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Review | YNOT PIXEL

Review | YNOT PIXEL

When the word gets out that YNOT is releasing a new product… you know damn sure it’s going to be a winner. So when they asked me if I wanted to check out their new PIXEL sling bag with a camera insert… how could say…

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Review | YNOT Deploy Backpack

Review | YNOT Deploy Backpack

The past couple weeks that I’ve spent with the new Deploy backpack from YNOT have been the classic wet and cold remnants of winter in Portland as we make our way into spring. The Pacific Northwest has signature weather, and commuting through it requires specific…

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Review: Osloh Traffic Jean

Review: Osloh Traffic Jean

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review a pair of slim-fit Traffic Jeans from Brooklyn based Osloh and I got to tell you… I’m impressed. They essentially took an average 5-pocket jean and completely enhanced it for the everyday cyclist. These jeans are PACKED…

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Tested: Life Behind Bars Echelon Messenger Bag

Tested: Life Behind Bars Echelon Messenger Bag

It’s been a long time since I’ve put a messenger bag in the spotlight. Quite honestly, I find reviewing messenger bags quite boring because one bag isn’t much different from the other. But, sometimes a bag comes across my path and grabs my attention. The…

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Review: Knog Blinder MOB Lights

Review: Knog Blinder MOB Lights

With the sad reality of darker days looming over Portland for the next few months… I was super stoked Knog sent me their new front Blinder MOB Four Eyes light, and the rear Blinder MOB V Four Eyes light to test out. One of the…

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Review: Spurcycle Bell

Review: Spurcycle Bell

I don’t why it took me a decade to realize I needed to get a bell for my bike, but once I did… life on my bike just got a whole lot better. Portland is growing, and many newcomers find themselves crowding our bike paths…

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Think Safety with Showers Pass Reflective Torch Socks

Think Safety with Showers Pass Reflective Torch Socks

I received a few pairs of the Showers Pass Reflective Torch Socks in the mail, and they couldn’t come at a better time. In the last 30 days, Portland has seen its share of cycling accidents that included one fatality. As more people move to…

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River Days with The Americano

River Days with The Americano

When the season of spring struck Portland and the clouds were absent on weekends… it was time to ride to the river and spend the entire day basking in the sun. This could not be possible without the assistance of The Americano by Road Runner…

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Review: Kappstein Sprocket

Review: Kappstein Sprocket

The fine folks at Kappstein sent me one of their lightweight 17T Sprockets (cog) to test out on the streets. They weren’t kidding when they said the sprocket was lightweight as it weighed exactly 49 grams. The first thing you will notice is that the…

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Review: Blackburn | Central Combo Set

Review: Blackburn | Central Combo Set

When Blackburn sent me their Central 100/Central 20 combo light set, I was a bit excited to try these out after reading what both lights had to offer. Right out of the package… charging these lights was extremely painless, and lightning fast using the supplied…

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ABUS | uGrip Bordo 5700 Folding Lock

ABUS | uGrip Bordo 5700 Folding Lock

ABUS has sent me several locks in past few months to test out and I’m still going through the motions of giving each lock its undivided attention. One lock I wanted to test immediately was the ABUS uGrip Bordo 5700 folding lock because it’s unique…

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Blackburn | Super Flea Lights

Blackburn | Super Flea Lights

Blackburn sent me the Super Flea Front & Rear Combo pack and wow… I am truly impressed with these lights. Each light includes a magnetic USB smart charger that is super easy to attach. Once fully charged… the front light will last 1hr high, 3hr…

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Chrome Folsom Pants for Summer

Chrome Folsom Pants for Summer

Yesterday, Portland reached a daytime high of 102 degrees and it was brutal. I ride street and wear Cadence pants period, but yesterday I thought I would give the Chrome Folsom Pants a try because its relaxed fit and it seemed suitable (if you don’t…

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YNOT Stowaway + Backlash = AWESOME!

YNOT Stowaway + Backlash = AWESOME!

For the longest time, I’ve been trying to find the perfect camera bag to safely stow my Canon 5D Mark III into my backpack. When YNOT sent me their new Stowaway Camera Insert… my search was over. This medium camera bag insert was perfectly sized…

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GURU Fit System @ Western Bikeworks

GURU Fit System @ Western Bikeworks

I’ve been riding Fixed Gear bikes for a long time, and I would never give it up… completely. For the past year or so, I’ve been scooping out some road bikes solely for long distance rides. I believe that you and your bike must be…

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