Milkit Tubeless Tire Valve System Review

Some people swear by tubeless tires.  Others, like myself, have tried them and because of all the maintenance headaches, don’t use them now.  Assuming you have a perfect tire and rim combination (which is a whole discussion in itself) there are still other issues to deal with.  Things like sticky valves, valves that don’t stay seated, and the big one: not knowing whether or not you even have liquified sealant in the tires are enough downsides to outweigh the benefits of tubeless tires for me.   But I’m cautiously optimistic that a new product may solve those problems. The Milkit valves[…]

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Clever Crowd Sourced Bluetooth Tracking

At $29.99 per tracker and available in several colors, this clever device is worth a look.  It’s small enough to tape to the bottom of your seat out of a thief’s view and runs off a small battery for several months.  How does it work?  Simple: via the Bluetooth connection that everyone has in their phone.  When you lose an item, you tell the system to search for your item.  If anybody is within Bluetooth range of your tracker, a system message is sent back to you with the device’s last known location. Of course, you have to have the app[…]

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Would You Buy an Electric Mountain Bike?

The first time I saw an electric mountain bike was at Aliso Woods park about four years ago.  This guy who looked to be about 70 years old zipped right by us on Westridge on an eBike.  He was pedaling, but he did it so effortlessly that my first thought was, “CHEATER!” Electric bikes (“eBikes”) have been slowly entering the market over the past few years but most of the offerings have been pretty weak hybrid bikes on the off-road side.  And on the real off-road side, the prices have been so outrageous that one really has to think, “At[…]

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GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink Mix Review

I’ve tried a lot of different hydration drinks in my years of mountain biking, but there’s only one that I’ve been reordering over and over again.  GU Rocktane packs a punch of long-lasting energy that I find delicious to drink cold or warm. What really sets this apart from other hydration drinks is the calories it contains because most hydration supplements contain none at all.  On long rides, I drink one serving of GU Rocktane per hour and eat one GU energy gel.  Combined that’s 340 calories of fast-absorbing energy that doesn’t upset my stomach, and all the essential minerals I need[…]

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