Gear for everyday living

bike snob gets hungry on Behold

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Bike Snob:

In all seriousness the Behold is just like the flat tire kit in your car but it’s for your bike. Pack the Kargo bag with your tools, CO2 and a tube (up to 29-inch). Snap the bag in place and you’re set. You’ll be ready when you get a flat. Unlike a clanking bloated seat bag it’s completely out of your way on the frame. Attach any water bottle cage if you like.

What does everyone have against saddlebags all of a sudden?  And what's with the "clanking?"  It's a saddlebag, not a silverware drawer.  If you stuff a couple tubes in there it's as quiet as can be.

Now I'm oddly hungry for a Quesarito. 




Please VOTE 4 VIER!!

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Please VOTE 4 VIER!!!

Hi everyone GREAT NEWS we’ve been selected to participate in a 25th Anniversary Giveaway Contest! 25 Kickstarter products are in the running for a prize of $2500.00!! Anyone can vote (only one vote will be saved) between Aug 21st - Aug 29th. The winner will be announced Sept 3rd.

Please go to kingsolutionsglobal.com/2500giveaway and VOTE 4 VIER!

Thanks for your support

Paige & Allen


Gear Hungry review on VIER

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Vier Compact U-Lock

If you’ve got a bike worth securing, it comes as no surprise that U-locks are the preferred choice. Unfortunately, they’re also heavy and bulky, universally requiring specific mounting adapters or backpacks to lug them around comfortably. And that’s why Vier was born. While it might not do much to remedy the weight that comes naturally with thick, steel U-locks, Vier features two locking bodies and two 14mm hardened steel shackles that come apart completely to pack away nicely into its burrito-sized storage bag that’s then easily be thrown into a pack or strapped underneath your bike’s saddle. It’s also pick and drill resistant, withstands 1.5 tons in pull strength test, and theoretically supports swappable shackle lengths should you ever desire a longer lock (though for security’s sake, we suggest keeping it small).

Check it out at Kickstarter – $75


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Packing around a bike lock on a bicycle tour is not something I particularly like to do, but as much as I like to put my trust in strangers, there are few worse feelings than walking out of a restaurant to see an empty space where your bike should be.

There are a lot of compact and lightweight bike locks, such as the Knog Milkman, that do a good job of keeping honest people honest with a minimalist cable. If you're like me and also want to keep dishonest people looking elsewhere, a sturdy U-lock is often the way to go. Unfortunately these are almost always heavy and cumbersome.

Tallac Design has recently taken a fresh look at the U-lock design with their new Vier lock. This is a packable lock that breaks down into four pieces and fits into its own small carrying pouch that you can toss in your back jersey pocket. The zippered carrying pouch also has a strap that allows you to secure it under your bike seat. This gives you the urban security of a U-lock, with a compact design a bicycle traveler can appreciate. 

The current design provides about 5" of length to lock your bike to a rack, however, since this can be disassembled, there are plans to offer longer shackle lengths once the lock gets off the ground. It is currently in the crowdsourcing stage on Kickstarter, and last time I checked it was halfway to meeting its fundraising goal. If you're into this concept, I urge you to throw a couple bucks their way and help them put it into production.


Nutlocks meets there funding goal on Kickstarter

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Nutlock: A beautifully designed bike lock that protects your bike wheels from getting stolen. ►Has many nut & key variations!◄

"Great design, great product at a great price. Well done Mikey & Amir!" - Dave Weiner, founder of Prioirty Bicycles (their KS is live, too! http://kck.st/1p1wdS7)

“Bike wheel theft is major problem for all cyclists. Nutlock is a breakthrough & beautifully designed, must-have solution! I can’t wait to carry the product on our webstore and in our new Solé retail shop!" - Jonathan S., Co-Founder of Solé Bicycles

"I saw the quality as great and the innovation strong. This product defiantly needs to be in stores, consumers will benefit from it." - Ulises T., Lead Mechanic of H&S Bike Store in Burbank

