Im a bit all over the place when it comes to the gear I use and the bikes I ride. I was a bike messenger for years and I spent my days hustling documents all over downtown Richmond year-round, so durability and simplicity was paramount and it has stuck with me for a long time. Im also an avid mountain biker and raced (survived) a few seasons of downhill courses, but the trails around Richmond call for a bike that climbs as well as it descends. The new Specialized Camber is the best mountain bike I've ever owned—it just does it all. In addition to year-round city riding and trail shredding, I am a veteran Hardcourt Bike Polo Player and have competed in tournaments and World Championships all over North America and Europe. After 10 years of swinging a mallet I've seen the sport evolve from a DIY rough and tumble free-for-all, to a highly organized and skilled sweet science.
Here are a few of my favorite things:
Giro Privateer shoes - These are solid trail shoes that are stiff and light but still very affordable. The ratcheting strap is a must-have for dialing in your fit. These are my go-to shoes for all things xc and commuting.
Park Tool Rescue Tool and KMC Quick link - Nothing ruins a ride like needing a simple repair and not having the proper tools to get you going again. The Park Rescue Tool has everything you need and nothing you don't. Pair it with a quick link, some CO2 canisters, a spare tube and you're pretty much covered.
Lizard Skins Northshore Lock On Grips- Grippy, comfy and lots of padding. Great for huckjammin'.
Bern Brentwood helmet - I love Bern helmets for bike polo and commuting. They're tough, cool and comfy. While I like a little more ventilation and weight savings when I'm on the trail, these helmets are awesome for bombing around town.
Phil Wood Waterproof Grease: If it has threads, it gets greased. And if you're going to use grease, use the best. This stuff is great for threads, bearings, seatposts and bottom brackets. Super waterproof and durable too.
Kryptonite Mini U-lock and Fabric Horse holster- The Kryptonite Mini U-lock is a must have for city riding and Carrie at Fabric Horse has been making me awesome stuff that Ive been using for years, the U-lock holsters are tough and smart and they fit the Mini U-lock perfectly.
Fixcraft bike polo equipment - meet the latest and greatest in hardcourt bike polo equipment. Fixcraft makes purpose-built gear and bikes designed for bike polo and we sell their products right here at CBC. Curious about bike polo? Just ask me.
Shimano XT trail pedals - I've experimented with other brands for a few years but always found myself reverting back to Shimano. Nowadays I keep a pair of SPDs on all of my bikes. The XT trail pedal is hands down my favorite MTB pedal in terms of durability and affordability. The tried and true SPD system delivers awesome power transfer and the larger platform offers greater comfort and control on technical terrain.