Thursday, July 17, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Joe's Pivot Les ENVE Single Speed

Heres another one of my top 2 bikes from this year.  I am really happy with the way this bike turned out.  Using a Chris King headset, and some made in USA ENVE composites rims, this thing has one purpose SLAY RACE COURSES!!!  I'm sure Joe will do so.  this bike is stiff and light in all the right ways, and I cannot put into words how good the wheels feel when getting up to speed.  All in all this rad bike is super dialed in every way,  good luck this year buddy!

Monday, July 14, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Rick's Salsa Mukluk Ti.

Ti bikes have a special place in my heart.  Ti bikes with an awesome stock paint job thats well executed hold an even closer place to my heart. When someone asks whats the last bike I'll need, this could be the answer, TI FATBIKE!  Lets see, start with a frame that can handle more abuse than almost anything, add some bombproof Hope Hubs (made in UK) and a Chris King headset (made in USA) and you have one hell of a combo for longevity.  I had the pleasure of doing some pretty awesome bikes this year, and this is in my top two, its elegant yet theres something modern about it.  Have a look for yourselves.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Jamie's LIv/Giant Lust Advanced

More DirtFest-Ness…  Mmmmmm Carbon.  I like carbon, because its all the rage right?  No!  Because it makes sense for racing applications and also just having fun,  This bike is rad, because save for the Stans Wheelset it's stock and ready to race, get punished, rinse and repeat.  So there you go, a race weapon that can be a daily ripper, thats really what its all about.  I still get stoked about bikes ll the time,  and I get even more stoked when someone rides their race bike as their daily.  Check out this #radbikeoftheday

Monday, July 7, 2014


I'm not nearly caught up, so much so that I am still sifting through stuff from Dirt Fest long after the mud has been cleaned from my shorts. I just remember having such an absolute blast on this bike in the middle of the night.  I think for events like Dirtfest having a pit bike is something that makes a hell of a lot of sense.  Will 2015 be the year of the PitBIKE?  You figure 2014 was the year of the fatbike.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Wrong Bike For The Job… Specialized McLaren

Picture from here bicycle  

It happens all too often, mere mortals cannot afford the latest run of "boutique" taiwanese plastic.  Ive been around bikes for half of my life, and it seems that the latest process of rebranding such as SPecial X SuckAss X THis paint that paint  blah blah blah 20k for a bike seems a bit absurd, these fucking collaborations are idiotic.  We reduced the weight between 9-11% then added some paint, slapped on a sticker and voila wall art.  No really this is a yuppie attempt at wall art, it even includes a "hanger" so you can "display"  you're matching shoes, bike, helmet, because lets face you won't be riding it.  If I were buying art I certainly wouldn't buy plastic that depreciates almost immediately.  Lets talk next about demographics, and the fact that 90% of the intended customer base for this bike has no clue of how to change a tubular tire, reality that 85% probably don't know what a tubular tire is.  Don't me wrong house branded components are cool on two thousand dollar bikes, but on something that supposedly has a value of nearly ten times that just WHAT THE FUCK?  Dear Special-ED your are shameful.

Friday, June 27, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Salsa Fargo Fat Tire Tourer

It's no lie that I love some drop bars, drop bars on a MTB have a dear place in my heart…   A simpler time you say?  Sure, I just think about Johnny T blasting down some hills on a Yeti with drops.  My childhood was different,I grew up loving bikes, and trading in Gatorade showers for singletrack rippers.   This bike makes me think of a better time with a mortgage, car, and lack of time.  Enjoy these pictures.

Senor DeWitt joined us all the way from West Virginia to pick up this beautiful Salsa Fargo the other day, and you'll never guess, it reminded him of a better time, a simpler time, remember to get out on your bikes and slow time down a bit this weekend…

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vacation; Vack's Take On The South

It's travel season right?  What better way to travel than with a bike, here is Jason Novack's take on riding around the south a bit.  (disclaimer:  I didn't participate, and this is someone else's take on events)

Here's guest blogger Novack's thoughts on vacation...

