Epic Health Bars 02/01/2014


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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.

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Categories: Kit / The Other Stuff

The See.Sense Intelligent Light 10/16/2013


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Just over a year ago I was lucky enough to sit in on a meeting at HP/Labs and have them demonstrate their expertise in sensor technologies. It was pretty amazing what they were able to detect, and at the time I wondered how some of this type of tech would trickle down to the consumer (and rider). See.Sense is a great example of sensors being applied to an every day use, and making it better in the process. The See. Sense light first off doesn’t have a switch, it just detects your movement and switches on. It tracks you as you ride increasing its use and intensity when you need it most. It does this by sensing you in situations like approaching a road junction or passing through a tunnel, and increasing the lights intensity and blink rate to make you more visible. This increases the lights run-time by only putting it at full strength when you need it most, allowing the design to stay in a relatively small package.

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See.Sense has also added a couple of design features that I think take this light further again. Most of the lights we use have a narrow single direction beam, which is great if you need to be visible from that direction. See.Sense introduced a Fresnel lens to the product that opens up the beam allowing it to be seen from the sides as well, illuminating the rider and the road around them. They are getting a 12 hour runtime (it is USB rechargeable) with a front light giving off 150 lumens and the rear light 90. See.Sense is currently raising funds via Kickstarter and have a very detailed production and business plan put together. Check out their site for more details at seesense.cc , and you can contribute to their Kickstarter here. This is a very cool project that makes technology affordable and impactful for everyone.

Categories: The Other Stuff

The Moulton Bicycle Company by Wellplastic Films 07/16/2013


Loving this film from WELLPLASTIC Films on the Moulton Bicycle Company. Beautifully put together, it tells the story around one of Britain’s most iconic brands and still to this day one of the most architecturally beautiful bikes ever made. Watch it in full screen with headphones on, it is well worth it. I love the quote from from the founder and designer Alex Moulton “We have to get your face out of the computer“, while he designs with a Sharpie and a notebook.

 

Categories: Classic / Design / The Other Stuff

Things Not To Miss In Belfast During The GIRO: Coppi Restaurant 11/24/2013


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I will say right off the bat I have no idea if these guys even like cycling or follow it – I have never met them. But I have eaten there, and the food is excellent. Also the coat hooks fashioned out of handlebars are a nice touch on the way in. On our last trip back to Belfast we stopped there for an early dinner and got a seat outside. Yes it is possible to eat outside in Ireland. For all those reading this that think there is no food culture in Ireland except for fish and chips and deep fried Mars Bars (which are actually pretty good) you are greatly mistaken. My friend Kieran has brought me to some great restaurants in Belfast, with the food as good as I have eaten anywhere. COPPI’s rank’s up there, and is nestled in the newly buzzing Cathedral quarter of the city. We had Sea Bass and Butternut Squash Ravioli both really excellent. I would get a reservation booked over the Giro weekend, this will be a popular spot.

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Categories: The Other Stuff

The Most Beautiful Tools From The Swiss 07/09/2013


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No reason for your workbench to not look as good as your bike now. Some beautiful tools created by Swiss company Swiss Tools that add a nice touch of design to the things we just take for granted. They certainly are not cheap at $100, but damn they look good. If you are up for the splurge you can get them online here.

Categories: The Other Stuff