Monday, May 25, 2009

Backcountry.com Launches Road Bike Site - RealCyclist.com


RealCyclist.com is here.

Introducing the world’s first exclusive road cycling specialty shop online

PARK CITY, UTAH (May 21, 2009) — There are online retailers that sell bikes and there are online retailers that sell only bikes but, until today, there has never before been an online retailer that sells only road bikes — and only premium, high-end, top-dollar road bikes at that. But now there’s RealCyclist.com. It is the first exclusive road cycling online retail specialty shop in the world.

Real Cyclist features only the most honed and perfectly crafted bikes, components and accessories from the industry brand names that kick start your heart and make you sweat before you even gear up and ride. Best-in-class brands like Pinarello, Colnago, Look, Litespeed, Campy, Shimano, Zipp, FSA, Castelli, Hincapie, Craft and Capo Forma are only a few clicks and next-day delivery away.

Our inventory is as deep as it is elite. We stock more than 6,000 products from 130 brands, because when you know what you want and you want it right now, “sorry” just won’t cut it. We’re transparent in that you can always see the inventory on hand. (Yes, we really do have 13 $4,500 Litespeed Archons in stock.) We believe in the product, so we order the product. We also know that while drop shipping may be easiest on a retailer, it’s never easiest on a customer. When you order a fully built bike, frame, wheels, components or clothing from RealCyclist.com, your order is immediately fulfilled at our own distribution center, professionally packaged, and shipped directly to you.

We’re not going to lie here. Shopping on Real Cyclist is in no way as much of a senses feast as actually running your hands along the bikes, lifting them, jumping in the saddle, and smelling the lube and tires, but at least you can do it 24/7. Each product page includes super-detailed tech-specs, sizing charts, and product images. And, unlike any other cycling retailer anywhere — online or off — our customers play a leading role in providing product information. The Real Cyclist community (made up of you and other riders like you) provides reviews, asks and answers questions, and posts images. An entire world of riders is on hand to share their own first-hand knowledge with you and everyone else on the site. This takes doing your gear research to a whole new level.

Plus, all the RealCyclist.com employees are passionate roadies. Their thigh-to-ankle, bicep-to-wrist, and neck-to-forehead tan lines are one dead giveaway; their shaved legs are another. But what really sets them apart is their unmatched knowledge of cycling, their (unrequited) love of the gear, and their full-on dedication to deliver the most comprehensive, friendliest, and best service to each of our customers. You will never get snobby, holier-than-thou, shop-guy treatment from anyone at Real Cyclist. Ever.

We build and ship fully built bikes, ready to ride just moments after you sign the UPS guy’s e-pad and tear the tape from the box. So you need to know that only USA Cycling race-certified bike mechanics will ever touch your bikes. And if what you get just isn’t working for you, we have an unlimited 30-day return policy. No questions asked. No problem.

As a little incentive for you to give us a test ride, the first 20 people to place an order for more than $1,000 on RealCyclist.com get a free Real Cyclist team kit. Check this out for more details.

RealCyclist.com is another in Backcountry.com’s family of core bike stores, including HuckNroll.com for mountain bikers and the two ODAT (one-deal-at-a-time) stores: Chainlove.com (mountain biking) and Bonktown.com (road riding).

About Backcountry.com:
RealCyclist.com is owned by Backcountry.com — an online retailer of high-end outdoor gear and center for gear knowledge online. Backcountry.com carries more than 400 brands in various categories, including backpacking, camping, cycling, hiking, climbing, trail running, paddling, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and adventure travel. Backcountry also operates Bonktown.com, Chainlove.com, HuckNroll.com, SteepandCheap.com, Dogfunk.com, Tramdock.com, WhiskeyMilitia.com, and Brociety.com. Backcountry.com is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Interactive Group (Nasdaq: LINTA).

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Backcountry.com Launches Mountain Bike Site - HuckNroll.com

PARK CITY, UTAH (May 21, 2009) — Starting today, there’s HuckNroll.com, a store dedicated to dirt riders and our take-your-personal-best-and-shove-it-up-your-ass, meat-hucking, scab-picking habit known as mountain biking.

HuckNroll.com is an online mountain bike shop. You heard right. Online. And we wouldn’t be putting it lightly to say that the bike industry didn’t want us. The consensus when we first approached suppliers about launching a high-end online mountain bike shop was, “It will never work, the bike industry is different.” Our response? “Damn right, it’s different. It’s the last industry in existence to accept the Internet as a viable sales channel.”

