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Swift Industries Pelican Porteur Bag Review

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Racks, baskets and on-the-bike bags are essential accessories for making cycling a part of everyday life, at least as far as I’m concerned. Most people start off with whatever bag they already own slung over their shoulder, gradually making their way through messenger bags and backpacks up until that epiphanic moment of realizing that the bicycle makes an ideal beast of burden and and can carry cargo directly, rather than just on the body of the passenger-engine. Rear racks and panniers are the first choosing of most if for nothing other than availability and general ease of installation, but over the years I’ve learned to love front racks and baskets for most of my cargo hauling. Full touring brings out the traditional side mount panniers, but day to day it’s a backpack for the essentials and front rack for everything else.

Enter the Swift Industries Pelican Porteur bag, an 11″ square bag made specifically to fit the CETMA 5-rail cargo rack. The bag has the classic Cordura outer and vinyl tarp interior combo to keep nature’s elements on the outside, with a set of four clips and straps to attach the bag to the rack at the corners. The square bag has a rolltop design that stands tall for overloading, with a large flap and long straps to keep everything secure. Inside there are a few side pockets for organizing pens, tools and small items with a single zippered outside pocket on the front perfect for the removable shoulder strap and a few other small bits. Besides the rack itself the bag has removeable corrugated plastic inserts in the sides to give it shape — while the rolltop is pliable, the body of the Pelican bag is rigid. Reflective strips, a light loop and a top-mounted clear map pocket round out the bag. For what it’s worth the bag weighs 3 lb 14 oz empty.

Over the course of the summer months I used this bag for daily errands and an overnight camping trip, maxing out the capacity and giving it a run at what I’d imagine most people are using it for. The capacity is more than enough for most anything I’d imagine wanting to commute with on a daily basis; my camera, laptop, lunch, and a change of clothes all fit. The weatherproofing keeps it all dry in a downpour, enough that I wouldn’t worry about electronics in anything but a deluge you shouldn’t be riding in anyway. You can haul a fair amount of groceries home in this Swift bag, especially paired with a backpack, and the rigid sides help to protect delicate fresh cargo. The bag swallowed up my weekly CSA half-share without a problem. For an overnight trip I was able to fit my lightweight tent, sleeping bag, camp kitchen, change of clothing and food for two (check the last image in the below gallery). The finer points of keeping the extra long straps out of the way of the wheels even when unloaded shows that Swift Industries is paying attention.

While the bag is easily removed and reattached to the rack, I found myself leaving the bag at home for some in-town trips as I didn’t want to fuss with it at every lockup. Not an issue with longer commutes, but for running into a few different places in short order (post office, bank, lunch, pharmacy…) I found removing and reattaching it a burden. Cough it up to me being impatient when it comes to my bike being ready to ride. It didn’t help that the carrying strap is on the top, rear corner of the bag, making it awkward to hold as it pitches forward and jostles your cargo (make sure those straps are secure). You could use the removable shoulder strap of course, but that would make the on/off process that much more involved with four clips to the rack, and a clip on either side of the shoulder strap every time you want to remove/reattach the bag. Like any front bag it can interfere with bar mounted lights, and while the bag has a front blinkie light loop, the days of riding around with nothing but an amber blinkie up front are over me. And particular to my use of a front rack I tend to be carrying small boxes here and there frequently, something anything but an empty rack and a few bungees can hurt more than help. The Swift Pelican Porteur is more for backpack replacement or all day rides than box carrying capacity, not an issue for the majority of rides.

Riding with a loaded front rack takes some getting used to, and is perhaps the main criticism of the Pelican Porteur bag. With such capacity it’s easy to overload the front end which can lead to unstable handing, especially to those not used to riding with weight over the front wheel. The unsteadiness goes away with practice — with time I’ve come to strongly prefer the feel of a front rack over that of a similar load on the top of a rear rack. If I was putting in the serious touring miles or going out for multiple days I’d certainly move the load lower to traditional panniers with a lower center of gravity and better handling, but for a quick trip or around town the accessibility of the racktop bag wins out every time.

