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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!

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.

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.

Mid-Range Italian Cycling Shoe Review: Northwave Torpedo 3S vs. DMT Libra

A cyclist sweats it out.

Two Affordable Italian Road Cycling Shoes, Head to Head

Cycling shoes can get insanely expensive. Treating yourself to a high end pair can be a painful ordeal for your bank account.

Cycling has the potential to be an expensive passion, I won’t argue that. However, with a little shopping around and a willingness to take a whirl on less expensive brands, you can find some great mid range cycling shoes which mimic the characteristics of much pricier products.

Frankly, if you’re not a pro or elite, the differences in performance are likely to be negligible

There’s something about Italian style in cycling; Italian brands just ooze performance and versatility. This article is written to review two mid-range Italian carbon soled cycling shoes for the fashion and performance conscious.

We’ll be looking at the DMT Libra and the Northwave Torpedo 3S. Both cycling shoes reviewed feature performance characteristics of pro-level road cycling shoes, but at a budget friendly prince point.

5 Good, Unbreakable Bike Locks for 2018: Lightweight Options & Tips

A cable lock is asking for trouble.

What is the Best, Strongest Bike Lock for Theft-Proof Security? 5 Reviews

Bicycle theft is epidemic. In my city, I spend more time worrying about my bike getting stolen than my car. It’s true!

The ugly truth is that bike theft is common and very hard to manage. If your bike gets lifted, chances are you won’t be seeing it again.

The best precaution against a theft is to be smart, and to buy a good lock. The best bike bike locks are secure, virtually unbreakable and simple to use.

Unfortunately, I mostly see two types on the street these days: flimsy cables and cheap U-locks.

You might as well put a big bow on it it.

So what IS the best bike lock for keeping your ride secure? I’m writing this article to review a handful of good, strong bicycle locks, and to explain how to most effectively use them. For each item, I’ll offer some pros and cons, and hopefully help you track down some great brands to look into.

So let’s take a look at what’s out there for 2018, shall we?