Unable to sleep the night before night from knee pain, I managed to get to the Rapha Portland office and snap some wobbly portraits of a few of the ladies participating in the Women’s 100 prior to their roll-out. Abby Watson was a little uncertain on what the attendance would be like this year, but judging by the sea of cyclists I saw behind her as they hit the first intersection – I could tell it was going to be a good day for them.

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Here are some photos from the spring Kruger’s Kermesse. I didn’t get to color correcting, so I apologize.  Better late than never!IMG_6148 IMG_6151 IMG_6153 IMG_6155 IMG_6130 IMG_6110 IMG_6101 IMG_6093 IMG_6081 IMG_6066 IMG_6056 IMG_6046 IMG_6041 IMG_6038 IMG_6035 IMG_6023 IMG_6004 IMG_5993 IMG_5972 IMG_5969


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The Mudfoot players are alway coming correct in the LA area cycling community:dirthundo1_poster2


Via a light that never goes out:

Traveling a familiar route up Hwy 39 a left a turn finds a closed trail scarred by the 2009 Station Fire. 25 miles of dirt to Red Box, a climb up towards Mt. Wilson, and rocky descent down Mt. Lowe finds you dirty, tired, and stoked.

Three-person team format. Email name of riders, team name, and city to:



Bring food, tubes, tools, and at least 2 water bottles. Minimal support.


Three person team?

-Yes, cause riding with friends is fun, and safe.

Minimal support?

-You are responsible for yourself and your teammates. Bring at least 2 tubes, food (lots of it), and 2 bottles of water. There is a 35-mile stretch with no water, most the elevation gain will happen there. Some trail magic might come your way but don’t count on it. Bailout points are non-existent for most of the ride.

Cyclocross bike?

-Yes, don’t be ‘that guy’. This ride has been done on a road bike with 700×23 tires. Was it fun? Of course. Was it as much fun as a CX bike not spinning out and ripping on the downhill sections? Probably not.

No but really teams, food/water, CX bikes?

-Yes, the route is closed to vehicular traffic and gets confusing, the buddy system is important. The route is exposed to sunlight at all times, water and food is important and there are no places to refuel. The climbing is sustained and very loose and rocky in some sections. CX gearing will come in handy as will the traction that the tires provide. Climbing will be less painful, descending will be more fun, and the likelihood of getting a flat will be significantly less. This is not an easy ride. The dirt will beat down your body in ways that a road century doesn’t.

See you out there.

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Portland’s Velo Goods (Velo-Tech) Provided me with a pair of their LIT 360 reflective folding road tires for review.

Via westernbikeworks.com:

A performance-oriented, reflective tire that’s fit for your race bike. Why choose utility over performance, or vice versa, when you can have both?

LIT designed the 360 Ultra-Reflective as the ultimate training tire for those of us who spend a fair amount of time in the saddle before and after work. With its 9mm wide reflective sidewall, it’s just the tire for riding after dark and it greatly increases the likelihood that cars will see you in low light conditions. Unlike other reflective tires, the 360 Ultra-Reflective is visible from practically directly in front and nearly directly behind. It will dramatically increase your visibility from the perspective of an approaching car when you need it most.

Don’t be fooled though, this isn’t your grandpa’s reflective tire. The 360 Ultra-Reflective is a performance-oriented training tire that weighs in at only 250 grams. LIT designed the tire with a fast-rolling rubber compound and a stout puncture protection layer. Measuring 700c x 28mm, LIT’s 360 Tire grips well and soaks up road imperfections, making it a great choice for bumpy or wet pavement. Whether you’re looking for a tire to keep you more visible in and around the city, or you’re trying to maximize your mileage after dark, the LIT 360 Ultra-Reflective is an ideal choice.

Though labeled as 700c x 28mm, we’ve actually found that these tires measure around 26mm wide on most road rims. This makes them a great option for road bikes where limited frame clearance is a concern, and also means they fit on commuting and touring bikes with fenders.

The 360 Ultra-Reflective comes in 700c x 28mm (ISO 28-622) and weighs 250 grams. Folding Bead. 127 TPI casing. Maximum inflation is 100 PSI/6.8 Bar.


Look out for a TWM review coming in the next few months.

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This one is by far my favorite. Spot on Matt!Tabtabai-Big-blog-512x654


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Dan Powell’s gorgeous hands and Slim Hazy’s soothing voice guide you into installing PDW new full metal fenders city onto your bike.

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I sure hope I have this day off from work. This ride last year was really fun until I dropped my jacket into my derailleur sending it into my wheel.


Get the rest of the ride details and cue sheet HERE.

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This past V-day legendary Bob Roll of 7-11 made a appearance at Western Bike Works here in Portland. You can catch the rest of the video highlights on WBW youtube page HERE.


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Matt Hall (@matt27hall / www.matthallartpdx.com) created five illustrations for Rapha for their interviews with inspiring individuals. Allen Lim, Greg LeMond, and Lino DiSalvo have been posted in the blog section of Rapha. I can’t wait to see the others!

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Just a sneak peek……soon to be released.


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