Wednesday, June 25, 2014
This video depicts Ira Ryan riding (and winning) The Orgeon Outback, a 360 mile ride through rural Oregon. He wins it on a Breadwinner B-Road frame, which is a disc-equipped "adventure bike" built for gravel, and similar terrains. Both the bike and scenery in this video are beautiful, and it's really got me itching for another long trek.
Read more here.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This past weekend was spent dong something that I would probably consider to be "bikepacking". The Milk Lodge crew and I loaded up our bikes with bags and backpacks and made the long trek from Chicago to Milwaukee (I'll likely post all about it soon). It would have been nice to have come across this post on Yonder Journal prior to leaving though. There are some great tips for traveling by bicycle there, or at the very least, good reminders of things to bring.
Read it all here.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Tenspeed Hero recently debuted their summer line of cycling apparel, which is nothing short of flawless. That combination of green shorts and the primary colors is something I've never seen in a kit before, and for some reason, it looks so awesome. Great work guys.
Check out more photos below, and everything else here.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Summer Chicago :: Coffee Roasters from Andrew Reaume on Vimeo.
Gaslight is definitely one of my favorite coffee spots around the city, and not just because my apartment is basically just down the street. They roast their own stuff and it's some of the best I've had. It was cool to see this short video, which offers a nice little view behind the scenes and documents part of the roasting process. I think I can literally smell it while watching this...
Monday, June 16, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Well, All-City unveiled their latest creation today, and chances are, you've already seen it (cause it's everywhere!). I meant to post this earlier, but got too busy with "real" work. Anyways, the JYD, or Junk Yard Dog, is a single speed 29'er that is basically designed for doing whatever the hell you want. I love the look of that fork. While I'm a bit undecided on the paint job, I think that overall this thing looks badass. I had a feeling it was only a matter of time until All-City did this, and I'm glad they did.
Monday, June 9, 2014
A couple weeks ago, we went out to DeKalb for the annual Gravel Metric and rode the 70 mile corn country racecourse. The weather this year was perfect, which is truly rare for this event. I rode with a couple good friends, as well as the girlfriend, who all decided to make this their longest ride yet, which was really exciting to see. Without having much gravel riding experience, if any, Darrien did an awesome job and didn't even complain once. They all did great actually, and they all finished! A lot of people seemed to be taking the ride pretty seriously, and treating it as a race (which it sorta was), but there were also a ton of people out there just challenging themselves, making this their longest ride ever, or their first gravel ride, and I think that's cool. For me, it was all about enjoying a ride with some friends, seeing some of the more scenic parts of DeKalb Co., and meeting some cool people. We had fun.
Here's way too many photos from the iPhone, edited with the VSCOcam app:
Gravel bikes, pre-ride in front of the Lincoln Inn, with dual photo-taking reflections. We fueled up on some muffins which contained at least 2 full sticks of butter each. Perfect pre-ride meal.
Nice section of road that offered some shade.
The most convenient of lemonade stands. It just happened to be set up along the route outside the home of some very friendly family. Possibly the best lemonade I've ever had. Those kids had no idea what they were in for...
The only portion of the route in which I kinda wished for gears. It wasn't terrible, but I sure did do a lot of standing.
DANGER! DANGER! DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!
The "invisible" checkpoint. By the time a bunch of us reached this checkpoint, the ride/race officials had already rolled out, and our wristbands were left punchless. I witnessed one rider get so upset that he took the liberty of disposing of the sign.
This was a badass Pugsley.
Typical T.J. Saving the day again.
Snack break and a hard cider from Gumby.
The cleanliness of my attire was pointed out multiple times throughout the ride. I believe that the ability to stay clean during a gravel ride is as admirable of a skill as any. Darrien finished the ride without any sign of fatigue and barely even broke a sweat. It probably didn't look like we had just rode 70 miles in the dirt by the end of it.
The trusty Nature Boy successfully carried me once again. As usual, there was not a single mechanical issue. The cheap Jandd frame pack perfectly fit everything in it that I needed for the ride, with room to spare. The two additional bottle cages behind the saddle worked out perfectly, and allowed me to share some extra water with others.
After party on the best porch in town. We stayed up partyin' to the late hour of 9pm... then all passed out and had an excellent night's sleep. By the way, check out Ruthie's sick gradient sunburn on the right.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Man, where did the time go? The Gravel Metric is already this weekend. Sunday, May 25th at 9am to be exact. I'm far from prepared, but that's how it goes every year more or less. I've rode every GM so far, since it began maybe 4 years ago (?) while I was working at North Central in DeKalb, and every year it's been a fun ride with some good buds. This year, it may be a bit more of a treat, as I am no longer living out in gravel country, and rarely get to indulge in it these days. I'll also be riding with a few people who might be making this their longest ride yet, and that's always exciting. The weather looks like it's going to be perfect this year too, which is a first, so come on out!
Saturday, April 26, 2014
I really like these new Rapha hooded wind jackets. Seems like an essential sort of item for this time of year. I've never had a good jacket that easily integrated a hood without making it a bit of a nuisance, but Rapha seems to have got it right on this one. If I were to actually buy this thing, I'd have a hell of a time deciding which color to go with too... though I'd probably end up with the olive... Just in case you were wondering ;)