Waiting for the Sun to Come Up

Waiting for the sun to come up to build our travel bikes, after the inaugural Delta SEA to OGG flight, responded to a new friend, and her request on Facebook with

Hello Jennifer and thanks for the intro Jeremiah, timing-wise I’m on vacation and have reduced the amount I talk about bikes to a trickle. But see this Wired story. And this post. From there the snowbike tag. Fat bikes are great fun and also significantly improved, since I first started posting about them.

Back on the mainland in the new year, we’ve got a magazine issue dedicated to fatbikes and how, in the industry, a side or personal project will mature into a new category. What’s happening now with Trek and Spesh in the game, is the handling characteristics of each bike vary drastically. None bad, just loose like a tractor, all terrain like a jeep, short and tight with racing geo, or hauling like a semi.

If you’re at a resort or in a town with one like we were in Park City last week, absolutely get out there and try a fatbike. We descended slopes with them.

Now, back to building up the travel bikes, and riding island roads. Not taking about bikes too much, either.

Trigger Happy Action Cam


Sharing entirely because it’s not another GoPro edit…competition is good in all things.

New Music for the New Year: Hey Rosetta


Ordered new music for the new year from @heyrosetta and as soon as that drops, syncing it to my iPod for some long rides.

Waiting for Tubeless Cyclocross Options

After closing out my cyclocross season at Waves For Water’s UCI event in Tacoma, I’ve had a chance to evaluate my equipment choices from this season. This time around I brought in a second bike, a Davidson D-Plus, that I fitted as a singlespeed (you can read about the design in Issue 19 of our downloadable magazine). All the little details on the bike were spot-on, allowing the components to function at their best, though there were only two significant deviations from my usual parts selection: brakes and tyres. For the moment I still remain faithful to cantilever brakes, but rather than Avid Shorty Ultimates I chose TRP’s RevoX Carbon (to be reviewed in a separate post). The other change from my usual CX equipment was tubeless tyres. With an embarrassingly large personal stable of bikes and kit, I was eager to avoid cluttering my life and draining my finances with yet another single purpose tubular wheelset.

Like a tubular, a tubeless clincher tyre promised to allow low pressure in the CX races without pinch-flatting, yet without the laborious gluing ritual I could change out the treads each week if I so desired. And at the end of the season, the tubeless wheels could be reshod with commuter or gravel tyres, or maybe I leave the tubeless CX tyres on the wheels so I can go play around in the muddy woods this winter, free from the fear of damaging expensive tubular tyres on a casual outing. In contrast, my tubular CX hoops get cleaned and stored in wheelbags where they do nothing but take up space in my closet until next September. But promises are one thing, reality another.

On Amazon: Fast and Fresh

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Patented rod-and-clamp design makes the bag-closure device very versatile

Ok, so it’s not really a bike thing per se, but check this out: With 6 days left to order in time for Christmas with Prime, Amazon published their annual Stocking Stuffers with a Story feature and it includes an origin story about a household product my company makes, Clip-n-Seal.

We originally designed this to keep coffee and chips fresh at home, but people have found all kinds of other uses for them, including disposal of chemical waste in manufacturing processes, and even to seal testing apparatus in the space program.

Used in making fast, race wheel that I reviewed in our mag.

The application of Clip-n-Seal that most interests me, as a cyclist, is their use in wheel building. During PressCamp earlier this year, I met with Enve Composites and we discussed their latest wheels, and how they use Clip-n-Seal at the factory. I can’t share the specifics, as it’s propriety process, but Clip-n-Seals keep their resins and carbon fibers fresh.

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Originally designed to keep chips fresh

As Amazon shared on their site today, Clip-n-Seals are a stocking stuffer with a story that has many more chapters to write, fresh beans to grind, and wheels to make.

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