The Swift Industries Pelican Porteur bag is a lifestyle item, as at home on the commute or the overnight tour. Everything you need for the day fits and stays dry, and the construction is up for daily abuse. The $200 asking price is on par with high quality backpacks and other bags, especially given the Seattle construction out of a small shop of dedicated makers. Choose your own colors and check out the other bags from Swift Industries at www.builtbyswift.com

Road Runner Bags Rolltop Review

IMG_1454 I wanted a go-anywhere carry-anything backpack, and I’d long been searching for a big bag that didn’t swallow me whole beneath it. The second criteria: make all the essentials accessible, even when the bag is jam-packed. The essentials being my notebook, laptop, camera, water bottle, U-lock, wallet, and a jacket. The last hope I held onto in my quest for a better bag: that it would be comfortable—not just carry-able, but comfortable.

Road Runner offers high quality at accessible prices. The bag I’ve been using is the large roll-top, which has a base price of $145. A range of add-ons in the $5-$15 range make it easy to customize any bag to the perfect specs for your needs and taste. I went ahead and added on a half-dozen special pockets and straps, basically the full gamut of options. By the time I’d added the laptop pocket ($15), two side pockets ($10 each), compression straps ($12), waist strap ($15) and a reflective strip across the front pocket ($10), the total price was $217. Even with all the bells and whistles I’d barely broken $200 for a bag that could get me through a summer away from home, and still be practical day-to-day.

Roadrunner Shop Photos 010Affordable, yes, but not cheap. Brad Adams and Brianna Meli both knew how to sew before they met each other, so the pair got off to a running start when they began making bags in 2008. Five years down the line and every detail has been considered and fine-tuned to fulfill any cyclist’s survival needs.

“If you spend a lot of time doing anything you’ll be good at it,” says Adams. The pair have their production process down to a science. Working in tandem across the four sewing machines in their workshop it takes just three hours to turn the raw materials into a practical and stylish do-it-all backpack.

With a rolled height of 20 inches and an unrolled height of 28” there is ample room for clothes, shoes, books, food, gadgets, tools—you name it. The compression straps make any load secure so whatever is inside can stay put.

There’s a thin layer of padding on the back, and it’s just enough to soften the pressure of any load and keep the odd chunky object from jabbing into my back. It is not so thick that it feels bulky or creates extra heat (less “bag back”). The bag is soft from the start, so it hardly needs a breaking-in period. The reinforced strip of Cordura at the top makes for easy rolling.

The most useful standard features are the key rings on each shoulder strap and the quick release buckles at the bottom of them, making it easy to unclip a strap and get to a U-lock stashed in the side pocket with quick access to your keys as well. I found the shoulder-level position of the key rings to be more convenient than my belt loop, and handy for having a bandanna and whistle easily reachable as well. The release on the straps is also convenient for freeing yourself from very heavy loads, like groceries or a case of beer, without shimmying your arm through a tightened strap.

Speaking of beer, the inside of the bag is fully waterproof and can be transformed into full-on portable cooler, while the ample front pockets offer enough space to carry anything you wouldn’t want chilling on ice—say your phone, wallet, tools, etc. The front pockets include the laptop sleeve, one wide document pocket and two front zip pockets, each 8 inches by 8 inches. For someone who may be a bit organizationally challenged, or likes to always be prepared with anything, these extra pockets are invaluable.

There is a strap and buckle over the roll top that is useful for times when the bag is stuffed so full it van be rolled (which I found to be a rare occasion) as well as for carrying delicate items, like bread or bananas, at the top of a full bag, allowing for any cargo to be secure. Side snaps on the roll top make closing and rolling it up a cinch—another example of a thoughtful detail that, while not functionally critical, makes all the difference.

Smart design is applied to all of the straps as well, from the ½-inch padded shoulder straps start close enough in to the center that they’ll never slide off and angled out to wrap snugly around the torso. These straps are intuitive; there’s no fumbling around to slip your arm into the second strap while you’re trying to get out the door or jump on your bike. Loop pulls on the end of each should strap and on the waist and chest straps keep the excess length from dangling, and D-rings at the end of every cinch and buckle make it easy to make adjustments while on the move.

IMG_1441I have only two rather minor complaints: I wish the side pockets were a bit roomier — my large U-lock fits snugly, but it would be nice to not have to wrestle it out. The cinch straps on the pockets are handy, and another reason why a roomier pocket on an otherwise well-dimensioned bag probably wouldn’t hurt any. The second issue is this: I love that there’s a light loop on the back, but I wish it was on the left side (traffic side) or along the center of the front pocket flap rather than on the right. However I noticed that most Road Runner bags actually do have the light loop placed in the center, either at the bottom of the bag or on the flap top.

