Archive for September, 2013

Announcing a hotter Tree Fort Bikes

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

All right — it’s nearly October, we’re heading into fall, and that means winter will be knocking soon enough. So here at Tree Fort, we made some plans to keep it hot.

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Why I Ride Gravel

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

There’s been a lot of press recently about gravel road races, like Michigan’s own Barry Roubaix, and ever since I began to hear about them I wanted to learn more about their appeal. To take on the task, I picked up a copy of Rob Pulcipher’s Dirt Road Washtenaw and set out on the shortest route in the book. Before the 14-mile loop was over, I decided that I would ride all 17 routes in the book by the end of the season. Here’s five reasons why I was sold, and some tips for getting started with gravel yourself.

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2013 Cannondale F29 Carbon 3: First Impressions

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

We get attached to things, familiar with how they feel, act, and look. As cyclists, this is naturally true for our bikes, and for good reason! We create memories while riding: discovery, pain, and reward burn their permanent records. But I’m also always curious about trying something new. Is that frame as good as they say? How much does weight really matter? And most importantly, will that sleek new ride expand my biking horizon? After enjoying the last six years on my last mountain bike, it was time to become familiar with something different.

I’ve transitioned from a 26″ full-squish ride to a shiny new Cannondale F29 Carbon 3, and this year I’ll be providing a running review of the bike, detailing what works, what doesn’t work, and how my riding habits will change.

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