had never seen this one before. a bunch of spots I don’t recognize is always a thrill to see.
In the early 1970s, Geoff Apps began developing off-road bicycles. If Geoff had been based in the US, he’d doubtless have hooked up with Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Charlie Kelly, Tom Ritchey and the rest of the Mountain Bike Mafia. But Geoff was a Brit, and he developed his designs in isolation on the south east coast of England. His bikes are a fascinating byway in the development of two-wheeled transport.
In 1962, Geoff’s family moved from east London to the foot of the Chiltern Hills. He soon discovered woods riding and began to modify his bicycles appropriately. In time he became an expert motorbike trials rider, but he never lost his love for the simplicity and quiet of cycling.
As Geoff’s modifications became more ambitious, his trials experience became more important as an influence. It informed the high bottom bracket and upright riding position he favoured, gentle on the wrists and perfect for low-speed balance. In those days Geoff was frequently to be seen riding the muddy, winding forest trails in full tweeds, exuding grace and refinement. Geoff himself said “…you’ve got to look dignified and relaxed, even when you’re riding through twelve inches of crud…”
I am super stoked to update my stable with the new Salsa Bear Grease. I’ve got five or so rides on it so far, and am loving the wheel size. The most notable difference between this and my old 26″ wheel Bear Grease is the increased traction.
With the 45NRTH Van Helga rear tire turned backwards and the GX Eagle drivetrain, this thing will climb anything as long as I can remain seated. For those of you who are local to MPLS I was able to ride more of the nasty uphill rock gardens at Brownie lake during icy snow conditions than I could on my regular mtb when dry. It’s really incredible, this thing just hooks up.
Here’s the build.
Salsa Bear Grease
Year: 2019 Size: Large Wheel Size: 27.5″
Cranks: Truvativ Stylo Carbon Fatbike
Wheels: Whisky Carbon Rims, Industry 9 hubs, DT Swiss Super Comp Spokes
Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle
Brakes: SRAM Guide RSC
Saddle: Terry Ti Fly
Tires: 45NRTH Van Helga
Just built up this 27.5″ Bear Grease. Full report and pics coming soon.
Super stoked to see that Katie Compton’s 15th National Championship is making mainstream sports coverage.
“To put Compton’s streak in perspective, her streak of 15 straight national titles is longer than every single men’s or women’s title streak at any level in any NCAA sport, save for an impressive run by the D-III Kenyon swimming and diving team in the ‘80s and ‘90s. A multi-year run of any length would be impressive in cyclocross, since the sport is so demanding, and any one moment can bring an unforgiving end to an otherwise perfect race. It’s a physically unforgiving sport that requires near-perfection, bravery, and ruthlessness. Compton has finished second at the world championships four times, so she knows how hard it is to win any race.”
Read the whole article here