Vacation: a respite or a time of respite from something.
The #1 definition of the term via Merriam-Webster, however for me it starts out more like… : a nightmare, or cataclysm that will certainly be your demise.

Solution, a Bike Ride, and at my location, a ride back in time.  These days it seems there is nothing more I enjoy then pressing my pedals.  Luckily I have a wife, and a career that allow me time to do what I enjoy so much.  I knew after a rough start to this year’s family vacation, that my rocket, turned time machine, would offer me the first installment of therapy, in the road to recovery for a happy Jason, and a great week at the beach.
I woke early, after a long day driving, in our hotel room in Williamsburg, VA.  Every year on the way to OBX, we stop over night in Williamsburg, to me I think it’s nostalgia, as my beloved grandparents would take my brothers and I here often.  Colonial Williamsburg alone is such a wonderful little city, with the shops, it’s history, William & Mary, and don’t forget Bush Gardens!!  But for a one night hitch on the way to sun, sand, and salt water, it’s a peaceful place to rest and regen for the next leg of the trip.  This morning, it’s therapy and a trip back in time.

The early hours in this colonial town are very quiet and peaceful. I pull out onto 132 and make a quick dash down Route 5, not a car in sight, and onto the Colonial Parkway.  I cruise through a little colonial settlement by accident, as I took a wrong turn, thanks to a morning runner to help a cyclist out.  My wrong turn gave me the opportunity to spin through a town where no motor vehicles are allowed.  I had time to take in my surroundings more than usual, and it really hit me seeing people walking about the street in this early hour, horses tied outside a stable, sheep grazing in the field.  I could smell the smoke of the hearth, of breakfast cooking, bells ringing.  I could not help but to feel like I was warped to a different place, a different time, then what I’m used to in the North East.

Finally figuring out where I needed to go, I cruise back down to the Colonial Parkway.  Onto the pebble stone paved route I go, towards Jamestown, where our American roots got their start.  The smell of morning, is starting to burn off, as the hot Virginia sun is coming on strong.  The scent of southern pine that lines the parkway, is taking the place of the fresh morning dew.  It’s such a warm sweet smell to me, those southern pine forests, are some of my favorite things about the south. 


As I push further on this road, I can’t help to wonder if our ancestors actually rode mountain bikes….but just didn’t have a word for it yet.  The pebble stones are a rough constant reminder that I’m in a special place, they belong here, just like the glacial rock left behind after the big melt of prehistoric times up north.
The Smell now is changing again, the wind is picking up as I break through the thick pine forest and into an opening that faces the James River.  The stiff head wind is like hitting the bottom of a blind hill you didn’t see.  This pebble stone road just took a turn up, even though in reality it didn’t.  My body feels like the sails on the wooden oceanic ships that crossed to the settlement I was seeking out.  Good if it’s at your back, not so good if it’s in your face.  I relish in the scenery snap some shots as I’m riding and push on through the wind.

After about 10 miles I hit Jamestowne, yes there is an extra “E” in there.  The original settlement was spelled that way, where they ended up, dropped the “E”.  So I head over the Isthmus and onto Jamestown Island.  The road here turns a little smoother but narrow.  The narrowness of the road does not inhibit my ride, as I crank over a wooden bridge through a marsh on the island, there is but one car in front of me, and they pulled off a sighting.  Smooth sailing for the Jamestowne loop.  Riding through time, I could almost hear the sound of axes chopping trees, to make housing, the smell again has changed to that of the ocean.  Salt is in the air, I can hear the breeze through the trees on the island, and the crashing of small waves on the nearby shore.  Before I know it the loop is done, and it’s time to head back to the hotel, where I’m sure by now my family is awake, hungry, and waiting for me to get back.  I notice that my mood is once again level, and I feel at peace.  It’s amazing what a bicycle ride will do for you, not only physically, but mentally, and spiritually.

If you find yourself in this area, do take your bike, Williamsburg is a very friendly biking city.  The area is beautiful, warm, and historic, you won’t be disappointed.
Well thanks for your time, I’m out!  Keep those pedals turning folks.

