Life in HD: Addicted to the Oakley Jawbreakers

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“Is it possible to become addicted to a pair of sunglasses?” I thought to myself as I was driving down the lonely interstate through eastern Colorado. The notion of becoming addicted to a pair of glasses sounded absurd even as I thought it, but then I realized that it wasn’t so crazy after all. But the …

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Sugoi’s Super-Visible and Highly-Versatile Zap Versa Jacket – A Video Review

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Sugoi’s Zap Versa is a combinations of their ultra-visible ZAP and their highly-versatile jacket/vest, the Versa.  This jacket is available at REI exclusively for $159 (currently on sale for $78!) and is well-worth that price due to its many different uses.  It comes in high rise grey, black, matador red, and supernova safety yellow, all of which come embedded …

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Platypus W’s B-line 8.0 Women’s Hydration Pack Review

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Built for long cross-country rides, the Platypus W’s B-line hydration pack, “designed for women,” according to Platypus, is lightweight at 691 grams and fits well. I particularly appreciated the “RidgeAir” back panel–a mesh feature separating your back from the pack, thus providing some good airflow. The pack was roomy enough for a spare tube, pump, …

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Norco Revolver 27.5 Long Term Review

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After taking a few years off from regular racing, I decided to get back on course in 2016. I made a schedule, got a coach, and started training. Now, I just needed a bike. For a dedicated race bike, my first thought was to go with a 29er. I reached out to Norco about sending …

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Birzman Torque Wrench Review

We're starting to see more companies etch torque specs directly onto pivot hardware, every bike manufacturer should do this!

Tools. I love them. I come from a family of craftsmen and furniture builders, so I grew up around all sorts of tools–everything from fine chisels to industrial table saws. That upbringing taught me what makes a good tool and how to spot them. While my path led me in a different direction than my father and …

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Yeti SB5.5c Test Ride Review

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“Forget any preconceived notions about 29ers…,” says Yeti Cycles on introducing the newest addition to their SB lineup. But what about unbiased, confirmed notions, Yeti? Been there, done that, and I’m just not at all sold on full squish 29ers. To be fair, it was Moab, 2013, the last time I threw my little legs …

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Pedaling Innovations Catalyst Pedal First Impressions – The BIGGEST Flat Pedal Around

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If you are looking for a large platform flat pedal this could be the perfect option for you!  The Catalyst by Pedaling Innovations is huge at 95mm wide x 16mm thick x 143mm long!  This pedal is perfect for someone looking to change from clipless to flat pedals. Due to its massive size it is slightly heavier …

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