Monthly Archives: August 2015

Who Nails It? Giro Nails It… That’s Who!

imageThe minute the Giro Synthe hit the streets I wanted it with every ounce of my helmet wearing being. I had just picked up the POC Octal about a month before the Synthe was released last year. I needed a new helmet since my run in with a car took my AEON out, but couldn’t wait any longer and decided on the VERY solid Octal (also highly recommended).

There’s something about the Synthe that tickles my fancy… and a must buy if you’re in the market for a riding dome cover. I was going to wait a few weeks before doing a review on the Synthe but can’t hold it in. I’ve only ridden with it this week and I’M IN LOVE!!

Light, compact, style points, functional, and comfortable are a few words that describe the Giro Synthe. You know Giro did something right when a very large amount of cycling teams suit up with the Synthe. It’s a beautiful thing the Synthe is. I mean… I could go on, and on, and on, but I’ll let Giro speak for themselves:


There you go! Go to Giro and scope more info. I promise if you pick this up you won’t be disappointed that you did.


Komorebi Cycling Team

DSC06155Yes times a million.

Komorebi (木漏れ日) is a Japanese word that roughly translates to “sunlight shining through the leaves of trees.”

The Komorebi Cycling Team is a Portland, Oregon based group that roughly translates to “women who go on bikepacking adventures.” We’re here to share our experiences, lessons learned and success stories so to inspire you to gather your friends, ride your bikes somewhere new and sleep outside.”

If you don’t know… now you know. Keep an eye on Komorebi Cycling Team. I promise you won’t be disappointed that you did. DSC06171

Chrome Industries New Arrivals // KADET

kadet_hbt_black_heroOh man… Chrome Industries just dropped so much new gear! One of my instant favorites is the Kadet. Simpe, easy, throw and go that will hold just what you need on your in and out exploration sessions.

Go to Chrome and check out all the other new arrivals. Such a great line up!

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SILCA // HX-One Hex Essentials Kit

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“Few tools are used as frequently, and can cause as much heartache or wasted time as the seemingly simple hex key. It’s one of the first things you notice at the top levels of motorsport tools, or in the toolboxes of Pro-Tour mechanics: extremely high quality hex keys. The reasoning is simple, better tool fit leads to better feel and confidence for the mechanic as well as a significant reduction in the likelihood of damaging exotic fasteners made from Titanium or Aluminum.

 For the HX-One we had to start with the finest S-2 Tool Steel, a shock resistant steel which has been refined by Swiss and German toolmakers for the optimal balance of strength, hardness, shock resistance and dimensional control. S-2 yields stronger tools with much harder surfaces for prolonged tool life. The keys are then coated with thin-dense Chrome, a process generally reserved for mold tool components or optical grade surfaces inside molding tools. This coating provides the hardest, most dimensionally stable finish possible on each hex key. Finally, each tool is spray coated with a high-grip, high-visibility textured polymer finish for maximum grip and control. No more dropping your tools with greasy fingers or losing them on your workbench!

Included with the HX-One Essentials Kit is the proprietary SILCA 17-4 Stainless Magnetic Adapter. The Adapter with a pleasant magnetic click turns the 6mm Hex Key into a ¼” socket drive which can fit any common ¼” driver Bit. Included in the kit are the 6 most common Torx sizes, 2 Phillips Head and 2 Flat head Drivers. You can literally handle any modern bicycle fastener with the tools in the box.  

Each HX-One kit is lovingly packed into a fully CNC machined box made from sustainable Beech Wood. Each box is hand sanded and finished before receiving the stainless steel SILCA Shield on the lid.

 “One of our goals with this lifetime set of tools was to have it be completely one-hand accessible (we’ve all been there..). The fine Beechwood Box uses a magnetic closure system and each tool rests in a CNC machined slot, held in place by a single elastomeric tab. Each tool fits into and out of it’s slot with a satisfying ‘click’ so that even when stretched one-handed from work stand to workbench, you can be confident in your placement.” Says Josh Portner, president of SILCA.”

Go check out more over at SILCA. Really in love with this kit!CBsFQdg76Y91F44KQZ5IvueR_Cx7Rj26_Ywa7872NJc,KkrVBNKVDaE8sryGjnCCx8d2sZBQCuitvXaTTtR8DLY,tdTGYtynpc_5ZxDxV0vHHWv2SreIH4X_C1Gis33DD1Y


imageThings are looking good this year! Today was one HOT muggy one but I wanted to get out and check up on the good ol’ Wheeler Wildlife Refuge FOLLYCROSS loop for this years FOLLYCROSS 3.DOH! August 30th.

I hope you get the chance to come out, race, heckle, and hang as this will be the Bamacross Season opener. It’s always a light hearted fun time with friends… unless you’re not into that sort of thing…

For more info go check out the event page where you can pick up your “Shredders Admission” in advance.


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Tenspeed Hero // Jake Szymanski

JZ and TSH“When he isn’t riding his bike you can probably catch him at an artisanal doughnut shop or considering break dancing lessons.” – TSH

One of the many reasons I like Jake. He’s one slick fella!

Love this write up and the images to follow. Go to Tenspeed Hero and check it out for yourself. I promise you won’t be disappointed.