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Chrome x PEDALLAS = Yalta!

Chrome’s new backpack, the Yalta (which we shared with you a few posts back), has made it into our hands! We’ve given it a full week of use and abuse and we can say we love the damn thing!

First Impression: This bag is nothing shy of what Chrome always delivers in it’s premium goods. It’s simple, straightforward and sleek. The branding Chrome has employed is superb, there’s great attention to detail.

As with any rolltop, the simple yet ingenious design allows you limitless capacity, carrying whatever you please. Additionally, there is an awesome side compartment that allows for more containment, equipped with a laptop sleeve –suitable for my Mackbook 15″ with room to spare. The outer zipper compartment is also a haus, carrying tons of your smaller items. In that compartment, I kept two of my camera battery chargers, a pocket video recorder, my point and shoot, a mini tripod, an iPhone charger and my cycling gloves, with no bulk to show for. Over all dimensions of the Yalta read : 14″ x 21″ high x 6″ deep and a volume of 29L. A lightweight bag that packs a punch.

A heavy load never felt so good (that’s what she said). Whether you load this thing up with bulk and beyond or attire for an overnight stay, the backpack molds to your body with comfort at all times. The compression molded EVA back panel gives the perfect amount of cushion, while allowing your back to breathe. Initially, I wasn’t fond of the shoulder straps, as I prefer thick, heavily padded straps akin to the Northface backpacks. Although skeptic, the straps actually prevailed and feel really good while riding. The straps are meshed and provide great breathability while embracing you and keeping the load close to the core. For even more stability, a chest strap is available and at your service–the double pull system is a plus.

All of the riders in the video have independently given this bag positive feedback, most commonly how comfortable it feels when riding. At the end of the day, this bag is a keeper. It’s just right in size, yet holds everything you need for the daily grind. Lightweight and weatherproof with its’ 1,000 denier tarpaulin shell. I give this bag an A+.

If you’re looking to spoil yourself, or give the perfect gift to your favorite cyclist, the Yalta would be just the thing. Chrome’s giving away free 2nd day shipping on orders over $50 if ordered by the 20th. Yes! That’s TOMORROW…or TODAY!!!! (depending when you’re reading this). If you’re from Texas or shipping to Texas, it looks like Chrome has opened up shop with free ground shipping for ya. Happy Holidays!

Special thanks to all the riders: Raul, Richard, Miguel, Arnold, Viktor, Mario and Graham. Most especially Corinne!

Sunday, December 19th, 2010 Gear, Video 9 Comments

More Police Proposed for Katy Trail

Friday, December 17th, 2010 Misc. 3 Comments

SXSFixed 2010

Awesome vid by Lacy Mahone taking us through the journey known as SXSFixed. Kicking ass and taking names, these guys tore it up all the way from Dallas to Austin.

Thanks to Viktor for the heads up on the upload!

Thursday, December 16th, 2010 Misc. 3 Comments

A BFR Public Announcement

Attention Richardson city dwellers, Richard with Bicycle Friendly Richardson has the following announcement:


The City of Richardson
Parks & Recreation Department


Tuesday, December 14, 2010
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Richardson Civic Center / City Hall
Richardson Room
411 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson, TX 75080

The meeting will provide public input for the design and construction of the south Central Trail project. DART right-of-way from Arapaho Road to Buckingham Road.

Monday, December 13th, 2010 Events, News 2 Comments

Stealing Bikes is for Tricks

Per Bicycle Friendly Oak Cliff, our recent buds at Oak Cliff Bicycle Co. stumped these two ass clowns from cashing out their “grandfather’s” bicycle.

Get the full story here...this is a good read, so pass it on. Support your LBS!

Sunday, December 12th, 2010 News No Comments

Local Vid!

“When We Ride”, a nice mash up from our good buddy Kato! Shout out to Geoff, looking super sexy at 1:56.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 Video 3 Comments
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