Serfas is paving the way with all-inclusive mini tools with their ST-17I mini tool and CO2 inflator. 17 different functions make this one big tool in a small package. We were provided an ST-17I for review and chose it as our every-day-carry option. All of the tools fit conveniently inside the small design, and thoughtful considerations like a magnet to hold the position of the 10mm open ended wrench further prove that Serfas didn’t just engineer this tool over night; it was designed from needs of cyclists all over the world to be useful and tough.
The ST-17I includes a T30 and T25 Torx Driver along with Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers. Allen keys come in 8mm, 6mm, 5mm, 4mm, and 2 millimeters. The inclusion of a 10mm open wrench allows for a chain tool with two chain retainers, and a 3.23m spoke wrench, a 3.45mm spoke wrench, and a 3.96mm spoke wrench. The CO2 inflator makes for the final tool in this handheld tool kit. A metal body encompasses everything, providing a rigid and rust resistant frame.
The CO2 inflator allows you to save any unused air for later in your ride if needed. Utilizing the CO2 inflator only requires screwing in a threaded CO2 cartridge (not included) until hard to turn and then placing on the Presta valve. Unscrewing the cartridge no more than half a turn starts the pressurizing of the tube. Re-tightening the cartridge stops the airflow and minimizes wasted compressed air.
The Serfas ST-17I is available for $45.00 on the Serfas website. For about the same amount as a week’s worth of slightly-slower-than-fast-food lunches, you could be riding around with the peace of mind that you’ll be equipped to handle whatever life’s road throws at you. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: every cyclist should be as self-sufficient on the open road or trail as they can possibly be, and with the help of Serfas, you’re sure to be just that. It’s a fitting statement, for fitting products.
Recently, while browsing the growing number of cycling apparel companies on the market, I stumbled across a company that appeared have a recipe of one part performance, one part enjoyment, and a dash of humor on top. Podium Cycling, based out of Gainesville, Florida, produces cycling apparel with fresh style that anyone could enjoy. When we made contact with the awesome Floridian-In-Charge, he happily sent us a jersey for our review. But apart from funny designs, or simple illustrations, Podium Cycling still takes their product very seriously. They use Italian fabrics like Miti© and SITIP©, and include standard features like aluminum zippers and silicone-infused waist grippers. All of the products sold by Podium Cycling come with a 10-day and 100% satisfaction guarantee. They warranty against product failure from normal use for 90 days with “no questions asked” and even sponsor the “Gato Pro Cyclocross Team” which allows them to constantly receive feedback to improve quality.
The Serfas ST-15I is a CO2 inflator and 15 function mini tool in one. It has two more features than its smaller sibling, the ST-13I. We were provided a ST-15I to use and review. It is a compact unit containing valuable tools. The most obvious would be the two yellow tire levers located on the outside of the device. The center of the tool contains the integrated CO2 Inflator, in that same awesome copper tone as the ST-13I and ST-17I. On the flip side you’ll find a small container with a flip lid, conveniently storing four patches and sandpaper for those “oh @#$*” moments on your ride. The ST-15I includes a T30 and T25 Torx driver in addition to Allen keys in 8mm, 6mm, 5mm, 4mm, 3mm, 2mm, and 1.5mm sizing. A Phillips screwdriver accompanies a flat head screwdriver, in addition to the aforementioned tire levers, CO2 inflator, tube patches, and sand paper.
This tool, being about twice the size of the ST-13I, is a little easier to hold and maneuver especially with tighter bolts/fasteners. The body itself is composite material and the whole tool in entirety weighs in at just less than four ounces! The individual tools are again, a little stiff initially. We had expected results with the CO2 inflator when used with a generic threaded canister, filling the tire to the same pressure as every other inflator we’ve tested.
Overall, if you’re in the market for a budget tool that covers all the basics, the Serfas ST-15I may be for you. Its rounded edges make it comfortable in a jersey pocket, yet it is still small enough for the smallest of saddle bags. Murphy’s Law is always in effect, especially when riding solo, but thankfully you’ll be equipped to handle the most common issues incurred on a ride as long as you’re carrying the ST-15I. Including the patch kit, sandpaper, and tire levers with the tools and CO2 inflator is a huge bonus for newcomers that may not have invested in many items for the sport. If you’re interested in picking up the Serfas ST-15I for yourself, or checking out Serfas other amazing products, head over to their website at http://www.Serfas.com
September 6 – 2013 Tour of Reidsville Criterium
2013 Tour of Reidsville Criterium
Start/Finish at South Scales & Gilmer Street Reidsville NC
Held Under USA Cycling Rules
Women/Juniors; 5:00PM; 30 Min.; Awards; 3/3/3 Deep
Cat 5 Men; 5:40PM; 30 Min.; Awards; 3 Deep
Masters 35+/50+; 6:20PM; 40 Min.; $300/150; 3/3 Deep
Cat 3 & 4 Men; 7:10PM; 40 Min.; $400/300; 5/5 Deep
Pro, 1,2 Men; 8:00PM; 60 Min.; $800; 7 Deep
For more information visit www.reidsvillebicycles.com .
September 7,8 – BikeMS New Bern
Join Us For Our 25th Annual Ride!
