First off- I’m going to be off the grid for a wee bit, honeymooning with my recently official wife. We are going to be in the sun drinking fruity drinks and letting our toes get warm in the sand.
For those of you trapped in front of a computer- here’s a little something to keep you occupied for 4 1/2 minutes.
A few things came whizzing by the screen at blazing fast internet speeds this week and I’ll just give you a little run down.
Blackburn has their Ranger program coming up for 2015 and you’ve only got a few more days to get your information into the hat. Only 6 will be picked- so make your entry compelling- like you’re the most adventurous sum’bitch since Davey Crockett and Calamity Jane.
If you’ve got a hankering to ride the Pacific Coast or the Great Divide Trail, let your fingers do the walking over to their entry page HERE.
If you prefer to ride fast- the folks over at Ritte have a svelte new machine rolling out of their futuristic carbon making magic box.
A road racing machine to be sure- this bad boy will fit any 25c tire you throw at it, and many 28’s. It’s true monocoque construction, means it’s all one piece- making the frame stiffer and with no hard joints or seams.
The retail frameset is going for $2700, and has sizing from XS-XXL. Ritte says that with this bike you can “make your own luck.” I already do, but most of it is bad luck. Sometimes it’s hard luck- and if I’m lucky, it’s shit house luck. I think that’s a good thing, at least that’s what I tell myself.
Finally, in a something that will always and forever remind me of Seattle- Cadence has continued to produce clothing that looks good on skinny dudes. They’ve also been getting more roadie and less fixie, making kits and the like. This newest piece is called the Pinehurst Jacket and it looks pretty slick. It packs super small, and is vented in the back because that’s where the sweat comes out, duh. It retails for $150 and has a DWR (Durable Water Repellant) finish on it. It’s a “race fit” which is the opposite of “relaxed fit.” So skinny guys- Rejoice!!!
Also- Bontrager is making fatbike and 29+ tires in the Hodag and Chupacabra, respectively. I haven’t ridden either, but am looking at the Chupacabra 29+ because it reminds me of decen mexican food and cheap beer in Seattle. Anyway, those folks made up a little chart that you can use for when you’re prepping your bike in your nice warm house and then hopping on and going for a ride outside, where it’s much colder. That’s awful nice of them. And with that- here it is:
That’s about all I got for you. We’ll be back soon.
Adios compadres. Vas con diablos.