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Preview: UClear Bike Helmet Communicator

0 UClear Bike Helmet Communicator Review

What happens if you could ride your bicycle, listen to music, talk on the phone and continue to communicate with out being blasted from others, and putting yourself in harms way with headphones? For $230 you may be able to do that. Enter UClear Bluetooth helmet communicator.

UClear‘s Description

This advanced helmet communicator lets you make a call, intercom with another cyclist or listen to music – all on the fly without interrupting your bike ride. UCLEAR’s military proven boomless microphone & patented beam forming technology isolates your voice and eliminates background noise so you can be heard in even the most extreme environment.


  • High-fidelity speakers with embedded microphones (2)
  • Hardware to mount controller to most helmets.
  • 30” extension cord for placing controller in pocket
  • AC/USB charger
  • Velcro speaker mounts
  • Talk Time:Up to 10 hours
  • Standy Time:Up to 2 weeks
  • Battery Type:Rechargeable lithium-ion polymer
  • Full charging time:2 hours
  • Bluetooth version:2.1, Class 2 (EDR)
  • Design type:rain and snow resistant

More Coming Soon

Now that I got a new case for my iPhone I am looking forward to trying out this UClear device. Product testing, helmet installation testing and abusing has started. I will check back in with this review soon!

Fat Tires and Full Suspension Prototypes

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Surly Bike Fat BIke TireNext week Tech Tuesday we will touch on fat tire bikes and why they are awesome. For now imagine your mountain bike tire to be 4″ wide. Yes 4″. They’ve been around for several years. The Surly Pugsley in purple was my first experience with fat bikes, this was in 2005. It was single speed, I was in North Carolina. It was awesome for bombing through woods, making my own line on the trail and really not giving a crap what I ran into. Think monster truck with a bike. (You do need forward momentum for it to work!)

Salsa Cycles recently released photos of a full suspension fat tire bike

For those that live in North Carolina or on the West Coast won’t get this. What are fat bikes and why does this matter? The answer for the first question comes Tuesday. The answer for the second question is simple.

Because they can.

Monster truck with front and rear suspension to make your own path, hit the sand, hit the snow and be fine when you hit those logs or rocks in the way.

From Salsa’s blog:

The inspiration for this project came from numerous people within our team (in a strangely timely convergence actually) and from the fact that fatbikes are being ridden all year long as opposed to being strictly thought of as snow or winter bikes….

These are prototypes. We expect to learn a lot from them. They may or may not eventually become an actual product. That is undecided at this time.

Motivational Monday with Jen Charrette

0 Motivational Monday Jen

Motivational Monday Jen

What’s your name and location?

Jen Charrette

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Everything, but mountain biking is my passion.

What is your first cycling memory?

It was my first big outing with my parents. I was maybe 8 and we were riding on a highway overpass and I fell off the sidewalk and into the lane of traffic. I was okay but banged up. My parents took my over to get ice cream and all was good.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

Most of my motivation to ride comes internally. I love the sport and the way it makes me feel. But I have to say that as a Mom of a 6 year old that is obsessed with riding he nudges me when needed.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

I just got back from a week in Tucson getting in some base road miles. It was in the 70s and I got 200 miles in… so it is looking like a great year for biking.

Tell us all about your bikes

Road- Orbea Orca SRAM Red
Cross- Jamis SuperNova
Mountain - Maverick Durance
Townie- Electra Karma

Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

Bike Shop Girl in 2012

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What a whirl wind the past couple months have been. First a new position within an amazing company in the bike industry. Leaving my old company. A good amount of traveling via airplanes in December 2011 and started to hit the road hard in 2012. I’m really looking forward to traveling the southeast in this new position and hopefully really creating smarter, and stronger bike shops within the southeast. This can only mean more folks on bikes, which is always my ultimate goal.

I’ve been building demo bikes, finding time to ride and testing product for reviews. All of this should really start hitting next week, with timing out post, filling in the schedule and pulling in part time guest writers you should see more diverse writing on this site in 2012.

You’ll see more riding, more event coverage and more of everything. I’ll be on the road a ton, which means a lot of time to think, ride new trails and roads, meet new people and try to hit the bike industry with storm.

I have goals for 2012 but those still need to be smoothed out before I release them to the wild, for now know you all – my readers – are a specific high line goal of mine.

What are your goals on and off the bike? Tell me more….