help with this at least while on the bike, removing the overstuffed backpack and providing relief for the sweaty back and achey shoulders that can accompany. But how about when I dismount and unhook the panniers? Off the bike, […] Continue reading »

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Halo Vapour Wheels

Halo is a UK-based brand founded in 1995. Their initial focus was on bikes that were designed to take flight, but they’ve expanded their line to include cross country mountain bike and road bike wheels. And with stateside distribution they’re set to make their mark on the US market. When I set out to build […] Continue reading »

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