Upcoming Product Reviews and Features

We’ve got a few new products to review from our crew’s recent trip to Sea Otter: a couple items from the good folks at Cycleaware including their “HotRod” MTB handlebar light —

Cycleaware HotRod

and their “Heads Up” eyeglass mirror —

Heads Up

In addition, we’ve got a really cool new pair of “Oasis” sunglasses to show off by Ryders Eyewear


and a voluminous messenger bag/laptop sleeve combo by the folks at Banjo Brothers

banjo brothers

Finally, in the next few days I will be posting the results of my long-term test of the Seattle Sports Fast Pack waterproof pannier. For right now, let me just say that this thing is bombproof. Also, I will be posting a “final thoughts” article on the Ergon BD-1 backpack that we’ve been testing.

So, stay tuned…lots of useful goodies and information coming your way!


  1. Dominic Dougherty

    I really like the CycleAware Reflex Mirror that sticks to your helmet. I tend to dislike glasses mirrors because well… as often as I lose glasses, I would have to replace a mirror too! And I don’t always wear glasses like I always wear a helmet.

  2. Ghost Rider

    I never thought about that…I’ve never used a rear-view mirror before, and I almost always wear sunglasses or regular eyeglasses when I ride, but I can see the extra benefit of a helmet-mounted mirror.

  3. Dominic Dougherty

    You of all people don’t wear a mirror? But you’re the geekest one of all!
    Seriously though, you have a mirror on your car, why not on your bike? And by bike, I mean helmet. Bicycle-mounted mirrors can misadjusted easily, vibrate to all hell, and to see behind you, you may need to swing the handlebars back and forth. Craziness.

    I can’t recommend the CycleAware Reflex mirrors enough. You can pick one up around $15, they are damn near unbreakable. It’s probably my favorite piece of bike gear.

  4. Ghost Rider

    Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis? I like bikes like nobody’s business, but I’m no geek! 😉

    I’ve perfected turning my head to look behind me…our racing coach back in the day drilled us in taking quick glances from under our left arms in the aero “tuck” position — basically, you get an upside-down look at the world behind you, and then you have to turn the image right-side-up in your mind. It’s much easier than it sounds.

  5. Moe

    I like my handlebar mirror, it doesn’t make me look AS geeky…

  6. Mike Myers

    I use the mirror that’s made for my Bell Metro helmet. It’s not a round shape, it’s more like a round triangle, but it works very well. I never could find a mirror that worked well with my sunglasses. This way my mirror is always with me, and it folds up out of the way when I don’t need it.

    Unfortunately, Bell has discontinued the Metro….

  7. Rick

    I will shout the praises of Chuck Harris’s mirrors from the rooftops. If you can get your hands on one, buy three. Once you use it, you will not know how you got along without it.

  8. Moe

    I’ve just ordered a couple Chuck Harris mirrors, I’ll do a write up once they arrive.

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