I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!
We went to my favorite place this afternoon and were treated to smooth glassy swells and hordes of Thanksgiving surfers. I've never seen such nice waves right at the main part of the beach, and the fading sunlight (dark on the beach, light on the water) was as beautiful as it is in July, just much earlier.
So, REI has a pretty tight user review system now. After you buy something, they send you an email asking you to review the product. Pretty standard stuff if you are used to buying stuff through Amazon, etc. The new twist is that when you get done with writing your review, they ask if you'd like to post it to your blog. So I clicked "yes," and here it is. I've left the post title as REI's system generated it. Bonus points if you can get the reference in my review nickname. Difficulty: No Googling allowed. Originally submitted at REISalomon Vertigo Cross-Training Shoes - Men's - '07 CloseoutWarm, Dry, Light and Comfortable
Salomon Vertigo soft-shell uppers bring unparalleled comfort and progressive outdoor style to your multisport endeavors.
By Uncle Traveling Matt from Burlington, Vermont on 11/10/2008
4out of 5Gift: No Sizing: Feels true to size Width: Feels true to width Pros: Flexible, Stable, Breathable, Good Traction, Comfortable, Lightweight, Absorbs Shock Best Uses: Wet Conditions, Trails Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational Arch Type: High Arch
I bought these shoes as a winter runner and to wear for winter bike commuting. I find the soft-shell exterior to be more breathable than a shoe with a waterproof-breathable bootie inside, and warm enough with good socks to get me through my 40 minute bike commute comfortably. They have been good runners as well, but as a bigger guy, I'd probably go for something sturdier if I was pounding out the pavement miles.
Feeling like I couldn't do anything else right last week, I rounded out my Friday night with some well-deserved shop hours setting up this winter commuter bike. I pulled the fenders off my Trek, the rack out of the parts bin and the studded snows out of storage to set up this winter commuting rig. It's hard to see in the picture, but I was able to modify the tailight that is normally mounted on the seatpost to sit on the back of the rack, ensuring good visibility. The only bottle cage is vertical, perfect for a thermos full of coffee. Up front, a small Cateye blinky and a larger steady light provide visibility for the rider as well as the oncoming driver. The gearing is 36 X 14, single speed (well, people say there are always three speeds: sit, stand and push). I used both the sitting and standing gears today, but can foresee a future where monster quads will supplant the standing gear.