Pretty psyched for a change of season I ordered up some new gear. I needed some new colder weather stuff and wanted to try something different from Ornot, a smaller San Fransisco company that has been around four years now. Their brand stuck in my mind from the play on words in Ornot’s clever campaign…
Light and Motion is a California based company that has been manufacturing lights for 28 yrs. Founded in 1989 by a pair of Stanford graduates who started the company from a passion of SCUBA diving and underwater photography, the products are designed, assembled and tested in Monterey and what they cannot make themselves they outsource…
Last week I headed to Interbike Vegas 2017, where cycling industry veterans gathered to show off the latest trends and technology in cycling. The first two days of Interbike was Outdoor Demo, where cycling industry pro’s get to view and ride new bicycles, followed by three days of tradeshow. With three exhibition halls full of…
For those still on mechanical groups we all know how the cable condition really matters for smooth shifts. Well, have you considered the state of the cable guide at the bottom bracket? Often an overlooked area, this cable guide has a large amount of surface area and can hold dirt and sticky bidon leftovers from…
A single day multi surface loop around the Klickitat Washington area. Changing terrain in multiple landscapes lead to gorge views and winding river roads make for a superb yet difficult route with a mellow finish back to the start.
The Hondo is one of Chrome Industries latest backpacks focusing on style and urban commuter utility to provide high value. This review focuses on the lightweight edition – The Welterweight.
A rag tag crew of cyclists for 133miles and 15,000ft of climbing on some of the most beautiful and challenging roads around Mt.Hood Oregon. RaphaRising 2017
Almost an institutional ride now, this being my 4th time. This ride has mind blowing landscape and killer mountain views of Mt. St Helens, Washington. With the added bonus that its 100% traffic free delight (right now).
Anthm channel their knowledge of materials and product development to create a cycling jersey (and brand) that is made in the USA, specifically Portland, where he has control over the details, he can ride his bike for 5miles to visit his seamstress to talk face to face and work on his 2nd sample, adding the care and attention where needed to get it just right.
Well as you probably know things wear away the more you use them, and also riding in dirt and wet can accelerate the wear process. The wear is what causes your wheels to not turn smoothly (or at all, if its really bad)
Rolling smooth? It’s only when things are not smooth that we seem to notice as it affects the quality of your ride. Most of this smoothness comes from the mechanics of bearings which allow things to rotate in a controlled and fluid manner. Wheel bearings are some of the many bearings found on a bicycle,…
The change to summer season leaves you scrambling around through discarded gloves from last year. Protect your mitts with this summer glove round up from the big brands.
Puncture Repair 101 If you ride enough, at some point you have to deal with these, otherwise, you get left stranded in the middle of nowhere and we don’t want that!
Quick errands? popping in and out of shops to drop things off or grab a quickie. Bike rides with your mates that inevitably end up at the burrito place or coffee shop? Yeah we all do this and we all know the feeling of leaving your bike unattended for a few minutes, read on for the solution
If you get into the details of this magic stuff, it’s really quite amazing. And do you know how to use it to get the best out of it? We are having an in-depth look at the chemistry, types available and how to use the stuff.
The Dalles mountain 60 route is a staple in cyclists books. Amazing views and a mixture of road and gravel. This year we decided to ride it the day after the March 11th organised / unorganised ride due to conflicts and the chance of a lot better weather the next day.
Caps are a little bit like water bottles to me. I have had quite a few in my time, quite a few different styles and from quite a few different manufacturers. The thing with caps, like water bottles, is that you have to replace him them somewhat frequently. Either they wear out or they end…
I’m always on the lookout for gear that has innovate ways to solve cycling problems. For me gloves are always an issue. In wetter, cooler climates there is a large need to address many performance characteristics at once.
It’s that time. Too chilly or dicey to get caught in 35 degree rain on a 60 or 80mile jaunt. You want to get a workout but also soak up great scenery away from your regular your road bike route
The sweetest mixture. Road, Gravel. Climb. Pick. Drop. Descend. Rip. Berm.Tuck and Speed. All in a 42mile loop with amazing views of Jefferson and Mt Hood
IKEA bikes are here! , there has been a lot of rumours about them for quite some time, some from advocates and some from grumpy elitist haters!
As we know wool is a wonderful material when it comes to heat and moisture management, making it ideal for certain circumstances. Here is a great review on the Ibex wool bob shorts by a twisted spoke.
Since a solid cold spell hit Portland, I will be putting the MW7’s through their paces. First Look seems good, they are fully featured with Goretex uppers, abrasion-resistant toe caps, adjustable neoprene ankle cuff and grippy rugged sole.
Christmas is a time for family, giving unto others, eating lots of comforting foods, chilly days spent by the fire and, in my household, the Rapha Festive 500. As if Christmas and the New Year holidays aren’t stressful enough with family and friends, making sure all of the last minute shopping is complete and coordinating…
Epic, amazing or telling the world a “hard man” cycling story is not my take on Festive 500, for me it’s about perseverance and conquering while finding the reward in both mental and cycling fitness.
Due to the extremity of conditions riding in winter forces you to learn tips and tricks fast. A quick guide to some inside winter tips.
Gifts should be a little luxurious and this may mean giving a gift that someone would not normally buy themselves. The luxury thinking might come in the function or the form of that item. As far as gear is concerned, cycling is a combination of function and performance, so why give a crappy gift that…
A confidence-inspiring safety first commuter jacket, no detail left unturned and if you do a lot of dusk or night time commuting could save your bacon due to the outstanding reflective material.
Having ridden around the beautiful area of Mosier and the Dalles, this somewhat familiar stomping ground never fails to amaze me. And this G Con 1 route exemplifies the beauty and adventure held in this area.
I recently saw this letter and decided to share, do what you must:- Steve Kruse is the GM of Timberline. As cycling advocates you will be interested to read on: