STICKY! Santa Cruz Bicycles and The Radavist Photo Show at Velo Cult TONIGHT!
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It’s been a while, Portland. I’ll be in your city later this week for an evening with Santa Cruz Bicycles at Velo Cult and I’d like you to come. Here are the details:

TONIGHT, March 28th 7PM at Velo Cult, join us as we welcome Santa Cruz Bicycles and The Radavist for a photo show, spotlighting their recent adventures in New Zealand on the new Stigmata cyclocross bike. We will also be unveiling our Domestic Display Tables, showing something special from Limberlost, serving drinks and have snacks provided by Chris King Buzz’s food wing #gourmetcenturyevents. Come party with us!

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Mar 23, 2015 7 comments
A Familiar Dropout Face
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For years I’ve admired the Vanilla and Speedvagen dropout design and yesterday, I finally got to visit their home at the Vanilla Workshop in Portland. While I work on the photos of the space and the bikes, I’ll share with you a photo I took of an in-progress Vanilla road bike.

Expect more to come…

Mar 27, 2015 No comments yet
Forest Park with the Athletic
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Part of Portland’s allure is the accessibility of exceptional “all-road” riding. The Athletic‘s office is just minutes away from Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. While most of the singletrack and trails are illegal for cycling, two roads, Leif Erikson and Saltzman offer plenty of dirt and gravel to make an average road ride all the more interesting.

Add in the beauty of springtime green, some killer #lightbro, great company and you’ve got one hell of a short, sub 20 mile ride.

Check out more photos below!

(more…)

Mar 27, 2015 2 comments
ENVE’s Redesigned Seat Post
2015 NAHBS: Moots Custom Design All-Road

ENVE has recently redesigned their popular seat post to incorporate a two-bolt pattern, in lieu of their single bolt design. These new posts feature a patented two-bolt wedge system that are compatible with standard and oversized rails and allow you to adjust the saddle angle with ease.

I’ve been using one since NAHBS and can say this revision has drastically improved the clamp strength compared to the previous design. Before, especially during cyclocross races or trail riding, if I hadn’t torqued and carbon greased the ENVE post clamp enough, I’d get slippage and so far, so good with this new design.

Head over to ENVE for more information.

Mar 27, 2015 3 comments
Search and State: New Leg Warmers
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Spring is here but that doesn’t mean warm weather has followed suit just yet. Search and State has you covered. Literally. Now you can wear their gear from heat to toe, or ankles rather, with their new Leg Warmers.

Made from a heavier weight fabric than their famous Arm Warmers, the Leg Warmers feature a brushed back and secure zipper closure. They’re still lightweight enough to be removed and stowed in your jersey pocket.

Like all SAS apparel, the S1-LW are made in New York City and are in stock now at Search and State.

Mar 27, 2015 No comments yet
I Wanna Go to Tassie

With all the trips to Melbourne I’ve made, I still can’t believe that Tassie wasn’t in the agenda. Next time for sure.

Mar 27, 2015 2 comments
Introducing Strava Photos
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Rather than being limited to strictly Instagram, Strava now allows you to upload as many ride photos as you’d like, directly to your activity. This opens the doors for sharing your rides and browsing what others see during their daily routes. To commemorate this new feature, Strava has a great blog post up featuring some of their favorite photographers. Head to the Strava Blog to see more.

Mar 25, 2015 3 comments
Specialized: Audax Road Shoes
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While audax events may be incredibly challenging, the beauty is their non-competitive nature. Riders simply must complete the set distance within the time limit. This endurance sport has grown from its roots in the 19th century to still being popular today, with many major cities having their own randonneur club.

Specialized has been expanding their product line to move away from the “all pro all the time” look and shifting its sights onto fundurance and expedition style riding. The Audax is one of those shifts: a shoe meant for long distance rides. With, what feels to be a wider footbed, comfy fit, reflective hits and easy on-easy off Boa lash, the Audax has some great details.

Since I’ve only put a few rides in while wearing these shoes, I won’t give them a full review, but a detail photo and a short write-up should suffice for now. Now, why does a shoe named after audax riding have a road cleat and not an SPD cleat? I have no idea. Still, they do look a lot less race-oriented than other shoes in their product line. Available soon in a variety of colors from Specialized.

Mar 25, 2015 21 comments
#portlandhatesme – The City of Portland’s Fight Against Mountain Biking
No Thanks, but Thanks - Kyle Von Hoetzendorff

Locally accessible mountain bike trails are a privilege. Fact. If you live in a place with quality riding right out your front door, then you have a good thing going. Now if you live in a city that has, for years, laid claim to the crown of the the nation’s best cycling city you would expect that with a number of hills and park lands within the city limits there would be a decent set of trails for the countless cyclists that call this city home. You’d expect, that to have the confidence, the audacity, the gall to wear such a crown, to print it on city walls and propagate the message in travel brochures and in-flight magazines you would have a infrastructure for all manner of cyclists. For the most part we do pretty damn well, heckfire we even have a special bike rack for our Zoo Bombers, but the one thing Portland doesn’t have is mountain bike trails, there are those who will try to convince you that Leif Erickson is a MTB track, it’s not, it’s hardly a dirt road. If you can push a stroller on it, its not a mountain bike trail.

(more…)

Mar 24, 2015 9 comments
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STICKY! Santa Cruz Bicycles and The Radavist Photo Show at Velo Cult TONIGHT!
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It’s been a while, Portland. I’ll be in your city later this week for an evening with Santa Cruz Bicycles at Velo Cult and I’d like you to come. Here are the details:

TONIGHT, March 28th 7PM at Velo Cult, join us as we welcome Santa Cruz Bicycles and The Radavist for a photo show, spotlighting their recent adventures in New Zealand on the new Stigmata cyclocross bike. We will also be unveiling our Domestic Display Tables, showing something special from Limberlost, serving drinks and have snacks provided by Chris King Buzz’s food wing #gourmetcenturyevents. Come party with us!

(more…)

Mar 23, 2015 7 comments
A Familiar Dropout Face
vanilla-10

For years I’ve admired the Vanilla and Speedvagen dropout design and yesterday, I finally got to visit their home at the Vanilla Workshop in Portland. While I work on the photos of the space and the bikes, I’ll share with you a photo I took of an in-progress Vanilla road bike.

Expect more to come…

Mar 27, 2015 No comments yet
Forest Park with the Athletic
theAthleticRide-7

Part of Portland’s allure is the accessibility of exceptional “all-road” riding. The Athletic‘s office is just minutes away from Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. While most of the singletrack and trails are illegal for cycling, two roads, Leif Erikson and Saltzman offer plenty of dirt and gravel to make an average road ride all the more interesting.

Add in the beauty of springtime green, some killer #lightbro, great company and you’ve got one hell of a short, sub 20 mile ride.

Check out more photos below!

(more…)

Mar 27, 2015 2 comments
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ENVE’s Redesigned Seat Post
2015 NAHBS: Moots Custom Design All-Road

ENVE has recently redesigned their popular seat post to incorporate a two-bolt pattern, in lieu of their single bolt design. These new posts feature a patented two-bolt wedge system that are compatible with standard and oversized rails and allow you to adjust the saddle angle with ease.

I’ve been using one since NAHBS and can say this revision has drastically improved the clamp strength compared to the previous design. Before, especially during cyclocross races or trail riding, if I hadn’t torqued and carbon greased the ENVE post clamp enough, I’d get slippage and so far, so good with this new design.

Head over to ENVE for more information.

Mar 27, 2015 3 comments
Search and State: New Leg Warmers
SAS_legwarm-01

Spring is here but that doesn’t mean warm weather has followed suit just yet. Search and State has you covered. Literally. Now you can wear their gear from heat to toe, or ankles rather, with their new Leg Warmers.

Made from a heavier weight fabric than their famous Arm Warmers, the Leg Warmers feature a brushed back and secure zipper closure. They’re still lightweight enough to be removed and stowed in your jersey pocket.

Like all SAS apparel, the S1-LW are made in New York City and are in stock now at Search and State.

Mar 27, 2015 No comments yet
I Wanna Go to Tassie

With all the trips to Melbourne I’ve made, I still can’t believe that Tassie wasn’t in the agenda. Next time for sure.

Mar 27, 2015 2 comments
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Introducing Strava Photos
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Rather than being limited to strictly Instagram, Strava now allows you to upload as many ride photos as you’d like, directly to your activity. This opens the doors for sharing your rides and browsing what others see during their daily routes. To commemorate this new feature, Strava has a great blog post up featuring some of their favorite photographers. Head to the Strava Blog to see more.

Mar 25, 2015 3 comments
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Specialized: Audax Road Shoes
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While audax events may be incredibly challenging, the beauty is their non-competitive nature. Riders simply must complete the set distance within the time limit. This endurance sport has grown from its roots in the 19th century to still being popular today, with many major cities having their own randonneur club.

Specialized has been expanding their product line to move away from the “all pro all the time” look and shifting its sights onto fundurance and expedition style riding. The Audax is one of those shifts: a shoe meant for long distance rides. With, what feels to be a wider footbed, comfy fit, reflective hits and easy on-easy off Boa lash, the Audax has some great details.

Since I’ve only put a few rides in while wearing these shoes, I won’t give them a full review, but a detail photo and a short write-up should suffice for now. Now, why does a shoe named after audax riding have a road cleat and not an SPD cleat? I have no idea. Still, they do look a lot less race-oriented than other shoes in their product line. Available soon in a variety of colors from Specialized.

Mar 25, 2015 21 comments
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#portlandhatesme – The City of Portland’s Fight Against Mountain Biking
No Thanks, but Thanks - Kyle Von Hoetzendorff

Locally accessible mountain bike trails are a privilege. Fact. If you live in a place with quality riding right out your front door, then you have a good thing going. Now if you live in a city that has, for years, laid claim to the crown of the the nation’s best cycling city you would expect that with a number of hills and park lands within the city limits there would be a decent set of trails for the countless cyclists that call this city home. You’d expect, that to have the confidence, the audacity, the gall to wear such a crown, to print it on city walls and propagate the message in travel brochures and in-flight magazines you would have a infrastructure for all manner of cyclists. For the most part we do pretty damn well, heckfire we even have a special bike rack for our Zoo Bombers, but the one thing Portland doesn’t have is mountain bike trails, there are those who will try to convince you that Leif Erickson is a MTB track, it’s not, it’s hardly a dirt road. If you can push a stroller on it, its not a mountain bike trail.

(more…)

Mar 24, 2015 9 comments
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