Vice Sports: BMX


by Byron on Jan 07, 2015 at 11:43 AM

Vice Sports launched last year and today features Nigel Sylvester, one of BMX’s most recognizable figures and with a life and career that are anything but typical of the sport.

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SRAM Force 22 and Zipp 30s


by Byron on Jan 06, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Force 22 with Quarq

Force 22 updated with Quarq

Patrick Brady did that thing where he wrote the story I was gonna write, so I didn’t have to, but should have, but just look at his…it’s true, my rain bike has been built up with Force 22 since the summer of 14. I just updated it with a Quarq for a story late this spring too. There’s a reason Patrick contributes to our magazine, we’re on the same wave length about most bike things; music too, and travel bikes, but we don’t discuss politics.

It used to be that any time you purchased one of a component manufacturer’s second-tier groups, you gave up significant amounts of performance. Sure, you got to keep a few sawbucks, but in the bargain you got something that was heavier, didn’t shift as well, didn’t stop as well and didn’t last as long. Remind me not to buy a car from that guy. Shimano could be particularly egregious with this, and went so far to use a wider spacing between cassette cogs just to make sure the shifting wasn’t as good as that found on Dura-Ace.

Quarq 22

The Force 22 group costs $1176, down from $1400 or so when it was first released. The same value applies to the Zipp 30 wheels…ridden the shit out of them in the rain and they’re doing just fine and at under $1K for a wheelset.

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Hope The Road Rose With You Too


by Byron on Jan 05, 2015 at 12:56 PM

In the past month, rode the snow, along the coast, in a lonely valley, and up in the Maui mountains. This week we’re back to work and next up is Issue 20 of our magazine. I hope the road rose up to meet you too in 14 and in 15 you get out there for even more miles.

We’re writing about the start of the riding in 15 now, with new gear and a new bike, and a power meter too.


New power meter


Singletrack in the snow

Just me and the chickens

Just me and the chickens on this ride

Up in the mountains

Even as a rouleur and much better suited to the windy flats, this climb was worth it.

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Bump Frontflip


by Byron on Jan 03, 2015 at 12:16 PM

That’s Danny’s genius, to think of bump front flipping over a barbed wire fence and then actually clearing it after several attempts.

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A New Year with New Gear and Bike


by Byron on Jan 02, 2015 at 7:52 AM


Back on the mainland to a balmy Seattle and 34 degrees, rode in the Lake Boots on a Scott Solace. The shoes I said were the best gear I saw at Interbike and the Solace I’ve been wanting to spend more time on since Scott Week 14.

lake shoes

So stylish would wear them as dress boots

Patrick Brady reviewed the Solace for Issue 15 and I expect both of our first impressions will greatly influence the long-term review. Most of what makes the Solace unique is seen in the photo of the seat tube junction.

I’m riding the Solace until it starts raining again and my feet are warm.

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New Years Day 15


by Byron on Jan 01, 2015 at 6:41 AM


A year ago, next week, we published issue 08 New Year New Rides and the theme was, “It’s a new year and we’re ready for new rides….”

Patrick Brady wrote our free cover story

I want to ride fast, as fast as possible because fast is where the fun is. And that’s what my personal time boils down to. When I’m on my time, me time, I’m chasing one thing: fun. I can define fun in at least a half dozen different ways, but the bottom line is that when I’m without requirement, then I do the thing that feeds itself. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi wrote a book called “Flow” in which he laid out the foundation of our understanding about flow states—being “in the zone” or “in the groove.” It’s all the same. But the underpinning to this is a sevent-five cent word: autotelic. It means that the reward for doing something well is so intrinsic that you do it for no reason other than the doing. That’s cycling. That’s surfing. That’s video games. That’s sex.

Our next New Years issue drops in a few days and we hope your year includes bikes too…in the zone and a good groove.

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Last Ride of 14


by Byron on Dec 31, 2014 at 9:40 AM


Hope the road rises with you in 15, like it did in 14 for us, our blog, and magazine. Yesterday climbed this tree-lined road to Pineapple Hill and then banking right back to Kaanapali was met with hurricane winds. Seldom is a ride cut short for wind and rain, but yesterday it was. So gusty, it felt like something wicked was coming and bad things may happen. A few hours later, rained pounded the island. Today, the sun is back, it’s calm, and we’re headed out for the last ride of the year.

We’ll wrap up our best photos and stories back on the mainland next week and share more from Maui. Until then, Hau’oli Makahiki Hou. That means Happy New Year in Hawaiian and is pronounced like:

  • Hau’oli — “how-oh-lee”
  • Makahiki — “mah-kah-hee-kee”
  • Hou — “ho.”

And thank you for subscribing to our content.

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by Byron on Dec 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM


Stolen from Front Street and shared to Instagram, VSCO, and the G+ gallery from this trip. More to share when we’re back on the mainland in the new year.

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Freewheelin Mountain Bikes


by Byron on Dec 29, 2014 at 11:10 AM

It was the 80s and “Mountain Bikes” or “Fat Tire Flyers” were considered to be dynamic human powered machines at the leading edge of a bicycling revival sweeping the globe. Rock ‘n Roll too! Oh and shot way before GoPros.

Our interest in MTB was revived in 14 too with posts here, an essay in the Medium Bicycles Collection, and Issue 15 of our magazine. Also see the riding in Sedona.

Scott Genius LT Tuned

Scott Genius LT Tuned was just one of the great bikes we rode this year. Photo taken with Mike Schirf

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