Giro Empire Limited Edition Gold 03/17/2014


giro_gold_01When the original empire shoes came out I must admit I wasn’t sure about the whole idea of going back to “lace-ups”, purely from an aesthetic perspective, but also from the fear of having a lace wrap itself nicely into a chain ring. I have gotten so used to the velcro and latch systems of various shoes over the years I had forgotten that this is actually where it all started and worked just fine for decades. It might also have been the colors that GIRO chose on launch with, that grey and bright green just was never going to be seen on my feet. Then along comes this version, which just seems to have gotten everything right. A limited edition in collaboration with Competitive Cyclist gets the balance between retro looks and modern design just right.

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Bicycle San Francisco 02/23/2014


SFBDespite some brutal inclines when you visit San Francisco you will be surprised at how bicycle friendly the city actually is. With near on perfect weather (compared to the east coast) the city has embraced the bike as a way of getting around. Dwight Eschliman is a cycling loving photographer based out of the city. His studio is right on one of those routes into the city that is loved by all types of riders, this gave him the idea of documenting the riders he met along that route. Instead of portraits he tells the story of these riders by documenting their bikes. Every bike has its own story, and the details you find in the zoom in to the beautifully shot images revealing each riders personality. As the project lives on it will be an interesting anthropological study of the Bay Area riding scene and their bikes. It is amazing sometimes what people choose to get around on.

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Epic Health Bars 02/01/2014


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You ever get tired of munching on power bars when riding? Then spending the next five miles picking them from your teeth. These bars from Epic might be a very good alternative for an easy and good tasting protein infusion. They are a combination of lightly smoked animal protein (Beef, Bison, Turkey and Lamb) with added savory nuts and dehydrated fruits. Don’t make the mistake of putting these bars in the “Jerky” category, they have a much stronger flavor and the overall taste is a bit more savory. But get this, they are also low on sugar, low on carbs, Gluten free, Diary free, and no added Nitrates. Basically it is health in a wrapper. On longer rides I personally find an infusion of protein really helps, but if it is hot I find it hard to eat actual food. These bars just might be the solution. The Beef, Habanero and Cherry tastes is our favorite.

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3D Printed Helmets 02/19/2014


3d_helmetsThe 3D printing trend continues. Right off the back of the 3D printed frame comes these multi-colored helmets from Stratasys, all done in one mould (or print if you like).

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Things Not To Miss In Belfast During The GIRO: Coppi Restaurant 11/24/2013


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I will say right off the bat I have no idea if these guys even like cycling or follow it – I have never met them. But I have eaten there, and the food is excellent. Also the coat hooks fashioned out of handlebars are a nice touch on the way in. On our last trip back to Belfast we stopped there for an early dinner and got a seat outside. Yes it is possible to eat outside in Ireland. For all those reading this that think there is no food culture in Ireland except for fish and chips and deep fried Mars Bars (which are actually pretty good) you are greatly mistaken. My friend Kieran has brought me to some great restaurants in Belfast, with the food as good as I have eaten anywhere. COPPI’s rank’s up there, and is nestled in the newly buzzing Cathedral quarter of the city. We had Sea Bass and Butternut Squash Ravioli both really excellent. I would get a reservation booked over the Giro weekend, this will be a popular spot.

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