I’m Digging the ESI RCT Bar Tape
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ESI has been making grips in the good ol’ US of A since 1999. Their silicone grips are my absolute favorite for a MTB bar – easy on, easy off with a four to six month lifespan. They’re tacky in the rain and offer plenty of grip through sweaty hands or gloves. While just about everyone will have nothing but positive things to say about the ESI grips, I’d never heard of their RCT Bar Tape before.

Dubbed RCT for “road, cross, triathlon”, this bar tape is re-usable since silicon is tacky enough without the use of adhesive. You can pull it hard and get it a bit thinner than it’s shown here, but I actually like the thickness, especially on a cross bike that gets ridden on trails. It’s easy to clean and doesn’t crawl around on the bars like other tapes do.

So far, I’ve had it for a few weeks and it’s taken its share of spills without showing any wear or tear. Time will tell how long it’ll last, or if it will replace my other favorite bar tapes – Fizik and Lizard Skin – but for now, I’m excited to have ESI products on my MTB and cross bikes.

You can see just how thick this stuff is by looking at the photos below. Head over to ESI for more information!

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Nov 24, 2014 5 comments
Fairweather Handlebar Bags
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Tokyo’s Fairweather can do no wrong in my book. Their new Handlebar bags look super clean and with a large front pouch, they’ll hold what appears to be a decent-sized camera like a rangefinder or mirrorless system, which piqued my interest.

They’re $128 and in stock (mostly) at Fairweather.

Nov 24, 2014 8 comments
Cadence Pop-Up at CXLA Tomorrow!
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If you’re going to the races tomorrow in LA, do a few things for me: say hi to Tenspeed Hero, High Five any and all Mudfoot racers, check out Cadence’s pop-up at the Greek theater and swing by Golden Saddle afterwards!

Nov 21, 2014 1 comment
Blue Lug: Another Custom Rew10 Works SSCX
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If there was an award each year for the best customized shop bikes, Blue Lug would win it. From Surly to Fairweather and now Rew10 Works, their shop bikes are so beautiful. Check out this blue Mondrian SSCX bike, complete with that disc front and canti rear setup… While we’re at it, check out these photos on the Blue Lug blog from what appears to be a Sim Works bike show / store opening of sorts.

Nov 21, 2014 1 comment
The Ritte Mavic 125ANS Bike is Being Auctioned
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Stoked to see these photo and that sick bike going on eBay for a good cause!

“Mavic is proud to offer this very limited edition Ritte Vlaanderen bike with our Ksyrium 125 Anniversary wheel-tyre system and SRAM Red 22 components.

Hand-painted by Ritte founder Spencer Canon, this bike is truly one-of-a-kind. The seat mast is uncut in order to fit a wide range of potential owners of this piece of history. The Ritte x Mavic 125th Anniversary Vlaanderen is part of a collection of bikes designed and built to celebrate the 125th year that Mavic has been your trusted partner in cycling.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit World Bicycle Relief and their efforts to provide simple and sustainable bicycle transportation to entrepreneurs, healthcare workers and students across rural Africa through sustainable work-to-own and study-to-own programs. Until 12/31/14 all donations (including this auction and up to $1 million) will be matched thanks to generous gifts from a small group of anonymous donors.  To learn more about the impact of WBR please watch their new video.

Special thanks to Ritte, SRAM, Ritchey and The Pro’s Closet for making this bike and auction possible. All images provided by John Watson at ‘The Radavist’.”

Feeling lucky? Bid at eBay now!

Nov 21, 2014 1 comment
Rapha: Cross Shoes in Stock
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Rapha’s always had a way of making something so simple look so good. I’ll admit that I was surprised to see their new Cross Shoes bring in such subtle detailing. Made by Giro, with blue and pink accents throughout, these shoes are now in stock at Rapha for $350 and free shipping.

See more photos below.

(more…)

Nov 21, 2014 4 comments
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I’m Digging the ESI RCT Bar Tape
ESI_Bar_Tape-4

ESI has been making grips in the good ol’ US of A since 1999. Their silicone grips are my absolute favorite for a MTB bar – easy on, easy off with a four to six month lifespan. They’re tacky in the rain and offer plenty of grip through sweaty hands or gloves. While just about everyone will have nothing but positive things to say about the ESI grips, I’d never heard of their RCT Bar Tape before.

