What We Like Wednesday: Shinola Notebooks

Shinola_5 Aside from just looking classy, refined and clean, a Shinola notebook is a solid investment...for your training.

You can fill a notebook with anything. Your own story certainly deserves some space. While Strava has become the go-to training log for nearly everyone (it really has turned into a ubiquitous accessory the way a bike pump is) it lacks that touch of self that adds a lot to the ride and to the experience. Here's how and why a Shinola tells your story.

Einstein Cycles: What makes this product special?

Cody: It's handmade in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There's a lot of work that goes into it, and just looking at these notebooks, you see it means a great deal that they are perfect. There's already something permanent in them, something solid. 

Ec: When did you start using this?

CS: I used to always write about my race after. Most of the time, it was just for myself, because I'd think of a million things I should have done. These little write-ups started to just turn into really ugly sort of dark lists of mistakes. But now, I just like my riding. Races don't matter much. Now, they are more about the people and the sensations, and those are the things worth recording, really. 

Ec: How often do you use it?

CS: It's certainly not every ride. But the important ones, sure. The really good ones. The best are always in the fall, when it's cold but not too cold and I have time to go somewhere new or somewhere I haven't been in a very long time. Those turn into great stories. About now, and about where I was the last time I'd been there.

Ec: Does is come in hi-vis?

CS: No, but black looks very nice.