I LOVE travelling with the Sci Con Aerocomfort bag. It is incredibly easy to pack and so far I have travelled as far as Maui with my road bike and off to Fernie with my mountain bike and the bag has performed most excellent.
In choosing between this bag and the hard case, I have chosen the hard case for my time trial bike for racing only because of the disc wheel. I am on the fence as to whether that would travel well in this bag or not and whether I should figure out a way to extra super reinforce it? I will let you know after I talk about it with the uber-knowledgable Mark Andrews.
In order to pack my mountain bike, I used through axle adaptors for my bike rack inside the bag to hold the front fork. I ended up not worrying about the rear axle and instead just tied the rear of the bike down to the frame. SciCon has said they are going to offer adaptors for this frame inside the bag to accommodate mountain bikes. For road machines, however, this bag is unparalleled in design and ease of use.
Although the lineup of partners for the 2013 season looks almost identical to that of 2012, there will be one significant change of note that I thought I would take a moment to recognize.
AVIA was wonderful in offering years of support to myself and many athletes, particularly those in off road racing. Through AVIA I met a lot of great people with interesting backgrounds. I learned a lot about shoe technology and was given the opportunity to think about what I really like in a shoe which has helped me as an athlete to learn what really does work for me.
AVIA will not be continuing with endurance in the future and I am excited to announce that I will be running as well as cycling under the Shimano umbrella for the coming season. I will be running in Pearl Izumi shoes and as I get more experience with the shoes I will be posting my thoughts on them for you to consider.
I am excited to further my relationship with the Shimano family by adding Pearl Izumi run shoes as they represent one of my longest relationships in sport.
This year Shimano will be rolling out a number of fancy pro bikes including my own with the new 11 speed Di2 group FC-9000. It just keeps getting better and better.
Thank you to Trek, Bontrager, Rudy Project, Powerbar, Polar, Shimano, Champion System, Cycleops, Nineteen wetsuits, ESI grips and USANA for the opportunity to go after that 70.3 Worlds event with vigor this season. Kicking things off with the event in Panama which is entirely too early but will be a good test to see where things are at early in the year. Certainly Oceanside will be the main focus for the start of the season but due to the points chase I chose to go to a race to get some points on the board early and try to not be in the hunt late in the season.
Thank you again, AVIA, for everything. Sorry to see you go but I only wish you guys the best as you establish yourself in sport.
Stay tuned as I test what PI shoe fits these feets the best;)
The first video of the 2013 season is a love letter to Maui, Hawaii. Thank you to the Cronquists for sharing Xmas and lots of yoga with me, to the Jackson’s for homestaying me, for Jodi Jackson for swimming with me, for Aaron for watching NFL with me, to Steve and Jackie riding West Maui with me and for all of you for inspiring me. Here’s to our best season yet!