Update: 2017 Lock Roundup

Rolling up to the outdoor bike locker on a chilly Monday morning, something didn’t look right. My trusty Kryptonite was still attached (and locked), but the door was slightly ajar. Upon closer inspection, I could see that the locker’s handle (and my u-lock) had sustained some serious abuse. A gentle tug easily opened the door, revealing further damage to the locker’s latch and hinges. None of other the bike lockers appeared to have suffered any damage, so it was safe to assume that my locker was specifically targeted (either that or the would-be thief had a strong dislike for orange u-locks).

This incident underscores the fact that your bicycle’s security is only as strong as the weakest link (no pun intended). While my Kryptonite lock sustained only superficial damage (torn vinyl covering), the locker itself proved to be far more vulnerable. Bottom line: make sure that whatever you’re locking your bike to is as strong as your lock.

 

Under Test: Advocate Cycles Seldom Seen Frameset

Named for one of the characters in Edward Abbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang, Advocate Cycles’ Seldom Seen is purpose-built for bikepacking and off-road touring. Available in both flat- and drop-bar (pictured) versions, the SS can be configured with either 27.5-plus or 29er wheels. With its relaxed geometry, ample tire clearance. and extensive array of braze-ons, could this be the foundation for the ultimate gravel-plus rig?

Stay tuned…

First Impressions: Topeak JoeBlow Twin Turbo Pump

As a self-admitted tire geek, I spend a fair amount of time swapping and inflating tires. And even though I have a small air compressor, I prefer floor pumps for their convenience and quiet operation. Note that I said pumps, as in plural. In addition to a high-volume pump for fat and plus tires, I also rely on a second, high-pressure pump for skinnier tires. Yes, it’s possible to use one pump for every type of tire, but that compromise usually translates into an absurd number of strokes for high-volume tires or a herculean effort for high-pressure rubber. But now, with the introduction of Topeak’s JoeBlow Twin Turbo floor pump ($199.95 MSRP), tire nerds can rely on a single floor pump for all their inflation needs.

One pump to rule them all?

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