Have a nice ride!
I’m James Buckroyd. I ride my bike a lot, most of the time to explore, sometimes for fitness and also for life in general (around town and commuting). I clock up a lot of miles per year and over the years I would say have developed a heightened awareness of this whole two-wheel shenanigans, through the industry, friends and racing bicycles. Of recent times, I find myself escaping rather than competing.
What’s the difference in your reviews?
- I review stuff that I enjoy investigating or using. I’m not paid by sponsors.
- My reviews are truthful and detailed and I often find time to use the products a lot / ride them before making judgement.
If you want to read “marketing” there are plenty of other websites and publications that are run to make a profit. This is not.
What’s behind your product testing?
I am raised with curiosity and educated from a scientific and technical background of product design. Working with woods, plastics, metals, fabrics and engineers for the past 20years has given me insight and knowledge to go to get real answers. There is less marketing hype here and I’m pretty candid so if it’s rubbish- I will say so :-).
Depending on what it is that I am reviewing, I will either test on weekend (longer rides) or use in daily life on commutes and grocery runs etc. Certain things I will test for extended periods of time, like a jersey or a rain jacket. Other things only require shorter duration to get a good read.
Where do you get your routes from?
After living for quite a few years in the Portland, Oregon area, I decided to write up / catalog the best road and gravel rides. These are in the Portland, South Washington and Mt. Hood Areas. My routes I have ridden 10’s of times, so I know the roads well. The routes generally have amazing views or points of interest and encounter the less popular yet premium roads /trails of the areas. Proven routes mean the best roads in a safe manner for an amazing ride.
Who are these routes for?
My rides and routes cater to riders with a mid to higher levels of fitness. All routes can be ridden for recreation, fitness or training purposes, that’s up to you, but ultimately they were selected for recreation and the best possible route. A lot of my routes are large and maybe all day routes, I am to change this and fill in with some 2hr rides. This will come with time.