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Deuter Dry Shield Bike 18 backpack review

For the past month or so, I’ve been using the Deuter Dry Shield Bike 18 backpack on my daily rides to work. For years, I’ve been searching for a good waterproof backpack that will keep my stuff dry during the nasty wet Calgary winters. While a good drybag, or even a garbage bag, can usually […]

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Outdoor Research Windstopper Gorilla balaclava review

If you’re the kind of person who values warmth and doesn’t care about fashion, the Outdoor Research (OR) Windstopper Gorilla balaclava will make an excellent addition to your outdoor gear wardrobe. Most of the time I wear this, it’s underneath my bike helmet when I’m cycling in cold weather. Not just any ol’ cold weather […]

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The perfect brush for cleaning your bike

Where do old toothbrushes go when they die at our house? Down to my workshop and into my bike-cleaning arsenal. However, there’s a new “special brush” in my collection now. While toothbrushes are great for scrubbing the smaller, fiddly areas on a bike, even the “hard” brushes aren’t really up to scrubbing off months of […]

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Lake MXZ300 winter cycling shoe review

If you’re looking for a good pair of cycling shoes for riding in cold snowy conditions, you don’t have many options. I chose a pair of Lake MXZ300 winter shoes and this will be my third winter riding in them. First impression These shoes are comfy! The neoprene internal liner is a nice snug fit, […]

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Deuter TransAlpine 30 pack review

I have to admit, it’s rare that I come across a product that I’m completely satisfied with. Usually, there are at least a couple of things I’d have done differently or that I think could be improved upon. So, imagine my delight when I came across a backpack that seemed to have been designed specifically […]

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