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Four Gravel Routes Suggested by You

Monday, November 5th, 2012


When I set out to review the Salsa Warbird, we asked for your suggestions on gravel routes. We received a pretty decent helping of suggestions from all over the country — a huge variety that varied in length and difficulty. Here, we’ve picked four that showcased that range, offering something for everyone. (more…)

Saddle Drive 2012

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Saddle Drive 2012 hosted by QBP After the tune-ups and bike sales begin to calm and the heat starts to crank up (was it about a million degrees in July for you, too?), we sit ourselves down and start thinking, start getting in gear for that next and even more awesome season ahead. What’s next for 2013? We headed out to the mountains to find out.

Four of us from Tree Fort spent a weekend at Saddle Drive, a showcase of the newest bikes from Salsa, Foundry, Surly, and beyond, taking sampler rides on short trails in the Wasatch Range of Northern Utah. Organized by our friends at Quality Bike Products, Saddle Drive was — once again — an event that did not disappoint.

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Niner Demo Day July 16th (Updated!!)

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

For all of you who are looking at a Niner bike, but not sure if you’ll like it, nows your chance to test one out. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that you’ll be able to really test it out, on an actual trail! On July 16th we’re going to be taking our fleet of Niner demo bike over to Rolling hills and letting everyone who joins us, take them for a spin. We’ll be posting up a list of sizes and models available to try out soon. In addition, Rolling Hills is a county park and they do charge an vehicle fee. But worry not, we’ve got you covered. Click on the image below, print out flyer and present it to the gate at the park and they’ll wave the fee for the day! Hope to see everyone out there.

UPDATED 7/11/11

The official Niner Demo Truck will be here as well! With an additional 10 bikes…. Here’s the list of everything that will be out there. 17 bikes in total.

MCR S, M, L
SIR 9 L
EMD S, M
Air 9 M, L, XL
Air 9 Carbon M
Jet 9 M
RIP 9 S, M, L
Niner Demo Day @ Rolling Hills

Niner Demo Flyer

I knew it would be a bad idea … (or – SKS P45 Fender Review)

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

… to try riding on a dirt road yesterday.  It didn’t really feel like riding on dirt or gravel – it was more like riding on top of a giant freshly wet oil painting.  The tires were sticking and sliding at the same time, with the slick and gritty mud slipping underneath as the tread attempted to grasp on.  My new drivetrain sure didn’t appreciate that.   It didn’t take long for the factory lube to strip right off the chain and leave behind a continuous crunching while I spun.  It felt kind of like eating a really good sandwich on the beach.  It tastes so delicious, even though sand is blowing into your food and with each chew you have to crunch through it just to enjoy the overall experience.

But it could have been worse, that is, without the P45 fenders by SKS.  I installed these just for this type of situation and am completely impressed with them through and through.   Here’s what I like.

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Installation

Like all fenders, installation never goes as smoothly as you anticipate.  So expect a good hour figuring it out, adjusting up and down, punching holes, and rigging zip ties to get everything set up just right.  But with that said, installation went pretty smooth.  This is what you’ll need on your frame to make it work optimally:

  • Eyelets to mount the stays to the frame
  • Mounts at the crown of the fork, bridge of the chain stays, and bridge of the seat stays to secure fenders to the frame

The P45’s use really cool rubber tips at the top of the stays that make up and down adjustment of the fenders easy and cover the tops of the stays to protect from potentially dangerous sharp edges.  All hardware is included, but I had to make some adjustments.  Zip ties were used to secure the front fender because the included bolt was too short for my fork crown, and had to melt a hole through the rear fender to secure it to the bridge at the seat stays – the mount on my frame was at the underside of the bridge, rather than through the rear which SKS provides for.

Construction

These fenders are SOLID.  The stays are dependable yet flexible, making them hold the fender well but also take well to road vibration.  The plastic fender is super stiff, so once its installed correctly you don’t get any chatter.  And they added only a pound or so to the total weight of the bike.  I won’t race with them, but hey at that weight I could if I wanted!

The Ride

They do exactly what they need to!  Keeps water and gunk off me and nearly all of the bike.  It was my fault for riding on such a nasty road to get my chain all mudded up – even so, my frame and body was almost  completely mud free.  All in all it’s a light, sleek looking, wildly sturdy, and affordable fender set that will keep me riding through these wet months.  The P45’s are meant to handle up to 35mm tires, so for roadies take a look at the P35, and for mountain bikes, the P65.