Dispatches from The Daily Rider

New Abus helmets,Continental tires, Knog lights

We recently had a chance to see what’s in store for 2019 from a few of our favorite brands. Our distributor took over a pink house on Capitol Hill and invited bike stores from around the region to see what’s new. This sneak peek got us excited for the season to come. Here’s some highlights we can share.

U-Lock 770A SmartX™
This Bluetooth enabled Smart Lock will sound an alarm when it senses certain movements. It makes your phone your key. Also helpful when trying to find where you locked up!

The 770A lock from Abus is a high security keyless solution. Get close enough to the bike and your phone’s bluetooth connection disarms the lock allowing you to pull it apart and ride away without fumbling for keys. A motion sensitive alarm detects tampering and sounds an alert. If it senses continued tampering, a 100 decibel alarm goes off. It is not pleasant to be around and attracts attention. 

Knog curved light
Previous lights from Knog were called “Blinders” but this one really lives up to the name.

Apologies for the quality of the photograph, but this one was really hard to shoot. The new Knog curved lights are brighter than a noonday sun and visible from space. We tested the first claim. 

The curvature of these lights mean you’re visible from all sides. So those drivers you encounter weaving in and out of the bike lanes around H Street while updating their Facebook posts will be alerted to your presence.

These come in both front and rear versions. Look for these in early 2019. 

Abus Viantor helmet in Orange
Abus Viantor Helmet. Lightweight protection for just about $100

We’ve been really impressed in the fit and finish on Abus’ line of helmets the past two years. This year is no exception, with new arrival the Viantor and additions the Pedelec line. 

The Viantor is entry-level in price only. The ventilation and weight combined with its fit make it feel like a helmet at twice the price. We’re going to enjoy seeing how you like this new entry to the Abus line. 

Continental Speed Ride tire
Is this the perfect combination of grip and smooth? Quite possibly. 

No one likes a flat tire. And riders who put in the miles swear by the Continental Gatorskin. We recommend these to anyone that commutes in DC and rides a road bike or hybrid. For riders of a more cross-inspired or gravel bike, the Continental Speed Ride is a good option for grip plus value. Also available is the Speed King, which is a faster rolling mountain tire. This is a good choice for someone who rides in the city most of the time but wants the ability to see some hardpack or gravel once in a while.

Continental Speed King Tires

We’re excited to show off some other things from our friends at Continental, Abus, and Knog as they arrive in 2019. Have a product you don’t see here or in the shop? We’re always able to bring in special requests any time.

Happy Riding!

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