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Tainted Cash: Five Dolla Make You Holla

Tainted Cash is alluring with a caution tape belt

In any other setting and especially at a city park, this man in a jumpsuit with a fiver dangling from the fly would get arrested and put on a watch list. At MFG Cyclocross races, it’s the Tainted Cash #Hodala hand up.

Beware the one-armed man behind caution tape with a fiver in his pants

Spend that wisely and remember to wash your hands

Tainted Cash is one of many hand up flavors. See more at The Hand UP and photos from the 06 Lion of Fairfax CX Race.

But wait there’s more Tainted Cash #Hodala hand ups on G+ in glorious full rez.

Tubeless Test Ride UPDATE

Rolling tubeless

Made it past the 2-minute mark without an explosion on my second test ride with the AClass tubeless. If you recall, earlier in the week, the test ended in a catastrophic failure.

So what happened was, the screw punctured the tire – felt like I hit a rock – it then tore through the bead and BANG. Bead lost, seal lost, and that was it. Inside the rim, it’s all torn up too.

That was a very unusual circumstance. Mark V checked it out, mounted another tire, and I had an uneventful ride. Looking at photos of the Tubeless Incident, Guy Browne asked

For road, was there anything that made you think, “now that’s worth swapping wheelsets and tires for?” I’m just at a loss as to the justification for going tubeless on the road. Is there anything so remarkable about the experience that bears lobbying for such an animal? Road clinchers being what they are these days, I’m not sure I’m seeing a huge advantage. I do understand the tubular angle a bit more, especially for racing, if only for the fact that the tire will stay on the rim making flats rideable for a while, and sudden pressure loss more controllable. You don’t get that with tubeless.

Yes. On the low side of flat karma one wet Winter, I had an epiphany and that was, “no more tubes! (curse words),” and I haven’t ridden a wheelset with tubed tires since. It’s tubeless or tubular. Note this is even after evangelizing Hed’s C2 platform and agreeing with Guy that clinchers have never been better. A set of Ultremo DDs on Ardennes and you’re rolling well with good protection. Remarkable protection, as Pam learned one commute.


Still rideable

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Russie Says Goodbye to Seattle with a Win

Silver Lake: Russie Wins and Leaves Seattle Behind

‘Racers cracked on this hill

This photo sequence starts with challengers right on Russell Stevenson’s wheel, nearly touching it, then watch the gap open, their grimaces grow, and he never looks back. Russie is a Local Pro.

Silver Lake: Russie Wins 1

Watch the gap grow

As he rides out of focus, check the gap, and the Suffer Faces behind him. It’s a wheel and a half now.

Silver Lake: Russie Wins and Moves Away

Now it’s a bike length and he’s gone

Now further out of focus, the gap is a bike length and that grew to nearly a minute at the finish. Today Russie is flying to CO for a new job, more races, and I expect wins like this.

Full-rez photos on Facebook, Flickr, and G+.

Socks for Your Face

If you haven’t seen our Suffers Faces blog on Tumblr yet, check it for photos like this from @mathowie of Josh Liberies suffering and gasping-for air.

Josh Liberies suffering

Josh is the editor of Cyclocross Magazine

Today we announced Socks for Your Face, cause we know there’s a whole lotta suffering and Cross races going on this Fall.

It’s simple. Shoot photos at your local awesome Cross Race, send us the best ones, and if we use one then you get a pair of socks. Nice socks too. You can see them in our Store.

Socks for Your Face details.

Jungle Cross Run Under

jungle cross

Before Cross was dirt crits with barriers, in the Pacific Northwest, we raced and trained in the jungle like this. At a undisclosed location near Hugga HQ, I found a trail like it was, back then.

On Sunday, I’m at Silver Lake racing and looking for Suffer Faces. See you there, after last week, I hope have a better race. As I said on Twitter

Did that one for my culture. Felt empty, two mechanicals, in the pits. Better show next time. Thanks for the cheers.

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