Cadence Denim.

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Last week I gave away a Cadence hoody that has seen some wear, though had lots of life left in it. Yesterday I was sent an email with a video attached, showing a little of what Dustin has been up to. I’m glad that he’s making stuff in the US, and though the fit won’t likely be right for us Clydesdales, you skinny fuckers should love these.

Cadence Denim from cadence studios on Vimeo.

They are raw denim, so expect some break in (they do have 2% lycra which is great for cycling pants)- but after that, the double seat should maintain their “strong as shit” characteristic, because of some stitching that I didn’t understand after watching the video twice.

Personally, I’ve never worn raw denim. Dustin says they are pants for people that live in them and they will take the shape of the person. Maybe I can get a pair of these and a raw denim shirt and build a denim person that will go to work for me.

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These here pants retail for $110. Not outrageous when you consider made in the US raw denim. Like lots of pants sewn by cycling companies, I’d suggest trying them on if you can find a shop that carries them. Or just roll the dice and buy them here.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Bikepacking edition.

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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.
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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.

 

 

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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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Sunday giveaway!

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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.)
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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.
Go.

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Argonaut & Above Category

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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.

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Showers Pass knows it’s all about the base (layer)

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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:

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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:dothedamnthing

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!

The details:

  • 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.

 

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Review: GU Energy supplements

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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Ritte Crossberg Disc

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Ritte has brought a number of fun and sexy videos as well as bikes into the fold since their inception in 2008. They are based in LA, which means they are already cooler than most anybody you know, have great style, and get to hobnob with famous people like OJ Simpson and Ron Jeremy. Here they are paying homage to a bike ride with a bunch of people that ride bikes and smoke cigarettes. Look at those legs! They look just like a bunch of fun loving guys headed to the lake, they have their water balloon launchers wrapped around their shoulders (great thinking!)

Ritte+Smokers-1Well Ritte isn’t just a brand with a pretty face. They make pretty bikes as well. Word on the street is they just came out with a new bike for those that like to combine the worst elements of bike racing and cross country running. Welcome to the party, Ritte Crossberg Disc. I can only hope that the smallest size is known as the “Ritte Crossberg Compact Disc” and comes with a mix CD.

Some details from Ritte:

  • Frame: 7005 Series Aluminum, disc only, 135mm rear axle spacing.
  • Fork: Ritte Full Carbon Disc for use with 160mm rotor
  • Head Tube: Tapered 1 -1/8″ top – 1 -1/2″ bottom (Headset included.)
  • Bottom Bracket: Press Fit 30
  • Routing: External. For mechanical shifting and mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Brake Rotors: 160mm front / 140mm or 160mm rear
  • Seat Post: 27.2mm (not included)
  • MSRP $1250 for the frameset.

They also make a stainless steel bike which is 2 Legit 2 Quit, that would give me a forever-boner if it came in a SSCX version with S&S couplers…

Keep an eye out for these guys. They’ll make you laugh, they’ll make you giggle and if you got the cash, they’ll make you a bike- which is pretty much one of the best things ever.

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Boreas waterproof backpacks

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Though not cycling specific, I’ve been using a Boreas pack- the ultralight Topaz, for a little while now for day trips with the pack raft. At 25L, it’s large enough for me to throw the raft and paddles in. I can go on a day trip on the bike or on foot- and weighing in under 14 oz., I hardly know it’s there. One downside is that I’m limited by only packing stuff in there that can get wet, as it has no waterproofing whatsoever. Enter the Waterproof Series.
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New stuff from Blackburn

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Blackburn has been bringing a lot of new gear out- especially for those that ride off the beaten path. As anybody that keeps an eye on the bike industry likely knows, fat bikes, 29+ and “adventure bikes” are in high demand. With this, alternatives to the traditional front and rear pannier touring setups are being experimented with for trips of different lengths. Overnights and shorter (as well as lengthy) off road tours can make bike mounted luggage more appealing. Blackburn also has a crew of “Rangers” out there exploring- even as you read this.

Their Outpost line is where you’ll find the goods for gearing up your bike for some off road adventures.

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Chrome WARM vest

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Fall is here and I got my first insulating layer in the mail the other day to test out.  The Chrome Warm™ Vest is a new product, with a long sleeve Work Shirt available as well. Meant as a stand alone piece as well as for layering, here in Alaska I’ll likely be using it as an under layer.

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A ripstop nylon shell with diamond quilting gives the appearance of a classic vest.  It’s filled with poly insulation, so it’ll keep you warm if you do get wet by rain, beer, fire hydrant, swimming or running through a sprinkler.

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