Today On A Bike

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My wife, my amazing wonderful wife, got me a GoPro Hero 4 Black for my birthday It’s been fun learning how to best use it for what I want out of it The mountain bike pictures are from yesterday riding Wildlife MTB trails in Peoria Illinois with friends The trails are rocky and offer both tight tech as well as flow, a great time if you’re in the area.

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Bonus pictures from last week on the road bike I bought a couple of K-Edge GoPro mounts on the advice of a friend I bought a saddle rail camera mount as well as a mount for under my Garmin mount, allowing me to shoot video or take pictures facing forward or backward.

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I’ll post more thoughts about the GoPro and mounts as time goes onFor now, I’m enjoying summer.

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What My Tuesdays Look Like

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Tuesday evenings during spring and summer host one of my favorite weekly rides. It’s a throw down on road bikes that range in mileage from about thirty to over fifty depending on how much daylight we have. We ride the same route every Tuesday which includes several hills and turns. Having twenty people there to ride is commonplace. Everyone knows the sprint points, everyone knows the contented hills. It’s the best kind of friendly race, and it happens every week. It’s great, in a painful kind of way.

Just over a week ago, one of my awesome teammates David decided to skip the ride in favor of resting his legs and also to break out a camera to capture the action. The camera brought out the attacker in all of us it seemed. I’m grateful to have some nice pictures of this weekly ride, it’s nice to have them documented to look back on.

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The full set of pictures from that day are available here.

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Gore ALP-X Shorts Review

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I love Gore gear, it always performs. It’s functional, well designed, and tailored for intended use. What makes great shorts compared to normal shorts for mountain biking? I think it has to start with a lot of intention. As with all Gore gear I own, every aspect of these shorts seem to be well thought out and has an emphasis on functionality.

The fit of these shorts is great. The length has the legs end at about the knee or a little lower while standing or higher when pedaling. The legs are that magical area between too tight and too baggy. They have a detachable inner great chamois, comfortable all the way through a six-hour ride. Comfort is key in a chamois, and these deliver.

They have useful normal placement pockets on both sides, something that isn’t guaranteed on every pair of shorts.

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The waist on the outer short has a zipper and button closure, it is both secure and comfortable.

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The crotch and back panels feature wind and spray protection, a feature I throughly tested while on a recent trip to the mountains of Colorado caught riding in the rain and grit. It’s hard to see how covered in water and some mud I was but under my Gore gear, I was comfortable and dry.

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These shorts have vents that can be opened or closed via zippers allowing cooling on demand. A feature that I used more than I thought I would.

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Overall I’m really happy with the shorts. Off of the bike, they are a touch longer than my ideal preference, but when riding with bent knees and sitting in the saddle, the length is pretty great. The chamois and functionality is stellar and that is the most important aspect to me. The best part is, I know they will function just as great in years to come. Gore continues to amaze me with their quality.

Full disclosure, Gore sent me these shorts to use, and try. This review, my thoughts, and opinions are as honest, unbiased, and transparent as I can possibly be.

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2015 Bloomington Criterium

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This weekend I raced in the third annual Bloomington Criterium. A big thank you to the race director Brandon Beehner, the volunteers, and all of the sponsors that made it happen!

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My Bloomington Cycle & Fitness teammates and I worked well together in both the cat 4/5 and the cat 3/4 races. I had a lot of fun. My best of the day was a 9th in the cat 4/5 race.

My amazing wife and I took a few (180) pictures of the races. Click the link to see them all!

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Today On A Bike

I forgot how enjoyable a commute could be. I had a good ride to and from work today. It was a nice 67º F on the way to work with the sun starting to shine through the trees and buildings.

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