Stopped by DKCB and got a NAHBS preview. This 333 Fab whip is one of the show bikes and there’s quite a lot going on with it. I could write a book about all the details. If you’re in the Seattle area, see it at the shop or later at the show. That mouthful of acronyms?

Davidson Kullaway Custom Bikes and the North American Handmade Bicycle Show


Not into politics, so don’t know how the awards are decided, but that bike has my vote–and mostly for the do-everything design. Also, it’s handbuilt right here in Seattle.

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SRAM RED eTap: Answering the Right Questions

Ahead of the Spring Classics, SRAM has released a backgrounder on eTap’s development.

Pivot Phoenix DH Carbon

The New Pivot Phoenix DH Carbon from Pivot Cycles on Vimeo.

So much to catch up on after a long weekend of fat biking in the Methow Valley, and we’ll start with this PR from Pivot and the edit. Rode Pivot a few years ago during a media event and here in Seattle, that’s why I share their content still – exceptionally well engineered. Also not a brand everyone else has on the trail.

Set your racing on fire. With input from the Pivot Factory racing team, the new Phoenix DH Carbon is 2/3 of a lb lighter, and offers more go-fast features than any other gravity offering on the market. In this video, rider Bernard Kerr, Eliot Jackson and Emilie Siegenthaler offer their input and feedback on what makes the new Phoenix their choice for the 2016 World Cup and Crankworx season.

Mark V reviews: BioLite PowerLight Mini

Occasionally I happen upon an item that completely takes me by surprise. At first glance the PowerLight Mini from BioLite looks like an odd tail light masquerading as almost-vintage flip phone. BioLite is a company that is perhaps better known for making clever devices such as a camp stove that smokelessly burns wood to generate heat for cooking while simultaneously providing electricity to charge a phone, GoPro, or other electronic device. I thought so they’re making a bicycle tail light, ho hum. It turns out that the PowerLight Mini is so much more than just that.

The 80gr PowerLight Mini is 80x51x15mm. You can choose to run the light as either red or white LED, with about 4/5ths of the face lighting up. Theoretically you could use the PowerLight Mini as a headlight on a bike, as the included mounting bracket allows the light to be mounted either parallel to a tubular structure (as a tail light on a seatpost) or perpendicular (as you would on a handlebar), but the PowerLight Mini’s light is not really designed to project a concentrated beam a great distance away. Instead the face’s array lights up as a glowing source of evenly diffused light. Of course, that works just fine for a tail light when set to red LED, but that white light works great for a variety of situations off the bike. Since it produces a broad light pattern with no hotspots, it works nicely as miniature work light or camp lantern. The wire clip that at first seemed like an odd manner of attaching the PowerLight Mini to the mounting bracket, turns out to double as a flip stand, so you can set the PowerLIght Mini down. You can also use the clip to affix the light to your clothing, like on your chest if you needed to do detailed work with your hands. You can even use the light in red mode if you want to maintain your night vision. If you’ve ever tried to change a flat in the darkness of winter, you can well imagine how useful this light is. Usually when you try to use the typical bike light for the same task, you blind yourself looking at the hotspot from the beam and then can’t see anything unless you shine that hotspot directly on the target. As a lantern on hi setting, it will give 5hours of 135lumen light; in strobe it should give up to 52hours.

I was so delighted over those features above that I almost forgot that the significance of the “power” in the PowerLight Mini moniker. The BioLite product also functions as a 1350mAh power source for personal electronic devices. It has a mini-USB port for power in, and USB port for output.

The $45 PowerLite Mini is new for Spring 2016. You can pre-order now; shipments begin February 16th.

Garmin Varia Reviewed

How a bit of software and tech may save the lives of many cyclists

On Medium Bicycles, Matt Haughey reviews Garmins’s rear-facing radar.

Once you have the rear light mounted and sync’d to your computer, you simply start riding normally and whenever a car approaches you from behind (up to 500 feet away) the right side of your bike computer screen will turn red, beep, and show an approaching dot animated on your screen.

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