Category Archives: Products
A Weekend Off
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Sometimes, you just need to leave the laptop closed for a weekend, keep the “real camera” in its storage case and just ride. For me, especially this time of year, that rarely happens. There’s hardly ever a weekend where I’m not on the road, or preparing for a trip, or dumping and archiving photos, but it just so happened that everything aligned just right this weekend.

Ty came into town to hang out before heading out on a bikepacking trip outside of Austin. We spent two full days doing nothing but riding mountain bikes (for Ty, that means massive gaps on the ride home), swimming, eating good food and just hanging out. It coincided with my birthday weekend, which was a plus, so there was a party with a lot of my close friends.

All of these things falling in line with each other were super rare and yeah, I still can’t leave home without even a pocket camera (usually an iPhone works pretty ok), so check out a few more photos, with brief captions below.

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Apr 26, 2015 2 comments
Pacenti’s New and Improved SL23 Road Rim
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I’ve been riding the “old” version of the SL23 on my Stinner cross bike and have really been impressed with them. So much so that when Pacenti announced yesterday that they had a new design in the works, I couldn’t imagine how they’d improve upon the platform. So, what’s new? Check out this informative graphic and yes, these bad boys are in stock now and shipping at Pacenti.

Apr 24, 2015 8 comments
Huckberry’s Commuter Shop
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Our friends at Huckberry have re-launched their annual Commuter Shop, featuring a lot of made in the USA products from brands like Mission Workshop, SWRVE and Spurcycle. Now’s your chance to scoop up some quality goods, at a reduced price. Yes, you have to sign up for their site, but it’s painless and besides, who doesn’t like getting a deal?

Head over to Huckberry to check out what’s in stock at the Commuter Shop.

Apr 23, 2015 Comments are OFF
Pacenti Developed a 25mm MTB Stem using PDent™
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MTB stems keep getting shorter, but there’s a barrier to ultimate stubbiness. That threshold seems to be around 30mm. Maybe that’s short enough, but for not for Kirk Pacenti. In his quest to push new ideas, Kirk has developed a patent pending PDent™ system, allowing stems to go as short at 15mm, with initial test products coming in at 25mm. Now, 5mm isn’t anything to brag about, but this is an interesting concept and an even moreso, something worthy of discussion.

Rather than paraphrasing Pacenti’s PR, I’ve pasted it in below, along with a few product photos.

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Apr 21, 2015 7 comments
Is it Worth it? Kitsbow’s Alpha Snap Jacket
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While doing reviews of higher pricepoint products like the Kitsbow Alpha Snap Jacket, I’ve found it’s best to set the expectations in the opening paragraph, so here I am, setting those expectations. Now, this jacket is close to $400. It’s made in Canada, from Polartec® Alpha® insulation, a fabric used by the military for years. Read that as very expensive fabric please. This review’s intent is to answer if indeed, the Alpha Snap Jacket is worth the pricepoint, addressing anyone who might be considering the purchase, yet want more information.

I’m not trying to sell every single reader of this site a $400 jacket, I’m simply showcasing some details and thoughts of said jacket to help anyone who has considered buying it. If you want to read on, please do, if this jacket isn’t for you, no worries, no harm done.

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Apr 21, 2015 31 comments
For the Love of Mud Now Available on Blu Ray
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For the Love of Mud, the artistic glimpse into cyclocross racing is now available on a limited edition Blu Ray disc. Stock is dwindling though, so head over to For the Love of Mud quick to pick up a disc. Benedict is in town, here in Austin for a few weeks, so I’ll be trying to pull together an impromptu screening at the Radavist HQ. Stay tuned!

Apr 21, 2015 2 comments
Steel Magazine 10
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Steel Magazine number 10 is officially out in stores and available for online purchase. Head over to Steel to read this issue’s synopsis or to pick up a copy.

Apr 21, 2015 Comments are OFF
Wolf Tooth Bites Down on Stainless Direct Mount Rings for SRAM
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I’ve been using SRAM’s own direct mount ring for a few weeks now and love it. While I’m all for the slick black aesthetic of their native design, it’s hard to deny the appeal of stainless. Wolf Tooth Components just launched a super durable, SRAM-compatible, made in the USA direct mount chainring for your 1x system. Head over to Wolf Tooth Components for more information and availability.

Unfortunately, in the time this post was scheduled, all that remains are the 24t rings, so if you’re looking for that size, you’re in luck. If not, you’ll have to wait for a restock…

Apr 20, 2015 4 comments
Soma’s New Gaping Gator Dirt Drop Handlebars
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Never underestimate the benefits of a wide, flared-out dirt drop. Especially for off-road riding. While 655mm might sound like a MTB bar width, all that leverage in a shallow drop can add just the right amount of control to your MTB, cross or all-road bike.

Soma’s new Gator Bar looks like a beast! Check out more at the Soma blog and see the specs below.

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Apr 20, 2015 10 comments