Image courtesy of Topeak.
Widely known for their extensive line of pumps and multi-tools, Topeak entered the bikepacking market last year with a full line of adventure-style bags. From the 0.75 L Toploader to the 10 L Backloader, Topeak’s packs feature internal Polyethylene stiffeners, lightweight, water repellent and stain resistant fabric, and mounting systems designed to fit a wide range of frame styles and sizes.
How do Topeak’s bags stack up against their pricier competition? Stay tuned…
Whether you ride for recreation or utility, there will be times when you need to leave your bike unattended. If you want your bike to still be there when you return, you’ll have to rely on some form of security other than faith in humanity or just plain dumb luck. In other words, a lock. Bike locks are a lot like auto/health/life insurance: you buy it, but you hope you never need it. How do you choose the right lock, though? The answer is, it depends.
Image courtesy of Smoove.
If you’ve never heard of Smoove chain lube, don’t feel too bad, as the product didn’t show up on my radar until recently. Developed by a South African company, the lube was designed to withstand the brutal conditions faced by racers competing in that country’s Cape Epic off-road race. What makes Smoove different than conventional chain lubes? For starters, it’s 100% biodegradable and solvent-free. And according to the company, Smoove is also self-cleaning and extends chain life by 124%.
Does Smoove deliver a smooth, long-lasting ride? Stay tuned…
In this age of hyper-specialized bicycles and components, do-it-all products sometimes get overlooked–or downright ignored–by gearheads. While it’s fun searching for the lightest or fastest gear, most of us are better served by equipment that performs well under a variety of conditions. For gravel and mixed-terrain riding, having the right tire can mean the difference between a great ride or drudgery. Drawing on the company’s deep cyclo-cross and gravel roots, Clement Cycling designed their X’Plor USH tire to excel in mixed conditions.