Specialized S-works Eskar 2Bliss 2.3 Tire Review

If you’re a skilled rider and braking traction and cornering are what you’re after, than the Specialized Eskar is for you. Climbing & Descending: The Escar has a row of […]

WTB Mutano Race 2.4 Tire Review

WTB makes tires for people who ride.  They don’t make silly light race day tires that wear out too quickly, nor do they make really heavy tires that are not […]

Bontrager XR4 Tire Review

By David Belden The Bontrager XR4 tire has fantastic grip even on loose dirt to the point that it is confidence inspiring. I ride the same loop consisting of 15 […]

Bontrager XR2 Tire Review

The Bontrager XR2 Team Issue TLR (tubeless ready) tire is about as good as it gets for an XC race tire.  I’ve tried a number of XC race tires over […]

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Power! RAV Power 7800Mah Portable Charger With Camping Lantern

Published on May 20th, 2014no comments

RAV Power reached out to me about testing their 7800Mah Portable Charger With Camping Lantern. It’s a battery pack with a built in lantern / flashlight, two things I would not have thought of putting together. I just took it on a week long business trip followed by a weekend mountain bike race, and from here on out it will be in my backpack (work & play) at all times.

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Staying out of the sun while enjoying the outdoors

Published on April 27th, 2013no comments

Last year the owners of “Da Brim” reached out to me about reviewing their helmet visors and brims and I said I’d be happy to check them out. I’m WAY […]

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Best app for gaining (or losing) weight

Published on April 27th, 2013no comments

I never realized just how helpful a food diary could be for gaining or losing weight until I came across MyFitnessPal. I recently had intestinal surgery and during my recovery […]

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Custom Footbeds & Ski Boots?

Published on November 22nd, 2011no comments

A friend just sent me a note saying: “I remember you mentioning a shop in east bay for boots / footbeds?  Do I recall correctly?  What is the name of […]

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Trek Superfly Elite 29er

Published on October 2nd, 2011one comment

Despite the fact that I’m 6’4″, I’ve been a 29er skeptic since the start. I can’t imagine wanting any other full suspension bike than my Ibis Mojo, and my 26″ wheeled carbon hard-tail is about as fast up hill as any bike and is as smooth as a hard-tail can be on the way down. So what could a Trek Superfly Elite 29er do for me? It turns out, quite a bit!

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Native Eyewear Sunglasses Review

Published on October 12th, 2010no comments

Native Eyewear asked if I wanted to review a few pairs of their sunglasses, so I happily obliged.  They gave me several pairs of glasses to try, and once I […]

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What to carry for long mountain bike races

Published on September 13th, 2010no comments

I’ve raced the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race twice and this past weekend raced the Tahoe-Sierra 50 mile MTB race.  Being in shape for these races is important, but […]

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Giro Remedy Gloves with d3o

Published on August 2nd, 2010no comments

I just picked up a pair of Giro Remedy gloves with d3o and took them out on a 3 hour ride.  When I tried them on they were a little […]

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Discount Gear Sites

Published on August 2nd, 2010one comment

Discount gear sites are all the rage right now, and I’m a huge fan of them.  I first became aware of the movement when Backcountry.com started up SteepandCheap.com.  They started […]

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