Two weeks ago, while I was in California, I had the opportunity to test a ride from Valence Bicycles and chat with Shawn the brains behind it all.
From what I could tell on the internet it was a bike with race-like geometry that could accommodate 32mm tires and had disc brakes. I figured a typical “gravel grinder” but looks are deceiving, and the cover of a book rarely tells its story. Read More
Moving to a new location with every intent to call it home is never easy. To say these two years in Austin have been challenging would be an understatement.
I moved to Austin full of excitement and energy, ready to participate in the local races. After riding with some locals and getting introduced to more by way of mutual friends all momentum was lost when I was hit by a car. Read More
Living in an apartment has its pro’s and con’s. As a cyclist one of the major con’s for me is trying to clean my bike. I’m not a fan of the “shower wash” because I’d have to spend an additional 10-20 minutes cleaning all the grime out of the tub, and unfortunately I live in an apartment complex with no hose hook-ups. I could take my bike to a local shop and pay them to wash it, but that can get pricey over time, and it’s not that hard to clean a bike yourself. The cheapest way to get around this apartment dilemma is getting a hand pump from Home Depot and filling it with hot tap water to do the cleaning myself.
A few weeks back while everyone was posting their NAHBS write-ups I spent the afternoon with local custom frame builder Matt Mowat of Paramour Bicycles. It was a good afternoon with great conversation ranging from bikes, bike history, frame building, beer, and places to ride in Austin.
A while back I got the Cross Cap S14 from God and Famous and loved it. The fit was great and it was a stylish cap that could be worn easily under a helmet on rides or when out on the town. Starting tomorrow at 9am EST God and Famous will be releasing a new cap based on this cut and design.