Category: Reviews

Walz Caps

Me wearing the Racing Stripe hat.

Jeff wearing the Unique Cap

The good people from Walz Caps sent us a few samples for us to wear. Although the caps are not really my ‘style’, I dig them because I can wear them comfortably under my helmet and they alleviate the dreaded helmet hair.

Black-Red Cotton Blend

Wool Ear Flap Toasty!

The caps cost from $14.99-$29.99, they will personalize the caps too! So check out, they are Russ Roca approved!

12″ Sub inside my OYB bag.

Some of you may remember this little bag from, but since my post was a casualty of Mr. Hacker, I think it’s worth mentioning again.

This little $35 bag is a saddle bag, handlebar bag, pannier, or a man purse.

It’s 10″x8″x4″ and is great for carrying all manner of daily-use goodies, including wine bottles.

The way the bag works is that each bag comes with 3 small leather buckle-straps stowed in the front pouch. To use as a bar-bag, tuck shoulder-strap into main-pouch and thread 2 leather straps thru the big D-rings to the bars and 1 strap around the head-tube thru the waist-strap D-rings. To use as a saddle-bag, here’s where it gets neat: Each main-strap D-ring has a 1/4″ section removed beneath its attachment loop—shove the canvas aside and clip each D-ring thru your saddle rail or bag-loop, then use a leather-strap to afix to the seatpost. Presto!

I attached it to the Brooks Saddle of my Swobo Sanchez and it has become extremely useful. I can carry a T-shirt, shorts, a tube and my CO2 pump in that little bag. Today, I used it to carry my 12″ Sub that I got for lunch. So if you are looking for a small inexpensive do-it all bag, I highly recommend the OYB Bag.

Back at the 2007 Interbike, we met up with the folks from Road Rash Repair Kit. They sent us a sample kit to “test/review.” But to be honest with you, none of us do not want to get hurt in order to find out if the kit works. So rather than deliberately making ourselves crash, we thought we’d just talk about it.

As advertised:

The Road Rash Repair Kit revolutionizes treatment of road rash with hydrocolloid dressings for moist wound healing. Hydrocolloids are wound dressings that contain gel-forming agents. These agents are combined with elastomers (synthetic rubber) and applied to a carrier, such as polyurethane foam or film, to form an absorbent, self-adhesive, water resistant wafer. For most people, hydrocolloid dressings produce healthy, pink skin in days instead of weeks, reduce risk of infection, and bypass the pain and scabbing stage. Used as directed, they change your road rash experience from misery to a mere nuisance.

So here’s what you get:

Items included:

2 4X4 Reliamed ® beveled edge hydrocolloid dressings
Superior fluid absorption when compared to competitive dressings.

Hibiclens ® antiseptic antimicrobial skin cleanser
Hospital-grade disinfectant soap.

4 4X4 Reliamed ® sterile, non-woven surgical sponges
Hospital-grade sponges for wound cleaning and absorbing wound exudate.

8 inches (relaxed) Surgilast ® size 4 tubular elastic bandage
Secures dressings on arm without use of adhesive tape.

8 inches (relaxed) Surgilast ® size 5 tubular elastic bandage
Secures dressings on leg without use of adhesive tape. Can also be used on arm.

10 yards X 1-inch Reliamed ® hypoallergenic plastic tape
Prevents skin reactions in most people.

Road rash treatment instructions

The kit is almost the same size as a small water bottle. It can actually fit in your bottle cage or in your hydration pack.

I actually carry the kit in my hydration bag every time I ride just in case something does happen. Since we’re a bunch of wimps here and do necessarily like pain, we’ll wait until one of us gets hurt bad enough to use the kit. But until then check out Road Rash Repair Kit for more information.

Hey everyone, this is my first post as an official team member so I thought I’d post about something I use every day during my bike commute. The video is a little rough as I’m still working on my editing skillz.


With the recent rains that Southern California had experienced, I wanted to see how well the Banjo Brothers Commuter Back Pack‘s ability to keep things dry over a long period of wetness exposure.

So I set up the bag in my back patio where it gets pretty wet during the rains. Rather than standing in the rain all night long. I recruited the use of my old ladder and a bungee cord to hold the bag in place.

This is the bag the following morning. I apologize for the fuzzy picture, my camera sucks.

As I opened it up this morning, I expected that the bag would have been flooded inside.

But to my surprise, the items in the bag stayed dry!