Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"

Exclusive: Gathering Storm

08.20.2015 //

We just lost some of the best trails in America, and it’s going to happen again. Here’s why.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Pixelated Presence

08.17.2015 //

It’s silly, this constant cataloging and rating of life. The Facebook posts about what we’re about to eat, the rush to constantly pull out a smartphone and tweet what is happening around us…It all misses the point of, you know, living your life.

Tested: Pearl Izumi Launch Glove

08.13.2015 //

Pearlizumi beefed up its Launch glove for 2015. The good news? The glove retains its excellent feel and fit, but gained a bit of brawn.

Tested: Bontrager Lithos Helmet

08.06.2015 //

The Lithos has been kicking around the helmet world for a while now, but this latest model differs greatly from past versions.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Creeping Death

08.03.2015 //

Democrat and Republican, head hunter and vegetarian, puritan and porn star–we once were all on board with what a cycling sock should look like. But that was then and this is now–a now full of really stupid-looking socks.

Tested: Hot `N Spicy Pork Rinds

07.30.2015 //

When you are 13 hours deep into a drive and you stumble into the gas station at two in the morning, bleary eyed and gacked to the gills on two Red Bulls and four cans of Starbucks Double Shot Espresso…you have a tendency to forget all about kale. At times like that, you find yourself reaching for a bag of evil. You get the pork rinds…

Tested: Bontrager Ion 700 R USB Headlight

07.23.2015 //

You don’t expect a whole hell of a lot from a light that fits into a tube the size of a lipstick case, but Bontrager’s Ion 700 R USB headlight packs a punch despite its diminutive size.

The End of the Beginning: Remembering Scot Breithaupt

07.21.2015 //

Scot Breithaupt founded the sport of BMX racing before he was even old enough to drive a car. The man influenced many of mountain biking’s most famous racers. Unfortunately, Breithaupt’s demons caught up with him earlier this month.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Circulus, Where Are You?

07.20.2015 //

You can say that a miniature velodrome is nothing more than a novelty, but for a few years, Circulus was a phenomenon in its own right. Then the track suddenly dropped off the radar, which only added to its cult status. Whatever became of Circulus?

Preview: Industry Nine PillarCarbon Enduro 27.5

07.16.2015 //

Over the years, Industry Nine has earned a reputation for building lightweight wheelsets that can still take a beating. Do Industry Nine’s latest carbon wheels maintain that tradition of bomber durability? That’s what we were wondering.,,

Review: Cannondale Jekyll 3

07.08.2015 //

Click the handlebar-mounted travel adjuster and the Jekyll morphs from downhill slayer to climbing stud.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Buzzkill

07.06.2015 //

I understand that the rest of the world loves summer and the whole ritual of courting melanoma at the beach, but I’m waving the flag of surrender over here. Color me a wimp, but I’m done with the heat, the funk and the flies. I’m ready for a little winter in July.

Tested: Specialized Zee Cage II with Tool

07.02.2015 //

It’s a water bottle cage. No, it’s a multi-tool. Actually, it’s both. Here’s the story on Specialized’s Zee Cage II with Tool.

Review: Kona Process 153

07.01.2015 //

Read Vernon’s final take on Kona’s all-mountain slayer.

Tested: Fox Demo Freeride Shorts

06.25.2015 //

Some people might assume that a product with the word “Freeride” attached to it is only going to be well suited to the gravity types, but Fox’s Demo Freeride shorts are ideal for anyone who hankers for all-day pedals in the backcountry.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Are You Going to Wear That?

06.22.2015 //

There’s a golden rule that applies to cycling apparel: Everything that riders think looks cool, will only look cool for approximately X minus 3 years, where X represents the date the graphic designer actually dreamed up the design. By the time that bitchin’ lime green jersey or pair of plaid knickers reaches your local bike shop’s shelves, it’s a ticking time bomb of lame.

Tested: Troy Lee Designs SE Gloves

06.18.2015 //

You put a glove on your hand and it…well, it covers your hand doesn’t it? I mean, when a glove walks into a job interview, it kind of knows what it’s signing up for. It’s a straightforward sort of gig…and yet some gloves still manage to suck mightily.

Long-Term Test: Xpedo Spry Pedals

06.11.2015 //

While eighty bucks ain’t chump change, it’s a relatively good deal for a durable set of flat pedals. But the question was this: were the Xpedo Spry pedals actually durable? Would they stand the test of time? A year and a half later, here’s the answer…

The Web Monkey Speaks: Screw Retro

06.08.2015 //

When it comes to mountain bikes, Vernon wants to keep the past where it belongs: in the past.

Preview: Easton Heist 30 Wheelset

06.04.2015 //

Wheels have gotten stupid expensive. While Easton’s Heist wheels aren’t going to qualify as “cheap” or “inexpensive” in anyone’s book, they sell for less coin than a lot of wheelsets these days. More to the point, they have a hell of a lot going for them.

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