Toronto Cycles Titanium Bolts Review

If you’ve ever lost hours of your life in the Weight Weenie forum perusing people’s light bike builds, you’ll know that optimizing every last piece of hardware is a necessary step. One easy way to make your bike lighter is to swap your stock steel nuts and bolts for titanium ones, and Toronto Cycles has been my go-to source for this stuff for the past couple years. Continue reading “Toronto Cycles Titanium Bolts Review”

Timbuk2 Especial Raider Backpack Review

Timbuk2 Especial Raider backpack. Bicycle pin not included.

As a daily bike commuter, I’ve tried all sorts of panniers and backpacks over the last few years, and have finally settled on the Timbuk2 Especial Raider as my standard bag to hold my change of clothes that I take to work. The Timbuk2 Especial Raider is a smallish, comfortable, cycling-centric backpack with some reflective elements. It’s also handsome and relatively affordable. Continue reading “Timbuk2 Especial Raider Backpack Review”

Reynolds Competitive Quick Release Skewers Review

Handsome skewers, because that matters.

To go with my new Reynolds Assault SLG Wheels, I got a pair of Reynolds Competitive Quick Release Skewers. These are one notch up the totem pole from the ones that come with the wheels, but not the Reynolds top of the line Pro Quick Release Skewers. I was hesitant to get this lightest model to make sure I wasn’t making any compromises on durability, but I’m sure Reynolds has a handle on that. Continue reading “Reynolds Competitive Quick Release Skewers Review”

Castelli Dolomiti X-Lite Jacket Review

Castelli’s Denali X-Lite is a super-lightweight, no-frills, and totally waterproof cycling jacket ready for training or commuting. Waterproof jackets are notorious for not being breathable, but the Castelli is about as cutting edge in that department as possible. This jacket is waterproof enough to easily expose the lack of waterproofness in the rest of my kit when I arrive to work totally dry around the chest but wet everywhere else. It is also certainly more breathable than my “waterproof” Eider running jacket, and it gives my Pearl Izumi water-resistant jacket a run for its money. Continue reading “Castelli Dolomiti X-Lite Jacket Review”