RockyMounts Driveshaft Thru Axle adapter for fork-mount bike racks

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by Mark V on Aug 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

This year I acquired a new mountainbike, and other than some experiments with a dropbar mtb a few years ago, it’s the first mtb I’ve gotten since the ’90s. Things have changed since then: 29er and now 650B/27.5 wheels, tubeless tyres, carbon fibre EVERYWHERE. But the night before leaving to do my first mtb race in 16 years, the most important change was the evolution of suspension forks. Not because forks are better in some way. No, the crucial difference is that most high-end suspension forks now have some form of thru-axle that wasn’t going to fit the bike rack on my ride’s car. It was 8pm on a Wednesday evening, and we were leaving at 9am in the morning. Not a whole lot of time to find a solution, but luckily REI had one.

The DriveShaft rack adapter from RockyMounts allows your mtb equipped with 20 or 15mm front thru-axle to fit a typical fork-mount rack. It even allows you to lock the bike in place (assuming that the rack itself has a lock too). Hint: the DriveShaft tends to rotate in the fork, so make sure you clamp the adapter into the rack and then the fork on the adapter. All fork-mount racks make me a little worried, but once you clamp the bejeezus out of the rack-to-DriveShaft connection, the DriveShaft’s grasp on the thru-axle seems really secure.

Retails for about $70.

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Issue 15 The Mountains and Burnt Socks

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by Byron on Aug 12, 2014 at 11:28 AM

He’s one of the smartest people I know and Chris Matthews still put his cycling socks in the oven. You can guess what happened next, right? The story of how he rode without socks until the next town with a store, and a sock aisle is featured in Issue 15 of Bike Hugger magazine.

And I can relate. When riding, I often become stupider. I have a permanently-scarred knuckle from this one time when I decided to dry my cycling shorts in the microwave. I did not know that the shorts (a pair of piece-of-shit Pearls perhaps or equally shitty Assos during one of their bad importer periods), had a plastic insert sewn into the pad. I guess the insert held the pad in place and microwaves melted it into a molten, burn-skin-to-the bone mass that scarred me instantly.

Chris didn’t get burnt, but had to endure a sockless ride and luckily no other Rapha Gentlemen saw him sans socks, suffering on a climb. I would have called that out if seen, like I did Lance Armstrong, when he was spotted sockless.

The burnt sock story is featured and you can read it for free with a sign in.

Besides the free cover story, Issue 15 includes 10 more articles like

And a mountain playlist from me.

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Robin Williams: Appreciated

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by Byron on Aug 12, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Robin

RIP

The last time everyone I knew was unmoored by a death it was Adam “MCA” Yauch.

Now Robin Williams.

Bike Hugger Magazine contributor Patrick Brady writes about him as an enthusiastic cyclist.

As a cyclist, his jokes about our proclivities, about the Tour de France, about the bike itself gave us permission to see ourselves through other eyes, to laugh at ourselves. What a gift.

And it seems wherever Robin traveled he stopped at a shop, including the one in Seattle where Mark V works.

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EXO on Bikes

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by Byron on Aug 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM


Back from vacation and finishing up Issue 15 that drops tomorrow, here’s a moment of zen – a video interlude with K-Pop boy band EXO riding bikes around on stage.

The fans go nuts.

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In the Mountains: Chipseal

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by Byron on Aug 09, 2014 at 7:30 AM

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Rode three flavors, grades actually, of Chipseal near La Pine Oregon, and Mt. Bachelor. The aggregate and tar was blended as crunchy, crunchier, and crunchiest. Even with a Ti bike, 290 TPI tires, and a carbon fork, the crunchiest sections made my hands and feet go numb.

Considering roads were originally made for cyclists, Chipseal is such a mixed blessing.

Roads are not merely paved or unpaved, smooth or rough, they are complex characters revealing their true natures when the rubber meets the road – Kent’s bike blog.

In the mountains, on Forest Service roads, you can ride for hundred of miles, and many of them will rattle your bones. The uneven, rough surface drains the momentum out of your legs.

Issue 15 drops next month and the theme is the mountains. We’ll have more stories about our rides, including this one on road, and dirt.

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Sunriver

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by Byron on Aug 08, 2014 at 6:58 AM

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A 3 hour ride turned into 4 when I got lost in the labyrinth of paths at Sunriver resort. On vacation, riding to and from Mt. Bachelor with stories to follow and another issue of our magazine next month.

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RockShox: Prove Can’t Wrong

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by Byron on Aug 06, 2014 at 7:18 AM


With the mountain-biking season now in full swing and Crankworx Whistler upon us, RockShox wanted to do something to celebrate those who progress the sport forward. Every year, we see things people once thought “can’t be done” get done. This short film called “Prove Can’t Wrong” is a salute all those who push boundaries to prove that “can’t” is a matter of opinion. We can’t wait to see what “can’ts” get proven wrong this year.

