Posts Tagged ‘touring’

Brooks B17 Leather Saddle

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Brooks B17 Standard with Black Rails A great deal of reviews have been posted all over the Internet for these saddles. Handmade in England, Brooks has been in the saddle business since 1866., almost as long as the bicycle as been around. One thing that speaks volumes about this saddle is how it’s presented on their site. They have a column for unsolicited testimonials and a column for unfiltered criticisms. If that type of presentation doesn’t sell it self I don’t know what will. The same holds largely true for our site as well. The reviews left by folks are always what sells.

The B17 is the flagship standard and has been on the market for over 100 years. It comes in options for the ladies as well as the men. There is also a “Special” version which features copper rivets as well as a Titanium version which makes use of ti rails and hand hammered copper rivets.

Like most of the Brooks saddles, and any find leather good, it takes a while to break these in and find the long perfect shape. Being leather, that’s exactly what it does, it conforms to you as it breaks in! Some folks feel that it breaks in after just a few rides, where many find that a longer break in period is needed.

The B17  Standard Men’s saddle has measurements of 275mm length, 175mm width, 65mm height and weighs in at 520g. It’s ideal for long distance sport touring with many using it for trekking and mountain biking as well.

Unless you’re vegan like several of our staff members, more than likely you’ll enjoy the ride of this saddle. If the above usage doesn’t quite cover your intended use, worry not. They have a wide range of saddles that should fit just about every cycling need. Check it out here.

Topeak – Interbike 2011

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

A Handle Bar Mounted Touring DryBag! The thing we like about Topeak is that every year when we walk into their booth we find ourselves saying “Wow” more times than any other booth. Topeak has gone the extra mile year after year and they are not one for letting up! This year we saw everything from a new 29er rear rack to a bar mounted touring dry bag to great new tools and pumps. Some of which has been around and we have missed the write up previously and some is brand spanking new. Topeak does what more bicycle companies should take note of, they make it so you can USE your bike and on top of that they get you excited to do that.

Steel Wheels Duo: Spokesongs Bicycle Tour

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I met Jay Lapp at a bluegrass jam in Ann Arbor.   We all had a good time that June night, picking tunes outside on the balcony and drinking beer with conversations in between.  Around midnight as we were packing up, Jay informed me about a bike tour his band was planning.  I loved the idea, and wanted Tree Fort to help.  The next couple months we kept in touch, figuring out how this whole thing was going to work.  About a week before he left, we fixed up his nimble road bike and turned it into touring machine ready to hit the Virginia hills.  Returning from the ride, he sat down with us to tell us about his adventures.