First Impressions: Silca Bar Tape (Guest Review)

I never thought of bar tape in terms other than thicker, plusher, fatter or maybe more or less likely to tear when I dump a bike and the handlebars–along with various body parts–get dragged through crushed rock. Since I never plan to crash, I honestly thought the point was to get tape as cushy as possible, and I certainly never encountered tape that performed differently based on the direction it’s wrapped.

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First Impressions: Topeak Nano TorqBar X

My first bicycle-specific torque wrench was a large, beam-style model. With a length of nearly eleven inches, it was fine for home use, but wasn’t practical for in-the-field adjustments. Handheld, clicker-style torque wrenches were more compact, but still too bulky for my bikes’ tool rolls or seat packs. Weighing in at less than 120 grams, and not much longer than a tire lever, the Topeak Nano TorqBar X ($54.95 MSRP) is ideal for workshop or trailside use.

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GRAVELBIKE Stickers

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GRAVELBIKE stickers are back in limited quantities. The small stickers measure 3″ x 2.1″, and the large stickers measure 4″ x 2.8″. Stickers are printed on thick, durable vinyl. The die-cut stickers feature a matte finish, and are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

$4.00 for two small stickers (including shipping).

$5.00 for two large stickers (including shipping).

Please note that we do not ship outside of the US at this time.

First Impressions: Bontrager Adventure Top Tube Bag (Guest Review)

I Like Gas Tanks

Or Do I?

The Bontrager Adventure Top Tube Bag ($39.99 MSRP), or gas tank, is great. Is it great for every single person? Purt near! So thank you to GRAVELBIKE for facilitating this review, because I was very happy to check out another version of this type of bag. I was especially pleased to see that it sports reinforced openings and screws for securely attaching to your top tube, because my only complaint about gas tank bags (in general) is that they doesn’t stay in place.

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