Dubbed RCT for “road, cross, triathlon”, this bar tape is re-usable since silicon is tacky enough without the use of adhesive. You can pull it hard and get it a bit thinner than it’s shown here, but I actually like the thickness, especially on a cross bike that gets ridden on trails. It’s easy to clean and doesn’t crawl around on the bars like other tapes do.

So far, I’ve had it for a few weeks and it’s taken its share of spills without showing any wear or tear. Time will tell how long it’ll last, or if it will replace my other favorite bar tapes – Fizik and Lizard Skin – but for now, I’m excited to have ESI products on my MTB and cross bikes.

You can see just how thick this stuff is by looking at the photos below. Head over to ESI for more information!

(more…)

Nov 24, 2014 5 comments
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Fairweather Handlebar Bags
Fairweather_02

Tokyo’s Fairweather can do no wrong in my book. Their new Handlebar bags look super clean and with a large front pouch, they’ll hold what appears to be a decent-sized camera like a rangefinder or mirrorless system, which piqued my interest.

They’re $128 and in stock (mostly) at Fairweather.

Nov 24, 2014 8 comments
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Cadence Pop-Up at CXLA Tomorrow!
Cadence_Greek

If you’re going to the races tomorrow in LA, do a few things for me: say hi to Tenspeed Hero, High Five any and all Mudfoot racers, check out Cadence’s pop-up at the Greek theater and swing by Golden Saddle afterwards!

Nov 21, 2014 1 comment
Blue Lug: Another Custom Rew10 Works SSCX
BlueLug

If there was an award each year for the best customized shop bikes, Blue Lug would win it. From Surly to Fairweather and now Rew10 Works, their shop bikes are so beautiful. Check out this blue Mondrian SSCX bike, complete with that disc front and canti rear setup… While we’re at it, check out these photos on the Blue Lug blog from what appears to be a Sim Works bike show / store opening of sorts.

Nov 21, 2014 1 comment
The Ritte Mavic 125ANS Bike is Being Auctioned
Mavic_125ans_Project-66

Stoked to see these photo and that sick bike going on eBay for a good cause!

“Mavic is proud to offer this very limited edition Ritte Vlaanderen bike with our Ksyrium 125 Anniversary wheel-tyre system and SRAM Red 22 components.

Hand-painted by Ritte founder Spencer Canon, this bike is truly one-of-a-kind. The seat mast is uncut in order to fit a wide range of potential owners of this piece of history. The Ritte x Mavic 125th Anniversary Vlaanderen is part of a collection of bikes designed and built to celebrate the 125th year that Mavic has been your trusted partner in cycling.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit World Bicycle Relief and their efforts to provide simple and sustainable bicycle transportation to entrepreneurs, healthcare workers and students across rural Africa through sustainable work-to-own and study-to-own programs. Until 12/31/14 all donations (including this auction and up to $1 million) will be matched thanks to generous gifts from a small group of anonymous donors.  To learn more about the impact of WBR please watch their new video.

Special thanks to Ritte, SRAM, Ritchey and The Pro’s Closet for making this bike and auction possible. All images provided by John Watson at ‘The Radavist’.”

Feeling lucky? Bid at eBay now!

Nov 21, 2014 1 comment
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Rapha: Cross Shoes in Stock
XSH01-Product-AW14-06

Rapha’s always had a way of making something so simple look so good. I’ll admit that I was surprised to see their new Cross Shoes bring in such subtle detailing. Made by Giro, with blue and pink accents throughout, these shoes are now in stock at Rapha for $350 and free shipping.

See more photos below.

(more…)

Nov 21, 2014 4 comments
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Thank You Dudes of Hazzard, Thank You

Joe Barnes is doing it right. He could have looked back on his season and thought, “Hey, I finished on the podium at an Enduro World Series event and finished 9th overall in the series, I should get out a RED camera, select my favorite dub-step cuts, design some slick graphics, and make a facsimile of almost every other video out there at the moment to really push my brand.”

To the benefit of us all he didn’t, instead he continued to produce the Dudes of Hazzard, a mix of on bike schralping, off bike antics, and conceptual absurdity that takes itself just as seriously as anything based on professional recreation should. If this strikes your fancy don’t worry, there is a couple years worth of back catalogue to watch and the Dude’s don’t deviate.

Nov 20, 2014 3 comments
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