10 Mountain Bike and Outdoor Products You May or May Not Need

10 Mountain Bike and Outdoor Products You May or May Not Need


A lot of you have asked for an update on my
injury. So here it is quick. My clavicle is still broken but it has healed
enough for me to start physical therapy. So I’m gonna take my sling off, make this
video, and try not to overdo it. With that, on to the matter at hand. Here we have ten mountain bike and outdoor
products that I’ve spent some time with over the last few months. In this video, I’m going to give you my
thoughts on them starting with this thing. When you’re traveling to remote places to
go mountain biking, having the option of car camping is always good. This inflatable mattress turns your entire
back seat into a bed, even filling in the area your feet normally go. You can also deflate one of the chambers and
use it like a normal sleeping pad. This was $30 on Amazon and it’s worth at
least that. It comes with an electric pump, spare vinyl
patches, and even a cushion that keeps the center console from jabbing into your abdomen. These inflatable pillows are terribly uncomfortable,
but work great as cinderblocks for my taller bench seat. This car camping solution isn’t going to
work if you’re really tall, and results may vary depending on the exact shape of your
back seat. But one thing’s for sure, it beats just
sleeping on the seat itself. It gives you way more space and a flatter
platform. While this does provide a workable solution
for boondocking, a tent may be a better option if you have a spot to pitch one. In a previous video I demonstrated this Fidlock
water bottle, which snaps into place with magnets and stays there with mechanical latches. I love it. But they also make this smaller bottle, and
this uni base which can be attached anywhere. Maybe you want to fill your larger bottle
with plain water, and this smaller one with electrolytes on longer rides. These are sold separately, but I think they
work well together for carrying a little bit of extra hydration. My only complaint is the $25 price tag on
the base. Sure it’s well made, but that’s pretty
steep. In any case I have been using these together
and it’s a surprisingly secure combination. Next, some stuff from KMC starting with these
DLC bike chains. These are super strong, super lightweight
and not cheap—$60 – $80. That’s a tough sell when good chains can
be had for $25, so I can’t personally recommend these to the budget conscious consumer. KMC claims that they shift particularly well
but to me a brand new chain always feels good. What I will say is that the look and feel
of the DLC chain is absolutely phenomenal.. But objectively, the only thing I can say
is that it’s lightweight. So if you’re looking to add some style points
to your bike, trying to pinch grams, or just have exquisite taste in chains, go with the
DLC. Otherwise, buy a decent chain, replace it
often, and you’ll be just fine. Also from KMC, are the missing link levers. I like these. These tire levers are a great addition not
only to your bag, but to your home shop because they double as master link pliers. Considering they cost the same as normal master
link pliers I think they’re a good buy, and a good gift for literally any mountain
biker. After you’re done using them on your chain
they can also be used as forks. These cold weather handup gloves seem to be
touch screen friendly but are hit or miss when it comes to certain gestures. I’m sure you’ve seen this move when it’s
time to bust out trailforks. These glove tacts are designed to improve
accuracy and response when using a touch screen with your gloves on. I put them on my pointer and thumb, and did
see a difference. The response was way better and the accuracy
was a little better. With clean gloves and a little heat, they
adhered surprisingly well to the fabric—much better than you would think. But I would be concerned how they’d hold
up over the course of a season. If this is a recurring issue for you, Glove
tacts or something like them could be the answer. Otherwise, a bare finger is totally free. Storing tools and supplies in and on your
bike can help you stay prepared. This product helps make use of the space in
your steerer tube. It’s called the fork cork, and it comes
in a close second for the best named product I’ve ever reviewed. The fork cork is really simple, it just expands
as you tighten it to secure an aluminum cap to the bottom of your steerer. You can use it to stash a tubeless patch kit,
tire inflator, or some emergency cash, provided you find a way to keep it from rattling around. The fork cork is $30, which is a lot more
