Versatile and Insanely Bright: Light and Motion Urban 350 Review

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If you’re a bike commuter like me, you know how important it is to have a good, reliable light. Bike lights provide two functions, both equally important. One is to be seen and the other is to allow you to see. There are a lot of options out there so it can be hard to know which one to go with. If you’re still trying to decide on a light, check we’ve rounded up and reviewed our favorite head and tail lights here.

First off, in case you were wondering, those little blinking lights don’t do much at all. They’re normally not bright enough to cut through rain or fog or haze. As a daily New York City commuter, I can attest to the fact that you really need to invest in a light with at least 350 lumens at its brightest. You want a light that you can operate at varying intensities and patterns – flashing, strobing, always on – depending on what conditions you’re biking through. And

You want a light that you can operate at varying intensities and patterns – flashing, strobing, always on – depending on what conditions you’re biking through. And it’s super helpful if your light is waterproof.

The Urban 350 Bike Light from Light and Motion offers all of these things.

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The Brightest Light for the Buck? Cygolite Metro 400 Longterm Review

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The Cyglolite Metro 400 has, as its name suggests, a 400-lumen output. In daylight flashing mode, it puts out 500+ lumens in short, bright spurts. It has 6 different modes, 3 steady, 2 flashing, and 1 walking and side illumination ports for better visibility.

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9 Amazing Folding Bikes: Complete Reviews and Buying Guide

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If you’re a mixed commuter looking for a bicycle you can take and store almost anywhere, a folding bike may be just the thing for you.

We’ve rounded up 9 of the best folding bikes and provided a handy buying guide to answer all your folding bike questions.

And if you’re wondering what this NYC commuter’s top folding bike pick is….it’s the Dahon Speed 7, a super-affordable bike that’s sporty, excels at climbing and is a blast for rolling around town. 

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8 Awesome Bike Helmets for Under $100

Whether you’re commuting to work, running errands, heading out for a long all-day ride with the crew, or just tooling around the park, you should wear a helmet. There aren’t any laws in this country requiring cyclists to wear helmets (unless they are under a certain age) but statistics do show that the risk of serious head injury is reduced by 70% if the rider is wearing a helmet.

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The Best Chamois Cream: How to Save Your Ass and Ride Longer

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If you’ve been cycling for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard talk of something called chamois cream. And you’ve likely figured out that it has something to do with your undercarriage but, may not be sure exactly what it is or what the best chamois cream for you may be.

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How to Stay Dry: 9 of the Best Waterproof Cycling Jackets

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Many cyclists say they don’t enjoy riding in the rain but, if you’re a daily commuter (in all weather, just like the postman) or the kind of rider that will opt for a day outside over the indoor trainer, you’ll likely need — and want — a good waterproof cycling jacket.

There are many options out there and some of them get very expensive. So let’s clear up any confusion and figure out what the best waterproof cycling jacket is for you.

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Mountain Bike Buying Guide: What You Need to Know to Hit the Dirt

Mountain Bike buying guide

You’re ready to hit the trail, but where do you begin? There so many are different types of bikes, various frame materials, suspension and wheels sizes. No two mountain bikes are created equal.

But that’s good news because you can find exactly what works for you and compliments the terrain you intend to ride.

Before you start shredding singletrack, let’s walk through what you need to consider to find the perfect mountain bike for you.

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7 Best Budget-Friendly Mountain Bikes Under $1,000

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Mountain bikes are quite versatile and conducive to all sorts of riding. They’re great for ripping through trails, exploring mountains, and even commuting.

Mountain bikes under $1,000.00 are usually hardtails. This means they only have suspension on the front wheel. They come predominately in two wheel sizes: 27.5” and 29”.

While more expensive mountain bikes will offer more options in terms of weight, frame materials, suspension and components, spending $1,000 is a great way to score an entry level mountain bike and get a taste of riding knobby tires.

Here are some of the best bikes you can find for under $1,000. 

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7 of the Best Trail-Ready Mountain Bike Rides under $1,500

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Mountain bikes in the $1,500 price range can vary greatly. You can find cross-country machines, focused on going up hills fast and zooming around less technical trails, as well as all-mountain rigs with 27+ wheels and tires with tons of traction, especially when the single track points down. There are many wheel-size choices, 27.5” and 29”, as well as 27+ bikes.

The other nice thing about this price point is that while the frames are usually alloy, they’re high quality. Also, the suspension forks are often brand name items, which tends to lend themselves to better performance and durability. 

For the money, our pick goes to the GT Verb Elite, which is a solid frame and full suspension, at a price that’s a steal for full suspension.

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Outwit Bike Thieves! 9 of the Best Bike Locks

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If you’re a commuter, someone who likes to run errands by two wheels, or a person who attends most social obligations with a bike helmet stuffed discretely into your bag, you’ve probably locked your bike up somewhere. There are various styles of bike locks on the market and numerous things to take into consideration when purchasing one. Here are the best bike locks for keeping the wheels on your bike and your bike where you left it. 

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