See that red ouchie looking line? That is how I feel (down to the knee).

Sciatica and Cycling

High level summary: If you are having sciatic pain, get an MRI to know in more detail what is going on Go to physical therapy My particular issue is the L5/S1 is about 5 millimeters to the right, pushing on the sciatic nerve (and causing pain) If you are a cyclist, have your physical therapist…

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Cyclist Tramp Stamp

I was doing a lot of trail biking before sciatica hit (a little over two months ago). Sciatica is a general term for lower back pain caused by the sciatic nerve being pinched. It’s pretty darn painful and has kept me off my feet for several weeks. Well, it still hurts but I’m sick of…

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Hero Kit Review

Today’s post is a Hero Kit Review! The Hero Kit is an all in one bicycling kit. There are several different kits, but the one I’m reviewing today is the Mountain Biking Hero Kit. In full disclosure, Hero Kit reached out to me to see if I was interested in trying out their product. They…

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Mountain Biking in Idyllwild

The other weekend I went mountain biking in Idyllwild, a mountain community in Southern California. I’ve always seen the sign for Idyllwild while driving to Las Vegas, and now, finally, got to see what this place was about! There are hundreds of single track trails criss crossing the mountain side, alone with some easily bike-able…

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Giveaway: Hydrapak Soft Flasks!

Sick of trying to get to your energy gel/goo and getting it all over your hands and having that icky sticky wrapper after you are done? Well, there is a solution for that! The Hydrapak Soft Flask, which comes in a 5 oz and an 8 oz size. And thanks to Hydrapak, I have two…

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Duct Tape is not Rim Tape

My trail bike got a flat. Nothing new for anyone that has a bike, except this is the first time I’ve had a flat for the rear tire of the trail bike. Long time readers with amazing memory will recall that I stole this bike from a friend who was neglecting it (for the price…

Road ID Comparison

Road ID Comparison: Slim vs Elite

After sadly realizing that I need yet another Road ID due to the fact that the emergency contact on my current one will probably just let me die if they were contacted for an emergency, I ordered a Road ID slim. The thing I liked most about the slim was that I didn’t feel obligated…

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Bike Handle Bars – Optimal bra drying racks

I had posted about this on the Thrown Chain Facebook a few days ago but figured photo evidence could always be fun. Ladies backed me up on this, but perhaps dudes need some more info. You see, dudes, bras are hella expensive and super delicate. So you can’t be putting them in the dryer; they…

Parkour and Women

Have you heard of parkour? It’s essentially free style running/jumping/gymnastic craziness all over an urban environment. It’s pretty intense to watch. Here’s a vid: I’ve watched some of the training videos; I can run, jump, but this back flip stuff? Hell no. I’m one of the least flexible humans ever; another reason why cycling is…