I’ve done everything with the bag from pack it for a summer-long three-month trip to use it for overnight bike camping trips; for groceries and laundry, for piles of books and cases of beer. When it comes down to it, this bag is functionally amazing, and a huge help in responding to the demands of the day, on and off the bike.

All-City Macho Man Disc Review

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Cyclocross bikes have long made great commuter bikes. Slightly overbuilt frames and parts, lower gears, stronger brakes, and clearance for larger tires and fenders as compared to most road options, cyclocross bikes make a compelling argument as the right tool for the committed commuter. Add in the ability to hit mixed surface roads and sections of single- or double-track trail and it’s easy to see why many choose ‘cross bikes for the daily grind and the weekend thrills. When I want to cover some ground and have no particular direction in mind more often than not I choose a cyclocross bike, with the All-City Macho Man Disc being my wheels of choice as the summer days turn to autumn.

With ‘cross racing booming, many bikes on the market have trended away from durable and versatile frames toward lightweight machines more suited to number plates and training rides than endless exploring. The Macho Man Disc has race-proven geometry in a full chromoly steel package, sacrificing weight in the name of disc brakes and bike lifestyle compatibility without compromising on the cyclocross heritage. The double butted frame has internal toptube cable routing for easy portage and forged dropouts with a chainstay rear disc mount. Full length housing throughout keeps the shifting and braking in order no matter the conditions. Fender mounts on the frame and lugged crown fork make it commuter friendly, and full ED coating inside and out helps to prevent corrosion when the going gets wet. An English threaded bottom bracket shell is welcome in this age of press-in bearings, and the subtle touches of a front deraileur pulley mount (for traditional bottom pull road deraileurs) and a barrel adjuster are not to be overlooked—it’s the details like this that matter and make it clear that the bike is designed by people that ride.

The stock Macho Man Disc build leaves little to be desired in terms of performance even if it lacks any particular pizzaz. The Shimano 105 shifters are finely tuned shifting machines at this point, leaving little reason besides weight and fashion to go with higher end choices. The rest of the drivetrain is a mix of Shimano with a 10-speed 12-28 cassette and an FSA crankset with 46/36 rings rounding it out. Color me impressed with the Hayes CX-5 mechanical disc brakes—they performed on-par with other mechanical versions with easy setup, plenty of power and very little fade. Wheels are easy targets for criticism with complete bikes and while the Formula hubs and v-section Alex rims perform just fine I’d prefer to see the classic looks and weight savings of shallower box-section rims and even butted spokes. The 58 cm bike as reviewed weighs 26.7 lbs—nothing that was holding me back, but it is worth noting the weight penalty that comes not only with the disc calipers but the frame bits and wheels to make them work as compared to a similarly spec’d bike with rim brakes.

On the road and on the trail I couldn’t ask for much more bike than the Macho Man Disc. It’s a predictable, comfortable ride all around but not sluggish in the least. The bike just feels fast, and makes me want to ride more miles more often. Cyclocross geometry isn’t far from road bikes these days and the Macho Man Disc is no exception, with the same bottom bracket drop as All-City’s Mr. Pink road bike but with a slightly longer wheelbase and slightly slacker head/seat angles. On pavement the bike feels more like a road bike than a slowly plodding touring bike, but those subtle geometry changes make it a capable performer for the unplanned left turn onto secret double-track trail. It’s by no means a mountain bike but I didn’t let that stop me from picking my way through rocky park trails a time or two—the stopping power of disc brakes makes riding on inappropriate trails far less daunting than underpowered cantilevers as far as I’m concerned. Sugar is sweet and so is honey, the Macho Man is on a roll.

If I had to list wishes, I could see wanting seatstay rack mounts or even a third bottle boss for the epic rides this bike is otherwise suited for. Losing some weight around the middle would be appreciated, but comes at an ever escalating cost. As it stands, a great ride—a race bike you can live with. Give me open trails or a gravel road and I’d be quite happy to rip it all day. The All-City Macho Man Disc is available complete as tested for $1795 or as a roll-your-own frameset for $650.

NiteRider Lumina Micro 220

niterider micro220NiteRider has taken their very successful Lumina headlight and made a lighter, more compact version. They’ve kept many of the features the same, including the mounting system and the one-button control. The styling is also virtually unchanged.

