Palouse To Cascades Trail. Wrapup. Final Takeaways From The Ride.

Now that everything is done and my bike is basically clean, let’s talk about tires, chain lube, and mud.

Palouse To Cascades Trail. Day 3. Warden to Escure Ranch

From Warden to Escure Ranch.

Palouse To Cascades Trail. Day 2. Ellensburg to Othello

From Ellensburg, over the Columbia, to Othello.

Palouse To Cascades Trail. Day 1. Cedar Falls (*Technically Easton) to Ellensburg

It’s amazing how much the reality of an experience differs from the expectation, especially when you’ve been planning something for a decade.

A decade? Yes. That’s how long I’ve been planning this ride. That seems ridiculous now that I’ve typed it out, because while it sounds impossibly long, it doesn’t feel like it now that it’s finally done.

New Bike Day / Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 5

At this point in my life as a cyclist and a bike mechanic, there are very few bikes that truly catch my attention anymore. It’s really got to be something special, and even then, there’s usually at least one feature that bugs me or that I find missing from the design. Enter the Flaanimal.

Fill Your Fork! (with the Wolf Tooth Double Bottle Adapter)

Not all of us are lucky enough to have the triple anything mounts on our forks. Some of us are stuck with regular old double bosses on our fork blades, giving us space for one lowly water bottle cage on each side.So, how do you make the most of your space and carry all of the things that you want without resorting to using an entire roll of electrical tape and a bunch of zip ties?

Palouse To Cascades Trail: Rock Lake

Rock Lake is an enigma of the Palouse To Cascades Trail. It is by far one of the most scenic sections of the entire trail, and yet information about it remains elusive. The trail requires a detour around the lake, making it difficult to get to, but it’s totally worth it.

Family Friendly Gravel

If you’ve read my writeup on the Palouse To Cascades Trail, then you know that the stretch between Cle Elum and Thorp is one of my favorites. It’s a great experience for riders of all ages and skill levels, as long as they have a bike that is capable for the surface and you prepare them ahead of time for what to expect.

The Love of the Ride. or: Cycling is for Everyone

There are a lot of people in the cycling world who want you to believe that if you just had that new component, shoe, or bike, all of your rides would be absolutely awesome and you’d always be happy. The industry as a whole has an awful lot to come to terms with. Cycling should be accessible and welcoming to all folks.

The Dark and Slow of Winter

As the beautiful colors of fall give way to the dark and cold days of winter, it’s difficult to stay motivated and want to go outside; The daylight hours are short, the temperatures drop, and the weather can become a larger obstacle than any hill you may encounter.  Winter riding requires a mental shift, asContinue reading “The Dark and Slow of Winter”