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Posted October 21, 2017 @ 11:45am

HISTORY OF THE HOMIE This was originally published in Dirt Rag, and well, it’s almost time. Again.HISTORY OF THE HOMIEThese days you can’t swing a cat without hitting a double-IPA-swilling, beard-sporting, tattoo-having, single-speeder, but that wasn’t always the case. Wednesday nights got weird in the mid-90’s in Mpls when some of the local dirtbags darkening the door on the weekly Wed. Night Ride started showing up on single-speed mountain bikes. These hump-day rides had been initiated by several employees from Quality Bicycle Products, and typically included a single-track social on the way home from work. Ride some dirt, crack a brew, and stay safe.Word spread about these mid-week rambles, more and more locals began showing up, and soon a weekly tradition was born. The nocturnal shenanigans often delved into derby territory and with some of the more, uh, “rowdy” attendees, it became apparent that full-contact aggressive riding was not...



Posted August 11, 2017 @ 1:13am

SARIS SUPERCLAMP EX 2 IS A CHAMPCARS-R-COFFINS SARIS SUPERCLAMP EX 2 REVIEW.This SuperClamp is a ChampLet’s get this out of the way: I do occasionally drive a car, typically a loaner or a rental. And when I do, it usually involves a road trip and bikes. Ergo, car racks. Seem pretty straight forward, right? But first, an aside.A few summers ago while working at a local shop I installed a car rack on the back of a customer’s sedan. I forget the brand or model of rack, but what I do recall distinctly is that there were two longish side straps which I just assumed were extra tie downs for the bikes. Turns out they were side-load stabilizer straps. Customer found this out the hard way as she accelerated onto the freeway. The rack, along with her Cannondale, went skidding down the interstate, and I had to explain to her stoic boyfriend that not only was I terribly sorry, but that I was also a buffoon that hadn’t installed the rack properly. My job would have been much easier if the Saris...



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...



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) ( 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...



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...



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.


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