Lezyne Mega Drive Light

Lezyne Mega Drive Light

Lezyne Mega Drive Light

Bicycles and headlights have had a relationship as fraught with unhappiness as Liz Taylor and each of her last 14 or 15 husbands. Cyclists have suffered weak lights with no staying power but were easily mounted, weak lights with plenty of staying power that were difficult to mount, powerful lights that had no staying power but were difficult to mount and occasionally powerful lights with great staying power that took forever to mount and ate up a bottle cage and weighed more than a regulation bowling ball.

As a set of choices, they all left plenty to be desired.

I don’t mind admitting that my core philosophy states that if the sun is not yet up or has gone down for the day, I need to be off the bike. Call that a bias if you like, but I couch it terms of self-preservation because if something doesn’t get me in the dark on the road, I still have plenty to fear when my wife looks at me and asks (in her most disdainful tone), “You were riding where? When?

But riding at the margins of the day, when I’m least likely to be missed means that this time of year, it’s a good idea to have some lights to try to notify less than fully awake drivers that I, too, am on the road and would like to survive the experience. A guy can dream, right?

Lezyne Mega Drive Light

What I learned some years ago was that the darker it is, the less powerful the light needs to be to illuminate your way. I was working on a light buyer’s guide with co-workers and found that the lights that didn’t seem to be on at dusk were pretty effective at midnight. The converse was the real eye-opener, though. Only the most powerful lights could be perceived as helping illuminate your path at dusk. It takes a lot more power to overcome the ambient light available and the relative dilation of your pupils to pierce dusk than full dark.

That was a disheartening realization for a simple reason. I’m far more likely to be caught out getting home late for a ride and need riding them than I am to need enough lighting to help me ride to the midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Only the most expensive lights would help. Dang.

The 2012 Interbike show is scarred in my memory because that was the occasion when I made the mistake of staring at a 1000 lumens Lezyne Mega Drive when it was turned on. The entire convention center went fluorescent purple as my retinas attempted to recover. Wow.

Here’s what I hate about most lights: They don’t last long enough. They are hard to mount and remove. They are awkward thanks to cables that have to be strung to battery packs. And as previously mentioned, only depleted uranium is heavier. They are crazy expensive. The Mega Drive solves almost all of these issues.

The light features four modes: the 747 landing-light-esque 1000 lumens, which will go for 1.5 hrs; then there’s the enduro mode which offers a remarkably effective 500 lumens for 2.5 hrs; there’s the economy mode that offers 250 lumens (bright enough for a slow ride on a bike path in darkness) for a whopped in 5.5 hrs; finally, there’s a 250 lumens flashing function that will last for 10 hours—long enough to ride a Tour de France stage at night. It comes with quick-to-mount clamps for either 25.4mm or 31.8mm bars and the mount includes a swivel that will allow you to point the light to the exact spot ahead of your bike where you most want the light, not a foot to the right or the left.

Lezyne Mega Drive Light

Did I mention that it has the good fortune to look like something that would power Billy Blastoff’s next moon mission? It’s space-agey in a funnily retro ways, but that corrugated surface has actual engineering behind it; the casing is the light’s heat sink. My light, with 31.8mm clamp weighs all of 287g. I’ve eaten bananas that weighed more than that.

The battery is in the light, not at the end of some damn spiral cable nor does it take up a whole water bottle cage. The quick release mount means that it’s easy not just to do a ride without the light, but also to recharge it with a USB cable.

The rides I’ve done with this light have gone so well I’ve literally ceased to notice that I’m riding at night. While I’ve tried the light on the enduro mode, my rides in darkness have been short enough that I haven’t seen the point in cutting the power. Another liability of weak lights is that if you ride fast enough, you’ll outrun the light, meaning that you reach what enters the beam faster than you can process it. I can say with some authority that’s a bad thing if your path is being crossed by bunny rabbits. Been there, almost hit that. I’ve not ridden with another light that didn’t frustrate me at some level.

