How quickly perspectives change….used to curse compacts with pie plates in the back, and was embarrassed to have a 25 or 26 cog. Rode a 55/44 for a while too back in the day, but now recovering from tendinosis, will take all the gears I can get. Back on the bike after the holiday, and out in the cold, shared a story today on Medium Bicycles about the winter kit I’m wearing. Embro too, of course, with many more miles this winter to follow.
While editing and assembling Issue 30, about the Cold, listened to Gary Numan live. The disco, dystopian beats reminded me of how it feels out there in the cold, alone, putting the time in. As Patrick Brady shared in the free cover story, it isn’t the breezy pleasure of a summer day. It isn’t carefree. It isn’t a triumph of the will. It’s tapping out a tempo and the base miles are like pennies in a piggy bank. They aren’t sexy, but they do add up.
I Am Dust, embedded above, is from Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) released in 2013.
There was a time, not so long ago, when cycling was seasonal, but not anymore. Equipment and gear, tires, and the bikes are all so good now, you can ride in all seasons, and we sure do. On iTunes and the Web, Issue 30 costs $4.00 an issue or $16.00 for a subscription. With the release of the issue, I also want to thank you for subscribing. We’re taking a few days off for the holiday and riding this Friday. Hope you are too.
Highlights of the Elite Men’s Race from the 2015-16 Cyclo-cross World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium. It came down to a drag race through the mud at Koksijde with Sven Nys winning over Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel amazing.
While I’m having more fun and writing a review, see what Kent had to say about his Faraday ride. He also had thought it was fun.
Let’s talk a bit about the electronics. The Faraday Porteur comes with a 250W motor built into the front hub and a custom 240Wh battery pack concealed inside the frame. I’d wondered about the replace-ability and durability of the batteries but the folks at Faraday assure me that the high quality lithium batteries should last through several years of charging cycles and when they ultimately do need replacing, it’s an easy job for a local shop. They estimate current battery replacement cost at $400, but battery tech is getting better year by year and the prices are dropping. The batteries power both the bike’s lights and it’s motor. When the bike is switched on, the lights are on. The integrated lights are nice, bright LEDs.
As another follow up to my traveling and photographing bikes/road warrior story in Digital Photography Pro magazine this month, is the backpack I’ve been using when mountain biking. Following my ongoing quest for minimalism and light weight, Bergans sent me their Rondane 6 L and I’ve been carrying the Sony A7R II around in it ever since. The Bergans isn’t for the long days or endurance rides, but traversing a mountain to get a shot this summer, it was all I needed. This maybe my particular quirk too, but I tend to get OCD with all the zippers and pockets on other packs; like, do I really need 24 of them, when just a few would do? No I don’t or need to check them constantly to remember where my lens filter is. The Bergans has a large pocket for a hydration pack and camera, hotel key, food bar, and phone. Of course, shooting with a compact camera, like the Sony, means it’ll fit in the Bergans. Also, the unique suspension system of the Bergans meant it stayed put on my back.
Bergans RS3™ Stability System. Back, shoulder straps in ventilating foam with mesh surface.
Top zip opening. Includes Source 2 L hydration system.
Internal zippered pocket for small items. Small pocket on shoulder straps.
Detachable hip strap.
Multiple attachment points. Front compression straps. Attachment points for bicycle light/reflector. Plenty of reflective details. Grab handle at top. Key attachment clip. Double sternum strap/carry strap. YKK zippers.
Volume: 6 L
Weight: 580 g
User height: 150–200 cm
Hip belt, length: 0–125 cm
Fabric: Nylon 210D Velocity
Packed dimensions (HxWxD): 43x19x13 cm
Like the Blaze light review, don’t really publish holiday gift guides, in favor of opinions on the blog, and stories in our magazine, but I’d recommend the Bergans as an alternative for the lighter ride days in the mountains.
After 2 decades on the web, and most of that digital, it’s very satisfying to author a photography print piece with hot CX action for Digital Photo Pro magazine. The photos in the article are from Cross Vegas, capturing Sven Nys in the sand, and the story is about traveling light, a topic I’ve been blogging about for years, ever since the first Macbook Air.
Join Bike Hugger at the Lucky Envelope Brewing tasting room, 907 NW 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98107, on Friday, November 20th. We will be hosting our second Built event. We will have a representative from FSA Full Speed Ahead Neutral Support to discuss bike repair and maintenance topics and to answer any questions you may have. We will also have an incredible SWAG bag for all attendees with samples from Clif Bar, Park Tool tire levers and a spare tube.