Wednesday, May 20, 2015
It seems sometimes the bike industry runs out of innovation and like other platforms start to re-introduce the " NEW " new. Take for instance the soft-tail. A lot of people discount elastomers and sub 2" travel bikes but truth be told it still works and is still relevant.
Case in point the Pinarello soft tail road bikes of Team Sky used in the Paris Robaiux and the BMC Teamlites being used on the World Cup circuit.
So while bikes like the Silk ti 29's and the YBB's and La Ruta's have stuck with this platform those of us lucky enough to own one of these know all too well the benefits of simplicity.
All of this is of course scenario based. For instance my Silk ti would not be my go to bike for a big all mountain type road trip but having been on more than few with it it never really hurt but you can certainly push the envelope a bit more with a true big squish.
I won't be getting rid of mine anytime soon and I'm glad the masses are being re-introduced to them. In Onterrible where I live this is all I need... Oh ya those are Rotor Rings aka Biopace.
Monday, April 20, 2015
It's hard to believe ( well not really ) that this bike is 6.5 years old. I have lost track of the standards, wheel sizes, bottom brackets, headsets, dropper posts, cable routing, new trail riding descriptive names that have all come and gone in this time. I still get asked about this bike the most and from locations all around the world via this blog and instagram so I thought I would do a review this summer and share some thoughts on the simplicity of the ti soft tail. There are many like it but this one is mine...
In the meantime enjoy this ti collage of the best bike I've owned. Castellano Silk ti 29 by Steve Potts.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Isn't it something like doing the same thing expecting a different outcome ? So why am I riding Mavic wheels you may ask after my 2 year ordeal with the Crossmax 29er wheels ? Well I got a killer deal on a set of Kysrium SLR's and could not pass them up at that below cost price for new wheels. Plus a few years have past right ? Well at least that's what I keep telling myself.
So let me skip to the coles notes on these. Superlight and very very strong. A bit of wheel flex with the rear non drive side carbon spokes. Braking is great ( Exalith rim treatment ) but expect MEGA noise unless you run a extreme toe in. ( 1mm on front 3mm on tailing ). Stealth look and the tires are pretty good too. Wore through a new set of Mavic Exalith pads on the downhills of NC.
I have about 1000 km on them so far so we will see how well they hold up after a summer of Grand Fondos and club rides.
How can you get tired of looking at this ? By introducing over 7000 meters of climbing. Legs are toast but in a good way. Can't wait for the woods to thaw but in the meantime it back on the road bikes.
The weather was perfect in South and North Carolina, the roads were brilliant and yes we found out first had that the butter smooth roads in NC is down to the gas tax that SC does not have so thank god for 25C's on some of those 10 km long descents.
Going to be reviewing the 3sixty5 wheels on Novatech hubs, Giro Empire Shoes and the Cinelli Saetta Radical.
Dealt with 2 big web bike shops too so we want to spread the feedback on these. One was good one not so much and want to give a heads up for some things to watch out if your buying a bike cross border.
Got lots of road miles on these three items ( only the shoes for me personally ) over the past 2 weeks in South and North Carolina so stay tuned for the updates. Also look for a post on George Hincape's Hotel Domestique and the Assault on the Carolina's.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Well it's decided. This will be the bookmark on the 2015 Carolina camp. Caesars Head is a challenging 6 mile climb to the top ( that's the big dip in the profile ) and Walnut Hollow which is a steep mile climb. This ride caps out at a 1000 riders ( sold out ) and is in it's 16th year. We will be lining up with some friends we met in Sedona that live in Brevard so should be a great ride.
2015 AOTC Century
Sunday, March 1, 2015
It's not often I post bikes that are not mine or my buddies but there is something about the BAUM line of road and mountain bikes that makes it hard to resist. The latest creations from the land down under sets the style bar high.
If you head over to the BAUM Flickr page check out the GTR or the Duck Egg Blue Gulf Livery inspired bikes. I would not be lining up to paint my Silk ti but these ti bikes wear the Assos blue well.
If your in Ontario and are sick of the -20 degree days set your desktop image to some summer stoke and dig in. It's almost over.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
New bike ( enter Santa Cruz Tallboy 2 ) The Castellano Silk ti 29 is still going super strong as the go to steed. Back on the road and cross bikes pretty steadily. The retro revival was great, and a few people have some pretty cool winter projects on the go. Ride for Karen got a new base camp. Life is Good.
Not sure where 2015 is going to point to but Utah, North Carolina and British Columbia are on the planning list for sure.
B.C. has been loooong overdue and all the great riding articles and outfitters are stoking the trail fire big time.
Whatever you ride and wherever you do it be safe have fun and stop and take it all in. Life is short the trails are long. Go Explore.
I enjoy hearing from followers of this blog so please keep sending me your notes. The Inter Web is a big place but the riding community is small and once you share the love of two wheels distance is a formality. All the best.....
Heading back to Canada from AZ - 3000 km to go.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Got a break in the weather and cold temps this past long weekend so we ventured up to Copeland to get some non retro rides in on a couple of ti soft tail's ( Silk ti 29 & Moots Ybb )
Copeland is a pretty tough spot to ride both in route finding and elevation gains and when you add the leaf carpet plus a GoPro you are inviting that highlight reel crash. We never got to test this formula out but a few wheel stoppers made you pay attention.
