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Walz Caps | Review

When Walz Caps sent me a few of their caps to review I was looking forward to the opportunity to expand my cycling cap collection. The package arrived while I was at my day-job and when I got home I had to find away to get the caps from my two-year-old.

Walz Caps offers three different caps styles – four-panel, a three-panel, and earflap – in three fabric types – cotton blend, moisture wicking, and wool. They sent one of each: three-panel cotton blend, four-panel moisture wicking, and wool earflap. All three caps were of the highest quality, durable and comfortable. All three fit nicely under my helmet and offer a bill that’s long enough to shade the eyes and short enough to allow for visibility.

I’m going start with the wool cap. I’ll be brief about it since I’m pretty sure you’re not all about to rush out and buy a wool cap with earflaps just as summer (finally) hits. Rather than a straight earflap that’s like an extension of the cap itself, the Walz Caps earflap is loose bit of wool with an elastic band to hold the earflap in place. While this leads to a slightly less streamline cap – the earflaps mushroom out a bit, under the ears and down at the base of your head – the benefit is that it’s easy to tuck the ears in and protect them from the cold – no cold earlobes.

I’ve worn the wool earflap more times than I can count and washed it – more than a couple of times, against the care instructions – on delicate in our washing machine and the cap still looks new. The wool does what you expect. It’s comfortable, it keeps the head warm and, even in the rain, dry.

While the wool cap was my go-to morning cap it was pretty clear, even as the caps came out of the box that the red and black, three-panel cotton cap was going to be my everyday work horse. The cap is made of a durable cotton blend and the black stripe down the center gave it a classic and stylish look. Even as the weather slowly started to turn I’d wear my wool cap in the morning and pack the cotton cap in the bag for the ride home.

Where the cap with earflap looks, at least a little, silly when not on the bike, the cotton cap is stylish enough that I’ve worn it at the park with the kids, at the beach, out shopping, at coffee…basically, I’d wear it just about anywhere I’d wear a regular cap.

So, I need to be honest here, it’s just barely warm here – unusual for this time of year in Sacramento – so I haven’t had as much opportunity to wear the light weight moisture wicking cap. In the few times I’ve worn it, around the house and on the bike, I’ve noticed the same things about fit and comfort. At this point I can’t say for certain the moisture wicking fabric is going to hold up as well to everyday abuse as the other two caps, but I will say that I have no reason to believe it won’t.

These are fantastic caps and now that I’ve been using them so regularly, it’s pretty much impossible for me to imagine not having them. The two caps that I wear regularly have held up well to everyday abuse and I’ve not noticed any significant wear. If I were you I’d order a few, just in case a two-year-old intercepts your shipment too.

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Sacramento Tweed to host Seersucker Ride

Local sartorialists Sacramento Tweed will stage an informal group ride on Sunday, June 26th at 11am in downtown Sacramento. The event will incorporate a picnic in Land Park, a tour of the Crocker Art Museum, and a post-ride tipple at DeVeere’s Irish Pub.

Originally scheduled for the weekend of the 3rd June, the ride was postponed due to the filthy weather. Forecasts are much more favorable for the coming weeks, promising a warm and dry day of cycling-related revelry and Edwardian fashion.

Fans of classic European fabrics will rejoice at the event, which will offer riders the opportunity to showcase their finest seersucker suits. The organization’s blog briefly outlines a suggested dress-code, emphasising a “spirit of inclusiveness and conviviality, which means we don’t care about what you wear (although please wear something appropriate for warm weather–no heavy tweed, please!), or what you ride. All we want is that you wear a smile, and ride what you’re happiest riding.”

The ride begins at 11am in front of Revolution Wines. The shop, located at 29 & S St, will be open an hour early to service the congregated houndstooth enthusiasts in the form of handmade sandwiches for the picnic. Riders will depart and observe a leisurely pace south towards Land Park, where several hours have been set aside for communal luncheon. Cupcakes and iced popsicles will be made available by local retailers for those riders with a sweet tooth.

