Reviews

Knog Blinder Light Review
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Knog Blinder Arrow Light Review

We all know my obsession for lights and bags. I have so many of both as I’m always trying to find the perfect one. Rechargeable lights are something I really love. Especially the latest push for USB rechargeable. You see, before lights and bags I am a tech freak. iPad, iMac, MacBook Air, GoPro’s, Canon cameras, iPhones, you get the idea. I always have a computer with me, so charging a light through USB is really easy for me. Much easier than finding batteries at CVS.

Meet the Knog Blinder Arrow Light $44.99

Knog Blinder Light Review

I received a front light in the mail, and it has been on the front of my bikes since February. I’ve traveled with it to Frostbike, and utilize it anytime I’m on the road. I’ve had to charge it twice, it’s bright and easy to use. The mount works on all types of handlebar styles, widths and bends. The USB is easy to use, but you have to have the right room for it. It doesn’t fit in well right between two other USB’s due to the light size.

Knog Blinder Light Review

In Knog fashion they come in many colors & styles

Long term I plan to order a rear, as making a white front light bright seems to be easier than making a red rear light bright and eye catching.

Visit Knog’s website to view all styles!

This product was provided for free for review. I was not bribed or paid for this review. 

Bike After Dark Fireball Mark II
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Review: Bike After Dark Fireball Mark II Wheel Light

This review was put in play by Luna Cycles in Lenior, NC. I am very grateful for their time and assistance, and commuter knowledge!

Visibility is the bane of cyclists everywhere. As a daily commuter, I find myself riding in the worst visibility conditions: early morning light, evening dusk, rain, fog, and nighttime darkness. I wear high-visibility yellow, I strap a riot of blinking lights to the front and back of my bike – I’d get a head-to-toe glow in the dark tattoo if I thought it would help – all in a quest to be noticed by drivers. It was with this quest in mind that I jumped at the opportunity to try out the Fireball Mark II light from Bike After Dark.

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Fox Racing Women's Reflex Gel
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Recently Spotted: Fox Racing Women’s Reflex Gel Gloves

There are a couple very important parts of your bike that you shouldn’t skimp on, these are your “touch points”. Saddle, shoes/pedals, and grips/handlebars/gloves.

Recently Quality Bike started stocking some women’s Fox Racing gloves with gel that I am looking to pick up. What’s unique is there is a short finger mountain bike version.

Fox Racing Women’s Reflex Gel Full Finger Glove $32.99

Fox Racing Women's Reflex Gel

Fox Racing Women's Reflex Gel  Fox Racing Women's Reflex Gel

Fox Racing Women’s Reflex Gel Short Finger Glove $29.99

Fox Racing Women's Reflex Gel

Almost every bike shop in America will be able to get this through my employer, QBP. 

Oh yes, I wasn’t paid or bribed, and I may make money off of these if you buy them through your bike shop who buys them through my employer, and that shop is in the southeast. That’s my disclaimers. Thank you for listening.

Levi's Commuter Hooded Trucker Jacket
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Preview: Levi’s 511 Commuter Clothing Series

It isn’t breaking news. Levi’s have been doing their Commuter line for a few months now. I’m featuring this because the 511 is a guys line, but fit pretty thin. I have hopes for such a power house in the denim department to do cycling wear. It’s thoughtful, I do feel like some of the garments (jackets/hoodies) are too dark and not thought out enough, but it is a good place to start.

Levi's Commuter Hooded Trucker Jacket

This is a photo heavy post, please click through the jump to see all!

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Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Pocket for Smartphone:
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Recently Spotted: Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Pocket for Smartphone

I always have my Otterbox housed iPhone with me on rides. I constantly am pulling it out to take photos, or something. The idea of a case that could hook on to my Camelbak back straps, have a port for my music, and possible take photos through it is GENIUS I say.

Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Pocket for Smartphone MSRP $25

Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Pocket for Smartphone:

Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Pocket for Smartphone:

Almost every bike shop in America will be able to get this through my employer, QBP. Tell them part number OW8460.

Oh yes, I wasn’t paid or bribed, and I may make money off of these if you buy them through your bike shop who buys them through my employer, and that shop is in the southeast. That’s my disclaimers. Thank you for listening.

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What is Foundry Cycles?

