A deep in use / "live with" comparison between SRAM AXS and Shimano Di2. I switched back to Shimano
Rebuilding your Shimano mtb / gravel pedals
Deep article on rebuilding and servicing Shimano MTB / SPD Pedals
Ornot MagicShell jacket with Polartec Neoshell
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 →
Converting or Upgrading your Chris Kings. Switching Drivetrains.
I have long been a fan of Chris King hubs, mainly for their engineering prowess and quality but also because of the efforts they take in sustainability and factories avoiding pollution. One of the benefits (like many hub manufacturers) is the ability to upgrade and swap parts as bicycle industry standards change or if you... Continue Reading →
Shimano S-Phyre RC9 Cycling Shoe
The Shimano RC9 (903) is Shimano's highest end performance road shoe. It features the latest materials, stiffest sole and up to date BOA system aiming to offer comfort without the expense of performance
Review – Shimano Shoes – Road and Mountain
Cycling shoes are generally pretty expensive, right! But the correct shoes can make or break comfort and performance, it's difficult to just put up with a pair of the wrong shoes on a 4hr ride. Coming soon, I'm going to review some MTB and Road shoes, which I personally think position themselves niceley. The first... Continue Reading →
Mission Workshop Introduces Full Line of made in USA Bike bags
Known for high quality, made in USA products and the spin off to Chrome Bags; Mission Workshop launched an awesome range for bike bags for gravel and bike packing use. Made from super materials and nice design features these are ones not to overlook. Cool colours and of course black 🙂 I haven't tested these... Continue Reading →
Off Season, the perfect time for servicing MTB Shocks and Suspension
The off season is a great time to be thinking about servicing your MTB suspension. It not only makes the bike perform better, it also prolongs the life protecting from regular use and wear and tear. Why? MTB's with suspension need quite a bit of care. If you have suspension then the likelihood is over... Continue Reading →
Showerspass Rain Wear – Ecolyte Elite Jacket
Snappy colours, well known brand and an eco story. What could go wrong? Showerspass are a local company to me, I know they sell a ton of product and their range has grown year after year. Focused in the waterproof world they have always had high performing and durable garments which tend to be less... Continue Reading →
Waterproof Beanie! FTW
When you get something that you didn't know existed and it changes a whole series of things.Is there a word for that? #scoreaunicornproduct The Crosspoint Beanie is one of those game changers.$40 buys you a waterproof beanie which is warm and you can wear in the rain to shield your noggin. It looks identical to... Continue Reading →
The What’s Up (fortnightly) November w2 Edition
The fortnightly What's Up has me thinking materials sustainability and performance
Booties, Waterproof Socks or Winter shoes? which do you choose?
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.
Chris King Open House 22 / Portland Bike builder Show
A snippet from the Chris King open House / Bike show - October 2022
PNW Pebble Bike Tool
Hyper small feature packed tool for the minimalist or lightweight nerd in us.
Route : Bybee Kelly Point North Portland
The simple NE / N Portland flat route, escapes the city without burning you out. Perfect 23mile rip.
Disc Brakes 101
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 →
Route: MTB Mount St Helens
A mind blowing ride around the East side of Mount St. Helens. (Active volcano in southern parts of WA) Warning, awesome images inside 🙂
Ecolyte Elite – Doing right by our planet and people
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 →
Product Review: Apex – Marino Wool Tech Tee
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 →
Hacks! – Backpack Bike Hack
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?
Route: The Best of The Dalles 65
Out here you can get lost in yourself, quiet roads, crunch gravel and expansive views. This route in the Dalles Oregon delivers on all.