Biking in bad weather and during icy conditions

Just the thought of winter riding is enough to deter even the most hardened riders. A turbo trainer or even a cozy bed may seem more preferable than battling with ice, rain, wet snow, and piercing winds in an attempt to stay in the saddle and keep warm.

But with the right equipment and our advice, you can still go out and reap the same benefits for your body and health as you would in the summer. Many coaches and seasoned riders who ride all year round claim that conquering the elements helps strengthen willpower, and that will come in handy during races, sporting events, and challenging summer trips. Continue reading

Choosing a Women’s Mountain Bike

Although you can buy a specific women’s bike, any advice for women in this regard should start with the main point: it is not necessary to limit your choice only to women’s models.

Just as for men, any woman needs to choose a bicycle that will be comfortable for her and that will best suit her build, whatever it might be. Typically, women are shorter and lighter than men, often with proportionally shorter torsos and longer legs, although this can vary significantly.

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Review of CatEye Volt 800 and 700

CatEye Volt 700 double

CatEye Volt 800 EL-471 RC is an excellent bicycle headlight. Its body and design are the same as the previous model Volt 700 EL-470, but now it is equipped with an efficient LED. According to the manufacturer, the headlight emits a stable 800 lumens, but this value may vary for each specific unit! Continue reading

Varia Vision – Google Glass for cyclists

Varia Vision 1

As a rule, the more you invest in your hobby, the more difficult it becomes, and bicycles are no exception. You can buy a cheap Huffy, and it will perform the same function as an expensive street racing bike that costs 100 times more. But will it be as effective? Unlikely. The same goes for bicycle “peripherals”: you can track information about your current ride using a mini-computer attached to the handlebars, but you have to constantly look down. Or you can attach this miniature Garmin monitor to your head, which costs $400 – it allows you to view telemetry data without taking your eyes off the road for a second. Continue reading

Garmin Varia radar system


Six months. It seems that’s how long it takes to buy a company, reconfigure its production, and start selling under a new name. The new Garmin Varia bike radar is a rear taillight that scans the space behind the bike up to 140 meters away, detecting the presence of cars. The data is transmitted either to a compatible Garmin Edge system or to a separate handlebar device that alerts the cyclist to what is behind and how fast it is approaching. If you’re familiar with the startup iKubu and its Backtracker radar from last year, this idea may sound familiar to you: Garmin acquired the company in January of this year and turned the Backtracker into Varia. Continue reading

Faraday Porteur – now in retail

Faraday Porteur e-bike boots

The Faraday Porteur electric bike is finally available for sale. For just $3,500, you can order yourself a bicycle that was once nothing more than a concept, brought to life only thanks to its success on Kickstarter. If you remember, the Porteur frame is equipped with lithium-ion batteries that power the electric motor, providing a range of up to 24 km on a single charge. The Porteur is available in two colors (British Racing Green and Classic White) and three sizes: small, medium, and large (depending on your height). If you are interested in additional accessories for carrying small items, you will have to pay an additional $225 for the front rack and $125 for the rear rack. Are you ready to purchase your own Faraday Porteur? Continue reading