Doctoral student Megan Bland setting up the impact rig.
Cycling

New Ratings from Virginia Tech Helmet Lab

In an effort to help cyclists make informed bike helmet purchases, the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab with funding provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, has released new ratings for 20 bicycle helmets, which brings the total number of tested bicycle helmets to 50. The ratings give each helmet …

Autumn 2018: An advisory sign in Seattle's Sam Smith Park
Clothing
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Contest: Night Riding & Running Best Practices

The dark season is upon us: day length is currently decreasing by about 3 minutes per day. The shortest day of 2018 happens on Dec 21, which for long-time residents of the Pacific Northwest is the day we all rejoice because the days start to get longer. It’s also the …

Eyewear

The n + 1: Roka Eyewear

Cycling’s Rule #12 is that the correct number of bikes to own is n + 1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. Thus, you always need another bike. Although n + 1 is widely used in relation to bicycles, the principle also applies to a wide range …

The Tokul XC 8.0 at the clearcut at the top of the West Tiger #3 trail.
Gear

The n + 1: Platypus Tokul XC 8.0 & B-Line 8.0

Cycling’s Rule #12 is that the correct number of bikes to own is n + 1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. Thus, you always need another bike. Although n + 1 is widely used in relation to bicycles, the principle also applies to a wide range …

Sensity lenses at maximum darkness during an ascent of the Clarno grade in Central Oregon during Race Across Oregon 2018. Credit: Zach Goodin, .RAWyeti Images
Eyewear

The n + 1: Sensity Photochromic Lenses

To prepare for this year’s 20th anniversary edition of the Race Across Oregon I needed to replace some prescription sunglasses. Since the race was 622+ miles non-stop, we’d be racing through the night. I needed a solution that would handle the bright desert conditions on the east side of the …

Adult beverages

The Double Grind | Bastille Day 2018

In this episode The Double Grind visits Bastille in Ballard for their Tour de France viewing party and wine tasting event presented by Cadence Winery. Hosts Michael “PruDog” Pruitt and Chef Craig Hetherington chat with Cadence wine’s founder Ben Smith about wine, gravel cycling, and gravel bikes. Then they review …

Cycling

The Double Grind | Trombley Begins

In this episode of The Double Grind Michael and Craig chat with Seattle-area gravel veteran Robert Trombley about Dirty Kanza, gravel and endurance rides, and gear. Other discussion topics include: condom colored chain wax, comebacks, what we rode, what we gonna ride, and Chef Craig tolerates the Oddly Incompetent Middle-Aged …

That is a lonely cup of stovetop espresso. Next time add a friend or two and enjoy!
Coffee

The n + 1: Bialetti Moka Express

Cycling’s Rule #12 is that the correct number of bikes to own is n + 1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. Although n + 1 is widely employed by cyclists, it applies to a long gear list: –backpacks –eyewear –footwear –skis –snowboards …just to name a …

The group stayed together except on the climbs. Credit: Wes Salmon.
Bicycle culture

The Double Grind | Smoothie As Speed Gel

In this episode our fearless (and uninformed) hosts review the latest in ridiculous news from the cycling world. Our worst fashion nightmare has returned to Europe to race the Tour de Suisse so we decide to discuss men with shaved bodies lathering themselves with gels. Did we do any rides …

The group stayed together except on the climbs. Credit: Wes Salmon.
Cycling

The Double Grind | 2018 Goldendale Medio

PruDog and Chef Craig are back after a week competing over who was sicker. They discuss Big Bike’s embrace of the gravel category. PruDog has reservations: is Big Bike designing products for riders or for racers? Craig says everyone should be able to work on their own bike (and ignores …