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Its been a while since weve taken a look at some bike and outdoor products.

If youre new here, these videos are for fun.

Its just me showing you a bunch of stuff and telling you what I think of it.

So with that, lets get started.

A lot of us prefer riding our bikes nakedwell, without a backpack I mean.

Sometimes this means strapping a few items to your bike, and lately this Dakine Hot Laps

Gripper has been my go to.

It can easily hold a tube, valve stems, CO2, an inflator, a multi tool, and even a little

more.

The reason its calledthe gripperis because of this rubber surface on the back

that keeps it from sliding around your frame.

Ive ridden everywhere from North Carolina to Whistler with this thing and I can tell

you it stays put.

This long strap lets you cinch the bag down really tight.

The drawbackor advantage depending on how you look at it, is that the strap also keeps

the bag closed, so to access the stuff inside you need to unstrap it.

Still its quick, secure, tidy looking, and only costs $24.

Theres not much to complain about.

Heres another bag you can strap to your bike frame, the Underdog Down Tube Bag, by

Troutmoose.

Although its called a down tube bag you can actually fit this thing most anywhere

on your frame, and like the Hot Laps Gripper it has this rubbery stuff on the back to help

keep it in place.

It also has a really long strap that lets you cinch it down and make a full pass around

the bag.

But the main selling point of the Underdog Bag is tht its a dry bag.

On a ride with lots of river crossings you could pack camera batteries, your cell phone,

and other items in here, and totally submerge it.

Like the Dakine Hot Laps Gripper, this needs to be unstrapped to access the compartment,

but the Underdog also needs to be unbuckled and unrolled.

Its also more expensive at $45, and for that all youre really getting is water

resistance.

This is going to appeal more to bike packers who really need that functionality, but for

everyone else I think Dakines bag is tidier, and a much better value.

Speaking of niche items, heres a tool that promises to make working on wheels and tires

a little easier, and in some cases, less messy.

The Park WH1.

Im pretty sure WH stands for wheel holder, and thats exactly what this does.

The WH1 mounts to your workbench and includes a fixed thru axle that can be dropped into

different positions to hold your wheel in place.

This really comes in handy, more than you would think.

From setting up a new tire with sealant, to mounting a brake rotor, the WH1 definitely

makes the job about 8% easier, but it has some downsides that will limit its appeal.

First of all its $99.

Thats a lot for a consumer to spend on a wheel holder, but not a lot for a shop that

sees dozens of wheels per day.

Since you need to account for the diameter of a wheel, the WH1 can take up more space

than a vice and a bench grinder combinedthats a lot of real estate for something shops have

existed without for the better part of a century, so Park added the ability to clamp it to the

bench, or stick it in a vice.

I must say, its a clever tool.

One that I could personally survuve without, but may save a lot of time in high volume

shops.

Heres another product designed for bike shops, the Grand Stand bike display stand.

I already showed you how to make a bike stand out of scrap 2x4s, for basically free,

so this is not a problem that warrants a big investment, unless youre concerned with

aesthetics.

The grand stand is very nice looking, and also very heavy.

It has grips for the floor, and fits everything from road bike wheels to mountain bike plus

tires.

Because the Grand Stand is made for displays, each unit comes with an arm that can link

multiple units together, making for some interesting arrangements.

The arms also provide a bit of stability.

Ill be using four of these as guest spots next to my work bench, and in the coming months

theyll be getting a lot of use.

With that being said these were sent to me for review.

If I had to spend money on an arrangement like this Id definitely build something

out of wood instead, but thats kind of the look Im going for in here.

At $65 bucks, these cost just a little more than competing products and are a lot more

polished.

Mostly bike shops are going to buy these, but if youre into displaying your bikes

they might be worth a look.

This next product is from Circle Square Diamond.

Its a decorative trail map you can buy for one of many trail systems, mainly lift

access bike parks and ski resorts.

Im including these here because I bought a whole bunch of them for my shop build, and

since then the company has been adding a lot more pedal trail systems.

To be clear, these are sold as prints, not with the frames.

Before I placed my initial order all the way back in June, I saw that they had a map for

DuPont State forest, but not Pisgah National Forest, which is a larger trail system only

minutes away.

I emailed them, and they added it.

They had no idea I had a large YouTube channel, but after purchasing those prints and featuring

them on my build video, they must have found out because they sent me this.

Its an impressively accurate map of Berm Creek, printed on canvas.

For those of you who dont know, this is the trail system at my old house.

So theres not much else to say about these prints, other than the fact that they look

really good, and theyre made by a cool company.

Heres a product for cleaning yourself and your bike off.

Its called the Crud cloth.