Lezyne Mega Drive Light

True story: Our son went missing at home a few months ago. While my wife looked for him, frantically waving a flashlight in closets, I grabbed the Mega Drive and used it in my search because…well because it was brighter than our flashlight.

Okay, so it’s $199.99. That’s not cheap. I won’t argue the point. But this is the first light I’ve run across where I saw the light (was blinded by it, actually) and then figured it was worth every cent.

I still don’t like riding at night, but thanks to the Mega Drive, I’m not so frightened anymore.

Pumping Up with Hans and Franz and CO2

Get ready girly-men, it is time for Art’s Cyclery to PUMP…you up! If you are still using a hand pump to inflate your bike tires, you have obviously been skipping your cerebral push-ups. Drop the pump, drop and give me 20 and then start using Co2 to inflate those tires. Check out the video below and we’ll show you how.

Getting a flat blows… but using Co2 makes the best of a bad situation and gets you back on the road quickly and easily. This of course minimizes the chance that you will throw an epic tantrum like the one in the video above. To minimize frustration and minimize the number of new wheels you will have to buy, check out the awesome selection of Co2 inflators at ArtsCyclery.com! If this video came a little too late, we have you covered with a new set of wheels too.

 And for those that don’t get the reference, check out some vintage SNL goodness.

The full article/review is located HERE

Cedric Gracia Through my eyes #1 Punta Ala

Cedric Gracia Through my eyes #1 Punta Ala

Lezyne Ambassador Cedric Gracia took part in the first World Series Enduro Race in Punta Ala, Italy where he shot the first installment of his new Through My Eyes video series. Through My Eyes gives CG fans the chance to follow and take part in the crazy world that The Sergeant plays in. WARNING – He is French, and clothing was optional during filming!

Road.cc Reviews the Lezyne Pod Caddy M Quick Release

Lezyne Pod Caddy M Quick Release  £25.99

Road.cc Reviews the Lezyne Pod Caddy M Quick Release

Saddle bags are a useful accessory but can often ruin the look of a nice bike; a baggy material with velcro straps wrapped around multiple surfaces. The Lezyne Pod Caddy does away with straps and bagginess, creating a saddle rail mounted hard shell case.

In-line with what I’ve come to expect from Lezyne, it’s a stylish and well made bag that will not look out of place on a high value bike. I was looking forward to testing it on my Giant TCR, as with its aero post, fitting a standard saddle bag proved cumbersome and I also wanted something I could easily remove when racing. Unfortunately the Pod didn’t fit either: the rail mounting interfered with the seat-post clamp.

Granted the TCR has quite a bulky rail clamp but it is something to consider when buying on of these. I have my saddle on the limit of set-back, offering the maximum amount of rail to the Pod and still couldn’t get it on. You need to have a good amount of horizontal rail area for the clamp as you won’t be able clip the Pod on if it’s on the curve at all.

So, with it not fitting my road bike I mounted it on the mountain bike. I decided it would offer a better test for stability of the Pod anyway, getting rocked around off-road.

With only support from the top, you might be concerned that it would wobble or become loose. Thanks to a well designed and solid support this isn’t the case however. Fully loaded with a tube, multi-tool and a few other bits, the Pod is still held fast and was not noticeable during riding. The bag clips into the mount with a confident ‘clunk’ and isn’t come to come out until you want it to. The Pod is a EVA foam moulded construction with Nylon cover and is water resistant, certainly more resistant than most soft material bags but after forgetting to take it off during a bike cleaning I can say that it isn’t going to keep things 100% dry.

Onto the main sell of any saddle bag, the Pod’s design makes it one of the easiest to load and unload from. A zipper runs around three sides of the case, allowing it to open like a clam shell. You then have full access so you’re not removing everything to get the change that has fallen to the bottom at the cafe stop. A netted partition stops things falling out when the lower opens. The zip also features a large finger loop to avoid any fumbling around with cold hands.

We had both the S and M sizes on test and the difference in size isn’t massive but with the M i’d say you can get two road tubes in rather than one (or one MTB tube in my case), along with a tyre lever and multi-tool. It’s a good size – not too big to look odd perched under the saddle – and for an extra £2 probably the size I’d go for. We also had both the black and the white colours and I’d say the black is subtle – as you want from a saddle bag – but is purely taste.

