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Fresh Produce: Tools of the Trade

Accoutrements for any mountain bike occasion

Julbo Renegade Zebra Light

The Renegade with the Zerba Light lens retails for $190.

Stylish, functional, comfortable. What more could you want in a pair of sunglasses. The Renegade is built to perform on the dirt and at the bar. The rubber grippers on the inside of the arms keep the glasses right where you want them when getting rowdy and the lens is big enough for an unobstructed view and to deflect flying debris. Speaking of features you’d want on a set of bar-going sunglasses, the Zebra Light technology changes depending on how bright it is. That means when you’re somewhere dark, like in the woods, everything is clear, and when you blast into an open field the lenses darken so you don’t sear your retinas. The lens ranges from Julbo’s ranked system of category one to category three. Category one is essentially clear, and category three is dark enough for all but the most intense light. The photochromic lens will cost you, but there are other lenses available starting at $110.

The Julbo Renegade

Fix it Sticks Replaceable Shooting and Hunting Edition

A toolbox in a small package. $40

Marketed toward hunters, the Shooting and Hunting edition is just as practical for mountain bikers. The rubber bracket stows two Fix it Sticks holding four bits and room 12 extra bits along the side, for a total of 16. It has T-10 through T-30 Torx-type bits, 2.5 through 5 metric Allen bits, 5/64 through 3/16 imperial Allens, and Philips and flat head bits. but if you want your own dream team of tools, pick any twelve 1/4-inch bits and snap ’em in. The sticks interface with each other in the shape of a T for a comfortable grip and extra leverage. And it all packs down to a size that can fit in your hand. Convenient and easy.

Fix it Sticks Replaceable Hunting Edition

Granite ROCKBAND

The ROCKBAND is a frugal $7.

No this does not connect to your TV, and it doesn’t come with a a plastic guitar or drums either. With a little creativity it would help you carry said plastic guitar on your bike though. The ROCKBAND is an oversized velcro strap for carrying anything from tubes to, well, anything really. The limit is your imagination. And the size of the strap. It is big enough to hold a beer can though. I made sure to test that. The strap only weighs 33 grams, so drop the pack, strap whatever you want to your bike, and get riding.

Granite ROCKBAND

Time Speciale

Like a fine Bordeaux, these French pedals are not cheap. $350

The ATAC line of pedals released by Time was the first clipless pedal where the cleat interfaced directly with the spring itself. And it worked. It worked really well. So the pedals stayed the same for a long time. That changes with the Speciale. The Speciale features a thinner profile and a longer body than the ATACs. They spin on hollow chromoly spindles, and a pair weighs in at 404 grams. In addition to the new shape, the Speciales use a more traditional spring tension adjustment that you can fine tune to your liking. The body of the pedal is 6106-T6 aluminum and the pedals are made from start to finish in France. It becomes clear when you hold one of these pedals in your hand that they reflect a renewed focus on quality and craftsmanship.  We’ve already spent dozens of hours on this artful offering, so stay tuned for an in-depth test of  how these pricy pedals perform.

Time Speciale