I’m doing my best to really push original, personal content just now and would like to avoid falling in the pit of link-fodder that re-blogging generally encourages.
This however, was just too damn good not to share. I’m a self confessed ‘moving parts freak.’* Hubs, headsets and BB’s get me overly excited considering their relatively banal and un-flashy nature.
I feel the hub in particular is the most beautiful part of a bicycle; nowhere else does such vital function coalesce with such beautiful design.
ATMO**, the cup and cone bearing is yet to be matched in any of it’s numerous qualities. Chief amongst these is regularly cited as being its long term durability and ease of service. I’d disagree and say that cup and cone bearings are a giant chick magnet. Want to see my 1/4 balls, baby?
Buy the hat and let everyone know you totally dig contact seals.
I find Yonder Journal's writing, the ultimate resource for modern day poetic suffering, presented under the guise of the higher ideal of Western frontierism a little contentious at times.
When you leave with the intention of documenting a journey, it’s hard not to wax lyrical about the connection one might have with the places we explore; be it super hip cultural appropriation or just romanticizing these places, it’s something we all do.
I feel like Yonder Journal take this to an almost cheesy extreme, but sometimes they strike a chord. This latest piece, undoubtedly all over the blogosphere by now, is something I know all to well about.
Getting lost seems to be something I’m relatively good at despite my best intentions. Sometimes it results in mere embarrassment, but some of the most intense and memorable experiences I’ve had while travelling have been a result of either my ignorance or my ignorance resulting in my self and others getting lost.
A really lovely bit of writing which is getting me stoked, in a totally not ironic way to ride my bike.
Despite my massive critical acclaim bagging me a set of panniers last year, I still like to hum and haw over the various options on the market. I’m particularly interested in investing in a ‘rando bag’ to make shooting while on my bike 10x easier and to replace my slightly ghetto Carradice saddlebag for some longer rides I have planned for this year.
I’ve never been particularly impressed by Ortlieb’s plasticy and kinda ugly handlebar bags. I’m also not a massive fan of the classic duck-cotton look from the likes of Acorn Bags and Carradice.
A couple of months back, the ever impressive Kristofer Henry of 44Bikes posted up a nice looking, super lightweight ‘porteur bag’ which almost tickled my fancy. It was close to the mark in its look and construction, but wasn’t quite as durable or watertight as I’d like for all the ridiculously unsuitable and delicate cameras I like to play with.
So when I saw Chrome’s new line of bike luggage this morning, I was pretty jazzed. They’ve got that nice minimalist look on the go with no pointless leather detailing and external pockets; just big, functional spaces with the well proven roll-top closure.
At 40 litres, the ‘front rack duffle' is absolutely gigantic and could easily take all you'd need for a cheeky wee bivvy trip. But I reckon for regular use, it'll probably compact down pretty well with the roll top.
Their panniers also look rather nice with their low profile and matte finish. I wouldn’t be massively keen on their slightly meek looking mounting system for anything other than paved touring though.
Overall, a really interesting looking product and a move in the right direction for me personally.
Obligatory mud shot, to prove I got gnarly and ‘put the gear through its paces.’
SLX, the working man’s XT. The blue collar hero of groupsets.
This groupset is a ridiculously well priced contender in the increasingly competitive world of mid ranged, level headed mountain bike gear. Long gone are the days of jazzy anodizing and elastometers. We’re grown ups now who care about things like suspension curves and BB stiffness.Read more