Browse Month by January 2013
Alley Cat Racing, Bicycle, Mt. Bike

This weekend in Seattle!

Matt Messenger and his now infamous 3 race series starts on MLK day, then on 2/2/13 & 2/24/13. Run down is same as always. The TT starts at noon with warm up before that. He’s going to have help from his Seattle bike polo buddies that will be in attendance to make things go fast and smooth. Chili will be served as well as brauts and Beer after the race, so bring one of your old water bottles for a container and be conscious. They are going to have a honey bucket (read: shitter) as well, due to the parks having winterized the restrooms. $15 bucks for all of the above. Course will be just under 6 miles. Registration starts at 10. Details about the series at the 1st race will be explained. You can also just race one and not all three. Please spread the word to friends for a fun time at one our awesome local cross country trails we are privileged to have. Yes it is rain of shine. Maybe snow!!

You can ride any bike, but from what I hear, a Mountain bike is the preferred bicycle on these trails.


Bicycle, Gear

Fender Eyelets, On Your Carbon Bike?


Living and riding in Seattle I often find myself wishing more of my bikes had fender compatibility. There are obviously solutions out there to add fenders to just about any bike, some better than others. While these quick-fix fenders are better than nothing (and for some riders suffice) nothing beats actually having fender eyelets on your frame. With a steel frame you can have a frame builder add eyelets on fairly easily with the sacrifice of some paint. But what about other frame materials? I while back I stumbled across Ruckus Composites in Portland, OR. They specialize in repairing carbon frames, which is a fantastic alternative instead of sending your busted frame to a landfill. But get this, they can add fender eyelets to just about any carbon frame, starting at $150. Given the price you probably paid for your bike that seems like a very reasonable price.

Check it out here: Fender eyelets on your carbon bike!

Bicycle, Cyclocross, Events, Travel

Go to the UCI World CX Championships for FREE!

Raleigh USA and Cyclocross Magazine have teamed up to make a cyclocross fan’s dream come true- sending one winner and their guest on an spectacular trip to see the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.  That includes airfare, lodging, and VIP access to the event.  If you are picking up what I’m putting down- you’ll notice the VIP access.  VIP access=a good place to see the event and I’m going to venture to say- the Dirtbag’s favorite thing- drink tickets!

Taken from the Cyclocross Magazine site:

How do you win a trip for two to Worlds?  Simple! Just send us your dream cyclocross obstacle (not the actual obstacle but a text representation, picture, or video will be fine).  Something new, something exciting, something that might just find its way onto a course at say, SSCX on Thursday night at Worlds, or SSCXWC next year in Philadelphia. A giant mud pit? The slime guns from SSCXWC? Maybe obstacles inspired by Wipeout? Once we gather all of the entries we will pick our favorite and award the creator with a trip to Louisville!

We will take your cyclocross obstacles any way you want to send them to us.  Here are some examples of how you can submit your design:

  • Just write about it
  • Send us a picture
  • Have arts and crafts time with your kids.  Nothing screams cyclocross like a marshmallow/toothpick barrier
  • Create a video while riding your “obstacle” in your local park
  • Heck, scribble it on a napkin and send that in.

Have another way you would like to submit your obstacle? Drop us an email with your idea, it’s probably fine. Email your design to (include “Raleigh Contest” in the subject line).

Submissions are due Tuesday, January 15th and a winner will be announced later that week.

Lastly, your submissions cannot be previously published or published before we announce the winner.  This includes posting on blogs, social media, or YouTube.

Official Rules:
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.  Contest will run from January 7, 2013 to January 15, 2013.  All participants must be 18 years or older.  Only US residents are eligible for the grand prize from Raleigh.  No purchase necessary.  To enter we require participants to submit their cyclocross obstacle via email to  One entry per person.  Grand prize winners will receive airfare, lodging, and VIP access for two to Louisville, KY for the UCI Cyclocross World Championships.   Winners will be selected and notified via email.  Cyclocross Magazine, 650 Castro St, Suite 120-291 Mountain View, CA 94041.

And of course I’d love you forever if you picked me as your companion…

Bicycle, Clothing, Gear

A Storm is brewing. The Chrome Storm Cobra.

Billy Souphorse contacted me about testing out some of the fly new gear (that’s how the kids these days say it) coming out of the minds and machines employed by Chrome, the quite large bag and apparel company- now with multiple shops around the country.  I was pretty impressed with the apparel I saw at the Chrome booth at Interbike- and I’m very much looking forward to testing out the Chrome Storm Cobra.  Really I think Souphorse is just concerned that I’ll pass out in a park in the rain and catch a cold.  Hmph.  Maybe that’s why I’m sick? Sometimes it’s good to be a dirtbag I guess.

The Storm Cobra is fully seam taped, with pit zips and longer arms (crucial to cycling jackets.)  It also has a feature that I think that I’ll really like- the full pass through back pocket.  A good place to store keys, phone, hat, or a couple road beers.

As I get over my cold you can prepare for a full ride report.  It may add a twist to my approaching completion of the Cleverhood raincape review.

If you are ready to take the plunge right now without a review- the Storm Cobra can be had for $200 at your local bike shop.  If your LBS doesn’t carry Chrome, head to the Chrome online store HERE.

And stay tuned for CLEVERHOOD RAINCAPE VS. STORM COBRA JACKET: The battle of the century!

Events, Seattle

Seattle Bike Swap

Photo By Harrison Boyce
Photo By Harrison Boyce

A new year is already upon us, which among many things means its almost time for the Seattle Bike Swap. There are still vendor spaces left if you want to unload some of your extra bike parts and gear that have been piling up in your garage (or if your like me in just about every room of my house). It is only $60 for a vendor space if you book before Jan. 31st. Check out the vendor registration form here.

If you are just looking to do some shopping entry is only $5. I’d recommend arriving early as there is always a line to get in and the best deals always go early. Location and time below, full details can be found on Cascade’s website here.

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
225 Mercer St. Seattle, WA 98109 (3 blocks north of the Space Needle)


– Adult Entry:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – $5
– Free entry hour: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
(Kids 15 and under are FREE all day!)