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It’s our goal to Change Lives 2 Wheels at a Time. We know that purchasing a new bicycle can be a daunting task, especially if it’s your first new one in a few decades. You have to pick out the style, color and price of the bike and get yourself all decked out in the gear to make your riding…

Power Meters vs. Heart Rate Monitors

Should you train using a power meter or a heart rate monitor? The discussion has gone on for decades, and both technologies have improved and become more accessible. So which of these training tools should you use? The short answer is “both.” Okay, let’s end the article here and go for a ride, m-kay? Ah, if it were that easy….

Prepping for Bikepacking

How to Prepare for the Tour Aotearoa: A Novice Bikepacker Guide In t minus two weeks, I will be starting an unofficial (next official is in 2018) ride of the Tour Aotearoa (the TA). This is a multi-terrain route in New Zealand that includes sealed roads, gravel roads, single-track, beach. It starts at Cape Reinga, the tip of the north island…

The Trail to Zen

The sweat drips off the end of my nose. I gave up worrying about it a long time ago. About the same time that the burning in my legs faded to the back of my mental space. Some people lock themselves in dark rooms with timers while they sit on folded blankets to get to this spot. Not me, I…

#s24o

We usually think of grandiose, epic-level expeditions when we start pondering bikepacking trips. Or at least we did until last July. Joey Sparkles and I attended the Specialized product launch in Morgan Hill. This is a trade show. We spend our days seeing product, listening in on seminars and being sold stuff. The evenings are filled with mingling and then you end up in your…

Torch Frameset

Fire. It glows and is always unique. Used by the ancient Greeks to represent the pinnacle of sport, it has for years been the symbol for extraordinary efforts in human strength. Specialized captured that essence and created the Torch Series. Glowing orange when cool and turning to a burning yellow when it’s hot, the Torch products are unique, limited and…

Ohlins RXF 36

os·cil·late – move or swing back and forth at a regular speed. I purchased a 2017 S-Works Fuse just over 3 months ago. I was stoked to have a 6fattie hardtail that was lighter, included a SWAT Door and the new SRAM Eagle group. However, my excitement was ultimately around trying the recently released Ohlins RXF 36 fork that came…

Trail to Zen: Have you met Shirley?

As part of our ongoing coverage of the shop’s True Grit 2017 contenders, I spoke last week with Shirley Leydsman, our merchandising specialist, event planner, and all-around “cute-ifier” of the shop and shop events. She is hands down the nicest person in the shop, but don’t let her niceness fool you: her drive, fearlessness, and determination make her a fierce…