The Lumina Micro 220 is still impressively bright—220 lumens, as you might have guessed—but it’s notably smaller and at 126 grams it’s 46 grams lighter than the Lumina 650 we reviewed last year.

Burn times are similar to its high-powered brethren—1:30 on high, 2:45 on medium, 4:00 on low and 14:00 in “walk” mode—but remember it also has a smaller battery. The upshot is that it’s fully charged in 3:30.

Even on low power, the Micro 220 does the job admirably in the city at night. If you feel as though you need more power, NiteRider has plenty of offerings including the Lumina Flare, which we’ll be looking at soon.

The Micro 200 retails for $70. Check out www.niterider.com

Timbuk2 Mission Cycling Wallet

Timbuk2 Mission Cycling WalletDesigned in cooperation with San Francisco’s Mission Cycling Club, the Mission Cycling Wallet protects your smartphone from the elements without losing the ability to use the touch screen. The weatherproof zipper is highly water resistant, and the 840D nylon construction elsewhere creates a durable, lightweight product. On the back of the wallet there are three pockets that can hold your license, a credit cards, cash, etc.

At less than 3″ x 5″, not all mobile devices will fit. My iPhone 4 fits just fine, but it’s a relatively trim fit. Call me clairvoyant, but as larger smartphones become increasingly popular, I envision Timbuk2 releasing a larger version in the coming months.

The Mission Cycling Wallet retails for $29. Check out www.timbuk2.com

Dahon Formula S18 Review

dahonI’m going to come right out and say that I’m not a folding bike aficionado. Whereas folding bikes are the norm in ultra-dense metropolitan areas, I live in a small, rebounding rust belt city where many of the neighborhoods within a 10-mile radius of downtown could be mistaken for the suburbs. Multi-model transportation is seldom a concern, and that seems to be the major benefit of bikes like the Formula S18.

I am, however, an unapologetic lover of bikes. And so when the opportunity to temporarily add a Dahon to my stable arose, I jumped at the opportunity. At $1399, the Dahon Formula S18 is designed for folding bike riders who want more than just convenience—they want performance. This is most clearly illustrated by the inclusion of Avid BB5 disc brakes. Along with its color matched Schwalbe tires the bike simply looks more serious than some of the other folding bikes out there.

The one size fits all frame is made from 7005 aluminum alloy, which is stiffer and lighter than 6000-series alloy, and of course more expensive. Though it’s hard to imagine that the same frame can suit such a wide range, Dahon claims that the Formula S18 is designed for riders between 4’8” and 6’4” (though not over 230 lbs).

There is a massive amount of adjustability afforded by the 580 mm seatpost. Really short riders may actually need to cut the stock seatpost down in order to get the seat low enough. The bike features a telescoping “handlepost” that allows you to tailor the handlebar height via quick release. This is a good place to mention that the lack of a traditional stem makes the steering feel quite unique. The bike’s geometry is tuned so that the bike is stable, even at speed, but to me it just feels a little twitchy, especially when I need to stand up and climb.

It’s interesting to think about how 20” wheels effect the performance of a bike. With a 56/46 crankset and an 11-25 9-speed cassette, you’ve certainly got the gearing to get up to speed (26-95 gear inches, to be exact). But what I seem to notice is that the small wheels are pretty ineffective at smoothing out road vibrations. Pebbles, broken concrete, manholes, and the like all seem like significantly larger obstacles than on a 700c equipped bike. More than anything, the “feel” of 20” wheels limits my willingness to go really fast. I should note that some popular folding bikes use 16” wheels, so maybe I should count my blessings.

All in all, the bike is rather fun to ride. It accelerates quickly and the disc brakes make it stop on a dime. The frame feels solid enough to forget that your entire bike is designed to quickly fold in half. The aforementioned handlepost assembly does occasionally creak, but not so much in a disconcerting way, but just enough to remind you that it’s probably not a good idea to wheelie drop any tall curbs.

The Formula S18 weighs in at roughly 26 lbs, which isn’t exactly light, even for a fully geared city bike. But when it’s folded it feels lighter than it actually is. Folding the bike is an absolute breeze, and the folding pedals and magnetic tabs that hold it closed are just plain cool, in my humble opinion. When folded the bike measures 11.3” x 31.2” x 25.7”. While not the most compact folding bike on the market, it’s still plenty versatile.

