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Preview: Chrome Niko Camera Bag

0 Chrome Niko Camera Pack

Chrome has launched a big brother to their Niko Messenger Camera Bag.

Meet the Niko Camera Pack

The Niko pack was designed and built for day shooting and travel with a tough weatherproof denier nylon outer shell and military grade truck tarpaulin liner. It has a fully customizable interior compartment for lenses and flashes and multiple pockets for cable and gear storage. Other features include quick access top loading compartment for items like a windbreaker or phone, a padded laptop compartment that fits up to 15” Macbook Pro, front Velcro straps for securing a tripod or skateboard, and side access u-lock holster.

Features:

  • MSRp: $180
  • Fully weather resistant Video/DSLR camera pack with PU coated zipper
  • Large zip around opening and customizable main compartment for organizing lenses, flash and other equipment
  • Padded laptop compartment fits up to Macbook Pro 15
  • Quick access top-loading camera compartment
  • Front velcro straps secure large tripod or skateboard
  • Side access U-Lock Holster

See more on Chrome’s website

 

Interbike ’12: Light & Motion TAZ: Ultra-Lightweight, Rechargeable, Waterproof

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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.

TAZ 800 $249

Light & Motion TAZ 800

Light & Motion TAZ 800

Lumens:
High- 800
Med- 400
Low- 200
Pulse- 200
Flash- 200

Run Time:

High- 2:00
Med- 4:00
Low- 8:00
Pulse- 12:00
Flash- 24:00

System Weight:
216 gr

TAZ 1200 $299

Light & Motion TAZ 1200

Light & Motion TAZ 1200

Lumens:
High- 1200
Med- 600
Low- 300
Pulse- 300
Flash- 300

Run Time:
High- 1:30
Med- 3:00
Low- 6:00
Pulse- 9:00
Flash- 18:00

System Weight:
216 gr

 

2013 Surly Bikes Preview

2 2013 Surly Bikes Cross Check

I’ve been biased to the Surly brand since 2003. This is about when I purchased my first Karate Monkey “29er” and then again in 2004 when I picked up a hidden stock of the pink 1×1. Since then I’ve had many bikes with the Surly logo stickered down the side. Multiple Karate Monkey’s, a Long Haul Trucker, a Big Dummy and Steamroller.

There hasn’t been much change to the 2013 Surly lineup, some colors, a 14″ Pugsley and of course, the Krampus.

Disclaimer: I am now the Southeast rep for Surly. If you buy a new Surly Bike in NC, SC, TN, AL or GA, from an independent bicycle dealer, I will make money from it. I encourage it, and look forward to being able to afford a Krispy Kreme donut in your honor. 

Princeton Tec – Crash Course in Making Lights

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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.

Preview: Chrome Dolores Shoes

3 Chrome Dolores Review

For the past few years I have heard the spectrum of reviews on Chrome’s shoes. Chrome, known first for their made in the US bags that started in Colorado. Now the company is based out of San Francisco and has probably 3/4 of their line made over seas. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just putting some back story out there.

Back to Chrome’s shoes

Chrome has been making “bike specific” sneakers for a few years now. Gum bottom or SPD ready, these shoes were made for those that live on their bike and want to look the part. Available in three different series, the PRO Series has the SPD compatible clip-in, the Pedal Series has a fiberglass sole for better pedaling, and the All City Series with stronger uppers and not so stiff sole.

Earlier this month Chrome released a new shoe into their All City Series it is also their first WOMENS shoe, the Dolores. Read the preview by clicking read more..!

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Knog Blinder Arrow Light Review

5 Knog Blinder 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. 

Bontrager Vella Vana and Camu Bag Review

0 Bontrager Vella Camu Shopper 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 Vana Messenger Bag Review

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. 

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.

Specifications

  • 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!