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Handlebar Grips with Turn Signals? RideOut Firefly Reviewed

rideout turn signal grips

I live in a small city, but one with plenty of bike lanes. Drivers and cyclists coexist with relative peace, and it’s one of the safest places to cycle in the world.

But have I nearly been wiped out a number of times? You bet. And it usually happens because the car can’t see me.

It’s a tough go as a cyclist. Not only are you sharing the road with bigger, faster vehicles, you’re also difficult to see and far more vulnerable to injury if you get into an accident.

I don’t say this to discourage your cycle commute, because I truly believe the pros heavily outweigh the cons, but it’s the reality.

I’m a fan of any piece of gear that improves your visibility and safety. So when RideOut Technologies asked me to check out their Firefly turn signal handlebar grips, it was an easy yes from me. Yep, they’re grips with a signal light that you can control.

So how do the Firefly grips work?

RideOut Challenger: Most Comfortable Mountain Bike Saddle Ever?

Mountain bikes are known for a few specific things. They’re perfect for hitting trails and rough terrain, and their aggressive posture lets you pedal with confidence.

One thing they are not known for is comfort.

I’ve ridden a ton of mountain bikes and I can’t recall a single saddle that stood out as comfortable. I understand why it’s a low-priority thing: whether you’re riding trails or downhill or single track, these bikes tend to encourage standing on the pedals. And big, mushy seats aren’t a welcome thing in this niche.

Still, you’re going to want to sit eventually. And in many riding circumstances you must use the saddle to properly control your ride. So why do most of the saddles I’ve tried feel like pointed peaks of plastic?

TiGr Mini Reviewed: The best ultra-lightweight U-lock alternative?

TiGr Mini bicycle lock reviewed

I get a ton of questions about bike locks. My answer is usually uniform: don’t bother with cables, don’t skimp on the cheap stuff, go for a big, heavy, hardened steel lock.

That’s because steel is usually the best option. There just hasn’t been a ton of innovation, particularly with regards to weight.

I totally understand too, it’s a tough nut to crack. How on earth can you keep your bicycle safe and secure with featherweight lock? Typically a light bicycle lock means compromised durability.

But what if you move away from steel entirely, to an exotic material like titanium?

4 of the Best Home Bike Repair Stands for 2018 | Reviews

Four great bicycle work stands for home mechanics: cheap options

When you’re doing any sort of maintenance on your bicycle, gravity is the enemy.

It’s really difficult to pull parts, troubleshoot an issue, or even perform a basic tune-up without elevating the bike.

You’ve probably noticed that most bike shops have these big stands that clamp around the seatpost. They make life so much easier!

You might be surprised to know that it’s pretty easy to find a good, affordable bicycle repair stand that’s close to pro quality. Not all stands are made equal, but there are some cheap gems if you do your research.

I’ve used a bunch of stands in my life as both a cyclist and bike mechanic. Some were great, and some frankly sucked.

This article is written to help any cyclist searching for a well-priced cycle work stand for repairs and tune-ups. Ready? Let’s roll!

5 Good, Cheap Full Carbon Road Bikes Under $2000 | 2018

What are the most affordable carbon road bikes worth riding?

Carbon fibre entered the cycling scene with a bang. It’s a material that has been heralded as being incredibly strong yet phenomenally light. For cyclists, that’s pretty much the holy grail.

In fact, true carbon fibre is at least 10 times stronger than steel. Hard to believe, yet true!

The downside to this amazing material is the expense. Since the product is far more labour intensive to produce, it pushes up the price of finished bikes.

Here’s the good news: now the technology is more mainstream, and cheap carbon fibre road bikes have finally arrived. But are they worth the risk?

16 Struggles Only A Commuter Cyclist Will Understand

Cyclists in the rain

As though cycling to work everyday isn’t difficult enough…

Cyclists share equal rights on the road, yet we’re constantly exposed, pushed around, cut off and misunderstood.

Cities are catching on to this whole bicycle trend. Bike lanes are appearing, and drivers are starting to learn to look for us.

We’ve still got a long way to go, but plenty of people are cycling to work every day. In the meantime, all you can really do is ride defensively and have a laugh where you can.

Here are a few things that bicycle commuters might relate to. I hope it makes you chuckle!

4 iPhone / Android-Friendly Cadence & Speed Sensors | Reviews

Up Your Cycling Game: Bluetooth Cadence and Speed Sensors for Smartphones

If you’re a huge fan of cycling analytics – monitoring your improving speed, fitness level and ride pace – you’re probably aware of the many powerful cycling computers out there.

They’re powerful tools for upping your game, improving your times and reaching your athletic pinnacle.

Once upon a time, a good cycling cadence and speed sensor would cost you hundreds. They would require extensive wiring and water protection, and they wouldn’t necessarily work all that well. Not ideal, right?

But know this: you may have a cycling computer in your pocket already.

There are a bunch of great apps which essentially turn your phone into a cycling computer.

Thanks to your smartphone, some clever apps and a bit of inexpensive bluetooth technology, a cadence and speed sensor for iPhone or Android is a reality, and an affordable one at that. No wires, no fuss, no excess gadgetry cluttering up your home or bicycle frame.

This article will review a few of the best wireless iPhone / Android cadence and speed sensors. We’ll examine them, listing the stats, pros and cons of each.

4 Good, Cheap Fixed Gear / Single Speed Wheelsets | 2018 Reviews

Building a Fixie? We Review 4 Great Fixed Gear Bike Wheels

If you live in any major city, you’ve seen them. They’re fast, fun and beautiful. Fixed gear bikes are a ‘back to the basics’ concept that has caught on in a major way.

The idea is really simple: rather than having gears, derailleurs and a freewheel, these bikes have only one speed. In addition, the cog is fixed to the rear wheel.

That means it turns at the same speed as the wheel… and no coasting.

4 Signs That Your Wheels Deperately Need Truing

The wheels are the most important components on your bike. They’re big, they’re noticeable, and if they fail, you’re in trouble.

I’m shocked by how many people ride around on floppy wheels with loose spokes. It’s a hazard!

Truing is the process of tightening your spokes. It makes the rim nice and straight, and creates a strong structure.

Not sure if your wheels are out of true? Are you willing to bet your life on it?

Here are a few signs that your wheels are in dire need of truing.

8 Best Fixed Gear Bikes Under $500 | Cheap Fixie Reviews

The best fixed gear bikes on a budget

Fixies on the Cheap: Affordable Ride Reviews for 2018

The first time I saw a fixie, I thought, “That is one beautiful bike.” I instantly loved the clean chain line, the minimalist approach.

Fixed gear bikes are everywhere, and they’re here to stay. I can’t remember the last time a bicycle style has hit the scene so hard. Riders everywhere are getting into the simplicity and visceral experience of riding without gears or a freewheel (or, in some cases, brakes!)

One gear, one speed, it’s a blast.

The good news is they’re very affordable. The bad news is that, because they’ve become so popular, there’s a lot of cheap junk on the market — nameless brands made from garbage components.

So what are the best fixed gear bikes on a cheap budget?

I’ve been building them professionally (not to mention riding them) for years now, so I feel qualified to review eight of the top, affordable fixed gear bicycles for sale today. I’ll give a brief overview of the components, the build quality, and what you can expect.

As for price range, we’ll be specifically looking for the best fixed gear bikes below $500.

Hopefully by listing the pros and cons of each ride, you’ll find a top quality fixie for a cheap price! Read on.