Monday, October 6, 2014
|Bill's IBIS, Phil's Rocky, Kris's Klein, Paul's Trek, Derek's Kona|
Kris and I have been floating this idea around for a while and the ride finally took place this past Sunday at Durham Forest.
It was 8 degrees when we rolled out at 9:30 ish but the trail conditions were mint.
We have lots of ideas and venues for future rides ( think Mono Center, Seaton, Mansfield etc. ). We had a mix of old and new rides and all ages and levels out and everyone had a blast.
We did 2 loops so everyone had as much as they wanted. No major mechanical issues even though I kept expecting the air upgrade kit in my Judy XC to project upwards at 180 psi :) Paul's Trek put the rake in RAKE. Good Times !!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
What a difference a few part swaps make on a classic bike like the Colnago Master X Light. This frame has been with me for a while and I finally retired the Ambrosia rims and the Durrachi crank set ( sacrilege I know ) Enter Mavic Kysrium SLR, Campagnolo Record 11 speed cranks, Pinarello Most Bar / Stem combo, Pro Evo Stealth Seatpost, Flite Ti Saddle, Look S-Track MTB pedals and the 61 cm bike weighs in at 17.6 lbs as pictured. Not bad for a steel frame and 1/2 carbon Colnago fork.
I wish I had a chance to throw all of this on pre Ride For Karen but never had the time. The last few long road rides have been great with more to come. I am glad I kept it and I have a few more part swaps to make but I am 2/3rds done.
Jury is still out on the Mavic Tires and their longevity. Stay tuned.
Monday, September 8, 2014
The new venue was the Markham fairgrounds and the new loop used some great road routes. All in all I think it was a good success and there was lots of riders out showing their support. It was looking bleak on the setup day but just like last year ride day was stellar. Not much wind, no clouds in the sky and the temps were a little cooler. Mint...
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Last long weekend of the summer. Got 3 days of epic rides in the Horseshoe area. Despite somehow losing 3 of 6 rotor bolts during 1 ride ( thanks to Hardwood Hills for the save ) everything was mint, including the weather.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Nice morning for a rip around Durham Forest and the Ride For Karen crew was out taking full advantage of a empty forest and it was cool to realize we all had different years of the ride covered off between 4 jerseys. Kris & Kirk ( blue jersey and far right ) have a new route in store for 2014 and once again Kris and I will be marshaling the 30 km per hour group. Still lots of time to register and raise some funds for a excellent cause with the comfort of knowing that all the funds raised are going to a great cause. Over the past 12 years the RFK has raised over $2,000,000. A great accomplishment and fitting tribute to the life and legacy of their mom Karen.
|Philip, Kris, Steve, Kirk ( Fu taking the pic )|
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Yes that is Miguel Martinez 38 years old 2 time Olympic mountain bike medal winner and all around xc animal. The course was a 4.1 km lap that was treated to a night time rain storm so the pre-rides on Saturday went down the mountain with the previous days lines. Once again it turned into the Nino & Julien show as they battled back and forth doing insanely fast lap times. Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) was victorious but Julien has the points for the overall lead, For the women it was Olanda Neff (Liv Pro XC) who is the U23 champion but decided to race with the elite ladies.
Mud, Roots and Orange painted Rocks. QC's finest
Nino's winning bike, Scott, DT Swiss, Dugati tubulars
Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol
Geoff Kabush opts to use his cross skills and run the hill. Marco Fontana grinds on.
Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
Evelyn Dong (USA) Slides out on the mud chute
Miguel Martinez (Fra) Tropix-FRM
Lotto AG Esso
Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) making it look easy
Its been a while since the last visit to the beast of the east. Despite that things remain the same. A looong drive, good weather, tough trails, wet roots and orange spray painted rocks, lots of beer and incredible riding and racing.
What a great backdrop to kick off the festivities in Quebec City and Mont Ste Anne. The course was built in and around the old fort in the old city and it was packed.
Tricks were flying the crowd was amped, beer was flowing a couple of bad crashes and then...the rain... it poured so they called it with the best score at that point. They were on a delay anyway because of a crash but this is what it looked like before the downpour.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I wish DMBA / IMBA or others would take a few minutes and offer up some rider etiquette lessons for new riders. While this idea is nice to float around I realize the logistics and access would be difficult to capture the right audience ( keep in mind even seasoned riders could benefit from a refresher ).
Maybe the onus sits with riders in general to pass on some knowledge ? I'm not sure but when you see hikers literally jump off the trail to avoid bikers and downhill riders making zero attempt at yielding to uphill riders you gotta wonder if people are even aware ?
Places like Durham are heavily used by many different groups on non directional trails and while this won't address all the issues it sure as heck would be a good start. This is part of the reason we have been going there at different times hoping to avoid the morning mad house that the weekends seem to turning into.
Kris is starting up some night riding in Durham so if this sounds good to you reach out to me and I can get you the nights and times we are meeting up.