Cycles J Bryant http://www.cyclesjbryant.com Builders of road bikes. We just define roads more loosely than others. Portland, OR USA Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:15:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Getting Closer to Done http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/2014/04/11/getting-closer-done/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=getting-closer-done http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/2014/04/11/getting-closer-done/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:15:34 +0000 http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/?p=9621 image

I’m still putting some of the final touches on the FaTRoB build. I just installed a Supernova Plug III to power a charger for my iPhone. I’ve decided to forgo the GPS and use the iPhone and the apps GaiaGPS and Benchmark Maps. Both allow you to cache maps to peruse when there is no cell service, which will greatly aid in navigation in some back woods scenarios.

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I’m also getting the last of the pieces together for the baggage I’m making for the ride, but more on that soon enough.  Getting stoked to get out and explore/do some long days with some nights in the woods.

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A short ride will do just fine sometimes http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/2014/04/11/short-ride-will-just-fine-sometimes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=short-ride-will-just-fine-sometimes http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/2014/04/11/short-ride-will-just-fine-sometimes/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:25:37 +0000 http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/?p=9339 NOTE: I wrote this a few weeks ago, but forgot to publish it. Such is life when you’re busy prepping for a show…
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Many of my friends just completed the first Brevet of the season, the SIR 200k. Meanwhile, I’m busy wrapping up projects and getting ready to show in Detroit in a couple weeks, so I’ve only had time and energy for shorter rides.
I awoke yesterday at 06.30 and got into the shop by 07.30 to do the rest of some finish work on some frames that I dropped off to Class Act to get powder-coated. Afterwards I went home and generally goofed around, stressing about where to ride, how long I wanted to go, etc… I finally decided to just get out and explore a few areas I’ve been meaning to for a while. Donning my lightweight jersey, shorts and arm warmers, I quickly found that I was too warm. In March. Awesome! I climbed up an unpaved path to the top of Powell Butte and was awarded some killer views on this mostly clear day.
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Bombing down the path and heading towards my next bump in the landscape: Gresham Butte. A helluva climb up a paved road averaging 11% over the .8 miles, I was happy to find the top. I quick hop over the rocks that barricade the path and I’m boogying down the Gresham Walking trail. Starting off paved, It quickly turns to loose gravel and I stop at the bottom to let out some air. 40 PSI felt ok on the pavement, but turns out that 35 PSI works just as well, but was still a little too much on the looser parts of the gravel path. The next climb averages about 7% and a bit over a mile to the top. It’s here that I decide to start navigating back. A lovely descent down Butler rd, the meandering through some neighborhoods and then a bomber descent down 190th and I’m back at the Springwater trail. After a few minutes, I decide to ride through neighboring streets instead of dodging the joggers and horseback riders and other cyclists on the trail. I meandered home, taking interesting looking alleyways and side streets until I arrived home. 25 miles, about 1600′ of climbing, packed into the middle 10 miles. An unshabby time and super fun to find some new routes that are definitely worth revisiting and exploring some more.

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Porteur Project http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/2014/04/11/porteur-project/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=porteur-project http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/2014/04/11/porteur-project/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:09:03 +0000 http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/?p=9616 image

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I’m gauging interest to see if folks might be down for a little Porteur Project? A badass rig for city riding either set up as a single speed or a geared bike. I’m thinking $2600 for frame, fork, front rack and headset… Drop a note or leave a comment if it’s something you may find keen.

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CF availability http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/2014/03/21/cf-availability/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cf-availability http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/2014/03/21/cf-availability/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:37:36 +0000 http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/?p=9602 babyshoe pass

 

Hi Folks.  As of this writing I still have a couple slots open for this wonderful deal.  Head over here for the full details.  You’ve still got a couple weeks to order, after that I will offer up another one for late fall delivery, so act now if you want one of these wonderful bikes for your summertime riding.

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Website Maladies http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/2014/03/20/website-maladies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=website-maladies http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/2014/03/20/website-maladies/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:21:19 +0000 http://www.cyclesjbryant.com/?p=9523 I tried installing a new theme this week, to give the website a new, more polished look. But it broke the site a bit. I couldn’t easily access the blog and the design layout is anything but intuitive. I’m working on it, but it’ll be a little bit before it’s nearly where I want it. In the meantime, is there any content missing that you’d like to see on the site?
Thanks
-Joshua

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