Salsa: 5 Trails 5 States 5 Days
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Man, talk about a rad trip! Justin wrote this awesome piece on the Salsa blog about a trip that he took with a friend and a photographer. As you guessed, it spanned 5 trail systems in 5 different states over the course of 5 days, all while driving from each system on their motos, fit with 2-by-2 racks.

Head over to Salsa to catch the rest of this story!

Nov 25, 2014 2 comments
Jordan Low Custom Paint
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As a frame builder or a potential customer of one, finding a good, reliable painter is one of the most difficult components in the custom bike equation. Not only do they have to be talented, they’ve got to be creative and be able to execute designs in a timely manner. Some clients have no idea what they want, but can give a few graphic precedents to a builder or painter and say “run with it.”

It takes a talented painter to make that a reality. In some cases, all it takes is a photo of a sports car, or a graphic designer like Adria Klora to hand over style sheets, yet either route you, the customer, or your builder takes, it all comes down to the capabilities of the painter.

One such painter that I’ve been really admiring over the past year is Jordan Low. A full-time painter at Seven in Watertown, Massachusetts, Jordan spends his free time painting for various frame builders like Stinnner, Geekhouse, Avery County, and Tomii.

Follow Jordan’s work at the Jordan Low Custom Paint Flickr!

Nov 25, 2014 1 comment
The Wolf’s Mouth

This is great! Here’s some background:

“This video was made in support of The Wolf’s Mouth’s upcoming travel project “FOUNDATIONS.” Its intent is to show the struggles and mental hardships of growing up ethnic, the acceptance of one’s self, and how the joy of cycling is present for everyone.”

See more information at the project’s Go Fund Me.

Nov 25, 2014 4 comments
Brooks for Movember
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Brooks England is throwing a party at their B1866 store in London and will be auctioning off one of these limited edition Movember saddles. Head on over to the Brooks blog to find out more information!

Nov 25, 2014 No comments yet
Dosnoventa Runs Japan Teaser

We haven’t seen much street brakeless track bike action from Japan, mostly because it’s supposedly illegal, but Dosnoventa is taking to the streets in their new video. Also, I hope we see more of that Bronco at the :26 mark.

Nov 24, 2014 6 comments
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!

(more…)

Nov 24, 2014 13 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 9 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
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Salsa: 5 Trails 5 States 5 Days
5t5d5s0071

Man, talk about a rad trip! Justin wrote this awesome piece on the Salsa blog about a trip that he took with a friend and a photographer. As you guessed, it spanned 5 trail systems in 5 different states over the course of 5 days, all while driving from each system on their motos, fit with 2-by-2 racks.

Head over to Salsa to catch the rest of this story!

Nov 25, 2014 2 comments
Jordan Low Custom Paint
Low_Cover

As a frame builder or a potential customer of one, finding a good, reliable painter is one of the most difficult components in the custom bike equation. Not only do they have to be talented, they’ve got to be creative and be able to execute designs in a timely manner. Some clients have no idea what they want, but can give a few graphic precedents to a builder or painter and say “run with it.”

It takes a talented painter to make that a reality. In some cases, all it takes is a photo of a sports car, or a graphic designer like Adria Klora to hand over style sheets, yet either route you, the customer, or your builder takes, it all comes down to the capabilities of the painter.

One such painter that I’ve been really admiring over the past year is Jordan Low. A full-time painter at Seven in Watertown, Massachusetts, Jordan spends his free time painting for various frame builders like Stinnner, Geekhouse, Avery County, and Tomii.

Follow Jordan’s work at the Jordan Low Custom Paint Flickr!

Nov 25, 2014 1 comment
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The Wolf’s Mouth

This is great! Here’s some background:

“This video was made in support of The Wolf’s Mouth’s upcoming travel project “FOUNDATIONS.” Its intent is to show the struggles and mental hardships of growing up ethnic, the acceptance of one’s self, and how the joy of cycling is present for everyone.”

See more information at the project’s Go Fund Me.

Nov 25, 2014 4 comments
Brooks for Movember
IMG_88961

Brooks England is throwing a party at their B1866 store in London and will be auctioning off one of these limited edition Movember saddles. Head on over to the Brooks blog to find out more information!

Nov 25, 2014 No comments yet
Dosnoventa Runs Japan Teaser

We haven’t seen much street brakeless track bike action from Japan, mostly because it’s supposedly illegal, but Dosnoventa is taking to the streets in their new video. Also, I hope we see more of that Bronco at the :26 mark.

Nov 24, 2014 6 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 13 comments
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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 9 comments
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
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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
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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
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