During a two-hour period of the BC Bike Race last year, I repaired seven chains, making two bikes single-speeds, fixed a broken shifter and a shoe, and evacuated a pneumothorax. I was working for the race as an Ambassador/Bike Patrol so needless to say I put a lot of emphasis on the tools I carried with me. In fact I have always put a lot of emphasis on the tools I carry. For example, I’ve always carried a full size shop quality chain tool, however, the Lezyne V10 has me possibly rethinking that decision.
I’ve grown accustomed to wobbling down the trail like a mobile Quasimodo and have never really sought out a more compact hydration pack. Until recently, that is. This year’s Bible of Bike Tests Trail/All Mountain test loop starts and ends out of our front door.Running my great haversack of a hydration pack is a bit of overkill. This CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV was the perfect option.
The world may have gravitated towards lighter, sleeker, sexier shoes (and Five Ten, itself, will soon offer that flavor of Impact), but I’m stuck on these clunky, sticky moon boots. They’ll rot off of my feet before I give them up. Here's why...
Kali was one of the first companies to offer a soft knee-guard that could truly be pedaled in all day without feeling like you’d strapped some kind of semi-fashionable torture device to your knee. How do they fare against the latest crop of pads? Here's the review.
Specialized's Air Tool MTB floor pump delivers serious blasts of air that quickly fill tires. Enough air to (as advertised) seat tubeless tires? Sometimes. We'd still recommend an air compressor for that job. For all others, however, the sturdy and stable Air Tool excels.
The fall tradeshow season kicked off with the Eurobike show, held last week in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Fourteen massive halls housed booth after booth of shiny, new bikes and eye -candy components produced by the smallest and largest companies in the industry, and nearly every brand in between.
Smith borrows technology from its snow helmets to offer the radically different Forefront all-mountain bike helmet.
Thirty-eight years in the trade have clearly taught the designers at Osprey a thing or two about making packs, because the Zealot 16—their 976-cubic-inch dump truck of a hydration pack—is the king of comfort. Go ahead, load the Zealot with 100 ounces of water, body armor, a full-face helmet, tools and any other creature comforts—the one thing you won’t feel is a pain in the back.
The Crossmax Enduro wheel-tire system is a race-specific setup designed for the increasingly popular enduro racing format. It also is a wheelset that plain makes sense for a lot of riders with no racing aspirations whatsoever. We went to France and rode the piss out of `em. Here's what we found.