"As for the Nutlock, sure, why not?" - Bike Snob NYC

“Walking to class I see a new stolen bike wheel or frame all the time. I finally have peace of mind with Nutlock… I’d pay $40 for this any day.”- Alexander Y., Collegiate cyclist & racer

“That bottle opener is the most clutch thing in the world. Life saver. #college” - Ariel N., City commuter& fixie rider

"Bike wheel theft is a serious threat to any bike. Nutlock is a smart and sleek solution” – Johan B., Founder of Free Bike Project

“Putting it on once and having safe wheels forever is a no-brainer. Genius product.” – Johnson H., collegiate racer, Nutlock beta tester

“This is a really innovative product that can protect your investment! Happy to support Nutlock" - Mehdi F., co-founder of State Bicycle Co


Vier Compact Collapsible Lock on Urban Velo

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We first showed you the Vier compact lock about a year back, and since then the design has been further refined and has hit Kickstarter for the final push into production. Perhaps not as quick to deploy as a u-lock, but it packs down much smaller thanks to the way that all four parts separate and fit into a small pouch. Click and twist the 14 mm shackles into the non-locking end body, then slide the body with the lock core on and go, just like the u-lock you’re familiar with. While compact, it’s not hte lightest at approximately 3.25 lbs. Eventually you’ll be able to order up longer shackle sections for securing multiple bikes in a garage or apartment, definitely an intriguing concept for home or work storage that is higher security than the braided cable so many of us rely on indoors. No lock is perfectly secure, and the Vier team has their mind straight on it, “Our main goal was to design a lock with the same level of security as a U-lock but in a compact form. VIER will protect your bike against lock picking, prying, hacksaws and bolt cutters. No lock on the market can protect us against angle grinders and hydraulic powered jacks.” Get in early for $65 at their Kickstarter and receive your lock by the new year.


Vier lock takes a square approach to bicycle security

Allen YoungComment

There's little doubt that bicycle thieves are deterred more by U-locks than by cable locks. The form factor of U-locks, however, can make them awkward to transport. That's why California cyclists Allen and Paige Young have created the Vier lock. It's designed to offer the security of a U, but it disassembles into a package "the size of a burrito" when not in use.

The Vier consists of two cylindrical locking bodies and two 14 mm-thick shackle sections, all of which are made of vinyl-covered hardened steel. Plans call for the shackles to be available in three lengths, to accommodate different sizes and styles of bike frames.

When it's time to lock up, the shackles are just inserted into the locking bodies, then a single key is used in a pick- and drill-resistant lock cylinder located in one of those bodies. Once everything is locked together, the Vier has a reported 1.5 tons (1.36 tonnes) of pull strength.

After the lock is taken back apart for transport, it's stuffed into an included zippered pouch that can be mounted under the saddle using an integrated strap.

Allen and Paige are now raising production funds for the Vier lock, on Kickstarter. A pledge of US$65 will currently get you one, when and if they're ready to go. The planned retail price is $80.


Core 77 U-Love it review of Vier

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Shaped like a burrito, feels like a blackjack, works like two Kryptonites stuck together? The Vierlock is a U-less u-lock, designed by Tallac to make big locks smaller. As protective bike-, trike- and moped-riders know, a big lock may be necessary to secure your ride but it can also be a big bummer in your bag. This right angle filled solution hit Kickstarter today, and it promises a few interesting features. Up first: It's collapsible in a responsible way.

Made of separate solid arms and not one but two locking bars, you get a lock that packs down to a more portable size with extra room internally when assembled. In addition to its smaller off-duty size, you can also replace the arms for longer or shorter ones, which is a pretty cool feature for those of us with dramatically different bikes in the stable. Even using the Sheldon Method the mini u-lock that fits my road bike is a bit of a pain with my fat-tired cruiser.

The multi-part design raised the eyebrows of the official and occasionally clumsy C77 bike department. However the design takes fumbling into consideration, allowing you to lock in one side entirely before closing the assembly with the second shackle.

