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Living in, and loving Alaska. A passion for human powered transportation. Beer drinker. Hell raiser. Two wheels, one love.

Blackburn Tech Mag

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Much of the US is still basking in the sunshine of summer and enjoying the cooler evenings that the beginning of fall brings. In Cordova we’ve had a bunch of rainfall that will continue until it turns to snow. CX season is around the corner and sometimes it’s hard for me to get motivated enough to hop on the bike and go for a spin in a monsoon. This little guy is one option for those that want to get some spinning in, but can’t pull themselves away from Orange is the New Black. I haven’t used a trainer before, but kinda want to give it a go.
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TECH MAG 1 TRAINER

• No assembly required
• Single optimized resistance setting for no-fuss operation
• Compact, lightweight and foldable design
• Rubber feet micro adjust for extra stability
• Bike installation is simple and works with wheel sizes between 26”x 1” and 29”x2.3”
• Tapered cones fit most dropouts
• Steel quick release skewer included

$119.99

Check it out HERE

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Gevenalle Derailleurs for your CX bike

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Gevenalle is based in Portland, Oregon and they love cyclocross.  Now they’ve got two derailleurs to complement their CX shifters.

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The aptly named BURD (Blatantly Upgraded and Rebranded Derailleur) duo is an affordable option for those that need a workhorse in the mud, sand, blood and tears that cyclocross brings each fall.

Available as a braze on front derailleur or a 34.9 clamp (31.8 with included adapter,) it weighs 84 grams, and is bottom pull.  It’s a shorter cage, making it stiffer than a road derailleur.  Some folks might opt to use it as a chain guide, which Gevenalle fully supports. 9 and 10 speed compatible.

It retails for $49, and if you wreck it, they’ll re-build it for $20, including shipping in the US.

Gevenalle (made up from two Dutch words: ‘GEVEN’ which means ‘GIVE’ and ‘ALLE’ meaning ‘ALL’) is the rebranded Retroshift, who’s CX levers are a smart and burlier alternative to road levers and brifters.

That is of course if you prefer gears to beers.  Good on ya Gevenelle. Keep on keepin’ on.

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Internet 1, Bike Thief 0.

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This is from a couple years ago, but it still makes me happy.  Being reunited with a bike after it was stolen is such a good feeling.  The thief getting pinched is just icing on the cake.  The bike owner showed a lot of restraint by not kicking the shit out of the dude, strengthening his case all around.  Anybody know what happened next?

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Bear curious? Cycling in bear country.

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Alaska, Bicycle, Washington 1 Comment

There’s been a lot lately about people heading off into the woods, seeking adventures and Instagram opportunities in the great outdoors. In those hordes, there are a lot of folks that probably shouldn’t head to the grocery store without a chaperone- but now they want to get an “adventure bike”, put on their adventure hat and have a goddamn adventure.  Who am I to say that the guy riding their bike with their helmet on backwards shouldn’t ride the Great Divide Trail?  It’s a free country, dammit. 

 

South Central Alaska is the awe-inspiring place that I call home. It’s also bear country, and bears are seen on my trips to the woods (hopefully at a distance) more than human trail users. When viewed from a safe place they can be very entertaining to watch- cute, even. Traveling through their backyard on the other hand can be unnerving, even risky.  Bears can be unpredictable and dangerous.  A predator that can attack when it feels that it or its cubs are threatened, if it’s starving or if it doesn’t like your stupid Primal tattoo print arm warmers. So I give you two options:

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Modify Watches

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Founded in 2010, Modify Industries Inc. has recently entered the cycling market, bringing a bit of color to your wrist as well as increasing the chance that you won’t miss happy hour.

They’ve been working with various sports teams since their beginning, and following their successful Kickstarter campaign, they can print-on-demand fully customized watches.  They are printed and assembled in San Francisco, and we have one for Hodala, the cyclocross team I race for.

photoIf you’ve got a team, a bike shop, a brand or any other reason to have a made to order watch.  Check out Modify at their website.

