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SKIDS + WHEELIES + JUMPS: STUNTING ON THE STUNTMAN

Posted June 22, 2017 @ 11:10pm

SKIDS + WHEELIES + JUMPS: STUNTING ON THE STUNTMAN What do you get the stuntman who has everything? The Raleigh Stuntman would be a good place to start. This drop-bar adventure bike, (no slight homage to the lifted GMC truck driven by Colt Seavers on 1980’s ABC action show “The Fall Guy,” starring Lee Majors,) straddles a blurred line between off road dirt touring and singletrack mountain biking, thanks to its wider than category 700c x 50mm tires, flared drop bars, and the usually unheard of (for bikes of this ilk) dropper seat post.At first glance, I wasn’t quite sure what riding situation would have me reaching for the black and tan Stuntman, But a trip to our newly opened local single track at Brownie Lake, a technical hobgoblin of rocks, roots, aspiring climbing, and plunging descents left me dazzled (and a little dazed) at this monster truck’s capabilities, thanks largely to the dropper post.A thumb-activated lever on the wide, drop handlebars moves...

 

TRES CHAQUETAS REVIEW

Posted May 20, 2017 @ 6:06pm

TRES CHAQUETAS REVIEW44° and cold rain on a spring day? Don’t put away those jackets just yet. Here’s three we dig at CRC:Chrome Utility Bomber Jacket ($160) (chromeindustries.com)(Chrome photos: GRAMO) It’s not hard to imagine Chrome coming up with this style of coat, one that bridges their street vibe with bike culture. This is the jacket Steve McQueen would have worn if he was chasing bad guys through the hills of San Francisco on a bike instead of in that bitchen Mustang. The bomber hits right at the waist and is quite comfortable. The nylon shell offers a bit of stretch, thanks to 6% spandex, and the exterior features a DWR coating to shed light precipitation. Ribbed cuffs and waistline provide ample barrier to wind creeping in, and it’s greatest feature, imho, the two-way zipper allows for ventilation and “caping out” on the bike. Yet the moniker of “Utility” jacket is disingenuous, as the the pocket layout falls short of true...

 

RETURN OF THE SLICK 50

Posted March 15, 2017 @ 4:54pm

RETURN OF THE SLICK 50OK, all you cowboys, here’s the lowdown on the Slick 50 get down:Let’s get one thing straight, right out the gate. The Slick 50 is not a race. It’s not an alley cat, a gran fondle, a pub crawl, nor a fucking gravel grinder. (shudder). The Slick 50 is a road ride. But that doesn’t necessarily mean a paved road ride. So come prepared for just about anything, Pavé, mud, dirt, gravel, tarmac. Most people ride drop bars, and you could certainly do the route on 25c’s, but run wutchu brung, Bring a spare tube/tools/pump/food/water, etc.Yes, historically this has been technically a “no-drop” ride, but yes, groups will form. There will be some fast fuckers on the front. If you’re a fast fucker, feel free to go to the front, however, also please realize that it’s wayyyy early in the season. No need to turn yourself inside out to try and stay with the lead...

 

THE STATE OF THE STATE

Posted March 10, 2017 @ 7:50pm

THE STATE OF THE STATEPeople keep asking me what’s up with CRC. I’m here to tell you that things are ramping up for 2017.We’ve got a nü kit, designed by none other than Creepy Friendly over at Twin Six.We’ve got new gloves coming from our pals at Giro Sport Design, the Denim Demon DND glove. Product reviews for you’s, including jackets, bikes, tires, and more.The VOID Spark Jacket (above) The Penhale GypsyThe Raleigh StuntmanSo stick around and let’s get dowwwn.

 

DIRT ROCK N ROLLER (THE BALLAD OF DAVID PIKE)

Posted January 18, 2017 @ 12:49pm

DIRT ROCK N ROLLER (THE BALLAD OF DAVID PIKE)This is a story of remembering, reminiscing, rejoicing, and dirt rock and roll. TURN THE STEREO UP!D Pike on the Maah Daah Hey TrailRolled out to Boulder, CO this past weekend with H-wood, K-wood, and Crossmax for our pal David Pike’s memorial, a celebration, a reminder, a rejoinder, an affirmation of life and love for our fallen friend. The temperature is well below 0° for our 9pm departure. Hollywood is driving all night long, Minneapolis to Boulder, in our rental mini van, four people, four bikes in a straight rock and roll onslaught, serenaded by satellite radio stations Ozzy’s Boneyard and Hairball Nation. Driving at night makes the miles seemingly roll faster, a nocturnal illusion punctuated with stops at Kum & Go, and Dunkin’ Donuts. By sunrise, we’re ensconced at Grannie’s Diner in Ft. Lupton, CO for early morning juevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and biscuits & gravy....

 

FAT BIKE CONFESSIONAL

Posted January 10, 2017 @ 5:14pm

FAT BIKE CONFESSIONALWinter cycling has been going on forever. And it certainly doesn’t require any special equipment to do it. But whenever it’s mentioned that you cycle in the winter, out trots the inevitable question: “do you have one of those fat bikes?” “No,” is my response. And, I must admit, I often feel inclined to add, “nor, am I into to cross-fit. Or vegan.” See, that’s what generally gores my ox about fat biking. People won’t shut up about it. On and on about tire size and rim width, studded tires? Tubeless? Carbon? All this usually just for a jaunt across town, whether riding to work, the grocery store, coffee shop, or even the bar. But I get it, man, I really do. Fatties are fun. When conditions warrant, and especially with good snow, you truly can ride them almost anywhere. So when Surly Bikes brand manager Paul Zeigle asked me, “do you want to bike pack Duluth Traverse on New Year’s...

 

 
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