Stuff we like

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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 →
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Stuff We Like: Intense Tracer 275 Carbon All Mountain Shred Sled

The original Tracer VP from Intense Cycles was always kind of a Nomad-lite— it wanted to compete with the Santa Cruz Nomad for the king of the all mountain crown, but in reality, the ride quality had more in common with the Blur LT. We spent several seasons on the original VPP bike, and while […]

03.17.2014 Bikes Read the full story →
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Stuff We Like: Diamondback Haanjo Comp

We’re often asked advice on what types of bikes to buy. This is never an easy question to answer, and my first response is ask more questions in order to formulate a proper recommendation. Road or dirt? Trail riding? Pavement? A commuter? Who are you planning to ride with? And of course, “how much are […]

03.08.2014 Bikes Read the full story →