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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First Impressions: Ortlieb Gravel-Pack Panniers

A staple among cyclo-tourists and commuters, Ortlieb’s products are famous for their durability and functionality. While the storied German brand might not be the first marque that comes to mind for bikepacking or gravel touring, the Ortlieb Gravel-Pack panniers ($180 MSRP) deliver added storage for the times when frame packs and handlebar rolls come up short on capacity.

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