vernonfelton

I'm bald. I've been riding since 1986 and writing about it professionally since 1997. I was Editor in Chief of Bike Magazine, as well as Gear Editor, Web Editor, Senior Editor and Editor at Large. I like pork.

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Jan 14, 2017 at 8:10
Jan 14, 2017
Vernon Felton's Top 10 - Opinion
@ridestuff: We Feltons run pretty thick in New Orleans. We're 7th Ward.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 14, 2017 at 8:08
Jan 14, 2017
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That's one of Joey Schusler's adventures--this time in Mongolia.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 13, 2017 at 18:56
Jan 13, 2017
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@airtym: The AeroPress comes with a black scoop, which is roughly equivalent to two tablespoons. IN short, I'm using about four tablespoons of whole beans per cup. Never measured them after I ground them up and I never buy ground beans because they oxidize too fast and the flavor goes to shit quick.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 13, 2017 at 8:53
Jan 13, 2017
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@yerbikesux: The Bialetti does make good coffee. Agreed. As for the AeroPress, you can get a little steel filter--big improvement over futzing with the paper ones.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 13, 2017 at 8:50
Jan 13, 2017
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@bogey: You should trademark that one. It just flows off the lips...
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 21:15
Jan 12, 2017
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@jdendy: I'm quoting the MSRP supplied to me by Shimano America at the time of the product's initial release. At some point, though, I guess it's all moot--XT is supposed to be more expensive (whether you are looking at the original MSRP supplied by Shimano or CRC's most recent accounting of the MSRP) than what you will actually find XT selling for online. That's the bottom line. Looking at our most recent Online Deals post, you can pick up the 1x XT kit for $330 USD (around $300). My point in the write up was to reflect the reality that riders face when considering whether or not to buy the group. When I do reviews of products I always include the official MSRP and I suppose I could've in this case as well. Since this wasn't a review, I didn't feel it necessary, but clearly enough people at bike shops are bummed about my not printing the MSRP that I'll certainly keep it in mind the next time around. I hear you. Cheers.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 21:07
Jan 12, 2017
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Very different bikes. The Switchblade is a more capable descender and is in the same general class as the Hightower. The Mojo 3 is a very capable and fun trail bike whereas the Switchblade is more of an all-mountain/enduro kind of rig. If I had to have just one bike and I was choosing between the two, it'd be the Switchblade because it opens up more ride options, but that Mojo 3 is pretty bad ass. I guess a lot of it, as usual, comes down to where you ride most.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 21:05
Jan 12, 2017
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@aldousfilcher: Agreed on the point that it doesn't make espresso--as I mentioned in the rant, it's closer to an americano (espresso diluted with hot water to approximate the kind of coffee americans traditionally drank). That said, it comes across as a nice, rich americano-style coffee (freshness of your beans and the actual bean variety, roast quality, etc. all having their own role in the final product as well). Haven't tried the Chemex. Gotta look into that one.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 20:59
Jan 12, 2017
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@coney: I'm willing to make that argument. I know, it doesn't look possible. The AeroPress looks like a bad idea--I was skeptical as all hell myself. Then I tried it. Haven't gone back.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 14:03
Jan 12, 2017
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Grind coffee beans (burr grinder for uniform consistency) at medium fine setting (too fine and it's a bear to compress the sucker, too coarse and the resulting coffee will be weak). Install cap and metal filter (I prefer their metal filter to the paper ones...less hassle). Add grounds. Put the rig on top of mug. Pour in water that has just begun to boil in kettle. Stir thoroughly with spoon, knife or whatever I can get away with. Let steep about 30 seconds. Plunge away. Done. Instant awesome. As tedious as that all sounds, it only takes about 45 seconds, max. Most of that is steep time. Side note, my people are from New Orleans and we have a way of brewing coffee that is actually fairly labor intensive, but does make the finest cup of coffee in the world. You need a French Drip coffee pot (nothing like a French press) and chicory coffee and evaporated milk and some time and patience, but man.....it'll ruin you forever on any other coffee (my apologies in advance for insulting every other nation/culture and their coffee drinking habits). Since I rarely sit down and make a religious ceremony of my coffee making these days, the AeroPress is the next best thing.
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