Monday, October 27, 2014

A Little Fatbike Ride, A Whole Lot of Fun

Waking up to a dreary sky doesn't always make for a great adventure, and I tend to disagree that the best part of waking up is Folders in my cup (because lets face it, it sucks).  Surprisingly the weather panned out to pretty cool and made for an excellent day of shredding.  The beauty of riding Yellow Creek wasn't that "It was muzzleloader season and if the warden caught us with less than the appropriate amount of orange then we would be fined".  Welp thanks Jim Bob! By the way Jim Bob had an orange hat which my size 48 shoes accounted for more orange than what he had equipped himself with.  Advice comes in many forms from know-it-alls-sporting-American-flags-from-their-Honda-Fit, but good thing we came for riding and forgot about advice.  Back to the riding, YC sports some extremely quick single track to begin with, followed by some climbs, a chance to play in the middle and finally topping it off with some beautiful rocks to play on.  We chased the sunset and some muddy high fives were had.  A day in the life of some dudes who know that "fatbikes are mountain bikes"

Saturday, October 25, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Robert's Mukluk Custom Bikepacking rig

I got to have some fun with this one and outfit it with nearly every bag (still waiting on a few) to make this thing complete for a bike packing/fishing trip with some bushwhacking.  The beauty of the fatbike is simple, its a go anywhere machine that can handle pretty much anything you throw at it.  I personally can't wait for my Salsa to get here, and not to bad mouth Surly, but these bikes have some of the most dialed geometry in terms of fatbikes.   But enough about bikes, I'm going to go ride some today.  Get fat!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wow, Yeti Cycles...

Have you been wanting something similar to Life Cycles?  Well then this edit is probably the closest thing to it, and it's fucking fantastic!

SAN JUANS x PROVEN HERE from Yeti Cycles on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Joe's Salsa Beagrease XX1 w/ Whiskey Carbon Wheels

This thing is sick, it weighs less than your bike, has a full drivetrain and is fat.  What more do you need to know?  I am super happy that we were the first to get one of these bikes on the East Coast (thanks to Sam) and its going to a super rad guy.  Let put this in perspective, this bike weighs 24lbs 6oz out of the box, thats less than most dual suspension race bikes, and way less than most fatbikes.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#FITINTHATKIT: Day 15 of 365 So far so good

Day 15, the day the changes don't feel so weird.  I think that so far I am doing well, I have seen a distinct change in my legs, and my stomach.  I can't wait to fit in that kit.  The real test will be this weekend, when I can't prepare food for myself, I will have to eat as light as possible.  I won't have a bike with me for 4 days, so that bums me out a lot.  I plan to start really commuting to work next week, hope the weather cooperates. This will allow me to get on the bike as much as possible.  The good old cross check is going to be my steed for this.

I am really pondering an All City Spacehorse, Ocean Air Cycles Rambler, or a Fargo set up a bit different than everyone else's.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Jason's Mukluk Custom

"This bike is a rocket, it feels like its on rails", ever heard anyone talk about a fatbike before like that?  Well thats just what this Mukluk feels like according to its owner Jason.  I think this is one of my favorite custom bikes that we have done in the last years.  This certainly is beautiful and we made sure to add accents that also serve a purpose of sticking to extremely well made parts, from the Chris King headset to the Hope Tech Hubset, we really made sure to take extra steps on this bike to make it not only burly, but also light weight.   See more from the shop here, and sometime we
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Salsa Cycles: Fatbiking In Alaska

I saw this today on the Salsa blog, they are doing some awesome stuff lately.


Its not the easiest thing to control yourself from eating bad foods when they are all around you.  I haven't had meat in a while and decided to grill chicken for a light alternative to the greens.  I need to get ahold of some micro greens, I really want to try it out…  In other news subbing an avocado for lunch instead of 5-6 slices of pizza sure does help cut down on the calories.

Day 5 and 6 were ok by me, wish the weather was cooperating and I could get out for some decent rides.

Monday, October 6, 2014

#FITINTHATKIT: Day 4 Sunset Ride to Darkness...

Going for a sunset ride to just get out and enjoy some coffee sounds great am I right.  Well thats what we did, pedal a little bit enjoy some coffee from scratch in 38degree weather and hop back on and get riding back in the dark.  The skies were beautiful the entire time…

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Stopmotion MTB Lego Madness


#FITINTHATKIT: Day 3 Can't ride, control calories

My day was a bit packed today, between xfest and a wedding so I decided to control my calories.  This is a simple way to cut back even when you can't make it out… Maybe day 4 will see some riding.  Its getting way colder, that means fatbike weather.

Friday, October 3, 2014

#FITINTHATKIT: Day2 A Little Bit More

I decided today to drink some coffee, outside.  #Coffeeoutside is something kinda special to me, really for me this is the start of doing something that you wouldn't normally do on a bike, just for the sake of getting back out on a bike…  I felt pretty good and loaded up one of my Swift panniers and went for a quick rip, got to a spot, made some coffee, drank it, enjoyed the outdoors, and then was back on the bike.

