ad·ven·ture adˈven(t)SHər,ədˈven(t)SHər/ noun
1. an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.
I am an unabashed fan of e-bikes. I have seen–and experienced–first hand how e-bikes have the ability to transform people’s lives. With an e-bike, adventure is no longer restricted to the rider’s physical abilities. Battery life, however, has been a limiting factor. Riese & Müller looks to reduce those limitations with their new, dual battery eAdventure bike, the Delite.
In addition to its range-extending dual battery design, the Delite features a Bosch Performance Drive which provides pedal assistance of up to 300%. A carbon belt drive reduces noise and maintenance, while front and rear suspension lets you tackle more rugged terrain. The integrated rear carrier, IQ-X light, and ABUS lock make the Delite ideal for urban and utility riding.
Riders who use clipless pedals are blessed with a seemingly endless array of compatible footwear. If, however, you prefer flat pedals, your choices all seem to fall into the skate-inspired bucket. Sure, there are urban and mountain variants, but the pickings are slim compared to the clipless side of the fence. Thanks to footwear giant adidas, though, flat-pedal riders now have another choice with the company’s Terrex Trail Cross SL hybrid shoe ($130 MSRP).
Last year’s Interbike show was a little on the meh side, but State Bicycle Co’s Simpsons collection drew near-universal praise from attendees (including yours truly). If you’re a donut lover (it’s OK, we don’t judge), you can get your fill with State’s donut-themed accessories.
If there is one bike accessory that absolutely defines the Goldilocks condition it’s the multi-tool. Too big and you don’t want to carry it. Too small and it doesn’t provide enough leverage. Finding a tool that balances size and functionality can be a real challenge. Crankbrothers hopes to snag that elusive just right ranking with the company’s new f-series of multi-tools.
Thanks to their sleek, folding design, Crankbrothers’ f-series tools fit easily in your backpack, pocket, or seat bag. All three f-series tools share the same basic design, but the f10+ and f15 feature magnetized outer shells designed to hold everything together and provide additional leverage. Prices range from $29.99 (f10) to $42.99 (f15), and all models come with a 5-year warranty. I spent the past several weeks testing the top-of-the-line f15 model at home and in the field.