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Spending more time in the North Cascades and Methow Valley, we need a satellite communicator for off-grid rides. For the reason that riding out of cell service has its share of dangers. In addition, we have no communication on our property there.
Somewear will transmit up 1k text messages on a single charge. Even then, it features the most affordable Iridium satellite data plans on the market.
Even without cell phone pairing Somewear is a standalone SOS beacon. It can be easily tucked away in a jersey pocket or hydration pack. My mind is more at ease in the country knowing I can stay in touch as needed.
Because Satellite communication has long been thought of as clunky and slow, Somewear has created a seamless satcom experience.
To launch the product, Somewear starting with the digital essentials of communication. Then added navigation to ensure loved ones are informed. Consequently, people know where we are no matter where our adventures take us.
Somewear Satellite Communicator for Off-Grid Rides Specs
MSRP: $350 w/option of four affordable data plans.
Even more global coverage.
GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center.
Dimensions: 21.5 x 91.25 x 80 (mm) .85 x 3.6 x 3.0 (inches).
Submersible to 1m for up to 30min due to waterproof rating IPx7.
Shock-resistant composite plastic.
Battery: LiPo, 1K messages on single charge, microUSB recharge port.
2-way text messaging (SMS, email).
Mobile Device Compatibility.
Location Sharing, User Tracking.
Receive Weather Reports, Local Alerts.
Download Local Maps for True GPS-enabled Navigation.
Tern launches smaller HSD today. That’s a more compact version of the GSD. That’s a cargo bike I strongly recommend. From the PR
At only 170 cm long, the HSD is shorter than a standard bike but comes equipped with serious hauling capacity with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 374 lbs. Designed to carry more, the HSD can help out with transporting weekly groceries, school drop-off, daily commuting, and even hauling a weekend’s worth of camping gear.
What Tern is doing with the HSD is making a just as capable cargo bike that can more easily fit in the back of an SUV and an office. Consider it as a last mile solution for commuters who park in a lot and then zip into town. HSD stands for haul stuff daily. That doesn’t mean you can’t replace a car with the HSD, but this fits a niche in Tern’s lineup for an e-cargo bike with less of a footprint.
The Tern HSD - YouTube
Tern Launches Smaller HSD Today Pricing
Terns’s new ebike lineup includes three different models: HSD P9 starting at $3,099, HSD S8i starting at $3,699, and HSD S+ starting at $4,999. Across the three bike models comes a variety of eight different color offerings including Shake Polish, Blue, Red, Limon, Matte Black, Tundra, Dune, and Tarragon.
Tern Launches Smaller HSD Today
Improvements from the GSD included an easy to mount, step through frame and a thudbuster seatpost. The drivetrain is paired with Bosch’s latest Performance or Active line (depending on spec). Commuters will welcome the belt drive and can expect no more hard shifts with the internally-geared hub.
Tern Launches Smaller HSD Today
Besides the ride, Tern is serious about safety. One of Europe’s leading bicycle test laboratories, has tested the HSD frame and fork to 170 kg (374 lb) according to their own rigorous Tri-Test standard. The upcoming EN Cargo Bike standards too. The HSD is also equipped with several safety features that make it ready for almost any situation. Those include
Integrated front and rear lights
Hydraulic disc brakes for all-weather stopping power
THM introduced the Mandibula comfort seat post. And it is extremely light. Unsurprising too is that the lightness doesn’t come at the expense of strength or durability. With a proven track record, THM components never chases weight without also making sure they are superbly engineered. In other words, riders who weight more than 220lb can ride THM components worry free.
Mandibula Comfort Seat Post
THM’s kit is also lovely and intended for the super enthusiast roadie.
The Mandibula ($599) solves the bouncy issue for taller and heavier riders by dividing the post into two zones: comfort and power. The latter is a super-stiff and light structure that hardly flexes regardless of how much sticks out of the frame. The comfort zone provides exactly what you would expect, the right level of comfort without getting too bouncy.