Verdict

I really like the Lezyne Caddy Pod, I’ve used a few saddle bags in my time and reckon this is the most stylish, whilst remaining practical. That makes it more of shame that I couldn’t fit it on my race bike, whether you’ll have the saddle rail access is something to consider before buying. The S and M retail at £23.99 and £25.99 respectively and although there are cheaper options I don’t feel it over priced for what is a tidier saddle bag option for most that isn’t going to cause any paint rub.

Road.cc Review

SOC13: Lezyne’s New Digital Floor Pumps for Shocks, Tools and Cool Blinky Lights

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SOC13: Lezyne’s New Digital Floor Pumps for Shocks, Tools and Cool Blinky Lights.

Lezyne’s new digital floor pumps are available in standard high volume pump in Sport, CNC, Alloy and Steel Digital pumps. At the moment, they’re all high pressure (read: road tire) models, plus one for shocks.

Yes, a floor pump for suspension. It’s not the first time someone’s done it. It pumps 1/3 the air of a standard floor pump and goes to 300psi. Really, it’s aimed at team mechanics and others that have to set up a lot of forks and shocks. There’s wood handle and the pump head has a dual disconnect that lets you remove the head from the hose to disconnect without losing air pressure. Then you thread the head off the shock. An inline pressure release valve lets you bleed air a little at a time to set it just right. Retail is $109.99.

The other digital floor pumps start at $69.99, and all have a gauge is accurate to +/-3%.

Get pumped for some cool lights and tools after the break…

The full article/review is located HERE

First Look: Continental, Lezyne, 661 – Sea Otter 2013

First Look: Continental, Lezyne, 661 - Sea Otter 2013

First Look: Continental, Lezyne, 661 – Sea Otter 2013

Lezyne Digital Pump Guage, Danny Mac Signature Series Tools

Renowned for their clean designs and attention to detail, Lezyne had a myriad of pumps, tools, and lights on display. One item that stood out was their new digital gauge option that is now available for their current pump lineup, with a claimed accuracy of plus or minus three percent. The gauge will add $30 to the price of a pump, or can be purchased as an aftermarket upgrade for $50. Items from Lezyne’s Danny MacAskill signature series were also on display, including the Block multitool, which has a CNC-machined body and nickel plated 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and T25 bits. MSRP: $24.99. Another piece in the signature series collection is the MacAskill Travel Drive pump, which is designed to take up as little room as possible while still remaining a fully functional floor pump. CNC machined aluminum is used for the handle, base, and piston to keep the weight down. MSRP: $99.99

Lezyne M Caddy Quick Release

Lezyne M Caddy Quick Release

The Lezyne M Caddy Quick Release is a very neat and useful saddle-bag.

Lezyne have a range of small bags that fit under your saddle, including this M Caddy QR. The M stands for medium, and the QR stands for quick release. It’s perfectly sized for carrying all the kit you need for a day out – and you can attach it to your bike (and take it off again) very quickly indeed.

Most saddle-packs attach to the saddle rails with straps and Velcro, but as this Caddy is the quick release version there’s a plastic bracket that bolts to the saddle rails, and the bag has a small plastic socket on top, which clips onto (and off) the bracket in a matter of moments.

The clip holds the bag tight, so it doesn’t need a second strap to go round the seat post. It also means the bag hangs out behind the saddle, rather than directly under it, which is especially useful for anyone that finds some saddle-bags rub against the backs of their thighs when cycling.

There’s plenty of room in the bag for a spare inner-tube, plus levers, patches, CO2 canister, keys, money and an energy bar. If you keep your food in your pocket (and you’re a pessimist when it comes to punctures), there’s just enough room for two lightweight tubes and two canisters, plus levers and patches.

The main part of the bag is made from tough nylon fabric. There are three internal pockets (made from softer neoprene, so slightly padded) which hold tyre levers and other bits of kit to prevent chafing the inner tube. There’s also a very handy external pocket designed to carry a multi-tool.

