Fix Manufacturing is trying to make tire inflation and tire repair easier than ever, though not everything shown above is available quite yet. Shown splayed open is the MTB Field Kit that debuted in March 2021, giving you a complete repair, cleaning, and inflation solution in a compact zipper case.
To its left is the portable, miniature battery-powered Fix Mfg Eflator electric pump. Just set the desired pressure and let it do its thing while you get ready to ride. Coming soon, price TBD.
The upcoming Wheelie Wrench Dynaplug Edition (above, right) is a smaller take on the Pro/Hans Rey edition. Rather than thread the tire plug post into the side of the tool, this new version keeps a plug at the ready inside a standard flip-out arm:
Just unthread it, flip it around and thread it back in, then use the tool body for leverage to press it into your tire. Retail will be $45 (that’s $30 less than the Pro version), availability TBD.
The add-on 8mm hex bit is actually part of the Wheelie Whip tool, shown below (top right, $38, coming soon) and is stored on the rope loop:
Also new is this wood-sided Workbench Wrench tool with longer bits to make home repairs much easier. Retail will be $20, availability TBD. Check out the rest of their collection at FixMfg.com.
Abus Mini Combo Cable Lock
This Abus micro cable lock is coming soon and looks to be the perfect cafe stop lock. Mount it directly to your fame, even under a water bottle using the cage bolt holes. There’s just enough length to secure your helmet and frame to a pole so you can run in for a snack, then quickly retract it and get back on the ride. We’re waiting on price and availability info, will update as we get it.
Hiplock Paul Smith Edition for some reason
If you like Hiplock’s Z Lok and D Lok but want a hit of red on them, look no further than the Paul Smith Cycling Collection. Other than that little bit of color, they’re exactly the same as the regular versions.
On the left is the recently introduced ANKR Mini, which you can bolt into your wall to create a lock-up point for light-duty security. Just in case you missed it, they also recently dubbed a grinder-proof D1000 U-lock that they say is basically indestructible.
Chrome gets reflective from head to toe
Chrome’s updated Night Collection adds this sweet new reflective cycling cap ($25), which fits a little more generously than most…which I like. Most cycling caps are a bit too tight, but this one remained comfortable even on a 8.5 hour “tour” of the Big Sugar Gravel Race. Besides being reflective, it’s also highly water-resistant and windproof.
It did it’s job, keeping my head dry and just warm enough, while the brim was just the right size to keep rain from ruining my vision by blurring up my sunglasses lenses. There’s also a 5-Panel Hat ($25) for runners that’s 360º reflective, too.
The Wind Cobra 2.0 Reflective uses the same material to protect your upper body and make you highly (!!!) visible to cars. It’s a lightweight shell, making it an easy 3-season choice. Elasticized cuffs should keep rain and wind from sneaking up the sleeves, and a tall neck with a zipper garage (with 2-way zip) lets you snug it up to prevent wind chill from getting in.
There’s a vented upper back yoke to prevent overheating, and the bottom has a dropped tail to protect your behind from overspray. Retail is $130.
They even have reflective shoe laces…just in case that cap and jacket aren’t enough. And Merino Night Socks ($25) with huge reflective panels on the back, too.
Not new, but we thought it was cool to see a cutaway of their flat-pedal-friendly cycling shoes. More at ChromeIndustries.com.
Endura keeps shedding rain…and cold.
The new Endura GV500 gravel collection delivers waterproof shells that are a little more streamlined than their mountain bike kits. On the left is their GV500 Waterproof shorts ($120) and Pants ($160, not shown), a simple pull-on baggy shell with the elasticized rear waistband. They also offer a more streamlined GV500 Foyle Short ($120) that has a front snap and slimmer profile when you want something a little sleeker.
In the center is the GV500 Waterproof Jacket ($200) with a PFC-free waterproof DWR finish. Features are minimal to keep it lightweight, with a drop tail and chest pocket that turns into a stuff sack being the main details. On the right is the GV500 Insulated Jacket ($190), which uses a lightweight PrimaLoft Gold down filling with the windproof outer shell and PFC-free DWR coating. The total weight is just 245g, but it should keep you plenty warm.
The Pro SL 3-Season Road Jacket ($225) uses PrimaLoft Active fleece on the inside as an integrated-but-removable vest that can be zipped open or closed separately from the outer PFC-free DWR softshell.
Reflective hits around the borders, chest and arm vent zips, and five pockets in the back make it a versatile cool-to-cold weather shell that’s form fitting for roadies.
The Endura MT500 Freezing Point II ($200) is an updated version of the mountain bike jacket for cold weather riding. It gets massive front zips on either side that double as both pockets and vents. PrimaLoft Gold insulation keeps you warm, with soft textured mesh panels inside the hood and neck for maximum comfort.
Lastly, they’re offering environmentally friendly PFC-free Apparel Re-Proofer so you can bring back that DWR finish to the existing kit. Available in multiple sizes, check it all out at EnduraSport.com.