Long time no whatever! I hope that everyone is kicking a bunch of butts-on-bikes out there in the finally-not-winter weather. Central Iowa has been a veritable wonderland of snowless cycling enjoyment. I’ve personally been able to get into the 200+ miles-per-week range finally, it’s been super rad to get some real miles in!
Quite a few new developments have uh…developed since my last post. I’ve started a new Cyclist Not Biker podcast (episode 1 is up on Anchor.fm now, with other services to follow shortly), in which I plan on talking with some of my favorite cyclists about things like gravel, dirt bagging, ultra events, bike tech stuff, etc. (if you’d like to be on the show, email me). Episode 1 is a 26 minute solo brain dump from me, mainly focusing on the Unicorn of Dirt Drop Bars, the Ragley Luxy.
I recently acquired this Dirt-Icorn, one of the rarest and best dirt drops out there, and pontificated for half a podcast about where they might end up. The post person showed up about 30 minutes later with said handle bars, and they immediately ended up on my refurbished 90’s GT Tachyon. I’ve done two rides on this setup in the last 24 hours, and they are definitely where they belong. Now it’s time for some bar tape and probably some sort of write up glorifying said bike hahaha.
Some of you may be asking yourself “what in the hell is a Ragley Luxy bar?” Here is an article from good friend and gravel fiend Guitar Ted which explains its origin and extremely short history. Read it, learn it, live it. There are nearly impossible to get, requiring years and months of internet scouring to find one available, and when found the price is usually out of control. I have seen a pair of Luxy’s go for over $200 on eBay. Yeah, oof.
ANYWAY, it’s time to get back out on the bike so let’s wrap this up. LISTEN TO MY PODCAST. It will be available on Apple, Google Play, Stitcher, and more in the next few days and I will post updated links for you. Until then you can listen on Anchor. fm
RIDE YOUR BIKE