Fix It Sticks in Pocket

I’m using jersey-pockets instead of a saddle bag on my race bike this year. I like the clean look, and I found myself swapping in the wrong bag occasionally which meant I got caught once with the wrong tube size for a flat. In order to get a tidier tool bag, I looked for ways to skinny down some of the bulk. Add to that the need to adjust the new Torx-20 standard being pushed by Ritchey on their C260 stems and I ended up at Fix It Sticks. So clever, and so simple. Most of the mutli-tools I have carried have far more options, but much of it was just extra function without a matching need. With Fix It Sticks, I was able to custom-order the bits for my bike’s needs. I can do almost everything on my bike with a 3mm, 4mm and 5mm Allen plus the Torx-20.

The Sticks come with a nice little tube-conversion pouch which helps from clanking metal in my tool roll. Using the tools is super easy and you have plenty of leverage when you slip one tool into the other. So now I’m riding most days with the Fix It Sticks, a tube, a CO2 inflator, and couple speed patches. Fix It Sticks is a http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fixitsticks/fix-it-sticks-a-fantastically-unique-bicycle-multiKickstarter project done good.

Aprire: Changing Layup

Hasselblad and Whiskey

Hasselblad and Whiskey by Dan Rubin

Arrived in London yesterday and sightseeing like proper tourists today. Last night it was drinks, talking cameras, and street photography with my friend Dan Rubin. Took a short ride on a factory sample Aprire too. More on the impressive bike with video when we’re back in Seattle.

British for layup

Aprire

Will say now that the ride was so unexpectedly good, in ways I’ve not felt before on a bike, that it’ll take a much longer review to explain. Like how the engineer has worked in the industry for over ten years working on frame design, suspension systems and components, as well as working in non bike related large engineering products and he decided to make bikes and apply his material-science knowledge to layup. I’ve complained about the lack of innovation in the bike business for about 5 years, still nothing seismic has happened with this Italian-made carbon frame, but if Aprire can break into the US market it’ll change our expectations of ride quality.

For reference, I’m comparing Aprire’s tech to wide road rims. The thoughtful innovation Hed brought to the market a few years ago is now standard issue for racing wheels. How bikes are laid up and what we expect them to do, may incrementally change for the better like wheels did, if enough Aprires get ridden.

Huggacast Shorts: Chrome Barrage Bag


En route to London town with this new Chrome bag, the Barrage Cargo. It’s another highlight from Interbike and a new fav of ours with its roll top, waterproof messenger style, cargo netting, and cute little buckle.

Find the barrage online, in a shop, or a Chrome store near you for $169.00.

Forecast: Mud

mud head to toe

Mud head to toe

Record rain last weekend and it hasn’t stopped for long this week. I’m off on another adventure with Glass in London, but Mark and Blake will race in Bellingham with reports to follow and photos from Woodinville Bicycle.

Huggacast Shorts: Behind the Scenes with Glass


Shooting Scott House, our MTB guide from White Pine Touring riding World Class singletrack in Park City with Glass, including his POV. This scene was included in the Wired feature about Glass that ran yesterday.

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