Category Archives: Review

Review: Canari Ascent Shorts

Review: Canari Ascent Shorts The price of cycling gear can be ridiculous!  A high quality pair of bib shorts can be $300 or more.  I bought a pair of Pearl Izumi Elite shorts last year and loved them.  Here is the review.  I do my best to buy quality gear, and I get as much use from it as possible.  Last summer, while preparing for RAGBRAI, the costs were really… Read More »

Local Bike Shop: Velo Bike Shop, Seattle

Local Bike Shop: Velo Bike Shop, Seattle I have been riding for quite a while.  Most maintenance tasks I can handle on my own.  I can do anything from adjusting my brakes to truing a wheel.  I am even getting the hang of derailleur adjustment.  Even so I still rely on my local bike shop for a second opinion, advice or the projects I don’t feel comfortable tackling on my own.… Read More »

Review: 2014 Bianchi Infinito CV

Review: 2014 Bianchi Infinito CV  It is no secret that I am a fan of RAGBRAI.  Hell just look at the BUTTCRACK Blog and you will see more posts dedicated to the Iowan classic than you can shake a stick at.  Hell it is not only a ride, it’s a party!  If you are in the market for a bike, you have the opportunity to ride several demo bikes for… Read More »

Review: Park Tool Super Patch Kit Redux, Trail of Tears

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Park Tool Super Patch Kit.  At that point, I had been using it for about a year (4-5 tubes) without any problems.  They were so easy to use.  You just prep the surface and apply them.  What could be easier?!  I usually have a stack of tubes to repair.  I patched them all in preparation for my review.  To test my patch job,… Read More »

Review: Park Tool Super Patch Kit

Update…  I was enamored with the Park Tool Super Patch Kit, but the honeymoon is over.  It has been nothing but frustration ever since.  Read more at: It wasn’t long ago that a new tube was $3-$4.  As with most things, prices have gone up.  It is not uncommon to spend $6 for a new tube.  If you have deep dish rims, a tube can be well over $10.… Read More »

Review: Pearl Izumi Elite Shorts… You butt is like a snowflake.

Review: Pearl Izumi Elite Shorts I have been a roadie for about 10 years.  In that time, I have come to appreciate the importance of chamois cream, the correct bike seat and a good pair of bike shorts.  As I am sure that you know, a good pair of bike shorts is a pretty substantial investment.  Unfortunately unlike your stylish and sophisticated CYCLEBUTTCRACK jerseys, your bike shorts are a high… Read More »

Review: Blue Steel Sports Anti Chafe Cream – Free Sample!!!

There is a place that is hot, wet, dirty and confined.  Repeated oscillations make skin rub against skin, skin rub against clothing and skin against equipment.  These hot, wet oscillations happen between 70 and 100 times a minute for hours.  This is an environment you would not wish your worst enemy to experience and yet your most delicate regions are exposed to this torture.  I am referring, of course, to… Read More »

Review: BMC Impec

Oooooh!  Pretty! I have two other BMC reviews that can be found here: Review: BMC TeamMachine SLR01.  Review: BMC GranFondo GF01. BMC had a demo day at Tacoma Bike recently.  If you have the opportunity to catch a manufacturer’s demo in your area, do it!  The best way to find the right bike for you is to ride lots of bikes. As the BMC guy was setting up for his… Read More »