My can’t was a roadie returning to mountain biking…

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Oregon Manifest Winner: Denny

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by Byron on Aug 05, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Denny

Blogging in the space where the bike and tech meet, I know how bikes like the Denny capture people’s imagination and attract the urban techster. It’s great to see locals getting press and in a King5 Interview, Teague’s designer is interviewed and the manager of Gregg’s Greenlake talks about retail price points. Teague’s offices are around the block from Davidson’s shop in downtown Seattle where many of Bike Hugger’s bikes are made.

My friend Jeremiah mentioned the Denny on Twitter and lit up the phone lines.

After Patrick questioned the authenticity of the Oregon Manifest and explained the utility bike market, the questions he’s asking now is what version of the concept is Fuji going to bring to market? Also, what will it cost?

… most bicycles sold today are meant for pleasure riding, not service. Chances are, if the bicycle is to augment our transportation needs in the future it will need to offer levels of convenience and utility that recall a car, though we may have to forego the windshield wiper and iPod jack. They will need to accommodate loads beyond ourselves. We will not stop needing groceries and if the human race is to survive, we will need to keep making babies. So at minimum, any bike we expect to augment or replace a car will need to some capacity to carry groceries and kids. I can hear it now — “Don’t make me pull this bike over.”

Clearly, we need fresh ideas about what a bike is, what a bike can be.

Guess we’ll check back in a year or so… Until the Denny arrives, for urban mobility see bikes like the Cylo that are in pre-production, Vanmoof, Tern, or any number of Kickstarters like the Helios and Vanhawks Valour.

Patrick’s and my industry wonk opinions questioned the Manifest, but that doesn’t mean we don’t share the enthusiasm. We just have some insight into how the industry works and expect a much hyped bike to do it right.

Finally Seattle is best known for Starbucks, Boeing, and Microsoft, there’s also a vibrant design scene here and in the area, distributors like SBS (Redline, Raleigh), and REI’s Novara. Bikes that’ll ship to the masses are being designed for 2017 right now, just a hour commute away from Hugga HQ.

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Huggacast Shorts PressCamp 14: SRAM Rival 22

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by Byron on Aug 04, 2014 at 11:51 AM


Rival 22 was announced at PressCamp 14. In this video, we take a look at SRAM’s latest value group, and then a bike built up with it, the Synapse Alum.

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CX-1: First Impression and Race

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by Byron on Aug 03, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Crux with CX-1

A Crux with CX-1, Zipps, and Sammy Slicks

Another Crux is in with CX-1 and the updated Hydro. First impression: don’t know what you got ‘till it’s gone and the Hydro is def improved with less deadstroke at the lever before the pads hit the rotor. At the same time, there are less ting-ting sounds from the rotor while riding because the new pad spreader gives the pads a little more clearance. The CX-1 also improves what privateers had done themselves in Cross with hacked single chainrings and MTB derailleurs, by trimming all the fat and kludges from the equation. The X-Horizon’s non-slanting parallelogram design eliminates ghost shifts due to chain bounce while the X-Sync is the narrow-wide tooth profile on the chainring which, in conjunction with the roller clutch in the derailleur’s pulley cage, allows the CX-1 drivetrain to operate on a single chainring without the use of chain deflectors, guides, or guards. Rather than taking a modern, integrated drivetrain and then subtracting half, CX-1 is optimized for being more from less.

CX1

Non-slanting parallelogram

That’s a lot of X this and that from SRAM, as King Crimson would say, some Elephant talk

I’ll decode the X terminology to mean CX-1 is a one-by drivetrain for road/cross with a chain that doesn’t slap around or fall off. As long as you shift like you mean it, with a quick stab, it’s precise and tight too. As a big-ring roleur, I was skeptical when JP from SRAM told me to run a 40-tooth ring, but the setup was perfect for the Kermesse yesterday that featured a mile of rocky service roads and another of chipseal.

In that race, what I know is, I made the 1st-lap fast split, felt great, and then had breathing difficulties. Lost a lap to get the rescue inhaler, back in, and then a rock kicked up into my shin. With much cursing, I was another lap down. Rode it out at tempo, and finished, probably 3 down. Then I drank a Rainer beer with Mt. Rainer in sight.

Racing is often like algebra and fire…a complicated interplay of structures with starts and finishes, confusion; it’s unpredictable yet inevitable and often combustible.

What you do is prepare as best you can and put your bets down on the table. Considering neutral wheels are no longer available for this course (cause of all the flats) I ran Sammy Slicks at 45 PSI in the front and 43 for the back. That meant I bounced across some of the rocks, but also didn’t pinch flat and carried momentum into the paved section. As slicks, I kept the bike upright in the tight, gravel turns.

The Mashel Nisqually Kermesse kicked of the 14/15 Cross season for us. As the promoter, Prudog said

Kermesse are the only road-esque races where you get dropped and finishing still feels great. Beer helps.

For more on CX-1, see Mark’s review and for the Crux, this tag.

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