Daily Archives: 03/05/2019

Bikes + Coffee + Winter = Magic

Words and imagery by Kona Ambassador, Trevor Browne.

Time is slipping away at too fast a rate these days. This seems to be especially true in the mornings. While hurrying to make breakfast, I’m usually juggling my time between having a shower, checking the latest Instagram post, getting annoyed by the barrage of unread messages already piling up in my inbox and kids screaming at me to take them to school. All while my coffee and oatmeal get cold. Sound familiar?

Maybe there is a way that can give us a little reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the morning schedule. It would be nice to just slow down, reclaim your life, enjoy the outdoors and maybe sneak in a little extra time on the morning bike commute to work. The solution is called #coffeeoutside and it’s nothing new. Many groups around this small world of ours have been meeting up on two wheels for a while now, to just slow down and brew up a good cup of joe. Imagine a quiet half hour where you can just meet with a friend or group of friends (hell, I’ve even done it solo) to make human and outdoor connections, and ease into enjoying a delicious cup of coffee. Think of #coffeeoutside as a way to fit some magic into your day. And yes, it is even possible to do this in the winter.

First things first. Schedule a morning where you and or your friends can set aside half an hour, or more, to make #coffeeoutside happen. It’s best to keep this consistent so that you always have something to look forward to and eventually have it become a habit. Once you’ve scheduled a morning that works the next step is to find a location. This preferably has a nice place to sit, possibly covered and out of the wind, not near a major traffic zone, and, if its winter, make sure there is easy access so that you aren’t trudging through two feet of snow. Luckily for me, I live in Montreal near a small mountain called Mount Royal, where there is a plethora of hideaways and paths, but any park will do.

Once you’ve booked a time and place and you are dressed warmly it’s now time to focus on making the coffee! There is a smorgasbord of options for this, but it all comes down to 5 elements: coffee, water, heat, brew method, and your favourite camp mug. The tools can be as complex or as simple as you want. I use an MSR Pocket Rocket bikepacking stove along with a 750ml pot, a Nalgene bottle to hold the water, some local fresh ground coffee, an Aeropress and my favorite Miir camp mug. If it’s really cold I might even forego the stove and Nalgene and just brew my coffee at home, pour it into a thermos and it’s ready to go once I arrive at my secret hideaway. Again, this is my method. The fun part is learning to use your own kit and refining your technique. If you are in a group, it’s always fun to see and learn about the wide variety of methods that people use. Oh, and don’t forget the snacks. If you’re in a group try taking turns buying some local fresh baked goods. Try using #adozendonutsoutside as a new hashtag!

It’s all about slowing down, making connections and doing something that is fun and active even if it’s in the middle of winter. Get outside, ride your bike, help build community, and conjure up some #coffeeoutside magic.

Crosstraining in Telluride

Words by Kona Ambassador, Becky Gardner.

Telluride, Colorado is an old mining town tucked away in a box canyon within the beautiful San Juan Mountains. Hidden away from mainstream Colorado, it is the winter gem of the western slope. Telluride is a dream for any winter enthusiast with an amazing resort constantly recognized as one of the best places to ski in the country, epic backcountry runs, miles of Nordic recreation, and a community full of talented athletes. Although this quaint town is a skier’s paradise it does push you to be creative in order to train for a bike season. After many winters spent in this small ski town I have created a training program to help myself get ready for the up and coming bike season.

The first part of my training plan is to transition from riding bikes into snowboarding. Luckily for me Telluride’s resort is full of steep terrain with plenty of hike-able areas to keep my legs strong all winter. When the snow is good I always hit the slopes. Tree runs are my favorite and I never seem to get bored of Telluride’s rugged runs. Once the snow settles and the storms die down a bit I typically switch gears into more touring and splitboarding than resort riding. This is my favorite outdoor recreation and reminds me so much of enduro racing because you can spend hours hiking up a hill for one epic run down. I love the feeling of earning your turns and touring at 10,000 plus feet can really get you in great shape quickly.

