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Palmer’s Picks: Fix It Sticks

As a mechanic, I’m always on the lookout for rad tools. Last year I saw these Fix It Sticks on a Kickstarter campaign and had to give them a try. Since then, my pack has gotten a lot lighter.

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Tested: Giro Chamber Shoes

10.26.2013

The Chamber has a skate-inspired, street shoe aesthetic,which looks great but also provides function.

Tested: M.U.L.E.® NV™

10.23.2013

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.

Tested: Topeak Joe Blow Ace Floor Pump

10.14.2013

A bicycle floor pump that works well for seating mountain-bike tubeless tires and high-pressure road bike tires.

Long-Term Test: Five Ten Impact High

10.04.2013

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...

Tested: Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch

10.03.2013

The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch is a lightweight, breezy and comfortable SPD-compatible shoe that's ideal for riders looking to spend a lot of time on their bike...or even carrying it.

Tested: Kali Protectives Aazis Knee Guards

10.01.2013

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.

Tested: Specialized Air Tool MTB Floor Pump

09.25.2013

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.

Gallery: Eurobike Tradeshow

09.03.2013

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.

News: Smith Introduces Its First Ever Cycling Helmet

08.15.2013

Smith borrows technology from its snow helmets to offer the radically different Forefront all-mountain bike helmet.

Preview: Mission Workshop Acre-Series Trail Pack

07.23.2013

We recently had a chance to get up close and personal with Mission Workshop's upcoming Acre Series Trail Pack. Here's a quick rundown on both the pack and Mission Workshop's very cool testing protocol.

Tested: Chromag Scarab Pedals

07.18.2013

These are definitely not another pair of catalogue pedals. Designed from the ground up by Chromag's head brain, Ian Ritz, the Scarab is a high-end option for the discerning flat pedal rider.

Tested: Giro Feature

07.08.2013

It’s only natural that a helmet dubbed the ‘Feature’ should have plenty of them. But at first glance, that doesn’t exactly appear to be the case.

Tested: Troy Lee Designs A1 Helmet

07.03.2013

Most people know Troy Lee Designs is the king of petrol pipe style, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that its helmets are leaders in safety. That is why the A1 is a welcome addition to the helmet marketplace.

Tested: Osprey Zealot 16

06.30.2013

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.

First Impressions: 2014 Mavic Crossmax Enduro Wheels, Tires and Shoes.

06.25.2013

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.

Tested: POC Trabec

06.12.2013

The first thing you’ll notice about the POC is its fit. For those accustomed to primarily XC offerings, be prepared for a different experience.

Tested: CamelBak Agent

06.11.2013

With its 671 cubic inches of storage, CamelBak’s Agent is a midsize pack with big-pack aspirations. The Agent has room to haul all the essentials, in addition to body armor and a full-face helmet.

Tested: Kali Protectives Amara Cam

06.08.2013

While Kali may be a young company, compared to the more established names, it is certainly not lacking in experience. It comes as no surprise then that the company is stirring things up on the technological side of things. Consider the Amara helmet....

Review: The North Face Long Way Home

05.14.2013

At $125, The North Face's "Long Way Home" jacket is a hell of a value. It's also a smartly-designed product: highly breathable, incredibly comfortable and, thanks to its removable sleeves, extremely versatile. An ideal jacket for cross-country rides in fall and spring conditions.

Review: Kitsbow Mixed Shell Jacket

05.13.2013

I’ve worn this jacket on every ride so far this year. I’m sad that now it is summer I won’t be needing to use it as much...

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