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”
After a minor but frightening crash, I sadly had to replace my beloved Kask Protone helmet managed to pickup a Kask Vertigo 2.0 at a pretty good price. The original Vertigo was the Team Sky helmet of choice circa 2013 and this updated 2.0 incarnation is still a fantastic high-end lid even if the Protone has surpassed it in popularity. Continue reading “Kask Vertigo 2.0 Helmet 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”
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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