Wheelbuilding in Portland, Oregon

Wheelbuilding guru Adam Stewart shows us how its done at Velo Cult in Portland, Oregon. Filmed on a Sony Rx100 on location at Velo Cult in Portland, Oregon.

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A Broken Guide to Cyclocross Part One : Myself and the Bike

Welcome to the Broken Guide of Cyclocross. It is here that I will share my journey through my first season of racing in Portland Oregon. canby_15-147

Photo : Yung Pine Photography / yungpinephotography.com I grew up riding BMX and continued with it all the way into my mid twenties. Racing, trails, street, ramps, the whole deal. When I moved to New York City I picked up my first Road Bike. I used it as a way to get into shape but it quickly became more than that. Fast forward to present day. I am 30 years old living and working in Portland Oregon. Riding single track is hands down my favorite. I guess I’d consider myself a trail rider? Since Portland doesn’t have local single track I spend my mornings before work in Mt Tabor exploring the roads and trails on my Cyclocross bikes. I am on the bike seven days a week and I’ve been like this since I was six years old.

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So now you know a little about me and next up I want to talk about the bike I will be racing on. A racing bike is a workhorse, something that can be thrashed around and crashed on. So that is why I will be racing my All City Macho Man. Arguably one of the best affordable bikes or frame sets on the market. I purchased the frame on Ebay and has since been built up in many different ways. From group rides to the Oregon Outback the Macho Man has proved itself to be one hell of a bike.

In preparation for cross I’ve made a few changes thanks to the suggestions of Ten Speed Hero / Leave it on the Road Cat 1 racer Jake Szymanski. If your not already following this guy on Instagram you definitely should. Back to the bike! I ditched the heavy steel fork for carbon which has lightened the bike up significantly. To cut some more weight and reduce the chance of mechanicals I’ve converted the drive train to a 1x10. To bring it all together and keep it rubber side down I’ve gone with 33c Maxis Mudslinger tires. They’re a little narrow for my taste but the aggressive tread pattern really digs into the dirt. I’ve already taken this set up on a backpacking trip to Rainer Oregon and never needed the big ring once. So while this rig will be for racing it will still function for any bikepacking trips I’ll be taking! The bike feels really nimble and is built to take a hit.

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Moving over to the vanity side of cycling I am a bit particular in the sort of kit I wear. Traditionally cyclists wear skin suits in cyclocross but that kind of attire is generally reserved for people that are on teams. My personal kit I’ve chosen to use this season is the following:

- Search and State S1A jersey in the now retired Green color way. I’ve had this jersey for a couple years now and cherish every rip and missing thread that it has. Made in the USA, Search and State is a brand I’ve been behind since day one. - Team Dream Compressor bibs made in Los Angeles, California. - The Athletic socks. One sock is blue and the other is pink. I wear the pink one on my right foot because my right leg is a hammer. - Defeet base layer. - Giro Code shoes. The Vibram soles are super grippy. - Giro Atmos helmet. I am from the Bay Area so I got to represent.

Check back soon for Part Two of this long over due guide to Cyclocross.

Salty Energy Balls

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[portfolio_slideshow id=4611 width=1200] I am back with another really easy way to make some healthy food to bring on your next ride. Everyone will love these and with the name like Salty Balls you will all get a good laugh as well.

So here we go.

Mix up your dry ingredients. 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats, 1 cup Shredded Coconut, 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1/2 cup Chocolate (nuts or drier fruit work as well) and Salt.

Next up things will get a bit messy. Now is a good time to wash your hands and prepare to get a bit dirty. Scoop in 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 1/3 cup of honey. This can be tricky if your peanut butter and honey aren’t at room temperature. Now is a good time to roughly mix everything together. Next up throw in a dash of Vanilla Extract and a couple spoonfuls of Coconut Oil. Now comes the fun part. You can try and mix this all together with a spoon but it’s so much easier to just work it all in with your hands. There is no science behind this. It’s ready to go when you feel like everything has been mixed up evenly. Maybe you don’t want it mixed evenly and thats fine. Do you.

Next up line a baking tray or plate with waxed paper. Use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls. Size is obviously up to you. I prefer to roll balls that are bit smaller than a golf ball. It really comes down to what you will be using them for. I end up rolling half of it in larger balls which will be used for big days on the bike and the rest in a smaller size that I bring with me to work or the climbing gym. Experiment and have fun with it.

