Adjust your seat height from your handlebars with the Gravity Dropper seatpost. This $250 post is available in 2, 3, or 4 inch drop so you can lower your seat for descending and raise it for flatland and uphill riding. Itâ€™s like an office chair for your bike.
Burton is opening a new store in Japan, where the company makes about 29% of all its revenue. Their press release says: â€œThe first floor, deemed the â€˜Powder Stashâ€™, houses Burton boards, boots and bindings inside a white playground-style fence that entices riders to enter and have fun with the product.â€ Those fences are so damn enticing.
At the last bike shop I worked at, this smoking hot girl came in once and asked if I could take a look at her car stereo. I was about to tell her that just because she was super hot didnâ€™t mean she should expect bike mechanics to fix car stereos, when my co-worker yelled from the back of the shop that he would look at her car. In the interest of all the girls who donâ€™t slut themselves out for mechanical help, 686 is making the Yumiko Womenâ€™s Embossed Snow Toolbelt. This thing comes with a Phillips screwdriver in the belt buckle and wrenches into the belt loop so you can handle repairs on your own.
This is a race where you carry your wife and run. The thing that most surprised me was that so many people showed up to watch this eventâ€”just check out the picture. Former Olympian and Maine Winter Sports Center ski coach John Farra (and his wife with all the blood in her head) won the race and took home a novelty-sized check for $675. And I thought Roller Skiing was lame, these cross country types need to find something better to do before the snow falls.
No matter how much practice youâ€™ve had, thereâ€™s no way youâ€™re getting out of a sore arm if you get a flat and youâ€™re packing the Topeak Micro Rocket CB pump. A 55g carbon fiber pump sounds awesome when itâ€™s strapped to your bike, but trying to get this thing up to 100psi in your road tires is like trying to get a champagne cork back in a bottle you canâ€™t afford. Youâ€™ll spend the first 10 minutes cursing while trying to get your tire off the rim without tire levers, and the next hour trying to pump the tire to a rideable pressure.
686 tried making their Times Vestal snowboarding jacket a little easier to justify buying by sticking a Vestal Analog watch in the pocket. This $300 jacket comes with the usual mix of MP3 pocket, removable hood, season pass pocket, and a modest waterproof coating. Including a watch isnâ€™t a terrible ideaâ€”itâ€™s a bit better than goggles since youâ€™ll at least know itâ€™ll fit.
Itâ€™s not the winding flight to Nepal, but the $35 youâ€™re going to pay Maoist insurgents to trek to Everest base camp thatâ€™s going to set your stomach rumbling. The extortion fee is reasonably modest by western National Park vehicle pass standards, but it just feels worse when you have to pay the communists.
VIA Adventure Blog.
Volcom makes their Megasis snowboarding pants from Gore-Tex Softshell which feels like softshell but waterproofs like a hardshell. Unfortunately, it also weighs significantly more than hardshell material, so itâ€™s not the best choice for backcountry riding but is warm and comfy inbounds. Volcom makes the Megasis pants in this little-kid-handprint camo which is just creepy.
Blind motorists and melt the siding off houses while biking with Silvaâ€™s High-Powered Headlamp and Battery Carrier Comfort. Take it into the backcountry, and while the rest of your friends use lightweight LED headlamps to rummage through their packs, youâ€™ll be out scrounging the forest for firewood or taking panoramic pictures of the Grand Canyon at night.
Knog calls the Franco cycling shoes, â€œA performance cycling shoe with cleat options. You will not need to take a second pair of shoes to work.â€ This assumes that most people who ride to work on are little bikes with banana seats meeting their friends who pile 15 people into a VW Bug. All youâ€™ll need is a red nose.
Entertaining and often spastic Patagonia Ambassador Timmy Oâ€™Neill is heading on a three-city Environmental Action Tour (EAT) beginning in Portland on November 9th. His $8 show is billed as a night with his Monkey Wrench Gang thatâ€™s supposed to teach you how to make an immediate change in your life to help save the world. I just hope they donâ€™t say I have to give up cable.