Monkey Light Pro – Kickstarter
MonkeyLectric has a bigger (full wheel) customizable LED system up on Kickstarter called Monkey Light Pro. I’m a huge fan of the Monkey Light M210 which is the smaller, $50, option. I hope over time they are able to bring the cost of the new “full wheel and awesome” down! $895 for wheel lights is going to be pretty steep for folks. (Though it is killer and I will start saving pennies now!)
Monkey Light Pro
Details: Bluetooth wireless download and control, waterproof, 8 hour runtime, create playlist of images and animations, 256 LEDs, 4096 colors!
- Designed and Manufactured in California, USA
- Weight: about 500 grams, even balance
- Size: 520mm diameter, 25mm thick
- Visibility: evening, overcast and indoors. Not visible in bright sunlight.
- Media format support: JPG, GIF, PNG, AVI, MPEG, MOV, QT, FLV, and more.
- On-board media storage: 1000 image frames
- Playlist capabilities: playlists allow looping, timing and sequencing of frames.
- Web-based playlist creation, download from Windows and Mac
- Developer tools and API: runs on Mac and Linux
- Integrated Battery: 7000mAh Lithium Polymer
- Battery Runtime: 3-8 hours at full brightness, up to 48 hours at reduced brightness. Runtime depends on what graphics are shown.
- Not for use with motor vehicles
Interested? Read more on their Kickstarter and support the project!
Preview: Jaybird Bluebuds X Headphones
Yes, I wear headphones when I ride. Don’t worry, I can hear the cars beside me and if we ride together I promise I won’t ride with them in.
Meet the Jaybird Bluebuds X
Micro-sized bluetooth buds
- MSRP: $169.99
- Wireless music and phone calls
- In-ear white noise reduction that eliminates listener fatigue
- 8 hour playtime on one battery charge
- Sweat-proof (I’ll be testing this to be true or not!)
- A ton of crazy good reviews
I’ve been trying these out for a couple weeks now, need to have a few more good long rides or workouts to test out the battery before I give a sound review. For now I can say I am impressed, other than the install and trying to figure out what size my ears were, they have been easy to use and an amazing music experience (comparable to my Motorola or Bose in-ear headphones) when I need that get away.
Look for a full review in coming weeks, for now check out their website or watch the video below!
Review: Abus Bordo Lite
As a rep with QBP we are sometimes sent fun samples to try out, if we like them we can show them to shops and increase sales a bit in that category. Earlier this year I was sent some Abus lock samples, the coolest of course was this folding, cuff like, Bordo Lite.
- 5 mm steel bars, with plastic coating to prevent damage to the bicycle’s paintwork
- Silicone cover for the lock body with “soft touch” properties
- Link construction allows compact folding
- The bars and the lock body are made of particularly light materials and ferrous alloy
- Bars are linked with special rivets
- Premium cylinder for high protection against manipulations, e.g. picking
Colors: Black (reviewed), red, white
As a bike commuter, and someone that likes to empower folks to use their bike everyday this lock excites me. I know, I am a nerd.
The lock is simple once you understand which way to turn the key to lock it back up. It is compact, and yet long enough to lock the front wheel. You can carry it on spare bottle cage mounts like I do, or you can use velcro and attach it to another tube of your bike and it isn’t heavy to put it in your jersey pocket if needed.
$90 is steep for a lock that isn’t a u-lock but the beefier brother to this, the Bordo 6000/90 is supposedly just as strong, especially in cold weather (retail of $129).
I don’t believe you’ll be buying this if your bike cost less than $700 or you are locking it up to run into the coffee shop. If you are design oriented, overly protective of your bike, and don’t want to carry a second lock or cable to lock your front wheel… this lock is for you. I’m completely sold on it and plan to buy one for my other commuter bike, and for both of my girlfriend’s bikes.
Learn more about the Abus Bordo Lite on their website.
Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid or bribed for this review. The product was provided no charge as a work sample.
For the Love of Knee Warmers
From mid-September to March I am living in knee warmers. My tan lines will prove this as it is pretty far into the summer before the lines around my mid calves start disappearing. Here is my ode to knee warmers…
Review: Velo Transit Edge 30 Commuter Backpack
When I heard a company was making a waterproof backpack designed not only for bike commuting by for WOMEN I jumped at the chance to review the product.
