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The Salsa returns!!

12 Oct

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Ok so I know iv been slacking major on the blog, but here’s what’s been going on!

After the West Coast tour I took some down time and tore the Salsa down to the frame and sent it off to the powdercoater¬†to have a new hammered bronze finish which will be a lot more tough for all other future riding, on and off road ūüėČ

The color came out great and I built the bike back up again. This time I added a pair of Ritchey Speedmax Pro 700×40 tires to make this rig into a “monstercross” plenty capable of eating up mountain bike riding and even some small children…

My bro Ray was way awesome getting me a Crane Brass bell which is now my favorite feature on the bike ! ( besides the crappy moots ti parts, or classic xtr parts…)

Iv taken this bike off the beaten path and it is pretty much at home off road and I can’t wait to do some mountain touring in the future.¬† Salsa has it right with their slogan, Ride and Smile !

Posted from Long Beach, California, United States.

Gear Review: Panaracer Rivendell Ruffy Tuffy 700×28 tire

12 Oct

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These were the tires I used on my 2011 West Coast tour, a pair of Panaracer RuffyTuffy tires in a 700×28 size. These tires were designed by Rivendell Bicycle Works (known for their touring framesets) to be the toughest tire for touring and fast tandem use. They use a 2.5mm thick Kevlar belt for flat protection. These tires also feature a checkerboard tread for a fast rolling tire with traction when needed.

These tires have a PSI rating of 90 and I used them with a heavy bike load at 80-85 PSI, which seemed to be just right for me.  Along the tour we pretty much rode over everything, from smooth pavement, rough/potholes /road construction that would eat normal road tires up. These tires held up pretty awesome! We even had a few dirt road/trail sections which I made through great with out much traction loss or damage.

At about 1000 miles, I did get one flat in the rear tire from a larger piece of glass that punctured through the tire which we repaired with a tire patch on the inside (see pics)  Also about this mileage I was seeing wear in the rear tire (as expected) which wore the tread pattern flat in the center portion (see pics, tire on left was on the rear)

Overall these tires handled anything that was thrown my way, from road conditions including rain which I had no traction problems with. Also going fast downhill kept me planted in corners and never felt wobbly .  The only issue I found was wanting these tires in a bigger size!! I would recommend these tires for any touring or commuter looking for a solid tire.

Posted from Long Beach, California, United States.

Gettin ready… with maps!

31 Jul

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so, as opposed to trying to route and track our trip purely via electronic means, I’ve broken down and gotten some maps… I was stoked to have found some Adventure Cycling maps, and my buddy Derrick loaned some awesome cycling maps from his ol stompin grounds north of SF… I have a feeling these will come in very handy!

Posted from Long Beach, California, United States.

Think Globally, Gear Locally…

13 Jul

Ok, the post title is kinda silly… but in all seriousness I try to hype local sources for products. With that in mind, most of my bike related ‘stuff’ comes from the following local places:

Absolute Bikes РA local bike shop where I can be found from time to time. I also like to go on group rides with the folks that work there.

Flagstaff Bike Revolution¬†– Another local shop… not only are these folks awesome, and down with all the recent bike-touring related trends, but they also have killer… seriously killer coffee & have been opening up early (6am!!!) if you wanna watch Le Tour! (Not to mention that they sell a kick-ass locally made handlebar bucket.)

Bike Bag Shop¬†– The Bike **** Shop, since they have a bazillion websites… but they are right down the street, so I was able to pick up bags and racks locally! How sweet is that???

Get yer gear!

12 Jul

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Built a cool bike and need to carry gear for your cycling tour? Or even just need a rack to carry your beer back from the store?
Wayne from The Touring Store will hook you up with everything you need!

The online store offers some of the top gear from brands such as Ortlieb (panniers) and Tubus (racks) and more. They offer great prices and ship quick and Wayne is probably the best iv worked with and deserves some cred. Send him and email and you will get everything you need.  Plus you get free candy with your order, sold!

I will be using both Ortlieb and Tubus on my touring rig, and will give my thoughts on the quality, etc. through out my adventures.