Bicycle Wheel On Car

Known a couple Jedi Wheel builders, but none who would attempt to attach a bicycle wheel to a car and would most likely ask, “Why?,” but Bill Mould decided to do that. See the results in the video and that’s one strong wheel.

Gear to Go: Naturalista Sneaks and a Freitag Bag

Sneaks and a Bag

Freitag Zurich, made from trucks

Sometimes new gear arrives for review and it matches! Like the Naturalista Meteo sneakers in green and the Freitag Victor. Both are comfortable, casual, and with a style that’s going to patina with time.

Lacking a chest or waist stabilizing strap, I’m not gonna fill the Victor up too full or ride that far with it, but still have always appreciated Freitag’s aesthetic and they were upcyling materials before it was popular. This bag is as tough as a truck, with a roll top, and zippered quick-access outside compartment.


Meteos in black and green

The shoes are very comfortable in natural rubber and leather and I’ve been riding around wearing the bag and shoes, as seen on Instagram: New Arrival from Zurich: Freitag, El Naturalista Shoes just arrived.

Bag and Shoes

Naturalista Sneaks and a Freitag Bag

Find the Metoes and Zurich online or a store near you for 120 € and 350 €. I think unboxing gear like this would bore you, but the premium price for these products is witnessed by the care they take in shipping from Europe. A wide selection of El Naturalista are available on Amazon too in mens and women’s.

Also see a post from this one time when we rode on Freitag bikes in Berlin and a book about their business.

Redline Conquest for Gravel Grinder

Redline Conquest Team

Redline Conquest Team. The 2015 models are all disc-brake, so my cantilever brake version is almost a throw-back. Personally, I’m not convinced that disc brakes are all that necessary, but that is definitely the direction that the market has gone. At the Gran Fondo Leavenworth, almost all of the newer cyclocross bikes and gravel-grinder bikes were disc brake, but it’s hard to say how many were recently purchased with disc brake as a motivating factor versus how many bikes had disc brakes simply because that’s what’s readily available on current complete bikes.

After 3 seasons of cyclocross on this frameset, I’ll vouch for the geometry and handling. Redline’s Tim Rutledge really nailed the recipe for cyclocross, but the bike handles gravel grinders well too. If I had to complain, I wish that the bike had a little more tyre clearance, especially at the rear. A 35mm width is pretty much the practical limit on the back; 38-40mm for the fork. However, with the UCI limiting CX tyres to a measured maximum width of 33mm, it’s not terribly surprising that there isn’t more space. This isn’t a big deal for me, but big dudes might want more grab for traction on loose climbs and cush for technical descents.

Touring Under Difficulties


In all conditions, the ride must go on

The Bay City Wheelmen, in the 1850s, took pride in how they toured under difficulties. Just like cyclists do today, on gravel or adventures rides like in Leavenworth, Dirty Kanza, or Rebecca’s Ride in Sun Valley.

Tour of California, circa 1850

Instead of Strava, they discussed the best tweed weave

Here another group ride is seen 6 abreast on gravel, like the Tour of California in 1850.

Cool down

bikes equipped with umbrellas

While another stops to cool down at a roadhouse.

Photos from the California Historical Society’s Bicycling photographs and ephemera album on Flickr. HT Rebecca Onion.

Horse Heaven Hills Photos

Cool down

Cool down section of the ride

More photos and a gallery from the riding in Eastern Washington this week, where I wondered at one point if a mailbox was another cyclists AND who needs gravel when you got chipseal?


Road so long, thought a mailbox was another cyclist for about 30 minutes. Disappointed when it wasn’t.

Chipseal for miles and all day

Back in Seattle and working on Issue 13 of our magazine before a trip to Press Camp and Vegas this month.

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