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Jaybird Freedom, Blade Buddy, Ass Saver

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 8:10am by Andy Shen

Here’s three little items that might be of interest to you:

Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Earbuds

The Jaybird Freedom are sports specific earbuds that are so sweet you’ll use them all the time. They come with three sizes of ear hooks that do a remarkably good job of keeping the earbuds in place. Between the cushions and their light weight, the Jaybird stays put while you jog, mosh, do Angus Young impressions... There are start/stop, volume up/down, and next/previous track controls on the right earpiece so that you won’t have to reach for your iPod or phone.

They’re well built and sealed, warrantied for life against sweat damage. I put in one Grabsch-worthy trainer ride with them, and they were none the worse for wear. 

Sound quality is on par with Apple’s in-ear headphones (not the crappy free ones), though they don’t shield ambient noise as well. I never listen to music while riding, but I tried them briefly (BRIEFLY!) on a ride and was relieved I could still hear cars approaching. On the trainer, however, I wished for better isolation.

The only negative on these earbuds is the mic. Audio from the mic was slightly muddled under good conditions. Add ambient noise and calls became incomprehensible. Still, it's a small price to pay to be done with tangled cords.

Blade Buddy


As a bald cyclist, I blow through razor cartridges at an alarming rate. I can dull a cartridge in three shaves or less, to the point where I get unbearable nicks and razor burn. With the exorbitant price of replacement blades, things get expensive quick. When I heard about the $20 Blade Buddy, I really hoped it was not another ‘As Seen on TV’ sham(wow).

The Blade Buddy is a silicone pad – you run the blade over it 20 times before each shave. It’s probably more like a knife steel than a sharpening stone in that it aligns the blade rather than sharpens it. In any case it works wonders. I started using it with a dull cartridge, and have been on the same cartridge since. That’s over 20 shaves from a cartridge that I was about to throw out, with no end in sight. The blade’s not as buttery as a brand new cartridge, but there’s no razor burn either.

Ass Saver

The Ass Saver is a sweet little plastic fender that clips onto saddle rails. When conditions are dry you can fold it up and tuck it under the saddle. You can check out how it works in the video on their homepage. It’s not quite long enough to keep your back dry, but it’s certainly long enough to merit its cheeky (pun alert!) moniker. For $8, you can’t go wrong. Plus, it’s just clever as hell. 

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There you go again
By: Seppe Fork
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:30pm

There you go again

I think it's seen the Reagan
By: Andy Shen
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 8:18pm

I think it's seen the Reagan administration.

that razor handle looks like
By: Gil Lette
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 7:00pm

that razor handle looks like it's seen the inside of, well, nevermind.

I'm too comfortable in my
By: Andy Shen
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 5:25pm

I'm too comfortable in my Slanket to come over and fix your dog problem.

Told you that razor is old. There's no 'lotion strip buddy' on the market yet.

Tetanus or Worse
By: Rusty Needles
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 5:20pm

What's with that antique Mach 3 razor that looks like you pulled it out of the trash? What about that little sliding paper strip thing? What happens when that wears down or starts to come lose - I always find that irritating...

Bark Off
By: Pooch
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 5:15pm

Hey, what about Bark Off? There's a dog in my bldg that won't stop barking...does it work?

I'll be halfway to Mexico
By: Andy Shen
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 5:12pm

I'll be halfway to Mexico with my Blade Buddy kickback money.

blade buddy
By: joshs
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 5:08pm

from the site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_7YPav8UQGo

looks interesting, i bought one. if it doesn't work as advertised, i am comin for you andy. i know where you live...

Bald is...
By: Sleuth
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 5:06pm

more aero and lighter - let's see some of that wind tunnel and power to weight data.

Bald
By: BALDY1
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 4:58pm

When did "non-bald" guys became normal in the NYC peloton. 80% of the guys are bald!

Well, for cutlery, a steel
By: Andy Shen
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 3:57pm

Well, for cutlery, a steel straightens out the edge after it gets bent and deformed in use. A sharpening stone actually removes some metal and makes a new sharp edge. I'm guessing that's what the BB does, it repairs the edge rather than makes a new one.

one clarification
By: sparky McSprocket
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 3:51pm

Andy,

One clarification, what do you mean it doesn't sharpen the blades it only aligns them? How does that keep the razor working? The baldes get misaligned and that's why they gice crappy shaves after about 5 shaves (for a noraml, non-bald person)

Jaybird $100.
By: Andy Shen
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 3:10pm

Jaybird $100.

Jaybirf price
By: ETwentdowntoo
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 2:51pm

What's the price? Thanks for the fun reviews

when ever
By: Julien Clearcoat
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 2:33pm

you get on a bike it is a turkey race.

I'm bored
By: Real Man
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 2:05pm

When is the turkey race . . . .

Just read the Stans No Tube
By: Bent Spoke
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 1:19pm

Just read the Stans No Tube review. Andy usually wants to like the stuff, but he's straight if it doesn't do the trick.

Never critical. Send me
By: Andy Shen
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:37am

Never critical. Send me whatever you're selling.

reviews or ads
By: Itxroo
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:34am

So if a company sends you a free sample, do you always give the product a positive review? Any critical reviews recently?

thanks
By: Mehdi Lube
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:10am

i really like the ass saver. i can be soaked through but hate the feeling of a continuously sprayed wet ass

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