Thursday, June 25, 2015

Neko Mulally: Unchained And Unplugged

Neko is really killer!  Might be in NC now but you'll always be a PA boy.

Deity: Neko Mulally Unplugged and Unchained from deity on Vimeo.

Ride Report: Gravel Deaux

More gravel, I know.  Let preface this by saying that to me riding isn't necessarily something social, so typically I keep my rides small.  Not to be secretive, because anyone with a computer can figure out my routes via GPS, but its gems like this ride that I wish could remain a secret.  Door to door this ride is only 24 miles, but the smiles more than make up for the shortness of it.  I like rides I can enjoy after work and get home close to dark. Call it chasing sunsets if you will.  MORE ON THAT HERE.  Sean really has spawned some cool stuff lately.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ride Report-Fat At The Equestrian Club

Its been super humid lately but that didn't stop us from having a great time out on the MTB, although this ride was a while ago I still remember it.  Rob just got his Surly Moonlander back from powder coat, we just finished building it back up and no sooner was it time to have some fun on some earned turns and fast descents.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Jason's Salsa Cycles Carbon Bucksaw

Its been busy, Ive said it before, but I spent a lot of time today catching up on thing and scheduling posts that I should've done a while back.  We have had a lot of high end bikes go out lately so its been super busy.  Im going to start things off with Jason's new Salsa Cycles Bucksaw Carbon.  This bike is really a dream bike and after seeing him ride it ( I hate to say this but) this could be his quiver bike.  The Split Pivot suspension pedals like an absolute dream, and the stiffness of the carbon really adds to the acceleration, and flickability of this bike.  Thanks for letting us build this out for you, and enjoy.  He's now been riding it for almost a month and loves it so far.  Check out more here.

Ride Report: A Gravel Venture

Its nice to get out and explore locally, something that a lot of people take for granted is the solidarity of just getting out and riding with friends, something a little toned down, mellow ride.  Getting around by bike can really open up your eyes to just how small the world really is and what beauty is all around us that we take for granted.

Monday, June 1, 2015


From the onset of April I've been super busy at the shop, enough so that I have neglected the usual content here.  So starting now I am going to get back to it and maybe catch up on my posts that I have waiting in line.  Lets start with John's Salsa Fargo, a rad bike isn't always picked just because it got the full foot going on, sometimes its because you know that bike will end up taking its owner spectacular places, both near and far.  This is one of those scenarios.  I love it when the light is good Enjoy.

Day 26-30 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT-Later Buddy

I didn't ever have the time to Finish the daily ramblings but days 26-30 were some of the best and worst, from completing my goal of getting out all of the days and most of the weight loss associated with it to having a good friend move down south.  Here are some pictures from those days, Day 30 was a blast in the torrential downpour, lightning storm, and cold weather.  I certainly didn't ride my limits and made sure to keep my rides fun.  Another thing I learned was I can really accomplish a much much better workout on the road bike than I did on the MTB.  Even as I was pushing myself, I found the road to just punch me and keep my cardio, where the woods just more or less beat me up.  I hope that I can continue to get out somewhat as much now that bridging into the busy season (see swamped with lots of work) because after work rides are a great way to clear your mind and refresh.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PDW- Fat Stevens Kickstarter

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I don't ever post Kickstarter stuff, but the people over at PDW knocked this out of the park.  I jokingly said to them "wheres the fat pump"  at Frostbite this year, and I am happy to see it come to fruition.  Get in on this before you miss out.

Kitsbow-Slaying It With The Ride Tee Tritone

Ride Tee Tritone with Marshall from Kitsbow on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Day 25 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- Out And About

Its nice to have the ability to connect gravel and road rides together.  Today I was able to join a friend and link up a pretty good ride.  Even got to enjoy some coffee afterwards.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Day 24 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT-Cross Bike Exploration

Finding some little hidden gems locally can be hard.  I hope to get to do this ride, but a longer version and a possible stop for some #coffeeoutside.  I probably have said it before but cross bikes make exploration quick and fun.  You can pretty much tackle legit MTB trails (as long as you have the skills) and ride gravel easily.

Day 23 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- Why So Cold

If riding every day has taught me something other than I can do it, its all about layering.  I have a pretty dialed layer setup now for road riding, and it makes things easier.  However todays wind and cold temps made that even nearly impossible.  It was colder and more windy than yesterday.  I decided to stick close and just sprint up my hill.  THIS WAS FUN, believe it or not, out of the saddle sprints taught me my limits, some were greater than I thought, and some things I need to work on.  hopefully the weekend brings some better weather, I've been really hoping to get out for a longer ride.

