For years I have played around with the idea of doing some extended bike adventuring along the pacific coast of the US and Canada. (route map here!) Next month I will have the opportunity to finally make it happen, at … Continue reading →
And that’s coming from a person who generally hates shoes. After years of hiking, running trails, being on my feet all day, and experiencing all manner of discomfort, I’ve become very particular about my footwear. For my feet (short/wide with low arches aka hobbit feet) i’ve not found another brand of shoe that suits me better than Merrell.
This, my most recent pair, is the Tour Glove model. I was previously using the Trail Glove, which had better ventilation, and was equally minimal in weight. I wear these shoes everyday I work at the bike store, and they are flipp’n phenomenally light and comfortable. The Tour Glove has a slightly more refined, and workplace friendly appearance with it’s black leather upper.
Only a couple weeks in this pair, but the last pair I wore religiously, and I still can’t bear to throw them out, even though they smell like pure death.
I highly recommend this product to everyone regardless of anything. They’re that good.
Just remember minimalist shoes take a long time to adapt to. Keep the running to a minimum, and foam roll/ stretch your lower legs to keep the tissues in good shape.
I now have four pairs of Merrell shoes, and I’m stoked on the ergonomics, and the quality.
When space, and weight are at an absolute premium, it goes without saying that you should only bring what you need, and not much more.
For Bikepacking, and Cycle touring, I devised this easy method for bringing some emergency electrical tape.
Sure, I’ve got like a million different ways to attach things, fix things, tie things down, etc. but there are some times whan a little good old fashioned sticky tape just works best. Using a large carabiner to dispense the tape works absolutely perfect, and keeps things neat. The pump is a Blackburn Airstik SL.
If you are Backpacking or hiking, just swap the pump
for a Bic lighter, and have that be your 2-in-one space-saving-doo-dad.
A quick snapper of my purple beauty. Positioned conveniently near some bicycle themed street art in Kaka’ako. This was during a speedy jaunt about town.. to the doctors, loaded up on office supplies, grabbed a delicious tuna melt from Fresh Cafe. Bestly, it was all done aboard this purple, majestic beast of a bicycle. I shall blog further, in uncomfortable amounts of detail about the ins and outs of this triumphant machine.
Big plans for this little guy!