On the Cheap: Nitto Randoneer…..Randonur….RANDO BARS!

On the Cheap: Nitto Randoneer…..Randonur….RANDO BARS!

One of the few complaints I have about the Raleigh One Way I inherited is that the stock bars are 1) way too narrow 2) are somehow shaped too much and too little like track bars at the same time. Raleigh somehow managed to create the world’s least comfortable road bar on the market. After a couple of years riding the bike stock, I found that the only comfortable position on those bars were found when I rode no handed….

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Broke Ass Racer: aka the BAR bike

Broke Ass Racer: aka the BAR bike

Cyclocross season is coming up quickly. Next month, people will begin attending CX camps to hone their skills for the upcoming race season, which begins in September. For those of you not familiar with ‘cross racing, Ryan described it best as “combining the worst elements of bike riding and long distance running into one sport.” Admittedly, CX racing is, by nature, a sufferfest. You ride what equates to a road bike equipped with knobby tires over courses that may contain…

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Beyoncé and the working girls struggle. 

Beyoncé and the working girls struggle. 

I sometimes need to remind myself that I work with as many hours in a day as Beyoncé does. This blog takes a back seat to many things in my life. Things like working to pay the rent and buy bike parts, beer drinking and sometimes even riding my bike. That’s just how the cookie crumbles.  I get emails sometimes. Sometimes they’re about products or events or questions about this or that. Since I’ve been stoker on the tandem for a…

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Simplicity has a price.

Simplicity has a price.

Many of us have a simple bike that we use to get around town. A townie, commuter, grocery getter, bar bike, cruiser- it can go by many names, but the goal is usually a bike that fits in a niche that our others don’t. Well the folks at Speedvagen (Vanilla Bicycles) have made what they dub the “Urban Racer” and it is supposed to fill a void that no others can. For the starting price of $4895 you can get your…

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Ryders Eyewear made a deal with the devil.

Ryders Eyewear made a deal with the devil.

I’m usually not a fan of photochromic lenses. Don’t know what photochromic technology is? Well, in theory it’s awesome- the lenses darken with the increase of light- allowing for use in a wider range of light conditions. Great huh? In reality you can end up looking like, well… a crappy photo of Adam Levine taken from the Internet.     That said- I’m a man of function. I wear sweatpants at work. I sometimes wear socks and flip-flops (to be fair-…

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5th Annual Girls of Summer Alleycat Race

5th Annual Girls of Summer Alleycat Race

  It’s that time of year again. When the girls come out to rip up the streets of Seattle in Menstrual Monday’s “Girls of Summer” all female alleycat race. This no rules race around the Emerald city is open to women of all ages and skill levels whether this is your first alleycat race or your 40th. The race features a bunch of fun checkpoints and great prizes from Seattle-area companies such as Raleigh, Recycled Cycles, and Detours.   Sat….

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Pedal. Paddle. Push.

Pedal. Paddle. Push.

I’d been looking at this loop for a while now- Eyak River, down and around Pt Whitshed and back to Hartney Bay. It would be a fun little pedal/paddle trip. A quick day trip. 28 miles or so… My wife, ever supportive yet always the realist- asked me how long it was going to take me. “Six hours, maybe eight.” I said.  She smiled. That smile she gives me when I tell her I’m just going to have one more…

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Twenty Dolla Make You Holla

Twenty Dolla Make You Holla

  Middle Fork Road just outside of North Bend, WA has been under construction in some form since dinosaurs roamed the earth. However, a series of small landslides washed out sizable sections of the road leading to some of the Seattle area’s best  hiking and camping, rendering the road impassable to any  motor vehicles short of Bigfoot V. While that sucks for those who insist on travelling by car, it’s a boon for those of us who don’t mind powering our…

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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

I spend much of my off time volunteering with a local non-profit, working with people disabilities to help get them active in the outdoors. Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to be able to tag along for a ride with the Wounded Warrior Project down in Oregon in exchange for my homegrown “mechanical” skills. We took a drive a 4 hour drive to scenic Hood River, which would serve as our basecamp for the weekend. While Hood River has long been…

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4th Annual Lake to Lake Bike Ride in Bellevue

4th Annual Lake to Lake Bike Ride in Bellevue

I found this in the comments spam folder, which is rarely looked through- so if you have an event you’d like up on the calendar, it’s best to email us. If you’re in the Bellevue/Seattle area- this could be a fun little ride with a low entry fee and proceeds going to a good cause. 4th Annual Lake to Lake Bike Ride, June 13, 2015 An enjoyable, non-competitive recreational ride for the whole family. Two unique loops; a mostly flat…

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