TREND­ING: THINK­ING LIGHT, THINK­ING RIGHT

Action Asia - - BIKE -

Bikepack­ing is hot right now: us­ing minimalist packs hung from the frame and be­hind the seat for light-as-pos­si­ble ex­pe­di­tions where your ride is not de­fined by how much you are tow­ing about. Bik­ers be­ing bik­ers, it has al­ready split into sub-gen­res em­pha­sis­ing dif­fer­ent styles of rid­ing. Ex­pect fur­ther frag­men­ta­tion and in­creas­ingly in­ven­tive ways to stow shel­ter, cloth­ing and sup­plies onto a frame.

The acro­nym MIPS is also in the news. Shown here is the Bell Su­per 3 Joy Ride bike hel­met for women but MIPS is also in use in ski hel­mets and else­where. It stands for Multi-di­rec­tional Im­pact Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem and refers to a sec­ond layer in the hel­met that ro­tates slightly, said to al­le­vi­ate the shock of an im­pact. The de­bate about its ben­e­fits is not set­tled yet though it that has been shown that a hel­met that is round, smooth and slick does help as it’s less likely to snag and then wrench your head. If you are buy­ing a new pro­tec­tor soon, do your home­work for the lat­est word on this es­sen­tial is­sue.

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