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Knog Kabana Review

Knog Kabana Review

Knog is an Australian company that’s know for innovation and bright flashy colors. That’s not to say that their products are fashion over form though. They launched in 2003 with their classic silicone lights, that came in a bunch of sick colors.

Knog is now expanding their product line to include cycling clothing, locks, bags, tools and their bread and butter lights. They only started producing locks within the past few years, but the offerings they have available are all you need to keep your bike safe with peace of mind.

The lock i’m going to be talking about today is the Kabana. Now what does this lock do best besides giving your girlfriend a few lashings? Or putting it down your pants and pretending you have a big….nevermind. But in all seriousness this lock does what it’s supposed to and does it very well. This isn’t the traditional cable lock that you need a separate padlock, it’s a cable and padlock all in 1. It’s 17mm in diameter and has a 10mm steel cable inside.

I would use this lock by itself a in a low crime area, it’s 50 out of 100 on their scale. If you pair this lock with one of their U locks, that’s basically as secure as your bikes going to get. I’ve been using this lock to make quick runs into the store to grab drinks and other stuff and it’s been holding up great. I pull it out of my bag or unwrap it from my bike tubes and lock up my bike in under 10 seconds, super easy.

This lock fits very easily into a bag, it’s not too heavy, at a little over 1 pound. They sell an additional accessory called the strap on. It basically connects the Kabana or Kransky to your bicycles tubes and keeps it out of the way. If I didn’t have my bag with me, I would just unlock it, figure 8 it when it was unlocked and wrap it around the front of my toptubes. It stayed there and out of the way the whole ride.

I don’t do a rating system or anything like that. I just get a product use it, and give my opinion. Yeah it’s not as secure as a U lock but it’s not supposed to be. Research and know what your buying. If you live in a bad area buy a knog u lock and cable lock and your set. Props to knog!

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Word Is Bond Premiere

Word Is Bond Premiere

This is going to be one of the best videos ever since the fgfs movement has come out. I’m not on the west coast but i’m super hyped for it to come to dvd. If you’re in San Jose or San Fran you have to go check this out when it premieres,

copy cat fixed gear companies WTF! City Bikes…

copy cat fixed gear companies WTF!

Okay it’s no surprise that with companies like Leader Bikes doing great in frame/bike sales right now, companies want to compete. In the past 2 years I’ve seen a surge in new companies popping up making aluminum bikes with aero tubing. Most of the companies make decent bikes, but this is just down right low (no pun intended). This new company city just straight ripped off the LOW logo on their new bike, this is straight bullshit and anyone who supports this company should have their bikes ran over by a car. Not really but, get this cheap generic crap out of here, the fixed gear market is already saturated enough. This is what they straight up stole, it’s not hard to tell. Don’t ride the coat-tails of another companies success make your own. Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Congo Edit 2013

WOLF DRAWN: CONGO from Matthew Spencer on Vimeo.

This is a throwback video from Congo. Although I don’t necessarily agree with the 26″ fgfs movement, I respect it. I never thought it would end up being bikes with super short seat tubes and 26″ wheels. I still ride 700c and love it but I guess different strokes for different folks. This edit is super sick though real technical riding and I love the song. I heard Congo actually joined the National Guard, so best of luck to you and be safe.

Triple triangle frame anyone? BB17

Triple triangle frame anyone? BB17

BB17 Transfer 14 low frame. These are pretty sick, I wouldn’t ride one but I know a lot of people would. This design use to be really popular in the 90s and it’s coming back strong. If you’re looking for a low frame, this might be the one for you. Click the picture to go to BB17’s website.