Into the Outdoors
Posted by Roger Phillips on January 30, 2015
Probably not with me on it, but an objective test found a 29er was faster than identical bikes with 27.5 or 26-inch wheels. So bigger is better, right? Nope. Bikes with 26-inch wheels came in second. Not what I would guess, especially with so many people pronouncing 26-inch wheels a dying beast.
This 10-minute video is for full-blown bike geeks, but it's very valuable intel if you're shopping for a new bike. Does that mean a 29er is best? Nope. There are lots of other factors to consider, but what I really appreciate about these videos is they cut through the marketing hype and objectively measure things, and they're also not trying to sell anything.
For the record, I own both a 29er and a 27.5-inch bike converted from its original 26-inch wheels, which makes it a Frankenbike. Would this test affect my decision on what bike to buy next? Probably not since I'm not a racer, but I still enjoyed watching how the bikes were tested, and how tests were able to counter some of the conventional wisdom out there.
Posted by Roger Phillips on January 26, 2015
Call it a convergence of coincidences. We had a beautiful day on Sunday, which made me start thinking about future trips. I ran across this on the Gear Junkie's website, and it's another crazy Idaho adventure by Boisean Steve Graepel, who also wrote about a bike and packraft trip in the Owyhees.
Posted by Roger Phillips on January 21, 2015
Duo takes on one of "the most remote region in the lower 48."
Posted by Roger Phillips on January 20, 2015
Look familiar? Maybe not. This is the backcountry at Soldier Mountain. The ski area near Fairfield offers cat ski trips, and they're taking bookings now. You can read all about it on Thursday, but you can also get some details on Soldier's website here.
Posted by Roger Phillips on January 14, 2015
After doing my weekly fishing report for the Jan. 15 Idaho Outdoors, Don Hartman at West Magic Resort sent me this photo taken on Wednesday. Here's what he had to say: "14.4 lbs total, Steve Johns, using baited jigs. Total time: 2.5 hours."