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY- Dave's Salsa Horsethief Carbon

We talked a about the right bike for a while, and my mind keeps coming back to the Salsa Horsethief, a nimble pedaling bike with plenty of travel and 29" wheels.  The Horsethief made a lot of sense for Dave and where/how he rides.  Taking this into consideration the next step is to talk about material and component choices.  Its become more frequent, but still somewhat of a rarity that a bike is perfect straight out of the box.   I think if there was one thing I would change on the bike would have maybe been a carbon handlebar.  I completely understand Salsa's mantra of Adventure by Bike,  one day you can load it up with bags, do a S24O and the next day you can hammer your local trails.  Enough chatting, enjoy the pictures.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Day 22 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- HTFU 30s and Raining

HTFU.  Thats what I kept saying to myself while on this ride.  When your day starts off with a mix of snow and rain and it "road bike day"  you have to put yourself somewhere mentally.  Not one to typically ride road in these conditions the phrase rain or shine also comes into play.  This vow I have to myself to get out and workout by bike this month has been paying off, with the way I feel, and the weight loss accompanying it.

I decided to get dressed and rush out the door.  Immediately greeted by mother natures icy grip on spring I started off getting soaked in the first 5 minutes.  I pressed on, made it to point A continued on and played around with the thought for a new loop.  Originally I was going to climb Eisenhower, but my toes were soaked and numb, my fingers were soaked and numb, my core was warm, but I turned back halfway because I didn't want to chance hypothermia.   Next time I will prep with a more waterproof overboot, and some backup gloves ( two necessities).  Once home, it was apparent that I really need to invest in a boot/shoe dryer.  Sometime I hope to do a gear listing for cold/wet weather prep.

 I got enough mileage in, but not as much climbing as I wanted.  Lets hope the weather normalizes so that I can give the loop a shot next week.  I really prefer to carry a wind jacket rather than wear two layers of tights a bunch of wool and some waterproof layers.  The adage about April showers is pretty prominent this month so I will be putting some road bike fenders on my bike.

Day 21 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- Why Two Bikes Are Better Than One

Today I really wanted to make it into the woods to give the Tranny another go.  It was given to me with some "rear tire issues"  apparently these issues weren't solved with a bunch of Stan's.  Maybe we will talk more about the inevitable failure in a little bit.  Sometimes the most fun bikes are the ones that make no noise.  Thats really what I like about this thing.  Belt driven single speeds are pretty much silent.  I felt like I could concentrate on the trail.   Making it through part of the loop, I felt pretty good, before the tire issues reared their head.  Having to hike out, I was happy to have my Trusty Salsa Cycles Blackborow back in the car.  I pulled it out and continued a loop that I had in my head for a while, crossing over between trails several times.  Usually I don't notice the weight of my fattie, but going from a carbon wheeled, carbon framed bike at 20.4 lbs to my 31lb fattie I did notice it.  After a brief pedal I got my fatbike legs back.  Ending on a descent in the dark is a great way to end the night even if it wasn't on the bike you originally planned.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Day 20 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- What The Hail

Hail, that's right, the kind that doesn't feel so good while its pelting you in the neck.  Monday's start off the boring work week for a lot of people, but for me they just mean that I get to help people get people stoked on bikes.  I was lucky enough to me up with some friends after work and show them my favorite new climb.  It's not the hardest, it's just fun!  The payoff is supe rewarding and the view is pretty damn nice.   Rob and Steve met at my place amidst the 30-70% chance of rain/thunderstorms and we departed.  Today we made it to the climb without rain so I thought "sure we've got the whole loop". Well spoiler alert, on the way back a black cloud formed and the air got thick.  At this point I couldn't help but wonder if we would make it ball to my place, let alone the rest of the route before the sky's opened up.  The sky just started to open up as we crested the hill to my house I rushed to the porch and we narrowly missed that storm.   Talk about timing #FITTHATKIT.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Day 19 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- How To Get Stuck In A Rain Storm

Today I had a little more of something that I typically don't have a lot of, yep, you guessed it, time!  What did I want to do with that whopping extra 30 minutes, well I wanted to climb.  Earlier in the week, Peltzer, Novack and I found a new climb that is fun and has minimal traffic.  I wanted to add this to the After School Special, so today I did.  I knew that there was a 50% chance of rain at 6pm so I wanted to make it out and have most of my ride done before then.  

