Upcoming Winter Cycling Events for January 2014

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January kicks off 2014 with plenty of winter cycling events to get you outside on your bike whether it be a fatbike race or ride, a winter alleycat or an ice race. 

Image Credit: Tom Warner
The Cold Bear Challenge Winter Racing Series returns for the 8th year at Hillside Park in Elk River.  This fatbike race series consists of two races in January and wraps up with the third race and FatBike Fest on February 16th.  The course is a 7.8 mile loop lap of wooded and cross-country singletrack.  Race classes are Advanced Men (2 laps), Recreational Men (1 lap), Open Women (1 lap) and there will be prizes for the top three finishers in each class.  Bring your lights for race one on January 4th because this is a night race that has a 6pm start time.  Race two is on January 26th at noon.  Entry fee is only $10 ($15 for Fatbike Fest).

If street racing is more your style, meet up at the bandshell on the northeast end of the Stone Arch Bridge at 6:30pm for the No Name Alleycat Race January 5th.  Race through the streets of Minneapolis with a manifest of unmanned stops.  Make sure to bring a bike lock, pen, lights, map and your helmet.

For fatbike fun in the Duluth area, make plans to attend the COGGS 2nd Annual Duluth Fatbike Weekend January 10th through the 12th.  Friday night's ride starts at Grandma's Restaurant and will be a beach ride at Park Point on the shore of Lake Superior.  Saturday will start with a morning ride at Lester Park and an afternoon ride at Hartley Park.  Sunday's ride details are still to be determined.  Don't miss out on this great weekend of riding in the beautiful Duluth area.

Join in on the Fat Bike versus Skinny Ski Challenge at the Boulder Lake Recreation Area near Duluth on January 11th for the only challenge of its kind in the world.  Fat tire bikers will chase down cross-country skiers in a 20 km race to determine which group is faster based on the fastest average time of the top 10 finishers.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 finishers in each race.  Online registration is now open and raceday registration is available for those that show up 1½ hours before the race start.

The Frozen Frolic Winter Race Series is a series of six races co-sponsored by Freewheel Bike and Maple Grove Cycling and takes place at two venues, Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove and Murphey-Hanrehan Park Reserve in Savage.  Race one is on January 11th at Elm Creek and race two is at Murphy-Hanrehan on January 18th.  Registration begins at 10am and races start at 11am.  Online registration for all six races is also available by visiting the link above.  Awards and door prizes will be given out after each race.  Helmets are required and studded tires are permitted.  Brought to you by the Three Rivers Park District.

Excelsior Brewing and Erik's Bike Shop bring you the Arctic Fat Fever Fatbike Race taking place on Lake Minnetonka January 18th.  This is a 15 mile race (3" minimum tire width) that starts and ends at Excelsior Brewing Company.  The men's race starts at 2pm and the women's race at 2:10pm.  This is a free race and is limited to 200 races so be sure to register online to reserve your spot.

Penn Cycle and Fitness will be holding the annual Get Phat with Pat Fatbike Race at the Minnesota River Bottoms as part of the Bloomington Winter Fete.  Owner Pat Sorensen has worked with the City of Bloomington to hold two races, January 18th and 25th.  Both races will start and finish underneath the 35W bridge located near the Russell A Sorenson Landing at the end of Lyndale Ave. S.  Race classes will consist of Beginner, Recreational and Advanced and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each class.  A Grand Prize Drawing for a 9:Zero:7 fatbike frameset will be held at the January 25th race for race participants.  Registration will start and 9 am the morning of each race and closes 30 minutes prior to race start.  A $10 entry fee and $5 donation to MORC are required to race.  For complete details, see my post Get Phat with Pat Returns to the MN River Bottoms with Two Races for 2014.

The 3rd Annual Carver Lake Cold Catfish Cup sponsored by Angry Catfish Bike Shop + Coffee Bar and Salsa Cycles is set for January 19th at Carver Lake Park in Woodbury.  Day-of registration and check-in starts at 11am with the race starting at noon.  Register online and guarantee your spot as there will be a 125 rider cap for this one.  Cost is $15 pre-registered and $20 day-of.  Professional chip timing has been added and the overall fastest rider will receive the Cold Catfish Cup.  Swag and prizes will also be handed out to race participants. 

