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Small Batch Embro + Rock And Roll

Posted November 22, 2016 @ 12:45pm

Small Batch Embro + Rock And Roll Anyone who knows me knows my love of rock and roll, and no band epitomizes that more than Seattle's ZEKE. When I stumbled upon their Flat Tracker release at Minneapolis' RoadRunner Records back in 1998 I was all in, both for the snarling, speedy riffs of Blind Marky Felchtone & Co, but also for the vintage b&w cover shot of Mert Lawill. Released on Scooch Pooch Records, Flat Tracker was (and still is!) some good shit. Intrigued, I sent away for their mail order catalog. Fast-forward to last year and I stumbled upon a little company called Small Batch Embrocation, based in Los Angeles, California offering embrocation and muscle rubs for cycling. Always a fan of small, d.i.y. business, it was with no small bit of wonderment that I learned that Small Batch proprietor Jim Ransweiler was also part of Scooch Pooch all those years ago. Small Batch offers six embros of varying heat, along with chamois creme and a muscle rub. I've been using the...


Slick 50 - Route Map & Cue Sheets

Posted March 14, 2016 @ 5:43pm

Slick 50 - Route Map & Cue SheetsForecast is looking great for Saturday. Please note: there will be no maps nor cue sheets day-of, but links to the map& cue sheets can be found here: Print one off for you and a friend.Also, not too late to ORDER YOUR TSHIRT, which can be picked up at Bad Weather after the ride.


SLICK 50 - 2016 Edition

Posted March 10, 2016 @ 6:59pm

SLICK 50 - 2016 EditionSLICK 50 Spring Classick, back yet again, including T-SHIRT PRE-ORDER!See below for details. NOTE: there will be a route map posted before the ride, via Ride With GPS, a free app for your phone.Remember, the Slick 50 is not a race. It is a fast group ride.There is no ride leader, i.e. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF. Same as it ever was. New this year: SLICK 50 T-SHIRTS! Available for pre-order and ready for pick up at the end of the ride, at Bad Weather Brewery. If you prefer, we will ship them to you via USPS Priority Mail, after the ride, but you must choose your size AND the shipping button from the drop-down menu, got it?Special thanks to Sean 'Chef' Davis for the bitchen' artworkORDER HERE: SIZE + SHIPPING (if applies)small $20.00 USDmedium $20.00 USDlarge $20.00 USDx-large $20.00 USD2x-large $20.00 USDwomen-small $20.00...


Bikes Vs. Cars

Posted February 11, 2016 @ 2:14pm

Bikes Vs. CarsIf you're in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, mark your calendars for Monday, March 7, and Tuesday, March 8 for the local showing of Bikes Vs. Cars at the Trylon Micro Cinema. "Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic."


Santa Cruz Hightower!

Posted February 2, 2016 @ 6:24am

Santa Cruz Hightower!Today Santa Cruz Bicycles releases the Hightower, a bike which can accomodate both 29" and 27.5+" wheels without altering the geometry. A high/low setting on the frame's rear suspension linkage allows for 29" wheels and a 140mm fork, or 27.5+ wheels and a 150mm fork, both maintaining a 67° head angle. The long, low stance of this bike should lean it toward big, burly, all day adventures. Depending on terrain, and riding preferences, this rowdy machine could take on the highly elusive, (and hyperbolic) tag of "quiver killer." And while it is not the case, I like to think this new ride is named after the late, great Bubba Smith's character "Moses Hightower" from the Police Academy films.


Back to the Front

Posted November 12, 2015 @ 11:14pm

Back to the FrontDoes it count as irony if I'm sitting in Bull Run coffee as I type this, the old site of the CRC Coffee Bar? Well, technically, I'm next door, in what was once Balance Fitness Studio. But Bull Run has commandeered the entire corner so I'm calling it good. And full disclosure, Five Watt is my preferred Minnneapolis spot for coffee (black, like my heart), but they were filled to capacity when I stopped there this afternoon. I'm happy to see local, small businesses thrive. More importantly, I'm eager to support them, because I know all too well how hard it is to keep the doors open. It just goes to show you should support your local independent everything.


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