As I’m touring all over Georgia and the Southeast the next week with Foundry Cycles (and Lazer) I wanted a quick intro of who or WHAT the brand is. In due time I’ll put this in my own words, but it is 10:30pm and I’m sitting in a hotel room exhausted!

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Drift II Women's MTB Shoe
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Recently Spotted: Pearl Izumi X-Alp Drift II Women’s MTB Shoe

It seems that the Pearl Izumi shoe the X-Alp Drift has been redesigned. I should say, thankfully re-designed. Going from a 3 strap velcro system, to a shoe that looks like a hiking sneaker. I can say this is on my list of wants for the hike a bike trips, bike commuting and trips with the family. Easier to walk in. Functionally good looking and cheaper than a lot of cycling shoes. That sounds good to me if they fit!

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Drift II MTB Shoe MSRP $110

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Drift II Women's MTB Shoe Pearl Izumi X-Alp Drift II Women's MTB Shoe Almost every bike shop in America will be able to get these shoes through my employer, QBP. We currently are out of stock in them but will be getting them in the next week or so. Sizes 36 through 42 whole sizes. Pearl Izumi, I wear a size 42 if you want some reviewed! 

Oh yes, I wasn’t paid or bribed, and I may make money off of these if you buy them through your bike shop who buys them through my employer, and that shop is in the southeast. That’s my disclaimers. Thank you for listening.

Bontrager Vella Camu Shopper Review
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Bontrager Vella Vana and Camu Bag Review

I am putting these two bags together in one review as other than straps and zippers they are much alike. 

Getting women to use bicycles as a form of transportation is rather important to me. I feel as society see’s more women on bikes, as more women empower their children and families to chose a bike, the more we success we will have with getting better laws, infrastructure and movement forward in the US for bikes.

Making biking easier, more functional, and well better looking is a huge step in to doing the above. I feel Bontrager is making strides in this.

Bontrager Vella Vana Messenger MSRP: $110

Bontrager Vella Vana Messenger Bag Review

A streamlined messenger bag that comes in black or a deep purple. The unique feature of this bag is on the back, under a zipper two clips are hidden to firmly snap this bag on to your rack.

Other features in the bag include:

  • A separate, elevated, sleeve for your laptop to keep it from hitting the ground
  • Expandable when you need more room
  • External key and wallet pocket
  • Padded messenger strap

Bontrager Vella Camu Shopper MSRP $110

Bontrager Vella Camu Shopper Review

The basics of this bag are the same but instead of a messenger bag it is shaped to fit a paper grocery bag perfectly. The messenger strap is replaced with two hand straps and the top is closed by a zipper top.

The bag still has the installation feature onto a rack, expansion feature with a full zip around the bottom when you need to carry more and adds side straps to cinch down on the sides and keep things safe!

Bontrager Vella Camu Shopper Review

Things I Would Change (Cons)

The bags are really good and durable bags. They’ve encouraged my better half who is a true girly girl to branch out and use a bicycle for other things. With that, I have to make note of a few things that I hope in the next run they address.

  • More mounts for blinky lights
  • More reflective bits
  • Some sort of tie down on the bottom for when I have precious cargo and can’t fathom the bag coming unhitched
  • Maybe a rain fly
  • More colors. Make it fun, make it eye catching. (Remember hi-viz yellow is the new black!)

 Some other cool photos and features


This product was provided for free for review. I was not bribed or paid for this review. 

All City Macho Man Madness
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Preview: All City Macho Man Cyclocross Bike

One of the most exciting parts (there were many) of Frostbike 2012 is the reveal of the new All City Macho Man Cyclocross bike. This is the geared version of their well known Nature Boy.

All City Macho Man Madness

I can tell you right now this bike is what I’ll be racing next cross season, and will be ordering the gold frameset option as my pit bike. Yes, I said it.

Some of the below photos are my own from the show, some are Jeff Frane of All City. 

All City Macho Man Specifications that Matter

Frameset: 4130 ChroMoly steel, double butted, externally tapered, overlized, awesomeness.

Fork: 4130, lugged crown

Derailleurs: 105 rear & CX70 Front

Okay really. It’s steel. It’s new 105 that feels yummy in your hands. Tiagra hubs, cassette and bla bla. This will be my race bike for 12-13. I plan on using the fully built bike like you see above as my pit bike and building up the GOLD frameset option with nicer spec to save weight.

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