Bontrager Race Convertible Jacket

Price: $109.99

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We knew we had a winner on our hands when the Bontrager Race Convertible Jacket showed up at the shop and our staff fought to try them on.

It easily converts from a jacket to a vest perfect for changeable weather conditions at the beginnings or ends of your next bike ride.  It’s beauty is in its flexibility.  This cycling jacket is wind resistant and features a durable water repellant finish.

In our testing it performed great on days that were a little wet, but nothing torrential. It was also great for long rides that started early on a chilly morning and lasted into the rising temps of the day.  We also loved riding with it on a late afternoon spring bike ride that lasted into the night. And since this describes so many of the rides we do here in Northern Virginia, this jacket is killer!

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Bontrager Flare R Tail Light Review

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Flare R

$59.99

The Bontrager Flare R tail light is the brightest bike rear light that we’ve ever had in our bike shop. Period.

You will be super visible on your bike ride during the night and the day from a full 270 degrees with the Flare R. This means that you can ride safer than ever and will be visible to cars and everyone else while on your bicycle.  It also is one more product to help you fall in love with commuting to work on a bike.

Trek claims that you will be visible from 2k (Be seen while cycling from over a mile away) during the day or night time. While we haven’t tested this specific claim, after checkingthe Flare R out on a few local road and mountain bike rides, we can safely say this is one Crazy bright bike tail light.

It has four different modes for you to choose from so you can balance battery life and brightness.

The Two Daytime modes are: 65Lumens flash-4.25hrs runtime, 35Lumens all-day-10hrs runtime, 25Lumens steady-4.5hrs runtime

The Two Nightime modes are: 65Lumens flash-23hrs runtime, 5Lumens steady-21hrs runtime.

The Bontrager packaging includes a quick connect bracket and also comes with a usb cable.

Charge time is 2.5 hours via micro USB.

The Verdict?

Buy it! This Bontrager tail light is a super popular light down at the shop because of the great value.

Super bright, short charge times and four different modes = safer riding during the day or night!

Strippers, Zippers and Lights

The days are getting shorter and cooler now that autumn is approaching.  Rides that begin in mid-morning warmth can become uncomfortable once the late afternoon shadows take over.

It is a good idea to stuff a pair of arm warmers and a lightweight vest in your jersey pockets.

Bontrager's Arm Warmers are the perfect take-along for changing weather. They're made of thermal fabric for warmth and breathability, have grippers inside and out to keep them in place, and they're small enough to easily roll up and tuck in a pocket or pack so you're always prepared.

Bontrager’s Arm Warmers are the perfect take-along for changing weather. They’re made of thermal fabric for warmth and breathability, have grippers inside and out to keep them in place, and they’re small enough to easily roll up and tuck in a pocket or pack so you’re always prepared.

A small LED flashlight, such as the Planet Bike Superflash or Bontager Flare,  should be stashed in your under-saddle bag.  A “flashlight” app for your  mobile phone can also be handy.

Planet Bike's Superflash/Blaze Combo Light Set is a commuter's dream that maximizes your visibility on dark, moonless nights. The Blaze boasts a Nichia half-watt white LED with a brilliant beam specifically designed not only to be seen, but also to let you see where you're going. The Super Flash aims 2 LEDs plus a half-watt Blaze LED for light that can be seen for up to 1 mile! They both feature flashing and steady modes, include batteries and deliver run times of up to 100 hours.

Planet Bike’s Superflash/Blaze Combo Light Set is a commuter’s dream that maximizes your visibility on dark, moonless nights. The Blaze boasts a Nichia half-watt white LED with a brilliant beam specifically designed not only to be seen, but also to let you see where you’re going. The Super Flash aims 2 LEDs plus a half-watt Blaze LED for light that can be seen for up to 1 mile! They both feature flashing and steady modes, include batteries and deliver run times of up to 100 hours.

With darkness coming earlier now, any mechanical problem is magnified without proper lighting.  And you want to be seen by drivers in the dim light of sunset.

If you’re planning a long ride, consider a more powerful handlebar and/or helmet light with the juice to get you home safely such as the Light & Motion Vis 360 + Lighting System.

Visibility and comfort are key to keep you riding as the weather gets cooler and days get shorter.  Make sure you have what you need.

inForm Technology Aids in Lance Armstrongs Recovery

 
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inForm Technology Aids in Lance Armstrong’s Recovery

01 Apr 2009

Today, Lance Armstrong and Bontrager released more detail regarding Armstrong’s recent collarbone surgery. While it was previously reported that Armstrong’s right clavicle was screwed and plated back together after his March 23rd crash at the Castilla y Leon stage race in Spain, Armstrong and equipment sponsor Bontrager, jointly announced that he was the world’s first recipient of an inForm® Full Carbon Clavicle Upgrade.
Originally slated to be released at the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon) Convention May 18-24th in Las Vegas, Bontrager moved up the launch date of the inForm CarbonClavicle™ to aid the return of Armstrong to the peloton.informimplant_1
“The original intent of the Bontrager inForm line was to use medical research to aid us in creating better cycling contact points, such as saddles, shoes and grips. But when we did the research into the most common cycling related injuries, the broken collarbone proved to be an area where we could actually help cyclists get back on the road sooner,” relates John Balmer, head of Bontrager Development.

The CarbonClavicle™, available in 4 male sizes and 4 WSD (Women’s Specific Design) sizes for both left and right shoulders, is an actual carbon fiber replacement of the clavicle. Dev

via Bontrager: News & Reviews — inForm Technology Aids in Lance Armstrong’s Recovery.