About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a lugged commuter, ultralight carbon road steed, singlespeed or trail bike. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. This obsessive personality has also turned him into a bit of an addict when it comes to high quality coffee and IPAs.


Bottle Pod storage case review

We always welcome solutions for carrying tools and essentials on a bike ride. And the Bottle Pod solution is a novel indeed placing the gear inside a bottle shaped pod that allows easy access to all its contents.

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Review: Lupine Rotlicht

The Rotlicht will keep you safe in the dark by adjusting its brightness to ambient light and motion, getting brighter when needed.

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Review: Blackburn 2′Fer

The Blackburn 2′Fer weighs 29 grams and we measured 65 lumens out of it. It’s rechargeable, yet only costs $25. And the kicker is it has white and red LEDs built in. Thus it can be used in the front and the back to see or be seen.

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Review: Blaze Laserlight

Primarily a commuter light, it’s bright enough to get around on the trail or supplement a bar light. But you may get too distracted playing with the laser in the forest.

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Review: Blackburn Central 100 Front light

Shaped like a matchbox, this $35 light packs a powerful punch to ensure the cyclist can be seen day or night.

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Review: Motobecane Le Champion Team Ti

It’s always a mystery how Motobecane is able to sell a bike with parts that cost twice the asking price. But does the frame on which all these parts hang pass muster? Read on and find out.

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Review: Lupine Rotlicht Tail Light

The Lupine Rotlicht is a 160 Lumen light that has an accelerometer that allows it to function as a brake light. When you pull on the brakes and slow down significantly or come to a stop, the built in acceleration sensor turns the light brighter to gain more attention on the streets.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Bike Lights

Our best recommendations for bike lighting gifts for your friends or yourself this holiday season.

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Review: Princeton Tec Swerve Tail Light

This is a good light with good rear and side visibility. The toggle switch makes this very easy to use, but we wish it used rechargeable batteries.

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Review: Blackburn Central 20 Rear Tail Light

This light surprised us, as it’s brighter than claimed and visible from a wide angle. Price is right too at $35 for a rechargeable system.

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Review: CatEye Rapid X Tail Light

The CatEye Rapid X is a minimalist tail light that even weight weenies can just leave mounted on their bike. Weighing in at 22 grams, this light array delivers good rear and side visibility with four flash modes.

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Review: Serfas Thunderbolt Red Tail Light

Brightness to weight ratio is awesome with this light. The new clear housings improve side visibility even more.

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Review: Light & Motion Vis 180 Tail Light

The Vis 180 has good mounting options and good visibility but the competition has caught up in this price point.

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Review: Lumicycle InSight Brake Tail Light

Lumicycle from the UK delivers a bright tail light with a brake light function. A nice, big form factor and ergonmic switch makes this ideal for commuters.

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Review: Lezyne Zecto Auto Tail Light

It’s a good tail light and it turns itself on and off automatically. Small form factor and good light animation and visibility are its other highlights.

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Review: Serfas Thunderbolt

The Serfas Thunderbolt is about the size and weight of one AA battery, but it is seriously bright for a ‘to be seen’ light.

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The world’s smartest bike tail lights

Bike tail lights save lives. But you will be floored by the technology packed in this array of bike tail lights.

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Sony shrinks their POV Action Camera with the AS1VR

Awesome image quality, sound and image stabilization now comes in a much smaller package with Sony’s AS1VR POV action camera.

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Interbike: Smith Overtake helmet with MIPS technology

Interbike: Smith releases their new Overtake helmet with Koroyd liner and MIPS technology.

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Eurobike: MC2 big wheel bike debuts at Eurobike

Engineers from Singapore pour their creative energies into this multi configurable bike.

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Video: The Ride – with Tom Ritchey

Take a spin with living legend Tom Ritchey on roads and trails which inspire him.

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First Look: Trek Lync commuter bike with integrated lights

The Trek Lync is a glimpse into an ‘electronics integrated’ future with powerful lights built right into the frame.

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First Look: 2015 BMC Crossmachine CX01

The cyclocross racer’s BMC dream has been fulfilled as BMC announced the race-ready Crossmachine CX01. It sports the company’s SLR pedigree but it is firmly suited for cross racing.

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Review: ROL D’Huez wheels

The ROL D’Huez wheels look to be a great value at $800 — and they are very popular with our users. Find out how they performed for us.

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Video: Tour de Suisse POV sprint train reveals the mayhem of road racing

How stressful is a Pro Tour road race sprint? Now with Giant-Shimano’s team fully equipped with POV cameras, we finally get an idea.

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