From unboxing the Blackburn Grid 13 multitool I knew it wouldn’t be leaving my bag. The key here is layout which makes things less clunky and each tool that much easier to use. Toss in a wide selection of wrenches, drivers and the obligatory bottle opener and the Grid is perfect tagging along for the ride. Click through for a closer look and a few words on this little guy…
A few months back I was on the hunt for a daypack ideal for bouncing around town or hitting the grocery store. Given the chance to test the recently updated Ruck Sack from Velo City I had to jump. A large backpack based on the timeless rucksack it features modern improvements to battle the day to day abuse of the city. After many trips and even more miles I couldn’t be more impressed with this “little” guy and here’s why…
I’ve been itching for a new go-to bag for around town and Velo City was there to scratch it with a new Ruck Sack. This is the larger size of two offered with a handful of pockets to keep thingy tidy. Going to give this a whirl for a bit with a full review on the way!
Code Orange – Cycles (The Days Get Longer)
Late last year this little guy from ABUS unexpectedly popped up at my office for a little testing. I typically roll with a mini lock working in town so naturally I welcomed the Ultra 410 Mini with open arms. A lightweight yet nicely built compact lock perfect for a quick stop or something a bit longer when paired with the provided cable. After a few months slinging this guy around poles on the daily here’s a little rundown on what I liked about the 410 Mini!
I’ve been waiting like a kid at Christmas for this bad boy to show up from Chrome. Their WARM gear went live a couple weeks back and it’s no surprise the Vest and Work Shirt are already popping up in cities all over. Gotta’ love that they’re reversible and you can bet I’ll be flipping mine back and forth quite a bit. Check back after a few more chilly weeks for a closer look!
A bit back the friends at Knog sent through their lightweight Party Combo for a little street Testing. After a using around town for quick beer runs and a bit of extra security I’d say it deserves a bit of a rest. Below are a few things I liked and fewer that I didn’t as well as a handful of photos to peep. Having waited a bit on this review I wanted to have some fun with the flicks so I took to downtown after work yesterday to catch some of the buzz…
This cable lock doesn’t suck. That should be enough of a review right there because more often than not they do. Too long a cable or too crappy a lock makes you nervous to let them be seen with your bike let alone on it. The Party Combo from Knog tightens it up into a nice, simple looking design that you won’t mind carrying around. Personally I would have gone with black or one of the other 7 colors available for however “bright” your taste might be.
The old friends at Eighthinch sent out a couple of their newest bars to put through the ringer. Having just been released the new drop bar and small risers are a huge improvement over their past models. Since the my tarck build is made up of almost all Eighthinch goods the riser will be right at home while the drops will end up on a track build. Here’s a couple snaps from a grimy downtown alley…check back for more after these get broken in!
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!
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!
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!