Camp Coffee Setup

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I’ve been asked a few times now how I carry my coffee set up. It changes from time to time, but this is my core setup. I’m not gonna cover stoves because there are many ways to heat your water. I’ll do a separate post about stoves in the future.

My kit consists of an Aeropress, a Porlex grinder, mug and of course some beans. I keep the beans in a repurposed airtight canister from Teavana. It’s the perfect size for about 6-8 cups of coffee. Everything, except the mug, fits in side a Eagle Creek travel cube that I had. This makes it easy to grab and go when it’s time to head out.

I use a scale while at home, but when out and about I just eyeball the amount of beans in the grinder. I don’t always bring the Aeropress scoop, but I can get it pretty close. I also have the Porlex Travel Grinder which I prefer. The larger grinder is a little tougher to keep a firm grip on. The travel grinder has a silicone band that offers a good grip and keeps the grinder from spinning in your hand.

I always keep a metal filter with me. I use the metal filter at home everyday. When I’m out though, I tend to use the paper filters. It’s one less thing to clean. I don’t know that I can truly taste the difference between paper and metal filters. I don’t like the waste of the paper, but it’s a trade-off I’m usually willing to make.

What do you use? Leave a comment!

New Look!

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I’m tryin’ to freshen up the place here. Bear with me while I try and fix things. Some pics are gonna be all cattywampus for a while, maybe forever, as I try and figure this stuff out. I don’t know what I’m doing, which you’ve probably already guessed. In the meantime try and visualize that old “Under Construction” web icon from the 90’s. That should hold you over. And if’n you can’t, here’s a modern one.

Agua Caliente Fatbike Camp Day Deuce

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In going through my pics I noticed something. I didn’t have too many pic of fatbikes being pedaled. No gnarly jumps, rad wheelies or sick skids. I wish I did, but I didn’t get anything like that. Instead what I found in my camera were people. People stoked to be out in the desert. Stoked to be pedalin’ fatbikes with like-minded folks I suppose. Heading to this ride I knew three people. That was it. But by the end of the weekend there were no strangers. This was one of the best trips I’d been on in a long time. Ok, maybe the only trip I’ve been on in a long time, but that’s besides the point. This was just what I needed, when I needed it.

Oh, and if’n for some reason you don’t know about Brendan and Mary of The Hub Cyclery in Idyllwild, well now you do. Do yourself a favor and go ride in their neck o’ the woods. You’ll be glad you did.

Agua Caliente Fatbike Camp

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I spent the weekend down near Aqua Caliente hot springs for a gathering of fatbikery. Brendan and Mary from the Hub Cyclery in Idyllywild scheduled a weekend of group camping and desert pedalin’. Pretty low key and good times were the plan. Pretty much nailed it.

Saturday we pedaled, cooked and then soaked in hot springs. Sunday we cooked and pedaled again. What else can I say? Oh yeah, it was rad! Here are the pics from day one!

One More Plea! Push Me Over The Top!

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Hey gang.

I have a favor to ask of you. As you know I try and do as much do-goodery as I can for MS every year. This year I participated in not one, but two centuries for MS. One in Utah and one for my local chapter here in Los Angeles. Oh yeah, both on a fatbike! (Cool right?)

For my local ride here I am the captain of Team Frontage Roads. This year I alone raised $5843 and as a team we raised $9706!! Our team goal was $10,000 so we got really, really close. Here’s where you come in. I just found out that if we raise another $300 in the next few days and meet the goal of $10k our team will win our own tent for next year’s (October, 2015) ride. This tent will be placed at the finish of the Saturday ride and the start of the Sunday ride. This will give my mom, who has MS, as well as any of our supporting team members a place to hang out, relax, chat and cheer the riders on. It would mean a ton to me to get your support to put us over the top.

Here is the link to my donation page. All donations are tax-deductible and will also raise your do-goodery credits 400% for the year. That’s not too shabby.

Another LACCC Meetup!

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We had a great turnout today. The bad weather of last week is gone (for now) and that brought out the people. A few new faces joined us and appeared to have a good time. Hopefully they will be back. John was in town and stopped by for a visit. Always good to see him. Chris brought me a surprise gift that was a hit with all the Smokey Bear fans. Thanks Chris! Oh and Pete snuck a pic of me on my camera! That guy is the best.
 
 Until next week!
 
 

Rain Gear Freshen Up

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Last week while riding home in the rain my knickers soaked through. I didn’t think that much about it other than it was just raining and it was too much for the material.

Then later in the week I saw a link on Facebook about repairing your outdoor gear from Backpacker.com. One of the things they talked about was reapplying water repellant to rain garments. I guess it wears off after some time and it needs to be freshened up. I realized that I’ve had these knickers since 2010 and they’ve seen many storms including some gnarly stuff on the Great Divide. It hit me that they’ve never soaked through like this and maybe they just needed a tune up.

So this weekend I went to REI and picked up the Nikwax treatment. I first washed the knickers in the special tech wash. Then I reapplied the water repellent and let it dry. Now I just need to wait for some rain to test it.

New Rear Fender Day!

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It’s been a while since my rear fender cracked. Several bodge jobs have kept it together, including Duct Tape and JB Welding some extra aluminum to the crack. These have only delayed the inevitable though and the fender was showing more signs of falling. I could hear it every time I rolled over a bump, dropped off a curb or did a sick tabletop off a kicker. Is that a thing?

So the good people at Golden Saddle Cyclery ordered me a replacement set of fenders ( hope I don’t need the front) and I was able to pick them up yesterday.

These are the Gilles Berthouds. I was using the Honjos before. Not for any specific reason that I can remember, so I thought I’d try the Berthouds. The Berthouds seem a bit wider, but I didn’t measure them so don’t hold me to it.

The rear fender comes with only the lower bridge hole drilled so I mounted up the fender to determine the proper place to drill the upper mounting hole. This is where patience comes into play. I installed, removed, installed again and tried to make sure I had the fender in the right place before drilling the hole. I did not want to stress the fender as that is what caused the failure on the Honjo.

After more time than I had planned I finally had the fender installed. It still needs the taillight moved over, but that will have to wait. I also want to add some mudflaps as the rear seems to sit higher than the Honjo. Always more to do! Now bring on the rain!