A destruction test of the much talked about Ottolock Hexband - a new product from Ottodesignworks
I have ridden e bikes, commuter and mountain but I have never serviced them. Brian came in to drop some knowledge. He's the tech rep for Bosch USA e bikes, so knows a thing or two. Drive units (motors) Left: Lower torque motor (50Nm). Right: high torque(75Nm), and below the on bar control units. Exploded... Continue Reading →
The title says it all, but let's keep it in the all good category. Some words of wisdom on gravel riding, route planning and exploring.
A collection of classic Portland cycling routes organized by different areas of the city and mileage. They all start and end close to the city, offering a solid feel to Portland areas ridden by many local road riders. Ideal for a quick spin, winter base miles or fun summer spins. For more epic full day... Continue Reading →
The B-Roll saddle bag has been in the works for a while now, packing good design and rad colors, read more here:
Summer is around the corner, pull out your bike and take a few moments to inspect things that will help you have a hassle free summer riding fun.
One of the tried and true classics of the Portland area - "Bull Run". This route is East of Portland and offers a super 60mile road ride.
You may have heard of this thing called XDr, So what's all the hype? I decided to lay down some practical XDr knowledge.
A Silca innovative spin on an old but ever nagging problem - the huge heavy pump. We all know the feeling, traveling with a bike is a bit of a pain at times, especially if using trains or local transport. Beyond the logistic pains some of the regular tools to get your bike setup are... Continue Reading →
New Otto Design product review - The Hexband has a load of new features but is the new Hexband lock six times better than the Ottolock?
CES in Las Vegas is the biggest US show for consumer electronics. A quick rundown of some bicycle innovations.
It's one of those things that should happen at least once a year, but if you are like me you find many excuses to push it off. The main reasons for a service : Your wheels will last longer before failure or expensive repair.Your wheels will feel smoother and roll faster.You will have more reliable... Continue Reading →
The Castelli Emergency jacket is designed as an on the go, pocket packable protection jacket, I took it on a few trips to find out really how good it is.
Exploring in the winter months is a double edged sword. On one hand the gravel roads and trails are less dusty, less jarring and you don't get baked from heat so there is less emphasis on water management. But, often you are riding in relatively cold temperatures (36-40 degrees) with raises in elevation, causing dropping... Continue Reading →
Just another Y wrench? Geeking out on some bike tools this week. As with many of Silca's products which catch my eye, their latest tool called Ypsilon - a y wrench I could not resist. (In case you were wondering, Ypsilon is from the 16th century and means the 20th letter of the greek alphabet... Continue Reading →
We spend a lot of time choosing our gear carefully and as we know cycling gear is expensive! especially when it comes to all waterproof wear. But do you know how to keep your Rapha softshell going strong? Your Castelli Gabba still stretchy or your favourite Showers Pass shedding through the spring? With a little... Continue Reading →
Blake Overview Chrome Industries have been at the apparel game for a while now with some hits and misses. About 2 months ago I wondered into the PDX store to check out their new trouser called the Blake. I ended up walking away with a pair. The Blake is their latest trouser design. It's smarter... Continue Reading →
Fancy bikes all around this weekend. Chris King put on an exhibition from 18 of the most prestigious bicycle builders in the US. Where you could ogle new creations and talk to the builders. This also coincided with the launch of a couple of new finishes for Chris King - Matte Mango and Matte Turquoise.... Continue Reading →