Posts Tagged ‘Cyclocross’

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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Whisky Parts Co. – Interbike 2012 (Video)

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Whisky Parts Co. has been working hard over the last year. They’re producing thru-axle carbon forks for road and cross as well as a new line of clothing. The forks are top tier performance driven products as you’ll see from some of the features mentioned in the video. The clothing is simple, well designed and very affordable. The highlight feature is that it’s simple designs and low key graphics make it very attractive for the riders who don’t want flash and loud color.

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Schwalbe Tires – Interbike 2012 (Video)

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Just a handful of years ago, Schwalbe wasn’t that well known as a major tire brand, at least not here in the States. Now it’s hard to go anywhere and not see some of their products. A large number of brands have been spec’ing them OEM and customers have been buying everything we can get our hands on. Let’s take a look at what’s new for 2013. Make sure to check out some of our other coverage from last week.

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Stan’s No Tubes – Interbike 2012 (Video)

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Here’s a look and a few words from the folks at Stan’s No Tubes. It’s good to hear that they’ll be supporting all wheel sizes across their entire product line. 26″, 29″ and the rapidly gaining 650b. It’s reassuring to know you can get the same wheel and performance no matter what size you run.
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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.

Get the scoop, check the videos, and enjoy a taste of the ride yourself:

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Foundry Launch Party

Monday, January 2nd, 2012
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WHAT: Foundry Cycles launch party
WHEN: Mon. Jan. 16th @ 6pm
WHERE: Tree Fort Bikes – 1866 Whittaker Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
WHO: Foundry Cycles’ own Jason and Rob as well as the Tree Fort Staff

Unfamiliar with Foundry Cycles? They’re a new brand based around the concept that a bike is a tool and should be used as such. Here’s a link to a Foundry write up we did back in September.

Come join us for the Foundry launch party on Monday January 16th @ 6pm. It’s our chance to introduce our new partnership with Foundry Cycles as their exclusive online retailer. There will be free food and drink, music, and good conversation. Foundry Cycles will have one of each of their upcoming models on hand for you to take a look at. (more…)

Red Cedar Cyclocross Park

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Cyclocross in Michigan Let’s face it – sometimes, in their crusade to share their love of bicycles with the rest of the world, espousing cyclists tend to exaggerate the ability of bikes to solve all the world’s problems. Fortunately, I often also see examples of cyclists doing things simply for the sake of cycling that positively impact our community in very real ways, ways that serve as a reminder that the über-advocates are in it for all the right reasons.

Take, for example, the recent efforts of one Michael Babcock to give the Lansing cyclocross scene a much needed shot to the heart. Before this season it’d been over a half decade since the capital area had played host to a ‘cross race, and clearly the Lansing cycling community hadn’t been capitalizing (get it?) on the rapid growth in the discipline to promote the sport locally. This year, however, that would change. (more…)

Foundry Cycles – Interbike 2011

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

tf-_mg_4838 Foundry Cycles was introduced at Saddle Drive earlier this year, but stepped into the Vegas spotlight for its big stage debut at Interbike. A high quality, high performance, non-pretentious brand for those of us who dimply ride and ride hard. Designed around an ideal, Foundry is for those looking to ride without waving a flag of European designer trends and neon monstrosities that roll through the Tour de France. With a mantra of “It’s a tool, not a trophy”, it’s easy to know you’re not going to get hype and bull. The names of the bikes are indicative of the character they bring to the table. Upon first glance, most people see a no logos, no decals that scream “here I am”, but simply something built for a purpose. (more…)

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.

Cyclocross Tires Explained

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Imagine it’s a Friday night in November.  You’re pulling into your driveway from work, clearing out all the garbage from the week, and getting your brain ready to RACE.  Yes, it’s cyclocross season, and it’s time to strap up with those skinny knobby tires and go see how hard you can push yourself before you either pass out or cross the finish line and don’t remember how you got there.  But it’s Friday night and you’re still wrestling with one ever important decision.  In an increasingly panicked internal voice you’re asking yourself: WHICH TIRE DO I USE?  WILL IT RAIN?  IS THERE A SAND PIT?  HELP!  Well, the staff of Tree Fort Bikes comes to the rescue once again with this review of 5 of our choicest cross tires.  Enjoy!

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