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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?

Essential Road Cycling Gear for Hot Weather

Cycling in the heat

There’s an old saying from a Noel Coward song that only “mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.” Really that has to extend to cyclists too. We often set out early but many rides take us into the heat of the day. Environmental strain can have a dramatic effect on our cycling.

We need to prepare both our body and kit to deal with conditions of extreme heat and the potentially damaging rays of the sun.

After the hardships of riding through winter a great summer day’s cycling ride can really put a smile on our face. As we speed along we create a current of wind to cool us adding to our comfort. Still, we need to be aware of the risks of dehydration, sunburn, temperature control, and the subsequent implications an unexpected mechanical problem could have.

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 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.

Top 3 Clipless Cycling Pedals for Beginners | Reviews for 2018

What are some good, clipless bicycle pedals for beginner riders?

Getting the right clipless pedal is crucial for beginners. Your pedals are an important interface between rider and bike. They are the most crucial contact point with the bike for developing power through the cranks. Therefore, getting the right pair for your riding should be a top priority for any road cyclist, regardless of your experience or riding ability.

Also called ‘clip-in’ or ‘step-in’ cycling pedals, they affix your shoes firmly to the pedals, letting you focus on your speed, cadence and terrain rather than your grip on the cranks. They’re intimidating to try out, but with the right set you’ll be hooked.

A good set of beginner clipless cycling pedals should be easy to clip in and out of, yet capable enough to provide an enjoyable ride and last a long time.

This article will do two things: first, it will suggest some great clip-in cycling shoes with easy features and good durability. Secondly, I’ll make a shoe suggestion to match with the pedal. We’ll focus on inexpensive, affordable components only.

Ready to check out a few of the best and easiest clipless pedals for beginners? Keep on scrolling down.

What Are Clipless Pedals? A Beginner’s Guide

A pair of clipless shoes and pedals.

A Beginner’s Guide to Clipless Pedals, and How To Use Them

Switching to clipless pedals can be a source of anxiety for many cyclists. Your shoes are held tightly in place by a mechanism, and locking feet to pedals puts a scary image in the back of a riders mind. They don’t want to lose control on the bike.

However if there’s one upgrade on your bike that will make you a faster, more efficient and more controlled cyclist, it’s the addition of clipless (or “clip-in”) pedals to help enhance your riding. They’ll even have similar effects during a spin class as well. The fact is, once you experience the positive effects of riding with clipless pedals for beginners, you will not go back to cycling without.

Having recently tried old fashion clips and straps on a hire bike whilst on holiday in Sardinia, I realized just how much a set of clipless pedals can benefit anyone’s cycling. The difference in pedalling efficiency I felt was huge and there was a distinct lack of the control I would expect from cycling with clipless pedals.

This piece is written for any cyclist looking into clipless pedals for the first time. I’ll talk about how clipless pedals work, how to use them, and give you some tips to get comfortable with clip-in cycling in general.

Top Cycling Climbs In The Yorkshire Dales

Cycling climb country in Yorkshire

Challenge Yourself with some of the UK’s Toughest Cycling Climbs

The English counties of Yorkshire offer arguably some of the best road cycling in your United Kingdom. The Hills of the Pennines with the Yorkshire Dales and Northern edge of the Peak District were visually showcased by the Tour de France in 2014. Even with that exposure, there’s significantly more to cycling in Yorkshire than just the route the Tour riders passed over.

One of England’s networks of National Parks, the Yorkshire Dales is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The area encompasses the town of Skipton in the South, up to its border with the A66 road which crosses the Pennines in the North. With the M6 Motorway to the west and A1 to the east of the area accessibility to some of Yorkshires best cycling climbs couldn’t be easier.

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.