Fat tires, sweet beard and the color orange. How much more awesome could this months Twin Six T-shirt of the month be?
A guest post by Laura Colbert of Loose Nuts Cycles in Atlanta, GA
I’m really excited to follow Arleigh’s New Years post from yesterday. I too have spent the past couple of weeks reflecting on the past year and what I would like to see in the coming year. Read More
From mid-September to March I am living in knee warmers. My tan lines will prove this as it is pretty far into the summer before the lines around my mid calves start disappearing. Here is my ode to knee warmers…
Ideas for what to put in that stocking of the cyclist you love, or me!
Fresh new bar tape from Lizard Skins or Ergon GP2 grips are the easiest way to freshen up a bike. I’m also a big fan of both of these for long training miles in the winter. Happy hands = Happy Arleigh
Honey Badger + Socks made in North Carolina, how much more awesome could you get?
Gels, Bars and All Things Nutrition
Ritz and his crew love bikes, support many causes and have the best hug to be found at tiring trade shows. Your local bike shop can order, or you can order direct. My personal favorite is Breakfast Buzz, Bike Shop Girl will probably have a private label of this after the holidays!
Lights and more Lights
It’s that time of the year that either it’s dreary on your road ride or you aren’t mountain biking after work because you can’t see. Help out your cyclist, keep them riding and safe!
On the road option 1: To be seen, this is for the front and back on the road when it’s getting dark. I’m a fan of the new Knog Blinder lights as they charge with a built in USB and add some personality to your bike.
On the road option 2: I’m biased, I LOVE the folks at Light & Motion. The gift set will add some much needed visibility and you can see with the 200 lumen headlight, unless you’re rolling at 25mph. Both are charged by a USB cable, saving the planet one battery at a time.
On the trail: Light & Motion is what I run almost exclusively. They are water proof, bomb proof, and the company (as mentioned) rocks. If your loved one doesn’t have anything to trail ride with I would recommend the Taz 800 or the Seca 800. The biggest advantage of the Seca is being able to run on your helmet (my preference) and a separate battery so you can charge others or have backups for long rides.
Strava and Garmin Geeks Rejoice
Does your loved one ride non-stop with a Garmin strapped to their bike? Class it up a bit with this K-Edge mount.
For the Single Speeder in your Life
Endless (another NC based company) is now anodizing their cogs to order!
EVERY bicycle rider needs one of these. Or two. Or four. It won’t prevent an accident, but it could save their life and notify you faster!
If all else fails, a gift card to your local bike shop towards merchandise or service would make any bicyclist happy!
For the 2013 season I’m really focusing on a handful of endurance mountain bike races and then a slew of cross country mountain bike series (SERC, Southern Classic and the Georgia State MTB.) Then in the fall of course will be cyclocross domination (it will be domination and not just participation!)
Looking at my schedule and thinking of bikes for work/demo and brand representation I had a lot to chose from. My rock steady go to bike for the past year has been the Salsa Spearfish. Made to crush endurance with 29er wheels, 100mm front, 80mm rear and a very stable handling platform. As a rep I have many brands to represent and having ridden a Spearfish non-stop for the past year most of my stores have seen that bike, or at least listened to stories of how killer the bike is.
Enter the Foundry Cycles Broadaxe
When I heard a company was making a waterproof backpack designed not only for bike commuting by for WOMEN I jumped at the chance to review the product.
Velo Transit is a based out of Seattle, WA where they design, build, test and ship their bags out of. The first time I learned of the company was this past spring, they are making waves as their designs are very function built and have some pretty unique ideas built into their bags.
Why didn’t I schedule a trip to NYC like I had hoped for this week?
Please join Chrome and Horitoshi1 to celebrate the launch of the Chrome Tokyo Series bags.
The event is tonight from 7 – 11 pm at our Chrome HUB store in NYC.
Long climbs. Long descents. Gravel. 50 miles. The Wall. Vineyards. Wine.
SOUTHERN CROSS 2013
The first endurance cross race in the Southeast. You can use cyclocross bikes or mountain bikes though the course will favor cross bikes. The course will be mainly gravel roads with some spectator-friendly cyclocross goodies thrown in to distinguish it from a mountain bike or road race. SX2013 is also the first race of the 2013 American UltraCross Championship Series so you must not miss it.
It’s that time of the year. Unless you live in some odd part of the country that doesn’t receive seasons, fall is hitting you smack in the face. You may get caught in a cold rain, or have a headwind chilling you to the core on a late night commute.
Chrome has released a new jacket just for those reasons.
The Storm Pasha features fully-taped 100% waterproof breathable Chrome Storm™ technology. It has a bike-friendly fit for comfortable riding, pit zips and two way main zipper for active venting, a zippered back cargo pocket for cell phone and keys, and reflective details so you can be seen at night.
Features and Fit
- Fully seam taped construction with waterproof Tactel nylon fabric
- Zippered pit vents for on bike ventilation
- High neck collar with 3 panel hood
- Full width pass through back cargo pocket
- Longer sleeves and torso for riding comfort
- Waterproof two way main zipper for on bike ventilation
Personal thoughts on the Storm Pasha
I wish there were more colors, or at least color hits to make the jacket pop out in the dark while riding on the streets. Black is sexy and clean, but so is not dying. Once I get my hands on one I’ll be sure to let you know the fit and durability!