The 5th Annual Lake Minnetonka Ice Race hosted Three Rivers Park District and sponsored by Freewheel Bike is scheduled for January 25th at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park in Minnetrista.  The winding race course will be laid out on the icy surface of Lake Minnetonka so studded tires are highly recommended and fatbikes are welcome.  Online registration is now available (until January 22nd) for $20 and day-of registration (opens at 9:30am) for $25.  Beginner race starts at 10:30am and Open Men's and Women's races start at 11:30am.  After the race stick around for the awards, drawing for prizes, food, music and a dance party.


Gaiters for the Winter Bike Commuter or Fatbike Adventurer

The winter bike commuter or fatbike adventure rider may want to invest in a good pair of gaiters to keep legs from the knees down warm, dry and boots from taking on snow.  I had some time to test out two gaiters recently and depending on what type of winter riding you do, one of these will do the trick.

Louis Garneau Robson MT2

First up is the Louis Garneau Robson MT2.  This gaiter comes in two sizes (SM, L/XL) and is available in men's and women's styles.  It is constructed from 600D WR and Ripstop Nylon making them light, abrasion-resistant and water repellent.

The front Velcro closure made putting these gaiters on and taking them off quick and easy.  Three adjustable straps located at the top of the calf, ankle area and under the sole held them securely in place during my rides without any need for additional adjustments.  I hardly noticed I was even wearing them.  I like the rigid piping at the bottom of the gaiter and the boot lace hook.  These features keep it tight around the boot preventing snow and water from getting in and under the gaiter.

The Robson MT2 did perform well at keeping the snow out and prevented water and slush from getting my legs wet.  It rolled off the water-resistant nylon as I rode through puddles and melting snow.  When riding in winter, wearing apparel that is breathable is key and this is where the Robson MT-2 failed.  After longer rides and in warmer weather I noticed when removing them they did not allow vapor to pass through leaving my tights and baselayer damp from perspiration vapor.  For quick trips this may not be a problem but on longer ride it could result in legs becoming chilled.

These lightweight gaiters would be a good choice for winter bike commuters to keep legs dry on wet or slushy rides to and from work.  For the fatbike rider I wouldn't recommend using them because they do not allow transfer of vapor which is key on long rides in the cold to help regulate body temperature.

The Louis Garneau Robson MT2 is not available on the Louis Garneau website but can be purchased from various online sporting goods retailers for $34.99.

Outdoor Research Crocodiles

Next is the Crocodile Gaiter from Outdoor Research.  This gaiter comes in Men's and Women's styles with 5 sizes (S, M, L, XL, XXL) for men and 3 sizes (S, M, L) for women.  These expedition-style gaiters designed for mountaineering are extremely durable and come with Outdoor Research's Infinite Guarantee.  They are made with waterproof/breathable 3-layer 70D Taslan Gore-Tex fabric in the leg section and a 1000D Cordura boot section, lined with coated 8 oz. packcloth.  

The 2" wide Velcro closure, adjustable top strap, tapered ankle, boot lace hook and BioThane® Instep Strap combine to keep them in place without shifting while riding.  They fit nicely around the base of the boot preventing snow from getting in under them.  I have worn these gaiters on long rides in sub-zero temperatures and they do wonders at blocking the wind and provide a little extra thermal protection while keeping out the snow.  The breathable fabric construction allows vapor to pass through keeping my tights and baselayer dry underneath.

This is my go-to gaiter for all of my winter fatbike rides.  I was very impressed with its performance in a variety of different winter weather conditions.  The quality design/construction, durability, waterproof material and Infinite Guarantee make it an excellent choice for the winter fatbike adventurer.      

The Men's and Women's Crocodile Gaiter is available from Outdoor Research, Amazon, REI and various other online sporting goods retailers for $75.

Disclosure:  Louis Garneau and Outdoor Research provided the review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.


Get Phat with Pat Returns to the MN River Bottoms with Two Races for 2014

Penn Cycle & Fitness will hold its yearly Get Phat with Pat Fatbike Race for a second year at the fatbike popular Minnesota River Bottoms in Bloomington.  Owner Pat Sorensen has worked with the City of Bloomington to have two races there for 2014.  These races will be held on January 18th and 25th.  They are co-sponsored by and are a part of the Bloomington Winter Fete which runs from January 18-26.

