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The Rear view mirror: My friend


KHS Green with the Cateye Mirror

Nothing embodies Bike Geekness like the rear view mirror. Whether worn on a helmet, drop bars or bar ends, if you have a rear view mirror, you are pretty much a Bike Geek.


Kona 2-9 with the Cateye mirror

Some may argue that having a rear view mirror is unnecessary, or that it could be a distraction, but for me, the rear view mirror is my friend. Due to my arthritic condition, my neck’s range of motion is quite limited so looking over my shoulder is quite difficult, a rear view mirror facilitates lane changes and when it would be prudent to ‘take the lane’.


DiamondBack Transporter, yes, the same Cateye Mirror

Another advantage of having a rear view mirror is being able to look out for the right hookers, no not the type that was hired by the former major from NYC, but the buttholes that love to make a right turn in front of you. I’ve tried mirrors that attach to the helmets, mirrors that attach to sunglasses but I found that the Cateye BM-500G has been perfect for my type of commuting and I highly recommend.

Road Rash Repair Kit: First Impressions

A while back I talked about the Road Rash kit and how we thought it was a great idea, but didn’t want to get hurt in order to review it. Well over at MtnBikeRiders.com, Priscilla had the privilege to test it out due to a bad fall on her recent mountain bike race, in which she placed 3rd by the way…
road rash kit

Read more about it HEREwarning, pictures on that article are just as gross as the one above!

Product Review: Zogics Citra Wipes

The folks of Zogics sent us some Citra Wipes to review.

Here’s some info about the wipes:

citra wipes

CitraWipes are portable, non-toxic degreaser hand wipes with natural citrus oil extracts for removing tough grease and grime.

CitraWipes have a pleasant mild citrus scent and are enriched with aloe vera and lanolin. These handy wipes are self-drying and require no water for use.

CitraWipes are individually packaged in 2.5 x 4 heavy-duty foil pouches that can be conveniently kept wherever life’s adventures might get dirty: bicycles, motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs, boats, cars, toolboxes, and much more!

CitraWipes retail $2.49 per two-pack. You can purchase FOUR (4) two-twin here for $9.96 (for a total of EIGHT individually packaged wipes).

FREE SHIPPING!

CitraWipes are made in the USA, and like all products offered by Zogics, a portion of their sales is donated to environmental organizations.

To review these wipes I tried to look at my dirtiest chain, but since I’m pretty anal about cleaning my chains on a weekly basis…yes I do…I couldn’t really find one that was super filthy. So I used the next best thing….Bearing Grease.

I made sure I spread the grease all over my hands.

I then opened up a packet of the Citra Wipes and used one towelette to clean off my hands.

After thoroughly cleaning my hands, the grease came off. My hands were clean and they smelled great!

I work on bikes ALL the time, and I can’t stand the smell of grease. Its a mix between fresh tar, some petroleum product and B.O. I do like how the Citra Wipes work and how they get your hands clean and smelling great. I didn’t even need water. With that said, and with the pictures showing you how well this works, then I can confidently recommend the Zogics Citra Wipes. Since they come in individual packets, I’d recommend you keep on in your pannier, or your seat/tool bag just in case you have a mechanical while riding.