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Posted on Sep 9, 2018

PART 1 – HUTCHINSON FUSION5 ROAD TUBELESS-READY TIRE This review will be in 2 parts, (a) Understanding what a tubeless ready is, and testing how easy it is to install, (b) how did they ride, how long did they last? Hutchinson currently (9/2018) offers 6 FUSION 5 road tires; 3 Tubeless Ready and 3 Tube-type. For this review, we will be looking at their FUSION 5 tubeless ready PERFORMANCE tire. The table below includes all 3 FUSION 5 tubeless ready tires currently offered. For comparison, WEIGHT shown on first row are Tubeless Ready, second row is the weight of the Tubeless. BUT, BEFORE WE GET TOO FAR AHEAD … When putting this article together, I had several questions for Hutchinson. Q1) What is the difference between a TUBELESS “READY” road tire and a TUBELESS road tire? A1) Great question. Below are the advantages and disadvantages TUBELESS ADVANTAGES BUTYL casting – can patch the inside of tire with a standard butyl tube patch BUTYL casing liner completely seals tire so no sealant needed (but is still recommended) DISADVANTAGES HEAVY –...

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Posted on Aug 22, 2018

LIMAR SUPERLIGHT+ BICYCLE HELMET BUT FIRST I just wanted to mention ALBABICI, who not only supplied this helmet, but has contributed with many other great Italian products to long term test. Bike Test Reviews believes that long term tests help you pick the best and highest quality product. A product that won’t fall apart after just a couple of uses. When a product is tested by Bike Test Reviews, you can be sure that it’s put through the wringer. So, check out ALBABICI. They are not only a great company with great support, but also have a great product mix … I’m sure you will find something that you need or want! Products offered; Selle SMP Saddles (Road & Tri), SCICON Technical Cycling Bags, Nalini Cycling Apparel Collections, Limar Helmets and Eyewear, Favaloro Handcrafted Frames, Fondriest Bicycles, Bianchi Milano Apparel, Ursus Wheels and Kickstands, Forza Components, BiciSupport Bike Shop Equipment/Stands, Embrocation (Hibros), Tiso Components, Alfa Romeo Bicycles, Italjet Electric Bicycles and Sapo Pumps. NOW, BACK TO THE LIMAR HELMET REVIEW HEAD-TO-HEAD LIMAR manufactures helmets for ROAD, TT, MTB, URBAN...

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Posted on Aug 13, 2018

OUTBOUND LIGHTING FOCAL SERIES ROAD LIGHT NOW THAT SUMMER IS COMING TO A CLOSE, IT’S TIME TO LOOK INTO GETTING A NEW BIKE LIGHT OUTBOUND LIGHTING LED BIKE LIGHT There are two types of headlights for (road) bicycles; (a) to-be-seen and (b) to-see. Those under the to-be-seen category usually carry their own battery such as a single AA or several AAA’s. Lights under the to-see category are usually powered by an external battery. By drawing power from a larger (external) battery, higher lumen LED’s can be used. The Outbound Lighting Focal Series Road headlight is a to-see light consisting of a headlight, plug-in wall charger and battery pack. UNIQUE CAR-STYLE HEADLIGHT. New to the market, Outbound Lighting has designed a headlight that spreads the beam horizontally instead of shining a circular beam (see photo 1 below). This concept allows a cyclist to see the road better left-to-right. The other main advantage of this ‘ROAD’ light is the ability to aim the light higher than a typical bike head light without blinding oncoming traffic (cars and other bicyclists) thanks to...

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LATEST WORD ON BEST CHAIN LUBES for bicycles and sport bikes...

Posted on Aug 1, 2018

A LONG TERM REVIEW ON BEST CHAIN LUBES A while back, I did a very detailed chain and lube test – see Fast-forward a couple years and let’s see how these lubes are holding up. 11-speed chains and name brand chain oils were tested for almost 5 years. For these conventional/oil-based lubes, I followed 5 rules for all tests; 1) I used a new Ultegra chain. 2) I used only one lube for each new chain, i.e., I used the same lube for the entire life of a chain. 3) I applied lube every 200 miles (322 km) and recorded chain wear at each of these intervals. 4) I cleaned the chain just prior to applying new lube. 5) Rode the chain at a consistent high wattage. All oil-based lubes lasted between 3,200-3,400 miles (5,150 – 5,470 km), and, compared to these oil-based lubes, the wax-based Squirt adds about 1,400 miles (2,253 km) to the life of the chain. SMOOVE adds a phenomenal 124% more life to the chain … that’s about 2.25 X more chain life than...

