STICKY! Contest: Where Would You Take Your Leatherman FREE Tool?

“Where would you take your Leatherman FREE?”

Leatherman’s tools – particularly the Wave – have been staples for us on our travels. From bikepacking or touring, camping, fishing or 4×4 expeditions, we won’t go anywhere without our Leatherman. So when Leatherman added a new product to their lineup, the FREE, we had to try it out. Guess what? We liked it so much that we want to give a few away to the readers of this website. Check out the details below. (more…)

May 6, 2019 30 comments
Paul Component Engineering and Sim Works Limited Edition Parts!

Paul and Sim Works Launch a New Collection

Brown is a notoriously difficult color to anodize, and the risk of botching it and scrapping a run of parts we spent so much time machining is very scary. Most component manufacturers (including us) steer waaay clear of such a difficult color, so when our friends at Simworks asked us to make a special edition engraved and brown-anodized run of parts, we were hesitant. You never know what shade of brown you’ll get back from ano. It could be a super light and shiny whisky brown, or a sandy reddish clay brown or dark dirt flat brown. Not only can it vary from batch to batch, and from part to part, but even within the same part. We warned Simworks about the “get-what-you-get” nature of brown, and they still wanted it, and we love them, so we decided to give it a shot. (more…)

May 17, 2019 4 comments
Andrew the Maker: Granny’s Pantry Handlebar Bag

Handlebar bags these days are rather ubiquitous, yet from time to time something new comes on the market that piques my interest. Andrew the Maker’s new Granny’s Pantry bar bag is a semi-rigid bag, utilizing an aluminum brace that is clamped to the bars – 31.8mm only – to keep it stable on rowdy descents. The Granny’s Pantry has a drop in camera insert, a rando-style bag closure system and has a plastic liner to stiffen the body. The use of ABS plastics in bikepacking, touring, and other bags has been a huge benefit for me over the years, as I tend to crush bags accidentally, ruining their profile. The Granny’s Pantry has a lot of clever details and is available for a limited pre-order for $125 now at Andrew the Maker.

May 16, 2019 19 comments
The RIGd UltraSwing Hitch Carrier Multi-Fit Works With All 2″ Receivers

Got a vehicle that needs to carry a spare tire on the back but you’ve gotta carry a bike rack too? Well, if it has a 2″ receiver, the RIGd UltraSwing Hitch Carrier Multi-Fit fits all vehicles now. The original UltraSwing only fit the 4th/5th gen 4Runner but the Multi-Fit works with just about any vehicle with a 2″ receiver. The offset receiver hitch keeps the bikes away from your spare tire and when you need to get into the back of your vehicle, it swings away, making access easy. See more at RIGd.

May 16, 2019 No comments yet
Newbaum’s Now Comes in Padded Cotton!

Newbaums cloth bar tape is our favorite over here but I’ll be the first to admit that unless you wrap it twice, it can be a bit thin for off-road bicycles. So when they announced their new cushioned bar tape this week, we had to order a few rolls to try them out. Head over to Newbaums to check out the color offerings and get on over to your local dealer to order a roll.

May 16, 2019 3 comments
Velo Orange Neutrino Minivelo Presale is Live

Minivelos gained popularity in cities where space is limited. The Neutrino Mini-Velo is a full sized bike with BMX tires, so high-quality rims and tires are cheap, plentiful, and strong. The small diameter wheels keep acceleration quick for cruising around town. Thick 2.4″ tires eliminate the harshness of typical small wheeled bikes. The short wheelbase makes it easy to store inside so you don’t have to worry about it getting ripped off overnight. (more…)

May 16, 2019 12 comments
Spray.Bike’s New Frame Builder’s Metal Plating Colors!

Spray.Bike is the one-shot spraypaint perfect for painting a bicycle frame. It’s grown in popularity over the years and now, they’ve expanded their color and finish options to include a Frame Builder’s Metal Plating line. Included in the lineup is gold, copper, silver and bronze. These 400ml spray bottles make painting a bike frame easy and are in stock now at Spray.Bike.

May 15, 2019 3 comments
The Legend of Rafael

After a devastating breakup, Rafael finds solitude and restoration on the open road, pedaling his way to emotional health from Mexico City to northern Colorado. With just $500 to his name, he spearheads a revolution to help the underprivileged members of his new neighborhood the best way he knows how: repairing their bicycles.

May 15, 2019 2 comments
In Defense

Green River, Utah has some amazing trails, surrounded by some of the most epic scenery.

May 15, 2019 1 comment
Cascada All Road: Venture Jersey

Just because warmer months are coming, doesn’t mean you can’t use merino jerseys. The Cascada Venture Jersey utilizes a blend to keep you cool on warmer rides, while still benefiting from the comfort, fit, feel, and versatility of merino wool. Merino reacts to body temperature changes, absorbs and transfers excess moisture away, protects against UV radiation, is naturally antibacterial and odor resistant, is soft, hypoallergenic and does not cause itching. Available in Olive, Mustard, and Clay and in stock now at Cascada.

May 14, 2019 No comments yet
Standert’s Kreissäge 2nd Cut DISC Road Bike is Made in Italy

Stander’s new Kreissäge comes in a rim or disc brake version and is made from high-end Scandium tubing in Italy. With a race-proven geometry, Di2, AXS or 2x compatible, flat mounts, and a no-nonsense kit, it checks a lot of boxes for those looking for a zippy and capable road bike, that’s a little different from the rest of the options out there. Head to Standert to read more.

May 14, 2019 No comments yet