Gears & Gadgets

Why I Stopped Buying Biking Sunglasses

Why I Stopped Buying Biking Sunglasses

Johnny Lam : June 18, 2015 11:45 am : Gears & Gadgets

One of the things I “nerded” out about when I started cycling was wearing sunglasses. I love my eyes (and you should too) so I want to take care of them as long as possible. Protecting it from harmful UV rays is a high priority when you’re out in the road under the hot sun. more »

Topeak ALiEN II

Gear Review: Topeak ALiEN II – 26 Function Multi-Tool

Johnny Lam : June 16, 2015 11:45 am : Gears & Gadgets

As far as being self-sufficient goes, having the right tools to fix your bicycle when it breaks down is downright necessary. To be caught without the right tools means that you might be stranded, or you’ll need to rely on borrowing from someone else. Finding the right multi-tool kit that has plenty of tools at more »

MSR Dromedary Bag

Gear Review: MSR Dromedary Bag

Johnny Lam : June 2, 2015 11:45 am : Gears & Gadgets

Hydration is one of the most important things on a bicycle tour. When you’re bike touring in remote locations where water facilities are not very common, having a way to carry your water is very important. That is why I found the MSR dromedary bags to be very convenient and useful for these purposes. I more »

Gear Review Klean Kanteen

Gear Review: Klean Kanteen

Johnny Lam : May 12, 2015 11:45 am : Gears & Gadgets

Whenever you are on a long bicycle tour, it’s the little things that can make or break your day. Little things like having good tasting water helps sweeten the day. That is why I use Klean Kanteen bottles whenever I go on my bike tours. Here are a few reasons why I prefer taking these bottles more »

Buff Headwear

Gear Review: Buff Headwear

Johnny Lam : May 5, 2015 11:45 am : Gears & Gadgets

When it comes to my most favorite thing that I love to wear on a bike tour, or even on a camping or hiking trip, it’s got to be my Buff. This simple, yet versatile, piece of gear has been an incredible asset on my packing list when I travel. I was first introduced to more »

Gear Review: Thermoball Jacket

Gear Review: The North Face Thermoball Jacket

Johnny Lam : March 3, 2015 10:07 am : Gears & Gadgets

It is rare these days that you go somewhere and not see people wearing these ultra popular puffy jackets. I am talking about these lightweight and packable jackets from companies, like North Face, Patagonia, and many others. Outdoor Labs released a thorough review of these insulated jackets that’s worth taking a look at. But first, more »

Garmin Handlebar

Product Review: Garmin Edge Touring

Johnny Lam : February 11, 2015 9:31 am : Gears & Gadgets

  In my previous post, I talk about the merits of having a cycling computer and why one would want one. I was luckily gifted one last year for my birthday, so I’ve only recently started using one ever since my road bike was stolen off the front of a bus in 2013 along with more »

Garmin on Womo

Do You Need a Trip Computer / Cyclometer / GPS Device?

Johnny Lam : February 10, 2015 8:39 am : Gears & Gadgets

  I remember when I first got into bicycling back in college, one of the first thing I bought was a Cateye Mity 2 cyclometer. It was a basic device that mounted on my handlebar with a wired magnetic transmitter where another magnetic piece was mounted on the spokes to keep track of the revolutions more »

Vaya in Montecito Heights

2013 Salsa Vaya 3 – 5000 Mile Review

Johnny Lam : December 18, 2014 9:16 am : Gears & Gadgets

Chances are you are reading this post because you are looking for a product review for a Salsa Vaya 3 and came across my 1000 mile review last year. In that post, I promised to write about my 5000 mile review once I hit that milestone. Well, here I am! 4000 glorious miles later, I pass more »

Waiting for the Ferry

How Much Clothes Should You Pack for a Bicycle Tour

Johnny Lam : December 9, 2014 11:07 am : Gears & Gadgets, Tips

I remember when I took my first bicycle tour on my Xtracycle back in 2009. You would have thought I was traveling for an entire month, but it was just a 4-day trip from Los Angeles to Cachuma Lake & back. I had an entire duffle bag full of clothes. Looking back, I don’t know what I more »

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