|Tool rolls. They're certainly pretty!|
Schwalbe One 28c Tubeless Clinchers. I love the look of the Schwalbe tires. Their reputation for nice rolling and fair durability is well established. And I've been considering going tubeless for some time now (as I've written here before). Why not do it all at once and get the new Schwalbe One Tubeless Clinchers?
|Schwalbe One Tubeless Clincher, coming 2014.|
Chain keeper. I can't make a real case for this jobbie, which attaches around the seat-post and prevents the chain from dropping to the inside of the small ring, but I'm a sucker for just how elegant a solution it is. The problem, of course, is that so long as I keep my bike tuned this is a solution looking for a problem. I can see it on a cyclocross rig or a mountain bike being used aggressively but I can't see using it on a road bike under normal use conditions.
Kuat NV Hitch Rack. This is a high design factor tray-style hitch rack that holds two bikes and can be extended to hold four. The reviews are glowing, including from buyers who switched from the Thule T2 and preferred the Kuat's anti-rattle mechanism. It appears to be a tad lighter than the comparable offerings from Thule and Yakima -- Kuat lists an assembled weight of 49 lbs. That sounds about like what I've read for the T2 (~50 lbs.), although this forum has one poster noting a 20# advantage for Kuat. (I doubt that assertion.) My problems with hitch racks: (1) I need a trailer hitch. Not for the new car, I think. (2) Hanging 50 lbs. plus bike (plus hitch) off the back end of the car is a big negative for weight balance. Silly, I know, as one is not motoring for enjoyment when carrying bikes. (3) They cost a lot. The cheapest I can find the Kuat at Amazon is $523. I did find one on eBay for $419.
Revelate Tangle Bag. Pretty sure Damon has one of these. I have the original version of the road-biking frame bag, the Jandd Frame Pack, and I'm very pleased with it. What always amazes me about the Jandd, though, is how quickly 188 cubic inches fills up. Revelate's large Tangle bag offers 350 cubic inches, easily enough for food and emergency clothing for a full night with no services. On the other hand, going for Jandd is (1) the packing discipline that comes from having less space to fill (and the consequent weight advantage) and (2) the price -- a mere $30, versus $60 for the Revelate offering.
King Cage Kargo. Another design to help fill that wasted space in the main triangle, King Cage offers this elegant water-bottle plus tool carrier. At $40 it is not out of whack with other water bottle cages. I like that it keeps the weight of metal tools down low (relative to a seat bag or a trunk rack) and centered. I'm annoyed by the clips, which apparently permit one to support the tool carrier with a strap over the top tube. Why not just a small shelf at the bottom?
King Cage Titanium. This is an easier sell. At $60, which isn't cheap but isn't crazy, it's lighter (28g) and much better looking than most carbon cages on the market. My only concern: how will titanium match the Ultegra silver color and my new silver headset? Yes, I've actually descended to the point of asking whether it matches.