Velo Transit is a based out of Seattle, WA where they design, build, test and ship their bags out of. The first time I learned of the company was this past spring, they are making waves as their designs are very function built and have some pretty unique ideas built into their bags.
Interbike ’12: Light & Motion TAZ: Ultra-Lightweight, Rechargeable, Waterproof
Keep up to date with the Bike Shop Girl coverage of the 2012 Interbike Trade Show with coverage, previews, exclusives and interviews.
TAZ was designed to be a beast on the trail with a flood beam so wide that you will be able to navigate tight switchbacks without a helmet light. By combining the brightness of a performance light with the safety features of a commuter light (such as side lights that pulse and can be manually turned off when not needed on the trail), the TAZ is the very definition of crossover, accomplishing both tasks without compromise.
Featuring three high-end CREE LEDs and a custom-designed reflector/lens system, the TAZ has two spot beams and an incredibly wide flood beam that throws out about as much light as a motorcycle headlight with a smoother beam pattern.
Whether you are swerving through the chaotic single-track of downtown traffic or shooting off onto a secret little stash of trails, the TAZ is your companion that will lead the way.
Light & Motion TAZ 800
Light & Motion TAZ 1200
Race Face Single Ring for 9/10 Speed
Details: 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40T x 104 BCD (4 bolt) 9 and 10 speed Compatible
Running 1×9 or 1×10 is huge these days. With the range you can get on a cassette many folks like the ease of use and less headache of dropping chain, shifting, etc.
I’m sold on the color and plan to be running a blue one on a new cyclocross 1×10 build I’m working on!
Princeton Tec – Crash Course in Making Lights
Princeton Tec designs, engineers, manufactures and assembles our own products at our facilities in the great state of New Jersey, USA. The technology and products have evolved since we started in 1975. This is what the process looks like today.
After we made this video, it became that much more apparent that it takes a ton of energy, knowledge and skill to do what we do. What we do requires a fast pace and rapid mind. Hold on tight while this video takes you inside the brain of PTEC HQ.
Hydrapak Soft Flask
On long rides I use gels, every 30 minutes on rides over 3 hours. On races under 3 hours I use it as well to keep my legs turning over well. On the longer rides I carry a flask or two of gel instead of single packages. The single packages are wasteful and can get expensive.
For the past 4 years I’ve used Hammer Gel’s hard plastic flask. I’m excited to see how the new(ish) Soft Flask from Hydrapak works out. I’ll be able to roll up the bottom to get the last drops of gel and it packs up smaller after use instead of taking up a ton of room in my pocket or bag.
Do you use gel? How do you carry it?
Lezyne Micro Caddy Bag Review
Saddle bags are a needed thing in my life. Something that most bike shops forget to mention when they sell you that new road or mountain bike. Riding around with out tools, tube or inflation device is like driving around in your car with out a spare tire. Yes, you can call someone if you get a flat but that isn’t the empower cycling female I hope you are! Plus, a saddle bag can hold that phone for you as well.
Most folks don’t think twice about what saddle bag to put on their bike. They look at two things. Size and color. There is more to a saddle bag than you would think.
Sizes: Medium (tested) and Small
Colors: Black or White
What’s Unique of the Lezyne Micro Caddy
Two things caught me as I installed the Lezyne Micro Caddy.
The first is the white color. I love all things white and so far it has stayed white which is awesome.
The second is how the bag attached to the seat rails. It almost has wings that wrap back on itself. Making it so you don’t need a strap to secure the bag to the seat post to eliminate waggle.
A few other cool features:
• The multi-tool holder under the bag. This allows for easy access to do quick changes on the bike.
• Reflective piping around the bag. It doesn’t replace a light but it is nice.
Overall thoughts of the Micro Caddy
The bag is nice, it holds my goods under my saddle. I like the unique features that I haven’t seen on a bag before. More and more bike shops are carrying them which is also nice so that you don’t have to buy online. Something about being able to put it on your bike to see if you like it…you can’t replace it. After about 2,000 miles on my cross bike the stitching started to blow open and the white zipper turned yellow. I haven’t tried to wash the bag in fear of the stitching getting worse, we will see if it makes it through the winter!
This product was provided to me at no charge from Lezyne. My opinion is honest and opinionated, probably why you’re still reading. I wasn’t bribed or paid for this review.