The Gufo Jacket By Pedaled 03/23/2014
There is a world of wind jackets to choose from out there, for both urban riding and racing. Making sense of the one that is right for you is no small task. I usually look for the details, the thought that has gone into the design to make it work just that little bit better. That is exactly what you will find with the Gufo Jacket above from Japanese brand Pedaled. They have introduced a nice double zip system, that when on zip one is a snugger fit for on the bike, keeping the jacket from flapping in the wind. In zip two position it opens the jacket up a little and gives it a more casual look for when you are off the bike (or carrying a little extra timber after an under-trained winter). Kind of perfect really.
Giro Apparel 02/17/2014
The new kit from GIRO looks pretty amazing. Nice tailored fits and good use of materials, but man can I get my hands on any? Nope. All the good pieces out of stock, pretty much everywhere. It is a shame because the stuff looks really good and as spring approaches we are all back in the market for a few pieces. Seems like a massive missed opportunity especially when you have made something so nice.
Epic Health Bars 02/01/2014
You ever get tired of munching on power bars when riding? Then spending the next five miles picking them from your teeth. These bars from Epic might be a very good alternative for an easy and good tasting protein infusion. They are a combination of lightly smoked animal protein (Beef, Bison, Turkey and Lamb) with added savory nuts and dehydrated fruits. Don’t make the mistake of putting these bars in the “Jerky” category, they have a much stronger flavor and the overall taste is a bit more savory. But get this, they are also low on sugar, low on carbs, Gluten free, Diary free, and no added Nitrates. Basically it is health in a wrapper. On longer rides I personally find an infusion of protein really helps, but if it is hot I find it hard to eat actual food. These bars just might be the solution. The Beef, Habanero and Cherry tastes is our favorite.
Elcyclista Tote Bags 03/17/2014
Coming for the Spring and time spent off the bike we are making some Elcyclista Tote bags. Perfect for beer, chips and ipads, or for your day bag in the back of the car. Made from heavy weight canvas with a strap big enough to sling over your shoulder, messages screen printed in a single color. Are you a “Ride every day when you can” type of rider? Or “Need a few days off to keep the engine feeling fresh” type of rider? Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
The Ride Out The Cold Sale 02/03/2014
We have been behind this brand for a while because they make good quality well designed products. If you don’t know them already this is a perfect time to get yourself acquainted as they just opened up their Ride Out The Cold Sale. There are some really good deals so take advantage. The Brighton and Damen jackets are personal favorites.
Orontas Chain Cleaner 01/26/2014
No aerosol, no chemicals, no weird hand winding machines to attach. It is a simple spray and wipe chain cleaner. Yes it takes a little more elbow and effort, but it does work. I have been trying it so far over the winter to keep the drivetrain free of sand and grit, and so far it is pretty impressive. Orontas recommends giving your chain a simple wipe every 10 Scandinavian miles (100km/60miles) to keep it running smooth, and the bottle here gives you around 1000 cleans, so it is pretty good value as well. This coupled with their Type A or Type B lube should keep things running. It just feels nice to use something that is non-toxic, biodegradable and petroleum free. Treat the bike with a little natural love.
The Brighton Fishtail Parka is a new piece from Upright Cyclist available from the beginning of December. Modeled after something close to my heart the 1960s Mod movement in UK and the M51 Parka, designed to be a foul weather jacket with classic looks with some modernized touches for riding. It’s constructed with a waterproof backed nylon with a textured face and taped seems. The jacket is pretty much packed with features, sealed zips, pit vents, quail pocket with felted lining and an adjustable hood, it pretty much has it all. Based on the quality of their previous products I think this is going to be a really nice jacket. They are going to do a pre-sale next week so if yo are interested it might be worth getting in early.
Note: The shoot was done in Chicago at the excellent Heritage Bikes