SOMA Adopts Gates Belt Drive Option for Their MTB Frames
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SOMA’s Juice 29er and B-Side 27.5 hardtail MTBs are now compatible with a Gates belt drive system, thanks to split Tange Sliding Dropouts. You can now choose to build them singlespeed or with Rohloff hub. For this run, they kept the same colors and adopted the Tange split dropout, but future 2015 models will utilize a split stay. As far as current stock, the only other change was incorporating a drive side chain stay yoke to ensure the frames will fit 2.4″ tires and the thick Gates front cog.

If you’re looking for a versatile, steel hard tail, these two bikes are great options. Check out more details at SOMA and holler at your local shop for ordering. You could even set it up as a mean dirt-dropper. Check out Golden Saddle’s latest Wolverine for inspiration!

Mar 31, 2015 1 comment
Bell Helmets at the Spring Classics: Tour of Flanders

Bell Helmets continue their Spring Classics videos with probably one of the most famous: the Tour of Flanders. In this video, team LottoNL-Jumbo shares with us their thoughts on this race, just days before its kick off on April 5th.

Check out a bit more behind this iconic race, at Bell.

Mar 31, 2015 No comments yet
Up! Up! Up! Prints
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We all know this feeling. Switchback after switchback, we keep pushing upward to the summit. It’s one of the greatest sensations any cyclist can endure…

Victory Chimp and Galibier have just collaborated on a print, inspired by the beauty of climbing. Check out more information below and pick up a limited edition print from Victory Chimp or Galibier.

(more…)

Mar 31, 2015 4 comments
The Strawfoot Easter Egg Hunt in Austin Was a Success!
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“Take the path less traveled going west and find me atop a metal nest….”

This morning on a quick road ride, I snuck down into an old trestle bridge and hid the Strawfoot pouch, containing stickers, top caps, a pair of Strawfoot Arcade socks and a special coupon for the prize. Before Jonathan and I had finished our ride, a handful of people had shown up around the same time to snipe the egg.

Gavin was the first to the bag, yet he shared the bounty with the other easter egg hunters. We met up shortly after and I gave him his prize: the James Brand knife. Color me jealous!

We’re all stoked on this contest and would like to thank all parties involved!

Mar 31, 2015 5 comments
SRAM Launches the Guide Ultimate Brakes
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SRAM has been making moves in their Guide brake lineup and have just introduced a new tier. As the pinnacle in SRAM’s brake technology, the Guide Ultimate has a completely new, 4-piston S4 caliper, SwingLink lever cam, and carbon lever blade, resulting in a 360-gram system. If you end up having to bleed the brakes, that task is easier with the Bleeding Edge system.

I’ve been riding the Guide RSC on my Black Cat hardtail for a few weeks and absolutely love them. More on that to come. For now, see more specs on the Guide Ultimate at SRAM and holler at your local dealer for pricing. The Guide Ultimate launches in May.

Mar 31, 2015 5 comments
Legor Cicli Nuiorksiti Randonneur Transcontinental
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For Legor Cicli, building bikes for his team, the Legor Cicli Squadra Corse to ride in the Transcontinental Race was as interesting as it was challenging. A massive undertaking like the Transcontinental requires a bike that’s nimble on its feet, yet is comfortable for the long days.

This is the Nuiorksiti model in the randonneuring version. The tubing is Columbus Life with a 1 1/4″ fork steerer, fillet-brazed to the fork legs and internal cable routing for the Supernova front hub. As part of an experiment, Legor coated part of the frame with copper, so it would oxidize over the 3000km trek. The frame bags were made by hand by Pinza’t and other support for his team was supplied by Satan’s Coffee CornerRight Side CoffeePedaled, Enve, Brooks and Columbus.

Check out more photos below.

(more…)

Mar 31, 2015 14 comments
Yonder Journal’s Dead Reckoning
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The latest from Yonder Journal is quite possibly (actually, it just is) the largest project the team has ever undertaken. Here’s the synopsis:

“In 2015, Yonder Journal will investigate, ascertain, and document the peripheries and possibilities of exploration by bicycle. We call this project Dead Reckoning*. At it’s core we will apply the technologies and methodologies of adventure biking, bike-packing, and ultra-lightweight touring, to multi-day expeditions with a focus on going Over Mountain, the concept of Over Mountain being the the most essential and transformative form of human exploration.

