A cold cold gravel ride a few months ago and it got my brain thinking about what I could have done different, how I could have improved things, felt better and gone longer. Suffering is fine and we all do it in some way or another at times in our sport of cycling, but my... Continue Reading →
This is a good one, maybe even a great one in fall. This route has a lot of great views of the Columbia gorge, Plateau views of Mosier and high mountain views over the valleys of The Dalles. The roads are well paved and wide gravel roads making for an uplifting vibe for a short... Continue Reading →
What it is: All purpose jacket made by Ornot with Polartec material. It's about $200 and comes in many sizes. With a slim designed fit, it wears like a tight fit jacket / jersey, it's very stretchy, and has long arms and an on the bike cut. What it is not, a ultra waterproof "shell",... Continue Reading →
As we get back into rainy and winter months we get harshly reminded of our footwear choices. It's worth a recap for the mind or for those new to commuting / riding in inclement weather.
The simple NE / N Portland flat route, escapes the city without burning you out. Perfect 23mile rip.
Disc brakes are very common nowadays, as an avid cyclist or want to be mechanic you should know about working on them, adjusting and replacing pads. How often do you need to change them? A common mis conception is that disc pads last an incredible mount of time. They don't. I change my pad's twice... Continue Reading →
A mind blowing ride around the East side of Mount St. Helens. (Active volcano in southern parts of WA) Warning, awesome images inside 🙂
If you attended outdoor manufacturer shows this year you probably noticed that "eco materials" have reached saturation amongst manufacturers. And that's a good thing! , many company's are heavily vested into introducing or starting to use more "eco" in their future products. I use the term "eco" to mean "environmentally conscious" or "sustainably minded". For... Continue Reading →
The Apex Tech Tee is designed to be worn as a single layer, perfect for summer. I have always been a fan of wool as three season base layers so you could use this either way. The moisture wicking, anti smell and eco properties make wool great for garments. Using this as a base layer... Continue Reading →
Fast, Light and spacious, is it even possible? In todays market I say its not readily possible so if you are like me and love a good hack, read on. Are you looking for a small cycling specific design to use in the summer on some longer miles but not be burdened by ultra sweaty back or a distracting wobble?
Out here you can get lost in yourself, quiet roads, crunch gravel and expansive views. This route in the Dalles Oregon delivers on all.
In the cold months you cannot avoid a good cap as they make riding so much more pleasurable. They can keep you head dry, keep the heat in and a well designed one can keep your ears warm. I'm generally a fan of cotton caps under helmets to a point, in the colder and rainy... Continue Reading →
Small and light is an understatement - the product's name of 39g doesn't lie. Most of us don't actually know what 39 grams feels like. If you have felt any other Bluetooth speaker, well, the lack of 39g's weight speaks for itself. For comparison a JBL blue tooth speaker weighs 550 grams, and the Boombotix... Continue Reading →
Pinceton are a newer contender to the wheel market. Facing off with some heavyweights like Zipp, Enve and a whole load of Chinese open mould knock offs. I'm fortunate to be able to compare this new set of Princeton Carbonworks wheels to some long term other carbons I have been riding. If you haven't heard... Continue Reading →
Having commuted by bicycle for a log time, I am familiar with needing something to break up the monotony. Over several years, some of my commutes have been short and flat, and some long and rather hilly. The longer commutes I always ended up finding a need to break up the routine. I turned to... Continue Reading →
Microspline, HG, XD and XDR what fits? What fits? -sometimes the most challenging question on the technical side of bikes today. With every major brand offering several generations of gears and hubs it can get confusing quickly. The easiest way to narrow this down is by Manufacturer / Brand and what each brand does then... Continue Reading →