Preview: Surly Troll. One Part MTB, One Part Utility
While at the Surly Intergalactic Headquarters of QBP I was able to demo a few bikes for commuting purposes from my abode to the headquarters. While there was also a Civia I haven’t put up yet, there is a Surly Troll that also busted a friends hip on the black ice across the Minneapolis pavement.
Holiday Stocking Stuffer Wish List
I’m a cyclist, I ride year round and there are key things that I use year round, or around this time of year lust after. For all of you looking to buy something for a cyclist in your life this is my stocking stuffer list. I’ll also be writing up a larger item Holiday Wish List for the bigger ticket items.
Camelbak Podium Chill Bottle
Insulated, easy to use mouth piece and a close off valve to keep the bottle from leaking in your bag or on a shaky mountain ride.
Rear Blinky Light
Walk in to any bike shop and for $10 – 40 you can get a good rear light. Depending what type of traffic and weather your cyclist rides in you may want to spend more.
I’m a sucker for wool but maybe your cyclist is into pastel colors, crazy designs or an easy “STFU” on their cuff. Another easy to find stocking stuffer.
Tubes for your bike is a much needed evil for when you get a flat on the side of the road. Take a look on the side of the tires of your cyclist bike, right down the sizes and note if the valve of the tire looks like a car or a skinny presta valve. (If you explain it at all to a shop they’ll understand.) Often during the holidays shops will have buy 5 for the price of 4 or something.
Holiday Clif Bars
During the holidays Clif puts out limited runs of their bars in Gingerbread, Pumpkin and Peppermint. Local grocery stores and bike shops should have these in stock.
How Do You Dress for 10º Commuting?
Next Monday through Friday I’ll be in Minneapolis for a week’s worth of training for the new gig. I would like to commute by bike as much as possible from my humble abode to the QBP headquarters 14 miles away. Looking at the weather it seems to be in the teens most mornings, granted I am a week out so weather may change.
How would you dress for such weather? What are key things I should pack and worry about?
Upstate SC SORBA’s 2nd Annual Oyster Roast
Who wants to go?
There will be plenty of local cluster oysters brought in from the coast! We will have all the accoutrements up to and including chili, crackers, horseradish and Tabasco! There will be several kegs compliments of our good friends at RJ Rockers Brewing Co. and Community Tap! And, can you believe it, Grass Backerds returns to entertain with some amazing Bluegrass! In addition, the BIG ACC Football Championship game will be showing outdoors on the BIG screen so you won’t miss a thing. Did I mention the impressive bonfire to keep us warm and toasty? This go round, we will also have s’mores and weenies for the kidz!
It sounds like a partee!
BYO: I.D. if you wish to imbibe, chairs, shucking knife, shucking glove/towel, marshmallow/weenie skewers for the kidz
Prices in advance (through noon on December 2nd):
$15 for children ages 4-12
$25 for ages 13+
$15 LADIES ONLY on 11/18 and 11/25
Day of event pricing:
$15 for children ages 4-12
$35 for ages 13+
No refunds. RAIN or SHINE.
Dear Bike Industry, Please Find Your Morals
I was asked to remove the original photo and name of the woman in the below story by the woman. She doesn’t want to continue to be apart of the fight to make cycling a better place for women.
Last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, I was awoken with the sounding of bells, chats and emails. You see a friend saw a female cyclist in need, knowing I would take up arms and fight the good fight he sought me out at o’dark:30 Seattle time. It would take a bystander woman to get things moving in the right direction.
A few years ago a woman was cheering on the sidelines of SSCXWC in her bikini. Well aware there were photographs taken, and shared. Let’s be honest…if I had a body like that, I would be on the sidelines in a bikini too. Fast forward to last Wednesday, the eve of Thanksgiving. Road Bike Review decided to make a caption contest out of this photo. Moving forward they did not MODERATE the comments, and when the subject of the photograph emailed and added her own comment – it was ignored/deleted.
I don’t need to remind you, I don’t mind scantily clad cycling women. Neither does the subject of the photograph. What I do mind is having a photo being used as a caption contest, with no moderation. Road Bike Review, this is how you want to draw in women to read your site? Let’s allow vulgar comments that border libel actions.
Learn more from the original email to OBRA after the young woman tried to reach out to Road Bike Review multiple times.
Earlier this morning (after being beat up on) the Facebook photo and “caption contest” was removed. I hope the bicycle industry media and marketing geniuses learn something from this. We live in a progressive world but do we need to make it any worse?
Photo credit: creativextreme.com
Is it an Egg? No, It is a Aereonaut Saddlebag
Saddle bags are an interesting commodity. When you find one that doesn’t rattle around, that carries exactly what you need and doesn’t rub a hole in your shorts – you forget about it. Many companies have come out with unique ideas on how to carry your emergency tools on the bike. A great example is The Awesome Strap, which is a robust strap that can put your tube, levers and CO2 in various places but leaving your tube exposed to the elements with the chance of rubbing a hole in your rubber.
Another bag was released this morning to the masses through a press release. The concept is engaging, I’ve shot an email back to gain one for review. As everyone that rides a bike should have emergency tools/tube on hand.
Albabici Aereonaut Saddlebag
As the original title says, Is it an Egg? NO! It’s an Aereonaut Saddlebag.
The plastic shell clips under the rails of your saddle. Your tube and various things are placed in the shell and a silicon skin pulls around the shell and your tube/levers/etc.
Looks to be easy to use, and I like the yellow but would prefer a red or pink! The question is how well does the mount work, how does it work when it is freezing cold and raining?
Full Review: 2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women’s Cyclocross Bike
For the past month I have been cruising around on the 2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women’s cyclocross bike. A good amount of people emailed and tweeted about the bike, so there must be an interest in women’s cyclocross! You can read the preview over yonder.
Race Report: 10 year old Takes on Beginner Women
A race report from a fellow Twin Six racer. Madison is a 10 year old chica killing it in the beginner class down in Florida. Learn more about her adventures at mtbracergirl.blogspot.com
OK..here I was, Little 66 lb/10 year old me about ready to race these women. And I’m thinking…what the heck did I get myself into?? Then, the nerves started to settle in, my stomach was a mess, and I just wanted the whole thing to be over with already.
There was a total of 8 beginner women. I was 6th going into the woods (not good, but better than last). During the first 7 mile lap, racers #1 and #2 crashed, so I was able to past them and move up to the 4th position. Feeling awesome and moving along at a good pace, I came across a difficult a climb. I got off the bike and ran up the hill and ended up passing #3 racer. Then, I came across #2 racer and was able to pass her as she was pushing her bike up a hill. This was too good to be true. I was in second place and kept my position for the rest of the lap and throughout the entire 2nd lap.