All posts by Brandon Casper

I like bikes, food, and coffee.

Product Review: Chrome SPD Shoes

Chrome SPD compatible bike shoes in the wild.
Chrome SPD compatible bike shoes in the wild.

Last year, we talked about some SPD compatible shoes that you can wear around town without looking like you just finished taking part in the Spring Classics. After many months of wearing our DZRs around, we began to look for other options for stylish clipless shoes, and Chrome Industries has delivered with a redesigned urban shoe line. Featuring two distinct models, the Kursk Pro and Truk Pro, the Chrome shoes emulate classic styles (Chuck Taylor lowtops and Vans Classics, respectively) which you should find suitable for most casual attire. So how do they hold up on and off the bike?  Skip past the break for some short reviews from several of our contributors, going over their experiences!

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NAHBS 2014: Bikes all over Charlotte

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This isn’t the type of event that we would normally cover, but I’m here at the North American Handmade Bike Show in Charlotte, NC this weekend with Oak City Cycling Project. In addition to drooling over custom builds and new tech, I have the opportunity to check out some of the bike infrastructure in Charlotte and do a little riding around town. I’ll have a follow up post with my thoughts on riding in Charlotte, but until then jump past the break to check out a few cool things I’ve found so far.

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It’s Tune-up Time!

Tools and bikes lining the wall at a local shop
Tools and bikes lining the wall at a local shop

Spring is almost upon us, and the 2014 Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival is less than a month away! If the cold has kept you out of the saddle for a while, now is a good time to bring your bike into your local bike shop for a tune-up or overhaul. Shops tend to see a lot of bikes in for service during the spring season, and it’s not unusual to be on a wait for a week or more. Be preemptive, get your bike in early, and be happy when you can get back on the road when the nice weather breaks.

Been riding all winter? It’s still not a bad idea to bring in your bike for service. Brake pads wear, cables stretch, and we’ve seen more salt on the roads this season than is normal…if you’ve been putting on the miles, it’s probably time to get your bike checked out.

We want everyone to have a blast at this year’s festival, so make sure your bike is in good working order before April! 

More Yarn: Wrapping Raleigh in Color

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Have I mentioned how much I am into this? These are popping up on signs and racks all over downtown, adding some much needed color to what has been an overly grey season. While it’s great having the city work with us to provide more cycling infrastructure, it’s even better that citizens are working to make them more beautiful. Keep on rocking, Raleigh.

Bundle Up: Cold Weather Clothing

Now that winter finally has us in it’s icy grasp, I think it may be a good time to talk about some of the gear that can make riding in this weather more comfortable. I’ve been hearing a lot of “I don’t have the right clothes” or “It’s too cold out to ride my bike”, and I think with a little advice we can help to change that! Check out the rest of the article below to keep warm and toasty during those cold winter commutes.

Kristy ready for her bike commute to the office during the "polar vortex."  She uses two pairs of gloves in very cold weather due to poor circulation in her fingers and needs an extra layer in addition to wool tights to insulate around hips and thighs.
Kristy ready for her bike commute to the office during the “polar vortex.” Temperatures dipped down into the teens so she used two pairs of gloves due to poor circulation in her fingers. Experience also tells her she needs to put on an extra base layer in addition to wool tights to insulate around hips and thighs.

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