Bicycle components are all about compromises, and pedals are certainly no exception. Balancing weight, construction, and price is no small feat (bad pun intended), but Xpedo manages to deliver plenty of high-end features in their sub-$80 Spry platform pedal. Can the lightweight Spry hold up to Colorado’s rocky trails and unpredictable spring and summer weather?
If your two-wheeled adventures take you far from the beaten path then Terrene’s new Honali tires may be what you need to get you there and back. Available in 700×40 and 700×50 sizes, the Honalis feature tubeless-ready beads and your choice of Tough or DuraTough casings. The tires’ tightly spaced tread rolls easily on pavement, but the horizontal edges offer grip on soft surfaces. Despite their sturdy appearance and large footprint, our 700×50 samples weighed a reasonable 700 grams.
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.
Attaching a rack to a bike that lacks the necessary fittings often requires a bit of creativity or jury-rigging. For some setups, no amount of p-clamps, zip-ties, or duct tape can compensate for a rack-hostile design. Thule’s Pack ‘n Pedal Tour rack eschews conventional rack fittings for ratcheting straps that work with virtually any bicycle from full suspension mountain bikes to commuters and everything in between.