Big Bear Test Run…

As usual, I like giving myself a test run on ventures like this when possible. 50 miles and 5,000 ft. of climbing by no means is an incredible endeavor, but I also liken myself to having the average fitness level of a 40 year old dude who rides on weekends and has too much good food and whiskey on all other days off the bike. 🙂

Why do I punish myself via a single speed run up this wonderful mountain? Because the inception of this idea was a selfish one, collect sponsors, get cool stuff, and spread my adventure via social media.

After, realizing the good a humble event like this could cause I asked fellow cyclist to join me and also asked that they donate to the same charities I have picked to benefit from our punishing ourselves up a mountain on two wheels.

So this Sunday marks round two of this journey and I hope it acts as inspiration to all of you (cyclist, or not) to take your passions and dream up a way to help your communities in the same way I used mine!


Ivan @diseno__


Athlete Feature: Patrick Seabase – Asmawa

…People think you need money, think you need facilities, people to teach you how to do this when really if you love it you will define your own way and achieve your goal. People have been diluted for the whole of cycling history into thinking that all these gears and all these technologies are the way forward and its not, its going back to yourself…

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Click the photo to view the full documentary.

Review: Empire Giro ACC

The “Not So Pro” review of:

The Giro Empire ACC, for the cyclist looking to upgrade yet another, and very vital, point of contact. Expect ZERO hotspots, ultimate shock absorption from the Easton® EC90™ ACC full carbon sole, as well as maximum stability felt both in pushing and in pulling on your pedals.

Out on my first ride and the shoe felt incredibly stiff. I was amazed by the power transfer I felt and didn’t mind the slight cramped toes as I was expecting the shoe to give and stretch a bit as it broke in. After my second ride in the Empires I felt the shoe conform to my feet better while not sacrificing security and stiffness in my pedal strokes whether, climbing, cruising, or powering through a sprint.





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Price Point:
Retailing at $275 plus tax and shipping, this shoe is not for the novice rider. Unless you’re a loaded novice well then help yourself!

Pluses – Maximum Support, Reliability and Performance, Comfort, and Styling to make Non – Podium Placers (Me!) look pro!
Minuses – Now I am broke…

– For the Gear Head’s Notes on this review continue on below!


One-piece upper design; Premium Evofiber™ breathable microfiber; Laced closure
Easton® EC90 ACC carbon fiber; Replaceable heel pads
SuperNatural Fit Kit with adjustable arch support; X-Static® anti-microbial fiber
215 grams (size 42.5)


Ivan – @diseno__