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Crashtag

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Crashtag is a California based company making what could be the most essential accessory for the cyclist: an ID tag with all your most important information in one convenient location. The tag is made of titanium, and is worn as a necklace. There are two sizes to choose from, one larger with a built in bottle opener, and a smaller model without the opener. One side has a graphic of your choice, the other side your personal information. There are several choices for the cord, from a simple string with magnetic closure to a more traditional ball chain. There is plenty of room on both size tags for the pertinent information needed in case of an emergency. The text is laser-etched, and the tags are made in the US. The Crashtag is a simple and reasonably priced product that could go a long way to help save your life.



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Measure Things Differently

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On Thursday night, Rapha is hosting an event with the theme: “measure things differently”. Rhys Newman of Omata, Spencer Canon of Ritte Bicycles, and photographer Brian Vernor will all speak at the event to be held at the new Rapha Cycle Club in Santa Monica. I’m looking forward to all three presentations, and also looking forward to seeing production units of the Omata One. The event begins promptly at 6pm.



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Mission Workshop: The Stack

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Mission Workshop has made it onto the pages of Velospeak often, and for good reason. Their design aesthetic is directly in line with mine, and the products that emerge from their San Francisco workshop are some of the best in the market. Their backpacks and messenger bags are indestructible and guaranteed for life. It may not be the wisest business move, since it means you never need to buy another, but it confirms MW’s commitment to durability and customer satisfaction. Their clothing is also designed to last, but I can’t resist the temptation of each new design, and I keep coming back for more. (more…)



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Open U.P.P.E.R.

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The Open U.P.P.E.R. is complete, and has been ridden approximately 300 miles. I absolutely love this bicycle. Whether using the 3T wheels with 700 x 33c Challenge tires, or with the Stan’s Valor 650b wheels running WTB Horizon tires, the bike is an absolute blast. Following is a list of everything used on the project with a direct link to each manufacturers website. I spent many hours contemplating exactly what I would use, and without exception, I am very pleased with my choices. This is a brilliant piece of machinery, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  (more…)



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Freitag Zippelin

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Freitag has launched a Kickstarter for their new Zippelin travel bag. The video above pretty well sums it up, but in short, this is an inflatable rolling duffel bag that can pack down to the size of a shoe box when not in use. The project is well above the stated goal, but it is still possible to get in on a new bag for a significant reduction in price.



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OMATA One

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The OMATA One bicycle computer is now available for pre-order directly from their website, with delivery promised within 90 days. I have been personally waiting for this product ever since I first spied a photo over a year ago. I’ve since had the chance to see a prototype, and after this brief encounter, my desire for the OMATA One grew even stronger. It seems to hit all the right buttons, and most importantly, looks stunning installed on a bicycle. Here’s to a new/old way of looking at a cycling computer.

 

 



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Lizard Skins Aramus Gloves

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Lizards Skins are well known for their line of bar tape and grips, but their line of gloves also demands a bit of attention. The Aramus Classic gloves in black sheep skin leather are the ones I’ve been using, and they are fantastic. They have a bit of gel padding on the palms, an adjustable velcro closure strap, and best of all, finger pulls for easy removal. The finger pulls are of particular note as they are the best I’ve used. Getting these gloves off after a long, hot and sweaty ride is a breeze. The gloves are really comfortable on long rides, with no noticeable chafing of any sort. (more…)



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Canyon CF SLX 9.0 LTD

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All top end bikes are amazing rides, but once in a while, a certain bike will beckon more than the others. For me, that bike is the Canyon CF SLX 9.0 LTD. I received the bike in March of 2016, and have logged over two thousand miles on it since then. To the hard core cyclists out there, this may not seem a huge number, but please consider that I am in the envious position of having many test bikes in the stable at once, all begging to be ridden. So, why does the Canyon speak out more loudly than the others? With Canyon’s imminent arrival in the States, that’s something I’ve been contemplating quite a lot these past few weeks. (more…)



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Bont Vaypor+

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As I reach middle age, I continue to discover new things, the latest being that I have wide feet. This was made clear to me when I had a bike fitting with Steve Carre at Bike Effect. All that was needed was a wide shoe, and I have been riding wide-sized since then. It wasn’t really a major revelation, but it did do a lot to alleviate pain in my feet while cycling. When I first spied the Bont Vaypor+, I noticed the wider than usual toe box, and decided to give the regular width a try. My feet are on the margins of a wide measurement, so my thinking was that the regular would be fine, and I was right. The Bont fits like a glove that happens to be a shoe. From the moment I first put them on to the first long distance ride, the shoe provided stellar comfort. (more…)



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