In these pandemic times, many people are discovering–or rediscovering–the joy of riding bikes on dirt and gravel. And why not? In addition to being good for you–both mentally and physically–it’s downright fun! What’s not fun, though, is walking home because of a flat tire or mechanical problem. Fear not, friends, GRAVELBIKE has come up with a list of essential spares and tools for gravel riding that’ll keep you happily rolling along, mile after mile.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of adidas | Five Ten’s cycling shoes. For several years, the company’s kicks have been my top choice for commuting, mixed-terrain, and off-road riding. Earlier this year, while checking out Five Ten’s new models at the annual Outdoor Retailer trade show, I had the opportunity to chat with Five Ten’s Luke Hontz, Senior Product Manager for Bike and Snow.
Longtime GRAVELBIKE readers know that I’m a big fan of Spurcycle’s products. The company’s multi-tool was featured in 2018’s Pocket Tool Roundup, and the Spurcycle Bell earned a coveted, Things I Like endorsement back in 2017. Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with company co-founder Nick Slone to discuss the Spurcycle’s history, their design process, and what we can expect from them in 2020.
The recent Camp Fire has become the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. As of November 19th, the death toll has risen to 80, with 993 people who are unaccounted for. To help support the relief efforts, GRAVELBIKE is donating 100% of the profits from the sale of limited-edition stickers to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund and the North Valley Animal Disaster Group.
Rolling up to the outdoor bike locker on a chilly Monday morning, something didn’t look right. My trusty Kryptonite was still attached (and locked), but the door was slightly ajar. Upon closer inspection, I could see that the locker’s handle (and my u-lock) had sustained some serious abuse. A gentle tug easily opened the door, revealing further damage to the locker’s latch and hinges. None of other the bike lockers appeared to have suffered any damage, so it was safe to assume that my locker was specifically targeted (either that or the would-be thief had a strong dislike for orange u-locks).
This incident underscores the fact that your bicycle’s security is only as strong as the weakest link (no pun intended). While my Kryptonite lock sustained only superficial damage (torn vinyl covering), the locker itself proved to be far more vulnerable. Bottom line: make sure that whatever you’re locking your bike to is as strong as your lock.