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Michael Shares Stan's at U.S. Coast Guard HQ

By Michael

Members of TeamHalfwayThere displayed and demonstrated Stan’s products at a bicycle commuting education event at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. Michael Dickey displayed custom wheels based on Stan’s ZTR Crest rims that he built for his adventure racing bicycle as well as a new pair of the gorgeous and unbelievably lightweight Valor carbon wheels. Demonstrations included applying Stan’s rim tape to a mountain bike wheel with a Stan’s rim as well as converting a set of 700c road wheels to tubeless using Stan’s conversion kit and Hutchinson Sector tires. The event was attended by a number of regular bicycle commuters and some interested in starting commuting by bike. RADM Marshall Lytle, the Coast Guard’s CIO and an experienced bicycle rider and commuter attended to offer his support.

All Smiles at USARA National Championships 2015

By Dave

Going into this race, rain has been falling in the area for 4 weeks, a hurricane is out to the east and Nor’easter to the north.  It is going to be a wet and muddy 2015 USARA National Championship race in Pineville, KY.  Fortunately, I had the right gear for the 30 hour journey.  My Lupine headlamp had no problem weathering the rain and mud.  Acquired through our awesome sponsor, Spokes, Etc., my Specialized Epic rolled through the mud and streams without a hitch.  Megan rode her new Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Race Gold 29er Wheels and tubeless tires, which saved weight and lessened our worries as we bushwhacked through the race. About making the conversion she said she only wishes she had done it sooner! Thanks to our great sponsor Stan’s NoTubes!

The great gear allows the thing I love the most to happen…teamwork.  As the navigator, the pressure of not making mistakes can sometimes weigh me down and result in more mistakes.  A few hours after having missed a point, I start to doubt myself in our approach to another point.  Megan then reminds me that this is a team and that we have to use all the resources available.  And she couldn’t have been more correct.  Up to that point, I was trying to do all the navigating in a silo.  Having been a hugely successful experience in a race last year, I remember to include all of us in the hunt for the checkpoints.  Megan paces to the next point while Barry confirms features, and I track elevation.  With quite a few teams roaming around in the area, but we land directly on the point and quickly head off to the next one!  We left clicking on all cylinders and never looked back.

Thanks to a great team, sponsors and race community for making another great adventure possible.

by T.J. Hoff

I use and recommend the Crank Brothers eggbeater pedal in Adventure Racing because they are easy to install, simple to maintain and can take a beating on the trail. When I started mountain biking I didn’t have clipless pedals, but as I became more comfortable with riding, I upgraded to the Crank Brothers mallet pedals. I chose these because, at the time, I wanted a platform pedal for stability, but still gain the advantages of clipping in. I later upgraded my pedals to the eggbeaters and have not turned back.

What I really enjoy about the Crank Brothers pedals is their simple design approach. Their cleats are very well engineered, light and super durable but yet small enough to tuck up in the cleat pocket to allow for dismounted walking and hike-a-biking, which is inevitable during Adventure Racing. They provide just enough float and don’t have complex adjustments for dismount angle. Just flip the cleat around and your angle for unclipping is changed. The pedal itself is a very durable pedal with a simple design which makes it VERY easy to maintain and rebuild. With a few simple tools you can have your pedals looking and feeling like new within minutes.

As an Adventure Racer I would recommend the Crank Brothers eggbeater pedal because of its reliability, small cleat footprint, durability, and simplicity, all of which are important when racing in unfamiliar areas. If you can’t pedal your bike, then you can’t ride it.