Meaning, the seat post takes the edge off the big hits on the road and ignores the smaller ones.
Mandibula Comfort Seat Post Construction
As a result of THM’s lay-up, the saddle stays horizontal through the flex path and its compact design means it also works on small frames and frames with a horizontal toptube that do not expose a lot of seatpost length. THM’s lay-up wizardry dampens the vibrations while riding at higher cadence on rough roads and cobblestones.
Most important, THM’s 100%-made-in-Germany carbon manufacturing process and structural details like the rail results in the Mandibula comfort seat post weighing less than most seat posts without comfort features at 150 g. A comparable ENVE without comfort features weights 178 g.
Even with 32s running under 30PSI, my carbon bikes are too stiff. Taking the edge of a hit while riding is appealing to me; especially, when a comfort seat post is actually an upgrade to my favorite whip.
Posters of our National Parks by Decker are well timed. I just bought a Discovery Pass and spending more time in the parks, including the North Cascades. Rob Decker is a photographer and graphic artist. He started visiting our national parks when he was eight years old. At nineteen, he had the rare privilege of studying under renowned photographer Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park (wow, right?).
WPA-Style Posters of Our National Parks
For the past fifty years, Rob has been exploring and photographing the places that have inspired Americans for generations. He’s taking photos at the shores of Acadia. The rugged mountains of the Grand Teton. The iconic Yosemite Valley. Now he’s creating images of all 61 national parks, each reminiscent of the Works Progress Administration-style of the 1930s and 40s.
Posters of Our National Parks
61 Posters of Our National Parks by Decker
Each nostalgic posters is numbered, dated and signed. Then printed on “Conservation,” a 100% recycled paper stock with soy-based inks.
The posters cost $35 each. When asked about the project, Rob said
Our national parks are more than just public lands — they’re part of a cultural legacy to share with future generations. So it’s important to inspire the next wave of supporters and stewards. That’s why I donate 10% of annual profits to the many organizations that support America’s National Parks.
And, this year many of our National Parks celebrate major anniversaries, including Grand Canyon (100th), Zion (100th), Grand Teton (90th), Big Bend (75th) and Joshua Tree (25th). I hope you get out to a national park this summer. These posters keep their beauty in my thoughts. I appreciate the artistry and dedication it took to make them; especially, when they’re where I go to clear my head, ride, and get inspired creatively.
Here’s a perfect lunch break MTB video. It’s The Driven: Hannah Bergemann and from Tenet Components. Hannah rides Bellingham’s most intimidating features. She’s a prodigy and Tenet Pro.
The Driven | Hannah Bergemann - YouTube
Tenet is based out of Bellingham, Wa. Just north of Seattle and selling bars, stems, and pedals. Soft goods too and making videos like The Driven: Hannah Bergemann.
The Driven is the second part of a multi part series that delves into the inner makings of Tenet Components. Hannah was the first person that came to mind when Tenet asked, “Who would be a great fit for the brand?. They agreed over a beer and in true Hannah form, she smiled and humbly agreed.
What I like about Tenet and Hanna’s story is when it comes to sponsoring an athlete, a lot of brands tend to look at follower numbers, race results, tailwhip and barspin combos, or YouTube subscribers. To tenet, what truly matters is personality, perseverance, and in Hannah’s situation…drive.
Hannah’s ride is Kona, based in Ferndale Wa which is farther north. Also based in Bellingham is EVIL, a company that started here in Seattle. The last time I rode a Kona it was a CX bike. I rode an EVIL last year.
Riding around taking photos in Lisbon this week. And, thought you should know that Pure Cycles introduced two new steel bikes and a gravel one. All three are budget priced. The Gravel Apex, Prestige Road, and Pro Road all cost under $2K for a complete bike. Pure and companies like them are offering much value for the spend in bikes. These aren’t the best adventure bike you can buy, but they cost less than half of the high-performance models.
