A Sage Ride

Sage

Sage in a grove of trees along the Burke-Gilman, a rails to trail path in Seattle

A triathlete, his head down, in a full aero tuck and a face full of misery passes us. Our speed is slower but by all accounts much more enjoyable. The sun is out and the temperature sits just above 70-degrees – a perfect spring day in Seattle. Today we are taking our first ride on the Sage Skyline. The Skyline is Sage’s titanium road machine. The frame itself is U.S. made from 3/2.5 tubing. Sage has outfitted the Skyline with couple of nice frame features including Breezer-style dropouts, a 44mm head tube and their carbon clip cable guides. The clip routes mechanical cables under the down tube. For bikes equipped with electric shifting systems, the clip detaches from the frame, providing a wire port for internal routing of the shifter wires.  A few hours in the saddle reminded us of titanium’s ride quality. It’s a classic and refreshing feel, a nice complement to a spring ride.

Nathan

Adjusting the bike and getting the light right

And as good as those crisp, cold beers we had at the famous North City Tavern after the ride. A couple of sips in, rediscussed the relevance of Ti, especially for the forest service roads being ridden these days.

North City

North City Tavern, established 1947

Roads in Nepal

Nepal

Damaged roads in Nepal as shot by Prakash Singh for AFP/Getty.

Issue 23: A Thousand Miles

Sun

For a thousand miles don’t turn off this road…especially, when it’s a thrilling, fast, twisty-curvy descent with a grueling grind of a climb back. Riding those long miles this Spring and Summer is what issue 23 is about, momentum and worth another mention before we start editing and writing issue 24.

As a monthly, 24 will mark 2 years of issues and a hat tip to those that subscribe.

It’s very much appreciated.

Vined! Scott Solace

In Issue 15, Patrick Brady wrote about the disc version

Unlike some bikes in the endurance category, the Solace is still a proper road bike with zippy handling. Many endurance bikes feature touring bike geometry with a longer wheelbase and slower handling. What’s different about the Solace from other offerings is the fit. With a longer head tube and slightly steeper seat tube angle, this bike is meant for riders who no longer have the flexibility of a teenage gymnast, which is to say most of us generate more power when we’re not folded in half.

Scott Solace

The caliper-brake version in on demo, is the same bike with different brakes, and equally good looking. Here’s a 7 second review with what you need to know.


Even Lighter and Faster

Now I can’t say our mobile site is vertically stuff and horizontally compliant like a race bike, but this week it’s even faster for sure. About 2 years ago, I shared

Over the weekend, we’re turning on Google Page Speed Service to deliver our blog with more blazing speed. Engine Hosting is already fast, with PSS it’s even faster: 15% decrease in load time and a 30% faster speed index.

Now we’re running a 93 score out of a 100 on Google’s Page Speed Insights with lots of code tweaks. That’s judged by a second to load criteria, correlated to time to above-the-fold load. In other words, hit our site on your mobile and like blam! it’s there for you to read.

What prompted this update is most of our traffic now is mobile, at times 90%, and in-app. As of this week, Google will prioritize mobile sites in search, with a mobile friendly label, like this one

mobile-friendly

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