Post-picnic, aesthetes will again mount their cycles and head to the Crocker, where a special group rate for admission has been offered by the gallery. The thirsty may adjourn to the cafe for a glass of pinot gris, or wait until the group reaches its final destination, DeVeere’s Irish Pub on 15th & L Street. Live music has been promised, the genre of which is yet to be announced. At least one accordion would be appropriate, and no doubt greatly appreciated by the cyclists.

Sacramento Tweed encourages all participants to observe contemporary highway bylaws, while maintaining a certain historic perspective. Cellphones have not been banned, but would probably impinge upon the authenticity of the event.

For more information, visit Sacramento Tweed.

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need more time in the saddle?

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Cyclelogical Commuter Backpack | Review

There have been a few things that have surprised me about my transition to bike commuting, one is my new obsession with bags. Fit, comfort, style, capacity, all of these things need to be considered when choosing the right bag for daily commuting. So, of course, when an awesome company like Cyclelogical sent me one of their Commuter bags to test out, I was more than a little excited.

Like Sam, I was excited about Cyclelogical when I first heard about the company and my first impression of the bag confirmed my suspicion about the quality of their products. Out of the box, I could tell the Commuter backpack was of the highest quality. With weather sealed zippers, padded laptop compartment, designated laundry, shoe and yoga mat compartments, it was clear the folks of Cyclelogical had thought of everything.

But bags have personalities. With the various compartments, pockets, and flaps, the Commuter bag almost demands it’s owner put things in the right place – pack it just so. When I first opened the bag I felt like it needed instructions. Put your shoes here. Put your folded clothes here, sweaty clothes here. This zipper does…well I still don’t know what. It was complex. I liked the idea of it. A spot for everything. But in reality it wasn’t for me.

Compared to my other bag, this bag took twice as long to pack. I wanted to love it, in fact, I did love a lot of it: the reflective pin-striping on the font of bag and the velcro that could be used for reflector or velcroable solar panel – genius; the padded, comfortable but not bulky shoulder straps; the plush lining in the laptop compartment. So, I used it, trying to fall in love with it, but I kept finding myself looking for excuses to use my messenger bag.

I forgot to mention capacity. I made a joke to my wife one evening that the Commuter backpack was like Mary Poppins’ bag. I never seemed to run out of space. Several times, we’ve had the following conversation:
“Hey, can you pick up a couple of things on your way home today?”

“I’m not sure if I can fit them in my bag.”

“Just bring that big bag.”

But the capacity thing cuts both ways. It was a big bag and it looked big on by back. Most days I wasn’t carrying any more than I normally do, but I felt like I was taking up twice as much space. I’d gone from being a cyclist to being a classic Volkswagon Beetle.

The punchline is that I didn’t love the bag. I was impressed with the quality and comfort, but the truth is, it wasn’t designed for me, really. This bag is for upright cyclists with flatbars and street clothes. This bag is for people who want to make sure their clean clothes and dirty clothes never touch. This bag is for someone a bit more organized than me. So for that person, I recommend it. For everyone else, check out the rest of what Cyclelogical is doing, because they’re still making quality gear and probably have something for you.

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in other news

An Oregon man was found guilty of public indecency for cycling in the nude.

“He told me he enjoyed riding his bicycle in the nude,” Goodwin said, adding that Lamb was also wearing a shirt at the time he spoke to the officer. “I asked him if he found that it turned him on, so to speak. … He said that it was a sexual feeling of excitement.”

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now I just need a reason to buy them



best cargo bike ever?

Nordisk Cryobank (European Sperm Bank)is one of Europe’s leading sperm banks and the company was looking at environmentally-friendly alternatives to how they could transport their sperm samples to the fertility clinics around Greater Copenhagen.

via clusterflock

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$27,000 water-buffalo-leather stitched monochrome fixed-gear, anyone?


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