Pearl Izumi Journey Short Review

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Pearl Izumi’s Journey Short is versatile in the sense that it is up to the task of hardcore riding, but is also fine as a walkabout short.  If you’re looking for an economical way to be able to slay some singletrack and still look like a normal person when you head for that apres-bike activity, …

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Pearl Izumi Summit Jersey Review

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Pearl Izumi describes their new Summit Jersey as a “functional but not flashy top.”  In an age of marketing hyperbole and one-upsmanship, I believe PI is actually underselling this particular offering.  The Summit Jersey is not just functional, but it truly excels at its basic function: giving the rider a comfortable top for getting rad …

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Video: Kuat NV Bike Rack Review

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I love the Kuat NV rack because it is spec’ed with several useful features. It comes in both 1.25″ and 2″ hitch versions (but only 2″ accommodates the extension), can handle everything from road bikes to big hitter DH bikes, and can fit up to a 3″ tire!  The rack is a tad heavy at 49lbs, …

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Pearl Izumi Divide Short Review

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With the Divide short, Pearl Izumi set out to bridge the gap between the relentless gnar chaser and the heartrate-obsessed hammerhead.  These shorts have a lightweight feel and a rad look.  The question is, is this a worthy functional accomplishment or a bad marketing compromise? The technical features of the Divide short include: 4-way stretch …

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Specialized Diverge Comp Adventure Bike Review

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As I recovered from ACL repair surgery, the doctors told me that biking was great for my range of motion, and an excellent way to stay in shape with a vulnerable ACL. The catch? I couldn’t fall, or power out of the saddle, or do any intense movements on the bike. In short, I was …

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Alpinestars All Mountain Jacket Review

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To say that I was skeptical of this jacket’s performance would be an understatement. How could something this thin possibly keep me from freezing in the winter? I quickly learned a valuable lesson with Alpinestars’ winter jacket: the body is a furnace, and if you minimize heat loss to the environment, a rider can push …

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Steezin’ in the Dakine Oakridge Flannel Shirt: A Review

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Popularized by lumberjacks, farmers, woodsmen, and Pearl Jam, flannel–a lightweight, warm, soft fabric–is also a great option for mountain biking during those nasty, unpredictable transition months during spring and fall. This year, as snow levels recede, so will the layers of your clothing but, depending where you are on the map, spring time is not quite T-shirt time!! The …

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