Archive for May, 2012

  • Magura RT8C Hydraulic Road Brakes

    magura rt8c rim brakes

    Who other than Magura to bring back hydraulic rim brakes? Mineral oil and hydraulic fluids have had their place in cycling for some time now, but never on road racing bikes…until recently. We’ve seen the hydraulic shifters and derailleurs offered by Acros; the Colnago C59 disc road bike sporting hydraulic, road-specific disc brakes; and now we’ve got the RT8C hydraulic rim brakes by Magura. Will traditional cables be phased out eventually? I sure hope not (and highly doubt it) as I’m a bit of a purist, though I really do enjoy seeing technology progress like this – especially in bicycles!

    It’ll be interesting how many rims these destroy – more info, plus a video at road.cc

    -B

     

  • Baum Cycles Cubano | Above Category Cycling

    baum cycles cubano (14)

    baum cycles cubano (13)

    Everything I see that comes out of Above Category is on a level of its own. These guys have incredible attention to detail and seem to be able to make a customer’s dream come true, and then some. This custom Baum Cycles Cubano road bike is a perfect example. The customer wanted a bike that can stand up to the rough paved and dirt roads of Maine, this custom ti road bike with a 32 spoke & 25c tire setup sounds like the ideal setup. Head over to Above Category to see the full build list and learn a bit more about the bike. I had no idea the paint is called “celery stalk green” and not celeste.

    Get a closer look below.

    -B

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  • Charlie Crumlish’s Part in BMXFU5: Guy Stuff


    While I don’t ride bmx, if I did I’d want to ride like this kid. Charlie Crumlish has some great style and tech maneuvers to boot.

    -B

  • Best Tall Bike Ever

    tall bike

    Isn’t this just great? This is one of the most practical tall bikes I’ve ever seen, besides the original lamplighters of course. Thanks to Alan at Cycling WMD for the photo.

    -B

  • Element Case Vapor Pro Review

    element case vapor pro review iphone 4

    element case vapor pro review iphone 4

    I got this Element Case Vapor Pro in the mail a while ago and just finally got my upgrade to an iPhone last week. For nearly 2 months I’d been waiting in anticipation to give this US-made case a try. Here I am, five days with it on the new phone and I couldn’t be happier. It’s made of airplane-grade black anodized aluminum and is a two piece design that attaches with 4 tiny hex screws, this being one of my favorite features. It also helps the case stay snug and almost becomes one with the phone; the lines are that seamless.

    Many of my old cases for my Android were large and textured rubber, which made getting it out of my pocket a hassle. Since I’m usually riding or spending time outdoors, I went for the most rugged protection. But what I really like about the Vapor Pro now that I made the iPhone switch, is how easy it is to handle. If I need extra protection, the Element Case comes with a larger padded zipper case to house the phone. I’ve been using on my rides the past few days to keep my phone safe from moisture and also store my ID and debit card/cash. See some close-up shots of the Vapor Pro below and browse the offerings of the California designed and crafted Element Case.

    -B

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  • Mayfest & Bike Camping Round 1

    Culture Cycles Bike Camping

    Culture Cycles Bike Camping

    I really hope everyone had the chance to spend some time in the saddle this weekend. The weather in Vermont was absolutely perfect, making for a perfect weekend to get out of town and do some camping. Saturday morning I loaded up the Soma Saga with a couple panniers and with my Slumberjack tent and Hunt and I headed south. We were on a mission get to Mayfest, an annual outdoor party about 30 miles south of Burlington and wanted to get there early for beer and hot dogs.

    We left Burlington around noon, which put us in for some heat and high sun. I wore my new Search and State jersey and kept surprisingly cool, especially it being all black, though I did apply sunscreen for the first time in a while – so that definitely played a part. I highly recommend wearing some if you don’t already, especially if you get late starts like us. The ride was just shy of 27 miles, mostly dirt and had a fair amount of climbing for the distance (about 2050 feet) making me really feel the extra weight I was carrying – but in a good way. I’m really happy with how the Saga handles (pictured below). This was my first time running some real weight and the 26″ wheels felt incredibly stable, even at high speeds and on dirt/gravel descents. I just need to remember not to take turns too sharp, I nearly laid my one pannier out hanging a hard right.

    After getting back on to some pavement, we made a quick stop for some snacks and a cola and then rolled back onto dirt for the last 7 miles. Upon arriving, I downed a quick beer and dog and started scoping potential grounds in the tent city. The tent went up quickly, and before I knew it the kegs were tapped, music was going, there was some heavy barbecuing, a large pallet fire, and eventually some live music. Didn’t snap any party photos, I never trust myself with nice things (cameras) in these situations. Check out a few photos I did manage to grab below. Hope everyone had a great weekend, any tales of good weekend riding?

    -B

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  • 1930s Watsonian & 1948 Humber

    1930 watsonian side car humber bicycle

    Thanks to Peter for sending this my way, I love antique bicycles and seeing them in such condition is amazing. This 1930s Watsonian side car is incredible, for more bikes of the like head over to zombikombi1959’s Flickr.

    -B

  • Brew Review #8: Great Lakes Eliot Ness

    great lakes eliot ness beer

    great lakes eliot ness beer

    Damn, well here’s the best amber ale I’ve had to date. I got to go visit my folks this past weekend in New Jersey and this Eliot Ness along with another beer from the Great Lakes Brewery were waiting for me. Being that my family and relatives are all originally from Ohio, I usually only get to drink Great Lakes beers during our annual pilgrimage to Cleveland for Thanksgiving. The beer is one of the more flavorful amber ales I’ve had; and by flavorful I mean fairly hopped with a grainy, slightly citrus-y finish. Named after the infamous prohibition agent, I imagine this would be one of my first choices of beer if this guy was reincarnated and somehow resurrected anti-alcohol laws for another 13 years. What I’m trying to say is it’s good.

    So if you happen to come across this beer, or any beer by Great Lakes I’d highly suggest grabbing a couple sixers. Check back for another beer from these guys next week and be sure so check out the other 7 beers I’ve reviewed.

    -B