Now that you have all your balls rolled out. Top them off with some extra coconut and salt. Throw them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before eating them. After cooling down they should be ready to eat or prepare for storage. I like to wrap them in waxed paper and store them in the freezer.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

Old Fashioned Oats - 1 cup Shredded Coconut Unsweetened - 1 cup Vanilla Protein Powder - 1 scoop Peanut Butter - 1/2 cup Honey - 1/3 cup Coconut Oil - 2 scoops Chocolate - 1/2 cup (can replace with anything really) Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp (optional) Salt - to taste (optional) Ground Coffee - 1 ,2, 3, 4? tbsp? (optional)

Easy Coconut Trail Mix Bars Recipe For Cyclists

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I am going to keep this article simple. I really like KIND bars. Yes, Cliff bars pack more calories but they just don’t taste good. When I eat a KIND bar I feel like I am actually eating food. Here is the problem. One bar can cost almost $3.

So here is my solution. Make your own. Its super easy, super cost effective, way way way healthier, better for the environment and fucking rewarding.

This is what you will need :

Access to a kitchen with a stove and oven. A pot, a pad and most importantly a candy thermometer. They cost less then 10 dollars on Amazon. This is the one I bought.) Wax paper or something that the bars won’t stick to when you’re ready to store them.

The ingredients are simple :

2 cups Almonds or trail mix. Use whatever you want! 1 cup of Puffed Rice because you know you want that crunch! 2 - 4 spoonfuls of Chia seeds or any other combination of small nutritional seeds. 1/2 cup of honey. I suggest using something local. 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract. If you don’t have it don’t worry about it. 2 cups of non sweetened Coconut. Bigger the strips the better. If you don’t like Coconut use something else in similar volume. Salt. I sprinkle salt in the honey, the coconut and the nut mixture. Cuts down the sweetness and is good for those sweaty rides.

Ready to do this?

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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Step 2. Mix your nut mixture. Add Chia seeds or whatever seeds you choose.

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Step 3. Place coconut on baking sheet. Spread out as best as you can. Step 4. Put coconut in preheated oven. Check on them every minute! Usually takes 2-3 minutes to get all golden brown.

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Step 5. Add coconut to nut mixture.

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Step 6. Place pot on the stove on medium heat. Place honey, vanilla extract, salt and candy thermometer in your pot. Step 7. Mix the honey mixture until the thermometer reads 260! It’s easy to mess this up. I have. But 260 is the magic number so just try to hit it.

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Step 8. Immediately pour honey into your nut mixture.

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Step 9. Mix everything together. Step 10. After mixed immediately put it onto a baking sheet or pan. Flatten and shape.

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Step 11. Let cool for 20 minutes. Step 12. Cut bars and let rest for another hour or so. Once that is done you can wrap them in wax paper or something similar. Step 13. Enjoy!

Please let us know how your bars turned out or if you have any suggestions or techniques that will help us improve ours!

Bike NYC or Die : Parking

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In the 22 years I've been riding bikes I've only had one bicycle stolen from me (I am 28). You can thank New York City for that! No. It was definitely my fault to a certain extent. I was stupid and had been locking my bike up on some scaffolding every day for a week or two. I thought I was being smart by locking it through the intersection where three bars met on the scaffolding. I thought to my self; there is no way that they would remove the three bars to steal my bike! Well. One day I got out of the studio and there it was. All three bars on the scaffolding were gone and so was my bike. What blew my mind is that the scaffolding was no where in sight! These dudes must have rolled up in a truck and took the whole fucking thing! Lesson learned! P.S. I called the police to report the theft and they never even showed up. I waited an hour in the winter cold before I gave up and took the subway home.

What not to do

- Lock your bike up to scaffolding. Duh! I learned the hard way so learn from my mistake and find something that can not be removed. - Accidentally lock your bike to another bike unless it's your buddies. - Don't lock your bike outside overnight unless you absolutely have too! - No cable locks please! Thieves can cut those with a fucking Swiss Army Knife! Check out the pictures below for more of that. - Please lock your bike in such a way that another cyclists can use the rack as well. - And for gods sake. Don't lock your bike up to some pretentious LES dive bar because they will go inside and leave a note on your bike.

What I use

- My main lock is a Kyrptonite Evolution Mini which costs around 55 bucks. I use this lock most of the time but is only really big enough to lock the frame up to the pole. - My other lock is a Kryptonite Series 2 which isn't as strong but it is large enough to lock up the frame and wheel. - When I know I'll be locking my bike up for more than an couple hours I will bring both locks to make sure everything is super secure.

(Yes. There are a ton of options out there for locking up your bike but I've been using Kryptonite locks for well over a decade now and really can't recommend anything else. )

P.S. Don't steal bikes bro!