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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 →
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2014 Giro New Road Expands with new Women’s Collection

Giro used to be primarily known for their line of helmets, but in the last few years it’s clear they’ve got their sights set much higher. They’ve already released a line of shoes and gloves that show they get it, and after our time with the stuff, we count ourselves as fans. Last year they […]

02.20.2014 Clothing Read the full story →
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Fresh Gear: IXS Flow Knee Pads

Our friend Victor from the Gravity Cartel was at the SF Bike Expo last weekend repping the latest from Spank Industries. Recently he also became the US distributor for IXS, a Swiss manufacturer of sporting goods and apparel that has a big presence in Europe and looking to expand to the US. One of the […]

11.22.2013 Protection Read the full story →
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Baggy short picks from Aerotech, Funkier and Zoic

We’re a bit obsessed with good looking high end technical apparel made from premium fabrics, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton to have versatile and functional pieces in your cycling wardrobe. We found three shorts that are solid performers in the baggy trail riding short category that might not have been […]

11.19.2013 Shorts Read the full story →
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Bike to Work Collection from Betabrand

Just because we live for weekend adventures doesn’t mean one can’t dress for it daily and look still look good. Any regular bike commuter knows to always be on your toes; so why wear clothing that hinders movement, or lets you perform at less than your best? Betabrand’s line of Bike to Work clothing is […]

11.05.2013 Clothing Read the full story →