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Reserve Fillmore Valve Field Test

I’ve been running some new Fillmore tubeless valves since Sea Otter and today’s post is about sharing a report on how these valves deliver on their claimed benefits. The video at the top of the page from Reserve wheels does a nice job of explaining the new valve design and has all sorts of nice […]

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UP Field Trip – Bearclaw Bikes TŌWMAK

The second leg of my recent trip to the Upper Penninsula of Michigan took me to the east side and the tiny hamlet of Moran, home of Bearclaw Bikes. Moran is near the gateway to the Eastern UP not too far from Mackinac Island Ferry but far enough away to fly completely under the radar […]

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Spring Bike Safari – Made U.P. Lake Ehfect

I’ve had a plan to get up to the UP to ride for at least a couple of years. Ever since Jason at Bearclaw Bikes announced their drop-bar fatty called the TOWMAK I dreamt about returning to the vast Huron National Forest and its hundreds of miles of rustic roads, trails, and beaches. So when […]

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2022 Sea Otter Classic Bike Expo (Part 3)

We’re back with Part 3 of our coverage of the 2022 Life Time Sea Otter Classic presented by Continental. The bike industry came out of hiding and brought out all of the new toys for all of the girls and boys! #alicecooper Surly Bicycles wove themselves into a new taller tent during the pandemic. They […]

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2022 Sea Otter Bike Expo (Part 2)

We’re back with part 2 of our coverage of the 2022 Life Time Sea Otter Classic presented by Continental. Let’s get right back to the parade of cool bike schwag. Our friends from Corvus Cycles made the trip down the coast to Sea Otter to show their wares. I got to ride the new Ti […]

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2022 Sea Otter Classic Bike Expo (Part 1)

The 2022 Life Time Sea Otter Classic presented by Continental was last week. Racers, fans, and our favorite brands gathered at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey California! I walked the aisles of the expo to bring you the latest and greatest products coming to the US market from all of the best companies. It […]

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Burley Coho XC Review by Thumbelena

As a brand, Burley is committed to making it easier for people to get outside and do more by bike. Whether that’s getting some fresh air with your little one around the neighborhood, or touring for days, they have designed equipment for it all.  There are so many different cycling disciplines and I cannot wait […]

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Old Man Mountain Fat Divide Rack Review

I’ve been rocking an Old Man Mountain (OMM) Divide Fat Rack on my fat-bike, Ten Beers, since late last Summer. We shared a product spotlight about this newest generation of racks from OMM. In that article, I tried to share what the new rack looked like and share some of the details. For those that […]

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45NRTH Introduces New Cycling Handwear

Draugenklaw Drop-bar Pogies           Draugenklaw Suggested Temperature Range: 15°F (-9°C) to 35°F (2°C) Draugenklaw Drop-Bar Pogies keep your hands warm and dry and allow for full use of brake and integrated shift levers on cold commutes, training rides, race days, and touring in uncertain weather. Weather-resistant softshell fabric on the outside defends against wind and […]

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CABDA Midwest Report

It’s been a long time since I’ve walked the floors of a convention center filled with the latest and greatest products from the bicycle industry, but earlier this week, I laced up a pair of comfortable shoes and drove down to Schaumburg, Illinois to explore the aisles of the CABDA show. CABDA isn’t open to […]

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Outdoor Retailer 2021

Sometimes being the Front Range Chief Correspondent for Fat-Bike.com has its perks and the day Gomez asked if I wanted to go to the Outdoor Retailer show in Denver last week was one of those days.  I mean, who doesn’t want to walk about and look at a bunch of gear?!  Outdoor Retailer (or OR) […]

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Camelback Rogue Light Review by Thumbelena

Joining Camelbak’s lineup this spring is the Rogue Light: A minimal pack available in a women’s specific and unisex design that has just the right amount of space to carry the essentials without holding you back! Fit/Comfort The pack utilizes body mapping technology, Air Support Light Back Panel, and a ventilated/mesh harness to fit the […]

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Revelate Nano Panniers

Revelate Nano Pannier Bikepacking has evolved over recent years from using panniers to strapping bags to various places on your bike. Panniers are still used but it’s mostly for touring as you can get away with filling them up and not worry too much about the weight. With that, there was a gap, a pannier […]

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1 UP USA Rak Attach Review

Back in February, we published a first look at the 1Up USA Rak Attach and I’m back to report on how things went long term, thru the summer camping season. In a nutshell…1Up USA sells this accessory for their excellent hitch racks called the Rak Attach. It allows the fully loaded rack to pivot ninety […]

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Gnomeproof Gadgets – Noxgear 39g Wearable Bluetooth Speaker

Three generations of Bluetooth Speakers – L-R Boombotix OG, Noxgear 39g & Boombotix Mini Hi, my nombre esta es Gomez and I’m a gadgetaholic. I’m especially addicted to gadgets that play music. I remember all the way back to the 1960’s, when I was just a kid, we would listen to WLS (a Chicago top […]

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Tifosi Sledge Review by Dustin Marsh

Tio Gomez must have noticed that my trade show giveaway sunglasses had replaced my worn out and definitely no longer in style big “O” brand cycling shades. Almost out of the blue, a package appeared in my mailbox from Tifosi Optics. I’m not usually a fan of bright or showy items as a part of […]

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Super Sparrow bottles

For the past few weeks I’ve been using these Super Sparrow water bottles after they dropped into Wales. Super Sparrow was founded in 2015 with the aim of providing people with the ability to easily enjoy both hot and cold drinks and always stay hydrated on-the-go. The bottles I chose to test were a 500ml Sports […]

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PDW Hot Take Review by Dustin Marsh

Portland Design Works Hot Take After a lovely weekend ride at the storied Levis-Trow Mounds trail, I returned to my vehicular device to find a funky little beverage holder gadget named Hot Take made by Portland Design Works (PDW). Some gnome must have dropped it off while I wasn’t looking. PDW makes all sorts of […]

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Hidden Groadie Gadgets from Close the Gap

Ahhhhh the Dutch! They invented the ‘Dutch Reach’ and have developed an incredibly vibrant cycling culture. A new (to us) Dutch component company called Close the Gap sent us a couple of their ‘hidden’ accessories to check out and share. I bolted them onto our Framed Basswood Groadie test bike and today we’re ready for […]

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Niche Bike News – Ritchey Outback V2 – Kindernay IGH – Tifosi Sledge – New Moots – Wolftooth Gold – Silca Super Secret Lube – Pirelli Tires – Stashers Contest Winners

Ritchey Outback V2 Tom Ritchey rides about 10,000 miles (16,000 km) per year, and most of that is off-road. Combine that with his more than 40 years of designing and building bicycles, and it’s no wonder the Outback has become an icon in the gritty world of gravel and adventure bikes. Updated for 2020, the […]

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Stashers Bag Review by Andy Amstutz

Bags…Bags…get ya bags here.  I have fallen in love with bags on my bikes.  What used to be a simple “under the saddle” bag with a tube, tire lever, multi-tool and maybe some CO2, has evolved into carrying keys, phones, pumps, snacks and oh, maybe, just possibly, a few adult beverages for the mid-ride social […]

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Cedaero Top Tube Pack Review by Dustin Marsh

Cedaero Tank Top Bolt-on Pack final thoughts I always carry too much stuff on my rides. A full-frame pack just doesn’t cut it some days. When I ordered my custom frame pack from Cedaero Bags, I had them sew up a Tank Top Pack to match. I’ll consider them as enablers for my pack-rat ways. […]

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