Part of losing weight is changing the way you do things, little things like taking a bike instead of taking a car.  So today I ran some errands after being outside a while.  I like little family owned companies, in our town today I chose to visit a family paint store and the local coffee shop to pick up some fresh beans for more coffee outside tomorrow.

Keeping with the dieting part of this I've eaten some yogurt, pumpkin seed granola, salad with vinaigrette, and squash soup.  This is breakfast before riding, and lunch after.  Im off to set up for the Allegheny Adventure X-Fest tonight if you're around stop down and say hi at the City Cycle booth for a chance to win some Salsa Cycles swag.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

#FITINTHATKIT: Day 1 And What It Means To Me.

I have a goal, through cycling, eating healthier, I vow to transform my body over the next year…  Right now I'm sitting at 330lbs of whoop whoop yahoo, according to Brett Tippie.  And I really have been looking for something as a catalyst, something that could make me hold my goals, and give me something to work towards.

First off, or second off, there is so much RAD stuff going on out in LA, the cycling community out there is so lush and full of life, and really if it wasn't for social media I wouldn't know on the East Coast.  So a couple of years ago I started reading Tracko, Prolly Is Not Probably (now the Radavist) and some other great sites.  Imagery really captures my attention it gives me a sense of adventure, something that the last few years of "road work" hasn't really got me through (think terrible eating habits).  After getting back into the bike industry two years ago (something I left stupidly almost a decade ago) I was pretty happy with how things could go, but still didn't really have that spark to sit down, seriously debate things, and then put them into action.  Fast forward a bit to Interbike this year, you know the tradeshow that almost everyone in the industry loves to hate (or something like that).  I happened to meet Kyle from Tracko, and Sean from Team Dream Team I explained how they got me stoked on riding again no really, really stoked on riding again, we chatted a bit and then the next morning first thing these two smiling dudes greeted me and started my day off right.  That really stuck with me over the last couple weeks… Yesterday I was sitting around and catching up on some reading and I came across this…  This is one of those kits that just absolutely spoke to me, call it remembering highschool and grade school listening to The Grateful Dead, The Doors, and remember the size I was then, the length of rides I could actually go out and enjoy, and most importantly when I started cycling.  So long story moderately shorter, its time for a change, time to #FITINTHATKIT, along the way I will be rewarding myself, and also challenging myself with some races, and even next year around this time a cross race for the good ol days.  Anyhow I emailed Kyle and apparently this this is going to happen and I couldn't be more stoked. So yep I am dropping weight to wear a jersey, this might sounds nuts, but everyone needs their catalyst.

photo from here, Photo credit Kyle Kelley

I have a target weight of 200-220lbs ( around 100-130lbs weight loss).  According to a friend of mine who happens to be a doctor this is something that is completely attainable within a year without any crazy effects on my skin, or health.  I will reach my goals by eating lots of greens, fruit, skipping the cream in my coffee, eliminating soda, and controlling portions.  Exercise daily, as well as riding, and on the days where I simply cannot make it out extreme portion control.

Thanks, Kyle and Sean, Golden Saddle Cyclery and Endocustoms… You all fucking rock!!!

dinner, I ate the hat, and drank the green

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ACW: Association of Caffeinated Wheelman- Join the club.

I did today, first ride tomorrow, early, leave house head to Greenhouse park, drink some coffee, head home and to work.

you can get your own here!  And then come join the rides!

Great Design: I Really Love This Jersey...

NO, really this thing is insane…  I will even loose weight just to fit in it (and be healthier overall)

Those guys really get me stoked to ride.

image from here

Monday, September 29, 2014

Stoked On Riding: Salsa Cycles Bikepacking

this absolutely makes me want to get out, ride, camp and have a blast.  Anyone want to do a sub 24 hour overnight?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Dave's Surly ECR Extreme Camping Rig

I love my Krampus, and 29+ really is the new black or something like that.  The reality is that the larger tires get rolling and keep rolling for what feels like forever.  Apparently Surly picked up on this and release their ECR the following year.  I had the pleasure of riding this thing for a moment.  The difference in the geometry between this and the Krampus is very noticeable.  If you ever think "hey whats my next do it all touring bike"  this is the one kids.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Interbike 2014: History of Fatbikes Display...

One of my favorite things about Interbike was the history of fatbikes display…  I remember over a decade ago when Carl over at Vicious Cycles made a custom fatbike for Speedgoat (RIP).  This thing was awesome, at the time two rims were welded together, the Remolino was also one of the first to use this tech.  The tires were hand carved and cut in mexico…  Next up was the Surly Pugsley, pretty in purple and rocking Canti mounts, this display brought up some good memories.  Long live fatbikes. Enjoy.

