Two for Today: Schwalbe & Stan’s
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SCHWALBE ONE CLASSIC-SKIN
There’s nothing quite like a beige sidewall on a bike tire. Its transformative effect is like adding a nice pair of dress shoes to an outfit: It instantly raises the class of any bike, making it look infinitely more put together. The Schwalbe One Classic-Skin version brings that aesthetic to a high-quality tire that can handle the demands of everyday training. The One is a less expensive version of the Pro One that adds extra RaceGuard puncture protection while maintaining high levels of grip and low rolling resistance, making it a perfect choice to be a daily driver. Schwalbe continues to lead the way in the road tubeless market with its TLE Tubeless Easy technology. All it takes to seat these tires is a floor pump—no air compressor needed! Go ahead, give your bike a fresh new look. $62/tire; 25mm or 28mm; schwalbetires.com
This tool may very well save your ride someday. With the DART (that’s Dual Action Repair for Tubeless), Stan’s has completely rethought the tire plug. The DART chemically bonds with tire sealant to securely patch a hole, rather than just wedging it shut. And, unlike the longer, sharper plug designs originally developed for car tires, these ones are made with shorter plastic tips that won’t cause damage to rim tape. With a barbed-tip design, DART plugs stay securely in place. And there’s no need to trim away excess material once a plug is in place. Each DART tool has room for two plugs and can easily be refilled—use both to patch a larger gash or be ready for a particularly unlucky day. Conveniently, the back of the tool also doubles as a valve core tool. The DART may be the best 15 grams you ever add to your flat kit. $25; 15g; notubes.com