Camelbak Podium Chill Bike Water Bottle Review

I’ve used a lot of different bike water bottles and have landed on the Camelbak Podium as my favorite.  It’s a nice, insulated bottle that comes in lots of colors and just works.  They even have a dirt series which comes with a nice cap for mountain biking.  Here are some pictures: Specs 21oz PolypropyleneContinue reading “Camelbak Podium Chill Bike Water Bottle Review”

Microshift R10 Rear Derailleur Review

If you are looking for a nice 10-speed rear derailleur for a build or to replace an old Shimano derailleur, the R10 is a great option.  I used the Microshift 10 speed group on my Surly build and it has worked great all summer.  Check it out: Features Forged and CNC machined construction Lightweight AluminumContinue reading “Microshift R10 Rear Derailleur Review”

Bryton Sport Mount Review

I decided I wanted a nicer looking out-front mount for my Surly Cross Check and went with the Bryton Sport Mount.  Have a look at it: Installing It was pretty easy to mount as it just has 2 screws.  You just have to remove the screws and hold the mount on the bars while youContinue reading “Bryton Sport Mount Review”

Ride Concepts Livewire Flat Pedal Mountain Bike Shoes Review

I’ve really been enjoying riding with my Ride Concepts Livewire flat pedal mountain bike shoes.  Initially I thought I was gonna clip in, but then decided to go the flat pedal route.  I’m not that confident anymore I can clip out fast enough mountain biking.  I think they look good, check them out: Features RubberContinue reading “Ride Concepts Livewire Flat Pedal Mountain Bike Shoes Review”

Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Review

I installed Tektro CR720 brakes on my Surly Cross Check build and they work quite well.  They are considered cyclocross brakes by Tektro, and you can see why looking at them: They have very strong braking, probably from the all the leverage from being so wide.  They are also easy to clean as you haveContinue reading “Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Review”

Filoto Cycling Belt Bike Bag Review

My Filoto cycling belt is my most used bike bag.  It’s not for carrying a ton of gear, but it’s great for carrying a phone, wallet, keys…  Most my rides I just bring my phone with so I can call for a ride if things go bad.  When I need to carry more emergency gear,Continue reading “Filoto Cycling Belt Bike Bag Review”

Lightest Road Bike Tires List

I have taken a look at all the bike tire manufacturers and put together this list of weights sorted by size and whether they are tubed or tubeless.  I have also given the lightest weight winner and runner up for each category.  If you want lightweight tires, this list is for you.  Tubed Tires 23mmContinue reading “Lightest Road Bike Tires List”

Rockbros Bicycle Rear Taillight Saddle Rail Mounted Review

Because my Surly doesn’t have a lot of seat post showing I decided a saddle rail mounted taillight might be the best way to go.  I shopped around quite a bit and landed on this one from Rockbros, take a look: This one is just a regular taillight, so you turn it on, and itContinue reading “Rockbros Bicycle Rear Taillight Saddle Rail Mounted Review”

Halo Retro Road Race Wheel Skewers Review

Its not easy to find vintage-look silver quick release skewers that are lighter than the regular old steel ones.  After much searching, I found these Halo retro skewers.  I think they nail the old school look and the weight quite well.  Have a look: Specs Front: 100mm Rear: 130mm Weight for both: 131 grams Cr-MoContinue reading “Halo Retro Road Race Wheel Skewers Review”

Setting up Velocity A23 wheels for tubeless

I decided to go tubeless with my Surly Cross Check.  Since it’s my first time I did a lot of research.  My Velocity A23 wheels are tubeless compatible rather than ready, so they need to be set up.  What you need Tubeless rim tape Tubeless valves Valve core remover Tubeless Sealant Sealant injector Tubeless readyContinue reading “Setting up Velocity A23 wheels for tubeless”