A New Year with New Gear and Bike

Solace

Back on the mainland to a balmy Seattle and 34 degrees, rode in the Lake Boots on a Scott Solace. The shoes I said were the best gear I saw at Interbike and the Solace I’ve been wanting to spend more time on since Scott Week 14.

lake shoes

So stylish would wear them as dress boots

Patrick Brady reviewed the Solace for Issue 15 and I expect both of our first impressions will greatly influence the long-term review. Most of what makes the Solace unique is seen in the photo of the seat tube junction.

I’m riding the Solace until it starts raining again and my feet are warm.

New Years Day 15

trees

A year ago, next week, we published issue 08 New Year New Rides and the theme was, “It’s a new year and we’re ready for new rides….”

Patrick Brady wrote our free cover story

I want to ride fast, as fast as possible because fast is where the fun is. And that’s what my personal time boils down to. When I’m on my time, me time, I’m chasing one thing: fun. I can define fun in at least a half dozen different ways, but the bottom line is that when I’m without requirement, then I do the thing that feeds itself. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi wrote a book called “Flow” in which he laid out the foundation of our understanding about flow states—being “in the zone” or “in the groove.” It’s all the same. But the underpinning to this is a sevent-five cent word: autotelic. It means that the reward for doing something well is so intrinsic that you do it for no reason other than the doing. That’s cycling. That’s surfing. That’s video games. That’s sex.

Our next New Years issue drops in a few days and we hope your year includes bikes too…in the zone and a good groove.

Last Ride of 14

tree-lined

Hope the road rises with you in 15, like it did in 14 for us, our blog, and magazine. Yesterday climbed this tree-lined road to Pineapple Hill and then banking right back to Kaanapali was met with hurricane winds. Seldom is a ride cut short for wind and rain, but yesterday it was. So gusty, it felt like something wicked was coming and bad things may happen. A few hours later, rained pounded the island. Today, the sun is back, it’s calm, and we’re headed out for the last ride of the year.

We’ll wrap up our best photos and stories back on the mainland next week and share more from Maui. Until then, Hau’oli Makahiki Hou. That means Happy New Year in Hawaiian and is pronounced like:

  • Hau’oli — “how-oh-lee”
  • Makahiki — “mah-kah-hee-kee”
  • Hou — “ho.”

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Stolen

stolen

Stolen from Front Street and shared to Instagram, VSCO, and the G+ gallery from this trip. More to share when we’re back on the mainland in the new year.

Freewheelin Mountain Bikes


It was the 80s and “Mountain Bikes” or “Fat Tire Flyers” were considered to be dynamic human powered machines at the leading edge of a bicycling revival sweeping the globe. Rock ‘n Roll too! Oh and shot way before GoPros.

Our interest in MTB was revived in 14 too with posts here, an essay in the Medium Bicycles Collection, and Issue 15 of our magazine. Also see the riding in Sedona.

Scott Genius LT Tuned

Scott Genius LT Tuned was just one of the great bikes we rode this year. Photo taken with Mike Schirf

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