Sea Otter 2008
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Howdy Bike Commuters! Judging by the amount of views and comments on Facebook, you guys and gals seemed to like my ding-a-ling post. I also saw an increase of fan mail offering me Viagra, Cialis and other male enhancement offers, I wonder if they misunderstood what I meant by a ding-a-ling…
This week I tried something new on our Facebook page; y’all saw me ramble like an idiot live! Now was that fun or what! So the point of the whole “live” feed was to prove that I ACTUALLY ride my bike to work and that I do indeed take my Spicer CX on dirt trails. I am definitely not a “keyboard” bike tester.
Today’s post is all about stuffs (you probably heard me say that on the video, I know, I know, it is “stuff”, but whatever.) that I’ve ordered, read on the internets and a new gadget that I purchased.
So we all have heard of smart phones, smart watches, smart cars and even smart water. So of course, someone had to come out with a “Smart Bike”. A particular US company caught my eye, they are called Volata Cycles out of San Francisco, CA. What is so special about this bike? It is a cross between a road bike and a gravel bike! And y’all know I love Cyclocross and gravel bikes! The Volata bike comes with all kinds of tech such as a built-in display, lights, GPS locator, Horn, Alarm, motion detector, self charging battery and a joystick, yup, a joystick.
Besides all of this tech, the bike comes with top notch components such as an Alfine Di2 belt drive transmission, carbon fork, disc brakes, Fizik Saddle and tape and crank brother pedals. So how much would this bike set you back? $3,499. Not cheap at all, but look at the specs and at all that fancy integrated technology.
Did you know that 6% of Americans do not know how to ride a bike? Well, I just happen to be married to one of these Americans (Sorry Russian girls and MILFS, I am taken.). So how do I share my passion with someone who is afraid to ride a bike and get her to ride with me? Get a Tandem, but not just any tandem. Since I’m a condominium dweller and I own a sedan, this tandem had to be special; it had to collapse or fold so it can fit inside my closet and inside my car’s trunk. The solution: Bike Friday’s Family Tandem. This tandem is custom made in the USA, Eugene, Oregon to be precise, so I went ahead and placed an order for this tandem and I gotta tell you that Bike Friday’s Buck Olen was incredibly helpful. I can’t wait for my custom made tandem to arrive by early September.
Back in February I wrote a post about fitness bands and how I felt that the Moov was the best choice for us cyclists. After a few months of using it, I really got tired of strapping it on my ankles (kind of made me feel as if I was on parole) so I decided to go ahead and spend quite a bit more and purchased a Garmin Vivoactive with a heart monitor.
So far I am loving this gadget, it is a mixed of a smart watch and a very robust fitness band. I will do a full review in a month or so.
And lastly, I want to make sure that you know that my dog was indeed pissed off at me for my last choice of beer, but I have to keep my weight down and trying to drink just one stout or a porter is very hard to do.
and their “Heads Up” eyeglass mirror —
In addition, we’ve got a really cool new pair of “Oasis” sunglasses to show off by Ryders Eyewear —
and a voluminous messenger bag/laptop sleeve combo by the folks at Banjo Brothers —
Finally, in the next few days I will be posting the results of my long-term test of the Seattle Sports Fast Pack waterproof pannier. For right now, let me just say that this thing is bombproof. Also, I will be posting a “final thoughts” article on the Ergon BD-1 backpack that we’ve been testing.
So, stay tuned…lots of useful goodies and information coming your way!
First of all, our apologies for all the outages that we’ve been experiencing for the last 2 days. Our hosting service is working hard on fixing the problem.
We swung by the Selle An-Atomica booth at the Sea Otter Classic. We checked out their not-so ordinary line of ostrich hide saddles. The cool thing about these saddles is that they are water resistant and come in different colors.
I sat down on their display model to get a quick ‘feel’ of the saddle; unlike my Brooks saddle, the Selle An-Atomica saddle molded to the shape of my rear instantly. I can’t really say that the saddle is more comfortable than others since I didn’t get a chance to ride one for an extended period of time, but if you go to their website, you can learn all about their saddles and about the anatomy of your butt. Oh, they also have an ‘upgrade’ for your Brooks saddle!
We met the cool people from Cycleaware, they are a company that manufacture and distribute a line of high-quality mirrors, lights and safety products for cyclists. Here are a few of the things that we will be testing on our commutes:
The Viewpoint mirror,
The reflex mirror,
The Heads Up,
The Hot Rod,
and my personal favorite, the stow-away:
Stay tuned for our upcoming reviews of these items!
The Sea Otter may not be a ‘bike commuter fest’ but we did manage to go and visit the Swobo booth. We met Sky Yeager, Stevil and the rest of crew and took some pictures of their stuff:
They also had a Folsom bike with a ‘show special’ sticker price, I couldn’t help myself after test riding it, so I brought it home.
I will be doing a review of this bike soon, let’s see how it handles my 21 mile commute.