A little teaser of a reviews to come. Can you guess? They are from two of my favorite companies.
Here’s a deep confession, I have a bag addiction. Come look in my closest and there are at least 4 messenger bags, 4 bicycle specific back packs, hydration bags and then panniers are end less. Constantly the search is on to find the most stylish, yet functional, bag possible.
Our poll last week to answer the question “Do You Wear Cycling Clothing” had a great response and one of the common questions were what can I wear if I don’t want to be caught dead outside in skin tight spandex? There are many clothing options out these days that aren’t skin tight and do a great job of keeping you dry and comfortable but styling.
Many people are familiar with the brand Under Armour, or before that Adidas and Nike had a great following for “technical clothing.” This was clothing that wicked away your sweat but breathed well. There are some technical shirts geared towards riding which have a lower cut back for when you bend over so you aren’t exposing anything and built in basic pockets to hold a gel or key. Budget between $35 – 70 for a good wicking shirt. Be prepared that polyester is a key make up of these shirts and can trap stink.
A couple of my favorites include the Aurora T (pictured right) from Pearl Izumi for around $35. Also, one that I plan on picking up for the fall is the Sugoi Crossroads Henley. Perfect for fall riding, grocery trip hauling or mountain biking when it is chilly.
In 2009 Bontrager released their first ever cycling shoe line. After teaming up with Esoles in order to get thousands of foot scans. The result was a well fit shoe, with replaceable arch support and a bargain compared to other shoes. The line was very in depth with women, men and triathlon shoes. (Personally, I have two pairs and I love them!)
For 2010 they are going even deeper with the line and adding more color. The women are staying pretty subtle but the mens line have a lot of orange through out.
There’s a take on women’s designed product the basics are shorter top tube because women (most women) have longer legs and a shorter upper body. The shorter top tube and over all length of the bike allows for easier reach to handlebars, better fitting for someone with those long legs.
Masi has a take that those shorter tubes and steeper angles change the feel of the bike. Instead they have simply made a couple of their key models smaller, changed colors and most importantly the touch points of the bike. Touch points are narrower handlebars, seatpost that aren’t leaned so far back, shorter stem and an over all reach on the bike that allows you to use your brakes or shifters correctly.
Welcome the Bellissima line. Tim Jackson of Masi isn’t sold on the pink, but I am. Now to sell him on the idea of one model that runs smaller than 48cm. Allowing our youth to get into the sport at a decent price would be very rewarding.
Safety is a big thing for me. Helmets, lights and brakes on those fixed gear bikes are all important things. Any customer that comes through the shop getting into cycling or buying a new bike the two must accessories are a well fit helmet and a rear blinky light. So that I don’t sounds like I’m pushing things at them I explain the basics, you have one head (duh) and a good light will give drivers a good warning that you are up the road.
Today I’ll be talking about Knog’s colorful line of blinky lights.
Recently going out on a limb I pulled in a Gary Fisher Simple City 3W into our Trek Concept store in Charlotte, NC. We have been selling a lot of life style hybrids, cruisers and comfort bikes. I thought the Simple City really fit that niche and added character that the other bikes could have, but had to be purchased and added on.
Harlot Habit Shorts - Size MD, Color Black.
The shorts have an amazing material, stretchy but feel very durable. Sizing they seem to be pretty true & the length is perfect. I am very excited about the fact they didn’t mess with the padded liner that many shorts do. Normally you aren’t happy with the liner and tear it out, or if its built in you are stuck with it.
Back of shorts. Seamless crotch in center.
Shorts have two closures. Velcro and snaps. Easy to take off in a pinch but very secure while in use. The shorts also have belt loops if you want even more backup.
Tidbits from the company :
- Seamless and unlined crotch.
- Shell fabric is a stretch nylon/poly with Dryon finish. The Dryon is water and strain resistant.
- 4 way stretch inseam
- Available in multiple colors and sizes
The shorts are subtle enough to wear out after riding or I plan to wear them in the shop. The black color is perfect to hide grease and I can commute in to work with them on! Give me a week or so for a good ride report.