Monday, November 24, 2008


Have you seen these? Weird, I wonder if it's all it's cracked up to be?
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Continental Ski and Bike, how I love thee

I just wanted to again, let everyone know how cool Continental Ski and Bike is! I bought a smart wool balaclava mid last season and by the end of the season it had a nice size hole in the mouth area. I contacted smart wool and they had two options, talk to the store or send it in, provided it was not "normal wear and tear". I wrote back to them to explain that, I my opinion it was not normal to have that problem. They offered again to let me send it in, but by the time I read that email I had stopped at Continental last night and they gladly offered me a new one (and were also shocked at the hole).

So, if you're in the Duluth area and are looking for bike or ski equipment, service, or just knowledge, this is the place to go. They have, hands down, the most friendly, understanding, and knowledgeable staff in town.

It's nice to have such a great store. Stop by and see for yourself!

Continental Ski & Bike
(218) 728-4466

Store Hours

Mon. - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm

great light found for a cheap skate like me

I wanted to let everyone know what I found. While I did find some really nice nice lights by hope, and other brands, I did find one that has a good amount of lumens (136) but more important, it was in my price range, cheap as can be. 26$ or so, I believe it was, for a nice CREE led light (helmet mountable quite easily) and 136 lumens, that's 3 times as many as my Serfas light and 1/2 the cost. I like that.

Granted, it may not last forever, doesn't have a blink, but that's not what I was looking for. I was all about lumens per $ and at over 5 lumens per dollar, I couldn't go wrong. Most every other bike light you'll find you'll get more like .8 lumens per dollar.

Again, it's at target and is labeled River Rock. There are a lot of discussions on battery and lighting boards out there if you search.

Also, I ordered my Princeton Tec Swerve tail light. I'll review that when it comes in, probably today or tomorrow!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tough time deciding on a light: help wanted

The dark comes quick now-a-days. The new time change this year caught me off guard. I've given up on my DIY light, the battery pack from my old drill didn't hold much of a charge and the design left me far from satisfied. Thus I've decided to buy a nice light. I'm happy with my Serfas 1 watt blinking light, and the cateye, both mostly for being seen, though, work in a pinch (a slow pinch). What I'm looking for is something to really light my path, probably helmet mounted but not required.
I'm leaning the Princeton Tec way but I want some input from people with nice setups. I'm wanting to stay sub 240$ or so. I know that gives a lot of room, but at that price there's a lot of variety and that's why I'm stuck.

I'll also be adding a Princeton Tec Swerve. Looks to be a great rear blinky.

On a similar side note, this Halloween I noticed a biker riding along a street about a block away from me, he had some CRAZY bright headlights (I believe 3, 2 on top and one directly under) and a really bring tail light. I wanted to ask him what they were but he was too far ahead for me to talk to him. Later, a few blocks away, he's coming at me again, this time on the same street so I call out "Sir- can I ask you about your headlights???" and as he came closer to me, not in any way realizing I was talking to him, I noticed it was not a "sir" rather a young kid on some kind of crazy bike. It had the really bright headlights and the tail light had a blinker (I'm not looking for anything like that). So, I was left confused, standing on the side of the road with my wife thinking I'm a nut case (probably what the kid thought too)...
I looked all over the net trying to find any similar lights or bike equipped with such lights but no such luck so I'm guessing this kid's got a really cool dad or mom and gave him the hook up. This all transpired in lakeside so if you know who this is and what kind of lights they were please pass on that info to me!