So apparently I had some incorrect information about the Backcountry Research Awesome Strap Race II which I shared yesterday. The correct information which will correct the incorrect information will be at the end of this post. If you need to know now, skip ahead. Otherwise, enjoy.
First off, I need to clear up some rumors that were on FaceBook last week. Less rumors and more something to pass time and entertain my FB "friends"... apparently some people didn't get the joke.
I've been approached by many non-FB friends regarding said rumors (that I started) congratulating me for my many recent accomplishments.
Time to clear the air.
UCI's recently enforced rule regarding factory racers not being allowed to race non-UCI/USACycling events. Nothing more.
The only thing that could be interpreted from my incessant blathering FacePresence would be that I had a very slow week at work.
Today may or not be a great day when the FedEx guy shows up. I ordered a little something custom for the Faster Mustache team. Something that costs money, something wicked cool, something nonreturnable...
So I was a little nervous when I got my shipping confirmation:
I'm still waiting (impatiently) on my Misfit caps. I've seen on Facebook that they are showing up all over the United States of Lower Canada.
And about that incorrect information that I need to correct.
I may have combined a few different email trails into one collective and wholly incorrect thought. A thought which once shared, sparked a flurry of emails to Backcountry Research regarding the all around disappoint.
The Race II is not discontinued.
It is not currently being redesigned.
All products are always considered for re-improvement at any moment. The folks at BR are always looking at new materials, sewing sequences, buckle do-dads, strap arrangements and whatnot. No current design is safe because if they see a way to make it better, they will. They are a small company who makes everything in-house, so changes can be made on the fly. Like when they made the original Tülbag bigger because not everybody carries such a tidy assortment of tools and repair items as me.
Even though they should.
The real reason the Race II was taken off the site was that some of the product shots of the strap were of colors/patterns that are no longer available. To avoid confusion, the strap was taken down until such time that they can get some new images taken. Nothing more.
It is correct that if any strap ever gets used wrong, it's the Race II. I've seen people get very confused looking at it, trying to figure out how in the hell it's supposed to go on the bike. Set up correctly, it's pretty bulletproof. Set up incorrectly, and it's gonna be a projectile launcher.
That's why you should watch this BEFORE trying to install one the first time:
That is all.
Wet weekend ahead.
Certainly a quality post coming up Monday.