Our fav Osprey mountain bike pack, the Raptor (men’s) and Raven (women’s), just got better. The new winged harness wraps the upper shoulders for added stability. Likewise that feature keeps the pack comfortably close to your body. As a result, it works even when the trail turns super techy.
Osprey Mountain Bike Pack
The AirScape suspension evenly distributes your load. For the reason that also permits dynamic range of motion. The mesh-covered foam backpanel is certainly well ventilated. An included 2.5-liter reservoir slides into its own dedicated compartment. Another devoted space at the base of the pack houses a Tool Roll for your mini-pump, tire lever, hex keys, and more. Mark V only rides with Osprey.
Available in 10L and 14L sizes, the Osprey mountain bike pack is made for men and women and cost $140 or $150 for the larger size. Find them online at Osprey.com or with free shipping from Amazon. Above all, Osprey’s packs are top-rated. Osprey repairs damage or defect for any reason free of charge. That’s even if the pack was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. Most noteworthy, for me, is how I can organize my gear/
Osprey mountain bike packFull Feature Set Includes
Contouring AirScape backpanel and bike-specific shape harness
Included Osprey Hydraulics® LT 2.5L reservoir by Hydrapak
Hydration sleeve with direct-zip access and hose path for easy loading
Lightweight sternum strap magnet for easy access to water
Scratch-free, heat-embossed zippered slash pocket
Stretch mesh zippered hipbelt pockets
LidLock bike helmet attachment
Stretch mesh front pocket for quickly stashing extra gear
Blinker light attachment and reflective patch for safety
Removable roll-up tool pouch keeps tools handy and organized
Bike tool organization in main compartment
Front panel zippered stash pocket
Side compression straps double as a full face helmet carry
Product Dimensions: 20 x 9 x 9 inches ; 1.8 pounds
Return to Earth: Official Trailer. The latest from Anthill Films is a cinematic journey that proves when we lost track of time, we make the most of it. This film is about the simple act of living completely in those moments. A cinematic journey, connected by true-to-life examples set by riders of all ages around the world, who prove that when we lose track of time, we make the most of it.
We increasingly live in a culture of distraction; constantly conducting our lives through 24/7 connectivity. We feed this attention economy with our most precious resource: our time. Time is either spent wisely or it is just spent. Second after second; minute after minute; moment after moment… they’re all there for the taking.
And, from PinkBike an interview with the makers of the film.
What’s the inspiration for the film?
Everything we do always comes back to the simple idea of trying to inspire people to just get out and ride their bikes. That’s always been the end goal. But there are different ideas behind the films that guide how we try to make that happen. For this film, we were influenced by the idea of digital distraction.
There’s this whole “attention economy” that is constantly trying to create new ways to get us spending as much time staring into our screens and phones as possible. As artists who make digital content designed to get people out on their bikes, we want to be part of a movement that is pushing back against that i.e. if we’re asking for your attention, we better make sure that it’s time well spent.
The great thing about the bike business these days is there’s a niche for everyone. For those cyclists into having one bike to do it all there’s even a race. Just announced, the Single Steed Challenge is a raffle and an opportunity to prove how an Open can compete on gravel and single track.
In celebration of our all-new and super-challenging “single steed quiver killer” category—presented by Open Cycles, we are delighted to raffle the all new Open Wi.De
The Wi.DE launched just last week and updates the already very capable U.P. to accept mountain bike tires sizes. The raffle supports Bend based OAS, a nonprofit that facilitates fully equipped recreational programs and events for athletes with disabilities.
Single Steed Challenge at Wanoga SnowPark
Staging at the Wanoga snowpark on the lower slopes of Mount Bachelor, the Best of Both combines 62-miles of epic paved roads, and 23-miles of famed, Bend, single-track, into one stunning 85-mile race course.
Open thinks you can do it on one bike, switching wheel sets perhaps, and so do I. Even before the Wi.DE was announced, I’ve ran fast 32s on my UP and WTB 2.1s for North Cascades single track.
