Smooth Operator‘s Premium Lube is a low-toxicity, environmentally friendly lubricant that repels water and prevents rust. Suitable for either wet or dry conditions, the bottle’s specially designed applicator tip puts the lube only where you need it (which also makes it ideal for brake and derailleur pivots and cables).
If you’re looking for a tubeless high-volume adventure tire, Maxxis‘ 700×40 Re-Fuse may just be your huckleberry. The Re-Fuse features a diamond-knurled tread, MaxxShield puncture protection, and dual-compound rubber. For bikes with less clearance, Maxxis also offers the Re-Fuse in 700×32 (as well as 650B x 50).
With bicycle technology changing so rapidly, it’s sometimes easy to forget the importance of our bikes’ contact points–especially saddles. The lightest, most advanced bike in the world is all but useless if it’s equipped with an uncomfortable saddle. Since launching GRAVELBIKE in 2011, I’ve tried more saddles than I can remember. Over the past several months, I’ve tested different five saddles that each attempt to balance comfort, support, and performance in their own unique ways.
|Ergon SMC3 Comp (large)||160||285||248||$99.95|
|Specialized Power Expert (155)||160||240||247||$130.00|
|Specialized Power Expert (168)||171||240||253||$130.00|
|Tioga Spyder Stratum||135||292||186||$125.00|
Weights are actual, courtesy of my Feedback Sports digital scale. Measurements were taken at the saddles’ widest and longest sections.