Gear

RYU Apparel Review (plus a 15% off code)

5 Comments 19 February 2014

I recently had the opportunity to sample a few pieces from RYU (Respect Your Universe)* [disclosure: I did not pay for these items, but I was not paid to write this review], an athletic apparel brand that got its start in the mixed martial arts scene. RYU aims to fuse style with performance while producing [...]

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Featured, Gear

Review: Assos rainBootie_S7

2 Comments 17 May 2013

Nothing says S&M superhero quite like an oil slick bootie. Besides making me feel slightly naughty (sadly, this may be the most risqué piece of clothing I own), the rainBootie_S7 performed impressively in Portland’s persistently rainy conditions. The 434 stretch fabric is coated with a proprietary polyurethane that Assos developed specifically for this purpose: the [...]

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Gear

Time Tested (and dirt cheap): DeFeet Wool Gloves

2 Comments 18 April 2013

I’ve been wearing these DeFeet Wool Duragloves for nearly 5 years now. Because they’re very affordable and very popular in this house (and because gloves have a way of disappearing) I bought three pairs in the first year. The collection has dwindled back down to a single, lonely pair and Sal and I continue to [...]

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Cycling, Gear

Time Tested: Indestructible SIDI Road Shoes

13 Comments 28 March 2013

Working in the cycling industry gives me a lot of access to test new product and while I’m as smitten with shiny stuff as the next gear-junkie, I’m most impressed by the pieces that just refuse to die. Unfortunately for Sal, who would very much love to have a reason to buy a new, sparkly [...]

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Gear

Tested: Rapha Women’s Winter Tights

6 Comments 02 February 2012

A few weeks ago, Rapha sent over the Women’s Winter Tight for review. I took them out for a week’s worth of rides including a few (2-hour) commutes and two 4-hour training rides and then wrote a re-cap of first impressions for the next issue of Peloton Magazine. Since then, they’ve been on heavy rotation [...]

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Gear

Tested: Assos FI 13 Lady S5 Bib Shorts

11 Comments 25 January 2012

Background and disclosure Indie Bike, a cycling apparel shop (they’ve got a real, live store in addition to their web presence) based in Indianapolis, IN. contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing some gear in exchange for telling people about their wonderful little shop (free shipping on orders over $65!). I’ve [...]

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