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Osprey Packs!

Posted by Dave on June 12, 2013

Last night, the good people from Osprey came out to let our Tuesday gang demo some bags.  I haven’t personally ridden any Osprey packs yet – gotta say I was pretty impressed after spending a night with the mid sized Raptor 10 pack.

Let’s check out some cool features of the pack.

One of my favorite features is the integrated tool roll.  You can leave it in the pack or take it out.  Holds a bunch o stuff.

I also like that the bladder hose integrates into the shoulder strap.  No catching your hose on a branch and it looks super clean.

I’ve always been a big fan of pockets on the hip straps.  Great place for a camera or a slim multi tool.

Great ventilation on the back of the bag, too.

There were a few things I didn’t like, but it’s primarily because either the bag was too small, or I bring way too much stuff.  To use the pack, I evacuated all of the contents of my current 1600cc bag.  Not rocket science, but all of that stuff won’t fit into a bag that’s 600 smaller…  Anyway, I was able to stuff the Raptor 10 with 2 tubes, a shock pump, hand pump, couple CO2s and a cracker, some food, a raincoat, small medical kit, spare belt, full water bladder and a camera and mini tools.  After that, the bag was at capacity.  No extra room for a Dales or a burrito for those longer rides.  BUT, with all of that jam packed in the bag, it was very comfortable and set up very easy.  During our 2ish hour ride, nothing stuck out as being uncomfortable and I otherwise forgot about the bag.  Good stuff.  The only other thing I didn’t like were the hip pockets.  I like their style and execution, but I would’ve prefered them to be farther to the front of the strap.  To access the hip pockets, I had to reach behind a little and it wasn’t that easy.  The hip pockets also hit right on my rear jersey pockets.

I guess that’s it.  Loved the bag really.  We’ll be stocking Raptor 10 and 14 bags, as well as some Raven (female version) and Vipers.  Come on in and check them out.

13th Annual Lyons Fat Tire Fest/Enduro/Deathmarch is this Sat!

Posted by Dave on May 21, 2013

I got out yesterday to do a little recon for this years ride. With all the late season snow we’ve received, you never know what you’re going to get up high!

Here’s s small sampling of what we’re going to get into along our 40 mile, 7000′+ feet of climbing route.

Hike a bike…


Swamps (we won’t ride thru them.  Well, not too much anyway…)

Lots of fine singletrack…

Maybe some a water crossing or twenty…

And there will definitely be trudging thru snow!

If all of this sounds good to you, we’re meeting at Redstone this Saturday at 8am.  We’ll be gone ALL DAY so don’t make other plans, unless it’s to drink beer with us afterwards!

Arizona Spring Break! pt 1

Posted by Dave on April 9, 2013

Spring Break 2013 woohoooooo!  Or something like that. What’s a fellow do when he’s got a free week, a bike, family, and a house available in Phoenix?  Not rocket science.  We were desert bound!

Fortunately, the house is mere minutes pedaling distance from the Mormon Trailhead at South Mountain.  South Mountain is the largest municipal park in the country.  It’s got tons of acreage but, even more importantly, over 50 miles of crushing rocky desert singletrack.  My choice for this mission?  None other than handcrafted steel would do for this voyage.  REEB me!

DAY 1 was a get my feet wet type of affair.  For those familiar with South Mt, the route was hike up Mormon to National, National to Telegraph Pass, back up the road and down Geronimo.

 

We had definitely missed peak color for Spring in the desert, but it wasn’t without it’s own beauty.

Geronimo descent never ever ever dissapoints.  As JD says, that trail DEALS!  So rocky, steep, technical, all good.  After driving all night and only 4 hours of sleep, I was spent!  Time to roll back to the house  to eat tacos and recover for day 2.

DAY 2 was a mellow day.  Since I was not entirely familiar with the east side of South Mountain, I explored some trails on that side before heading off on Desert Classic.  Rollers in and out of arroyos, pretty non technical but very fast.

Once you get far enough into Desert Classic, though, there’s some fun riding.  Twisty and fast. I was planning on something big for day 3, so the rollers were good for me.

Plus, the steep chunk and temps in the mid nineties were a shock to my system after being used to weather in the 50s and Hall and Heil Ranch.  The only thing remotely technical that I’d been on recently was LHOHV.

We’ve been coming to the Phoenix house for a couple of years now and I’d been starting to get familiar with South Mountain.  3rd day in I had big plans.  The goal was to ride National trail in it’s entirety plus throw in some other bits for fun.  I knew it would be a big day but didn’t know how big it was going to be.  More tacos.

DAY 3!  Plans are bound to change right?  Instead of leaving from the house as I’d initially planned, I actually started the day right at the middle point of National Trail.  Family hike means I get to bring my bike and start whereever I want!  The major upside to this was that, since I started at basically the center top of the mountain, I could hit both great National Trail descents in the same ride.  Bonus!  The route was: National from Telegraph Pass heading West to Gila trail.  Back on Gila, hike a bike up Pyramid, then back east on all of National, then Javelina down.

Started the day with a little pedaling on the road, then a stiff chunky staircased hike a bike on National.Fortunately, especially for the start of the day, it wasn’t too long or too steep.  And it tops you off on the ridgeline with incredible views.

And does that lead to a fun descent!  National trail from the top descending west was super fun.

