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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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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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First Impressions: Catalyst Platform Pedals

Clipless pedals have long been touted as the preferred choice for competitive and recreational riding, but more and more adventure riders are making the switch to flat pedals. Why? Flats offer convenience, comfort, and versatility that clipless pedals just can’t match. And now, with the Catalyst ($99 MSRP) from Pedaling Innovations, you can add increased support and pedaling efficiency to the list of flat pedals’ benefits.

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