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 Great morning for riding bikes. #outsideisfree #wheeltalk #SanFrancisco  Kits go on sale later today keep an eye out at www.wheeltalkroad.com #wheeltalk #wheeltalkroad  Hot October nights. #SanFrancisco #WheelTalk #OutsideIsFree  There was an electrical fire at work today so I got to go on a slightly earlier bike ride than expected. #WheelTalk #WheelTalkRoad #OutsideIsFree
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Wheel Talk – Aero Cat Kit

What feels like forever, and has definitely been discussed by myself and Slumworm for many years, is finally coming to fruition. The first official Wheel Talk kit is now available for pre-order. The kit was designed by Slum and myself, and manufactured by Cuore. The price is $270 and is a jersey/bib combo, so if you buy a medium jersey you get medium bibs. Shipping is $5 to anywhere in the US and $15 anywhere else in the world. If you live in San Francisco send me an email and we can work out a drop off location and I’ll refund your shipping. Since this is a pre-order I will ship out kits as soon as I receive them, which should be roughly 6 weeks after the orders close.

I spent this weekend riding in the kit and can say that it’s very comfortable. It was in the mid 90’s this weekend and the jersey kept me nice and cool. The fit is nice and snug with a race cut. If you have any of the Strava Gran Fondo jerseys this is the same cut. I’m a small in almost every cycling brand I’ve worn and the same is true for this line from Cuore. Read More


Wheel Talk + Skratch Labs Contest


The last post I wrote was about Skratch Labs Matcha+Lemons. I became a big fan, such a big fan that I want to share it with those of you who are constantly on your bike and exploring your surroundings.

Beginning in October there will be two ways to win some Skratch Labs.

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A Weekend With Skratch Labs Matcha+Lemons


If you’ve ever ridden with me you know that I like to start my rides with a cappuccino. During the week it’s usually matcha that keeps me going at work, though. Matcha tends to give me a longer lasting energy rather than the jolt of coffee that leaves me hunting another cup when I crash.  When I heard Skratch Labs was releasing a product with matcha I knew I wanted to give it a try, and thanks to a quick order by Cykel I had some to sample.

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Weekend Trip/California Drought


Over the weekend I went to Gilroy to visit the family, do some riding, get my head on straight again, and to see how the drought has had an effect on the area. Living in San Francisco it’s often times hard to remember that we are in a drought because everything is so green around us and there is no mandatory conservation. Gilroy, however, has very little to no water and have had mandatory water conservation, with a $500 a day fine, in act since August 1st. Gilroy is also a major farming community so it’s interesting to see all this dry land and then ride by moist fertile farmland with sprinklers shooting out water without a care in the world.

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Back to the Roots


In 2010, a group of friends in Gilroy started Wheel Talk. We believed in riding bikes in dirt, having fun, and drinking beers. Lately, I’ve been getting back to those roots and it feels great; there is no chasing strava PR’s or KOMs, no intervals, just bikes and fun.

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Rapha Rising: Defeated


The Rapha Rising challenge on Strava is something I have had fun doing every year but this year, much like many of the Tour de France hopefuls, it was not in the books for me.

Day 1 started off with me bonking hard. Getting married and then going on vacation didn’t do too much for my fitness, but I somewhat expected this and wasn’t that worried.

Day 2 was dedicated to recovering from the bonk. Climbing BoFax and Seven Sisters had done more to my vacation legs than I thought.

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Jaguar + Team Sky


The riders doing the TT on saturday during the Tour de France won’t be the only fast things on the course. Jaguar built a special F-Type for Team Sky that they will be using during the stage. It features a carbon fiber bike rack that can carry two TT bikes, and a separate electric supply in the trunk powering the radios, amplifiers, microphones, horns and televisions. Of course it has also has a custom painted exterior and interior to match the Team Sky branding. I’m not sure the car will help them get a win that day, but it is cool to see sponsors doing something out of the norm for their teams. 

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