Rocket Ride: The Love of Suffering

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The Rocket Ride brings together some of the fastest road riders/racers in the Seattle area. A weekly training ride made up of mostly members of and friends of HSP. It is a tough ride on a good day, and if you know our typical Seattle winter weather, well its usually not a good day.

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This past Saturday friend of GMG Andy Bokanev followed the ride in a support vehicle documenting the suffering in the less than idea road riding conditions. Temperatures were pegged firmly in the upper-30 territory and the light drizzle turned to cold rain, to sleet, and then to snow.

Check out Andy’s full photo set of the ride HERE.
More on HSP (Harriot Sports Performance) HERE.

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WTB Nano Gravel Tire

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Bicycle, Gear No Comments

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WTB released a new, gravel-specific tire named the Nano 40c during day one of Quality Bicycle Products’ Frostbike product expo. The tire employs a high volume 40mm casing, rounded profile, and centerline tread pattern designed for speed, consistency, and ample cushioning aimed at the rapidly emerging gravel market.

“The inspiration for this tire actually came directly from this show one year ago,” stated WTB’s Product Manager, Chris Feucht in reference to Frostbike 2013. “We were blown away by the number of requests we received for a gravel tire last year so we took a long, hard look at our tire line and decided to use the Nano tread pattern as a starting point. We wanted something that would appease racers due to its speed and light weight, yet also appeal to those wanting comfort over the long haul. By simplifying the pattern slightly, we’ve actually created a more durable tire while maintaining speed and the unique Nano handling characteristics, making for a winner.”

WTB Nano 40c tires will be available in Race and Comp versions starting April of 2014. Nano 40c Race tires will feature a folding Aramid bead, Lightweight Casing, DNA Rubber, weigh in at 470g, and retail for $49.95. Nano 40c Comp tires will feature a wire bead, Durable Casing, DNA Rubber, weigh 550g, and retail for $31.95.

 

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Chrome Knurled Welded

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Chrome has some new offerings for on and off the body.  Waterproof, lightweight,  a good price point and guaranteed for life.

I’m stoked to check out the handlebar bag/duffle on the Fatback.  The two backpacks, panniers and handlebar bag range in price from $100-$160 and look to be a more affordable option for those looking to get out on the bike.

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Two for Tuesday

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New York will forever embrace the track bike.  On the track or in the streets, it will never go away and that somehow comforts me.  This just in from the East Coast:

Stanrdige x Eine – Red Hook Crit 2014 from FWD on Vimeo.

Stanridge Cycles will be working together with Ben EINE for the Red Hook Crit this year. EINE is a world renowned graffiti artist who has collaborated with Banksy and has work hanging in the White House. Ben will be hand painting the two iconic Stanridge High Street frames that will be raced during this years Red Hook series.

The custom bikes will be piloted by elite cyclocross racer Katie Arnold, and previous Red Hook winner Evan Murphy. Look for more from Stanridge as the bikes are done and race day approaches.

The ego, it’s the only thing that drives us forward isn’t it? You know it’s a competition. If you’re not going to take it fucking seriously than why bother doing it? You know you want to be the biggest and the best, up in the most amount of places, the most amount of photographs over the fucking internet in the most amount of countries in the world… stupid. It’s just mad. We were kids. 20 years later Banksy’s up for an Oscar and I’ve got a painting in the White House. You can’t make this shit up…. It’s just fucking mad. -Ben EINE

Also,

Affinity Cycles is celebrating 7 years.  With that they bring you the Kissena World Champions edition frame set and rainbow striped jersey.

Affinity is proud to have won 2 World Championship victories in both the match sprints and scratch race. Plus, with over 20 US National and European championships, the Kissena is the most celebrated and trusted aluminum track frame in the industry. They’ve custom designed their exclusive track frame with gold foil rainbow striped graphics, indigo sparkle blue paint and a CNC machined head tube. Only 40 World Champion frames are available, they can be purchased along with the new Affinity World Championship Jersey through the Affinity website as well as select retailers.

The jersey is also available for pre order here for the next 2 weeks and all Affinity frames sets and complete builds are available now.

 

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First Look: 1up USA- Double Bicycle Quik Rack

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1up USA, nice rack.

I’ve been saying that every time I see the thing on the back of the truck.  After the love faded for my Thule Apex rack (which happened rather quickly,) I was on the lookout for a better option to carry bikes- especially these new beasts that have been welcomed into the family, with 4 and 5 inch tires, respectively.  I came across 1up USA and reached out to them.  We set up some product for review and SHAZAM! We’ve got a slick new system to carry 2 of our bikes handily.

Some highlights on the Double Quik Rack

  • Made in the USofA!
  • Built heavier duty- using a 2″ reciever.
  • Has add-ons available to carry up to 4 bikes
  • Anti-theft hitch lock that tightens to eliminate vibration and bouncing (better for offroad use)
  • Rated for bikes up to 75lbs each
  • A work of art

It came (nearly) fully assembled, and was a breeze to put on the truck.  I promptly put my Fatback up and was super impressed with how easily it was secured.  That with 4.8″ tires and 82mm rims.

So there you have it.  I’ll be putting this through the paces for a while- stay tuned for a proper review and the long term test.  I’m really impressed so far- it looks like this is going to be a great rack for this climate and the bumpy roads that rural Alaska has to offer.

1up USA 2″ Double Bicycle Quik Rack- 48lbs- 38″ x 14″ x 10″ folded – Retail $559

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