From the bottom of National, I veered to the left and hit the Gila Trail.  Gila and Bursera basically parallel each other and I think they’d both be better going the direction opposite that I was!  Oh well.  Gila wasn’t a bad climb.

It’d be better with gears as I had some pushing to do on the REEB, but it was all good.  And it had a fun little descent towards the end.

It took a while, but I actually did find a shady spot to cool down and crack a beverage.  It was hot enough that I double coozied.  It worked!

From that point, it was a pretty solid hike back to the top of National Trail via the almost brand new Pyramid Trail.  Pyramid had some cool views, too.  Not sure how rideable it would’ve been with gears, but I was sure whooped after hiking it!  Did I mention the views?  Looking SW, I could see little dust storms in all directions.  Here’s 3 in the same shot.

Finally, back on National Trail. From Telegraph Pass to the east, National has some fun sidehill action.  Tough too!

I took National all the way east, then down Javelina.  It was National Day. I ended up riding 90% of National in one day and got both descents in going the best direction.  Door to door was 4.5 hours.  Whooped. More tacos.  And beer.

Days 4-6 to come.  Stay tuned!

2013 Shop Jerseys!

Posted by Dave on March 5, 2013

Check out the new Redstone jersey designs.  Preorder by March 15 for late May/early June delivery.  $80 for either style.  Give us a call or email to get your name down.  We will be ordering some for shop inventory, too, but preorder to guarantee that you get one!  Fit on the SS jersey is a club/loose fit with a set in/t shirt style sleeve.  The DH/Enduro jersey is a 3/4 sleeve loose fit with no pockets or zippers.


Upcoming Boulder County Volunteer Opportunities, including Trail Crew Leader Training

Posted by Dave on February 26, 2013

Spring is coming and Boulder County Open Space has plenty of opportunities to volunteer.  Check them out!

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Proverbially Loose Headset on an Inset?

Posted by Dave on January 24, 2013

We’ve seen this a couple of times now.  Customer comes in complaining about a proverbially loose headset.  We tighten it, feels good, and it’s loose again right away.  Repeat a couple of times and it never gets better.  If you’ve got a Cane Creek 10 headset or something else with a plastic upper cup, here’s what’s happening.

This is a pic of the plastic headset upper cup, sans bearing.  Note there is no lip to keep the cup up in the frame.  Since it’s plastic, it’s broken, hence the headset that never properly tightens.

 

In this next pic, you can see the broken Cane Creek 10 removed from the bike next to a metal Cane Creek 40 that replaced it.

3hrs in 20 Degree Weather. The Gear pt 1

Posted by Dave on January 16, 2013

So far this week, I’ve got about 5.5 hours of riding in sub 20 degree weather.  When I worked at Pearl Izumi, we always used to say “No such thing as bad weather, just bad apparel.”  Now it’s years later and I’ll still go with that.  Just bad apparel.  BUT – even good apparel can work poorly if you don’t know how to put it together.

Here’s how I do it.  First off, baselayers are key.  Baselayer on everything from feet to fingers to body.  I heard a trick lately about using nitrile gloves for baselayers on hands.  Nitrile is like latex, but non allergenic.  So far after a few rides, they’ve not proven to be the silver bullet I wanted, but they do seem to help in arctic conditions.  Wearing Nitrile gloves underneath took  longer to get my hands up to warmth, but once there, they trapped the water from sweat and created a nice thermal layer next to my skin.  My normal gloves are pretty good though, and I don’t foresee myself using this trick if it’s over 25 or 30.

More on baselayers.  ”Wicking…”  Pretty much all fabrics “wick.”  To wick moisture simply means soak up.  Cotton wicks.  But, you all know that cotton stays wet once it wicks.  Moisture transfer is key.  Make sure your baselayer has some kind of moisture transfer to it, i.e. it will wick the moisture away from your body and pass it to the outside of the garment for the next layer to pick up.  The goal is to move sweat away from your body as much as possible.  Drier = warmer.  Before you head out into the cold, make sure you’ve got your bases covered.  I wear wool socks and a good high tech base on my core.

There’s another trick, though.  It’s possible you’ve got the best baselayers available underneath the best outergarments available but you’re still cold.  Sounds simple, but make sure everything fits well.  The problem we see 99% of the time is that winter shoes and gloves are too tight after using those thick wool socks, etc.  Size up on your winter gear.  The thing is, if you can’t wiggle your toes or fingers, your garment is fitting so tight that it’s constricting blood flow.  Less blood flow = cold hands and feet.  Make sure you’ve got some room to breathe in your fingers and toes.

That’s part 1 of how I stay warm in the winter.  Next time, I’ll go over outerwear!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slow Day Cold Day

Posted by Dave on January 12, 2013

What’s a shop do when its 10 degrees outside and few projects going on? We got our 1953 Monark rolling. Now we have a new shop townie!

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Who’s making SRAM XX1 drivers?

Posted by Dave on January 10, 2013

 

Want to change your drivetrain over to SRAMs latest 11sp XX1 setup? Check out which hub mfgs are making drivers to accomodate…. Manufacturer Round Up: Who’s Making SRAM XX1 Drivers & What Are the Design Challenges? – Bike RumorXX!

http://www.bikerumor.com/2012/12/27/manufacturer-round-up-whos-making-xx1-freehub-bodies/

Remote bloggin

Posted by Dave on January 10, 2013

First ever remote blog post!