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Posted on Jul 18, 2018

SHOCKSTOP SUSPENSION STEM Six or so months ago, I built a ‘gravel grinder’ out of my Giant TCT Advanced road bike. During this time, I have ridden it both on-road and off-road, for off-road, mainly hard-pack trails. For those that missed this great series, here is part 3 –, where I put it all together. So far, everything has worked out perfect on this build. Looking back, the Wolftooth components are ROCK-SOLID and the drivetrain selection couldn’t be better. But, the only drawback is that since I converted a road racing bicycle, the largest tires that fit are 700×28. Compared to the 700×40 for other gravel bikes (ex, OPEN), these 28mm tires are not quite wide enough to mitigate vibration, even at lower pressures. So, when REDSHIFT sent me a suspension stem to test, this couldn’t have come at a better time! After opening the box, I laid all of the parts and directions out on the workbench. Included was a +/-6° x 100mm Redshift Sports Shockstop stem. At first glance, the instructions seemed a little daunting, but,...

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Best gravel bikes for under $500

Posted on May 22, 2018

Best gravel bikes for under $500 I have been getting a lot of requests to do some reviews on gravel bikes, so I recently enlisted help from Danny Donchev at We will be putting a series of 2, maybe 3 articles together on gravel bikes costing $500, $1,000 and $2,000. Here is the first installment. So, you want to get started riding a gravel bike, but not sure what to get? As you already know, gravel bikes are becoming increasingly popular due to their versatility and the ability to ride them just about anywhere. A good gravel bike will be a safe bike to ride both on the road or off-road. They typically have adventure-ready features such as disk brakes, a comfortable geometry which adapts easily to rougher terrains with an additional clearance for wide tires. Gravel bikes are more durable than road bikes and faster than mountain bikes, which makes them the preferred option for cyclists who prefer off-road rides. Riding on rough terrains with a normal road bike can be very uncomfortable and even dangerous, and...

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Posted on May 21, 2018

STORELLI SPEEDGRIP CYCLING SOCKS When the socks arrived, I tried them on right away. Problem is that I could not even get my toes in. I looked at the socks and there was an ‘M’ stamped on the bottom. Too small. I have a friend who is a Cat 1 in the mid-west, so I asked him to test the socks. He said sure! GUEST TESTER & AUTHOR Over the last three weeks I have had the pleasure of testing a brand new, first of its kind, product from Storelli. The product is a “Performance Boosting” Sock Liner. The liner is designed to improve foot traction, providing more explosiveness, speed and control. Made with thin, moisture-wicking compression fabrics that are sewn together – rather than knitted like traditional athletic socks – they also incorporate non-woven high-grip fibers that are seamlessly bonded to the rest of the sock using heat. The result is a lightweight sock that fits like a grip-enhancing second skin. Storelli claims that these SpeedGrip™ Sock Liners will: • deliver up to 135 percent more grip against...

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Posted on Mar 28, 2018

TOPEAK TURBO MORPH DIGITAL PUMP The Topeak Turbo Morph digital pump includes some great features including a digital readout, high volume pumping in a small-sized pump. Basically, a compact floor pump you can easily carry with you on your bicycle. I helped host a cycling camp several weeks ago and thought that the camp would be a great opportunity for a dozen cyclists to use and test out this pump. A couple things quickly became apparent. This pump is optimized and target for the Mountain Biker which includes cyclocross and gravel. This pump is a little large to fit on a road bike, but, for those weekenders who ride endurance-type road bikes, this makes a great pump. It is easy to use and pumps up a tire quickly. Although I have not had a chance to test on a MTB tube, the road tubes (700x25c) too 105 pump strokes to fill from 0-105 psi. Understanding that this is primarily a MTB pump, I have two ‘nit-picks’ that if remedied, would make for a better all-around pump. 1) The foot...

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