Peace Coffee: Columbian Heavy Pedal Roast Review

This week we reviewed the Columbian Heavy Pedal Roast from Peace Coffee.

Peace Coffee has placed a clever WARNING LABEL on the package of their coffee…

Here’s are the “specs”

Bike delivering a trailer full of beans. True java to go. Bold flavor and fuel for the uphill. Sweetness on the way down. Rapid.

Roast Level: Medium Dark
Acidity: Medium – Winey
Body: Heavy
Aroma: Complex
Flavor Notes: Dark chocolate and raspberries. Clean finish.

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The Columbian Heavy Pedal Roast is a medium roast. Just think of it as notch up from the Birchwood Blend that we reviewed.

The beans grounded to a nice darker earthy tone. The aroma that hits your nose is very pleasant. The medium roast has that coffee scent everyone is familiar with, but it doesn’t have a burnt like smell that some Starbucks beans can have
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Just like the Birchwood Blend, we used the French Press to make the coffee. Again I first tested the flavor just plain black.

The Columbian Heavy Pedal Roast is a great medium blend coffee. This would be perfect for the rider that likes coffee but not strong like espresso. So its a great in between blend for those that “like it just right.” Acidity level is very low, I measure by seeing if I get a stomach ache and the runs after having a cup. As far as the flavors, Peace describes it as “dark chocolate and raspberries.” I’d have to agree, it was a bit hard to figure out at first, but as I had my second cup, I could definitely taste a dark chocolatey flavor. Just think of a smooth dark chocolate bar that’s been made into a drink. I couldn’t pickup the raspberry flavor, but there’s an obvious twinge of sweetness that hits your taste buds. Actually it doesn’t really it hit, it kinda just flirts with it, as it goes smoothly down your throat.

Peace Coffee describes the Columbian as “Bold flavor and fuel for the uphill. Sweetness on the way down. Rapid.” The coffee does provide a good pick me up, to help you in your morning rides. I say get some of this coffee, have it before you get on your bike in the morning and about 15 minutes before your ride in the afternoon. You basically get the same benefits of an energy drink, but no sugar, carbonation and it doesn’t cost you over $2.00 per serving. Again, a 1lb bag of this Peace Coffee is only $9.99. That should last you at least week or two.

Seattle Sports Waterproof Pannier — Long-Term Update

Way back in September of last year, I posted a review of the Seattle Sports “Fast Pack” waterproof pannier. Here’s how the bag looked when I first got it for review:

shiny new bag

Well, this bag has been on many journeys since last year…hundreds of miles of “soul crushing” loads of pointy-cornered hardbound library books, groceries, dress shoes, tools and assorted other weights. The bag is discolored from sun exposure, tree sap and road grime and has been through 15 or 20 rainstorms, cold weather and any other condition central Florida could throw at it. Here’s how the bag looks now:

she looks rough, but she's still tough!

My verdict on the pannier is this: this bag is indestructible. I’ve stored it outside for all these months on three different bikes, and the only time water ever entered it was when I left it open accidently and my neighbor’s poorly-aimed sprinkler shot over the fence and soaked the bag. Since the bag’s liner hangs from the rim of the external waterproof layer, I simply pulled the liner “inside out” and it dried in a matter of hours.

Despite the bag’s rather wretched appearance, there are no loose seams, gouges or tears anywhere on it. I’ve carried 40 lb. loads of books in there, fully expecting those corners to punch through, but this bag took it all and asked for more!

The mounting system continues to impress me…I’ve never bucked the pannier off its rack mounts despite those punishing loads and they hold tight to virtually every rack I’ve hung the bag on. That’s good quality and great design, in my opinion.

Sure, there are flashier bags out there with more features, but I appreciate the understated “workmanlike” appearance of these panniers. They get the job done without drawing too much attention to themselves. It’s like this: If you value your loads and need them to arrive clean, dry and safe, these panniers by Seattle Sports are hard to beat.

TheBikeGeek.com is now TheBikeGeek.net

The retarded people from HostDepartment.com (our first hosting company) allowed a cyber squatter to snatch my domain even though I was supposed to have the domain ‘for life’. Anyhow, while my dispute is still in process, we’ve switched TheBikeGeek.com to TheBikeGeek.net. By the way, the bike geek’s gas saving calculator was the first and the original, no matter what other sites may claim. That is why my gas savings calculator has been featured in Road Bike Action Magazine, VeloCulture.com and ranks higher on a google search.

Guest Article: “Unwritten Rules of Bicycle Commuting” by Matt FitzGerald

Matt FitzGerald:

I’ve been giving this some thought and have realized that there is an unwritten code of commuting by bicycle. No one else discusses this code and I cannot find a reason why it should remain shrouded in mystery. These aren’t rules to keep you safer or save you time, just things that make this whole bike commuting thing fun and worthwhile.

The first rule is probably the easiest. When you pass another cyclist going the opposite direction, give a quick wave or a nod of the helmet. This small act of acknowledgement helps to build community among cyclists. It is just an easy way to say “way to go, buddy” to others out on the road.

If you are passing someone going the same direction, give a short acknowledgement of their presence. Base it on how much faster you are going. If you are speeding by, a simple “howdy” is fine (after an “on your left” to let them know you are coming). If you are not blazing past them you can use “great weather for a ride” or “XX more miles to go.”

Similarly, if you are getting passed, give them a “hello” back and let them pass you. The last thing anybody wants is to fight over positioning, especially on busy or dangerous roads.

If you pull up to a stop light or sign with another cyclist, talk to them. Ask them where they are headed, what routes they like, anything. If they have a piece of gear you’ve never seen or have been meaning to try, ask them about that. Nobody likes to sit awkwardly at a light next to someone when you could easily be talking.

Don’t draft behind someone you don’t know without taking a turn at the front of the line. Nobody likes a wheel sucker.

Don’t work real hard to pass someone if they are going to have to pass you again in a block or two. Passing can be a pain and on certain busy roads is dangerous. So don’t pass unless you are traveling at a faster speed. A better option is to link up and bike pool. You can pull each other through the wind and maybe even strike up a conversation.

Always, always stop or slow down when you pass another cyclist who is having equipment troubles. Ask if they need a hand or a certain tool. You never know if they lost their tire pump or their flat repair kit is with their wife (thankfully we have put together a second kit).

And finally, the rule I have the most trouble with, take time to check stuff out. By that I mean, if you see something that would make a great photo, stop and take the photo (if you carry a camera with you). If you see something curious, want to check out a new shop that has opened on your route or just wonder where a road leads, take the time to go look. The amount of time it takes will be amply made up for the by the times you discover something wonderful.

Check out Matt’s blog at tomorrowmorningsweather.blogspot.com