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.


2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gadgets for your favorite cyclist


From lights that auto adjust brightness, to smart trainers and high-def cameras, there are countless ways to add a little high tech flare to your next ride. Here are some of our favorites for this holiday season.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Lights for off road and on


This guide features the best headlights at a variety of price points. Some are great for after-dark trail riding, others help assure you’ll be seen on the road day or night. Many of them are handy around the house as well.

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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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News Update: $85k in stolen Trek bikes now recovered


A trailer containing 36 high-end Trek demo bikes was stolen from behind the Folsom Bike shop in California last week, and later found empty and burning alongside a highway.

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Video: Brumotti’s incredible road bike feats


Inspired by Martyn Ashton, Brumotti takes road cycling freestyle to the highest and most entertaining level we’ve ever seen.

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Review: Serfas True 550


Instead of sticking with the light chassis from last year, Serfas stepped it up with a brand new, more robust chassis this year. The new one seems bigger with more cooling fins. It has air ports in front near the lens that serve to funnel air through the heat sink and cool the light down at speed.

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Review: Wahoo KICKR Power Trainer


The Wahoo KICKR trainer grabs the boring old bike trainer and thrusts it into the tech world with social, virtual and viral features. At its core though, it feels like riding a bicycle.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina 700


So now comes the the Lumina 700. It’s just a little better than the 650, but it is dialed already and is NiteRider’s best selling light of all time, selling about 30,000 units last year.

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How To: Thread Internal Cables (Video)


Internal cabling on both road and mountain is beautiful to look at (the absense of) but a nightmare to work on. Here is a useful tip for threading internal cables, all it needs is some cotton thread and a vacuum cleaner.

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Announced: Shimano unveils new WH-RX830 road disc wheel


Shimano unveiled its WH-RX830 carbon wheelset that not only features disc brake capability, but is tubeless compatible as well. The new wheels on a Shimano’s proven 17mm wide tubeless carbon laminate rims, along with Ultegra level hubs with a CenterLock rotor mount that are both 10 and 11 speed compatible.

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Review: Princeton Tec Push


For $50, Princeton Tec offers a light here that claims 150 lLumens but actually measured higher at 212 Lumens. It also sports great side lighting with a nice red strip of light on each side.

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Review: Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel


This small Durango, CO company started mixing drinks in their kitchen for their own personal use so they could survive the rigors of the Leadville 100 race. What they came up with is a formula that is natural, dissolves easily in water and is easy for the body to digest.

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Review: Serfas True 350


The top dog in this series is the the True 750 for $160 but the sibling, the True 350 can be had for $120. The other advantage besides fitting it in the budget is the run time increases to the coveted 2-hour mode in the highest setting.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina 550


So now comes the the Lumina 700 and the Lumina 550. This expands the Lumina 650 options, as the 550 offers an impressive light at $110. Measured output is at 558 Lumens and run time on high is at 1:30.

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Review: CatEye Volt 300


This year, the new light is the Volt 300 for only $60. And the good news is actual output is 349 Lumens in the sphere.  So not only is it significantly cheaper but it’s much brighter as well.

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Review: Bontrager Ion 700


It is a tiny light that is manufactured to the highest standards. It is a bright light in a tiny package. It’ll fit on your bars, your helmet or in your pocket. At the price of $100, it trumps all of the competition in the 700 Lumen category.

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Bicycle Blue Book Used Bike Buying Behavior Survey


RoadBikeReview partner, Bicycle Blue Book is interested in your feedback, through the following survey. Fill it in for a chance to win your choice of a Giant Propel Advanced 1 road bike or Anthem Advanced 27.5 1 mountain bike.

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Review: Element Case Rogue and Sector Deliver High End iPhone Cases to the Bike Market


The phone is quickly becoming a great tool for cycling. The Element Case Rogue strives to solve all your phone protection and mounting needs.

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Quick Take: Rottua Sandals Creates Unique Sandals From Old Bike Tires


Rottua takes your old tires and tubes and turns them into really cool sandals. Cause what else are we going to do with all those ‘old wheel size’ tires and those pesky tubes?

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Review: Xeccon Geinea I


The Xeccon Geinea is a 650 Lumen light with a tail light included in the system. A remote switch is included to control both front and tail lights.

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Review: Fenix BTR20


The Fenix BTR20 is a nice light with a dual beam pattern coming out of one head. Using special lens optics, they are able to project a wide beam and a focused spot beam at the same time.

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Review: Xeccon Spiker 1210


The Xeccon Spiker is a light with 4 LEDs and a big hard cased battery. The beam is big and bright and it is best used as a bar light to project a wide beam pattern. A spot helmet light would complement this light nicely.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina Micro 220


There’s the Lumina 550 and next in line is the smaller sibling, the Micro 220. It shares the same chassis design but in a small stubby package. It’s a cool light for $70 and it measures at 240 Lumens, so it’s a great commuter light.

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Review: Lezyne Mini Drive XL


This stubby little light from Lezyne is interesting at $75 with 250 Lumens that lasts about an hour. The light has the ‘infinite’ battery design which is field replaceable if the rider carries spare batteries.

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Review: Lezyne Micro Drive Rear


It is a tiny light that is manufactured to the highest standards. It is a bright light in a tiny package. It’ll fit on your bars, your helmet or in your pocket. At the price of $100, it trumps all of the competition in the 700 Lumen category.

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Review: NiteRider Lightning Bug 100 USB


This is a pretty cool commuter light. It’s small, puts out 122 Lumens and it’s only $45. It was difficult to achieve a rechargeable light for under $50 but the folks at Niterider got it sorted out in this 40 gram device.

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