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The best night of Interbike, was Thursday night. Why? Because we got to go to a private showing of the new Cadence Collection in a hotel suite in the Hard rock Hotel. This is gonna so good once it drops, I really want a pair of the new denim jeans, the windbreakers, and Hoodies are killing it. A pair of Cadence Glasses would be nice as well. Not only was it about the collection, it was also about about hanging out and having fun. If you have never had the chance to meet Dustin in person, please go to the Fast Friday Finals in SF, this weekend. Tell him I said hi! One of the best dudes around.

So much Rad. Might have to back to straps, or throw some on my roadbike. (when I get one)

My fall Look… Hopefully.

Can you say ill?

We all got one of these. Jealous?

Go to this, this was a great series of events this summer. All over the world. So cool, this is what I hope to do with my races, one day. Host a Lord race in Major cites across the planet. Congrats, on a job well done. Jack, you better win this shit. Do it for LA!!!
PS. There is a map up on Cadence, the race is dice format. (my Favorite) Good luck everybody!
I have to say, Cadence is one of my most favorite brands, and it stokes me out that Dustin has come so far, and it will only get bigger. Stay true, and continue to rock. My dude.

ThickSlick: The Biz.

Alright, lets talk about Thickslicks. I love em. Just ended my first one two days ago. The perfect mix between an Everwear and a Rando. I was a fan of both of tires. Everwear for how long they lasted (but hated the sidewall breakdown), and Randos, well, cause they’re Randos. Thickslicks have won my heart, due to the pricepoint, and how long they last. I ran this tire for about two and half months, if I had been a little more proactive about rotating it, it probably would have lasted a little longer. Great stopping power for a slick, (amazing in fact) great speed, and control while skidding. I bought two this go around, one for each whip. As you can see just before threading pops up, there’s this great blue warning line that appears, but get ready to switch, cause it doesn’t last long at all. After almost three months, can you blame it?

This photo shows that most thicker protective tires, there is some squaring off, that happens. Thats to be expected, however, really didn’t notice until the final stages of life on this tire. Thickslicks, great for for city, great for skidding. I found a tire I really like.

Update: Forgot to put which kind I was running… oops.
The Elite
Urban Armor Casing, Wire Bead
700 x 25c

Contador test’s positive…

Wow, a positive test for the banned drug clenbuterol, a weight-loss and muscle-building drug, on the final rest day of the Tour de France this year. Sad. He faces lose of the title and a two year ban. Sad. There maybe hope though, experts agree that this could be food-contamination case, due to the large amounts of test he passed this year. We’ll see. If it’s true is anyone really surprised at this point. I mean, shit if doping would help me win Alleycats….

NY Times for more deets.

Fyxation Tire | Review

A few weeks ago, I put on a Fyxation 28c tire on my Affinity Lo-pro. At first I was amused by it. It sounded like a Zipper when I skidded, made me laugh. Then it just got annoying. When I would run the Affinity, about three times a week for my 12 mile commute, I would skid the shit out of this tire. Mainly to get rid of the noise and see what it could handle. I liked the stopping power and the grip of it. Stopped on a dime, almost too good. For me, I like the ability to move around when I skid, short controlled skids to get through tight spaces and back up to speed fast. This tire could do that, with the use of muscles to push it through, but it was too much work for me. I think thats cause it was the 28c. It just wasn’t doing what I needed it to. I had to replace it. It just wasn’t my style. As a trick tire or a average commuter tire, I recommend the 28 or the larger 35c for tricking, it’ll be perfect. It really felt indestructible and after about a month of riding, it showed not that much wear with a ton of skidding going on. For a track bike rider, aka speed is king, it’ll slow you down. I would love to try out the 23c to see if that is more my speed, and really give the Fyxation tire a review it deserves.

Lever Test.

So, yesterday I posted that I got these Quik Stiks from interbike. Well last night I had a chance to test them out. On two different rims, a H plus son and on a Deep V.

Well, as you can see, the quik stik, couldn’t get under the bead of tire while on the H Plus Son, while on the rim. I had to use a standard lever to get it started. Once the tire was a little off, I switched back, and boy did the quik stik do it’s job fast. Pull that sucker off smoothly and quickly. Putting the new tire one was a dream, with the quik stick. The last little bit that always gives me trouble, popped right on with the extra leverage the quik stik provides with it’s longer handle. Now on to the Deep V.

Bewm. This is where the quik stik did it’s job, perfectly. Crushed the Deep V. Taking the tire off and putting the new one on. No trouble, and was super easy. Great for these rims. So with the deeper sectioned rims, you’ll still need two levers, but I would highly recommend you have one of these babies in your tool kit, regardless of rim/ hoop style. For me, they’re great, I have a lot of injuries to my hands from falls, so I have weak hand strength and this is the tool I have been looking for. Perfect.