Looking around the bike there are an equal number of house brand and name brand parts, all of which seem to be on par with what you should expect from a bike at this price point. I know from years of personal experience that WTB makes quality rims, and Shimano’s Tiagra drivetrain components are built to last. Avid’s mechanical disc brakes set the standard for the entire industry, and even their entry-level BB5’s perform exquisitely. Dahon’s house-brand cockpit components are comfortable, and seem to be as durable as their name brand counterparts. Schwalbe’s Kojak tires are high-performance commuter slicks with puncture protection and reflective labels so you get from point A to point B quickly and safely.

Check out www.dahon.com

Osprey Radial 34 Review

DSC_9640The market for commuter backpacks is saturated to say the least, but few companies have dedicated as much energy and effort to the almighty backpack as Osprey. Founded in 1974, Osprey has built their reputation by making premium backpacks for serious backpackers. Initially, every pack was sewn by owner and founder Mike Pfotenhauer. Eventually he moved to Colorado and expanded his fledgeling business by hiring local women from a nearby Navajo reservation (one of whom now oversees all Osprey repairs, some 20 years later). When outsourcing became inevitable, Mike moved his family to Vietnam and stayed for four years, overseeing the overseas operation that Osprey is unabashedly proud of.

I’ve been using an Osprey Talon backpack for a number of years, and I’m confident in their product’s materials, design and durability. I’ve yet to find a need for their All Mighty Guarantee, which seems to be one of the best in the outdoor industry, but it’s refreshing to know that my pack is covered for life.

In recent years Osprey has ventured further into the bike market, and the Radial series represents their take on the ultimate commuter backpack. It offers 30+ liters of cargo capacity (including a padded laptop compartment), an incredible array of organizational capabilities, and a number of features that are seldom seen all in one pack.

One thing many companies try to accomplish but fall just short of is creating a backpack that allows air to pass between you and your pack. Osprey’s AirSpeed backpanel does this better than any pack that I’ve ever used. It uses a combination of stretched mesh which rests against your back and a curved, rigid panel with contoured padding to hold the pack away from your back. The packs main straps are also made with mesh and perforated foam to increase ventilation without sacrificing comfort.

I was pleasantly surprised by Osprey’s unique LidLock helmet holder. When you’re off the bike, you can use this elastic mounted plastic clip to securely hold your helmet to the outside of the pack. It’s incredibly simple, and undeniably effective.

The Radial 34 features an exterior lock pocket which I found incredibly handy. I also like the zippered side pockets, which are great for items that you take on and off such as gloves, arm warmers and sunglasses.

Rather than attempt to build a waterproof backpack, which typically compromises the pack’s accessibility and aesthetics, Osprey opted to include a retractable rain cover. While this may not be the ultimate solution for extreme situations (for example, a rolltop with a floating liner is almost certainly the most watertight), it’s definitely effective and it’s completely out of the way when not in use.

The size M/L Radial 34 measures 22″ x 15″ x 12″ and weighs just under 3 lbs. With such a lightweight design you might suspect its durability, but as I said earlier, Osprey packs are built to last. My Talon pack has been ridden hard and put away wet for years, seen its share of brambles and tumbles, and save for a smattering of mud stains, it’s still every bit as good as the first time I put it on my back. I have no reason to expect anything less from the Radial 34.

The Radial 34 is available in S/M or M/L and comes in black or green. There’s also a smaller Radial 26. The Radial 34 retails for $169. Check out www.ospreypacks.com

NiteRider Stinger USB Taillight Review

DSC_9617The NiteRider Stinger USB taillight uses a single high power ½ watt LED to keep you visible from up to a half-mile away. Designed to be mounted on a seatpost, the tool-free mounting system works on both traditional and aero posts.

The Stinger USB features a 25 lumen output and four modes that should cover you in most situations: High steady (4 hour run time), low steady (16 hours), flash (16 hours) and flash 2 (10.5 hours). NiteRider is a believer in using lights during the day, as well as at night, and so they refer to the 16 hour flashing mode as “daylight safety flash mode”. They also refer to low steady as “group ride mode” for obvious reasons.

DSC_9619The unit is USB rechargeable, and a full charge takes less than two hours. This means you can easily recharge your light during the workday, even if you forget about it until well after lunch.