The Details: 

Both races will be held at the Russell A Sorenson Landing at the end of Lyndale Ave. S. in Bloomington, MN underneath the 35W bridge.  Registration will start and 9 am the morning of each race and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. Registration will require a $10 entry fee and also a $5 donation to MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists) which will help the non-profit volunteer organization pay for trail maintenance, equipment, etc.

All bike styles, fat or skinny are welcome to participate.  There will be three race classes for each race day; Beginner, Recreational and Advanced.  The Beginner class race will start at 10:15 am and consist of one lap, the Recreational class race starts at 10:00 am and is also one lap, the Advanced class race starts at 12 noon and will be two laps.  

The race course will be similar to last year's race with a few areas that will be different.  Start and Finish will be under the 35W bridge with the course heading west past the railroad swing bridge before returning.  There will be an ice crossing for Nine Mile Creek but if the ice is deemed unsafe due to warm weather, the cottonwood tree crossing will have to be used.  The lap will be a loop of about eight miles with one section of trail heading out and another heading back.

Course conditions one day before last year's race

An agreement with the City of Bloomington will allow many temporary sections of trail for the races.  The race course will be groomed and ready to ride one week before the first race.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category.  There will be plenty of swag given away to race participants at the conclusion of each day's races.  A Grand Prize Drawing for a 9:Zero:7 fatbike frameset will be held at the January 25th race for race participants.  All prize winners must be present to claim their prizes.

Get Phat with Pat will be a fun and challenging race course and if you missed out last year, you have two chances to race it this January.  Thanks to Pat Sorensen and Penn Cycle & Fitness for organizing these races and the City of Bloomington for allowing them to take place at the Minnesota River Bottoms.  I'll see you there.

Meteorologist Kristin Clark will be supplying her 2WheelWeather Cyclecasts for both of the Get Phat with Pat races.  Be prepared for the weather conditions with this hyper-local forecasting by visiting the Get Phat Cyclecast page on 2WheelWeather.com.

To view all of my photos from the 2013 Get Phat with Pat races go to my Flickr Photostream.


Tire Gauges to Dial In the Right Pressure For Varying Riding Conditions

Keeping your tires properly inflated is key to speed, control, traction and avoiding pinch flats.  Colder temperatures can cause tire pressure to decrease as much as 2% for every 10° F drop, so checking your tires to ensure proper inflation should be done before each ride, especially in winter.  Fatbike tires with their large air volume are designed to run very low pressure and need to be adjusted depending on the riding conditions.  A change of as little as a pound or two of psi can make a huge difference to how a fatbike tire reacts to the conditions you are riding.  I had a chance to test two gauges recently that will do the trick for fatbike tires and one works with any bike tire.

 The SKS Airchecker Digital Pressure Gauge is so compact, it is easy to carry with you in a tool pack, seat bag or jersey pocket.  It weighs only 45 grams and works with Schrader and Presta valves so it can be used on everything from road bikes to fatbikes.  After using it for both my mountain bike and fatbike tires, I have come to like the handy features of this little device.  The head swivels to get into a variety of positions for an easy reading. The large backlit display is easily seen in low light conditions.  Bleeding off a few pounds of air pressure to achieve a desired reading is done by simply pushing the orange deflate button on the head.  It automatically shuts off after each use and even with the low psi of my Hüsker Dü tires, the Airchecker had no problem reading single digit air pressures.

The only negative that I came across when using the Airchecker was during extreme cold conditions.  I brought it along in my frame bag on a below zero day and later tried to get a reading on my fatbike tires and could not get a result.  This can be avoided by keeping it in a jacket or pants pocket to protect it from the cold.   Other than that, it's a convenient gauge that works with all bike tires to get a quick and accurate reading.

The SKS Airchecker Digital Gauge comes with a carrying pouch and is available from Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops for $24.99.

