Once again, the holiday season is right around the corner. That time of year that we buy things for those that we love and for ourselves if there’s nobody that loves us. We’ve done gift guides in the past- but this year I figured I’d focus on the stuff for those that like to get down that road less traveled.
So here it is. In no particular order. Or some particular order. Or just get them a bottle of booze. Or a gift certificate to your LBS. Or a lump of coal.
Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion seat bag. $170.00 CAD
I haven’t used any of Porcelain Rocket’s gear, but the craftsmanship looks amazing. This newly designed bag uses a seat collar supported frame, weighs in at 14oz. complete and can pack 5-14L of gear. PR is really pushing the limits as far as bikepacking gear. The new bag Scott is developing for the Jones Loop Bar looks AMAZING!
Made in Calgary, Alberta. Canada.
Cleaveland Mountaineering Everything Bag $50-$60 depending on attachment method.
I haven’t used this personally, but it looks like a good option, or alternative to the Salsa Anything Cage and the numerous bags to fit said cage- if you’re looking for one. If you don’t have the 3 braze-ons, if you have a suspension fork, say- it can attach with the use of a few P-clips. It’ll allow you to hold more stuff on your bike. Keep in mind that you’ll likely want to distribute the weight evenly, maybe have one on either fork blade- otherwise your steering will be affected.
Made in Grand Junction, CO
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You want some of my old shit? I’ve got a mess of stuff that I don’t need. Here we have a Cadence hoodie- size large, won at a Fast Friday event in Seattle- 2007. (Quick stop I believe.)
What do you have to do? How about a haiku? Leave one in the comments and I’ll pick one out of the hat next Friday. Hell- I’ll even pay the shipping.
You’ve seen the fine works of Argonaut on here before- custom carbon bikes born and bred in the North West. Well they just picked up a new shop- Above Category in Sausalito, CA- where the
pimps and the players doctors and the .dot-com’ers dwell.
Have you ever been to those bike shops that feel like a china shop? The ones that at any moment, the proverbial bull might just run through- causing havoc? Sometimes I feel like that bull- I don’t want to pick anything up, as I may break it- and there aren’t any price tags on anything, so I know I can’t afford it. There are a few shops out there that I’d feel unworthy to bring any of my bikes into. I don’t know if A/C is like that, but I don’t think they’re clientele is bmx kids or fatbike riders.
The fact is, those shop owners and their customers like bikes too. And they often do more than hang them on their walls. They ride them. It’s just that the experience that they seek is a little different from my own
and that’s why I hate them. I mean, who am I to say that all bike shops that I support must have tattooed employees that play bike polo, and that offer you a beer when you come in?
But I digress.
Argonaut makes what seems to be a beautifully made custom carbon fiber bike. This marriage (more of a polyamorous relationship really, as A/C isn’t their only shop, they’re allowed to see other people) seems like a good match because, people with a ton of money like plastic bikes too! Sure, rich folks like titanium bikes- but mainly rich nerds, engineers, etc. Carbon fiber is universally accepted as the “best” material for those with six digit incomes (and I’m not including numbers to the right of the decimel,) because- science and stuff.
So here it is- Argonaut and A/C worked with Brian Vernor to make a video to celebrate their special day. It looks great, of course. So here’s to many years together and to getting more rich folks on bikes. Maybe next time I’m in the Bay Area I’ll stop by the shop, and try not to break anything.
Argonaut / Above Category from Argonaut Cycles on Vimeo.
Disclaimer: I’ve been drinking gin.
Sorry. I had to do it. To be honest, I only knew the reference to the song not the song itself- and then it popped into my head when this info got sent my way. So now I expose you to it, though a slightly different version than the pop single- with proper word usage! Feel free to skip it if you are not all about that base and just like long underwear.
Showers Pass– they make rain gear for bike people. And it doesn’t look horrible. You can also wear it when you’re not on the bike, and it still works!
Fact: A good base layer can save your life. It’s the layer closet to your skin- think of it as an extension of your skin, like maybe if you had fur- that would be your base layer. Showers Pass got some really fit plastic models to show off how well it will fit. If you (and I) are lucky- you’ll see what it looks like with a beer belly donning it.
Fact: Your body generates heat in different places. And there are ways to map it. Think of google maps for your body but in a way less sexual way than you are probably thinking.
Feast your eyes on this:
Don’t mind the tire track up the back side- I think it’s part of the mapping process.
And thankfully they didn’t forget the ladies:
There are a lot of folks (mostly ladies) wanting more women’s clothing out there… so maybe- this it on the right track. And it doesn’t have flowers on it!
- Custom blend fabric made with Merino Wool, Modal, Spandex & Nylon
- Body-mapped with open knit pattern designed to vent excess body heat from your sweatiest areas
- Longer sleeves with thumb loops
- Long torso length for coverage on the bike
- Retail of $69.
