I first spotted Muc-Off’s C3 Ceramic Bike Lube at their Interbike booth, where the staff demonstrated that the lube fluoresces under a black light. The idea is that you could use a black light to check to see if you’ve adequately applied the lube to all the links, which would be a cool idea if I was still in my freshman dorm room discovering Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon for the first time but slightly less useful in the typical bike shop. Neon-glow party tricks aside, this lube works exceptionally well, in both cyclocross and commuting. The “ceramic” C3 lube adds boron nitride to the mix. When it comes to chain lube, there are only three that I like: Chain-L, ProGold Prolink, and this Muc-Off C3. It is marketed as a wet lube, and I think of it as a good choice for the Pacific Northwest, particularly during the wet season. Of the three lubes that I like, it is perhaps the most troublesome to clean off of your hands and other unintentional surfaces, but it is more tenacious than ProLink and does not require as much prep prior to application as Chain-L does. Quiet-running, easy to apply, lasting, reasonable clean-up, smells nice…no reason to gild the lily, if you’re looking for a dependable lube give it a try.
Knog Arc 170 Solo
What I like about this latest light from Knog, is I can ride up with spot on low and then shine brighter than all o’ them cats they got on glow. This year, Knog has iterated light after light and sends them out with Aussie-marketing language like this..
Loaded with a colossal 550 & 170 lumens of light between them, the Blinder Arc 5.5 and 1.7 gives riders total visibility and freedom at night, all from a super-compact, super-light, USB rechargeable, 100% waterproof, integrated silicone package. Weighing in at a mere 100g and 150g respectively. Equipped with one of the latest high-intensity XM-L2 Cree LEDs the Arc 5.5 floods any road or trail in light giving riders total night vision, whilst the Arc 1.7 pumps out 170 lumens of seriously bright light using an XB-D Cree LED, keeping motorists and road users at bay. Incorporating an elliptical beam of 16° vertical and 24º horizontal beam makes the lights visible to others at over 1000m.
Knog Arc 550 Solo
I’ll parse that out to simply mean, “These lights brighten up the dark, good, mate!” I use these Blinders when the days are short and I’m out riding like yesterday. The simple control choices are nice too because I don’t need to flip through light routines like I’m decorating an Xmas tree. Just bright, brighter, brightest, and flash. Find Knog at a shop near you, their store, and on Amazon.com: Arc 1.7 for $64.98 , Arc 5.5 for $119.98.
Knog On Board
HT to Mos Def for the rap lyric in the opening sentence of this post. It’s from Close Edge.
Issue 07 cover
To celebrate our 7th issue of Bike Hugger Magazine and it’s the time of year, we’re taking your contributions. Get them in quick because the deadline is December 6th at Midnight and this is one-time exclusive. If we pick your response, we’ll send you some sweet scwhag, including new gear we’re releasing in 2014.
Here’s the setup…
You’ve got Twitter IPO money, a billionaire’s war chest, and you can do whatever you want with it related to the bike. Like, construct a retractable roof over the I-90 floating bridge for when it rains all day in Seattle. Buy a rockstar bus and outfit it for Clydesdale master’s racing, or maybe develop an even more invisible helmet, or a better bolt-on electric wheel for fixies!
We’ll take a #bikewishlist tweet, G+ post with the hashtag, or Google Doc submission, but no hand-written notes please, cause there’s not enough time….
For your doc submission, send for 800 - 1,000 words and we’re editing the issue now.
Full speed ahead with Wired’s BMC custom Timemachine
This is a custom BMC Time Machine that Wired built up for the opening of their pop-up holiday retail store in NYC. After the pop up closes, Wired’s whip will get ridden around San Francisco at full speed with the Strava crew chasing. Then hung up on the wall with the other bikes they’ve built, like the ones I showed you with Glass in this video.
See more about BMC’s bikes from this Summer, when we visited their Test Center in Park City.
As I wrote in October, “4 years after lighting up the switches on all the design blogs, the Copenhagen Wheel is coming to market and another wheel that looks just like it called the FlyKly.” Today, Super Pedestrian, the company that licensed MIT’s tech to make the bolt-on motorized wheel released this video showing it in action. Where FlyKly got their money from the crowd, Super Pedestrian did from investors and both companies are rushing to market.
Still amazed that what I thought was an interesting student design project made it to market. Two versions of it! One is red and the other white.