The G.H. Meiser Low Pressure Presta Valve Dial Gauge reads tire pressures from 0 to 30 psi and is tested for accuracy to within .25% of the scale. This gauge is an excellent choice for fatbikers looking to dial in that that precise inflation psi for the conditions, whether they be soft or hard pack snow, trail or on-road/urban riding.   It will give very accurate readings for fatbike tires which typically have very low inflation psi.  Most fatbike riders will run 6-8 psi for softer conditions, 10-15 psi for trail riding and 20-25 psi for on-road/urban riding.  With this gauge and a little experimentation you will be able to set the pressure exactly to your liking.  I found running 6 psi in the front and 8 psi in the back for snow pack and 10-12 psi for dirt singletrack works best for me.  This gauge helps me "tune in" my tires to find that perfect balance between float and bounce.

Because it is made with a Bourdon tube movement, it is not affected by temperature, humidity or altitude changes making it a great choice for winter riders.  What I like most about this gauge is the large easy to read 2" dial that holds a reading until the button is pressed and its ability to bleed air from a tire by holding the button.  Once the button is released after an air bleed, the gauge will display the pressure.  With temperature changes and differing riding conditions, I really like this gauge for fine tuning my fatbike tire pressure before or during a ride.  It definitely helps me achieve the proper roll.

The G.H. Meiser Low Pressure Presta Valve Dial Gauge is available from Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops for $19.99.

Disclosure:  SKS USA and G.H. Meiser provided the review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.


Hiplok V1.50: The Wearable Bike Chain Lock

The Hiplok V1.50 is the first bike lock designed specifically to be worn around the waist while riding.  It has an 8 mm hardened steel chain, a 12 mm hardened steel shackle in the buckle and weighs about 4 pounds.  With a flat padded nylon sleeve over the chain to provide a comfortable fit, it also prevents scratches when locking your bike.  It's fully adjustable and one size fits all that should accommodate waist sizes from 24 to 44 inches.  There are a variety of colors to choose from (All Black, Black/Green, Black/Grey, Black/Yellow/Purple) and some have a reflective Hiplok logo for extra visibility at night.

I first became aware of the Hiplok V1.50 at Interbike 2013 and thought to myself, "What a great idea, finally a lock you can wear."  Since getting one I no longer lug that U-lock around anymore.  I simply strap on the Hiplok and go.

Though at first it felt heavy when putting it on around my waist, the weight is supported by the hips and feels much less noticeable once wearing it.  I did move the the buckle shackle to the side instead of in the front for a more comfortable feel when riding.  The hook and loop fastener on the strap ensures a proper fit and keeps it from moving around whether wearing a jersey or bulkier winter riding apparel.  Shortly into a ride, I barely notice I have it on.  I've worn the Hiplock V1.50 on washboard gravel roads, even bumpier MTB singletrack and around town and never had any problems with it slipping, it simply stays put.

The Nylon sleeve covering the chain does make it comfortable to wear and did prevent scratches to my bike's paint job when locking it up.  With a chain that measures 32", it was long enough to go through my bike frame, front wheel and around a bike rack without any problem.  It removes quickly from the waist to lock up in a matter of seconds.  I now wear it whenever I have stops to make along a ride that require securing my bike.

While no lock is theft-proof and there are better ones out there, this Sold Secure Silver rated lock provides a medium/high risk security level and does protect from the opportunistic thief.  Overall, I like the Hiplok V1.50 a lot and would recommend it to any cyclist that is looking for a secure and convenient lock that is easy to take with them.

The Hiplok V1.50 is available for around $100 from Hiplok, REI, Amazon and other online retailers. 

Disclosure:  Hiplok provided the review sample for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.


Gift Guide for the Fatbike Cyclist

With the ever-growing popularity of fatbikes and snow biking, I have compiled a list of great gift ideas for the wide-tire enthusiast on your shopping list.  If you're a fatbiker, you may even want to get one or several of these products as a gift for yourself. 

Banjo Brothers Waterproof Saddle Trunk

This bag has 400 cubic inches (12.5” L x 7” H x 8.5” W) of carrying capacity for those times when you need space for your gear.  It has a waterproof liner to keep your items dry, an outside pocket for small things like keys and money and a webbing loop on top for strapping on a jacket.  With the capacity of a trunk bag and no need for a rack, it installs securely with four point strapping to virtually any bike.  I've loaded it up with gear for long rides and it holds in place without moving around when riding bumpy terrain.  Available from Banjo Brothers, Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops.

