Loving this multi-tool from Lezyne, it has everything you will need out on the road all weighing in at around 100g. It contains a Phillips screwdriver, T25 wrench, 2/3/4/5/6/8/mm Allen wrenches, a chain breaker, a Mavic splined spoke wrench, and two square-size spoke wrenches. The tool is beautifully finished and just feels like something you are going to have for life. Made by the same people that are behind the Truvativ brand, pretty much all the products I saw on their stand at Interbike bring the same style and quality. You can pick one up at Performance Bikes for $29.99.
Due in this week, we add a new addition to the Elcyclista kit. Already looking forward to the Spring, we are adding a lightweight wind vest to the collection. We kept the look within the same design system as the rest of the kit, so it all fits together perfectly. We went with a mostly black design to make dealing with wheel splatter a little easier to keep clean. We expect delivery this week and I think they will go pretty quickly, so if you are interested make sure to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with sizing details. We will post photos of the actual vest when we have it in our hands, technical details and the price.
Overwhelmed by the quality of some of the products out there. A proper post coming soon, but these were some of the things that stood out on day 1 at Interbike 2010.
I am off to Interbike tomorrow, and as a trade show virgin, saying I am excited would be an understatement indeed. I have been following the output from Eurobike pretty closely, but have held off on any commenting as I know I am going to see a lot of this stuff in the flesh. So below is my 10 pre-show things I am looking forward to seeing most. Lets see if they are the same when I emerge at the other side on Friday. I will be posting from there, and photographing the lot. You know me, there will be a LOT of images. If any off you reading this are attending drop me an email (email@example.com) and lets meet for a drink or three. It would be rude not to, it is the end of the season after all.
1. Ritte Racing’s Boseberg, in the flesh
2. All things Moots
3. The Colnago C59, looks nice in the pictures
4. The Specialized 2011 SL3
5. Mavic all things Mavic. Love mavic…
6. The new Reynolds wheels
7. The CX race
8. Milani Cycles
9. The AX Lightness frame, is it ridable?
10. The Van Nicholas’s Astraeus
CATEGORIES: Design,Kit,The Other Stuff
Photos by Emiliano Grando and Bjorn Wallander
It is hard to find the perfect pair of shorts. They tend to be too baggy or too long, and never seem to be comfortable enough to ride in if you are just heading out and about. Also compounded by the fact that the more you wear them, the worse they look. I have never been one for different shorts for different occasions, except for racing. So last weekend prompted by our new riding buddy and photographer Emiliano, and seeing some of Outliers clothes around the studio I headed over to Williamsburg to see for myself what looked like some really well made clothes. Sometimes when you pick up a product or a piece of clothing you know instantly two things, 1) you are going to buy it without asking the price, and 2) you will regret not buying two. Outliers Summer Shorts are such a product. But if there was any doubt I was hooked by the “water demonstration“. When placing the shorts on a table Abe proceeded to pour a bottle of water over them, only to see the water bubble and run straight off the shorts. Yes my friends these shorts are water repellent. Sold!
The shorts are made here in New York with an imported Swiss technical fabric called Schoeller Dryskin Extreme. As mentioned they repel water incredibly well and when saturated will dry in 15 – 20 minutes. The 4-season fabric has a little elasticity to it (a four-way stretch) that makes them very comfortable to wear. The cut is pretty much perfect. They sit just above the knee making them perfect for riding and evening out your cycling tan. They have a stylish rear pocket design that remind of a well cut pair of Paul Smith trousers, and mesh front pockets that if you get a soaking will breath and dry quickly. I tried them on in the shop and walked out wearing them and have been wearing them for the 5 days since, even after spilling my Stumptown coffee on them which wiped straight off. I think I am going to be wearing these for most of the summer. A great company run by a great bunch of guys who love riding of all types and want to contribute some quality enduring products to the bike community.
Above 1: Taking some sun on the Ghisallo ferry post ride.
Above 2: Topping up in the camper on Lake Como.
Above 1: Brad got a flat on Riverside Drive.
Above 2: On River Road, the weekly climb.
Above: Anwen sneaks a peak at the Tour, She likes Andy.
Loving these colored bike parts from Italian Company Carbon Ti. They are maybe more famous for their light weight Ti skewers, that weigh in at around about 35 g and have been spotted in the pro peleton this season. They currently don’t have a distributor in the US, but with the wonders of the internet they can be purchased in Germany at Nano Bike Parts. Also check out the colored chain ring bolts, very nice
CATEGORIES: Component Lust,Design,Kit
It is a rare occasion that I will go out and ride and not be in my Elcyclista jersey, but stashed in the middle of my “pile o’jerseys” I keep the Rapha Lightweight jersey I bought last year. This jersey is made for the current conditions we are having in New York. A heat index of 103, really! Now looking a slightly off-white it is one of the most comfortable jerseys I own. Putting it on again I rediscovered the details that make Rapha products that little bit special. The built in pump sleeve in the back pocket and the middle zip pocket (with the ring pull, making it easier to use). It makes me smile when something is designed just right. They are back in stock. Go buy one, you won’t regret the little bit extra you will pay.
CATEGORIES: Classic Jerseys,Design,Kit
After what seemed like an eternity (but probably really wasn’t), the new Elcyclista kit from Capo Forma is in our sweaty mitts. Scuppered by Volcanoes and missed fabric delivery, the wait has been well worth it. The quality of the Capo product is pretty amazing. It is beautifully finished, and they really paid attention to the details. All the ink is crisp, and the panels are all aligned beautifully. I took the shorts for a test ride this morning and they a seriously comfortable. For those of you that ordered and paid in advance, thank you, thank you, thank you for hanging in there and being so patient. We will be sending your kit out tomorrow. For those of you that ordered, but haven’t paid you better hurry up because there is now a long list of people waiting for spares. Since we are now set up with the manufacturer in Italy we have been told if we place another order by the end of July we will have the kit by September. Which is somewhat quicker than this time around. So if anyone out there is interested we are starting to take numbers to build up that order (drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org). We did hats as well this time which we will get next week. For the September delivery order as well as repeats of the jersey, bibs, and arm warmers, we will be adding a Wind Vest and Thermal Jacket.
CATEGORIES: Classic Jerseys,Kit
As product design goes the guys at Knog seem to pretty much get it right every time. This little guy is their 12 function bike computer. It does everything you would expect from a computer, but where the design excels is in its minimal and simple looks. The locking mechanism follows the design on their already popular Gecco light, which I already own and never comes of the bike in winter. The little wrap around silicone band more or less allows you to attach the little fella anywhere. Coming in six colors and weighting in at a water tight 45 grams, it is a little thing of beauty.
CATEGORIES: Component Lust,Kit