Brooks Metropolitan Collection
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As a brand, Brooks has really grown from just making saddles by hand in England. While they continue their British handmade saddle heritage, they’ve also introduced a number of handy bags, for both on and off the bike use. Their latest additions being the Mott Weekender duffel and the Rivington Rucksack. As a part of Brooks’ new Metropolitan collection, these two bags are handmade in Italy and as expected, carry a stout pricetag. Stout, but well worth it in my opinon anyway. See more at Brooks England.

Jan 26, 2016 No comments yet
Take Flight with Velocity’s Quill Road Rim

Road rim innovations come peacemeal for companies like Velocity. It’s a process of building technology up off of previous accomplishments. For their newest rim profile, they took their Aileron disc rim, combined it with their successful A23 road rim and developed the Quill. This rim is lighter, stiffer, and wider, coming in at 24.5mm external and 21.1mm internal widths. Available in various drillings, in black and polished finishes.

See more at Velocity.

Jan 25, 2016 3 comments
Mission Workshop: the Sector Merino Crew Neck
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A few good merino crew necks are staples in anyone’s wardrobe. I’ve been wearing a sample of this shirt for about three years. It’s become a favorite shirt for riding, traveling and day to day wear.

The Sector is Mission Workshop’s 18.9 micron 190g/sm Australian Merino Wool crew neck and to give it an extra strong resilience, they spun nylon into the weave. Made in San Francisco and in stock now at Mission Workshop.

Jan 25, 2016 No comments yet
Upside Down

I can’t think of a better video to represent how we all feel on Monday mornings… This one in particular features the Bombtrack Hook 1, which is made from Japanese SANKO steel.

Jan 25, 2016 2 comments
Snow Way!
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Photo by Donal Rey

As soon as I was back from Patagonia, I began catching up on social media, where it was brought to my attention that the NorthEast finally welcomed in winter last week.

I hope all of you are making the best of it and are making some great photos like this one…

Jan 24, 2016 6 comments
Podia Visits Campagnolo

Not many companies can still say they produce their road components domestically. In fact, Campagnolo is the only one I can think of that makes an entire gruppo! Also, a small side note: I went to highschool with Josh Riddle, Campy’s head of PR.

Jan 24, 2016 2 comments
… And We’re Back
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Well, sort of.

First, I’d like to apologize for the lack of updates this week. I was told we’d have wifi each night and I’d be able to update the site (or at least be able to login to the backend and schedule posts that were drafted.) Turns out, like everything in the backcountry of Patagonia, nothing is for certain.

The good news is, once the Santa Cruz embargo is lifted, I’ll have some really insane photos to share from our 4-day excursion into the wilderness of Chile during the Rally Aysen Patagonia.

For now, here’s a photo of Cedric Gracia doing his thing, which as we learned was to keep us entertained and my trigger finger active.

Thanks for being understanding! I’ll begin posting once I’m done traveling back from Chile.

Jan 23, 2016 9 comments
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Snow Way!
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Photo by Donal Rey

As soon as I was back from Patagonia, I began catching up on social media, where it was brought to my attention that the NorthEast finally welcomed in winter last week.

I hope all of you are making the best of it and are making some great photos like this one…

Jan 24, 2016 6 comments
Podia Visits Campagnolo

Not many companies can still say they produce their road components domestically. In fact, Campagnolo is the only one I can think of that makes an entire gruppo! Also, a small side note: I went to highschool with Josh Riddle, Campy’s head of PR.

Jan 24, 2016 2 comments
… And We’re Back
Patagucci_-3

Well, sort of.

First, I’d like to apologize for the lack of updates this week. I was told we’d have wifi each night and I’d be able to update the site (or at least be able to login to the backend and schedule posts that were drafted.) Turns out, like everything in the backcountry of Patagonia, nothing is for certain.

The good news is, once the Santa Cruz embargo is lifted, I’ll have some really insane photos to share from our 4-day excursion into the wilderness of Chile during the Rally Aysen Patagonia.

For now, here’s a photo of Cedric Gracia doing his thing, which as we learned was to keep us entertained and my trigger finger active.

Thanks for being understanding! I’ll begin posting once I’m done traveling back from Chile.

Jan 23, 2016 9 comments
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Have a great weekend and if you can climb towards the sky. I can’t wait to share with you the stories that are coming next week!

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Those Winter Skies
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… in the Angeles National Forest are mind blowing. I was going to go on with some lengthy wax poetics, but I thought I’d let this photo do the talking.

Jan 14, 2016 9 comments
The Bourbon Diet
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Little did I know when I wrote my piece on weight loss and cycling that people would refer to my progression into fitness as “the bourbon diet.” Yet, a few years later, Bicycling Magazine reached out to me for a brief interview on what many of their staff members have found to be a different, yet tricky way to lose added weight.

“No carbs and fewer calories do not a free pass make, cautions Stanford-based nutritional scientist Stacy Sims, PhD, because your body treats alcohol differently than food. “In order for it to be eliminated from your system, it has to be metabolized. The liver takes the bulk of the job, but some residual hangs out and your body uses it first instead of burning carbs or fat, so it interferes with normal metabolism,” she explains.”

Selene did a great job on the article and it’s worth the read, so head over to Bicycling to check it out!

Jan 14, 2016 10 comments
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Brooks England’s C13 Saddles are in Stock and I’ve Been Riding One
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I’ve been a fan of the Cambium line from Brooks since its inception, yet was always hesitant to put one on my carbon Argonaut road bike. Why? I dunno, they never really matched the sleek and minimal aesthetic of my bike. Read that as: they never came in black! Now I don’t really care about weight. I’m not a gram counter, especially when it comes to saddles- even though the C13 weighs 259g – less than any of my other saddles. What I like in a ride is comfort without sacrificing aesthetic or most importantly, functionality. A lot of the über weight weenie saddles look scary or don’t fit my sit bones right. Or they’re just too damn stiff.

On the other side of the coin, Brooks saddles have always felt great. Luckily, the Cambium C13 continues this tradition just with an undated material palette. It’s so sleek that it looks great on a road bike (full driveside photo coming soon with another product review,) which I have to say has been feeling a bit neglected as of late. Yet over the past few weeks, since receiving the C13, I’ve been riding my road bike more and more, just to test the saddle’s durability and feel before I even began to think about writing this review. I was worried the C13 would lose the springiness of the other Cambium saddles when adopting the carbon weave, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it give just the right amount. The only bummer was having to track down oversize rail hardware for my ENVE seatpost.

After what I would consider a lot of road riding for this dirt-minded individual, I’m completely satisfied with the C13. It’s elegant enough for a carbon road bike, fits great, and is made in Italy. The C13 saddle is available for $220 at Brooks Dealers of Excellence worldwide or online at Brooks England.

Any questions? Leave them in the comments and check out more photos below. (more…)

Jan 13, 2016 37 comments
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