The Wicked Witch Rides a Bike

Wicked Witch

Practical and would fit right in on a tweed ride with her retro cycle chic, also still scary. Scary as hell.

Wicked Witch Rides a Bike

This commuter was spotted in Seattle after I posted a photo of the Wicked Witch yesterday. Still waiting for a winged monkey to ride a bike!

Stepping Out in Fine Clothes

Normally I’m not the kind of guy to like inclement weather. Sure, I’ll ride in the rain or a good thunderstorm, but I like a good bright fall day the best.

Amsterdam Jacket

But when the Showers Pass Amsterdam jacket arrived, it got me wishing for rain, sleet or snow. That’s because it’s my favorite mix of functionality for cycling and style for off-the-bike endeavors. Cut more like a fine jacket (albeit a jacket that fits best when bent forward in the drops) the Amsterdam has a soft shell interior and a herringbone exterior that’s thicker than the company’s Portland jacket.

After a few weeks of really spectacularly un-fall-like weather (highs in the 60’s, bright sun, clear skies) we finally got some cold, wet days. I put on the Amsterdam and hooked my bike to my son’s trailer and hit the roads.

The Amsterdam jacket feels great, it’s one of the nicest fitting pieces of clothing I’ve seen and it look great off the bike as well. In a coffee shop, at the grocery store, I look less like a Lance Armstrong and more like a Daan de Grot. That in fact might be the one weakness of the jacket—it’s not incredibly visible. For city-goers that’s not a big deal, the 3M reflective striping and the flip-down rear reflective panel are perfect, but I wouldn’t pick the Amsterdam on a long, solo ride on a dark country road.

Of course, that’s why they named the jacket after a major cycling city and not some forlorn route up the Ozarks.

Everything on the jacket is meticulous crafted, from the hidden zippered pockets (one with an audio port) to the pit zips that provide tremendous ventilation when the jacket proves to be too warm, which is pretty quickly on a warmish spring day.

The jacket runs $200, which puts it on point with a lot of winter gear and well below well-taylored pieces from companies like Castelli and Assos, none of which look as good off the bike.

Boy and a Bicycle by Ridley Scott


The plot sees the boy playing hooky and navigating the city of Billingham, UK, on his day off like an earlier, poorer Ferris Bueller - See more at Film School Rejects.

Racing in Slowmo

Racing in Slowmo with the Elites

What’s it’s like when the fast leaders lap you in a Cross Race? It’s all in slowmo, until you start chasing again. I raced the elite race at Marymoor and was doing OK after blowing the first barrier run up. Chasing and one lap down into the final lap of the fastest race of the season, the rear wheel fell off my bike and like 40 guys passed me. 2 laps down, but finished ahead of a few DNFs. I was a bit disappointed cause I finally had some race legs on the course, but that’s racing and mechanicals happen.

Why did the wheel fall off? We’re talking about it in this post on Facebook.

Thanks to @ktamura for the video too and Crosssports for the motivation to show up and race.

Huggcast Shorts: Thule Bike Cases


Almost wrapped up with our Glass POV Interbike videos and this one is about Thule’s new bike cases in hard and soft shell.

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