Panther Creek Tour

The mountain bike race season is done, vacation is done, and now it is time to play.  I purposely built this year around being in good racing shape for the spring and early summer and then wanted to hit vacation in July as a nice reset.  Now there are two goals for the rest of…

TRP Hylex Long Term Review

I’ve had the TRP Hylex brakes on the Salsa Fargo for about a year now.  I’ve done an overnight camping trip, a lot of exploration rides, some Forest Park rides, and the Fargo has been the exclusive commuter to and from work for about 2 months now. So let’s start with the basics, I am…

TRP Hylex

I’ve had my Salsa Fargo now for almost 4 years.  It has seen only slight changes since I originally built it up.  I toyed with a 2×9 drivetrain before settling on an XT triple ring setup.  Barend shifters have also been my choices since day one.  Finally went tubeless on it last year too.  Other…

Oregon Coast Gravel Epic

Best way to start this post is to simply say…..OUCH! The folks at Dark30 Sports said this was going to be an “Ass Kicker” and they were not kidding.  73 miles and approximately 10,000′ of climbing.  In the back of my mind I was hoping for a finishing time in the 6 hour range…..I was…