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Gear, Reviews

Review: Mio Alpha heart rate monitor

Heart rate training.  If you are taking your training seriously, a heart rate monitor is something that is crucial in building endurance and getting your fitness to the next level.  I got to take the MIO Alpha strapless heart rate monitor for a spin and here is what I found out.

Having no prior experience with heart rate monitors, I was attracted to the MIO Alpha because I’ve heard the common chest strap can be annoying as it starts to slide down the chest when running or during aerobic activities. To test this theory- I borrowed a friends chest strap monitor and used them both.  Though I wasn’t exercising during this test (not sweating, which I imagine would be the time for slippage) I didn’t really like the feel of the chest strap.  That and you still need a watch.  With the Mio Alpha, it’s just the watch.

Out of the box: Setup was easy enough- a couple buttons and you can get the time set.  When used as a watch (without the heart rate monitor [HRM] the USB chargeable battery lasts a few days.  When you have the HRM activated, the battery drains much faster.)  The wrist band is wide, and it’s not a small watch, but it’s not as long as would be comfortable for my wrist.  I was using the last hole on the band to keep it attached.  The Mio Alpha has features that are great for training helping keep you within your target heart rate, keeping an elapsed time, showing your max. and min. heart rate for your workout.

Another cool feature is that the Mio Alpha will sync with your bluetooth compatible phone.  I used it with the Map My Ride app on my iPhone (5s) and it worked well.

The Mio Alpha seems like a great tool to bring your training up to the next level.  If you don’t like the idea of a chest strap heart rate monitor- the Mio Alpha is a good option.

The Mio Alpha retails for $199 and is available through them directly or through a number of other retailers.

Bicycle, fat bike, Gear

New fatbike shirts!

So I had this idea.  And I sent that idea scribbled on a napkin to Koos, who has actual talent.  We worked together (well, he worked and I made suggestions) and came up with a pretty bad ass shirt design- if I don’t say so myself.

When I was in grade school- my friend Olen had a shirt that I thought was SO COOL.  It had the image below on it.

I thought it was amazing.  It got even better when he got in trouble for it and had to turn it inside out.  And so began a lifetime of rebellion.

Near thirty years later, we now we have this:



And we put it on tee shirts.  And you can buy them HERE for $20.  They are printed in Alaska, and go to the post office via fatbike.  How cool is that?  Because when nature calls…



Accessories, Bags, Gear, Reviews

Road Runner Bags: Medium Anything Pack


New bag day is a good day. Especially when a sharp looking backpack like the Medium Anything Pack from Road Runner Bags shows up at your door. I carry a lot of things by bike and more often than not I do so on my back. Brad and Brianna at Road Runner were kind enough to send over this custom pack finished in real leaf camo for review. My initial impression with the bag: very impressed. The quality of workmanship is top notch, it fits great, is comfortable both heavily and lightly loaded, stays in place while riding and is much lighter than previous similarly styled backpacks I’ve used. Continue Reading

Bicycle, Film/video, Track

This Friday on the internet: Chrome Video Release

Remember Massan?  He’s still riding a track bike and getting rad in the streets.  Chrome is doing a live web release of a new film he’s in showcasing the Barrage Cargo.  Filmed in Portland.  Check it out.CHROME_MASSAN__TEASE2_1920X1080

Chrome Industries announces the live screening of its first short film this Friday, December 13th at noon west coast time. Chrome will temporarily take over its website for the screening from 12:00 to 12:30 pm. The Chrome Crew worked with Portland natives Kamp Grizzly to document Massan Fluker taking his track bike and Chrome’s new Barrage Rolltop to the hills and bridges of Portland. The final 3 minute short includes some of the best riding Portland has to offer including an epic decent of Burnside at +40 mph. Set your phone alarms for noon this Friday to catch the live screening. Spread the word.

Chrome Films: Massan Barrage Cargo Sneak Peek from Chrome Industries on Vimeo.

Advocacy, Film/video, Media

Dear Motorist

A touching video getting at what often is the root of the problem between motorists and cyclists, a break down in communication and a lack of understanding. What would your letter say?