May 22, 2012 Adam Ziskin
This post has been long overdue, as O2 Rainwear has been following FatCyclist.Com for years now. But for those that don’t keep up with and/or know of this gem, it’s never to late to dive in. FatCyclist.Com was inspired by a dude named Elden, but whom prefer’s to be called “Fatty” for many reasons. The blog was launched to assist Fatty in losing weight, as nothing was working. Biking was his true passion. He came to the realization that “humiliation” was the only “diet tactic” he hadn’t tried, and whallah, here is FatCyclist.Com cataloging his daily weight, good or bad, which tapped into his inner motivational gas pedal, and he was heavy footed from here on out. Mind you, Fatty is a father of four, with a full-time job, a passion to be on his bike a lot, the blog took on a deeper role for its fans and weight-loss seeking followers as well as attracted new comers as Fatty lost his wife to breast cancer. Since that time, the blog has some what taken on something bigger than Fatty himself, as cancer hits home to almost everyone these days. The blog has put on events that have raised tons of money for cancer research & helped many open up and find themselves again after tragic loss or current diagnosis. Don’t get us wrong, Fatty’s blogs are hilarious, unique, creative, and not just about biking, losing weight, or cancer, its a worthy read at all times and tackles almost any topic that comes into the head of a cycling father of four that has a knack for journalism. O2 Rainwear was given the honor of supporting one of Fatty’s unique fundraising events called The 100 Miles of Nowhere. #100MoN is basically a century event, not a race, that sells out within a few hours of registration opening, allowing 500+ participants to donate to a good cause, get some killer gifts from supporting companies such as Twin Six, Banjo Brothers, Bike Monkey, & O2 Rainwear, and motivate using the honor system to go kill 100 miles of road or gravel, at your own pace, in your own hood, and for your own health. Its beautiful. To not know about Fatty is a crime, so check yourself, and check into FATCYCLIST.COM
April 24, 2012 Adam Ziskin
RoadBikeRider.Com is a site dedicated to the love of riding on the pavement. It doesn’t discriminate who you are, if you have a passion for the road, this site wants you. Whether you’re a beginner, a recreational rider, a purist, or a pro, RoadBikeRider.Com is speaking to you and shares your enthusiasm for getting out there at any level. They offer reviews, tips, expert advice, and knowledge all to make you a better road enthusiast for life.
Obviously if you are going to be road riding, at some point, you’ll be caught in the rain or head out in the rain on purpose. Nothing. Stops. You. Regardless of price & attributes, O2 Rainwear has something for everyone. Waterproof, Breathable, Lightweight, Compact, and Affordable.
O2 Rainwear is honored to have multiple reviews on RBR, done by the legendary ultracyclist himself, Ken Bonner. For those that are reading his name for the first time, Ken holds the course record for the British Columbia Rocky Mountain 1200k and several UltraMarathon Cycling Association point-to-point records. When he’s not also running marathons, he’ll put on about 18,000 miles a year on the saddle. So he knows what he is talking about when it comes to gear as he depends on it as much as anyone.
You can read all of his reviews of O2 Rainwear by clicking on the links below.
O2 Rainwear Nokomis Jacket Review HERE
O2 Rainwear Calhoun Jacket Review HERE
O2 Rainwear Original Cycling Jacket Review HERE
April 5, 2012 Adam Ziskin
ARTCRANK™ is a gift to the world, let’s just start there. Its foundation is cemented with the marriage of two of the purist forms of happiness known to us. Freedom of expression (in the form of posters) and freedom of confinement (in the form of self propulsion on two wheels). Slap those two concepts together, add some great beer, sweet sweet music, a good charitable cause, some delicious eats, stir for 2 minutes, and you get one of the best events known to our universe, ARTCRANK.
It currently hosts events in 10 cities, one being London, so it is officially an international player. But more importantly than where it is, is what it does. ARTCRANK is a show of bicycle-inspired posters. It gives local artists of the host city free exposure, something local artists are always screaming for. It also gives the community of the host city exposure to these talented artists they may not have known otherwise. And to top it off, the posters are extremely affordable, even a 10 year old kid with a weekend neighborhood lemonade stand could save up enough to get at least one poster he/she was salivating after.
ARTCRANK was created in 2007 by the extremely creative Charles Youel. Sure we can brag yet again about how killer it is that it was born in Minneapolis, the number one bicycling city in the United States of America. Minneapolis isn’t short of amazing companies in the bike, arts, & brewery scenes. But setting that aside, at its roots, ARTCRANK is a brilliant concept, and even more brilliant end-product. It is only starting to break out of its infancy shell, but it could easily be a jolly bicycle-inspired poster giant for the rest of eternity.
You need to visit their site here ARTCRANK.COM and/or check out their facebook page here ARTCRANK on FACEBOOK or follow the brilliant ideas & comments daily on twitter at @ARTCRANK.