-Jason “Vack” Novack

Friday, June 20, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY - Mike's Surly Instigator 27.5" build

I love versatility… the new Surly Instigator 2.0 is some sweetness, adaptable from 26x3.0 up to a 27.5x2.3+ wheel is awesome, it also allows for a pretty sweet custom build.  We have been super busy with custom builds lately and this one was built on a budget but is so rad, this thing can be built so many different ways, from 1x10 to single speed, you could even go with a 12x142 rear configuration thanks to the new MDS Modular Dropout System from Surly.  You think this is rad just wait till you see whats coming up! Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Dave's Santa Cruz Blur LTC

It's no lie that I love Santa Cruz bikes, my "first" high end bike was a Santa Cruz Bullit, I love everything about it, I could wear the bearings out and replace them for under 10$ (this was in 2000) .  I also remember for some reason not wanting to give up my faithful Magura HS33 brakes for the "new" disc brakes, growing up in bike shops and seeing the level of componentry get off the wall bonkers I really like this bike in its relative simplicity.  1x10 setup, proven VPP suspension and an attitude that simply works, make me really want to snag a new Santa Cruz for myself.  Bronson?  Sure!  Check out Dave's Santa Cruz Blur LTC in all of its green carbon goodness. This bike is truly rad.

Like Minded Chris King: A Tour Of Grovemade

What can I say, Portland is a mecca for beautiful handmade things, Chris King Components being one of them, but the wood stuff that GroveMade makes is just beautiful.  I really want the desk top lamp, just something super elegant about it.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Path Less Pedaled: #OregonTroutback

Lately I have just wanted to get lost on a bike, with everything that seemingly has to go into a ride anymore I just want to get back to the simplicity of getting out and riding.  What ever happened to hopping on a bike and riding until you didn't feel like it anymore, or simply enjoying your scenery and surroundings.  Become one with nature, wake up in it, ride in it, survive off of it. .  This video makes me want to get lost.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Doc's Ellsworth Tandem

This thing is beast, I mean seriously a Made In USA dual suspension tandem with limited Chris King Pretty and Strong bits on it, what more could you ask for in a tandem.  The X-Fusion Vengeance is a nice touch on this thing.  More pictures after the break…

Friday, April 25, 2014

2015 Krampus OPS A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words…Take Two

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Brovack's Lynskey Ti Hardtail

It's taken me a while to get to posting this, not because the bike wasn't rad, but because I wanted to make sure I captured the bike in the right way.  Obviously in motion is better than static, but in these static images I think you can almost feel the flow of this Ti beauty.  This bike is super rad, from the Chris King hubs, to the Wolf Tooth GC42 ring, the little things make sense.  Purpose built, robust and light at the same time, this bike can tackle anything.  Im sure this is a welcomed change this spring.  


Monday, April 21, 2014

Ride Report: Two-Fer Monday

It's always nice when you just happen to snag a Monday off.  But what happens when two rad rides are happening in the same day.  You suck it up, use your legs and make it to both.  Too often in the world are there excuses, excuses to ride a slow ride, excuses to skip a ride, and excuses to not give it all you have.  After the first ride which was something close to 14 miles at laurel mountain (on a rigid bike) my legs were toast.  With a recent wrist industry that has my normally firm handshake a little bit less than firm I was amazed that I could even hang onto the bars.  Prohibiting my first ride this year from being the first of the season clearing the rocky gap, I was reminded why 780mm bars aren't always the best choice.

Great Divide Trail… My Dream Could Come True

Well anyone can dream, I would love if this dream could come true.  This would be awesome.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY- Corey's Mukluk Custom

This custom Mukluk turned out pretty great.  I am happy with the bronze wheels and the way way everything went together smoothly.  Shimano was used on this build and really worked out well, RaceFace was everywhere else, and this bike turned out nice and light.  I took these pictures today and was too excited to wait longer to post them!

