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TLC Brass Nipples - Feb. 24, 2018, 8:05 a.m.


Quick-Release Axles vs the Rise of Integrated Tools - Jan. 17, 2018, 1:28 p.m.

Back in the day I had a green DeKerf team with a colour matched Judy and green ano ringlé skewers. I loved that bike more than life itself and it took my riding to new levels. One day I was JRA back to mountain highway on the baden powell on Fromme and hooked the lever of the rear skewer on a stout root, right at the top of one of those janky rocky sections and proceeded to have one of my scariest crashes as my bike came to a sudden halt and I supermanned off trail into the chunder. Didn't really get hurt but was spooked every time I rode past it afterwards.

In those days the only tool I carried was a 5mm allen key to drop my 425mm Syncros pro-post for descending. Loved that post and the matching 140mm Syncros cattleprod stem in an almost fetishistic way. Of course, I cut my Raceface flat bars down to the point where there was only enough room for the shifters, levers and grips (probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 450mm). Such good times but I'd never trade them for my current ride, a transition partol carbonium.

Flat Pedal Facts - Jan. 10, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Unassailable Fact #1:

Bunny hopping, step-ups, step-downs, hitting jumps of all sorts and the use of english to control the bike is considerably more difficult on flat pedals, not to mention the additional physical output required when climbing. Therefore flat pedal riders who are confident with these maneuvers are inherently more skilled than those who are clipped in. If you want to push yourself as a rider you are obligated to learn to ride with flat pedals.

Unassailable fact #2:

There is no argument that successfully argues for the use of flat pedals for non-professional riders.

Unassailable fact #3:

Riding flats provides a continual learning curve that allows the rider to gain ever deeper insight into the subtleties of the form.

Dear Santa - Perry's List - Dec. 1, 2017, 4:37 p.m.

Does this count as esoteric enough?

Dear Santa - Perry's List - Nov. 30, 2017, 10:03 a.m.

The Lagavulin 16 is worth every penny, and not too peaty or smokey.

On a completely different note, suspension designs like the Heathen that place the shock in the path of muck from the rear wheel are a total boner kill for me.

Rigid, Retro, and Rough at the Enduro World Series - Nov. 22, 2017, 8:20 a.m.

Should've used his bar ends!

3 Ways To Hydrate With CamelBak 2018 - Aug. 31, 2017, 10:16 a.m.

I totally agree with Shoreboy on this.

Eric Porter's Universal Tube Trick - May 31, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

This is so awesome! How about a list of everyone's best / favourite bike maintenance tricks for a future article?

A Compendium of the Best Tubeless Tips - May 26, 2017, 6:44 a.m.

Any advice for a tubeless set up that once held air but has become leaky over time? The valve stem is snugged down to the rim and the core is tight.

DarkFEST Crash Reel - March 22, 2017, 5 p.m.

So much hurt.

This Man Loves a Women's Saddle - March 12, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

I have a Chromag Moon saddle and love it. Sadly, it appears they're no longer listed on the Chromag website, unless the name has been changed to Mood?

This Man Loves a Women's Saddle - March 12, 2017, 10:15 p.m.

Somewhat unrelated but perhaps useful from a historical perspective:

When I worked in bike shops in Vancouver in the 90s I recall that a common nickname for the bike cellar (RIP) was the seat smeller.

OWN FR-01 Shoe Review - Feb. 2, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

I applaud OWN for taking flat pedal riding so seriously. The shoes look to be the top of the heap, and I don't think I'll be able to resist buying a pair. I've had shimano and five ten shoes that have been worn so frequently without time dry out that the stench was truly worrisome. If they have slightly less grip than five tens I can live with that.

Also, great review Pete. I appreciate your effort to evaluate and describe the shoes' characteristics and the experience of wearing them despite your understandable shoe-crush.

Pits deep at Mt. Baker - Jan. 30, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

So incredibly good. It's awesome that level of fun going on / off.

Smith Rover Helmet Review - Jan. 25, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

I had a forefront and loved it. The medium fit me perfectly, was lightweight and had great airflow (in my experience). My friends didn't like its looks but I thought it was pretty cool. My main criticism was the steep price tag. So one day I was riding at cypress and washed out my front wheel at medium to low speed and went down sideways on soft loam. My head lightly contacted said soft loam, I got up and carried on riding. Back at the vehicle, my riding partner pointed out that my forehead was scraped and bloody, and upon examination the foam of my helmet had cracked crosswise at the bottom edge near the temple (on a particularly thin section of foam).

The scrape was from the koroyd contacting my skin and was about 1/2" wide by an 1" long. It was minor, only deep enough to bleed a little and I hadn't noticed it while riding. I was surprised that the incident had occurred at all, and was glad I hadn't been going any faster because the cheese-grater effect would have been multiplied accordingly.

I emailed Smith and they offered me 10% off a replacement. They made no comment regarding what I see as a real design flaw.

As much as I liked the helmet I replaced it with a different brand mostly out concern for the potential for sustaining a more serious abrasion or cut in an inevitable future wipe-out. Caveat emptor.

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