DSC_9625Aesthetically, I think the Stinger USB looks pretty cool. More importantly, it’s easy to use. You actually press on the light itself, and single clicks cycle through the four modes as well as on and off. You know when you’ve reached the “off” mode because the bulb flashes momentarily before the unit powers down completely. If the battery charge is greater than 20% when the Stinger USB is turned
off, it will flash blue 10 times. If the battery charge is 20% or less when
turned off, it will flash red 10 times. It’s simple enough to operate with gloves or even mittens.

The Stinger USB retails for $35. Check out www.niterider.com

Avid BB7S Mechanical Disc Brake Review

Avid BB7SAvid first released the Ball Bearing mechanical disc brake back in 1999. Because of their power, reliability and serviceability, they were pretty much instantly deemed the industry standard for disc brakes. SRAM acquired Avid five years later and wisely continued to produce the brakes under the Avid moniker without significant changes, other than separating the line to include an entry level product, the BB5, and the flagship BB7. Once there was a demand, along came road versions of the BB5 and BB7, which were optimized for road brake levers (which pull less cable than mountain levers).

Avid recently unveiled the BB7S, a sleek, black version of the venerable BB7 with stainless steel hardware. Like its predecessor, the BB7S features tool-free inboard and outboard pad adjustment, organic compound brake pads and Avid’s “tri caliper positioning system”. This system primarily consists of a series of concave and convex washers that allow for precise alignment of the caliper. I’m sure there may be a few people who disagree, but in my opinion the BB7 makes for the easiest brake setup on the market.

The new BB7S brakes ship with the HS1 rotor, which is said to be an improvement over the classic G2 Cleansweep rotor in that it displaces heat a little better and works better in wet weather. It certainly looks the part, and likely weighs a hair less. Speaking of weight, the BB7S caliper weighs just 197 g as opposed to the classic BB7′s which eclipsed 212 g.

I have to confess, I’m totally spoiled because I have the luxury of using Avid’s Speed Dial Ultimate levers ($263 per pair) to actuate these brakes. It could be argued that such high end levers would make any brake seem better, but I prefer to think that they just don’t interfere with the inherent power and modulation of the BB7S.

The Avid BB7S brakes retail for $120 per wheel. Choose between road and mountain versions, and 140 or 160 mm rotors. Check out www.sram.com/avid

Light & Motion Taz 1000 Review

Light & Motion Taz 1000Light & Motion has always been at the forefront of the high-powered commuter light market. The venerable Vega came out more than 10 years ago, and at the time 85 lumens seemed more than impressive for a self-contained, rechargeable headlight. I ran that thing for years, and eventually gave it to a young cyclist who’s still using it to this day. That speaks volumes about the quality of Light & Motion products.

The market has seen tremendous advances in technology, and now the 1000 lumen Taz isn’t even the brightest light on the market. As you might surmise, it’s way more light than most people need, but there are folks out there who want or genuinely need such a light. There are definitely roads in my city that are pitch black at night, but you could still coast at more than 20 mph. Head out into the suburbs and the number of similar situations is multiplied.

DSC_9498And let’s not forget the potential for using the Taz offroad, as I have been doing extensively. I used to own a top of the line 600 lumen mountain bike light that was twice as expensive as the Taz. It had a heavy battery and cables that never ceased to get in the way. Imagine how happy I was the first time I hit the trail with an unencumbered 1000 lumens beaming from my handlebar.

Sheer brightness is only part of the story here, as the Taz has some of the best light distribution I’ve ever experienced. The lens is designed to spread a softer beam directly in front of you, while the road ahead is clearly illuminated for a long, long way.

Light & Motion Taz 1000The controls are simple, but rather sophisticated at the same time. The main button handles on/off duty, and lets you cycle through the modes. The secondary button allows you to “lock” the light while not in use (helpful if you carry it in your back during the day) and also controls the optional side lights (which help provide 180° visibility).

The mode selections include 1000, 500, 200, flash and pulse. The light also has “race mode” which limits you to just two settings, 800 and 350. This is especially handy for off-road riding, where you need to switch between high and low more often, but don’t want to spend time cycling through as many modes. Expect to get about 1:40 burn time on high, and up to 6:00 on low.

DSC_9499Like most lights these days, the lithium ion battery is USB rechargeable. Depending on your device it can be fully recharged in as little as four hours. The mount is tool-free and unlike some of the rubber strap-style mounts I’ve used in the past, this one holds tight, even on the bumpiest of rides. Color me impressed.

The Taz 1000 retails for $249. Check out www.lightandmotion.com

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