With cross season just around the corner I was beyond stoked when local heroes Squid Bikes offered up one of their Rattlecan rigs to give a go. Albeit a demo ride, this second version of their popular CX frame came built up with Force Hydro and a fine set of shoes by way of Portland’s Hi-Fi wheels. I’ve only had it about a week but with it’s glossy Spray.Bike finish and how well it eats dirt I’m already loving it. Much more on the way after spending some more time with it!
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…
Having just launched the newest collection of Commuter the friends at Levi’s shot over some of their new denim for us to try. With Sacramento’s already warm weather I’m stoked on a pair of the 541 shorts while Chris snagged some of their staple trousers. Look for more to come after we put in some time on the pavement!
The pals at Knog sent over some of their latest and greatest this week to get the once over. I’ll be passing these out to a couple of the other messenger dudes to get a few different perspectives on how the newest to the Blinder series and the fresh POP sets take to the night. To peep the whole line-up of Knog goodies be sure to pop on over!
Though I spend a lot of time cruising something fixed it’s always good to have a few bikes in the stable for those “other” rides. Given the chance to test out State‘s newest addition to their Off Road Division a la the 2015 Thunderbird I couldn’t pass! With the option to roll single speed or toss on a cassette this versatile cross rig opens the door to a slew of adventures. I’ve already got a few trips planned and with the expected abuse around town Thunderbird will be seeing some miles…stay tuned for the full review!
After my recent bikepacking trip to Yosemite I’ve been itching for more adventures. While the State’s Thunderbird is a cyclocross rig it should do just fine on some upcoming summer campouts…and a race or two! More of this bad boy once it’s rollin’ so pop over to give Thunderbird a once over…
Stoked to have a fresh pair of Chrome Kursk Pros to give a go in the city. These are their most popular SPD shoes but a first for me…a closer look after a some time breaking them in. Swoop a pair of your own here!
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!
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.