Fizik Kurve Concept review

Fizik Kurve Snake 04

Fizik’s new Kurve Concept saddle line is a paradox. The Kurve saddles are at once a nakedly bold statement of modern material science and manufacturing, and yet the underlying design is perhaps more rooted in a 19th century approach than any other entry into the crowded market aside from Brooks. When just about every saddle introduced in the last 30 years relies mostly on foam padding to provide the majority of rider comfort, the composite base (shell) of the Fizik Kurve saddles are engineered to flex beneath the rider and in response to road input, just as a leather saddle like Brooks. Further, you can change the tension on the base to suit your preferences, but the Kurve saddles have tech style that suits today’s high end frames…….Also, these Fizik saddles weigh buttloads less than Brooks.

Fizik Kurve Snake post cx race

CX Beaches

Molly Cameron made the beach section look easy in Kansai, Japan

MC

Photo: Heidi Swift

while SSCXWC competitors qualified on a San Francisco Beach.

sscxwc_sf

Photo: Jenny Oh Hatfield!

Need bigger discs

Taiwan - Taroko Gorge National Park

photo from Cyclelicious’ flickr

One of the less logical bikes in my stable is my custom titanium Davidson BMX frame with S&S couplings, 9sp rear drivetrain and disc brake. In 2009 I took this bike to Interbike and then straight to Taiwan. I rode Yamingshan mtn and Taroko Gorge (photo above), among other things. Recently I’ve been thinking about BMX since the bike handling in cyclocross in some ways is more similar to BMX than it is to road cycling. My obsession with cross brakes kinda spilled over to my BMX bike. I was running a 140mm rotor with a Shimano cable disc caliper, and up until now that seemed to have all the power I needed. But on a whim, I installed a M960 160mm rotor (bought it for $3 at the last bike swap) and the appropriate ISO adapter. Now…..so much better. The main improvement is much better modulation when using the brake to initiate breaking the rear end loose entering into a turn. Of course, these sideslip turning technique experiments are entirely inside the bike shop, and the floor of the frameshop shows the evolution of my turning technique in the form of dozens of curved black skids around one of the vise stands.

Once I finish out the Seattle Cyclocross series (2 more races), I’m going to take my BMX bike to actually ride outdoors…..after cross season because crashing on the BMX is virtually guaranteed. I want to limit my injuries for the time being, and I haven’t quite regained full use of my left hand since crashing at the Enumclaw cross event. As it is, I’m tempting fate indoors because that vice stand is mounted on a steel pole bolted into the floor. I’d rather crash into a tree than hit the vise stand.

Leg Lube - Reviewed

I’ve been shaving with Leg Lube for a couple weeks now. In general, I think the stuff is pretty solid. The lube goes on easy and the bottle works well in the shower. I’m not sure if they planned it, but the matte bottle finish is easier to hold onto than other bottles in the wet. Unless you have a little big of hair built up, getting a froth going doesn’t really happen (maybe I need a loofa?). I’m not sure if it’s because of that or not, but my razor “squeaked” a bit on my quads. Adding more lube and that sensation went away.

So the best part is the mild smell, and awesome tingling feel on the legs. I can’t place the scent, but it feels like it’s doing something - it’s a subtle cooling sensation that I really liked. The other thing that sets Leg Lube apart is that when you dry your legs, it seems that the lotion is already there. No real drying feeling I get when I shave with soap or gel.

If you’re like me, and sometimes you leave a patch on your knee, the “out of the shower” shaving option is really impressive. I’ve touched up before out of the shower only to get some good razor burn. Not so with Leg Lube. I’ll certainly be buying another bottle to keep in my race bag just in case. Overall, it seems to be a good product, and I always like buying from people that take a risk and start a bike-related business. You can follow @LegLube on Twitter or like them on Facebook. Leg Lube can be purchased for $8.95 at their Website or at a local dealer.

SSCXWC SFO

We’re not there this weekend, but following along on Twitter, G+, and the local news. What’s a Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships all about? Read my post from last year, when it was here in Seattle, and I bullshitted my way into the race. Video too. Also the year before in Oregon.

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