A year or so ago I got my hands on one of Bionicon’s smart and simple chainguides, which works something like a chain tensioner to keep rattling at bay and create a larger chain wrap around a chainring. Now the German brand has simplified the design making it lighter, cheaper and easier to install. What’s not to like?Tweet
The race to improve technical clothing for dirt munchers is in full force and Specialized has poured its mighty resources into its Spring 2014 apparel line, specifically targeted at trail, all-mountain and gravity categories.Tweet
Author and journalist Molly Hurford rides a lot—and knows countless women who ride a lot—and inevitably all that riding can lead to a little… discomfort. It’s a subject that she found nearly all the women she knows, from beginners to pros, were reluctant to discuss at the their local bike shop or with their male peers.
So she sought out to answer those questions for female cyclists, by talking to experts in the industry, doctors, product designers and riders. The result is “Saddle, Sore”, an e-book guide for women and their bike. No matter how much you ride, it shouldn’t be uncomfortable, and Hurford’s book can help you avoid some uncomfortable conversations.
Hurford will also be following up with online articles with new topics as they arise, as well as answering readers questions and some video interviews.
You can purchase and download a copy of “Saddle, Sore” in PDF or EPUB format (compatible with most tablets) now.
Gravity Anomaly is a small operation founded in 2012 that is sold only online or at small pop-up shops or events. All of its products are made in the USA and use domestic fabrics whenever possible.
Teamster Shorts $64
The Teamsters are cross-country or general-purpose shorts that hit above the knee. They have the full complement of pockets that you would find on a pair of cargo shorts or blue jeans, including a rear pocket. The 4-ply nylon shell is mud and water repellent and light enough to wear all summer.
Longhaul Shorts $79
The Longhaul shorts are more gravity oriented, and hit just below the knee. They fit well over knee pads without looking like an NBA baller. They are adjustable at the waist with large Velcro straps and have the same standard pockets—including two rear pockets, which are rare for a gravity short. The front pockets are deep enough that I didn’t have to worry about things falling out when getting rad.
Considering they are made in the USA and are as well-made as most other shorts I’ve tried, the price is a steal. I don’t think my satisfaction is any sort of anomaly. See the shorts as well as some new jerseys at gravityanomaly.com
If you were lucky, you might have found a few of these in your stocking on Christmas morning—the Clif Bar seasonal editions. Iced Gingerbread and Spiced Pumpkin Pie have been joined by Pecan Pie as three flavors to look forward to all year.
Like all Clif Bars, they’re made with 70 percent organic ingredients, have zero trans fat, have no high-fructose corn syrup and are a good source of protein and fiber, whether you’re on your bike or off.
Clif Bar will also donate one percent of seasonal net sales to Protect Our Winters, a non-for-profit organization of snow-sports enthusiasts and companies fighting climate change.
Now the only decision left is to decide if it’s “pea-can” or “pa-khan.” Either way, both are delicious.Tweet
Kitsbow is a clothing brand out of California, billed as “Impeccable mountain bike wear for obsessives.” I wouldn’t consider myself obsessive, but damn, do I love me some nicely made clothes. Maybe it was my high school job at a men’s clothing store, or too much Project Runway. Whatever.
Let’s get this out of the way up front: Kitsbow products are going to cost you real money. The cost of high quality materials and first-world wages for the workers in British Columbia who sew this stuff add up pretty quickly.Tweet