Enjoy some pictures!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Silver & Gold Rich's Mukluk Custom

I've been super busy lately so I haven't kept up with my normal ride reports or other things.  I have been too busy riding and building up custom bikes.  But this one has been sitting waiting for a while.  I like simplicity and Rich's 1x10 drivetrain mukluk has everything you need, with nothing you don't.

It's amazing what a bright day this was just a few weeks ago, and what the spring has become.  It really made the colors appear different.  Click to see more.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

2015 Cannondale Jekyll 27.5"

Found this gem on Facebook today.  The new 650b/27.5" bikes are looking great,  I can't wait to get word on final production.

Been Thinking About Seattle

I didn't ride fixed when I was in Seattle, but I do remember bombing Pike Place on cross bikes.  Those were some rad times and I miss them.  Enjoy this video about just getting out and riding.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


I love seeing a revived model, especially from Rock Shox. Could this be the new Fatbike fork?  Sure makes sense in an inverted design.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ride Report: Fat Tuesday At Rays MTB Park Cleveland

I got an email a week ago from a friend letting me know that Ray's MTB Park was having a FREE day of riding for fatbikes, so naturally we had to make the trip out.  Setting out caravan style with bikes in tow we made it there in a little over 4 hours.  Some people in the group were riding Rays for the first time, but everyone was riding Rays on Fatbikes for the first time.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Congrats On The Cool Paint

The other day when I was at Cannondale for suspension training my good friend Brian showed me the new paint job on his old DH bike, this thing came out super rad…  a few days later we built it up.

More on that later…

I'm A Sucker For Reggae In An Edit.

Monday, February 10, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Dave's Salsa Mukluk

Gold, in its purest form is lacking in luster, but once its refined it sure does pop.  Dave's Salsa is super refined, and has some of the deepest stock paint I have ever seen.  Refinement continues further with the enabler dropouts which allow for quick chain stay length adjustments and the ability to run single speed or an IGH once a 170mm option shows up.  The clearance on this thing is massive allowing you to run 4.8" tires should you want to (not necessary).  When I saw this bike in the sunlight I immediately said I wanted to dump my Moonlander on the spot for one of these, maybe next year.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ride Report: Fatbikes Really Do Make You Smile

Smiling has been proven to prolong your life.  Today it was proven that fatbiking makes you smile.  We couldn't have asked for better weather, it was slightly overcast and the gravel ride was on a nicely packed trails.  Enjoy the stoke, pass on the stoke, prolong the stoke.  I am pretty happy the first gravel grinder ride of the year went well, and with seven people showing up in the cold, I can only imagine what a turnout in the summer will be like.  I would also like to say there isn't anything else that brings me joy quite like getting people on bikes, I am happy to say everyone pictures I helped make their dreams a reality.  More pictures after the break>>>>>>>>……..

PS I don't like how blogger destroys some of my images by changing adjustments so to see what they should all look like click for flickr galleries

Friday, February 7, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Mike's Salsa Beargrease Carbon XX1

Knowing how to properly spec a bike Salsa spared no expense on this build kit, the XX1 derailleur, shifter and cranks are all color matched. I love hi-viz, and "nasty green" as one of my friends calls it.  This bike is super light and thats before going tubeless, I have even heard of people getting this bike down to 21.8 lbs with a crank swap and some other things.  Put me on the list for one of these next year please!  In designing this bike Salsa was able to make room for clearance of 4.8 tires while still not going to an unnecessary 190mm rear end which just gets rid of feet clearance.  This is one hell of a beautiful bike.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: John's Custom Fatback Ti.

Positivity, this bike is positively gorgeous.  I've known John for a long time now, over a decade.  Coincidently I sold him his "first" MTB, an Ellsworth Moment.  Not to change the spec of thing that work from that bike to now, John is running Hopes (bar none still my favorite brake to this day).  Titanium is the material of choice for this #radbikeoftheday, and Fatback Left out nothing, even using Fatback branded Hadley hubs (next to King these are my favorite, I have a set that is 9 years old and it finally needed a bearing overhaul). I can't say enough good things about this bike, but good people ride good bikes!  Let your eyes do some walking.

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