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Surly Long Haul Trucker

My Surly Long Haul Trucker Touring Bike

In the weeks, months and hopefully years to come, I’m going to start yapping about touring, camping and all things “adventure biking.”   First thing up is of course the bike! Welcome my Surly Long Haul Trucker When I started this build I originally started it as a short distance commuter. The front end was very upright and not very efficient for the long haul, no…

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Introduction of the Cateye TL-LD570 Reflex Auto Light

We recently received the Cateye TL-LD570 Reflex Auto Light and it quickly was installed on the rear of my Salsa Casseroll.  Our initial spin around the block gave the impression that this rectangle of a light is bright, and the reflector works wonderfully.  Something I didn’t realize I was missing in a light.

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Burley Travoy

Burley Travoy Cargo Trailer Full Review

To be honest, I’ve never walked into a review for a product so excited, yet so worried about the outcome. Normally, I have a pretty good idea of how I’ll feel about a product – sometimes my decision or opinion will be swayed one way or another based on product durability or features. The Burley Travoy is a unique trailer system, that would either completely…

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Camelbak Podium Chill Bottle Review

Somewhere in the depths of the internet and one of my computers, is the original version of this article.  I hope the second version is only that much better than the first! Camelbak Podium Chill Bottle MSRP: $12.99 Details: BPA Free, Insulated Bottle A water bottle is a water bottle, you get them free when you buy a bike, complete a ride or purchase them…

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Customer Service : Bike Shop Failure

Last week I attempted to purchase a lock at the shop down the street from work. Prior to riding down to the shop and wasting a lunch hour I first tried to message them on twitter, following it up with an email to the owner asking what type of locks they had. Quickly, the owner responded but I can honestly say his email didn’t lead…

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Reflective Rims and Internally Geared Hubs

  A set of wheels are in for review and in the midst of getting installed on the famous Salsa Casseroll.   Utilizing a Shimano Alfine groupset I have been piecing together in the past 6 months, and the new Velocity Dyad Halo reflective rims. The wheels and review are also based all around the Shimano Alfine groupset, as I’ve been interested in internally geared hubs…

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Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Pittards Glove WS : Review

Let’s be honest, gloves are odd.  I’ve always been a fan of the basic long finger mountain bike glove. Everyday, on road or mountain, I wore them.   Then about two months ago I was sent a pair of Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Pittards Glove.  Things changed, the first was I quickly became P.R.O. by wearing them. 

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Preview : 2011 Trek Bikes Lexa Road Line

If you are here to view the 2012 Trek Lexa line up,  please click here. July through September is an exciting time of the year for the bike industry.  July is one of the busiest months across the US for retailers, and right around the corner the next seasons product is budding to be released. One of the first releases out on the wire are…

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Bike Rides and Bike Shopping

As I work in a bike shop day in and day out I have the blessing, sometimes the curse, to play with all the latest and greatest bike parts.  This adds a ton of complication to bike shopping for myself.  I’m able to help anyone that walks in the door, calls or emails to find their perfect bike but as my goals of cycling or…

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