Tailfin X Series Pannier Racks and Side Pannier Bags

The Tailfin X-Series pannier rack attaches easily and securely to almost any bike. The Tailfin side pannier bags work perfectly with the rack and give greater luggage capacity than is possible with bikepacking bags that strap to the bike. The setup works very well and the bags are well made, but there are some negatives and there are alternatives that might be better options for some people.

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RedShift Quick-Release Aerobars

The RedShift Quick-Release Aerobars allow cyclists to frequently switch between riding with or without aerobars. They are quite comfortable and reasonably adjustable, but the adjustability wasn’t sufficient for me and I always leave my aerobars mounted, so the extra weight of the quick-release mechanism is unnecessary.

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SUCH Race Report

I rode through all 26 cantons of Switzerland in under 2.5 during the SUCH bike race, the Swiss Ultracycling CHallenge. This post describes what routes different people chose, discusses Fiona Kolbinger’s win and I give a brief report and analysis of my own race.

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Tailfin Aeropack review

The Tailfin Aeropack bag overcomes most of the disadvantages of a bikepacking-style seatpost-mounted bag and from that perspective I would highly recommend it. It’s well made, uses good quality materials, is lightweight, and attaches to almost any bike. I found the Aeropack far less practical and more awkward to use than a more conventional rear rack and rack-top bag, but such setups are heavier and are not as easy to attach to many bikes.

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Garmin Edge 1030 Plus: Why no screen upgrade? Edge 1040 coming in 2021?

Garmin’s previous top-end cycling computer, the Edge 1030, was released in late 2017, so it’s no surprise that they announced an updated version in June 2020, the Edge 1030 Plus. I was expecting more from the new model including a better screen, but this suggests that the real update, possibly called the Edge 1040 or 1200, should arrive in 2021, so I recommend waiting if you don’t have an immediate need for a top-end unit with an extra-large screen.

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