Ellie, Ellie lama sabachtanai: Hilly Billy Survival
"Doublé Ellé. You signed up for the Hillybilly yet?"
"I told you yesterday, Wilsonito, just like the day before: of course I have."
Two weeks until Hilly Billy, and it's almost like a Christmas panto in the back of the shop. Wilson's almost like the kid waiting for Christmas Eve who keeps asking their parents if Santa's coming again this year.
Review: Godandfamous x Roadrunner Paincave Handlebar bag
Now that bikepacking is popular, everyone is getting on the extra bags or long rides game. If you are a reformed (or unrepentant) fixie kid, that means you've got a track bike kicking around with no waterbottle mounts. Enter the handlebar bag.
In Search of Lost Time: Leap Day Waterfallchasing
Yeah, I was at Great Falls, y'alls. Yeah, my cobbled together spare random afternoon was pretty awesome. Yeah, my time outside of time, this strange anomaly and quirk of the calendar, this first moment of spring in the midst of winter, this half-planned adventure of "ride faster and I can be still longer"—it somehow all came together.
Revenge of The Water Bottle: another review of Monster Cross
There are people that always find an excuse for their performance at any type of competitive event, unless they win...whether I was to fault the Zipp bottle cages, or the Camelbak bottles, this was sabotage. And I was fucked. No water, no racing, just surviving.
Kudos: Tenspeed Hero Noosa CX Merino Wool Socks (the ones with cows!)
Look, if you're wanting an actual review, you're in the wrong place. I mean, "five out of five cogs, keep feet warm, go well in shoes, great socks" could be said about most of the wool two-thirds of my sockdrawer.
(Very) Long Term Review: All-City cycles Nature Boy
I've been cruising around on my All-City Cycles Nature Boy single speed cyclocross bike for about 3 years now. At various stages it's been bike camping, it's been my primary commuter, it's been my trail bike, it's raced gravel grinders, it's raced a season of cyclocross, and it's even been carried over the barriers during a US National Championship race.
Shanghai top caps!
I saw these drop into my inbox today and was this close (indicates tiny distance with fingers) to getting one right away.
Snap one up here!
Finding My Own Pace: Thoughts on (Not) Racing (Mini) Monster Cross
When you live in the middle of DC, work irregular hours and don’t have a car, it’s really difficult to go on a casual off-road ride. And yet I love riding off the road because it takes away the one thing I hate about bicycling—cars! I have a beautiful cyclocross bike that doubles as a road bike, but redlining through laps for 40 minutes and getting ensnared in barriers isn’t, I found out, my idea of fun. So I decided to sign up for Monster Cross.
#snowzilla report: Griffin
If you live in the mid Atlantic, you probably noticed the blizzard we just had. If you don't, you probably noticed us complaining about it. If you saw someone bicycling up Rhode Island Ave. in NE DC mid whiteout blizzard, you probably witnessed me making a determined but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to drown myself in a snowdrift.
Life on the Internet: Eskapism.
The view from the saddle atop the Blue Ridge collects a lot more 'likes' than the 45 hours of views of our computer screen from our office chairs ever could, our 'discussions' with significant others about how many bikes are too many bikes don't fit nicely into 120 characters, and you can't feel what it's like to have numb feet for 25 miles in the pictures of my 5 day bicycle tour.