You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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PatchNRide

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Patchnride.  This could be a game changer for one of the top things that keep people off their bikes: flats.  I have no idea how well it actually works- but it looks like one hell of a gift for the cyclist that doesn’t want to get their hands dirty.

I’m not sure how many fixes you get out of one pen, but they are taking pre-orders now.  Two units for $25 + $5 shipping.  They start shipping fall of 2014.

 

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The new Blackburn Rangers: OUT THERE

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Well Blackburn has selected their 2014 batch of Rangers, and it sounds like they have some pretty cool adventures planned.  Blackburn has been making cycling accessories since 1975 and over the years has brought some really great products to the people.  The Rangers help with product development with on the bike testing.  In it’s 3rd year, the Ranger program has given important feedback to Blackburn about how to improve or innovate their products further.

Meet the Rangers:

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Review: JBL Clip

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This little ditty has been a fun little thing to play around with since it came my way a few weeks back.

A clean design and decent sound quality make the $50 JBL Clip a worthy sidekick for your summer full of picnics, bike rides, park beers and porch livin’.

It weighs very little (158g) and can be clipped onto something due to it’s integrated carabiner.  It’s currently sitting at about ear level in the wheelhouse of the boat I’m currently on.  You can stream wirelessly with it’s built in Bluetooth®, or use the integrated audio cable that is neatly stored on the device.

I’ve mostly been using it via Bluetooth, then coupling it with the 1/8″ outlet to link to a larger set of computer speakers.  It gives me the wireless capability, but adds a little more bump.

It also has a built in microphone, allowing you to answer phone calls.  Since I mostly text message and email, I don’t find this feature very useful- but for those that still use their vocal chords to communicate, JBL is looking out for you.

At 3.2W you aren’t going to be fueling any house parties, but with a battery life that lasts up to 5 hours, you can sure knock back a few beers watching the sunset in the park.  The sound quality isn’t earth shaking, but for a $50 portable speaker I think it’s adequate, even if it’s a little on the tinny side.

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Chrome Forged Rubber

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Greg made a stop at Seattle’s new Chrome shop downtown a couple weeks back and was impressed with some new shoes that will soon be made available.  These shoes are what Chrome is calling their Forged Rubber line and it sure seems that they’re excited about them.  This is another product that isn’t specifically for the bike- but some of us unfortunately don’t spend all of our time on the bike.  Turns out, you can still ride in them.  So here is what somebody is calling “The Best City Sneaker In The World.” Who said it?  I don’t know, but somebody did because it’s in quotation marks.

A snippet from Chrome:

Chrome turns modern manufacturing upside down by resurrecting 70-year-old Forged Rubber machines originally used to make army boots in Europe.  Discovered in eastern Slovakia, an area of the world known for its demanding city landscapes, these Forged Rubber machines were refurbished and adapted to make Chrome shoes that embody the brand’s spirit of making thoughtful, highly durable products.  Each Forged Rubber sneaker is individually made by hand using heated pressure and the outsole is fused directly onto the upper to ensure no separation. The result is that no undesirable cement is used and Chrome shoe lasts under the most demanding conditions.  A reflective heel and an odor resistant technology are also integrated for daily city survival.

 

Forged Rubber: 70 Years in the Making from Chrome Industries on Vimeo.

If you’d like the real deal Holyfield -first look- touch it with your own grubby mitts tour- you’re in luck.  Because they are taking their show on the road and coming to a city near you.

Get the mobile factory tour in these fine cities on the following dates:

  • San Francisco – 6/20 – 6/21- 962 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
  • New York City – 7/1 – 7/2 - 238 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
  • Chicago – 7/11 – 7/12 - 1529 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
  • Seattle – 7/18 – 7/19 - 1117 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
  • Portland – 7/25 – 7/26 - 425 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

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