Great Gear!

It’s always exciting to find great cycling clothing, gadgets and gear.  I have my faves and thought it would be fun to review products I discover. With that in mind, there are a few items I like to shout about:

Arkel Map Case

… I know I keep on about it, but do you know … I designed the book to fit in this map case so it can be taken along for the ride?

Let’s Go Biking says: Thumbs up for design and great to keep those maps dry!

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Hello Smooth – The Kinekt Suspension Seat Post

Want to have a smoother ride? I recently tried the great Kinekt suspension seat post from Cirrus Cycles. I loved how it smoothed out my ride! 

On a recent cycling trip to Washington’s Centennial Trail we met the product’s inventor – Paul Barkley – and learned how he came up with the idea for this shock absorbing seatpost when he was working with the Peace Corps in Uganda. For his job he rode by bike over long distances on rough roads. With his experience as a bike mechanic and frame designer, he invented a first version of this seatpost to smooth out his daily ride, improve his endurance, and reduce fatigue. It made all the difference to his ride and knowing that others would benefit from improved cycling comfort he brought it to market.

The seatpost was quick and easy to install on my bike and I headed out on some of my roughest local trails. It really smoothed out the cracks, potholes and uneven terrain. It gave a soft, floating sensation, not bouncy like the old seat springs we had on our kid bikes. After a few days of trying the seat post I was able to go longer and farther than I would usually ride, arrived home less fatigued, with no aches and pains after the ride. Perfect for just about any bike, any surface and any body, the seatpost really smooths out the bumps.  The Kinekt seat post is available for gravel bikes, road bikes, eBikes, Fat Tires, hybrids, and tandems.

Kinekt seatpost is available in Vancouver at Pedego Bikes on Broadway, Ohm Cycles North Vancouver, and in Washington State. If you are looking for a smoother ride with more comfort and less fatigue, I highly recommend this great new product. To find out more visit cirruscycles.com

Let’s Go Biking says: Thumbs up for making the ride way more comfortable!

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Axiom Bag

I love bags, especially this one from Axiom Gear:  It fits nicely on the pannier rack and expands as needed.  This one is made from recycled fishing nets … now that’s interesting! Great for bike-packing or toodling around the city! 

Look how big it can get!

 

Let’s Go Biking says: Thumbs up for keeping all my gear organized!

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Vespertine Safety Vest = Safety Wear you will want to wear!

Do you ride or walk at night? Are you visible? Check that your clothing has some reflection and turn on your bike lights. Be sure you can be seen to be safe.

Add something reflective to your outerwear – a hang tag, a belt or badge can make all the difference.

Usually I like to wear regular clothes when cycling and a safety vest was never appealing. Always on the lookout for unique products I discovered the Vespertine line of reflective clothing and accessories. I was instantly impressed with the simplicity of the designs. It turns out the designer Sarah Canner created these functional yet stylish products based on her own experience cycling at night.  After a close call with a bus she knew she had to make herself more visible.

Knowing that others would benefit she started designing reflective clothing and accessories that people would actually wear. With a vision of style and simple practicallity she created the Vespert vest.  It’s safety wear you’ll want to wear.

These bright little vests are made in NYC with bright 3M Scotchlight reflective fabric that is visible 2000 feet from a car’s headlights. That’s a long range! It comes in 4 bright neon colors and is made of recycled polyester. The vest folds into it’s own tiny flap, tucks easily in a pocket or bag and layers over anything I am wearing – from a tshirt to a bulky coat. It has two handy inner pockets for all those little essentials.

And it’s not just for cycling … whether you bike, walk the dog, push a stroller, jog, skateboard or ride a moped this vest does the job to make you more visible.

Vespertine has many other well-designed products such as belts, hats, headbands, shoelaces, scarves and jewelry.  Visit their website at vespertinenyc.com  #makeAseen

Let’s Go Biking says: Thumbs up for design, practicality and it just might save your life!

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More Reviews to come!

Stay tuned … more reviews coming soon. Let me know if you have something you love that makes the ride more fun.

Happy Riding ~ Colleen

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