Most "innovative" lock designs run the risk of poorly recreating the wheel or over-emphasizing a stylish design feature and overlooking basic functionality. The Vier's design seems to sidestep many of those pitfalls: the lock cylinders are pick and drill resistant, the metal all makes it to Rockwell Hardness of 61, weight is a competitive 3-ish pounds, and collapsed size is a manageable 8". The storage pouch makes for an easily packed or grabbed object, and it comes with straps for under-seat mounting and a key holder.

Designer Allen Young provided us with some insights on the project, which has taken the husband-wife team a lot of free time hours and a lot of cyclist's passion. I was particularly tickled by one of his recollections on their process: "We get out of our own way," for example, "we went to Interbike, had a super simple booth, no product to sell, just three locks...to get people to tell us what they think about the lock." Using the largest bike industry wheeling and dealing event as a feedback funnel? Smart move.

As bike riders themselves, the duo at Tallac wanted the same level of quality available in a well-made u-lock without the hassle of a large backpack lump or storing the lock on the bike itself. Rather than start from the ground up, they specifically worked with factories that were already in the business. As Allen succinctly put it: "Do not try to get a factory to make something they do not make." So after doing as much as they could in-house for greater efficiency and speed, they shopped the design to a lock producing manufacturer and asked them to make the toughest version they could. The final version is available for a super-reasonable $80 on Kickstarter.


Adventure Cycling Review of the Vier Lock

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The old U-lock design is getting an overhaul. The Vier lock, by Tallac Designs, is a collapsalbe U-lock that disassembles into four pieces through a lock and shackle system. Once broken down, you can toss it in a carrying case, and tote it around easily. Since it breaks down into individual components, this opens the door to customizable lengths for your lock.


Urban Velo Review of the Vier Lock

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The Vier lock by Tallac Design is a different take on locking mechanisms — neither u-lock or a true folding lock, maybe it’s best to call the Vier collapsible. Using two bodies and two shackle sections, the Vier has comparable security to a u-lock, but can stack much smaller. The design sacrifices fast deployment for easy storage, ideally fitting under a bottle cage. The prototypes on hand at Interbike were larger and a bit clunky around the edges but get the idea across pretty well. Each shackle section fits into a non-keyed body first, turning it 90º to lock in place. The keyed body then engages like a usual u-lock mechanism. Shackle sections can be made to custom lengths, such as that of a truck bed or even length of basement wall to lock up a fleet of bikes at once. Final availability is up in the air, stay tuned to www.tallacdesign.com for more information.


Bicycling review of the Kargo Cage

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Editorial Review

The stainless steel Kargo is a collaboration between California-based Tallac Design and King Cage, the latter of which produces bidon carriers out of a garage in Durango, Colorado. The cage’s oversize mounting brackets accommodate a ballistic nylon storage bag—you can choose between the 7.5-inch Kargo Road, which is designed to hold a 700c tube, or the 9.5-inch Kargo Mountain, which has space for a 29-inch one. There’s also room for a mini tool or small flat-repair kit.

The installation process is slightly more complicated than for a traditional cage. Before screwing in each (included) bolt, you slide it through the mounting bracket and a small piece of webbing. For best results, you’ll want to have a hex wrench set on hand; your minitool might be too bulky. Load up your cargo bag, slide it behind the cage, and snap it into the webbing; this prevents it from shifting during your ride. Tallac recommends mounting the Kargo to the down tube, but depending on your frame size and configuration, you may be able to make it work on the seat tube, or even on the underside of the down tube.

Although the Kargo Cage is a bit harder to access than a seat pack (you need to remove your water bottle in order to unzip the bag), it offers several advantages: It won’t rattle or swing during hard pedaling, the bag easily slips into a jersey pocket when you’re off the bike, and it won’t chafe against your brand-new pair of bibs. Both the cage and bag are made in the US; there’s also a titanium version, which costs $90.—Emily Furia