Spokes are for suckers! They add weight, increase drag, and transmit harsh road bumps up to the rider, but for years they've been the only way to keep your hubs attached to your wheels. Until now.
Thanks to dynamo-hub powered electromagnets, neodymium rim inserts, and some engineering magic, the Nikola makes spokes a thing of the past. At low speeds, the magnetic field generated keeps the rims stable and allows some wiggle-room to absorb road shock (imagine invisible magnetic shocks and you'll get a sense of how cool it is), at higher speeds the stronger field keeps your rims stiff so you don't lose any energy to flexing like on a standard spoked wheel. This is bascially the coolest thing you're going to see all year. 1 part mag-lev train, 1 part urban-assault bicycle, 100% Pure.
The A.B. Pack is a waterproof bag that basically sits inside the existing rack. It has a strap that wraps around the rack in order to secure it. It's got a tall profile of the bag that lets you pile stuff in there, and when you drop off your bike you can sling the bag over your shoulder to continue on foot.
SAFE & FASHIONABLE: Riders don't ride more often because of the fear of being seriously hit or killed by a car. Two problems are that drivers aren’t aware of what the hand signals mean and bikers don’t often don’t wear safety gear because they are uncomfortable or ugly. Turn Signal Gloves gives cyclists a fashionable, easy safety option, and drivers an unmistakable cue that they are sharing the roads.
EFFORTLESS Unique patent-pending, nickel-plated steel contact switch that forgoes the need of a button. Makes activation intuitive and effortless.
EASY POWER The gloves see up to 2 months of battery life with regular use, and has super bright high efficiency LED turn signal for turbo visibility. Ambient light-sensor that controls illumination to preserve battery power.
Kickstarter Campaign Zackees is launching through Kickstarter.
People often ask me about buying used bikes and I usually point them in the direction of the Bike and Roll annual bike sale. Sadly, they usually ignore me. But the two people who have listened to me have been happy with their purchases. That is a small sample size, but it bodes well.
've been aware of Share the Damn Road and their clever slogans based on the ubiquitous and somewhat controversial "Share the Road" signs for some time, but recently I had the chance to try one of their bike jerseys and, as is usual, this one is much nicer than the ones I usually buy.
If you want to make a statement STDR jersey's let you do that. Mine reads on the back "If you can read this, I need more room" and in smaller text "or you're drafting, and it's time to take a pull." The jersey is made by Podium Cycling and so, as you'd expect, it's well constructed, wicks and dries quickly and fits well. With a retail price of about $60-70 their prices are similar to other high quality jerseys if not on the low end. The jersey is very comfortable, both in fit and material.
Full length, hidden zipper in the front, which is nice for summer riding
Elastic armbands and a silicon gripper at the waste that keeps the jersey in position
The STDR slogans that get driver's attention
The slogan is a little too confrontational for me to wear when commuting. I don't want to walk through the lobby with that on. But there are plenty of other times to ride and other slogans like "Don't Run Me Over" that I'd be fine with.
Has to be hand washed (though I probably won't)
High performance cycling jersey decorated with unique STDR designs
I was recently sent a Hoorag - the better bandana - to try out, and while I think it would be more useful in the winter, I found it to have a lot of utility.
The Hoorag is a tube of thin stretchy polyester micro-fiber with holes on both ends. [if you've ever watched Survivor, it's kind of like what they would call a "buff"]. This allows it to be worn in several configurations.
I normally ride with a skullcap or headband because I sweat like it's my job and I'm mostly bald, which means that on a long ride, I get a lot of sweat in my eyes - which can burn. Headgear like this helps to keep that from happening.
So I wore the Skull Daddy print Hoorag (in what I guess they would call Pirate Rag style) on a longer ride and it worked as well as my usual skullcap. It doesn't wick as much as my skullcap does and so it had more sweat in it at the end, but then I can't use the skullcap as a balaclava, face cover or a neck warmer in the winter. It appears to be pretty durable. I was worried that the hole on the other end would annoy me, but I didn't even notice it, and being able to use it as either a headband or a skullcap was nice.
At $16 it might be a bit steep if you think you'll only use it for one task, but if you do a lot of winter riding it might be worth it as a liner for your current gear or standalone outer wear on days when it's not nearly as cold. The price is high, but so is the utility.
Don't believe me? Then you can get one for free - if you'll write your own review of it for the blog. First person to request one in the comments gets it (but you have to pick it up at Washcycle HQ).