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Watch Music for Free! So glad this video is out! "Music For Free" is a musical celebration of wild people and places on the Great Divide from Canada to Mexico.
Why Ride One Bike When You Can Ride Two? Stephanie and I have been eyeing up cargo bikes basically since we found out we were pregnant early last year. But would it be a good financial move to drop $5000+ on a new setup when we're also running on one income?
Lael Wilcox's 2019 Silk Road Mountain Race Specialized Fuse Bikepacking Setup With the 2019 Silk Road Mountain Race beginning tomorrow, we thought we'd give a break-down for what Lael Wilcox will be carrying on her bike for the duration of the event. Lael is hoping to finish the 1700 kilometer course with 27,000m elevation in 7-9 days.
Portland Design Works Gear in Los Angeles Los Angeles has some incredibly diverse riding. For those wanting to see the sights and sounds of the city, or to find solitude in the mountains, there's something for everyone. Portland Design Work's new video showcases just that.
47th Mount Washington Hillclimb is Saturday - Well-trained cyclists possessed by a last-minute desire to pedal up the historic Mount Washington Auto Road this Saturday can still sign up for the opportunity. The annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is accepting additional entrants online at www.bikereg.com/mwarbh or in person at the base of the Auto Road on Friday.
Knolly Launches the 2020 Cache Steel as a Complete or Frame and Frameset Building off this year's launch of the Cache titanium all-road bike, Knolly has just announced a steel version for 2020. The steel Cache maintains the geometry of the titanium Cache, as well as many of the frame details.
Riding Utah's Thunder Mountain: a Trail with Residual Harmony on Santa Cruz Reserve 37 29er Wheels If a trail is made by humans, versus game or erosion, does it carry along with it historical remnants of the trail builder's psyche? Humans use tools to create trails and these tools are guided by feats of strength, both physical and mental. What happens when strength is combined with emotion?
Problem Solvers Now Owns Frame Saver If you have a steel bike and live in a part of the country where it rains a lot, or the roads are salted or otherwise treated to melt ice, then surely you've heard of Frame Saver. Last year, Peter Weigle sold the Frame Saver brand and now Problem Solvers owns it, opening up the distribution platform to all QBP bike shops.
Mavic road wheels range 2019 Mavic's road-wheel catalogue is extensive and can be confusing at first glance thanks to the myriad options within each model range, but the upshot to this variety means there is literally something for every discipline.
Outer Shell Has Improved their Camera Strap They're the photography accessory very little people pay attention to. Let's be honest, for standard use, pretty much anything will do, but add in on-the-bike wear or usage and suddenly there's a lot more to them. Outer Shell has developed a pretty awesome design, with quick-cinch adjustment and a sternum stabilizer.
Race Face's New and Affordable Aeffect R Cranks and Dropper Today Race Face announced two budget products, that look like appealing options for those building out a MTB. The new Aeffect R cranks are made from 7075 aluminum and weigh only 632 grams, while the new Aeffect Dropper is cable actuated and weighs 540 grams.
Kona's Unit X Rigid MTB Looks AMAZING for $1399! There aren't a whole lot of options on the market for those seeking a rigid MTB for shredding trail or bikepacking on. So when a brand like Kona, with their expansive dealer network, puts out something like the Unit X, it piques our interest. With a 29 x 2.6.
The End of the Andean Road – Ryan Wilson When I started this trip through South America almost 3 years ago I had no idea what to expect. I was working on roughly a 5% success rate. Would I quit my "stable job" of almost ten years only to head off into the Andes all by myself and realize that this just wasn't my thing?
The Great Equalizer After watching today's Leave it on the Road post, it reminded me of a piece I read last year, on Science Daily. Coincidentally, I just posted something similar on my personal Instagram account that really resonated with my followers.
The 2020 Trek Checkpoint Gets Candy Coated and AXS It's a busy week for bike companies to jettison their new and improved models into the consumer market. We reviewed the Trek Checkpoint last year and were amazed at how well this bike checked all the boxes. It really felt like Trek listened to its customers and made the most capable bike they could.
Top 5: It's Not a Phase, Mom According to the Census Bureau, the average American spends six hours per day pursuing a hobby or leisure activity. For me, it's more like 24. You see, my entire life has consisted of a series of phases. I'll develop an interest in something, learn about it, and then spend every waking moment incorporating that thing into my life.
The Beautiful Bicycles of the ENVE Open House Part 02: Sklar, Falconer, Sarto, Sage, Argonaut, Moots, Retrotec, Legor, Bastion ENVE has been supporting frame builders, both in the US and internationally for years now and has developed a symbiotic relationship with these artisans, who choose to put their forks, bars, and wheels on customer's build kit lists.
3T's More Affordable Exploro Pro Rival With the popularity of the Exploro, 3T looked to make this all-road platform a little bit more affordable with a Rival build kit, bringing the price down to $3,599.00 for a complete, more than half off from the Exploro Ltd AXS build pricepoint of $9,990.00.
Leave it on the Road: Shinrin-Yoku Brevet In May, ten riders headed to Japan for an adventure with the goal of raising money for cutting edge cancer cell and gene therapy research. "Shinrin-yoku" in Japanese means "forest bath", referring to a walk in the forest soaking in nature and green light.
Rivendell: Cheviot Wool Sweater Pre-Order Fans of Rivendell are well aware that the brand does much more than make comfortable and classic bikes for cruising, touring, and exploring. Their clothing over the years have been legendary, so while a blind apparel pre-order might be scary in some sectors, you can rest assured that Rivendell knows what they're doing.
Industry Nine’s New A318 Stem After their A35 stem's success, Industry Nine decided to adapt the 35mm clamp stem to the 31.8 platform. These A318 stems are machined in the USA, right in Asheville, North Carolina, from domestically sourced 7075 aluminum billet, come in a variety of color options - 11 to be exact!
Midwest Dirt Legion is Building a Better Bike Community This past July I was lucky to attend a downhill day with the rad humans who put on the Midwest Dirt Legion. I had heard tales of their group from my partner and friends, so I was very stoked to finally meet them and see what they were up to.
The Beautiful Bicycles of the ENVE Open House Part 01: Prova, Holland, Alchemy, Salt Air, Mosaic, Pursuit, English, Speedvagen, Bingham, Allied ENVE has been supporting framebuilders, both US and international for years now and have accumulated a long list of these workshops that put their forks, bars, and wheels on customer's build kit lists.
Pearson Once More Unto The Breach We'll come fully onto the thorny issue of value later - no doubt an £800+ singlespeed bike is a subject that will exercise a lot of you - but at this stage it's worth pointing out that this isn't any old aluminium road bike.
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