The Wheels That Keep Me Rolling

When you buy a bicycle, it typically comes with wheels. Unless you’re buying a super-expensive racing bike, or a custom build where you spec out all the gear, the wheels you get with the bike are OEM wheels. They’re typically pretty average wheels, even for relatively pricey bikes. Even if you’re something of a duffer like me, wheels can make a big difference in ride quality. If I were to draw an analogy to PC tech, buying a good set […]

The Bicycles In My Life: Jamis Quest

One of the regrets of my cycling life is letting go of the 25th anniversary  Jamis Quest. I bought my Jamis Quest in 2013, looking for a capable bike suitable for commuting. I’d initially budgeted around $1,200, but fell in love with the $1,800 Quest after taking it out for a lengthy spin. The retailer offered the Quest for $1,650 during  a sale, then kicked back another 10% because I had a loyalty card. That brought the total price down […]

The Bicycles In My Life: Felt Z5

The Giant OCR1 that got me back into serious cycling eventually became a chore to ride. The aluminum frame transmitted a lot of road chatter, which translated to sore muscles and stiff bones after long rides. I’m not, after all, getting younger. So I began looking for bicycles with more forgiving rides. Initially, I believed I wanted a steel frame bike, partly for nostalgic reasons, but good quality steel tubing from companies such as Reynolds and Columbus offer more forgiving […]

The Bicycles In My Life: Giant OCR1

As a kid, and into young adulthood, I rode a variety of bicycles. I rode the ridiculous Stingray around the back roads of Lawton Oklahoma. As a teenager, I loved a Windsor bicycle made from Reynolds steel. I put a ton of miles on that bike in various parts of Washington state. I pretty much turned my back on cycling when I ran track and cross-country in college. After I moved to the Bay Area, I owned several different bicycles, […]