Pure Fix: Candy Blue, Hyper White Wheels

The Pure Fix arrived at Hugga HQ. It’s unpacked, built up, and ready for the first ride. See my initial review on G+.

PowerTrekk Fuel Cell for Cyclists

Marketed to climbers and hikers, I read about the PowerTrekk fuel cell charge in an AP News story and thought of dirt riders, tourers too.

The fuel cell inside PowerTrekk is a completely passive system. Without fans or pumps, the fuel cell silently converts hydrogen into electricity via its Proton Exchange Membrane.

The chemistry process is safe, controllable and eco-friendly, and the only bi-product from the fuel cell is a little water vapor. To operate, hydrogen must be supplied to the fuel cell, and the fuel cell must be exposed to the open air.

How it Works

Powertrekk - How it works from PowerTrekk on Vimeo.


I didn’t see dimensions on PowerTrekk’s site and it looks to big for a jersey pocket, but would attach to a tube or toss it into a pannier, saddlebag, or pack. Also learned that the fuel cell is distributed by Industrial Rev in Redmond, Wa. That’s an hour bike ride away from Hugga HQ. I already pinged them for a sample. Also asking about pricing.

Review: TRP R970EQ road brakes

TRP R970EQ

I’m not usually one to chase after ultra light brakes. My biggest gripes about them is that they usually don’t stop well and their fittings, such as the fixing bolts, are fragile or don’t weather well. Mostly I’ve been happy to run stock Dura Ace or Red calipers. However, one of the newer trends in the road scene has been aero wheels with fat toroid profiles. Instead of the typical 19-20mm width at the brake track, some of these wheels are pushing 26mm+. The big manufacturers caught onto this trend just a little too slow, and as a result those stock calipers just won’t comfortably fit the latest race wheels. I tried to solve this problem by filing the arms of the rear brake on my TCR, since the the problem is worse on the back due to the friction loses of the longer cable and lateral flex inherent in dished rear wheels. But filing out metal on brake arms isn’t a very elegant solution. However, if TRP wants to make a brake that will fit a fat rim, uses quality hardware fittings, is lighter and aesthetically pleasing to boot, then I’ll break from habit and try something new: the R970EQ.

TRP R970EQ

TRP R970EQ

TRP R970EQ

Majestic

The Olympics are majestic and usually not seen this time of year. The Seattle area is normally covered in a blanket of gray until June and we’re riding in the rain. Don’t know yet if that’s good or bad for the Spring. An epic allergy season or maybe the rain will come then?

Took another photo of those mountains on Sunday. We rode up Hurricane Ridge once too.

More Merino Wool

merino shutt

More new gear for 12 arrived and this is a Winter-weight, Merino wool jersey from Shutt Velo Rapide. I’ve worn an earlier piece from Shutt so much, it’s wearing out. I travel in wool from Shutt and Ibex, all over, and not just on the bike. Nothing beats a Merino wool jersey for comfort on a plane too, like this Bianchi.

On my extreme folding ride up Tramway road, I wore Shutt’s Summer Club Jersey. For Cross and riding with the Bros, I’m in a Hugga Kit of course and our newest version is being made right now by Hincapie Sports. We ordered extras for you.

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