Happy New Year! News On Review Updates

Happy New Year! News On Post Updates- by Guitar Ted

Winter and doing good bicycle related reviews in the Mid-West generally don’t mix, well……unless you are reviewing fat bike stuff. Then it is the perfect time for getting out there. So, I thought I would give you all an update on which reviews are on hold until the return of better riding weather. I also will try to give you an idea of where I am at with each review as well.

BONT

The Bont shoes are not particularly suited for cooler weather!

The Bont Vaypor G: These shoes have proven to be a light weight, very stiff, and well fitting pair of cycling sneakers. The Vaypor G shoes are well ventilated and really are meant for warmer weather riding. I had tried to ride with shoe covers, but that takes away any adjustability on the fly which I feel is one of the better characteristics of this shoe. That and I was hoping to squeeze in a century ride with these shoes before the cold set in. So, this review will conclude in Spring.

I have already compared these to a couple of other shoes and that I have and I will include that in the final review. The last update on these can be seen here.

Vittoria

The Terreno Mix and its unique tread design. It looks like nothing else on the market and it rides like no other tire does as well.

Vittoria Terreno Dry And Mix 40mm Tires: These tires from Vittoria are two of a set of three models meant to cover all conditions in mixed terrain riding. The “Dry” and Mix” are the two we have on test. The Dry is the most conventional of the two with a design not unlike some of the other tires tested here. The Mix is a very unique tire with characteristics that are somewhat surprising.

The Dry review and the Mix review have been suspended until warmer weather so I can further evaluate them to be able to finalize this review. Read about these Graphene infused tires so far: Dry review. Mix Review.

The Riding Gravel Pedal Round-Up: Since Grannygear is handling this from sunny Southern California, we are expecting the Round-Up to be completed before Spring. So far we’ve heard about Time pedals, Ritchey pedals, and in the Introduction, we read about what Grannygear thinks about Shimano SPD pedals. That said, there is still one more round to go and that pedal is in hand, so we should see the conclusion soon.

Sealant Review: I also have a special Quick Review coming up with a sealant we’ve used here before with a new additive that I think some of you will find interesting. The additive is dubbed “Vitamina-CL” and is on the order of Stan’s Race day in terms of its performance. The stuff increases the size of puncture it will seal and the ratio of the product is user definable since it is an additive and not already mixed in a sealant. While I already have a bit of feedback on the product, I think I can give a better review on it by waiting until I can get some more miles with it and do some more experimentation with it. Stay tuned…..

So, that’s what’s up now while we settle in to a great big helping of sub-zero weather here at Riding Gravel’s headquarters. Keep checking back and we will try to have some fresh content here until the Winter gives over and we can get back out there again on the gravel roads.

Happy New Year from all of us here at Riding Gravel!

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