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Seen and Heard – Frostbike 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Frostbike is a both a trade show and a celebration of cycling culture and community. Organized by our friends at Quality Bike Products in Minneapolis, it’s an event showcasing new and otherwise seriously cool cycling goods, along with the folks who design and bring them to you. It was a privilege to be a part of this.

Check out our Frostbike photo tour, where you’ll find product sneak peeks for 2014 and other great gear that caught our eye.


Oh, Creatures of the Night – Bicycle Commuting

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The other night I found myself commuting on the Border to Border Trail from Tree Fort over to the west side of Ann Arbor to meet up with a friend. I’ve traversed the route more times than I can count in the years I’ve lived in the area, and commuters seemed sparse at best. On this ride, I was struck by the number of bike commuters that I encountered. Despite the cold January weather, dozens of riders were out making their way to any imaginable destinations. From single riders to a large group of eight or more, we all were out for the same purpose, utilizing a great path system. (more…)

Five Things I Learned in 2012

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

It’s been 16 years since I graduated from a kid who rode around on a bike to someone who cycled. In that time I’ve seen a lot and learned a lot. This year was no exception. Here are five things I learned — or learned again — in 2012. (more…)

A Trusted Friend – My Selle Italia Saddle

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Every cyclist has something that sticks with them for a long time. It might be an article of clothing, a custom frame or a specific component. For myself, it’s a Selle Italia saddle I found in a junk bin that was tucked behind a stack of repair tags.

Back in 2004, I was in the middle of building my first monster-cross bike. The project had all sorts of wrong written all over it — I had converted a ’96 Trek 6500 frame to accommodate 700c wheels by using a Karate Monkey fork and Paul Moto Lite BMX brakes. I just needed a saddle to complete it. After rummaging around for a bit, I came across a bin that contained three or four saddles. One of them has become my long-trusted friend for all long distance endeavours. (more…)

Introducing Fat Tuesday’s – A Weekly Post About Fat Bikes & Gear

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The Salsa Mukluk is as good on the trail as it is in the snow

If you’ve spent time poking around the shop side of, you may have noticed a curious something that we’re peddling on this corner of the internet: a bike with really, really big tires. Some of you may be more than familiar with the sight; certainly others are already totally-pumped owners of such a steed.

We’re talking about fat bikes — a bike that’s built entirely for use with tires that run (get ready) about 4 – 5 inches wide. Why, you ask? So you can float! Well, in a sense. The expanded surface area of these tires suspends the cyclist higher aloft on loose surfaces like sand and snow, and also permits the kind of super-low air pressures that make a tire into a regular cushion, emboldened to trample over the more impassable reaches of earth. Okay, I’m already a little out of breath. Honestly, there is a lot to say about fat bikes. There’s frame design and proprietary parts unique to fatties; there’s the market to explore, including new and veteran brands that are taking fat bike outfitting to the next level; and, of course, there are adventure stories to be told from the trail, where the boundaries of fat bike riding are constantly being expanded and re-imagined. (more…)

Friday Eye Candy! (2013 Salsa Mukluk 2)

Friday, October 5th, 2012

This is a “just-for-fun” post, therefore we hope you enjoy. The purpose is that I wanted to shoot some photos of what I believe is one of the more attractive bikes out there. Each season, brands splash color across their bike line in what appears to be an attempt to entice us. Some pull it off, while many do not. Here, for your examination and approval, is the 2013 Salsa Mukluk 2. I hope you enjoy some Friday eye candy as you prepare for the weekend.


Detroit Bike City – Photos

Saturday, March 24th, 2012
Salsa Fargo on display w/ a matching tent

It’s only 12:30 and the event has already seen over 600 people come through the doors. Not to bad for a first year event and we still have five and half hours to go. (more…)

Red Cedar Cyclocross Park

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Cyclocross in Michigan Let’s face it – sometimes, in their crusade to share their love of bicycles with the rest of the world, espousing cyclists tend to exaggerate the ability of bikes to solve all the world’s problems. Fortunately, I often also see examples of cyclists doing things simply for the sake of cycling that positively impact our community in very real ways, ways that serve as a reminder that the über-advocates are in it for all the right reasons.

Take, for example, the recent efforts of one Michael Babcock to give the Lansing cyclocross scene a much needed shot to the heart. Before this season it’d been over a half decade since the capital area had played host to a ‘cross race, and clearly the Lansing cycling community hadn’t been capitalizing (get it?) on the rapid growth in the discipline to promote the sport locally. This year, however, that would change. (more…)