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Hiplok Gold Superbright and Z Lok Locks

hiplokgoldsuperbrite.WEBLike the name Hiplok suggests, their chain locks are actually worn belt-like around the waist. The chain is covered with a nylon sleeve, which protects bicycle paint jobs and components by preventing the metal chain links from striking the frame. And now with Superbright reflectivity added, this new Hiplok protects riders with a 2-inch-wide band of reflected light when riding at night in traffic. Hiplok’s other new product is the Z Loks. You get 2 per package and 1 key. They look just like oversized zip ties, which is pretty much what they are, with a steel core inside the Z Loks, and a more aggressive gripping action.

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F3 Cycling FormMount

FormMount.StandAloneLast November, we did a First Look article on the FormMount when it was still in the Kickstarter phase of its product cycle. It did well enough to make it to market, and we've now had the chance to do the full review we had anticipated back then. I think F3 Cycling's FormMount almost hit the nail on the head. It is a great idea, and with a few tweaks to the product, it will be a winner. We look forward to seeing the new version with tilt adjustability, and whether some of the lesser issues have been overcome as well.

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RockyMounts MonoRail Platform Hitch Rack

RockyMounts Monorail rack reviewed.WEBThe RockyMounts MonoRail is as good or better than most similar racks. It functions flawlessly, is easy to use and has a couple defining qualities compared to its competitors. First, the price of $370 comes in cheaper than all the major competitors. Second, while no rack that can hold up to 60-pound (27-kg) bikes is light, the MonoRail is about 10 pounds (4.5 kg) lighter than most other comparable racks, and those 10 pounds make a difference when carrying odd-shaped items like a rack. The RockyMounts MonoRail Platform rack is definitely worth a look if you are in the market for a new bike rack.

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AfterShokz Wireless Trekz Titanium Headset

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While I don't condone using any sort of earbuds or headset while cycling outside, I realize that some cyclists do in fact use them. If you must listen to tunes or answer a phone call, I'd highly recommend the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium wireless headset, which is ideal for outdoor exercising, as it allow you to hear ambient noise by utilizing bone-conduction technology. Also, the sweat-resistant design makes it ideal for workouts without fear of damage.

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F3's FormMount Bar Mount

FormMountTopForwardDown.Cropped.WEBEver wish you had just a little more room for that extra device on your bars, or maybe just a cleaner cockpit? A new Chicago-based company's FormMount includes 2 rotating extender-arms and mounts to 2 existing stem faceplate screws, in 3 different configurations. You can attach the FormMount to the two top screws facing forward or facing rearward. You can also attach it to the two bottom screws facing forward. When attached facing rearward, this frees up the space out front across the entire handlebar.

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The Barfly 4 Road Bike Mounts

BarflyRoadBikeMount.WEBThis system is slick! It may well be the last handlebar mount you will ever need. For $29.95-$39.95 (the price depends on whether you buy a bundled version that includes a camera or accessory mount), the total cost is less than most OEM handlebar mounts, and you basically are buying the ability to mount any possible head unit and a variety of accessories.

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Cat5Gear Cyclist Case

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The Cat5Gear Cyclist Case is just about the perfect solution to the age-old quandary of how to best carry all your gear to an event. It's got loads of various-sized pockets and compartments, is made of durable materials in a variety of colors, can be broken down flat for easy storage – and, unlike a lot of cycling gear, seems very reasonably priced.

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Jersey Bin

rbr jerseybin both sizes clear.web I've used a JerseyBin since 2009. It has worked exactly as promised, keeping contents safe and dry. For years, like so many other roadies, I carried my expensive smart phone in a plastic sandwich bag. I entrusted an item that cost a couple cents, and was made of thin, non-durable plastic, to protect my phone, which cost several hundred dollars, from sweat, rain, and other ride-related insults.

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Upstand Bike Stand

upstand in use photo.web "Not a kickstand!" are the first words on the product description page on the company website. But the Upstand works much like one in "standing up" your bike. It includes two pieces: a 15g tab that you affix to your bike over the rear skewer; and the 25g stand itself, made of carbon-fiber tubing in two halves, held together by a shock cord, with an axial magnet on one end that holds it to the tab, and a rubber foot on the other, to keep it from skidding on the ground.

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Kuat NV Hitch 2-Bike Rack

As impressed as I am with the design, features, function and quality of the NV, I am just as impressed by its appearance. When you buy a fancy vehicle, it's hard to get yourself to put anything on it. But the NVs lustrous grey and gold finish makes it a stunner, and a few people on our trip actually came up and asked us if the rack had been custom made by Mercedes for our RV. That's quite a compliment to Kuat's design, and perhaps why they named it what they did.

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SKS Spaero Sport Pump

This is a great little pump. It has an outstanding design, is very light and looks good on the bike in an understated way. It is definitely a mini-pump in terms of size, weight and pressure capability. However, it will certainly do the job and get you home. SKS seems to have a winner here.

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