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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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Volta

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I had the chance to see the Volta electric bicycle at Sea Otter, and I admit I am smitten. It has a top speed of 20 mph, a range of 40 miles on a single charge, and it’s available with belt drive. There are integrated headlights and taillights that automatically activate in low light, and anti-theft GPS tracking. The bike weighs 35 lbs, which in the electric bike segment is definitely lightweight. I am hoping to get a test ride on one in the near future, as I really think this might be the electric bike I’d like to own. Learn more here.

 



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Brompton Comes To Town

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Brompton is coming to Los Angeles with two different invitations. First, on Thursday, there is the possibility of securing a demo bike for the day. Reservations can be made here, with the pick-up of the bike on Thursday between 3pm and 7pm at Just Ride LA. The bike is then to be returned the following day. This is a great opportunity to spend a day with a Brompton.

The second invitation is the Urban Bike Challenge. This is a two wheeled scavenger hunt through downtown LA. A unique mobile app will guide you through the streets of LA, and there will be prizes from the likes of Ortleib, and a finishing party at Angel City Brewery. More information can be found here.

Lastly, the beautiful Brompton you see pictured above is a special collaboration with the Cambridge Satchel Company. There are three colorways, and more information can be found here.

Los Angeles is definitely going to gets its fill of Brompton for the next few days, and I hope I’ll have the chance to participate in some of the events.

 



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Eroica California

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Eroica California took place over the weekend, and on the drive back home to LA, I had plenty of time to think about the event and the whole experience. To be completely candid, I was a bit skeptical going into it. There are many reasons for my skepticism, but first and foremost, it didn’t entirely make sense to me to hop on a vintage bicycle to do such a long ride. Bicycles have come a long way from the Eroica mandated cut-off year of 1987. (more…)



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