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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 11:04 am

Testing Testing: Knog Party Combo Lock.

Posted by: kris

Knog recently dropped this quick little lock job for when you need something small and simple. The Party Combo lock does away with the need for a key to make popping into the corner store or securing that front wheel as easy as possible. I’ll be rolling around with it at work for the next couple weeks to see how well it takes a daily beating. A few more snaps after the click and check back soon for the full review. If you can wait…peep more here!

 

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 6:41 pm

Tested: YNOT Stowaway and Backlash.

Posted by: kris

A couple months back I touched bases with the friends at YNOT Cycle about upcoming releases and the like. Not only did they have some new stuff on the way but some awesome  bits geared for people who love their camera as much as their bike. After picking some colors a short few weeks later I had in hand some samples of their highly anticipated Stowaway camera bag and Backlash strap. From the get go it was obvious that the YNOT crew spent some time getting these accessories dialed and ready to roll. I’ve been using both for going one a couple months now and am definitely stoked…click through for the whole review!

 

 

 

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Friday, May 30th, 2014 6:06 pm

Testing Testing: JBL Clip Wireless Speaker.

Posted by: kris

Today while out doing runs a random package showed up to my office addressed to “lockedcog”. No idea what was inside I was stoked to see this sweet JBL Clip wireless speaker that is likely here for some testing. Cool little option for when you want to ditch the headphones and not only does it play music but lets you answer calls without touching your phone. Getting to the bottom of what the dealio is on this but for now i’ll be rolling with it. Sound quality is definitely on point so far…more soon!

 

 

 


Thursday, May 8th, 2014 1:12 pm

Tested: Chrome Folsom Pants.

Posted by: kris

Beyond 3M reflective inks and cooling vents you have perhaps the most crucial bit of cycling apparel…bottoms. Chrome has been adding all sorts of ride inspired gear to their soft goods as of late but nothing as cool as the Folsom. They went beyond making their new pants (and shorts) look like they belong on a bike to making them FEEL like they’re meant for the saddle…click through for the breakdown.

 

 

 

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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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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 11:24 am

Chrome: Folsom Pants & Shorts.

Posted by: kris

Chrome definitely keeps the ball rolling! Their new Folsom pants and shorts expand their extensive clothing line to include a complete urban cycling bottom. Sealed seems and 3XDry material keeps things from getting too moist while reinforced seems hold everything together. Click through to the Folsom page for all the details and check back here for a little “Testing Testing” action…


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.

 

 

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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, December 2nd, 2013 12:59 pm

Testing Testing: Eighthinch Manifest.

Posted by: kris

About 8 months ago I  got this Eighthinch Manifest rolling on the road. It quickly became my daily using it for my messenger job during the day and getting around town after hours. Overall I was pretty impressed with the bikes ride even if built up with affordable Eighthinch parts. Peep a little review and some photos of my Manifest after the click. Starting something a bit more serious so this will likely become a basket bike for the rainy days…more after I change it up a bit.

 

 

 

 

LOOKS: Out of the box the Manifest looks a bit nicer than other “budget” fixed frames on the market. The welds are a okay and the gloss paint is durable. After a good amount of time in the rain and more lockups than I could count the frame is still chip free. After months of being used as a daily work bike only surface scratches from wear and tear can be seen. Quite a few people mentioned the seat tube taper that resembles something of a Visp. Agree that it looks a bit off but still like the overall look once built.

 

 

 

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