This dude. Man- one of the most insane locations and beautiful edits I’ve ever seen. I wasn’t sure if I was going to have a heart attack or shit my pants. This is a great little edit. Grab a beer and enjoy.
No one will ever confuse me for a competitive cyclist, and any time someone talks about an upcoming cyclocross race, I can only think of Clubber Lang’s pre-fight interview from Rocky III:
But there is something incredible about watching riders push themselves beyond their limits, often with nothing more than pride or their own expectations on the line. This past Sunday, I got up early (my own little sacrifice, it’s ok to be in awe) to head out to MFG Cyclocross’s Woodland Park GP to capture riders facing the course, their peers and themselves. These are some of the results.
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More photos after the break…
Cyclocross season in the Pacific Northwest is coming to a close for the most part- much to the chagrin of my mud covered, drunken team mates. Myself, I only made one race in Anchorage, and none in Seattle or anywhere else. I hope that is different next season. It seems that cross has been gaining popularity day by day, and it seems like a great thing. How could it not? There are races for all age groups and skill levels, the community is generally friendly and it’s more spectator friendly than many other disciplines of cycling. Though you can get into cross with any bike you have laying around, eventually you’ll want to upgrade. Say hello to Civilian.
Always on the lookout for US made products, I’m liking what I’m seeing here. Based in Portland, owner Tyson Hart is making a competitve and versatile bike available to the masses at a price that …
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Well today is the day to get out to vote. Of course you should ride your bike to the polls. Vote for who you vill, but please- vote. The decisions that our elected officials directly impact the infrastructure put in place to support cycling, public transit and walking in our cities. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years. Who gets voted into office with tomorrow’s election will pave the way for the transportation of the future, women’s rights, racial equality, legal marijuana, marriage equality, the list goes on.
One requirement of survival is food. Another is water. When cycling or doing anything physical, you need to make sure that you’re hydrated and you’re consuming calories to give you energy- to stay doing awesome stuff. A balanced meal? Sure. But who’s got time for that?
If I’m going to go on a ride, chances are I’m not going to take the time to pack a home cooked meal for the road. I’ll grab snacks and throw them in my pack and roll out. GU ENERGY has made it easy for you in making smart little energy boosts in an easy to carry package. For my overnight century ride across the Copper I threw in a handful of stuff that Spencer over at GU sent over. I haven’t used energy gels much, but they’ve come in handy just before a cross races so I figured what the heck, seems as good a time as any… I threw out a few of the wrappers, but started saving them to refresh my memory on their taste.
GU ENERGY GELS: Box of 24 gel packets – $31.50 These little gels are easy to eat, and don’t feel like a lump in the throat as you may expect. They’re super easy to pack and give over 20g of carbs, as well as potassium, sodium, and other stuff that you need to keep the engine running.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter. It tasted like Chocolate AND peanut butter. Go figure. It didn’t taste chalky at all, and
- Salted Caramel. This one was actually pretty damn good. The salty sweet was quite good.
- New Flavor! I don’t think it really helped me out that it just exclaimed “New flavor” without giving any warning as to what was held within. It was salty, but fruity- I can only imagine that it’s their “salted watermelon” flavor that is now announced. I wasn’t a fan on my ride, but like I say- if I was expecting it maybe I’d think higher of it.
- Caramel Machiatto. A little too sweet for me. The coffee flavor was good- it reminded me of those sweet coffee candies that my grandma used to have during the holidays.
GU BREW. 24 single serve stick packs – $32.40
When you sweat, you need to replenish your electrolytes. Some light carbs, why not- you need them to keep going. I know that myself at least- I don’t hydrate as much as I should to maximize my energy levels and bounce back I exert myself. In my hydration pack I like to have plain water and it’s nice to have a water bottle with one of these little guys adding a little more oomph.
- Lemon Lime. A decent blend of tart and sweet. I found it was important to let it sit a while to make sure they fully dissolve.
- Blueberry Pomegranate. It sounds great- and doesn’t taste horrible, but often times with powdered drinks as in this case- just calling it Purple Drank might be better. I just couldn’t get the blueberry pomegranate complete taste.
I also tried the Raspberry Chomps, Box of 16 packets – $31.75. I think I would prefer to carry the gels to the Chomps- they had a tendency to stick to my teeth.
Eating packaged food like this of course isn’t suggested for every meal. It is helpful though to have things like this around for rides, races or just to carry in your pack if you decide on an impromptu jaunt into the woods. Great to have in a safety pack in your truck in case you get a flat tire somewhere far off too.
Not attending Interlake this year, it was nice of GU to send these along to I could give ’em a go. Thanks again guys.
She Builds from Jon Chew on Vimeo.
A bike build film by Jon Chew to inspire women who love bikes.
Music credit: My Heart Is Not A Machine – Whitley
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