BONX: Outdoor Sports Group-Talk Technology

BONX is a walkie-talkie that works on Bluetooth and is being crowdfunded. As an example of its application, Bobby McMullen relies on the BONX to be guided on his mountain bike rides. Bobby is from Marin County and only has 15% of his sight. He uses the BONX Grip earpiece with smartphone app with a guide riding in front of him leading the way. In the past, Bobby was forced to yell back-and-forth with the guide, but thanks to BONX Grip the two can now have a crystal clear conversation the entire time they’re on the trail. Besides guiding, the BONX will work for group activities, and staying in contact, just like walkie-talkies used to do.

As of today, BONX is at 89 of a 100K ask.

ProEditor Video Service


If you want to make your own edits, of an awesome ride, and weekend, a new service is available….ProEditors takes your raw cam footage and edits it down into a 2-3 minute, professionally-created final product.

Whether you ride dirt or pavement, GoPro cameras seem to be everywhere. And that’s great, but few people want to spend hours at home editing all that footage down to something worth watching. With ProEditors, just hand over your raw video, highlight sections you definitely want to keep, and in 2-3 days you’ll receive a final edit, complete with soundtrack. Best part is you’ll actually want to watch and share it.

This affordable ($100.00 per edit), easy-to-use video editing service looks great for anyone who wants to shoot and share video. Maybe you’ll start a bike blog too? Here’s a sample of their work from a Moab trip.

Exploro: Idaho Hot Springs


While we were in Bend, and I was riding a Exploro, Steve Grapple was riding his in Idaho. The edit is above and visual story on XPDTN3, a club for Exploro owners that ride as much as possible in 3 days.

We rented a shack and called it basecamp. I’d wholeheartedly recommend you do the same, but mind you it’s not the Hyatt. It hasn’t been gussied up or retro-modernized like so many other resorts. The rustic patina is clearly showing its age. No electricity, no running water. You bring your own sleeping bag and start your own fire. But it’s all in that authentic good way.

3T Exploro in Bend

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In case you missed it, the 3T Exploro is in on demo, and I took it with me to Bend, where some of the best biking in the Pacific Northwest is. Yesterday we rode 50 miles and with 700c, 30s on the Exploro. The chipseal in Bend will test any bike’s comfort carbon claims, it’s not the bumps, as the roads are well worn, but the vibration frequency. Bend considers cyclists when repaving their roads, using smaller rocks for lanes. The Forest Services does not, and the conditions degrade the farther you ride into the Deschutes National Forest.

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I’ve had intolerable chipseal rides in the Bend area; including on carbon and metal bikes. Eager to learn how the Exploro performed, I was not disappointed. That’s because of the Challenge Bianca Strada tires at 80 PSI and the polymer dampening ring inside the seat post head. The tires muted the chipseal frequency just enough, and the seat post took the edge off the bumps. It’s a similar approach to tuning the ride, but more subtle than the Trek Boone that “suspends” the rider at the seat tube cluster with elastomers.

Before the next ride, I’ll switch out the Challenge tire wheelset for 650bs with slicks at even lower pressure and expect to maintain the same pace. That’s because of the Vroomen-engineered aero tubing. As 3T puts it a “40mm knobby cross/gravel tires and 2 water bottles it is faster than the equivalent clean round tube bike is with 28mm slick road tires and without bottles.”

That’s a bold statement and 3T has the wind tunnel numbers to back it up. What I felt so far was the bike slicing through strong headwinds and lift from tailwinds. It’s remarkable to roll a fast tempo on a bike with such big tires, and not have to work so hard….I did not expect to look down and see 18-22 mph on a gravel bike with two bottles, a tool barrel, and camera bag. I wasn’t putting that much pressure into the pedals.

I was going easy, but fast.

Learn more about the Exploro on their site, in issue 37 of our magazine, and on Medium Bicycles.

A Departure From Racing

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It’s happened twice now, locals in big trucks driving around small towns have stopped to talk to me about what I’m riding and…that makes it a bonafide trend at least in Washington and Utah. Like fixie before it, and explained to me and Guitar Day one fateful day 3 years ago at Interbike by Steve Hed,

People start realizing possibilities when bike design departs from racing.

At 2:50 Steve lays it all out….

On a road trip and vacation, don’t have the bandwidth to post across all Bike Hugger channels, if you want to keep up with the riding we’re doing, please follow on Medium and Instagram.

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