7 1/2 hours and 4 random friend sitings…

It’s not too often that I throw the bike in the car to drive to the start of a ride, but on Monday, that’s exactly what went down.  A friend was in town and wanted to get out on a long ride to initiate his new Clément MSO tires.  Mike Cherney is a long time […]

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And we’re back…

Actually, the “we’re” is simply “I’m,” but who’s counting.  Conversing in the third person is much more intriguing.  What I am trying to say is that I’m back at the shop and maintaining regular hours.  Sometimes, I get pretty caught up in trying to keep the shop open to service the needs of cyclists riding […]

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Just a reminder…

Just a reminder about shop hours this week.Closed today, Sunday.Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.Probably will be in the shop for a bit in the middle of the day on Monday.Will be open Thursday and Friday, but will likely open late – potentially between 12 and 1. Back to regular hours on Saturday. Have fun and ride […]

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Color me not…

A recent Guitar Ted post got me thinking about color and bikes.  In the post, he mentions that his “boss at my first bike shop gig said something to the effect that, “Cycling is a colorful sport. Your kit and your gear should reflect that.”  I don’t recall my old boss at the bike shop […]

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600th post…

Thought I’d use this space that is the 600th published post and say “thanks.”  Thanks to everyone who has supported Black Mountain Cycles by either visiting the shop, buying a water bottle, or just enjoying it in your own special way.   I also want to use this space to let folks know that Black Mountain […]

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Tire Tuesday Pt. 2…

Tire Tuesday Part 2,  is an attempt to do some inventory reduction, I realize I have way too many Vee Rubber 12 and XCX tires in stock.  So, while supplies last you can purchase a pair of XCX 29 x 1.75 or a pair of the V12 29 x 1.95 tires for $75 shipped to […]

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Tire Tuesday Pt. 1…

Tires, tires, and more tires.  Still really digging the Clément X’Plor MSO tires.  Word from the guys at Clément is that a 50mm version is in the works.  Now we’re talking.  That’s going to be a goodun.  In the mean time the 40mm version is working quite nicely.   I put the MSO to another test […]

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Interesting observation…

While perusing bikeradar.com’s coverage of the Dauphiné, I noticed the coverage of the rider’s lightened bikes for the climbing stages.  There are a lot of methods the teams employee to lighten a rider’s bike.  Race leader, Bradley Wiggins, employed a couple of bikes with custom built light wheels.  One element that was not employed to […]

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Weights and measures…

I just realized I posted reviews of two tires and didn’t list actual widths or weights for either tire.  Heresy?  Maybe.  The level of detail that drives me these days isn’t in gram counting or caliper scrutinizing.  It’s in the subjective.  Did they work to my expectations?  Did I have fun?   At a certain level, […]

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Tale of two tires, part 2…

There’s been some pretty great releases of new larger volume tires recently.  Vee Rubber listed a whole slew of tires (too many in too short of a window) that are supposed to be coming down the pike in the 40 to 50mm width range.  However, I have my doubts that they will actually bring all […]

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Tale of two tires…

Tire One For the past 3 years or so, I have been trying to burn through a stash of cross tires I collected over the years of product management where tire companies throw tires at you in hopes of their getting spec on your bikes.  Those days are long gone, but the tires weren’t.  My […]

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Sometimes you just hit it right…

Went for a ride up and back on Bolinas Ridge Sunday morning.  My preferred route is to ride down Hwy. 1 to the Randall trailhead and turn up Randall, which is a 1.7 mile 900′ climb up a pretty nice service road.  From there, I usually pedal north a bit, head down Shafter Trail to […]

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