Start/Finish Location: Union Point Park
Registration Fee: $45
Fundraising Minimum: $300
Route Options: 30, 50, 75, 100
Age Minimum: 12 years
The Serfas ST-13I is a CO2 inflator and 13 function mini tool in one. It is the smallest multi tool Serfas offers and is both compact and functional. We were provided a ST-13I to use and review, and fell in love with its small stature and meaningful considerations. It is a tool that all cyclists can carry, regardless of whether your bike has any type of storage or not. It disappears in a jersey pocket, thanks to its light weight, and could even be carried on keys if wanted. The black and silver play nicely against the copper colored inflator mechanism that accepts threaded CO2 canisters.
The ST-13I includes allen keys in 8mm, 6mm, 5mm, 4mm, 3mm, 2mm, and 1.5mm sizes. There is a Phillips and flat-head “standard” screwdriver (which is sharpened enough to double as a can opener) as well as size 25 and 30 Torx drivers. The body is fully metal and rust resistant.
Initially, the individual tools are a bit tight to move, however after use they seem to loosen a bit while still maintaining enough resistance not to swing loosely. There is just enough size to tighten and remove fasteners, and its small size makes it easy in some enclosed spaces. A generic CO2 cartridge, when screwed into the ST-13I, provided the expected air pressure to a flat tire, without any leaks from the threading of the tool.
If you are in the market for a budget tool that is built to last, then look no farther than the Serfas ST-13I. For only $36 MSRP, it offers the basic tools to keep your wheels rolling after a slight mishap on the trail or road. Its inexpensive insurance, that is lightweight and built tough. All riders should be self-sufficient on the open road or backwoods trail, and with the help of Serfas, you’re sure to be just that.
The Serfas ST-13I is a 13 function mini tool with CO2 inflator. It retails for $36 MSRP.
The Serfas ST-15I is a 15 function mini tool with CO2 inflator, patches, and tire levers. It retails for $40 MSRP.
And the Serfas ST-17I is Serfas’ mac-daddy tool containing 17 functions (including spoke wrench and chain cutter with retainers) and CO2 inflator too! It retails $45 MSRP.
We’re definitely going to be having fun playing with these little gadgets. They came at just the right time for us as well. Again, thank you to Serfas for coming through with more review items!
Cycling is a sport driven by the desire to improve oneself. While you may be a member of a “team,” a cyclist is usually their own MVP and weakest-link at the same time. Many times we struggle with cadence or speed or some other attribute like maintaining our heart rate in a certain range. Without the proper equipment to track these variables, it could be argued that we are robbing ourselves of a better, stronger, faster cycling experience. The age of cycling computers came a long while back, and while they track at the very least, speed, it is safe to say that the technology has stagnated itself with the age of the smartphone. But, every once in a while, something occurs and causes a wave. This wave is the Wahoo RFLKT.
August 31st – 2nd Annual Fundraiser to benefit MS
2nd Annual Fundraiser to Benefit MS. Live Music, Food Trucks, and Beer PLUS buy a chance to win a custom Fat Tire Ale bike from Durham Cycles!
September 1 – Specialized Demo Truck at Lake Crabtree, Raleigh
The Test the Best team is coming to a city near you! This rag tag group of bicycle addicts is primed to help you try out the best bikes and equipment Specialized has to offer. When you see the red and white trucks roll into your town, fun will surely follow. Stocked with Road, Mountain and Triathlon bikes of all sizes and models, there is something for everyone to try.
September 2 – The Tour de Moore
The Sandhills Cycling Club is proud to host the 24th Annual Tour de Moore Classic to benefit the Moore County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
While you may not be able to ride the Tour de France, you can enjoy a fully-supported, hilly, challenging and fun ride around beautiful Moore County in the heart of the Sandhills. Riders from all over North Carolina and neighboring States look forward to this annual bike festival.
In 2013, three ride distances will be offered: a 28 mile cruise, a 50 mile ramble, and the Classic TdM Century…100 miles showcasing the best of Moore County cycling!
Check back often for more details!
Everyone has opinions and everyone has preferences. I would expect nothing less of the cycling community with regard to apparel. But while some cyclists prefer race cut over club fit, others still choose to wear a moisture wicking style T-shirt. There are more cycling clothing companies on the market and it can be overwhelming when trying to pick out a new kit. Many of us are guilty of brand loyalty for no other reason than knowing which of their sizing fits us right. There is one name though that all cyclists know and have probably utilized at least once in their cycling life, Louis Garneau.
I started off wearing T-shirts and shorts, and after chaffing and saddle sore broke me I finally invested in a pair of L.G. shorts with built in padding. Those shorts are now 8 years old and still look (fairly) good. No rips, no tears, and still somewhat comfortable (in relation to better chamois technology). I then purchased my first jersey from an online retailer and was less than impressed but still wore it as I felt I was now at the level where anything less, is less. I progressed to a pair of L.G. bib shorts which are about 5 or 6 years old and feature one small tear thanks to my own lack of intelligence. The pleasure that was being robbed from me each and every time my tail hit the saddle left me annoyed I had never truly invested in cycling specific apparel earlier.
Mr Simon Alderman, congratulations on winning the Polar Bottle Giveaway, courtesy of Polar Bottle and Pedal NC! You may pick one of the three bottles shown in the photograph. We will send you an email to the address you provided, however, if you do not receive the email please send us one at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway, and for supporting Pedal NC. We sincerely appreciate each and every one of you, and wish you the best experience as you continue to cycle North Carolina’s beautiful roads and absorb its scenery. If you did not win this contest, fear not! We communicate daily with the cycling industry and are always building relationships with companies so we can provide opportunities to our readers and fans. We’ll be sure to find some more goodies for you!
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