Posts Tagged ‘Riding’

Why We Ride – Part I

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

This year, Tree Fort Bikes will turn ten years old. It’s been a big year for us, in more ways than one. I think those who’ve been a part of the past decade can look around and say with honesty that we’re proud of what we’ve built together: a bike shop that’s small in size and crew, yet broad reaching; dedicated to all those folks both local and across the country who, like us, can’t wait for that moment when they’re finally out on the road, on the trail, in the woods, or in the city, and riding.

This short series is about what riding means to each of us here at Tree Fort, and what keeps us coming back for more.


Wolf Tooth Components – First Stock, First Impressions

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Wolf Tooth Components is based in the cycling mecca of Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are hardcore cyclists who race, ride and repeat. Like most mountain bikers, they’re always looking for a competitive advantage over other riders, constantly searching for new improvements to their bikes. The crew at Wolf Tooth comes from design and engineering backgrounds, and they pride themselves on delivering high quality products that are designed and made by local Minnesota manufacturers. It’s their quest for a perfect product and my desire for drivetrain simplification that led us to cross paths.


Thursday Night Rides with Tree Fort Bikes

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Sure, it’s pretty much cooking right now: creeping past ninety; stubborn humidity rain. It ain’t easy, pounding the pavement between that sweetly cool house and that sweetly cool car.

Good thing it’s shady on the trail!

We’re happy to announce our brand new…

Thursday Night Trail Rides

6:30PM weekly, rain or shine

First ride: August 1

A weekly commitment to getting out on the trail — and have a whole lot of fun.


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…)

Giro 100 Proof Winter Glove Review

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

The 100 Proof glove is the warmest offering for Giro. It’s a split finger glove (also called “lobster claw”) that pairs your fingers together to better trap body warmth. Included with the glove is a light weight glove liner made from a moisture wicking fabric to help keep your hands dry. All in all, these gloves are designed to keep you warm and dry in the most frigid of temperatures.

The split finger design is meant to help keep your fingers warmer, similar to a mitten but with some added dexterity. The increased range of motion is important for gripping on handlebars and operating a bike’s controls.  (more…)

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.


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…)

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…)

NiteRider – Interbike 2012 (Video)

Friday, September 28th, 2012

NiteRider makes some of the finest lights around. They were showing us a few of their new commuting oriented lights which are all USB rechargeable. One thing that we were excited to hear was the redesign of their handlebar mount to make it more stout and robust. Take a look at what they had to say.


Topeak RideCase iPhone Case

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The Topeak RideCase iPhone case and mounting bracket is a pretty solid offering from Topeak. The case and mounting bracket can bring a welcomed addition to your daily commute with a few hidden surprises. It makes a nice everyday case that can be slipped onto the bike in the blink of an eye and have you off riding in no time. Of course all that doesn’t come without a bit of a back story of our initial impressions. (more…)

Optic Nerve – Interbike 2011

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

This year Optic Nerve introduces several new models in their Premium line and releases FIN Technology. Fin Technology creates hassle-free lens changing by using a tiny fin on the lens that fits into a corresponding slot in the frame. The Fin Technology is available on the Apex, Bender, Hermosa, Ominium, and the Axtionsuit.