Under Test: Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch Shoes

Whether you use flat pedals to shred the gnar or for urban/utility riding, having more flat-pedal shoe choices is always a good thing. Pearl Izumi’s first flat pedal shoe–the X-Alp Launch–features an ultrasonic welded upper and Vibram®Megagrip rubber outsoles. Available in men’s and women’s versions, the $150 shoe hits the shelves in January, 2018. Pearl Izumi will also offer a clipless version.

Stay tuned…

First Impressions: Terrene Honali Tires

Tire manufacturers often seem to fall into one of two camps–either they offer a dizzying array of models and variations, or they concentrate on a small number of core designs for specific use cases. With just six models in its current lineup, Terrene Tires finds itself ensconced in the latter camp. While initially making a name for themselves with knobby and mixed-terrain designs, Terrene recently added a dedicated touring model–the Honali–to its collection.

What differentiates Terrene’s Honali ($60.00 MSRP) from other touring tires? Tubeless compatibility, for one. While tubeless technology is a given in the MTB universe, true tubeless-compatible touring tires are relatively rare. And unlike most of Terrene’s other tires, the Honali forgoes the company’s Light (120 TPI casing) option in favor of Tough (60 TPI, TekShield) and DuraTough versions (60 TPI, TekShield+). Available in 700 x 40 and 700 x 50 (tested) sizes, both versions feature black sidewalls with reflective strips for added visibility.

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Update: 2017 Lock Roundup

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.