Under Test: The Service Course B.Y.O.B. Wash Kit

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If you currently clean your bike with a ragtag assortment of kitchen or household brushes, you owe it to yourself to check out the B.Y.O.B. Wash Kit from The Service Course. The kit’s brushes feature natural, tampico bristles, which according to The Service Course hold more water than synthetic bristles, and shed dirt and grease more easily. Add your own bucket, some water, and degreaser-of-choice and you’re good to go.

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First Impressions: MORSA Designs Accessory Mounts

Handlebar real estate is a precious thing. If you’re one of today’s well-connected cyclists, there’s a good chance that your bicycles’ handlebars are overflowing with electronic accessories. Making room for a new toy–whether it’s the latest POV camera or smart phone–sometimes means leaving one gadget behind. Not so with the MORSA mounting system. The modular design can accommodate two accessories, and takes up less space on the handlebar than even the tiniest cycle-computer.

At the heart of the MORSA system is the company’s carbon-composite mounting arm ($20.00 MSRP). The arm allows you to mount one or two accessories using MORSA’s adapters $10.00/ea MSRP), which are available for Garmin-style computers, Rokform phone cases, and Garmin, GoPro, and Shimano cameras. MORSA also offers a universal adapter ($10.00 MSRP) that is compatible with nearly any accessory that normally clamps to a 31.8mm handlebar.

Unlike some dedicated accessory mounts, the MORSA system does’t limit your accessories’ positions to one or two options. If you want to mount your GoPro camera level but prefer your Magellan GPS positioned at an angle, that’s no problem. The mounting arm can also be flipped so that devices can mount in front of, or behind the handlebar, and the adapters’ positions can be adjusted independently of one another (and relative to the mounting arm).

We tested the MORSA with a variety of accessories including Garmin Edge 500 and Magellan Cyclo 505 cycle computers, lights from Lupine and Phillips, and wearable devices from Mio and Polar. Even when paired with the heavier items, we didn’t detect any slipping or unwanted flex with the MORSA system. And despite our initial concerns, the small, low-torque fittings held tight over washboard dirt and gravel roads. Swapping the mounting arm between different bikes was easy thanks to system’s hinged-clamp design.

MORSA’s modular, à la carte design makes it easy to configure the exact system for your particular accessories. Compared to many competitors’ single-device mounts, the MORSA system is a real bargain. One addition that we’d like to see is a bespoke adapter for Magellan’s excellent Cyclo computers (Magellan uses a slightly different mounting foot than Garmin).

Disclosure: MORSA Designs provided review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation in exchange for editorial coverage.

Under Test: Velo Orange Fenders

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Metal fenders’ popularity dates back to the golden age of constructeur bicycles. In recent years they’ve experienced a bit of a renaissance thanks in part to the folks at Velo Orange. The Maryland-based company’s fenders feature classic styling, but cost about the same as competitors’ plastic fenders.

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