Check Out: Bike storage racks, bearing presses, sunglasses and first aid kits

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Lots of gear is coming to our desks here at Pinkbike. To verify is a casual roundup of articles our editors have recently gotten their hands on. Sometimes they are products we do long-term testing on, other times they are products we are excited about but don’t have time to fully review. And every once in a while it’s crazy shit that someone sends us unsolicited and we laugh.


Smith Leadout PivLock Sunglasses

Characteristics

• 4 lens tint options
• 5 frame color options
• $119 – $219 USD
• smithoptics.com

• Includes hard case, 2 nose pads and low light amber lens
• PivLok design allows for quick lens changes

Smith’s new Leadout Classes have a laid-back style mixed with grippy nose pads and arms that help keep them in place even when riding rocky trails. They don’t roll up as much as some performance sunglasses, which Smith says helps improve airflow to prevent fogging. They’re classified as having a loose fit and coverage, but I found them comfortable and low-profile, with an understated look that doesn’t scream for attention.

There are four different lens tints to choose from, including a photochromic option that changes from clear to gray depending on the conditions. A set of low-light amber lenses are also included, which can be easily put on thanks to Smith’s PivLok design. Rotating the arms down slightly opens the mount and the lens can be changed depending on the weather.

The Leadout glasses seem to work well for a wide range of lighting conditions, but I have one request for all sunglass manufacturers: please create an English low-light/Pacific Northwest summer edition. It’s dark enough in the woods where I live that it’s very common to use clear lenses all year round – I’d like to see the option of buying something like the Leadouts that come with a few pairs of totally clear lenses for a lower price. Yes, safety glasses can work in a pinch, but their optics tend to leave a lot to be desired.


Galby Cascade First Aid Kit

Characteristics

• VX21 Xpac waterproof fabric, YKK water resistant zipper
• Includes triangular bandage for collarbone and rib injuries
• $65

• Topical and oral medications
• Dressings and wound repair items, from large abrasions and burns to small lacerations
• cascadefirstaid.org

great quotes Cascade First Aid is a relatively new company based in Bellingham, Washington that manufactures first aid kits designed for outdoor adventurers. The pack itself is handcrafted from waterproof VX21 Xpac material and can be purchased separately for riders who wish to customize its contents.

The Galby pack shown here comes with an assortment of items that should cover a wide range of potential mountain biking injuries. Contents include trauma shears, triangular bandage, rubber gloves, medicine strips, bandages, wound cleansing wipes and even a packet of glucose gel. The strap that wraps around the kit can also be put into action to help create a splint. The overall size of the kit is small enough to slip easily into a backpack, although it’s a bit large for most full-sized hip packs.


Alt Alt Bike Products Suspension Bearing Press

Characteristics

• Removes and installs common metric suspension bearing
• Bearing ID: 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20mm
• Outside bearing diameter: 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 35, 37 mm

• CA$95
• Currently only available in Canada and the United States.
• altalt.ca

great quotes Bearing presses, pullers, and drifts can cost hundreds of dollars, which can be a tough pill to swallow if you’re a home mechanic who will only be changing bearings a few times a year, at most. Alt Alt Bike Products is a new Canadian company that has created an affordable solution consisting of a screw, nut and a range of drifts and sleeves designed to remove and install the most common bearing sizes. They’re made from acetal, a tough plastic material that also helps keep the cost of the kit down to a reasonable $95 CAD.

The initial launch of the Bearings press kit saw it sell out within minutes, a sign that there were plenty of riders out there looking for exactly what Alt Alt offers. Pre-orders are currently being accepted for the next batch which is slated to arrive on October 8th.

The kit doesn’t take up much space on a workbench, and for occasional use it seems like a good way to go, a nice step up from taking the DIY route with threaded rods and washers, and laying down a heap of parts on a kit with anodized aluminum parts.


Mossy Cog Designs TS-4 Bike Rack

Characteristics

• Holds 4 bikes with a total weight of up to 175 lbs.
• Adjustable arms available for wheels under 26″
• $375

• Materials: zinc-plated steel, zinc-plated steel, UHMW and bronze rings
• Dimensions: 40″ wide, maximum extension 26″ from wall
• mossycog.com

great quotes Finding space for a bike or two in a garage isn’t exactly a challenge – screw an inexpensive hook into the wall or ceiling and you’re good to go. It’s a different story once the size of that fleet starts to grow, especially if you want to avoid taking up too much space. That’s where the TS-4 Bike Rack from Mossy Cog Designs comes in. The wall-mounted bike rack holds four bikes (it can be expanded to hold up to 6 with a separately available kit). The front wheel tray of each bike can swivel from side to side and can also rotate. This means it’s quick and easy to remove the bike from the midrange, with minimal handlebar movement required.

The rack made in the USA requires quite a lot of time to assemble. It’s not a difficult process, but it does take time – I would recommend allowing at least an hour, if not more, for the assembly and installation process. Once mounted in place it is very solid and works exactly as promised. The trays rotate smoothly and the force needed to rotate them is enough to hold everything in the desired position.

The $375 price tag is obviously more than buying those single hooks, but it’s actually a cheaper option than buying four Steadyrack brackets, and those don’t allow the wheel to pivot.


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