The second part of my training is cross country skiing, more specifically skate skiing. When the resort is crowded and sunbaked, the backcountry is unstable and I’m looking for something outside to do, I turn to skate skiing. I live right across the street from some awesome nordic trails and we often take the dogs over for a ski. This style of skiing works out muscles you never knew you had and is a fun way to get in a good workout while soaking up the bright Colorado sun. Here in Telluride, we have multiple Nordic trail systems making it easy to sneak in a quick workout wherever your day takes you.

Next up on my training plan are gym workouts and spin classes. I am religious about these workouts and keep to a strict schedule. We are fortunate enough to have a twenty-four hour gym called FUEL and a spin class studio called Pedal Den. Spin classes are taught by local powerhouse ladies who can kick your butt no matter what class you jump in on. These classes are crucial for me to keep my riding legs under me since riding outside daily is impossible. In addition to spin I frequently train in the gym as well. I have had several bad injuries throughout my years of biking and playing college soccer, including breaking my back which has forced me to become as lean and strong as possible. My go-to exercises consist of kettlebells, plyometrics, stretching, and running.

Photo by Ryan Wiegman

Lastly, I try and ride my bike whenever I can and am constantly on the lookout for dry trails to ride. Living on the western slope puts you a few hours from Grand Junction and Moab making it easy to get away to ride for a few days. I also make weekend trips to Salida, Colorado, where I live during Summer, to find rideable trails. This winter has been harder than most due to the amount of snow, which means little riding and a lot of winter sports.  As the snow dries up in the surrounding area I will find more and more trails to ride to get as much time in as possible before spring.

Photo by Ryan Wiegman

Telluride and the surrounding area also put on fat bike races throughout winter, such as the Silverton Whiteout and the Lone Cone Challenge. This year was my first time competing in a fat bike race and I was stoked to win the Lone Cone Challenge, a 25 mile fat bike race through the backcountry of Norwood, Colorado.  Although training for bike season in a ski town can be difficult, with a little creativity and a lot of inspiration it’s more than possible to get ready for the upcoming season.

I have about a month left of the ski season before I head west to California to hang out with my brother, and fellow Kona Ambassador, to get some pre-season riding in and kick off the bike season with the Dirty Sanchez Enduro.

Kona Dream Builds: Denny’s N+1 Ti Humuhumu

Minneapolis local Denny Royal, like many of you, is a Kona super fan. And as you may have guessed, this beautiful Ti Humuhumu is not Denny’s only Kona, in fact, it’s the third in his fleet. The Humuhumu sits alongside a Process 153 CR and a Honzo CR DL in his garage and completes his Kona family of bikes.

” I wanted to get myself something for my 50th birthday and this frame came to mind. The plan was to build something unique that I could totally have a blast with, putzing from brewery to brewery or connecting some single track in between said breweries. So with that, I set out to get a hold of one of these frames and build it up with my friends at Behind Bars here in Minneapolis. I tried keeping things pretty light but dependable on the build and this is where we ended up. “

We’ve seen a bunch of these Whiskey No.9 carbon MTB forks on a Few Dream Builds and we still cant get enough of them.

The 100m spaced, 15mm axle is home to a DT Swiss 350 front hub.

Cane Creek’s legendary 40 Series headset hold the Whiskey fork for in place.

Race Face Turbine cranks transfer the watts…

…While an 11 speed Shimano XT derailleur handles shifting dutires out back.

More Shimano XT by way of the brakes.

Slammed

The DT Swiss hubs are laced to WTB KOM rims with Kenda Small Block 8’s front and rear.

Thomson’s X4 80mm stem holds Whisky’s No.9 carbon bars in place.

Thomson’s legendary Elite seatpost is home for a Selle Italia Flite saddle.

And the whole build is finished off with this sexy Whisky bottle cage.