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Lumo

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With the days getting shorter, it’s time to start thinking about putting the lights back on the bicycle. Being seen while riding at night is always a priority, so any additional lights are welcome. This is where Lumo comes into play. (more…)



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Assos profBlack Collection

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ProfBlack is the new collection from Assos featuring two of their best pieces in an all black color way. The first item is the iJ.haBu jacket, already known as one of the finer cycling jackets available. The second piece is the iJ.Intermediate jacket, perhaps the most versatile piece of clothing Assos offers. Both feature understated styling, blacked out logos, and subtle reflective highlights. The production is limited, so it would be wise to make a move on these sooner than later, either directly through their website, or at your local dealer. This mini collection speaks volumes about what happens when complex engineering is combined with streamlined good looks, working together to offer beautiful and incredibly functional pieces of cycling attire.

 

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Pioneer Power Meter

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The power meter is an oft discussed topic among cyclists. There are those who want as much data as possible, and those who favor no data at all. The second group tends to eschew all forms of data – no Strava,  no computers. This group believes in the purity of just riding to ride.

The first group enjoys the world of data, and they take advantage of every possible available stat to analyze their ride. I most definitely don’t fall into that bunch, as I’m not sure I even understand what is available to me. I also don’t quite fit in the second group, because I do like keeping a record of my rides, and I also like having some basic stats at my disposal. So, I seem to fall squarely in the middle, wanting to know some basic info, but perhaps not delving too deep.

When approached about the Pioneer Power meter systems, I wasn’t sure if this was something I wanted to investigate. My Garmin already gave me plenty of information, so would the Pioneer system be overkill? (more…)



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Hirzl Gloves

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Once in a great while, a product comes my way that demands immediate attention. One such item is this pair of Gripp Tour SF 2.0 cycling gloves from Hirzl. The cycling glove is an often overlooked accessory that merits more attention. Miserable gloves with poor grip or sweat management can make a ride a lot less enjoyable, and even perhaps a bit dangerous. Hirzl has tackled both these issues with the Gripp. The glove is made from kangaroo leather that goes through an elaborate tanning process which guarantees amazing grip in both dry and wet conditions. Yesterday’s ride in 90 degree plus weather was a good test, as the sweat was pouring fast and furious. (more…)



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CicLAvia 08.14.16

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The iconic Wilshire Boulevard edition of CicLAvia is back. Starting at Wilshire/Western, and ending downtown, this edition is a short one, but also one of my favorites as there is something special about riding down the center of Wilshire Blvd. For those who haven’t yet tried this route, I highly recommend giving it a go. I’ll be there with family in tow.



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Open U.P.

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From the 4th of July in Los Angeles, to the bucolic mountains and valleys of Switzerland, it has been a wonderful week. The icing on the cake was arriving in Dombresson, Switzerland to a box containing the Open U.P. you see pictured above. This is a bicycle I’ve been wanting to ride for some time, so it is a pleasure having the opportunity to do so in such a perfect setting. U.P. is short for unbeaten path, and the roads and trails in the Val de Ruz are a perfect testing ground for this bicycle. My quick first impression is that the U.P. is indeed ready for anything. And unlike some gravel bikes, the U.P. feels fast, undoubtedly due to the short chain stays. The dropped drive side chain stay allows the bicycle to accommodate a vast variety of wheel and tire sizes – from 27.5 mountain bike wheels to 700C wheels with 40C tires, the bike has many possible combinations. I’ll post a more detailed review down the road, but for now, I am having fun going up and down the Swiss slopes on the U.P.



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Canyon Endurace

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It comes in my color and has Di2 and hydraulic disc brakes: introducing the Canyon Endurace line of bicycles. This could very well be the perfect bike for any adventure. The geometry is slightly different from their top end road bike, promising a comfortable ride with the same race characteristics expected from a bike of this caliber. (more…)



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