Versatile and Insanely Bright: Light and Motion Urban 350 Review

light and motion urban 350 review

 

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.

Read moreVersatile and Insanely Bright: Light and Motion Urban 350 Review

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

cygolite metro 400 review

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.

Read moreThe Brightest Light for the Buck? Cygolite Metro 400 Longterm Review

Speedplay vs Look: The Ultimate Pedal Shootout!

speedplay vs look

Is that the clip-clop of a pony trotting up the road towards you? No, it’s just a road cyclist eager for their morning coffee. Unlike mountain bike clipless pedals, road cycling pedals have an exposed cleat system that’s designed for one thing – to transmit power from your legs through to the bike.

If you’re new to clipless pedals, I’d recommend reading our complete guide to clipless pedals. In this guide, we compare two of the most popular manufacturers, Speedplay and Look, to figure out which pedals are best for you.

Read moreSpeedplay vs Look: The Ultimate Pedal Shootout!

Speedplay vs Shimano: Which Pedal Is Right for You?

 

speedplay vs shimano

Pedals equal power. (At least in part.) And when it comes to road cycling, power is what it’s all about. With the right pair of pedals, you’ll be sailing up those hills faster than Sagan in a sprint.*

If you’re reading this article, I’m assuming you’re after a pair of road pedals. So, when we’re talking about Shimano pedals we’re comparing the SPD-SL range rather than the mountain biking SPDs.

If you’re new to clipless pedals, you may find our complete guide to clipless pedals useful, and if you’re interested in Look pedals, check out our comparison of Speedplays and Looks.

Right, let’s get started. Here’s a recap of what we’re looking for when comparing road cycling pedals.

*Cycling Hacks cannot guarantee this.

Read moreSpeedplay vs Shimano: Which Pedal Is Right for You?

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

best waterproof cycling jacket

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.

Read moreHow to Stay Dry: 9 of the Best Waterproof Cycling Jackets

The Best Mountain Bike Tires to Conquer Any Terrain

best mountain bike tires

Choosing mountain bike tires isn’t as easy as it sounds. Like most things in the bicycling universe, there are more choices than ever to fit the type of rider you are and the kind of riding you do.

There are several factors you should consider when looking for the best mountain bike tires. Tire weight and width are only the tip of the iceburg.

For a good all-around tire that sheds mud well and rolls fast, we love the WTB Velociraptor.

Read moreThe Best Mountain Bike Tires to Conquer Any Terrain

14 of the Best Trail-Ready Mountain Bike Shoes 2019

best mountain bike shoes

Updated 2/17/18

When you first start mountain biking, an ordinary pair of running or hiking shoes will probably do you just fine. But once you’ve decided this is the sport for you, a more specific shoe can definitely help improve your performance.

What you go for will depend on the type of riding you do, the weather conditions you ride in, and your budget.

Read more14 of the Best Trail-Ready Mountain Bike Shoes 2019

Aerodynamic Meets Comfy and Cool: Kask Protone Review

 

kask protone review

 

Next to buying a pair of cycling shoes, buying a helmet is one of the hardest bike gear choices to make. With such a wide selection of cycling helmets in the marketplace, where does one begin? Factors like safety, number of vents, weight, comfort, and price definitely come into play.

Read moreAerodynamic Meets Comfy and Cool: Kask Protone Review

The Best Direct-Drive Trainer? Elite Drivo Long-Term Review

Elite Drivo Review

When you think of high end, direct drive trainers, two names instantly come to mind: Tacx Neo and Wahoo KICKR. As a record number of riders do battle on Zwift, the big players in the smart trainer market have finally stepped up to answer the call with some heavy hitters.

While Tacx touted their near-silent Neo and Wahoo claimed a true-to-life ride experience, Elite released the Drivo, a behemoth — built like a tank — with near perfect power accuracy. But is the Elite Drivo a third party contender or a worthy candidate for the best direct drive trainer?

Read moreThe Best Direct-Drive Trainer? Elite Drivo Long-Term Review

Get Fast! How to Find the Best Wheels for Your Road Bike

 

Best Road Bike Wheels

 

Eddie Merckx said it’s better to ride up grades than to buy upgrades, but if you’re looking for an instant performance boost, a new wheelset is your best bet. Use this guide as your cheat sheet to navigate different wheel materials, decide on rim depth and width and pair the best road bike wheels with your terrain and cycling goals.

Read moreGet Fast! How to Find the Best Wheels for Your Road Bike