SRAM Force 22 and Zipp 30s

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.



Hope The Road Rose With You Too

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.

ok

New power meter

Snow

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.



Last Photo Of 14 Had A Surprise Ending

A Funny Photography Story

Shared in the Medium Bicycles Collection, my last photo of 2014 had a surprised ending.

There it is! An instance with the beach, West Maui Mountains and Lahaina in the background, at sunset with good light, and with the subject looking on….



Bump Frontflip


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



A New Year with New Gear and Bike

Solace

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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