Review! Origin 8 x bar lights

 

I’ve been using these rad Origin8 lights for a few months now, and i have to say I’m pleasantly surprised on how cool these are. If you are not familiar with the brand Origin8 has been around for a while. They started out in accessories and spread out to a full line of road,mountain, CX, and fixed gear.

Having used their single speed hubs for a while now i was stoked to get ahold of these lights. The x bar have a very easy mounting bracket, basically a rubber band with a hook and a notches, it can attach to just about any set of bars or seat posts.

 

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I use the rear light on just about every ride day or night, its small compact and bright and uses a rechargeable micro usb battery witch lasts close to the 5 hours on strobe mode. The light is has 3 brightness setting and 3 strobe settings, its one of the brightest and compact lights I’ve used. The light can be mounted horizontally or vertically to accommodate other accessories or bar positions. I have mine mounted to my seat post horizontally under my seat bag.

 

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The Front X bar is pretty much the same exact light just with a different lens. They did bump up the lumens from 25 to 50, its a super bright compact light. I have used this on many night rides on my single speed and it lights up the road nicely. In a day where LED bike lights are cheap and everywhere the x bar really sets it self apart with its unique design and quality construction. With a price point of about $35 these are not the cheapest lights but they are worth the money. Go check out orgin8 full line of bike products, they have just about whatever you need!

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Review! Pedros chain pig

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This cute little guy was sent to me from the good people over at Pedros tools, his name is the chain pig and he keeps your chain sparkling clean. I have done reviews on Pedros products before, they make some of the best tools and bike maintenance products on the market. Ive been using their apprentice tool kit for a while now and I love it. The tools are top notch, i found out about Pedros products from the guys at my local bike shop. After breaking a ton of tire levers they recommended the Pedros levers, and i was instantly sold! I have 2 levers in every underseat bag on all my bikes. So when i  found out they had a new line of chain cleaners bike wash and chain lube i was stoked to try them out.

 

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I was pretty stoked to get some samples of their new wet chain lube called “Go juice”, and their dry lube “ice wax”, their biodegradable “pig juice” for cleaning and degreasing the chain, a general biodegradable degreaser for other parts and their bike wash “green fiz”. I was really impressed with the design of the chain pig, it not only looks like an actual pig it functions great too, getting my chain sparkling clean. I used it on a bike i was working on that had been sitting for a long time and breathed life back in to a greasy crusty chain.

 

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The go juice is a great all around lube, i made sure to evenly coat the chain in the go juice and cycle through the gears to get the cassette nice and lube up to, after letting it sit for about 15 min i took a shop rag and wiped off the excess, after a couple rides the chain is still shifting smooth as silk. the Go juice is a biodegradable non toxic synthetic designed for dry to mixed conditions . Go juice does a great job of attracting less dirt than a conventional lube. Living in  California the go juice is perfect for the weather conditions up here, mostly dry with occasional rain, they also make “chain j” for light wet conditions and the “syn lube” for extreme wet conditions

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The green fizz bike wash made even the matte finish on my scott addict sparkle like a new penny. it has a 16:1 concentration ratio, meaning about  10-15 drops to a gallon of warm water will give you some good suds for washing off road grime and also degreasing the drivetrain. the green fizz is also biodegradable plant derived perfect for use on carbon, aluminum, steel and plastic, i even used it on my wheel and tires.

 

I was really happy with how well the cleaners and lubes preformed. my drivetrain is squeaky clean and shifting smooth as silk. Do your self a favor and buy anything with a pedros logo, you won’t be disappointed, I’m happy to add the go juice, green fizz and pig juice to my tool box! Go check out all of pedros products from mechanics tool and multi tools for you daily ride to cleaners and lubes, and my personal favorite their tire levers

Sunday ride

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Since I got back from my trip to Thailand I’ve been working quite a bit to catch up for all the time i took off and riding opportunities have been scarce. So when a fried and my roommate wanted to go for a ride i jumped at the chance. My roommate is a total cycling noob, he was given a decent bike a scott speedster, by his sister who’s ex-bf left it with her when he moved. He had her ship it from the east coast and i put it back together for him giving him a general fit as best as i could. Its a decent bike aluminum frame carbon fork and tiagra components. He had ridden it around town but nothing more than a few miles.

My other buddy who went with us is my buddy i go mtn biking with, he recently bought a giant hybrid bike to ride on his breaks at work, so he not a total cycling noob but dosent have a lot of road riding experience. We set out for a small ride 16.7 miles looking like a pretty eclectic group of riders, my self being the roadie in full kit and clipless shoes, my mtn bike buddy who was in his baggy mtn bike gear, camel back and riding platform pedals, and my roommate who was in a pair of cycling shorts i gave him which were given new to me, and a lakers jersey and my mtn bike helmet with a visor and platform pedals.

I lead the group on the ride, using cycling hand gestures to motion to road hazards and making turns. We road for about 30 min and took a break at bout the 6.5 mile mark, i usually don’t stop for a rest on my usual ride till the half way point of about 12.5-15 miles, but being the nice guy i am we stopped early to see if they want to head back or keep going. We decided to keep pressing on another 3.5 miles to our destination. we stopped for a rest and snack of a granola and acai bowl.

On the way back i could tell one of my buddys was falling behind, so i would wait for him to catch up at critical points in the ride. We averaged about 14.6mph, I’m usually around 16-16.5, which isn’t to bad for inexperienced riders i was riding with. With both my friends riding the stock seats on their bike they were pretty sore i told them to invest in a seat fitment before they did anything else. To the non-cycling public paying a $100 for a bike seat is ridiculous but they don’t understand that thats the most critical part of their bike, that being said my friends may appointments to get a saddle fitment.

Im petty stoked to have my friends show an interest in cycling and coming to me for advice on bikes and cycling in general, my cycling buddy moved away a while ago and i usually ride solo with a group ride once in a while with the guys from the bike shop. Its nice  to have friends to ride with again, I’m always happy to help out new cyclists get in to the sport i love.