Everyone’s Drinking Fireball and Other Irresponsible Liquor

Everyone’s Drinking Fireball and Other Irresponsible Liquor

Yesterday,  Feb. 22, was the “official opener” of cycling season in Seattle. That means two things: Cascade Bicycle Club’s annual Chilly Hilly  30 mile group ride around Bainbridge Island, and the cheaper, funner alternative ride: .83’s F—ing Hills Race (FHR). The FHR is always held on the same day, on the same course and at the same time as the Chilly Hilly. In contrast to Cascade’s paid entry fees and manned rest stops, the FHR is free to enter (but you…

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On the Cheap Reviews Pt.2.–Rock Out With Your Rock Hawk Out

On the Cheap Reviews Pt.2.–Rock Out With Your Rock Hawk Out

As a lover of all things two wheeled and pedal powered (a bike-sexual if you will), I’ve been spending more and more time in the dirt than on the road. Since mountain bikes and mountain bike parts have become increasingly more technologically advanced and expensive over the years, it pays to do your research and get the right parts the first time. One of the, if not the (IMHO), most important parts on your MTB is a set of tires. After…

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Critical equipment: Boot dryers

Critical equipment: Boot dryers

There are many places in the world that have no need for them but where I call home, boot dryers are critical for comfort and arguably- safety. A child of the Northwest- I wasn’t fully prepared for the amount of precipitation that I would be living with in Cordova. With over 148 inches of rainfall each year- if you go outside much you’re going to get wet. The importance of quality outdoor gear is paramount when living in the rainforest. Even then, more preparation is…

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AK Codepak- hard sided framebags for your bike

AK Codepak- hard sided framebags for your bike

There are a few items that seem to be standard purchases for those that buy fatbikes. Flat pedals– if you ride in snow much- clipless pedals have a tendency to get ice in tight spots so the pedals won’t engage. A good set of flats prevents this- as well as enabling you to wear warm boots. Pogies– you’ve seen them. The oven mitts that people put over their grips to keep their booger pickers warm. I hate the look of…

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Mountain House needs a feedbag accessory.

Mountain House needs a feedbag accessory.

The wife and I went on an overnight trip out to Sheridan Glacier the other day and this time I was going to do the cooking. This meant that I had to do a little preparation. What should I make? My wife eats food like someone that actually cares what it tastes like. I couldn’t mess it up, or she may not want to go bike camping with me again. Thankfully, I had reached out to Mountain House a while…

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On the Cheap Reviews Pt. 1–Use Protek, son!

On the Cheap Reviews Pt. 1–Use Protek, son!

    (Disclaimer: The lawyers told me to inform the readers that this is not a sponsored product endorsement. I am not sponsored by any brand, manufacturer or other type of equipment company. I buy all of the gear, products and parts I review with my own monies. My reviews and opinions are solely my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of GoMeansGo or any other sane people who may be reading this.) To piggyback on Ryan’s recent article, Tire…

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Tire repair 101

Tire repair 101

The tires on the bike go round and round… …until you find something sharp and hard and that at once identifiable swan song “PSSSSSHHHHHSSSS” rings out- your stoke deflating as quickly as the tube in the tire itself. That was my experience a couple weeks back on a ride through Boulder Alley and up the east side of Sheridan Lake. A really fun place to ride, the lake was freezing, as were the puddles that accumulate in the low parts of the…

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Is 29+ the next fat?

Is 29+ the next fat?

Those that have ridden a fatbike know how much fun it is. The ability to float over soft surfaces is amazing when cruising on a 5″ tire. They make a bicycle more “omni-terra” than was previously possible. That said- riding around on a 5″ tire and a 100mm rim can make one feel a little sluggish when riding in hardback conditions. When I’m riding on my fatbike I’ve got 2 speeds: Slow and steady. And that’s fine. But sometimes I want to…

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