Smith Rebound, Tempo and Tempo Max
Bike gear that doubles as bar gear just makes sense. Why would you want to have two pairs of sunglasses when you only need one? With Smith’s new Rebound, Tempo and Tempo Max, you only need one. The Rebound is a little more lifestyle, a little less performance, while the Tempo and Tempo Max are the inverse.
The Rebound is a full-frame enduro-inspired model. It comes with ChromaPop technology and has a polarized option as well. The nose-pad and arms are both designed to avoid slip when the going gets rough, and they, of course, interface with Smith helmets. The Rebound is available now for $140, or $170 if polarization is your thing.
The Tempo and Tempo Max (read as larger) are half-frame options to help move perspiration and air away from your face. Like the Rebound, the lens has the color-enhancing ChromaPop tech with polarized options. Unlike the Rebound, the two Tempo models have interchangeable lenses and ship with normal and low-light lenses. The Tempo models retail for $170, or $200 for polarized.
Both the Rebound and Tempos are RX compatible. Learn more here.
Spurcycle Saddle Bag
There is something to be said for simplicity. The Spurcycle Saddle Bag is a textbook example of simplicity. Unwrap the Saddle Bag and it resembles as small lunch bag--around one PB&J in surface area, and two PB&Js deep. In other words, it can fit the essentials: a tool, some plugs or a tube, a snack, a tire lever or two, and so on--you get the point. Stuff in what you want to carry, roll it up with the velcro strap, and then thread the reinforced section of said strap through your seat-rails. Done. There are no zippers to break, no organizational pockets to deal with and no weird mounting systems to learn. The material is weatherproof and the bag won’t get in the way when used in conjunction with a dropper post. Learn more here.
Fix Manufacturing Wheelie Wrench
The Wheelie Wrench isn’t dissimilar to any other bike tool you have used. It has 2-millimeter through 6-millimeter Allen keys, a T10, T25, a Phillips and a flat head. A separate removable piece has a tire lever, an 8-millimeter and 10-millimeter box wrench, an open ended 15-millimeter wrench (for pedals), spoke wrenches and a bottle opener. Nothing about any of that makes this tool stand out. What does make it stand out is the way it is carried. The tool is nearly flat and slides into a plastic bracket as a belt buckle, or the bracket can attach to a backpack strap, or really any strap for that matter. It is barely noticeable until you need an Allen (or a bottle opener). Slide it out, fix your problem, slide it back in and forget about it until next time. The Wheelie Wrench is $30, belts are $35 to $50 depending on model (tool sold separately) and the plastic bracket is $25 (available in a narrow or wide option). Learn more here.
Hiplok Z Lok Combo
It isn’t often you need a lock on a ride, but every now and then you might want to stop into the gas station or grab some food from the grocery store. Sometimes, a lock comes in handy. But carrying a big cable or a U-lock isn’t feasible, or fun. I can’t make any claims as to whether carrying a Z Lok is fun, but it is feasible. And while anybody with a hefty pair of wire-cutters could probably get through it, the lock will stop a greedy passerby. It is essentially a steel-core zip tie, locked with a three-number combination. A combination also means you don’t have to worry about a key. Just throw the lock in your pack or pocket and go.