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”

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”

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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