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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.

 

 

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, 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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Thursday, November 21st, 2013 5:32 pm

Testing Testing: Levi’s Commuter Fall ’13.

Posted by: kris

This fall season I got my hands on some of the new Fall 2013 Commuter offerings from Levi’s! Spent some time in my studio last night napping a few photos of the 511s, tee and my favorite piece the Hooded Trucker Jacket. If you’re unfamiliar with the line everything is top quality like you’d expect from the brand! but with some nice cycling inspired tweaks. 3M reflective cuffs, weather resistant fabric, u-lock holsters, rear pockets…they pretty much got it all!Over the next few weeks I’ll be rocking the Commuter stuff daily on the bike for work, cruising on the freestyle bike and to wherever I can get into trouble. Check back for more and hit Levi’s to swoop some fresh clothes.

 

Click through for a little gallery of the goods!

 

 

 

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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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Monday, June 17th, 2013 2:42 pm

Bike Minimalism: Ruffle These Feathers.

Posted by: kris

Bike Minimalism has been upping their media game pretty consistently lately. This well done piece on the Swrve Milwaukee ES jacket they got to review over the winter months is pretty spot on. A guy named Miska, riding a Milwaukee Mishka Bruiser testing the Milwaukee hoodie. Can’t get much more perfect than that.

 

 


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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