Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Soggy

The Soggy Bottom 100 goes off this weekend.
It's AK's only 100+ miles summer MTB race, and its pretty much 100% singletrack.

looking forward to hearing about the carnage. Wish I was doing it.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Chrome Mods

On Friday's I give my self the luxury to spend a bit of time on my own gear. I feel like its the shop equivalent of surfing the internet. Usually appearance goes out the window and I just try to get things functional again. This day it was my faithful Chrome Messenger bag.

I've had this thing for about 5 years now, if you cant afford a re-load, Pac or some of the other more custom bags, they are pretty nice. My first gripe though was the lack of padding under the big (heavy) buckle and the lack of reflective stuff on the back so I added this pad under it, with a lower cross strap attachment point and sewed on some 3m tape - note the hack job dating the sewing skills 5 years ago...

Friday though I wanted the bag to hold more volume. This 5" vinyl flap extension was the end result:

For some reason Chrome does not have reflective tape, or blinky light attachments, that's been fixed too. I also chopped off the lower straps and added about 12", and now I can run straps through the loops on the flap to attach more crap to.

Next up is replacing the oh so hip & stylish, but oh so heavy chrome buckle - the people I wack this thing with on airplanes are going to rejoice for sure.

Friday, July 17, 2009


Cass and his friend Dan from the UK are out touring around now. They just did a little Kenai singletrack bikepacking trip before starting the long haul from Prudhoe bay to Panama.

Follow their blog here:


Good luck guys!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mile high to Ram

A quick change of plans, a quick overnight along a stunning ridge within spitting distance of town.

Luz got a bit overexcited mountain running, dog aid was applied.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

big brother

Ms. Juki just got a brother, a 270 lb one, effectively doubling the horse power behind Epic Designs.

Enter the Juki LK 1852, 42 stitch cam driven bartack.

This bad boy will be reinforcing the crap out of everything and also making my life much easier and the resulting products better.

Metal baby...

Friday, July 03, 2009

Lost Lake

Lost Lake in Seward.. such a sweet trail.
Especially when it's Canzorific. God I love this bike...

Luz loves breakfast..

Pretty Birds.