cyclist. Dirt. pavement when i have to. dedicated bike commuter, dirt jumper.
its the small touches the make my bike better than yours, like these leather grips with (probably) hand stitched seams. from the look and feel of the leather i think they sourced it from a classic 1966 Alpha Romeo Giulia GTC. so step up your game, and stay classy. these grips are worth the cash if you have a beloved commuter or refurbished classic.
so this bell isnt the loudest ive heard, but thats fine. it has a crisp, clear and classic "ting!" with a good sustain. when other bells are perhaps along the tones of - "Get out of the way!" or "Hey! Look Here!", this bell is more of a civilized "Ahem, excuse me please." it probably is a little hard to hear above traffic noise, but if you are fitting it on a leisure bike meant for rides on the parkway with the lady, or taking the dog on a neighborhood run, it works great.
it only takes one cold, wet, miserable day out on your bike, board, or skis to realize that your cheap grocery store detergent removed all the DWR from your fancy high-dollar garments. so if you spend the cash on a nice DWR treated jacket, nikwax is definitely worth spending the money on to ensure a long life of water repellency .
im the type who wears jeans for a week straight, so these are great for me. they resist dirt and staining. i like that they are regular cut so it doesnt look like im wearing my girlfriends jeans on the way to a Maroon5 concert. the double layered denim on the saddle area is an excellent feature. i would just caution that washing too frequently and using fabric softener sheets will ruin the DWR coating. so pony up and buy some nikwax techwash and dont use dryer sheets and they will hold up a lot better.
this is a great fender. ive installed it on my commuter and it classes up the whole rig. its pretty lightweight for being metal and its tough. you can run it with a QR or a regular bolt for a more permanent install.
for those of you who can appreciate a well made tool, this is well worth the money. for the professional mechanic who is checking cassette lockrings on every tune, this is your best friend. you can slide this right over the QR nut and tighten up no problem. and if you have shimano centerlock rotors on your mountain bike, you can be assured that you will most definitely get your rotor seated and tight. it has a great fit and feel, its balanced in your hand, and looks sharp. youll want to show all your friends, and they will look at you like youre crazy to be so impressed by something so simple. but they just dont know, man.
i dont think it would fit. its less than a couple of inches, you can mount additional racks on top of the basket though. if you can just buy something like Thule Hull-a-Port Pro Folding Kayak Carrier that would still give you plenty of basket space in addition to keeping your paddle board secure.
sizes very, very small. i usually wear a size large in fox and other brand gloves, these i needed to order a XXL to get them to fit. even then, the hand and fingers were ok, but the crotch of the thumb was still very stretched and small for me. the regular size "large" fit like a childs glove. the general construction is good, nice and breathable. but the fit is off. if you cant find a glove because you have tiny tiny thumbs and nothing else fits right, these are the gloves for you.
good vacuum bottle, good price. i like the fact there is no handle so it can slide into and out of a pack nice and easy. i also like that it comes with two stoppers. good coffee keeper for the money. i bought one.
everybody knows that arcteryx is the best in technical apparel, but their casual stuff is the same high quality materials that make their tech stuff great. these shorts look good and fit well. although, im 6'2" and they arent necessarily "long", id say they are an average length short. overall a good product.
What more can you say about the thomson elite and masterpiece series? its the best in the game. ill take it over a carbon post any day. installing a thomson seatpost and stem is the first thing you should with a new bike.
just the right width and length, narrow so you dont contact the pack with your elbows like some larger, wider chrome bags. the storage isnt huge, but the roll top ensures the main compartment is virtually waterproof. it doesnt come with a waist strap (it does include a Sternum strap), but in a pinch you can tie the shoulder straps around your waist.
good bright light for not too much cash. seems very sturdily built and i like the on/off switch. comes with the standard mounts and batteries.
i really like the way this jacket is fit. longer arms and extended back panel to keep you covered when youre stretched out in the saddle. it has a mock collar under the hood to give you an extra layer against the breeze. its super soft and comfortable as a light jacket or a mid-layer underneath a windbreaker. and thankfully it has no annoying thumb holes found in so many longer cut hoodies, just a nice regular cuff. its become my daily use commuter jacket.
i have a 2002 subaru impreza wagon with factory load bars and it was very easy to install. only took me about 20 minutes. i didnt need to buy any additional mounts or adapters, everything was included to mount to factory bars. if im not mistaken, the mount system will work on both the newer flattened aero bars as well as the square steel cross bars.
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