Hard ASS!

Hard ass!  I have been sidelined for the last few days with a cold.  However, I have been riding in the cold weather as much as I could.  The week before I got sick, I managed to ride two days in record cold Seattle temperatures.  I feel like a hard ass when I brave the cold temperatures.  There are very few other cyclists on the road and everyone I talk… Read More »

Riding Round in Women’s Underwear.

Riding Round in Women’s Underwear.  It is December.  Already my cycling fitness level has gone into the toilet.  This winter, it seems, Seattle is either cursed with rain or unseasonably cold, dry weather.  Okay, unseasonably cold in Seattle is nothing compared to southeastern Idaho (where I grew up), or Chicago, or Minnesota, or Buffalo.  However, it is cold to me and it is still a challenge to find appropriate cold… Read More »

Review: NiteRider Lumina 750

Review: NiteRider Lumina 750 (first impressions). In a previous review, I covered the Cygolight Expilion 680.  Initially I was pleased with this light.  However, my experience with this and other bike lights have taught me that is takes time to get an accurate picture of the quality of a bike light.  After I wrote the review of my Cygolight, the waterproof cover for the charging outlet fell out twice and… Read More »

Orfos Red Flare Review

Orfos Red Flare Review  If you commute by bike like me, you know the frustration of bike lights.  The batteries die at the most inopportune times.  They are subject to failure from wet conditions and vibration.  In the last couple years, I have gone through three bike lights.  The first, purchased at Performance failed at the switch.  Vibration would cause it to turn off at random times.  The second clipped… Read More »

Review: 2016 Masi Speciale Giramondo

Review: 2016 Masi Speciale Giramondo:  I love my vintage 1988 Cannondale ST1000.  It is a sweet ride that commands a lot of attention, but it is not the best ride for commuting.  The riding position is uncomfortable, the aluminum frame is harsh and the brakes are horrible.  Even so I managed to put about 3,500 miles on her over the year or so.  The final straw came when I broke the… Read More »

Ti Cycles: Factory Tour!

Ti Cycles: Factory Tour!   Like a few other posts, this story starts at the Seattle Bike Show.  I was wandering around the annual show at the Seattle Expo Center when I stumbled across the Ti Cycles/Ren Cycles booth.  I was drawn to a Ren Cycles titanium touring bike with S&S Connectors.  I have always wanted a travel bike with S&S connectors.  They allow to break your frame down so… Read More »

Micro Pouch St-35 seat bag review!

Micro Pouch St-35 seat bag review! It seems things are pretty busy this spring and I owe you a lot of reviews.  Look forward to some good stuff in the coming weeks on a wide range of products.  However, there is a theme to these reviews.  That is each item supports a local business or local manufacturing.  This week we start with the Lone Peak Ballistic Micro Pouch St-35 seat… Read More »

Bell Super 2 MIPS Helmet Review.

Bell Super 2 MIPS Helmet Review.  In November, I had a little mishap on my way into work.  I hit a rock and went full superman.  My Bell Sweep helmet gave its life so that I may live.  I bounced my head off the ground pretty hard and my helmet took the brunt of the force.  My helmet also kept most of my face off the pavement as I slit to… Read More »

Toothbrush Chain Cleaner!

Toothbrush Chain Cleaner!   Last week a saw a video of household tips posted to a couple of cycling related Facebook pages.  It contained a number of invaluable household hacks designed to make my life better.  I do not remember most of them, but the second tip showed a bike chain cleaning tool made from two old toothbrushes.  (If someone is familiar with the video, please send me a link). … Read More »

Opinion Wanted Free Stickers!

Opinion Wanted Free Stickers! CYCLEBUTTCRACK made its debut in 2011.  However, that is not the beginning of the CYCLEBUTTCRACK story.  Given a choice, I tend to go with American made products and try to support local businesses.  This is why I wanted CYCLEBUTTCRACK jerseys to be American made.  So in 2010, I sought out an American jersey manufacturer Sharp Athletics, paid a $1,400 deposit and had a sample jersey made. … Read More »