Anyone who has done some night pedalling is familiar with the frustration of constantly moving between light modes as conditions change and you try to make sure you have enough juice to finish the ride. It is a button dance I am familiar with, especially throughout the winter months where I find my recreational riding taking to the woods and urban trails at night even more than usual. The Xlerad is an auto-illuminuating and auto-adjusting bike light, meant to make sure you have the appropriate amount of light while riding and maximize battery life. Use it in auto mode for up to 1000 lumens of light, enough for the darkest streets and fastest mountain bike trails. Riding conditions beyond ambient light dictate the brightness, the Xlerad factors in relative speed, turning motion, charge level and LED temperature to determine the light output. It even automatically shuts off if you stop riding for a few minutes. The automatic mode boasts 3.7 – 45 hours of runtime from the 5000 mAh battery pack depending on lighting factors. Use the fixed 400 lumen output mode for 10 hours. Commuters should be good for a weeks worth of riding on this light, trail riders should get a couple of good rides in before recharging. See more at the Xlerad Kickstarter campaign and pre-order your own for $189.
We’re down to those last few wintry weeks of the year, and if the chill in the air has kept you inside, don’t fret—Urban Velo issue #40 is now available online. What’s inside our last issue of 2013?
- First, we took a look at how people are using helmet cameras to catch bad drivers in the act.
- Matt Kabik gives us the full rundown from WHBPC 2013.
- And if you’ve ever had contentions about pedal threading, Brad’s latest tech article should lay those all to rest.
And in case you’ve been caught up in things like family, finals, or Strava challenges, here’s a few things you won’t want to miss:
- Johnny Coast is crafting beautiful single speed road bikes for Coast Cycles out in Brooklyn.
- FBM unleashes the Ballista polo frameset; River City Bicycles wants to give your bike a reacharound (fender bracket, that is); and Boombotix wants you to mount this hardware onto your handlebars so the music is front and center on your next ride.
- State Bicycle Co. is celebrating the holidays with this Home Alone Christmas Catalog, Wolfpack takes the heat to the track in a brand new race format lovingly dubbed “All Out War,” and watch as one crazy dude rides his bike downhill backwards.
If you’re Philly-bound for SSCXW and Bandit ‘Cross this weekend, we’ll see you out there! If you won’t be joining us this weekend, bundle up and keep the rubber side down.
Upright Cyclist is a Boulder-based company focused on performance oriented cycling apparel that you’ll want to wear on and off the bike. Among their first offerings are these stylish yet durable jeans. Their Selvage Riding Denim jeans are sewn in Los Angeles from Cone Mills White Oak denim, which is made in Greensboro, NC. That makes them a truly American-made product.
They feature heavy 11 oz denim, a high rear waist, nine-inch double gusseted seat for riding durability, and reflective panels on both cuffs.
Retail price is $159. Check out www.uprightcyclist.com