While cleaning my basement last night I found a tire that I had used on the trainer this winter so I was able to get the plastic bike back up for todays ride.  I packed my Giro New Road 3-1 wind coat, a banana, a bottle with skratch and my Yanco X Tracko tool roll up and made the attempt.  I made the climb and on the descent it started a light drizzle so I continued, out 403 made it to 711 and the rain got a little harder but I was already there so I continued out to 56, made the little climb and put on the coat for what is usually a fast section.  Immediately after cresting the hill I was greated with a headwind, not the oh i just dropped a MPH headwind, the Fuck I was just going 29MPH and now I'm at 9MPH, and feels like I'm going to get tossed from my bike at any moment.  I continued in the shit fest, and the rain turned into a downpour, by the time I reached the west end I was soaked, with a while to go I rubbed my thighs creating some sort of heat, and wishing I had used a light Embro before the ride.  Trudging on I decided to dip through the City to cut down on the horizontal beating of rain I was now experiencing.    I couldn't help but constantly think to myself this shit sucks, I'm over it, my cellphone is in a plastic bag, make the call.  Deciding to press on I finally arrived home, cold, wet and tired from a ride that doesn't typically provide me with any of those feelings.  Glancing down at my Garmin, I saw what I had been hoping for 3452 calories burned!  FUCK YES!  #FITINTHATKIT

Day 18 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- Commute

Haven't commuted for a while and having the bag loaded down with weight sure does slow me down.  I can't help but think of riding the same bike to nearly the same place a week earlier without the baggage.   The best part was the ride home, super tucked descent in the dark, sure made it worthwhile.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Day 17 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT - New Favorite Climb.

Seriously this was fun, perfect gradual grade, is it sick of me to wish it was longer.  The beginning of my ride started out a little weird after a panic braking situation I realized that my tread removed itself from the fire casing, I rode home and swapped to the cross bike.  Although the All City wasn't my choice of for the ride today it ended up being a blast.  We three chased some sunsets and found great climb up a quiet rode, with a pretty nice descent to match.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Day 16 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT - Doing Fun Stuff Day 2

Fucking Rad, you know the feeling you have when a fun ride comes together, or a friend picks up your cross bike and shreds it harder than most locals.  First time in the woods, first time on a cross bike and dude fugue shreds.  Its a blast just doing fun shit.  Today was all about that.   I have had my All City Macho Man Disc in the woods before, but seeing someone else shred it really gets me stoked.  Cross bikes really are a great tool for riding, they allow you to venture off road and get shit done.  Also if you pay attention to STRAVA, or just like it to make fun of all the KOMing that happens, I KOMed a little segment today in the wet on the fatbike by some 4MPH than the next duder.  To me that stuff doesn't really matter and getting back to the reality that just getting out on your bike and having fun is fun.  But you prolly did just get beat by a dude on a cross bike

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Day 15 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- Road Ride To Gravel Exploration

Chris stopped by the shop today and we decided to go for a spin after work.  The ride was fun and some of the descents were good, I wish we had time to find some long swooping roads.  Supplementing our ride with some gravel next to the tracks we both were amazed at just what the tires handled.  The gravel was pretty big and yes I would've pefered a cross bike but shit, it was excellent to just do fun stuff.   I ended up snagging a slow leak, pretty sure it was from coming up short on bunny hopping a double manhole but it could've been from gravel.    I didn't notice it till a mile or two after the gravel section.  Either way, being prepared has its merits.  I look forward to more of these fun road rides.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Day 14 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT-Spin After Work

Sometimes your plans don't quite go as, well, planned.  I watched my sunset slip into darkness after getting out of work a little later than planned.  I decided to make the best of it and spin out some miles on the road bike before dark.  It always seems I am riding up my hill in the dark, tonight was no different.

Obsessives - Bruce Gordon

#obsessives: Bruce Gordon from Kitsbow on Vimeo.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Day 13 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT - Sunset Ride

Weather can be a shit topic, especially this time of year.  Luckily today was nice and warm, and I even got to get in an ok loop.  It felt like I was floating on the road today, even though my speed wasn't where I wanted it to be.  It was pretty awesome cresting a hill and making a turn and everywhere catching another glimpse of sunset.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Day 12 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- Quality Over Quantity

Sometimes its just best to get out with a riding buddy who you originally started riding with as a kid. I can remember so many rad times riding Laurel MTN with huckster-mc-plush, aka dir, aka Dirt.  Im so stoked that he's back on a bike again.  Day 12 was a blast, I finally got some rocks back in my life. There is something that will always be special to me in having to actually pick a line though a rock garden, instead of being able to plow through with speed.  Laurel MTN slows you down, and allows you to zen out on rocks.  Even though I experienced Laurel for the first time some 15 years ago, it still is one of my favorite places to ride today.  After yesterdays flat I decided to take out the Krampus.  It was warm in the sun even though the temperature wasn't that high.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Day 11 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- Good Friends Good Times

