A new regular feature on RunawayBike.com... our blatant nod to consumerism... a list of ten items that have caught our eye and want to try out. Some are new products. Some are old.
To be clear... most of these we haven't actually tried, but would like to. We have no affiliation with these companies... no monetary kick-backs.
That out of the way, in no particular order:
It's a lock that you wear around your waist during your ride. The design of this lock actually makes this look like something I wouldn't mind wearing.
2. orfos bike lights
orfos is a Seattle-based company recently launched on Kickstarter. Between the white-light in front and the rear red light, a full 360 degrees of light. There are lots of bike lights out there. Between the local Seattle story and the beautiful design, this is the one I'd most like to try.
3. The Little Lifter, Walnut Studios
This one might not be for everybody... but if you, like me, need to carry your bike between inside and outside after each ride, this little leather handle makes complete sense. Damn!
4. "14" Hat
No, not everything in this list will be bike-related. And here's something that I don't even think is being sold (yet). To be honest, I really haven't been much of a baseball fan since I was a kid, but the number 14 has always been my lucky number thanks to Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. This hat is a great tribute. I want one.
Looks like the print is sold out. You can still enjoy looking at it though.
6. Spongy Wonder Bike Seats
I saw this featured recently on a repeat of the Canadian show, "Dragon's Den"... the show that came before "Shark Tank" in the US. I really really want to try one of these, but am just cheap enough not to lay out the cash. Please let me know if this thing is as good as it looks. It just makes sense not to have the painful "nose" on a bike seat. Right, guys?
7. Betabrand Bike to Work Pants
I love the look of these bike pants. The only thing that would make them better is if they were water-proof and not just "water resistant". Until that happens, my search continues for rain-gear that isn't rubber... and actually looks nice.
8. Alchemy Goods inner-tube tablet sleeve
Another Seattle-based company! These guys recycle bike inner tubes and car seat-belts and "upcycle" them into fantastic products. This little sleeve is pretty great.
Here's a product that *just* completed funding on Kickstarter. I love the idea of this bottle even if I'm not the intended audience (I don't wear bike jerseys). A bottle that will slide into the back of a cycling jersey. A nice design for a specific need.
10. FOAM Bike Wash
Okay, we had to throw our own latest/greatest product on this list, right? Almost every bike wash product claims that it has "fizz" or "foam"... but we must have a different definition of the words. Give us a try.