Stuff we like

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Stuff We Like: Pivot Mach 4 Carbon

Although we love our long travel trail rigs, most of the local Bay Area trails are better served with a short travel trail bike or 29″ hardtail. And while the 29″ hardtail is the choice for putting down fast lap times on smooth groomer trails, the new Mach 4 from Pivot with its minimal 115mm […]

10.10.2014 Stuff we like Read the full story →
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Teva Blow-Out: Your Deal of the Month

We were really fond of the models Teva released during their brief foray into the bike industry. I can’t actually remember when a company has made a product that was so well received and subsequently killed their program. In contrast to the times Nike made attempts to crack the bike market, it was clear Teva […]

10.01.2014 Shoes Read the full story →
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Stuff We Like: HT Components Interbike 2014

HT Components features a line of pedals and spokes aimed at discerning riders. Positioned as the high end brand of components from parent company Hsing Ta Industrial, they’ve been offering a number of great looking platform pedals that can be found under high profile gravity pros like Aaron Gwin, Brian Lopes, Kevin Aiello, Remy Metailler […]

09.16.2014 Pedals Read the full story →
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Chums Infinity+1 Carabiner with Key Ring and Bottle Opener

If you tote your keys via a carabiner and carry a bottle opener on a key ring, it’s time to lighten your every day carry. The Chums Infinity+1 Utility carabiner has a convenient lip for opening up your favorite beverage with a key ring slot for the keys you carry everywhere. We use the lower […]

08.21.2014 Gear Read the full story →
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Stuff We Like: Ricoh GR Compact Camera

Unless I’m shooting for a paycheck, I’m not interested in toting a 20lb. pack of camera gear on rides. That doesn’t mean I don’t like or want to capture moments from our rides. Fortunately I don’t have to lug around a huge pack just to get a few decent photos. We used to carry an inexpensive […]

08.19.2014 Camera and Electronics Read the full story →
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Betabrand Women’s Bike to Work Jacket

Betabrand recently released a women’s Bike to Work Jacket in black for crowd funding on their site. Like their men’s version, it’s a Mackintosh style jacket made from a softshell material with a nod to biker culture with its offset zipper. I wore the sample around town for an evening as Jason documented the ride […]

08.18.2014 Clothing Read the full story →
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Not Another Cookie Cutter Softshell

I’m a fan of softshell jackets with a closet full of them to prove it. I’ve got riding jackets, a few hoodies and anoraks laying about, and even managed to get a bike friendly mack-style riding jacket produced at the company I work for based on a concept and graphite scribbles in my sketch pad. […]

07.25.2014 Stuff we like Read the full story →
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Spurcycle Bike Bell: Worthy of Your Fancy Steed

It’s amazing how different the energy from other users can be when you have a bell mounted to your handlebar. When local trails are flooded with users on a busy day, things can easily go sour unless you announce yourself in advance. However, there are times I don’t feel like shouting out a warning when I’m cranking […]

06.05.2014 Accessories Read the full story →
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Timbuk2 Dehydration Backpack

Although carrying a full keg of beer on your back is probably best reserved for gentlemen like Igor Pedan, you’re sure to be a hit at your next group ride. Perfect for the next bike party event, the Dehydration backpack by Timbuk2 features a ventilated back panel and airmesh backpack straps for ventilation. It’s fully […]

04.02.2014 Gear Read the full story →
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Santa Cruz Nomad Update: 650b wheels, shorter stays, lower and slacker

We’ve guessed it was coming for sometime; the question was, would it live up to our expectations? Our wishlist had consisted of the following: shorter chainstays, lower bottom bracket height, steeper seat angle, slacker head angle, and a water bottle cage. On our bikes, an AngleSet had fixed two of the above: slacked out head […]

04.01.2014 Santa Cruz Bicycles Read the full story →