My good friend and owner of Miles Wide Industries sent me his latest products for me to check out today and I have to say I'm very excited to use them and show them off.
First up is the Fork Cork, now this is rather special to me as it was my idea originally but I didn't have the ability to make it a reality, my thoughts was that I hated the fact that most cycle forks have a dirty great hole in the bottom of them, and what happens when we go riding in the shitty weather... it collects mud, so I suggested making a new version of the original Crud Bung that appeared back in the early 90s, but one that would work with modern forks with tappered steerers, so I asked Miles what he thought, well that was probably about 2 years ago, and every now and again he would fill me in on how he was getting on. To be honest I thought it would never happen, it very quickly became apparent that a bit of plastic shoved up the steerer wasn't going to work on the vast array of new gen forks, unlike the straight steerers of the 90s the tappered ones we use just spat the bung back out, a re thought was in order.
Now this is one of the things that amazes me about people like Miles, they can think in a way that I simply can't, Miles was not content with just a simple bung, he had grander ideas, and after many designs and several 3D printed prototypes he has nailed it, using Bike wheels legends Industry Nine to produce the Fork Cork, we have a truly clever USA made product that with a simple twist of the gold dial it tightens up in the base of the fork, not only stopping mud from collecting up there but allowing you to store whatever you can stuff up there, my next few weeks are going to be taken up with me seeing just how much I can get in there.
The second product he sent me was a revised pair of Sticky Fingers, the new ones have dropped the Sticky Fingers text and little dots and gone with a caped end design plus added some little groves to allow your fingers a better purchase on the levers, now my levers are Shimano XTR and very short so I did have to cut them down but they slipped on snugly after a little help on with a spray of disc cleaner.
As myself and a couple of riding buddies are going to Moab in a couple of months I will be able to test out the features of better more comfortable braking and protecting the other bikes my brake levers will be jammed against in a fun 10 days traveling in a RV