2017 Specialized Ruby Expert

Quick Review: 2017 Specialized Ruby Expert

Be sure to check out the photo gallery at the end of the article! It has been said by many that the existence of women’s specific frame geometries is hard to justify. Indeed, the rise of frames that are Rider-First Engineered™ with Women’s Endurance Geometry has been hard to ignore. Every major bicycle maker seems…

Surly Straggler 1x11 Ultegra to XTR via Tanpan.

Surly Straggler: A Cyclocross Experiment

I spoke to Captain Obvious and he told me (confidentially) that cyclocross is kind of a big deal. I was loath to believe him as I usually don’t trust people with ridiculous names. But a quick look at sites like the Radavist convinced me. It’s everywhere! Cyclocross has been around since the early 20th century.…

Paul Neo Retro Touring Canti

In Defense of Rim Brakes

It was a long struggle with pneumonia. It was close…real close. I am still not back on the bike but I am getting there. While I recover, I wanted to talk about brakes. Probably the most invasive technology in the cycling world (aside from crabon everything) is disc brakes. They are becoming more common on bikes…

Erin and her Bridgestone Mixte

Erin

Sometimes it rains in Santa Barbara. Years ago, it used to rain a lot. Years before that, it didn’t. But the drought pattern ebbs and flows like waves. Currently, we are in the worst and driest spot since the 80s. Santa Barbarians are made of some pretty soft stuff. Indeed, as I sit here in…

2015 Kona Hei Hei Deluxe

Quick Review: 2015 Kona Hei Hei Deluxe

Ah Kona. Kona Kona Kona. Always surprising me with something I didn’t expect. I mean, after last year’s lineup, I thought that the maker of the overbuilt-yet-surprisingly-finessable Process line of compact all-mountain shredders would never be able to top themselves. After all, we have been waiting for a crabon Process to emerge in 2015 only…