Interbike 2014: Day 1 Part 1

Interbike is a blast, I had to pack in as much as I could into two days.  I hopped off of the plane and immediately went to the show.   Thanks to AJ and Jesse from GHY Bikes in Renton, WA for picking me up and hanging out with me for a few days, also that "comfortable" floor to crash on.

These are pictures of some things I saw that I enjoyed!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Interbike 2014: Some Rad People I Met

Napalm and I

D Riff from SRAM Rye Lemonade

What makes a good interbike is the people… I even remembered to take a picture or two of them.  From legends to people who provide the stoke daily, its jam packed with some awesome people.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Interbike 2014: Making Up For A Decade

A hell of a lot has changed in a decade!  I've gotten back into the industry which provides me with joy, I've been provided with a new found stoked-ness for riding, getting out and getting on my bike as often as I can.  I new this year that trying to cram ten years of missing Interbike into two days would be hard, next year I will hopefully spend the entire week there… maybe I'll even road trip or something epic.

Even though I had a clear idea of what I wanted to accomplish there was still so much to see, lets hope next year I can make more days, or maybe just not have so many meetings.  A whole lot of people hate Interbike, but you can meet some pretty awesome people.  You can see things in the mechanical flesh that puts them into perspective in real life.  You can even hang out with like minded people that loves bikes and cycling as much as you do.

I hope to elaborate on how good Vegas is, well wait Vegas kinda sucks, but Interbike and the people who attend are rad.

Friday, September 5, 2014

RIde Report: FAT-urday Ride Highland

For a holiday weekend it sure was a blast ripping fatbikes at highland… Everyone got rad, some people  even left a little bit of themselves on the trails, while others were surprised.  I would like to thank those who came out, there will be plenty more of these rides throughout the year, so stay tuned in here!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bell Super 2R- Convertible FULL Face...


I can't wait to see this thing in under a month at Interbike.  I had a Giro Switchblade in 98 or 99 and it was great, full face when I needed it to be and regular when I didn't need it.  This is a huge improvement upon that old design…  I will probably be giving one of these a shot because #soenduro


This thing got the special treatment, add some suspension and this thing makes short work of anything, add a rad rider and you get to see the Baby Doll Head garden flattened… it really was spectacular!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Rick's Salsa Vaya Touring Bike

sunset reflections

#STEELISREAL durable, awesome, and perfect for touring…  I love this Salsa Vaya, don't tell my Cross Check, she might get jealous.  You know cause bikes can totally be jealous.  I really do love the way that this bike looks, the Portland Design Works all metal fenders are pretty much the hottest shit on the market right now, they are elegant and well thought out, installation is a breeze.  

Ride Report: Buffalo Rd.

Guess it could have been called Buffalo patch of briars or some thing along those lines… Maybe Buffalo I didn't get a flat for once (someone out there knows what I am talking about… Only took a handful of pictures.

Initial Review: VEE TIRE Trax Fatty 29+ Tire

Big thanks to CITY CYCLE for making this a possibility.
I was lucky enough to snag one of the first sets of these, the first production 29+ tubeless tire, Vee Rubber Trax Fattys.  Having my general luck with my Surly Knards, see small nicks in sidewall and unpredictability in tubeless setup,  I was happy to give these a go.  So, how did I mount these tubeless tires to non tubeless Velocity Dually Rims?

Friday, August 22, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Bryan's Cannondale System 6 Made In USA!

I don't post road bikes too often, but when I do they sure are rad!  I love this bike.  I remember hearing rumors of when this thing was being developed years ago.  Made In USA Carbon with alloy that Cannondale was known for at the time.  BB30 before the BB30 bandwagon, carbon C-Dale Calipers and a USE seat post, remember those, I sure do.  I would love to find one of these for sale, and this one is my size, unfortunately its not up for grabs.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Filer's Carbon Fatty… BLUTO Equipped

Fatbikes have come a long way in the last 8 years, they have grown leaps and bounds in the last three…  Partly because Salsa Cycles and Rock Shox partnered up to develop a suspension fork together…  I had the pleasure of riding this bike shortly, and its rips, carbon rims make a huge difference on fatties especially in the summer.  The all black build it pretty fucking metal too (even though its mainly plastic).  I like the way these pics turned out, I got to play around with some natural light.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pretty Stoked On This….

Thanks Rob for making such an awesome commercial… the fade out killed it...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ride Report: LHORBA Picnic Ride

I was thinking of a way to summarize today's festivities…
So here goes… 

I wasn't pooped so much in the end as I was in the begging (wink if you get it), today was filled with laughs, cheers, jeers, mechanicals, half a truck, free zucchini, slogan filled tshirts, family time, plastic bikes, a couple Mikes, someone put beer in my water bottle, more inchworms hitching a ride than I have ever seen, fatbikes are mountain bikes, and of course East Coast ROX…

Get it? Got it? Good.
It really was a blast, click one picture and it brings up a gallery that you can navigate through.