What I’m excited about is dropbar mountain bike is not only back, but better than ever. Why would you want to ride a road bike with mountain bike tires and discs on dirt roads?
Because it’s light, agile, and fast. You’ll have enough tire volume to soak up most of the bumps. And, the best stoke for me comes from picking lines on a double-track, forest service road, and rolling tempo high up in the North Cascades. Where the only interruption is views and wildlife instead of cars and construction in the big city.
I ride for pleasure now, but I understand the competitive spirit and if I was still racing would enter the Best of Both to prove to myself there is one bike to do it all.
I’m on the road traveling to a media event while OPEN launches the WI.DE, so sharing the PR directly. What you need to know, besides Gerard made another amazing bike, is this one has FENDERS!
OPEN launches the WI.DE
We’ll have more analysis and a demo ride soon. As our readers know, we’re big fans of OPEN and what they bring to market.
OPEN WI.DE IN ACTION - YouTube
Here’s the press release and the link for more info with pricing and geometry.
When OPEN launched the U.P. (Unbeaten Path) model in 2015, it created a new category of performance gravel bikes. Equally at home on-road and off, with 28mm or 2.1” tires, the U.P. allowed people to ride anywhere and get there fast.
This category has since exploded (and may we say, sometimes with bikes a little too “inspired” by the original U.P.). Meanwhile, the U.P., U.P.P.E.R. and New U.P. have gone from strength to strength, winning awards, rave reviews and even a mountain bike race with Geoff Kabush.
Today OPEN introduces the WI.DE. (Winding Detours), which will sit next to the U.P. family. While the U.P. focuses on the road-allroad-gravel spectrum, the WI.DE. covers allroad-gravel-extreme rides thanks to its expanded tire clearance. U.P. riders cover plenty of extreme terrain already but the WI.DE. extends the possibilities even further. OPEN co-founder Andy Kessler explains:
“The WI.DE. fits up to 2.4” mountain bike tires. That’s big even compared to some XC mountain bikes. At the same time, it still offers a performance road position for the rider and fits narrow road cranks, so riding efficiency remains high. This means it can conquer almost any terrain, without slowing you down on the easier roads and trails.”
The WI.DE. achieves this by taking the most-copied feature of the U.P. – its dropped chainstays – and doubling down on it. OPEN co-founder & WI.DE. designer Gerard Vroomen explains: “The WI.DE. drops both chainstays, creating a very efficient box structure for the monostay behind the BB. This increases BB stiffness, reduces weight and squeezes even more tire clearance out of the frame. In addition, the WI.DE. is optimized for 1x drivetrains only, which further helps tire clearance (the U.P. also offers 2x, although most riders build their U.P. with 1x).
OPEN launches the WI.DE Features
Updated geometry: With slightly taller headtubes, the WI.DE. gives you even more control on the trickiest terrain, including rutted singletrack, loose rocks and “extreme gravel”.
New size: Due to popular demand, we’ve added an XS size to our line-up. This is one of the smallest gravel frames you will find. Be sure to check stack/reach for a fair comparison with other frames, not toptube length, which can be misleading.
Nimble handling: We have a reputation to “live U.P. to” as the original U.P. offered great handing regardless of the tire size used. The WI.DE. steering geometry was tweaked to offer the same feel but over a different range of tire sizes (35mm to 2.4”).
Smartmount 160: The brake calipers are attached directly to the fork and frame without any adaptors. The mounts are positioned pre-set for 160mm discs for both front & rear (the only sensible choice for gravel bikes). Lighter, cleaner, stiffer and safer.
Toolbox mount: Under the bottom bracket, the new monostay offers a perfect location to attach a toolbox. Out of the way with a low center of gravity, this is the perfect spot for your tools. The mounts are offset to create extra clearance with the chainring.
De-Fender-Ready: The WI.DE. frame and fork are prepared for OPEN’s upcoming De-Fender mudguard system (Dec 2019).