PressCamp 14: Summer Snow Storm


Getting the shot in Park City during PressCamp

Getting the shot with @jakobschiller and @tinyblackbox in the PressCamp Summer Snowstorm…what usually happens at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City Utah is journalists meet with product and brand managers in the morning and then ride in the afternoon. Yesterday after a rainy day turned to sleet, some hail, and then snow, I rode two laps around the lake on a Felt with Zipps and SRAM RED before the brake pads froze. When soft rubber pads freeze hard like a hockey puck, they don’t grab the brake surface with enough force to adequately stop, as I learned. Also, when the hard rime built up on the seat post and aero bars, the sound changed from whoosh to a soft whistle.

Aero and frozen

The Sugoi jacket I wore worked great! Being from Seattle, I was prepared with wool, ‘cept for knickers or knee warmers, so my knees were bright red when I dismounted and Jakob and Jim were there with cameras. Not sure if we’ll ride today, but the bike I want to ride the most is the GT Grade. They’ll have to replace the slicks with file treads though, cause it’s gonna be greasy out there.

Hard Rime Post

Made a whistle sound

I’m posting photos on Twitter and Instagram as I meet with the brands today and collecting them in a G+ gallery.

Looking to the sky from the condo windows too and hoping the sun comes out.

Mobile Social SXSW V2V 14


A moment from the CES Ride earlier this year

We’ll ride the Strip 3 times this year and after CES, the second one is with SXSW V2V. We’ll meet at the Bellagio Fountains and end up at the Tuesday Night Networking Mixer. RSVP on Facebook or Google Plus.

Note that riding with us gets you into the party even if you’re not registered for V2V, but you got to RSVP.

Issue 13: Superstitions and Strange Rituals

Tyler Farrar following tradition by turning his #13 upside down for this weeks race. Photo: Slipstream Sports

There’s a practice in the pro peloton of turning the number 13 upside down. They do it to undo the bad luck that comes with wearing the number 13. Euro pros are as superstitious as gypsies. And for us amateurs, the food must be just right too. While some cyclists may eat a chunk off of a giant loaf of bread, eat tater tots or a taco before the start of a race, or a taco, my routine includes a couple eggs on toast and a pre-race or ride Mexican coke.

Coke in a musette bag, ready to go

Then just a bit of sugar in the bottle and a bar in the pocket.

Gluten-friendly racer

It’s the superstitions and strange rituals that accent our culture like flavorful, crunchy salad condiments.

Our 13th issue drops in a month with a Friday the 13th, so that was an obvious theme to discuss lucky socks, embrocation routines, shaving legs, and so on.

I’ve saved these Mavic socks since I got them in ‘95 and not sure for what, but when the time is right, I got a clean pair!

Lucky socks stashed away for a 19 years

Joining us for the first time too for this issue are Timothy Jackson and Jim Merithew, both industry insiders and contributors with the voices we prefer to publish. Also a Jamaican “pepper” ride report from Patrick Brady of Red Kite Prayer.

Issue 13 dropped on iTunes and browsers everywhere last Friday.

The 13th.

Every Light in the House is On!

Lights are on

Lights are on and they’re not home

On this day, Father’s Day, I don’t think I should have to walk around the house turning off lights that everyone else left. Before I leave for a bike ride.

GT Grade

A triple triangle for gravel and just about anything else from GT bicycles. I’ll ride the Grade next week in Park City during PressCamp.

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