Archive for October, 2012

Shimano SH-MW81 Gore-Tex Winter Cycling Shoe

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

SH-MW81 Winter Shoe

With a newly-designed winter shoe, Shimano has done their homework. With thoughtful updates to multiple elements of construction, the MW81 works harder than ever to meet the needs of the cold-weather rider.

Comparison

Compared to the previous MW80, this model has a noticeably different look. Where the old shoe looked very much like a modified cycling shoe, the structure of the MW81 suggests that Shimano was looking to high-end hiking boots for inspiration. The upper gator ankle section was also updated to permit more fluid pedaling movement.  (more…)

Fat Tuesday – Surly Nate Tires

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Surly Nate 120 tpi Tire

The tire is the fat bike’s exclamation point, delivering its whole reason for being on a super wide, super low-pressure platter. Because the Pugsley was first imagined for life on earth’s loosest terrain, its tires — the Larry and the Endomorph — went all-in for sand and snow, featuring mega girth combined with low, flat tread patterns. But these days, fat bikes are covering all kinds of ground, venturing well beyond winter drifts. Plenty of riders are now looking for a tire that provides increased control — a true four-season, omniterra ripper. (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 TreeFortBikes.com, 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…)

A Mechanic’s Best Friend

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Ever wonder what everyday mechanics can’t live without in their tool box? We went around and took a look at what a few of our employees had to say.  (more…)

Salsa Warbird Ti Review and Test

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Meet the 2013 Salsa Warbird Ti


A few weeks ago, we got a chance to visit with Justin and Eric from Salsa Cycles, along with a few samples of their 2013 product lineup. While Salsa’s 2013 specs have been available online for some weeks now, it was great to meet these bikes in person.

The Warbird was no exception. Among the new lineup, the Warbird has been hotly discussed due to its unique, gravel-specific design and geometry. Available in two flavors — aluminum and titanium — each is offered as a frameset or a complete bike. In the couple of months since Salsa’s 2013 product info hit the web, we’ve seen that demand for Warbirds is high — this model will be in very short supply. (more…)

9 Tips for Photography While You Ride

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Cycling is a great activity to take a camera along on.

Everyone loves photos. They tell a story, let our imaginations run or give us a glimpse into places and things we don’t get to experience for ourselves. Consider this: We love photos so much, Facebook recently spent roughly $1 billion to purchase Instagram. Photos are an incredible way to capture and share the joys of riding.

Below is a list of nine tips that can help you create better photographs on your ride. They are not surefire steps to make your photo to go viral — instead, they’re simple tips to help you achieve consistent results and better enjoy the experience of taking photos. DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind that photography is artsy, fun, expressive and enjoyable. There is no right or correct answer. It’s all about personal preference. As such, these tips are generally accepted as a good foundation to core photography knowledge. However, going against tradition can also create successful work, as history has shown. So read up, enjoy and give it a go. (more…)

Personalize Your Bike and Add Some Flare

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Every bike has a heart and soul. Nearly every bike means something to it’s owner and is cherished from the day it’s bought till the day it’s retried. For some riders, adding a personal touch to the bike helps make it their own. An easy way to do so is by adding a splash of color with colored housing and end ferrules. For those riders, Jagwire offers a wide selection of colors across nearly all of it’s line. From road bikes to mountain bikes they have something for everyone. Almost all bikes are in need of a tune up at some point in their lifespan. This is the perfect time for a little personalization.

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Biking South America

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Our guys in South America have been busy at work trudging across the widest points of the content and we’ve got some of their images to share. Hit the link for the photos!
Muddy Day Down There

Muddy Day Down There

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Hurricane Fork Up for Surly Pugsley (135mm)

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

For all you Surly Pugsley riders out there, Hurricane is coming to the rescue and offering a nice way to get you started towards carrying your bike on top of your car. Like many of the various Fork Up’s from Hurricane, this model features the same welded steel construction, durable powder coating and strong design. (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.

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