Archive for December, 2009

Dharma Wheels Cyclery Cycling Caps

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

The epitome of style.  Be adored by the opposite/same sex.  Be feared and worshiped by mortals.  Destroy Everything.

The Dharma Wheels Cycling Cap…..modeled by our skull

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and by your dark lord….

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Available in 2 sizes…..One size fits most….and XL….for people like me.

Sock Guy Socks….Especially DWC Wool!

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Cycling socks.  Something so simple is so often overlooked.  When you start out, maybe you rock bulk tennis socks, or just suck it up with cheap cotton socks that give you hot spots and blisters while turning the inside of your cycling shoe into a rainforest.

There are many excellent sock companies out there.  My favorite is Sock Guy.  They make a great product, treat US right, and treat the customer right.

Many fun styles available, from ultra thin for those blistering days to wool for those cool days.  I, myself, usually wear wool socks year round because they wick in the summer and offer more warmth in the winter without adding a tremendous amount of bulk.

Sock Guy Socks, a great way to make a statement of style on the bike without blowing the budget.  The DWC product of the “month”.

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“D’s Nuts” (DZ’s Nuts) Chamois Cream

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Chamois Cream.  I tried it in the early 90’s.  Some sort of something-0r-other-butter.  It sucked.  When I was young, I really didn’t have a problem riding 100 miles, in 90 degree heat with 100% humidity in Michigan with 1 of the 2 sets of cheap ass chamois that I had back back then.  I tried chamois butter.  I applied it to my ass…I applied it to my chamois.  On the occasion that I did wash my chamois, I noticed that it was gaining weight.  WTF?

Then for years, I did not ride chamois butter.  I was tough. I was strong. Then I met Dave Zabriske.  Stop….this has nothing to do with a personal endorsement.  This is a product endorcement – I don’t care if Hitler came up with DZ Nuts – I’d endorse it.

So, is it worth it?  Yes.  I use it before every ride…..and on those long rides where my arse isn’t quite up to the rigor of a long day, it helps incredibly with the tender areas.  Non petroleum based so it won’t make your pad weigh a ton….son.

DZ’s Nuts.  The product of the ‘month’.

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Yes, those are my bleaching trays with a DWC sticker on them.

The Chris King Bottom Bracket

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

If you know me, you know that I love Chris King.  Both for the wonderful food and good times he has bestowed upon Kim and I, but also for making the worlds finest bearing groups….and having a factory with ZERO emissions or waste.

If you have a nice bike, you need a Chris King Bottom Bracket (you already have the headset).

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Then, after you buy it from your local shop, you leave your bike at the shop so that mechanics like me can take their expensive breaker bar 8mm driver and remove your crank arm in 10 seconds without rounding your crank bolt.

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The Chris King grease injector is fitted to the bottom bracket and grease is pumped through the bearing group.  The old, dirty grease is pushed out and replaced by fresh grease.  Your bearing life is extended, and your ride is smoother.

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The Silca Insulated Thermos

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

For keeping your Coffee….or Whiskey and Coffee….or as Ray Charles (who Frank Sinatra called “the only true genius in the business”) would have it, Gin and Coffee – hot.  The Silca Thermos.  Perfect for your pugsley or your commuter…perfect for stuffing in your courier bag next to your cigarettes.

You won’t be able to mount another cage in your frame, so if you need a water bottle, use a TwoFish Velcro mount cage by your BB.

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