When riding on unpaved roads you’re guaranteed to get some dirt on your clothes and face. It’s just a part of the sport, but if you hate tasting sand in your mouth there’s a simple fix for this. Small front fenders that attach right underneath your the crown of fork have become increasingly popular thanks to their minimalist look, light weight, and affordable price. It’s also easy to make one at home. Blueprints available!
Monthly Archive: May 2017
Tool integration has been fashionable for a while now. Manufacturers offer a variety of different ways to carry all the necessary tools without ruining the looks of your bike too much. Topeak’s answer to this is their Ninja -tools. Currently available there is a micro pump that fits into your seat post, a chain tool that hides inside your handlebar like bar end plugs, and two different bottle cages with included tools. In this review, we’ll be focusing on the road specific bottle cage.
After every ride, you are supposed to clean and dry the reservoir of your hydration pack. If your pack uses a Camelbak Crux-reservoir you may have found it difficult to dry effectively. In fact, it seems that even Camelbak is aware of this since a hook and a plastic piece for keeping the pack open while drying is included in their Crux-reservoir cleaning kit. The price is a bit high at 20$ for just a few pieces of plastic, two brushes and a couple of cleaning tabs. Since the parts are very simple, you can do your own cleaning kit with minimal tools in less than an hour! Blueprints available!
Let’s say you are on an extremely tight budget and you only got 5$ to spare for now. Is there anything you could do or get for such a little money? Here are my top five ways to improve your bike for less than 5$.
Camelbak Classic has been on the market for a long time. For a good reason, since it comes with anything you could ask for in a small package. Despite the packs’ overall size, it comes with 2,5 liter Camelbak Crux-hydration bladder and a half a liter pocket for the bare essentials.
Narrow-Wide chainrings are the hot stuff right now, and everyone seems to be moving onto 1 by setups. With the arrival of 11-speed and 12-speed wide range cassettes, a single front chainring setup makes sense. Nowadays you can even get wide range 10-speed cassettes which mean you don’t necessarily need to upgrade to a newer drivetrain. Manufacturers like RaceFace offer quality Narrow-Wide chainrings for a decent price, but what if you want to go cheaper? Like a lot cheaper.
Thanks to advances in manufacturing technologies the price of Carbon fiber bikes and components has gone down rapidly. In fact, today you can get a full Carbon fiber saddle online for less than 20$. Sounds good right? That’s why we’re reviewing two different models today.