Portland Design Works Dave's Mud Shovel-Front

This fatbike specific front fender does an excellent job at blocking snow, mud, water and sand from being flung upward onto you and your frame.  It's lightweight design installs quickly and it has the length and width to keep you dry when riding through the muck.  Available from Portland Design Works, Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops. 

Portland Design Works Dave's Mud Shovel-Rear

This rear fender is also fatbike specific with its wide, extra long design.  It also does does an excellent job at blocking snow, mud, water and sand and keeps it from ending up on your backside.  It's very lightweight and installs in seconds.  Available from Portland Design Works, Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops.

Columbia Bugaboot Plus II Omni-Heat Boot

This boot is a more cost effective option to those higher priced winter cycling boots.  It's a seam sealed, insulated (rated to -25° F), waterproof boot with Columbia's patented thermal reflective Omni-Heat insulation that retains and reflects body heat while dissipating moisture.  It is very lightweight (size 9, ½ pair = 24 oz) and flexible making it a great choice to pair up with a good set of pinned, flat pedals for winter riding.  The Omni-Grip rubber outsole will provide greater traction on all types of winter terrain.  Available from Columbia and numerous retailers.   

G.H. Meiser & Co. Low Pressure Presta Valve Dial Gauge

When running very low air pressure that fatbike tires are known for, you will want to be able to dial them in to the proper inflation.  G.H. Meiser's Low Pressure Presta Valve Dial Gauge will help do just that.  Whether riding hard-packed singletrack, snow-packed trails or fresh powder, this gauge will make sure you know you are at the right pressure for for the conditions.  Simply press onto the Presta valve and hold until you get a reading and remove.  The needle will indicate the pressure and stay there until the button is pressed resetting it to zero.  Over time you will get a feel for what psi works best for differing conditions.  Available from Penn Cycle, Fatbikes.com and other online retailers.

Bar Mitts

Riding fatbikes in winter presents many challenges due to the weather and keeping your fingers warm is one of them.  A set of Bar Mitts greatly improves keeping your hands warm and maintaining finger dexterity for shifting and braking.  Made from Neoprene, they protect from rain, snow, wind and cold.  Installation takes seconds and they can be used with fingered gloves or lobster claws for extra warmth.  Available from Bar Mitts, Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops.

ColdAvenger Pro Softshell

The ColdAvenger Pro Softshell half facemask will protect your face and lungs in the most extreme conditions.  It has fleece insulation with a water-repellent/breathable, windproof shell that covers your neck, ears and face.  The ColdAvenger ventilator warms and humidifies cold, dry outside air and does not impede breathing during rigorous activity.  It has been designed to work with goggles and helps prevent fogging when wearing them.  I have spent up to five hours in sub-zero temperatures wearing it and having a cold face and neck was never an issue.  Available from ColdAvenger, REI, Amazon and other online retailers.   

Lone Peak Pfeifferhorn Handle Bar Pack

The Pfeifferhorn Handle Bar Pack has 330 cubic inches of storage space with an external pocket for small items.  An internal full length polyethylene stiffener maintains the pack's shape and provides stability.  Its three-point suspension system fits almost any handle bar type.  This pack is a great add-on for carrying gear on longer rides or a spacious alternative to a seat bag.  It comes in handy for carrying a tool kit, gloves, goggles or snacks for out on the trail.  Comes in four colors: Black, Blue, Red, Steel.  Available from Lone Peak and online retailers.

Light & Motion Stella 500

The Stella 500 is a compact, lightweight, high-output LED headlamp with long run times.  Powered by a Li-ion rechargeable battery pack, it has six light modes:  High (500 lumens), Medium (275 lumens), Low (140 lumens), Pulse (140 lumens), RaceHi (500 lumens) and RaceLo (275 lumens) with run times of 2¾ to 12 hours (24 hrs. on Pulse mode).  With power like that, you'll be ready for those long rides between dusk and dawn.  Mounts without tools to your helmet or handle bars and the external battery pack can be placed in a pocket or strapped to your bike frame.  Use the Pulse mode to get you seen in the daytime on snowmobile trails or in town.  Available from Light & Motion, Penn Cycle and online retailers.  

Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiter

These gaiters are tough.  They have a breathable/waterproof Gore-Tex Nylon upper and a lower panel of Cordura-coated Nylon lined with packcloth.  The two inch wide hook and loop fastener runs the full length of the gaiter to allow it to be easily put on and adjusted to many different boot styles.  The BioThane webbing instep strap keeps them securely in place and the boot lace hook keeps them from shifting.  Designed for snowshoeing, cross county skiing and glacial climbing, they will provide that extra protection needed from the knee down when riding in in wet or snowy conditions.  Available in Men's and Women's sizes from Outdoor Research, REI, Amazon and other online retailers.

Xpedo Face Off 18 Pedal

This low profile, large platform pedal has 20 replaceable pins that provide excellent grip in all weather conditions.  The large openings on each side of the spindle keep snow and ice from building up and interfering with foot to pedal contact.  It has a cromoly spindle with cartridge bearings, DU bushing and a 6061 CNC Aluminum body that weighs in at only 385 grams.  Available in three color choices (Black/Silver, Red/Pearl White, Gold/Navy Blue) and comes with extra pins and wrench.  Available from Xpedo, Penn Cycle (call for availability) and other fine bike shops.


Cycling Stocking Stuffers Under $50

When it comes to shopping for the cyclist on your list, there are some useful stocking stuffers under $50 that any bike lover would be happy to get.  Here are seven of them that come in small packages and won't break the bank.

SKS Airchecker Digital Gauge 

This handy little digital gauge works with Shcrader and Presta valves and has a lighted readout in both PSI and bar.  The swiveling head makes it easy to take a reading and has a deflate button to bleed off excess air pressure.  Its small size conveniently fits in a jersey pocket, tool pack or seat bag to take with you.  Available from Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops.

Light & Motion Vis 180 Mirco

The Vis 180 Micro packs 25 lumens of light output in a small taillight.  This USB Li-ion rechargeable light  has run times of 4 to 20 hours depending on which of the four settings (High, High Pulse, Low Pulse and Paceline) are used.   It weighs only 61 grams and has a locking mount clip for installation on frame, seatpost or bag.  This taillight's bright amber side lights deliver 180° of visibility to get you seen.  Available from Light & Motion, Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops.

Fix It Sticks 

Fix It Sticks are a light-weight, innovative new multi-tool with all the torque of a 3-way wrench.  Their small size makes them very easy to stash away in a seat bag, top-tube bag or jersey pocket.  Each set comes with a convenient carrying case made from a recycled tube.  They made in the USA and come in many versions.  Choose from Aluminum or Steel.  Available from Fix It Sticks or from select dealers.

Swiftwick Pursuit Socks 

The Pursuit line from Swiftwick is the only 200 needle compression sock on the market.  Its 23.5 gauge Australian Merino Wool construction provides thermal protection and wicks away moisture keeping feet warm and dry.  They come is size small to extra large with a height of zero to twelve inches.  This is a great sock for colder weather cycling but can be used in warm weather because of its excellent wicking properties.  Available from Swiftwick and select bike shops.

Banjo Brothers Cycling Phone Wallet

Banjo Brothers' Phone Wallet is a durable and water-resistant pouch for your phone, ID, spare keys, etc.  It has a touch screen compatible window and will fit phones up to 2.75 x 5.75 inches.  Stuff it in your jersey or jacket pocket and it will keep your items dry and protected.  Available from Banjo Brothers, Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops.

Genuine Innovations
Genuine Innovations Air Chuck Elite Inflator

The Air Chuck Elite Inflator is very compact, easy to use and inflation is controllable with its push-to-inflate technology.  It's all metal alloy design weighs only 17 grams and works with both Schrader and Presta valves.  Includes a 16g and 20g threaded CO2 cartridge.  Available from Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops.

Lone Peak Tool Roll Essentials Kit

The Tool Roll Essentials Kit is made from 1000 D Nylon and comes with a Park Tools Patch Kit, tire levers and 4, 5, & 6 mm allen wrenches.  Extra compartments hold CO2 Cartridges, spare tube, chain tool, etc.  Roll it up for attachment under the saddle or store inside a seat bag, handlebar pack or pannier.  Available from Lone Peak and authorized dealers.

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