Today I was looking forward to riding after work. It was awesome to get out and shred on the fatbike.  Unfortunately #flattimesatridgemonthigh had it way but not after getting a good bit of riding taken care of.  When you've ridden somewhere so many times you start to look at new lines, today I found a few.  Making the most of the flat we had a little skid off, and enjoyed the sunset.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Day 10 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- A Road Bike Party

I was so happy that after work today I was able to make it out to chase some sunsets.  I might not be the best at it but spending some time on the plastic rocket was fun.  I guess if I had to sum it up today was a big ring blast.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Day 9 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- 70% Chance Of ( I Still Rode)

Yep, we've all been there.  What do you do when theres a pretty high chance of rain when in your mind you've been thinking about crushing miles on the road all day.  Why of course you stick to the trees, only to narrowly miss the lightning storm that could've sealed your fate and laid you to rest doing what you love.  I did make it out of the woods in time to ride another day.  One step closer to my goal, and another day in the books.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Day 8 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT-Rain Or Shine Its Gravel Time

Some things get me pumped to get out and ride.  I'm no fair weather cyclist, and for whatever reason the wet season is a blast to ride for me.  I decided to take the cross bike out for a spin as I've been neglecting my drop bar brethren lately.  Perks of a cross bike include, but are not limited to 1) Doing RAD shit, 2) Finding rad shit, 3) bombing muddy ass dirt roads after climbing them.  I really wish that there was more daylight, and I can't wait till the weekend to go explore some dirt roads.   Im really just contemplating a 5-8 hour gravel ride on Sunday.

If anyone has any suggestions, I hope to spend some time looking at a map at some point before Friday.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Day 7 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT-Highland Park before and after dark

I've been neglecting my fatbike lately (single speeding has been a blast).  After today's rainfall I figured that the safe place to ride was Highland, I forgot it was the group ride night, so it was a pleasure to join up with some friends, get some riding in and then snag some after dark miles.  So far so good.


Been waiting a while for this one... and although I always thing the Deaux North stuff is short, I can't help but be stoked.  This time they spent $100 on flashlights at a gas station.  Watch to find out more.

HUNT 5 from Deux North on Vimeo.

Day 6 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- Riding w/ Friends

Lately it's been nice to get out on dirt.  The krampus has been my go to the last couple of rides, and I even found a new line.  Exploring can sometimes be just riding the same spot and finding new lines.  Whatever your choice just get out and ride.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Day 5 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT-Before Dusk + Into The Night

Its a pleasure to ride your bike.  I was lucky enough to chase some sunset tonight with friends.  Its amazing just how much I can't get enough of my single speed bikes.  The simple pleasures, I haven't ridden SS MTB in a long time and just like  fatbikes give me that feeling of being a kid again, the single speed experience is similar.  Tonight I didn't take out the IBIS and instead opted for the Krampus, knowing that I needed to give the new (Maxxis Chronicle) rear tire a shot.  I look forward to summer time and S240 adventures on this bike.  And yeah, thanks Rick for the shot.  B
y the way the re-route/new stuff at Highland is pretty decent.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Day 4 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT-IBIS Tranny First Ride

I knew it was going to be a windy day so I should stick to wooded areas.  Even with two jerseys and a flannel the wind blew right through my clothes.  My day didn't start in the woods though, I first picked up an IBIS Tranny 29er.  Ive been wanting to try this thing for a while, and the opportunity arose.  Lets start out by saying I haven't really spent much time on bikes with small tires lately, so it felt like a rocket ship.  I will be on this bike for the next month, and hope to provide some feedback
in that time.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Day 3 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT- Single Speed MTB ride

Even though I've been saddling up the drop bar bikes a lot lately, I really wanted to get out for some wooded riding.  I chose to take out the single speed Krampus for a couple of laps, and it didn't disappoint.  Moving all my bikes one size up has really been a push in the right direction.  I switched from the large Krampus I rode all last summer to and XL and it fits like a glove, even with a flat bar.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Day 2 of #30daysofFITINTHATKIT

Today's weather report shows a 60% chance of rain when I get out of work, so I guess I'll find out just how waterproof my bag is.  Pretty excited to work on the D.FENDER and get the new revision out to customers.  I still can't get over how good it feels to make be outside on drop bars last October was the last time I was able to commute.  The total calorie deficit for yesterday was north of 3k.  The climbs were just south of 3k.  I am looking forward to the weekend and getting out on a fun ride.