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Daily Driver

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At this very moment I have six bikes in the house, four of which are 100% built and rideable with the other two in between having parts swapped in and out before getting back out there. Of all these bikes, my cross check is the only one being ridden every single day: to work, to the bar, little errands, all of that. I’ve gone through many, many different set ups between grips, bars, and brake levers but none have been as satisfying and comfortable to ride as where it’s at today.
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Strawfoot Easter Egg

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Garrett of Strawfoot Handmade reached out to me to help hide a couple of his camo pouches around Philadelphia this coming Thursday. He’s also enlisted the help of some other cool dudes across the country: @theathletic took care of Portland yesterday, @theradavist drops off in Austin today, @freshairbicycles in SF tomorrow, and both @goldensaddlecyclery and @onetrippass in Los Angeles on Friday. Each person will post a photo hint of the location on their respective Instagram account, many pouches will include a prize! If you’re in Philly and you happen to find one of mine then you’ll find a code for a free FairEnds cap inside so be sure to keep a watch on my account @corkgrips.

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Spring Gear

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There’s nothing like the arrival of Spring to think to yourself, “damn, I gotta get some new gear.” Whether it’s a new set of bottles, shoes, or even a whole bike (if you play your cards right) any piece of new gear is a good way to start a season of adventures.

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Four Black Bags

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Bags are definitely one piece of gear that I have no shortage of, but for some reason I don’t really have a good size bag for around-towning. I either leave the house with nothing more than a musette or a large messenger-style backpack; so I’m looking around to see what’s out there..

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Field Test: Giro Alpineduro Boots

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My friends at Giro hooked me up with a pair of their winter mountain bike boot that they call the Alpineduro. I’ve been wearing the Terraduro shoe for a little while and was really excited to see how its winter brother performed once it got a bit colder. So far it’s been through winter road rides, frozen trail rides, and even some commutes when the morning chill was strong enough to justify it- those days it was hard to even take them off even once I arrived at work due to how warm and comfortable they are.  Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

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Most of this year’s holiday gift guide is mostly gear but is that really so bad? Nah, course not.

1. Better Bicycle Bell by Spurcycle, $49
2. Woolrich blanket cap by Fairends, $48
3. Lars Rover 650 headlight by Portland Design Works, $110
4. Trabec helmet by POC, $150
5. Hauser 10L pack by Acre Supply, $195
6. M-Back Climber pants by Outlier, $225
7. Puffer vest by Topo Designs, $149
8. Kanpai Bottle 350 by Snow Peak, $69.96
9. Courier saddle bag by Tanner Goods, $125
10. Alpineduro boots by Giro, $200

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The Black Rock Hat

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I stumbled onto Black Rock Gear out of Seattle, WA while I was looking for a down filled hat- please feel free to call it a toque, beanie, watch cap, etc. Though bigger brands like Outdoor Research and Mont-Bell have their own take on the piece neither of their shapes look quite right to me, nor are they made in the USA like Black Rock’s. At $65 for the original hat and $85 for the lighter, yet warmer HadronS they’re a bit pricier than the surplus wool watch caps I buy every Winter (I lose at least one per Winter season, guaranteed).

*Sadly, the woodland camo version with matching gloves is no longer available but it was too good to leave out.

Other notable products that caught my eye is their packable down filled quilt and a serious balaclava. If that’s still not enough insulation for you then keep your eye out for the old Eddie Bauer down-filled mask,-they pop up on ebay every once and a while.

Suggested reading: The Rivendell’s, first down

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Topo Designs Fall 2014

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This season Topo Designs updates some of their staple bags like the Daypack with new colorways (the clay cordura is a beaut) and expands their collection of apparel. Notable pieces from the apparel line for me include the wool work shirt (also comes in plaid flannel) with it’s mismatched pockets and the soon to be released puffer vest filled with lightweight Primaloft.

Also, be sure to check out their feature on Colorado Makers to learn more about one of my favorite gear companies out there.

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