than an actual cork, but it’s well made and does what it says. In many videos you’ve seen me use my Evoc
flight bag to pack and fly with my bike. It’s starting to show signs of wear. Some TSA inspector must have really struggled
to get my wheel back in because they put the rotor through the fabric, and tore the zipper
right off. So when Scicon, sent me this flight bag, I
was hoping it would be a more robust alternative to Evoc. It is robust, and it does a great job of protecting
your bike, but it’s just not for me. I’ll try to give you the good and the bad. The Scicon bag features casters that roll
in every direction. Much easier than an evoc bag considering you’ll
also have your other luggage to worry about. When you arrive at your destination you open
the bag up on both sides. There, your bike is presented to you on a
sort of work stand where you can reinstall the pedals, derailleur, and handlebars. All your tools and gear are in these pouches
that sit under the frame, and your derailleur is protected in this pouch suspended from
the chainstay. Once you’ve assembled your bike, you roll
the bag up and store it in this longer bag until the end of your trip. Pretty well thought out actually. Except that all packed up this bag stands
a full foot taller than an Evoc bag. Evoc bags just clear the headliner of SUVs
standing straight up, and in compact cars they can be pushed between the seats. The scicon bag with my size small bike in
it took a lot of finagling to get into my wife’s honda civic, and considering it won’t
clear the headliner of an SUV, it would need to be laid down with your other luggage on
top of it. Not ideal, especially if you’re with a friend. Also the bag has some parts which can get
lost, and rest assured you’ll be in a rush every time you need them. Given the great build quality of Scicon bags
I would be inclined to overlook these flaws, but they cost more than some bikes. Even with the large discounts we’re seeing
from some sellers, Scicon a ways to go before they beat out Evoc in terms of value. I do appreciate these custom storage bags
though and like the clever packing process. When mountain biking with a GoPro, the chest
is one of the more preferable angles, except that it’s quite uncomfortable. The “chesty” as GoPro names it, is an
oddly shaped solid piece of plastic that presses against your sternum and makes you sweaty. The latest iteration of the chesty does not
resemble this in the least. It’s symmetrical, fully padded, ventilated,
and well engineered. The proprietary latch is also nice and low
profile. It’s $35, which for a GoPro accessory seems
oddly ethical, so I give the newest generation chesty high marks all around. This next product is a hand pump which is
sort of a floor pump. It’s made by Pro Bike Tool and is titled
Mini Floor Bike Pump – Super Fast Tire Inflation – Secure Presta and Schrader Valve Connection
– High Pressure Bicycle Pump with Stabilizing Foot Peg for Road & Mountain Bikes. We’ll just call it the mini floor pump. This thing is awesome! The build seems nice all around, it works
for presta and shraeder, and in terms of size it’s just a little longer than my Oneup
and Crankbrothers pumps. The mini floor pump comes with a mount for
your bike but with the external tube and all I’d say just leave it in your bag. For $30 it’s a good value and is much easier
than a typical hand pump. Finally, the Magura Vyron 150mm wireless dropper
post. This is an older model with serious miles
on it. Still it has become my favorite dropper post,
so much so that I swap it between my bikes. The post itself charges with Micro USB, which
needs to be done maybe once per month. From there, you just pop it in the bike and
attach this button to your handlebars. When you press the button, it engages the
post for a full second. During that second you can let it pop up,
push it down, or stop it anywhere in between. To me, the main advantage of a wireless dropper
post is the reduction of cockpit clutter, but the Vyron is also easier to install, compatible
with any bike, and great for bikes with left shift levers. If you’re riding park for the day you can
also remove the button entirely and just leave the seat down. A new Vyron will cost you almost $500, so
it’s not gonna be for everyone, but spending money in the name of clutter reduction is
nothing new. I hope you found some of these reviews useful,
or at the very least entertaining. If you want to know where to get any of these
products I’ve provided links in the description. Thanks for watching, thanks for being patient
while I’m off my bike, and thanks for riding with me today, I’ll see you next time.