We hope everyone (at least in the UK) is recovering from the white heat of excitement that comes with participating in western democracy.
Don’t you like local elections? Unless you suddenly have to sort out the panicked child care because some elementary schools are closing for the polls and you’ve kind of forgotten all about it, obviously.
Without further ado, here is this week’s FGF. It’s a bit rare this week. Soz! Don’t worry, unfortunately there’s a lot coming to the office today – plus a few Top Secret things already here – so next week we’ll be back to (ab)normal service.
Trek Roscoe 24
Honestly, not only do some kids have a free day off this week, some even get some shiny new trials bikes to play around with. They don’t know how lucky they are.
Big 2.8” tires, 1x drivetrain and wide range cassette, sloping top tube, rear brake caliper are tucked into the frame to help prevent damage from laying* the bike down.
Lupra Gore Bike Jacket
A green jacket that weighs little (310g) given its characteristics. Hood on the helmet
Zipped front pockets. Slightly longer back. Preformed elbows. Adjustable hem with drawcords inside the pockets. Elastic sleeve cuff. Windbreaker. Waterproof. Claims “extremely breathable”. It certainly feels like it could be. Still “suitable for use with a backpack” apparently.
KTM 690 EnduroR
Charlie says… After the FGF “garlic gate” scandal last week, I thought it might be fun to place a motorbike among the mountain bike pigeons.
At £3,000 less and around the same price as many e-bikes, it packs a pretty impressive set of stats, compared to an e-bike. It has 250mm of highly adjustable travel, massive hydraulic brakes, a range of over 170 miles from a “charge”. However, the charging time is long for queuing at the gas station. It happily tops out at 15.5mph and will continue to around 100mph, with 60mph all yours in three seconds and little. There is a whole retail universe of accessories to protect the bike from the trail, and make it a motopacking bike.
Plus there’s the Trans Euro Trail, a 51,000km dirt bike trail through Europe, with 5,307 of these euro-kili-mile stuff in the UK. If you think e-bikes are cheating on bikes… ask yourself… now he’s in his 50s… what would Lance do?
Klean Kanteen Insulated Water Bottle
We were super happy with our Klean Kanteen water bottle. Halfway through, in the middle of nowhere, hot coffee is just awesome. We also discovered some icy cocktails halfway through on hot summer days. Now this mountain bike malarkey was really getting rather civilized. But what would mountain biking be like with a hot Korma mid-ride, or even better… ice cream… the top of a mountain ice? This has to be one of the best ice creams you will ever have.
And now all of those fine dining experiences can be enjoyed with the Klean Kanteen Food Box. It’s a very handy size at 473ml. and will keep food warm for 7 hours. Cold weather is 2 p.m. But one of the best things is that it means no more single-use food packaging.
Camelbak MULE Evo
You see, what Camelbak has done here is take the classic MULE and give it weather protection. Stormproof welded construction. Air Support back panel with “body mapping technology”. Command center harness. Wearing a helmet. Overflow pocket. Integrated tool organization. Singletrack bottle opener not included.
“Packs that go the distance.” As you would expect from a range of packs that got their name from Medium to Ultra Long Endeavors at the time. Featuring “smart storage options”, Air Support back panel, lightweight materials, helmet holder, integrated tool organization, magnetic tube trap, belt removable stability pad and a ventilated harness.
Camelbak MULE Pro
The third and last MULE for today. Compatible with impact protectors and e-bike battery carry. Air Support Pro back panel. Breathable mesh harness. Abdominal belt with storage. Wearing a helmet. Bike tool organizer roll included.
Fernflow Gore Bike Pants
Light, breathable, robust. Choose three. Don’t choose “cheap”. It’s not an option. Gore wanted “a tough, lightweight pant with versatile protection that could handle splashes and drizzle in cool to cold weather.”
We’ll let you know how they work. First thoughts are: really nice windproof pants, but it needs to be paired with something underneath in real cold weather.
washing machine door seal
Mountain biking is difficult. It’s especially hard on your washing machine. How often do you need to replace your machine’s door seal because it’s moved past the point of being “a little dirty” and into the realm of “making normal clothes smell bad after washing”?
benji [this is his Bosch btw] performs a new washing machine door seal on average every 18 months.
Yarn of the week
Congratulations this week go to @johndo for this excellent piece of unsuccessful venting. Anyone who lives with one or more other humans will no doubt sympathize…
Winner of the #STWFGF
Every week we run a contest on this Instagram to win a Singletrack Forum Bottle Opener. Yes they are metal and evz.
Just tag your driving photos with #STWFGF on Instagram and…that’s it.
Kudos to @grahamgolledge for this inspiring free fall shot.
It’s all for this week. It’s time to rediscover the thrill of watching local election results trickle down.
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