We are headed to Tucson for a week and a half of biking, running, fishing and glorious warm sun! We are shipping our bikes in advance and decided to try out AirCaddy Bike Boxes and ship them with ShipBikes.com. We’ve shipped bikes before with smaller bike boxes, but wanted to try something that didn’t require as much disassembly and the AirCaddy bike boxes seemed to fit the bill. Hopefully the bikes will arrive safely. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to find out!
To be honest, I was planning to do a quick and dirty review of the Gino Mount, but I thought it would make a more interesting video if I interviewed Gino himself since he now lives in Portland. So in this vid, we get the back story of how Gino’s idea came into production with Paul Components.
In this vid, we nerd out on randonneuring bikes and low trail forks with Starmichael from Norther Cycles! Definitely a destination bike shop if you’re visiting Portland. Subscribe to our Youtube Channel to get notifications of our next shop visit!
Portland is said to have 80 bike shops! We are kicking off a series trying to find the most unique ones and do a little profile on them. Rivelo is one of our favorites because they sell so much more than just bikes! In this video we talk with John about the shop and some of the history and philosophy of Rivendell bikes. If you want to see more videos like this, don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel!
In this video we hop on one of the most hotly anticipated bikes of 2017 – the Rawland Ulv. The Ulv is a genre busting bike that combines randonneuring, light touring and bikepacking all in one bike! We went to the announcement party of the Ulv almost a year ago and they have literally just landed at Velocult in Portland. They are a small production run, but we were lucky enough to throw a leg over one for a few hours to give you guys our ride impressions. Check out the video or if you’d rather read, here’s our executive summary.
-Surprisingly lively ride for a bike that looks like a tank
-Low trail geometry makes riding with a front load stable even on rough terrain
-Dual wheel size, allows you to tailor your tires and wheel size for the terrain
-Eyelets for a rear rack, Anything Cage, traditional low rider and rando/porteur racks
-No toe overlap even in smallest frame size (54)
-650+ tires can be a slog on extended pavement riding
-No front derailleur mount
-Very limited supply of frames
BONUS VIDEO – A LOOK AT THE RAWLAND DEMIPORTEUR
We love that people are rediscovering the humble, US-made and utilitarian Wald basket again! In this vid, we show you a simple hack to turn it into a quick release basket, making it easier to box your bike and fit on bus/car racks easier.
Who knew 42t rear cogs would become a thing? Perhaps its my curmudgeon/retro-grouch ways but I’m still a little skeptical about the current trend in 1x cranksets for “adventure bikes”. I’m sure they are wonderful and work perfectly for some people, but knowing my own proclivities (desire for a wider range than they can provide and low gearing), they sort of philosophically annoy me especially when a perfectly good and less expensive alternative already exists – the mountain double. In this vid, I compare gear inches (always exciting!) between the mountain double, the dubious compact road cranksets some brands put on touring bikes and the au courant 1x system. Warning: opinions expressed in the video.
We’ve got a trip planned to Tucson in February and we need your help! Our goal is to escape a little more winter weather and film some classic road/gravel rides in Tucson as well as capture some of the bike culture there. If you have any tips on great routes, interesting bikey people, places or things, let us know! Send us an email or use our contact page, and we’ll add it to the list and it may end up on our Youtube Channel!
This might be our most ambitious ride video yet (it is certainly our toughest one so far). In this vid, we ride to the iconic Mueller Tunnel via the steep, car free, mixed terrain Mt. Lowe. This is a classic ride that is brutal in it steepness in the early miles. If you can get over those first two miles, the rest is not so bad. It truly is an amazing destination ride!