So we went for it. And along the way we’ve made friends with the industry’s best. In fact, the raddest brands in the biz are snubbing the status quo to team up with us. (They mentioned something about Specialized and Trek pushing them out of bike shops…) We’re stocking more than 6,000 products from 130 high-end bike-specific brands. We have components from Shimano, Race Face, Truvativ, Avid, Easton, and Gravity; apparel and accessories from Fox Racing, Troy Lee Designs, POC, Sombrio, Dakine, Endura, and Zoic; and complete bikes from Santa Cruz, Intense, Titus, Look and Rocky Mountain. (We’re the only authorized online dealer of Rocky Mountain in the U.S.)

HucknRoll.com is staffed by mountain bike gear freaks (including that dude who rambles on about the frame geometry of the 1993 Fat Chance Yo Eddy every time he laces a wheel). Only USA Cycling race-certified bike mechanics will touch your bikes, and only fully trained customer service gearheads will take your calls and answer your live chats. Our goal is to provide, hands down, the best customer lovin’ in the industry.

HucknRoll is community-powered, with gear reviews, Q&A, and images all submitted by you and other riders on the site. That means you get the god’s honest truth on the goods, whether the guys that make the bikes like it or not.

We mentioned our friends. As more proof that we have some, log on to HuckNroll.com/sweepstakes to check out the vid of pros and bros who at least humored us enough to say our name on camera. If you can ID all 15 in order, you’ll get the chance to win $2.9k-worth of gear, including an Intense Tracer VP frame, a Giro helmet and gloves, and an ass-load of Cutter swag.

HuckNroll.com is another store from Backcountry.com, who pretty much realized that skiers and climbers don’t know jack shit about mountain biking. Probably against their better judgment, they gave us some room to do what we do, the way we want to do it. We are proudly related to Chainlove.com, as well as the two shave-your-legs-to-your-scrawny-buttocks roadie sites: RealCyclist.com and Bonktown.com.

So here we go, y’all. It’s a whole new day in the bike world. We don’t give a rat’s ass if you love us or hate us, but we’re here and we’re open for business.

About Backcountry.com:
HuckNroll.com is owned by Backcountry.com—an online retailer of high-end outdoor gear and center for gear knowledge online. Backcountry.com carries more than 400 brands in various categories, including backpacking, camping, cycling, hiking, climbing, trail running, paddling, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and adventure travel. Backcountry also operates RealCyclist.com, Bonktown.com, Chainlove.com, SteepandCheap.com, Dogfunk.com, Tramdock.com, Brociety.com and WhiskeyMilitia.com. Backcountry.com is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Interactive Group (Nasdaq: LINTA).

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Video For Montrail Presentation - Seattle 2009

i'm sitting here on a sunny sunday putting together video for my montrail presentation with sean meissner. the presentation is wed may 13th at the mountain hardwear store in seattle. here are some of the good video clips i've dug up over the last three or so years of my life in the ultra scene. i'll be sure to publish the whole thing at some point, but i thought i'd share the good clips.













i am overwhelmed with video and reformatting it to be able to edit it. ugh.
this is the last one i'll post.

in august 2008 i joined karl meltzer during his appalachian assault. he made a valiant effort to break the 47 day appalachian trail record (2,174 miles). i joined him from the start on mount katahdin through maine and into new hampshire, where we are both from. the maine section is considered the roughest section of the appalachian trail. we also had the misfortune of having monsoon weather, which caused higher rivers than anyone had seen in 40+ years. at least it made for good video!




Friday, May 8, 2009

Montrail Presentation


MARK THE CALENDARS FOR THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!
May 13, 2009 6pm at the Mountain Hardwear Store Seattle

so far i've given two presentations on ultrarunning for montrail at their mountain hardwear stores. it's always good fun to show some pics and video and geek out talking about running.

this time around it will be even better.. because sean meissner and i are doing it together! here is the montrail press (.pdf w/more info on it).

for me this is simply about putting my passion on display in hopes you will catch the bug. my goal is to simply inspire you to run trail... period.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Montrail Shoe In - Win Some Shoes!

Every day in May, Montrail will award a free pair of shoes to a Facebook fan, as part of our Montrail Daily Shoe-In promotion. What does that mean for you? Well, become a fan of Montrail on Facebook, and your name will be in the hat. If you win, you can choose from all our styles, any color. Find Montrail on Facebook, click on the "Become a Fan" link, and you're automatically entered. The sooner you sign up, the more chances you have to win. Good luck!