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Pining over the Pinion Drivetrain System – Adam Sklar

Words by Adam Sklar, photos from Sklar Bikes, diagrams from Pinion

The Pinion Gearboxes have been around for a long while now but their popularity in Europe is just now starting to break its way into the US bike scene. Last Fall Sklar Bikes started receiving orders for frames built with the mounting system for these gearboxes and as someone who had eyed them for years, with only a little riding experience, I was pretty excited. Being that Sklar builds all custom bikes, it feels great to offer something that is really special and harder to get. These frames have mostly seen use as commuters, “bikepacking bikes” and everyday trail bikes for customers who are maybe less maintenance-inclined or just intrigued by this neat system. So far all of those customers have been psyched on their bikes and I am happy to build with Pinion, though there are certainly pluses and minuses that come with it. At the end of the day, it is pretty easy to overthink a bike, but of course, overthinking bikes is my job and so what follows are my thoughts on Pinion from the perspective of someone who builds bike frames for a living and also spends a whole lot of time riding them. (more…)

May 22, 2018 13 comments
Silca’s Travel HX-Two Travel Kit

The thing I use the most in my toolkit is my Silca HX-One home wrench set, yet I never bring it on the road with me because I’m afraid of losing some of the tiny bits in the black hole that is my truck. After the success of the HX-One home kit, Silca announced their HX-Two travel kit. These are not your standard hex wrenches. Not at all. This is Silca after all.

These wrenches are heat treated with a 9 step process, with a high grip polymer coating over high-engagement satin chrome. After over two years of heavy use, my HX-One wrenches still look brand new. The hex keys in the set, which include 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5, 2, and 1.5mm, and Torx® keys include T30, T27, T25, T20, T15, T10, T9, T8, and T7. See more at Silca.

May 22, 2018 10 comments
Firefly Bicycles: 6Al-4Va Titanium Seat Collars

Looking for some MUSA bling for your bike? Check out these 6Al-4Va Titanium Seat Collars by Firefly. They’re made in the USA, weigh 25 grams, are available in 35mm and 31.8mm, come in brushed or blasted, and are made by Oglewatch Co exclusively for Firefly. These beautiful ti nuggets are $100, or you can add anodizing for $20 extra. Swoop up one at Firefly.

May 21, 2018 23 comments
Brief Thoughts: Ditching Bib Shorts for Good and Civic’s Merino Boxer

Civic’s merino boxers piqued my interest when they first launched.

Over the past few years, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect merino boxer short and before you cite that as ridiculous, hear me out. Back in 2014, during our Oregon Outback tour, I developed severe chaffing from my bib shorts during the first 20 miles of the event and was worried. I had over 350 miles to go on this challenging course and could barely walk. The worst of it was I only packed one pair of merino boxers to wear at camp. Having no other option, I ditched the bibs and put on the boxers under my shorts, along with some Neosporin and that became my kit for the day. Again, apologies for the details here. The next morning I felt great and continued to wear boxers, in lieu of bibs up until this day. Unless I’m on a road ride, on a road bike, I haven’t worn bibs since. (more…)

May 21, 2018 83 comments
SOLD OUT: Get Deserted Big Byways Warm Weather Bottles

We took our Byway bottle and upped the capacity, rendered it in black, and added in our “Deserted” logo, just in time for the warmer months ahead. Pick up a PAIR for $25 plus shipping, worldwide. The first 30 orders will get a FREE Deserted vinyl logo, in desert tan.

If you ordered a Howdy Coyote tee, reply to your Paypal receipt and we’ll refund you $5 for shipping.

SORRY SOLD OUT! Side note: we’re working on a webshop, much more inventory and a drop-ship system, which hopefully will be implemented late Summer. Thanks for your patience!

May 21, 2018 4 comments
SOLD OUT: The Radavist Howdy Coyote Pocket T

Howdy Coyote is here to remind you to be nice and say ‘howdy’ on the trail. Although, if you catch an ol’ timer out there, they might stop you for a conversation, because back in the day, ‘howdy’ was a question; a shortened form of “how do you do?” and still to this day, to some that’s an open invitation for a dialog. Hell, we could use a little more face to face time with our fellow humans these days, especially out on the trails, where like-minded souls flee to in an attempt to escape the day to day grind of city livin’. So do like Howdy Coyote and make sure to say hello.

These Kyler Martz-designed t-shirts are made from American Apparel pocket t-shirts and printed by FUN Artists in Los Angeles. They’re $25 shipped to the USA and $40 shipped worldwide. Swoop up now while they’re in stock below. SORRY SOLD OUT!

May 20, 2018 1 comment
Rapha Enters the Saddle Market With Various Widths

Made by Selle Italia in Italy and designed from scratch by Rapha over the past two years, these new saddles offer the stylings of classic and pro team Rapha apparel, on one of the most essential parts of your bicycle. These saddles are vailable in various widths, with or without cut-outs, are easy to fit your tush with their saddle width calculator, and are in stock now at Rapha.

May 15, 2018 11 comments
Paul Component Engineering: Boxcar Stems in 110mm

The Boxcar stem is Paul Component’s flagship stem design and it’s now available in a 110mm length, perfect for a road, all-road, or cross bike. These stems are made in Chico, come in 7º, in black, silver, or polished and are in stock now, shipping direct from Paul, or available for ordering at your local dealer.

May 11, 2018 3 comments
Widefoot’s LiterCage Helps You Carry A Lotta Water

When you need all the water you can haul, products like the Widefoot LiterCage really come in handy. These steel bottle cages utilize the same mounting hole pattern as an “Anything” mount or traditional bottle cage boss spacing and are designed to carry larger bottles like Nalgene’s products in a unique 5-hole bolt pattern. Their sturdy construction (each cage weighs 168g) will hold a bottle in place inside the front triangle of your bike, while fork-mounted, or a third location like under your downtube greatly benefits from the use of a Voile ski strap, especially when using the 1.5 liter Nalgene bottles, especially when the going gets rough.

I’ve been using Nalgene bottles of various sizes with the LiterCage, mostly in the desert over the past few months, but have migrated this platform onto my bikes when bigger day rides require maximum water carrying capacity. For me, it’s nice having the bulk of the water weight as low as possible on the bike and off my back, where I usually carry my camera. Transferring the weight to under the downtube, or on the fork blades makes for a more stable riding experience.

The LiterCage is made in Nebraska, comes in two finishes; silver and black, and are in stock now at Widefoot Design, as well as select retailers. If you want your shop to carry Widefoot, ask them politely!

May 10, 2018 9 comments