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First Impressions: WTB Byway Road Plus Tires

Words and photos by Aaron VanDerlip

Wilderness Trail Bikes’ Byway 47 is a 650B/27.5″ tire ($67.95 MSRP) that borrows significantly from the company’s Horizon 47 Road Plus model. The Byway replicates the same smooth tread pattern along the centerline as found on the Horizon. Outside the centerline you’ll find a row of herringbone tread, followed by a diamond-shaped pattern that transitions to low-profile side knobs. If you crossed the Horizon with Clement’s X’PLOR MSO, you’d get something like the Byway as the result. From the side profile, it looks like a knobby tire, but the knobs take up a minimum of the tread surface.

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Under Test: Glukos Energy Products

Image courtesy of Glukos.

No, that’s not a typo. The company’s name is actually spelled that way. If Glukos doesn’t ring a bell, you may remember when they were called Gleukos. Regardless of how you spell it, though, Glukos is all about one main ingredient: glucose. Why glucose? According to the Arizona-based company, glucose is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream, working two times faster than sucrose- or fructose-based products, and it lasts two times longer. Whether you’re looking for an energy drink, gummy chewables, or gels, Glukos has you covered with products that are free of artificial colors and colors.

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First Impressions: Arundel & Elite Bottle Cages

Whether you ride pavement, gravel, or dirt, you probably have at least one water bottle cage on your bike. And if you’re like most riders, there’s a good chance that you’ve lost a bottle due to an unseen pothole, bumpy trail, or poorly designed bottle cage. Losing a bottle is not only inconvenient, it’s also potentially dangerous (especially if you’re riding in a group). No matter what type of terrain you prefer, peace of mind is within reach with the Arundel Bando and Elite Pria Pavè bottle cages.

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Arundel Bando (left) and Elite Pria Pavè bottle cages.

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