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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.

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?

Waterproof Essentials: Best Rain Gear Clothing for Cyclists

Man cycling in the rain.

Finding the best cycling rain gear: what works, what doesn’t?

I live in the Vancouver area. It is a beautiful city with picturesque mountain views and the mildest climate in Canada. Sadly, it has one significant downside: rain.

You might think that would deter many cyclists who prefer to commute by bicycle. Not so! Vancouver is shaping up to be the next Amsterdam with bicycle lanes and co-op programs.

The truth is, a well-equipped rider can ride in wet weather in moderate comfort. A few good pieces of cycling rain gear will keep you dry and warm on that blustery ride to the office.

That being said, the word ‘waterproof’ is thrown around a bit too liberally in the bike apparel world. Finding something that actually works is imperative, or you’ll end up right back behind the steering wheel.

But what do you actually need?

In this article, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best rain gear and clothing for bicycle riders. I will list 4 essential pieces to keep your ride dry.

My purpose is twofold: I want to help you get properly equipped so you’ll arrive happy and dry, and I also want to give a few shout-outs to good brands that really work.

Interested? Keep on reading.

Cycling with a Six Pack: 3 Great Bicycle Beer Bottle Holders

Bicycling with Beer: Holders & Carriers

Nothing is better than an ice cold beer on a hot summer day, and nothing works up a thirst like a good bike ride. But if you don’t have a car, and your liquor store is miles away, your frosty beverage faces a risky trip home in the backpack.

Let’s face it, bicycles weren’t built for carrying a 6 pack. Your options are limited. You can stuff a six pack awkwardly into a satchel. You can balance a plastic bag precariously over your handlebars.

Or, you can use a handy dandy bike beer holder to carry your frosty beverages on your bike! You’ll get to and from that store in a snap, and you’ll look great doing it too.

Yep, six pack holders for bicycles are a thing, and they’re awesome. I find it’s way easier to justify a few suds after a calorie-burning spin over to my local brewery.

So, in order to facilitate your frosty brew transportation needs, here are a few of the best bicycle beer holders and 6 pack carriers around today.

How to Restore a Bicycle | Beautiful Vintage Bike Tips

Restored Vintage Bicycle

The human eye is a remarkable thing. It can pick up on incredibly subtle details, and your brain transforms those signals into snap judgements. In the case of bicycles, the eye can pick out imperfections like a magnet.

Rust, scuffed and scratched paint, shoddy or worn out components: all are identified almost immediately. If you’re here to learn how to restore a vintage bicycle, I have some good news for you: I know how to trick the eye.

Performing a beautiful vintage bicycle restoration isn’t always a trial. You don’t always have to tear it down and start from scratch.

There are a few simple and quick ways to restore your vintage bike and make it look like a million bucks (or at least several hundred). Curious? Keep reading.