Archive for November, 2013

Staff Build: All-City Macho Man Disc

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Like most of the staff here, and I suspect many other riders, I tend to use bikes well outside of their advertised purpose. So when I started looking at options for a cyclocross build, what I really wanted was a bike capable of commuting, dirt roads, light touring, rail trails, and even a bit of singletrack. I don’t actually race cross at all, I just wanted a bike with wider tire clearance and a sturdy build, and cross bikes are gaining popularity as some of the most versatile rides available. Thankfully, many brands recognize this, and as the race-day bikes get stiffer and twitchier, many other models are keeping a more utility-oriented geometry that still knows how to get up and go. This is what I was after: a bike that’s zippy enough to make it to work on time, but also comfortable enough for an all-day excursion on unknown dirt roads.

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8 Reasons Why Cold Weather is Cool

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Summer is great. It’s so easy to just hop on a bike and go for a ride. Once the weather turns colder, however, a bit more preparation is needed. It can be daunting to gather up an arsenal of extra gear just to extend the riding season for a bit, so some of us cold-weather crazies put together a list of cold-weather goodies that we’ve tried, loved, and still use regularly. Aside from looking awesome in stretchy neoprene, there are several other advantages to four-season cycling. Let them be your reasons to keep riding.

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Happy Veteran’s Day

Monday, November 11th, 2013