Tuesday, December 16, 2014

RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Matts's Salsa Mukluk 1x10

It was fun to get to put this thing together, it might be missing a few final parts ala Chris King Sour Apple Headset, but overall converting this thing to 1x10 was the right decision, and will keep the drivetrain clean in the muckiest of situations.  Our future plans for this bike include an Industry wheelset, and some fatter rubber.  Matt was super happy when he picked this up and I just love getting people out on bikes, it really does bring joy to my life.  I was pretty happy to get to play with a different camera and get some super detail shots, do you see the snow?  Photos by Matt Cline & Jarrod Bunk

For more info there will be a post to follow HERE

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ride Report:City Cycle Faturday Ride-Hi Viz Is the New Black

The ride today was excellent, and I would like to thank everyone who joined us for the City Cycle Saturday ride.  The snow was super grippy, the rocks were pretty slippy and there was even some mud to test out the D.FENDER (now in production).  The group started with 8 people, and as the distance grew we lost a few people, the perks of riding at Highland is that there are bail points all over.  Highland also has some obstacles that you can tackle should you like to, you can even give these a shot on the Saturday rides, its the time of these year that if you fall, you're landing on snow.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Made In USA: Red Wing Heritage

I really do enjoy Made In USA goods, I try to get them when I can, and in my recent business venture have even chose to produce my (to be released) product this week.  I am excited.

Monday, December 8, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Rob's Custom Surly Krampus w/ Chris King

Is a single speed all you need?  Well let just say to the right person, yes.  There are some pretty awesome little details on this bike that you wouldn't know unless you knew where to look.  The headbadge was handpainted, decals are custom, theres even a krmapus somewhere on the bike, but I am not telling.  Revelate Designs hooked up the bags and they are a nice compliment to the bike and holds everything you need for a day of riding (gets weight off of back).  The build on this bike was super fun, luckily we snagged some Hugo rims, built them up to Chris King hubs and used that as a starting point for this rad bike.  Jeff makes some pretty incredible bars at Jones and anyone who uses them knows there is just something special about them.   29+ is a platform that is here to stay, and makes short work of rocks, roots and rolls so quick.  Enjoy, I had some fun photographing this thing.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ride Report: City Cycle Faturday Ride-First Snow

Well another City Cycle Faturday ride went down and it was fun.  Want to have this kind of fun, pick up a fatbike, then follow us on Facebook.  We announce them here.  I didn't get to take too many pictures as I was having such a blast riding my new fattie.  The group was awesome and I am happy we could organize something like this through the shop.  #fatbikespecialist

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Lee's Salsa Cycles Beargrease Carbon

Sporting a full XX1 kit this fattie sure does prove that "fatbikes are mountain bikes"  We talked for a while about the perfect bike to complement riding four seasons, this is the one.  Salsa puts out some dialed products.  This bike is light enough to ride all year round with enough grip to make short work of the soon-to-be-snowy season.  Thru-axles, combined with one of the shortest fatbike rear ends at 440mm make for one hell of a snappy fatbike.  I really, really love the orange on this thing and can't wait to see if get snowy, and muddy.  Enjoy Lee!  If you want something rad like this I highly recommend checking out HERE.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Why Bikepack, A Salsa Cycles Short Film

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Joe's Salsa Cycles Carbon Beargrease X1

When this bike showed up at the shop, I thought to myself (this won't last long).  It didn't, the stiffness of the Beargreases Carbon Frame, combined with the 440mm chain stays, make for an ultra nimble bike.  Right at 27lbs out of the box this bike isn't even as light as it can be, which is incredible for a fatbike. Another key to keeping the weight down in the right places on the bike is the Surly Large Marge Lite wheelset with Salsa's New Conversion 2 Hubset. MORE HERE

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Alan's Giant Trance Advanced Carbon 29er

Bikes can take on personalities, this one is subtle, but when you are on the pedals, its rip your face off fast.  This rocket ship is light, stiff, and durable thanks to its Advanced Grade Carbon Triangle and ALUXX SL rear end.  Alan is quite the lucky one and I am sure even with the weather, he cannot wait to get this thing out for a rip.  Enjoy!  MORE HERE

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jimmy Chin- National Geographic Video

I don't climb, but I sure do admire Jimmy Chin's lifestyle, as well as his work.  Seriously this guys images are epic.  Now check out this video and see 150page passport.


I really do love every single vid that Nicolai has put out.  this one is no exception.  This make me just want to get out and shred.

PIG RODEO with David "G-RÄF" Graf from Whyex Productions on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ride Report: FATurday Fatbike Ride Highland Park

We had a fantastic showing, to join the group check here, we post info about Fatbike rides frequently.  I really do love getting out with a group of like minded individuals.  I like having a good showing, and we even had some people try some things that they wouldn't have necessarily tried.  I can't help but be stoked to see new people getting into riding.  This is really what I live for, the power of bike.  There are over 60 Pictures from today, clicking on one brings up the gallery view.

Friday, November 7, 2014

#RADBIKEOFTHEDAY: Trek Farley Fatbike Revelate Bags

This bike is pretty awesome, just ask the people locally who own them.  They can be outfitted with many different kits, and this one just happens to be that way with a set of Revelate bags to take the weight off of your back.  The Trek Farley has a lot of standover in this size medium.  For more info check out this place.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Made In America: Frank The Welder...

This dude, beast from the East.  Growing up in the mountain bike industry it was hard not to respect everything this guy does.  Still want an old Spooky.

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.