Its a wash cloth thats pre-moistened with soapy water, infused with hippie oil.

Thats shorthand for all this stuff.

The directions say to wipe yourself off with it, and then use the soiled cloth to wash

off your bike.

The only disposable part of the Crud Cloth is the plastic its wrapped in, the rest

can be washed and reused.

But once youve done that, its a regular wash cloth.

This begs the question; why not keep some regular wash cloths around?

Even with all the hippie oil this thing has in it, youre still gonna jump in the shower

when you get home.

So I think the Crud cloth is good to leave in your glovebox and forget about.

Someday, youll need a damp cloth in the worst way, and this thing will save your life.

But for after a bike ride, I can think of cheaper more sustainable ways to wash yourself

off.

Next up, is a product from our friends at Helmetor, the makers of these little helmet

hooks.

Their new product is called the hub, which is a hook for all of your gear.

You mount it to your wall with the included hardware, and then you can hang your gloves,

helmet, shoes, and whatever else you want all in one place.

You cant even pretend like thats not clever.

Now lets be honest, this stuff is kind of goofy and isnt going to be everyones

cup of tea, but its well thought out, solid, and does what its supposed to.

So if you want a giant Helmetor logo on your wall with a spot for all your gear, you know

where to get it.

In another product review video I featured this gem, which has since saved my life several

times.

The company, potty packs, makes a host of products you should hope to never need.

For instance, they sent me the Tick Kit, which is an emergency tick removal kit.

Luckily I dont have a real tick embedded in me to demonstrate with, but I worked something

out just for this video.

Inside the tick kit are a pair of tweezers to remove said tick, a tick storage bag so

you can submit it for testing, and some first aid supplies.

The kit also comes with insect repellent, I assume to prevent more ticks.

Ticks can be a serious matter, especially if they actually embed themselves in your

skin, but Im not totally sold on this kit.

If youre actually prepared enough to carry a tick kit, you would probably have a first

aid kit.

Which brings us to the next product from the same company, the first aid kit.

While the name isnt so creative, theFirst aid kitis actually a good idea.

As is the case with things you hope to never need, nobody wants to carry a first aid kit,

but this one is small enough to be completely negligible.

When riding naked like I prefer to do, even a mini first aid kit like this one would require

that I wear a backpack.

So I generally dont carry one.

This can be stored anywhere, including those two on-bike packs featured earlier in this

video.

The kit is missing some important items like butterfly closures, but it does have bandages,

gauze, antiseptic wipes, and aspirin.

Its certainly better than nothing, and it might just be the only first aid kit youll

actually take with you.

So, weve been cutting some trail up here on Berm Peak, and Ive been using some new

tools.

Lets take a look at some of them and see how theyve been holding up.

First up, are these Fiskars loppers, which are designed to cut branches two inches or

smaller.

Im not going to lie, it was a 2”+ branch that caused these to bind up and damage the

cutter, but these bad boys are still going strong.

Even with a damaged blade, it takes very little effort to muscle these things through limbs,

and I cant deny that they were worth $40.

Like most loppers, these are a little awkward to use on smaller stuff since you still need

to open the handles so wide, but thats even more apparent on these since they have

this gear that gives you more leverage.

Since buying these a couple months back theyve been left outside and put through a lot more

abuse than a typical homeowner would subject them to, so itll be interesting to see

if they survive another season.

Next up, these machetes.

I have two, because sometimes I have friends over.

Everyone wants to use this one, which I call the cricket because its made by CRKT.

Its clearly the better of the two in pretty much every way.

It cuts better, holds an edge for longer, and has a more ergonomic handle.

But its also almost twice the cost at $50.

For that, youre obviously getting pretty good steel, and a great factory edge that

is still going strong.

It also comes with a sheath which I prefer not to use.

If I were to get an additional machete, itd be this one, but that doesnt mean I dont

like the other.

This $30 machete is made by Cold Steel, which may ring a bell.

They have this YouTube channel where they demonstrate products like thesebarbarically.

I doubt theyre using the factory edge to cut this rope or any of this other stuff,

as it comes pretty blunt.

But with a little sharpening this thing is no joke.

It has a lot of weight to it which adds to its destructive power, and the flat end kind

of doubles as a rake.

When friends come over, this is usually the machete I reach for, and its for a pretty

shallow reason: It looks cool.

The blunt end is just looks super brutal.

It takes a couple more swings to get the job done, but I like it anyway.

So thats it.

I hope you enjoyed watching me demonstrate this stuff, and as we build more on Berm Peak

we can hopefully include some more of these trail tools in future videos.

Of course, that also means more bike stuff.

As always, thanks for riding with me today, and Ill see you next time.

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