The zip and access flap at the back of the bag are water resistant, but not waterproof, which means you’ll still need to dry out your stuff after a ride in the rain.

Other features include a loop of tape for clipping a rear light onto, but it’s too thin to hold the light firmly, meaning the light shines downwards rather than straight back out towards approaching cars. Other manufacturers such as Topeak use much thicker tape on the back of their saddle-packs which hold rear lights in a much better position.

The M Caddy QR’s full retail price is £21.99 but you can find it for just under £20 at your LBS or the usual on-line stores. It’s usually a couple of quid more than the standard M Caddy with the Velcro straps that go round saddle rails and seat post.

Lezyne Carbon Drive Lite

Lezyne Carbon Drive Lite

Lezyne Carbon Drive Lite

This tiny Lezyne hand pump has us leaving the CO2 behind and not missing it one bit if we happen to flat. At only 80grams and 17cm it stows easily in even a tight race fit jersey pocket but can still get up to 100psi without leaving you exhausted at the side of the road. It’s made of Lezyne’s Matrix Carbon Technology with CNC’d aluminum hardware but the real star is the ABS Flex hose with a threaded connector stored with in the pump body. You can pump aggressively without fear of breaking your valve stem, technically speaking of course. 

lezyne.com Price: $60

Lezyne Phone Caddy

Lezyne Phone Caddy

The Lezyne Phone Caddy is large enough to take not only your mobile phone but a bunch of other ride essentials too, and it’ll fit neatly inside a jersey pocket.

The Phone Caddy, which measures 150mm x 110mm x 45mm, is made from a nylon fabric and although it’s not fully waterproof, it’s water-resistant.

The main compartment is divided in two, the back section coming with a clear panel that’s touchscreen compatible – so you can operate your phone through it easily. It’s large enough to take most smart phones although you might want to check those dimensions if you have a great big slab of a mobile.

As well as a phone, here’s what I’ve been carrying in the Phone Caddy lately:

* Tyre levers

* Leatherman Squirt multitool

* 20-function multitool

* Valve extender & chainpin

* Puncture repair patches

* Vulcanizing fluid

* £20 note (I’m a high roller, me)

* Spare inner tube (neoprene outer sleeve)

* Mini pump (neoprene side sleeve)

There’s another side sleeve that I’ve not been using, large enough to take a CO2 cartridge if that’s your thing. (I’m not sure why I’m carrying around two multitools at the moment; there might or might not be a good reason for that).

That covers everything I ever take with me when I’m riding (unless I need a waterproof too), so I only have to remember to pick up one thing when I go out the door and that’s good news – I’m easily muddled. Of course, you could use a saddle pack and not have to remember anything, but I prefer not to hang stuff off the bike.

The divider between the phone sleeve and the rest of the main compartment is well padded so nothing is going to get damaged in here. If you want to carry a touchscreen MP3 player, you could obviously do that instead (or as well). There’s an exit port for routing an earphone lead.

The Phone Caddy is well made with a water-resistant zipper taking care of closure. After two or three months of use, all the seams and edges are still intact and the only signs that it has been used are a few tiny scratches on the touchscreen panel, and they’re nothing to worry about.

You get loops to hang the Phone Caddy from a belt if you like but, assuming you’re a roadie, you’re just going to sling it in a rear pocket and forget about it.

I’m not saying this product breaks down any barriers in terms of innovation but I’ve found it really handy and will continue to use it.

Lezyne Macro Drive

The Lezyne Macro Drive

“This is a great light. It has clean lines. It’s plenty bright. I recommend it highly.

 The dimensions (length about the same as a crispy chocolate & rice bar, or 1020000000 angstrom), weight (4 grams more than two bars), and candle power (far more birthdays than I’ll ever see) all fall within acceptable parameters. Useful details, should you require actual hard data despite my unreserved recommendation, can be found on the full road.cc review. The purpose of my writeup is to provide supplementary information.”

The full article/review is located HERE.