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First Impression Review: Panaracer GravelKing SK+

Update: I’ve since removed these tires and gone back to my old ones. About two weeks ago I decided to move over to tubeless, and that’s been a journey in it’s own right. However, I also took the opportunity to try out some tires that are all the rage in the gravel world, the Panaracer […]

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The adventure van, part 5

It’s been a while since I had something new to report with the adventure van, but this past weekend I finally got all the supplies to do the Reflectix inserts for the windows! On my last adventure I ended up parking underneath a streetlamp in a parking lot. I managed to get sleep, but it […]

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Photos: Lost 40

On our journey up north we made a stop at the Lost 40 Scientific and Natural Area, a fascinating plot of land in the middle of nowhere with a unique history. When initial surveys were done the area was overlooked through a series of errors that can easily happen in the era before aerial mapping […]

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Experimenting with astrophotography

This past weekend the wife and I spent time in a cabin out away from the city. The night skies were clear, which meant it was a perfect time to try some astrophotography! I’ve always wanted to do more of this, but it’s rare that I’m away from light pollution, with my camera gear, when […]

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Review: 2021 Surly Ice Cream Truck

This review is a long time coming, but now that I have over 100 miles on the bike I feel like I can share my thoughts. I acquired my Ice Cream Truck in January 2021, late one evening when my local bike shop suddenly put two online in their store. These bikes had been delayed […]

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Review: EGO SNT2102 Electric Snowblower

In my previous post about going electric for snowblowing I mentioned that I needed a few snowfalls to really see how it could handle a Minnesota winter. Despite being dry for much of December we did manage a couple solid storms in January. That gave me a great opportunity to put the machine through its […]

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Quick Review: 45NRTH Heiruspecs

When I got a new fat bike I wanted some decent pedals, and I’ve always had good luck with Race Face. However, my local bike shop was out of stock of them and suggested I give the 45NRTH Heiruspecs a try, and wow am I glad that I did. I’ve always ridden with flats (yes, […]

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Quick Review: Wolftooth 8-Bit Pack Pliers

I’m always on the lookout for great tools to use when biking. I recently came across the new Wolftooth 8-Bit Pack Pliers, and figured this would be a great one to add to my collection. Despite having a bunch of other multitools at my disposal, this one has some unique features. What is it? The […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

Joining the KREW

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of PATH Projects running clothing for men. I was introduced to them back when they first got started in 2018, and they’re my favorite running short I’ve ever used. The key things that make them work for me are No liner included – I hate liners in shorts. […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

Review: Salsa Muluk Deore 11 (2020)

A couple years ago I finally got myself a fat bike so that I could keep pedaling through the winter, as well as do some off-road singletrack type riding. I wasn’t sure what to get at the time, so I picked up something used off Facebook Marketplace (Framed Wolftrax) and ran it through a couple […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

Virtual Race Report: Badger 50K

Due to the pandemic, almost no trail races have been happening. One of the ones that I was particularly disappointed about was the Badger Trail Races in Wisconsin. Last year this race was my first time completing a 100K distance. It was also a perfect testing ground for what I needed to learn before my […]

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Shoe review: Altra Timp 1.5

In the trail running world, Altra is a huge name. They sponsor a ton of racers, and are a fan favorite shoe for many, many runners. They’re also zero-drop shoes, which is why I’ve shied away from them for so long. A couple of years ago I did give them a spin with some demo […]

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