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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 4:54 pm

Tested: State Bicycle Co. Black Label.

Posted by: kris

It’s been a few solid weeks riding around on the State Bicycle Co. Black Label that’s now become a sweet basket bike. After getting this thing built up I put it through the ringer with a solid couple of weeks at work (LOTS of rain), some long days on the trail and running errands around town. Overall I dig the bike and though it wont be my daily rider I’m sure it’ll be one of the regulars. Here’s a little breakdown of why…

 

 

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 1:01 pm

Testing Testing: State Bicycle Black Label.

Posted by: kris

It’s been a while since a fresh bike review popped up on the site so when State asked about giving one of their new Black Label rides a whirl I couldn’t pass it up. These things come delivered to your door mostly assembled with a decent build out of parts to get it rolling. Pop the seat/pedals/bars on, air up the tires and slide the front wheel in and you’re ready to roll. I had the bike on the road in about 25 minutes after checking that everything was tight and dialed in just right. Hit State for their whole lineup and check back for the real deal here in a few weeks. More photos after the jump!

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Monday, March 3rd, 2014 6:57 pm

Barrage on the Beach.

Posted by: kris

Well sort of. Hit the coastline this past weekend for some adventure times. Found this creek that ran down to the ocean with a water fall and all the business. Seemed like a good spot to snap a pic of my favorite backpack right now the reflective camo Chrome Barrage. Full review is on its way soon!

 


Thursday, February 13th, 2014 12:53 pm

Testing Testing: Chrome Barrage Reflective Camo.

Posted by: kris

I’ve had my eye on the Barrage since it’s release last year so when the opportunity to review the newest Reflective Camo version came up I jumped faster than paratrooper on a recon mission. Here’s a few photos I snapped of the bags features yesterday with the help of a few little friends. The orange interior is just the icing on an already awesome package complete with reflective rain, Swedish M90 camo and cargo netting. Going to try snapping some reflective shots for the full review so check back for that and hit Chrome to swoop! Full gallery after the click…

 

 

 

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 6:17 pm

Tested: Hiplok V1.5.

Posted by: kris

Reviewing locks is something entirely new for me. That being said I had some fun with testing out Hiplok’s V1.5 chain while waiting for their new D model. After about 5 months of work use, bar hopping and slamming this thing into the ground (literally) I’m definitely impressed.

 

 

LOOK:

Hard to deny that this bad boy looks a bit different than other locks in the same style. Rather than a plain padlock or micro u-lock to secure the chain the V1.5 has a plastic/metal cased padlock designed specifically for the purpose. There’s an array of colors from  plain black to neons like the green here. A matching chain color and some nice lines on the lock make this look as good as it functions.

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Monday, January 6th, 2014 5:54 pm

In the Works: Hiplok D and V1.5 Review.

Posted by: kris

Got a nice package from the fine people at Hiplok today. I’ve been running their 1.5 chain since Interbike and now have a couple of Hiplok Ds to play with. One will be up for grabs on Facebook and the other up on here for a little review. Check back later in the week for some proper photos and a run down of the V1.5 that I’ve been using the past few months. Hit their spot to check their whole line of bike security options.

 


Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 11:43 am

Testing Testing: Hiplok V 1.50.

Posted by: kris

I was stoked to meet up with the Hiplok dudes at Interbike this year to see what’s new. They’ve been making solid security options for  urban cycling scene going on a couple of years now with new stuff constantly on the way. After checking out the new goods and talking a bit about what I do on the daily they were rad enough to get me one of the V1.50 locks to try out.

I’ve used it a bunch since then both at work and running around town with no complaints. It’s relatively light, sits comfortably on the waist and is far easier than similar chains  to take off when you’re not using it. While my ulock is a bit faster locking up on runs this guy doesn’t dig into my back or rip my belt to shreds. Also worth noting that the rounded key hole in the lock is pretty neat and probably a pain in the ass to try picking.  Look for a full review after a while and some more Hiplok products on here in the future. Click through for a little gallery!

 

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Friday, June 7th, 2013 12:26 pm

Testing Testing: Chrome De Haro Windbreaker.

Posted by: kris

The weather here in Sac has been odd as of late to say the least. So when Chrome sent out the press release for these bad boys last week I was able to get my hands on a De Haro of my own. I’ve been wanting a new windbreaker that’s a bit more stylish yet just as functional as you’d want out of a light packable piece. Despite a few people saying that it’s too warm here to rock something like this I actually used it the day it showed up. Definitely comfortable and that back pocket came in handy riding around town. Pick one up here!

 

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013 2:52 pm

Worked: Fyxation Mesa 61.

Posted by: kris

Been a minute since I’ve had a fresh review on here so luckily the dudes at Fyxation came through with something to beat up a few months back. I’ve had the Mesa 61s on my bike for about three months now and have been nothing but impressed with how they’ve held up. They’ve performed well on every level despite looking like they’ve been in a bar fight. Nothing short of a solid pedal. Click through for the whole bittt.

 

Pedal Body:

 

Being that I ran thee with no straps left the whole pedal open to impacts. These plenty of scratches and dents in the bodies from throwing my bike, bailing and obviously grinding all kinds of shit with and without pegs. That being said they still feel and work well with most of the damage being merely cosmetic. The only thing that might be a problem (and I haven’t tried yet) is breaking down the pedal to replace parts as the allen holes on the end caps are pretty worked…though I expected this as well considering how hard I am on my bike every day.

 

 

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 12:51 pm

Rollin: Fyxation Mesa 61′s

Posted by: kris

These showed up to my work on Friday courtesy of the dudes at Fyxation. Really been on the hunt for some new pedals so when I saw these I was pretty stoked. Mesa 61s are similar to BMX pedals…which is what I was looking at before…but look made more around fixed/street riding. They have a bit more room for straps and removable pins so you can set them up how you want. Bearings are smooth. Pins are grippy. Was also nice that I could toss these on with a crescent rather than a pedal wrench. Been through a couple days at work and a couple days of filming on them so far and they’re dope. More after I ride them a bit longerrr.

 

 

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