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Squeezing the Bud

With a frame and fork that predates 100mm rims and the fattest of fat tires (>4.7”), I’m limited to how fat I can get. Normally, this isn’t that big of a deal and I don’t give it much thought. However, with record snow levels and the prevalent conditions being on the dry and fluffy side […]

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Platypus Bite Valve and Drink Tube Insulator Kit

Temps are dropping – here’s a review that’s been rattling around our files since last spring, just waiting for the gales of November!   Along with recently testing Platypus Hydrations’s new Duthie 12 hydration pack, I also got my hands on their Bite Valve and Drink Tube Insulator.  As anyone that rides with a hydration […]

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Platypus Duthie AM 12 Hydration Pack

Platypus has recently revamped their hydration pack lineup, which now includes five packs (3 classified as XC and 2 classified as AM).  The Duthie AM 12 is the second largest pack that Platypus makes (the 12 designation an indicator of its total volume – 12 liters).  It has a bladder capacity of 3 liters and […]

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Ibex Equipo Pants

For the last couple of seasons, I’ve been looking for something to wear over my winter tights when the temps/wind chill takes an extra nasty turn.  Everything I found either ended up being too bulky, especially in the lower leg/ankle area, or they were too warm (i.e., snow pants).  Earlier this winter I got an […]

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Smith Vantage Helmet – Vented Nirvana

With a fat bike added to my stable last year, I knew I was going to be doing a whole lot more cold weather riding.  Not only more, but in much colder conditions.  Last winter, after a couple of longish rides in the low teens I finally came to accept the shortcomings of riding with […]

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The Illinois Riviera

The Illinois Riviera – Written and Photographed by Julio Like most cyclists, I enjoy a mid-week evening group ride.  On a recent Wednesday night, rain appeared eminent and the night’s ride looked like it was a wash.  Normally when this happens, I either look to fit in a quick, impromptu road/gravel ride from home or […]

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Wippermann Connex 1R8 Chain

You normally don’t think too much about your chain until it’s giving you problems. And of course, nothing kills a ride quicker than a broken chain and the long walk back to the lot that follows. However, a good, reliable chain buys you piece of mind.  I’ve been putting the Wippermann Connex 1R8 through its […]

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MK Fenders – Part II – The Install

In the last installment I talked about the drool worthiness of these MK Fat-bike Fenders. There is no doubt about it, these fenders look fantastic. However, no matter how good they look, the ultimate question is how do they perform? Well, before we get to that, there’s the install. These fenders install similar to other […]

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Product Preview – MK Fat-bike Fenders

Fenders . . .  What can you really say? When there’s a need, there’s a need. They keep you and your bike clean. They’re there. Glamorous? Bling?  These are not terms normally associated with fenders. Not so with the full wood beauties being turned out over at MK Fenders (www.mkfenders.com). Both glamorous and bling worthy, […]

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Murdered Out Schlick Northpaw – A Review

With their growing popularity, there are now a number of choices for fat bike frames to be had.  There is the quintessential Surly Pugsley and its cousin the Salsa Mukluk as well as other two popular choices, Speedway Cycles’ Fatback and Chain Reaction Cycles’ 907.  Of course, there are several custom builders out there to […]

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