The next event is in Minneapolis on April 14th, 2012. Learn more at www.ArtCrank.com/Minneapolis
March 19, 2012 Adam Ziskin
The international cyclocross community has been dealt a unique platform for their specific niche in the bicycling world. It is called www.CrossBikeReview.com CXBR is an ambitious sucker punch to the cyclocross universe, hitting hard with a proactive approach to gear solutions as well as auditioning the best gear for the CycloCross addict. It was O2 Rainwear’s Calhoun Jacket that was their latest audition, and it got the part with ease. Waterproof, breathable, lightweight, and compact. Nothing. Stops. You. Check out their review at CrossBikeReview of O2 Rainwear’s Calhoun Jacket
December 27, 2011 Adam Ziskin
When it rains it pours, yes, pun intended. BikeCommuters.Com has been extremely nice to us as of late. We don’t advertise with them (yet), so their actions are coming from a true place of bike commuting & products that help the cause, which is why we are stoked to hear how well our review went. Not only has it been raining in the state of Ohio for Jack “Ghost Rider” Sweeney, one of the brilliant writers/testers for BikeCommuters.Com, to go out and make the worst weather his best ride (Our motto), but he’s been killing it with our waterproof, breathable, lightweight, & compact O2 Rainwear Calhoun Jacket! We are literally turning him into a true Midwesterner (he’s originally used to beaches & sunshine rides). He’s riding in temperature below freezing! So props to him on that front, and once again, thanks to BikeCommuters.Com and all the bike commuting junkies out there for taking notice to us. Nothing. Stops. You. CHECK OUT THE GREAT REVIEW HERE
December 5, 2011 Adam Ziskin
We had a first this season. For the first time in the history of gift guide’s, somebody chose to put O2 Rainwear within the box of tricks one should choose to give to a special someone (including themselves) over the holiday season. That “somebody” was BikeCommuters.Com . BikeCommuters.com is a site where you can find up to the minute information on all bike commuting products, news, and random bike culture anecdotes. Its a great daily go-to for staying in the know. Among the cool recommendations that BikeCommuters.Com had, such as BanjoBrothers and Portland Design Works, they highlighted our waterproof, breathable, lightweight, and compact O2 Rainwear Calhoun Jacket! Can we be more happy? Shall we make a toast to this? Absolutely! So sip on whatever adult beverage of your liking, and cheers to BikeCommuters.Com for kicking ass & looking our way. CHECK IT OUT with the link below!
BIKECOMMUTER.COM’s GIFT GUIDE
October 14, 2011 Adam Ziskin
Who the hell wants a burly adventure? Who the hell wants an epic confrontation with their will to endure the most arctic of ultra events? Well swallow this. The Arrowhead 135 is 135 miles across Northern Minnesota virtually all on the Arrowhead State Snowmobile Trail from I-Falls to Tower, MN at the Fortune Bay Casino. You may bicycle, ski or go by foot. In their 8th year, while starting with about 10 entrants in 2005 to 120+ actual starters in 2011, and featuring arguably many of the best winter ultra-athletes in the world, it is the “ultra” winter test.
From their website; “Historically one of the coldest gosh darn races anyplace including even the Arctic, check the average temps, virtually every year luck has us at -30 to -40C/F. Arrowhead 135 Inc is a Minnesota Not-For-Profit Organization of local athletes/volunteers dedicated to the promotion of human powered ultra-endurance events across the scenic and rugged Arrowhead Region of Northern Minnesota. Our mission is to foster national and international amateur ultra endurance sports such as mountain-biking, cross-country skiing and trail running. We strive to educate the community on extreme endurance sports safety and winter camping. The goal of the organization is to offer a small, fun, educational, yet challenging ultra-endurance event in extreme trail and weather conditions for the benefit of communities in Northern Minnesota.”
O2 Rainwear is a proud sponsor of the 2012 Arrowhead 135.
Check out their site here: ARROWHEAD 135
September 23, 2011 Adam Ziskin
A Site by Mountain Bikers for Mountain Bikers
We knew our Nokomis Series was the end-all for all hardcore cyclist. We make our gear for for anyone that can get on a bike and for any elements that is thrown your way while riding. Hell yeah we were pumped when a mountain biker wanted to review our gear, we knew it would receive the same positive praise as our recreational & road reviewers have in the past. MTBR.COM is "a site by Mountain Bikers for Mountain Bikers." They do Pro Reviews that are extremely detailed as you will notice. Brian Mullin at http://www.gramslightbikes.com/ was our Pro Reviewer, and SPOILER ALERT, we received 4.5 outta 5 Flammin' Chili Peppers! READ THE REVIEW HERE
August 16, 2011 Adam Ziskin
Josh King reviewed the Nokomis Jacket at CommutebyBike.Com. You can read the insightful review right HERE
Commute By Bike has been active since the spring of 2005. All the contributors to this site have a wealth of experience and commuting history. They believe that bicycles can solve many of the worlds issues, relieve stress, and create a healthy lifestyle.
“Josh King lives in Seattle, where he commutes by bike every day, rain or shine. He switched to full-time single speed commuting in 2010. You can read his thoughts on going gearless at www.singlespeedseattle.com”
June 29, 2011 Adam Ziskin
Nick Burklow, a serious commuter & bike lifestyle contributor at BikeRumor.Com, has been trying out our Nokomis Jacket & Pant for over 3 months. We could not be happier with his experience and review giving 4.5 out of 5 thumbs up. WOO HOO. You can read the review here –> BIKERUMOR.COM REVIEW OF NOKOMIS SERIES
According to their site, BikeRumor.Com was “launched in June 2008 by some cyclists who just really enjoy everything about bikes as a way to share information that all cycling fanatics could enjoy.” They focus on featuring the latest, greatest bike gadgets, news, rumors and trends with a small attention to race coverage.
June 6, 2011 Adam Ziskin
The good folks at BICYCLING MAGAZINE gave us a very positive online review of the Calhoun Jacket & Pants. You can read it here. –> BICYCLING MAGAZINE REVIEW
May 23, 2011 Adam Ziskin
According to their website, “Urban Velo is a reflection of the cycling culture in current day cities. Our readers are encouraged to contribute their words and art. We pay real American dollars for published submissions—get in touch with your ideas.”
Read what they had to say about O2 on the link below!
UrbanVelo.Org Showcases O2 Rainwear!