Some initial thoughts on the Hammerhead Karoo

So first some caveats … I know the Hammerhead team and have since before they launched their first product. This connection is likely to cause some positive bias because I’ve been a fan and I like to think a friend as well. That said, I’m very optimistic about where this product is going and have some thoughts to share after a few rides – and finally getting outside as well. I ordered the Karoo back in June 2017 and while I had hoped it might ship late summer did not lose hope or get angry as some in the broader … Continue reading Some initial thoughts on the Hammerhead Karoo

OK Oakley, “Start a Ride”

I doubt I’ll be changing my Oakley’s for these, but still … an interesting concept.  Instead of forcing something into your line of sight these are designed as a hearable … you speak and get feedback without having to change your view.  In theory this is a safer way to roll .. though interesting the focus of the demo was running vs cycling.  I realize it was a single event and inside on a treadmill, but the sports are quite different and have different needs to consider. As you can see from the screenshots of the app it’s pretty basic stuff … Continue reading OK Oakley, “Start a Ride”

Budnitz Model E

The Budnitz Model E is the lightest electric bicycle of its kind in the world. Effortlessly maintain cruising speed and magically conquer hills with a 250W motor, battery and sensors concealed in an elegant rear hub. An incredible range of up to 100 miles. Recharges as you ride, eliminating the need for plugs or cables.Deceptively simple. Built to last a lifetime. Source: Budnitz Bicycles Store I discovered this brand a while back … amazing and I think related to my discovery of ello (is that still a thing?).  There’s just something about the style of these bikes that really speaks to … Continue reading Budnitz Model E

Is urban cycling worth the risk? 

Interesting piece from the FT on the potential risks related to urban cycling — primarily as a commute method. They highlight both the obvious potential danger from accidents as well as ingestion of pollution. Using a 30 minute cycle as the model you are generally going to be more than fine in all but the worst cities.  From a safety perspective there’s the clear always wear a helmet rule to start but also you have to recognize cities create a whole new level of potential chaos. In my experience using CitiBike, pedestrians pose the greatest risk. As I’ve seen consistently, walkers are the … Continue reading Is urban cycling worth the risk? 

Attaquer and the rise of smaller cycling brands

Cycling Tips has a really nice piece on Attaquer and the impact they’ve had on the cycling industry over their very short time as a brand.  I became aware of them just in the past year (as far as I can recall anyway) and have enjoyed seeing their work, though I’ve yet to add their kit into my cycling wardrobe. The team has produced a pretty amazing number of pieces in a very short timespan – especially compared to the almost static collections of brands like Rapha and Assos.  I mean sure you get a few things new per year … Continue reading Attaquer and the rise of smaller cycling brands

Fiz:i’k’s LINK Bib Shorts pair with your saddle 

I’m very intrigued by these new Link Bibs. I’m currently riding my second bike with an Arione saddle and comfort is solid.  Matching a bib to fit as an extension seems like an almost obvious idea now that they’ve announced things. I guess the best ideas always do … Hopefully the reviews will be good when they start to ship! For now we have to wait. Pricing is similar to Rapha which has been my goto for a few years now.   Bicycling has a nice overview with more at Fizik. Continue reading Fiz:i’k’s LINK Bib Shorts pair with your saddle