Posts Tagged ‘Cycle’

45Nrth Jaztronaut Insole Review

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

It doesn’t take a cyclist to know that the first two things that typically get cold are the hands and the feet. Based out of Minnesota, 45Nrth is a brand dedicated to creating products for cold weather cyclists who brave the rough elements. With the introduction of their Wolvhammer winter boot also came the introduction of the Jaztronaut insole. During the design process of the Wolvhammer boot, 45Nrth developed an insole solely for the purpose of keeping your feet warm. Once they realized just how well the new insole worked, it was released as a unique product in addition to the boot, packaged for all to enjoy.

After having ridden these in all sorts of temperatures, they have become a welcome addition to my winter gear. (more…)

Niner Cogalicious RDO Ti Single Speed Kit

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Niner Bikes Cogalicious RDO Ti Cog total kit weight 62 grams

This week, stock arrived for the all-new Niner Bikes’ Cogalicious RDO Ti Cog. Designed for top-end performance, the kit features a machined Ti cog, aluminum spacers and aluminum lock ring.

The cog is spec’d at 26 grams, but our sample weighed 28 grams; the complete kit weighs in at 62 grams. Niner provides enough spacers of various widths to let you fine-tune the cog position. Tooth position on the cog is thoughtfully designed, too — the teeth are offset just a hair to allow you to flip it and dial-in that fit just a little better. (more…)

Fat Tuesday #2 – Frame Bags

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Mukluk with Salsa Frame bag by Revelate Design

If you’re looking to saddle up for extended rides, fat bikes can present a unique problem: few rear rack options exist for these extra-wide frames. Traditional rack setups make an already-bulky bike even bulkier when lumbering down tight trails.

One solution to the problem is a frame bag, a carry system that makes use of the bike’s inner triangle. You may have noticed these large bags used on the Tour Divide, the race featured in the cycling documentary Ride the Divide. These bags provide ample storage for gear needed on long rides, and Salsa and Surly have put them to work: both companies turned to Revelate Designs to create these bags to fit their specific fat bike frames. (more…)

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…)

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…)

Tree Fort Bikes presents Detroit Bike City 2012

Monday, March 12th, 2012

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Sat March 24th @ COBO Center

Tree Fort Bikes presents Detroit Bike City 2012!

Tree Fort Bikes presents Detroit Bike City 2012: 1st Annual bicycle show and swap meet. Pack up your old gear, your kids and your camera, Detroit Bike City is going to fill COBO with live demos, hundreds of vendors, eager swappers, and free stuff.  Wether you ride all summer, all year or only in your mind while watching the Tour De France you will find something just right for you.  All forms of bicycles, from road and racing to mountain and BMX to cross and commuter, will be on display and in use at COBO for Detroit Bike City, with a full day of bicycle activities and demos for the whole family.  There will be secure bicycle parking right on site as well, thanks to Wheelhouse Detroit!  Don’t miss this chance to find great deals and witness the size and variety of our biking community. (more…)