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”

Knog Blinder 1 Tail Light Review

Bright light meets small space

I bought the Knog Blinder 1 rear light to solve the relatively simple problem of needing a seat post mounted taillight that fits in a very small amount of space. On my winter bike, I have both a seat bag and use a removable fender when it rains, leaving only an inch of seat post space between the two. This Knog tail light is one of the few tail lights that fits perfectly in that space, is waterproof, and is chargeable by USB without requiring an external charger.
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