The first of our Dead Reckoning expeditions took us to New Zealand’s South Island where we would attempt to cross the island from east to west, traveling across roads, trails, and unmarked land that has seldom if ever seen bike traffic. The crux of our route would be a Broderick Pass, a seldom traveled route hidden deep in the Southern Alps. It was quite an adventure.”

Check out some samples below and the full, massive photo story at Yonder Journal.

(more…)

Mar 31, 2015 4 comments
BicycleStarz Wheel Building Table, Spoke Nipple Sorter and Wheel Dishing Tool
BicycleStarz Wheel Building Table and Tools

The other night at the Velo Cult party, I got to see a demo from a new company out of Washington state, BicycleStarz. Now, I have to give you a bit of a disclaimer: if you’re a wheel builder, brace yourself, because these tools will leave you frothing at the mouth like a bamboo starved panda…

Coincidentally, all of these tools are made by hand, using bamboo when possible and are filled with such elegant details that they dance that ever-present line of utilitarian art I always speak about.

Check out some in-depth photos below.

(more…)

Mar 30, 2015 1 comment
Strawfoot’s Easter Egg Hunt
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Beginning today, our friends at Strawfoot will be hiding small accessory bags around 5 cities throughout 5 days. They’re stuffed with goodies, so check the schedule:

Monday- PORTLAND w/ @theathletic
Tuesday- AUSTIN w/ @theradavist
Wednesday- SAN FRANCISCO w/ @freshairbicycles
Thursday- PHILADELPHIA w/ @corkgrips
Friday- LOS ANGELES w/ @goldensaddlecyclery
w/ @onetrippass

Watch each of their Instgram feeds to find clues and win prizes from The James Brand, Product of Bob Scales and FairEnds.

If you don’t find one of the bags, you can always pick one up at Strawfoot.

Mar 30, 2015 No comments yet
Niner: RLT 9 Steel All-Road Bike
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Niner has really nailed this one. With the success of their RLT, they’ve just issued a steel version, marketed towards bike packing, camping and light touring. While it’s not a full blown touring bike, you can strap a few bags to it, as well as a rear rack and take off into the wilderness.

With a geometry dialed in for gravel, cross racing, all-road conditions and even some singletrack shredding, the RLT 9 steel presents itself as a new platform for those who want to get the most out of their bike.

Made from Reynolds 853, with thru-axles, fender / rack mounts and PF BB30, the RLT 9 Steel utilizes modern tech with the feel of steel. Am I excited about these bikes? Yep. We’ll be riding them in the forthcoming weeks…

Available as a complete with multiple build kits, or a frameset in two color combinations. Check out more photos below and see pricing and sizing information at Niner.

(more…)

Mar 30, 2015 31 comments
Insult to Injury: Volvo’s LifePaint

Products and videos like this are always bitter sweet. How about drivers just pay attention on the road, rather than try to make cyclists look like Tron rejects to catch their attention. Although I will say the paint itself looks interesting…

Mar 30, 2015 27 comments
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SOMA Adopts Gates Belt Drive Option for Their MTB Frames
soma_bside_gatesdrive_v1_1_900


SOMA’s Juice 29er and B-Side 27.5 hardtail MTBs are now compatible with a Gates belt drive system, thanks to split Tange Sliding Dropouts. You can now choose to build them singlespeed or with Rohloff hub. For this run, they kept the same colors and adopted the Tange split dropout, but future 2015 models will utilize a split stay. As far as current stock, the only other change was incorporating a drive side chain stay yoke to ensure the frames will fit 2.4″ tires and the thick Gates front cog.

If you’re looking for a versatile, steel hard tail, these two bikes are great options. Check out more details at SOMA and holler at your local shop for ordering. You could even set it up as a mean dirt-dropper. Check out Golden Saddle’s latest Wolverine for inspiration!

Mar 31, 2015 1 comment
Bell Helmets at the Spring Classics: Tour of Flanders

Bell Helmets continue their Spring Classics videos with probably one of the most famous: the Tour of Flanders. In this video, team LottoNL-Jumbo shares with us their thoughts on this race, just days before its kick off on April 5th.

Check out a bit more behind this iconic race, at Bell.

Mar 31, 2015 No comments yet
Up! Up! Up! Prints
UpUpUP

We all know this feeling. Switchback after switchback, we keep pushing upward to the summit. It’s one of the greatest sensations any cyclist can endure…

Victory Chimp and Galibier have just collaborated on a print, inspired by the beauty of climbing. Check out more information below and pick up a limited edition print from Victory Chimp or Galibier.

(more…)

Mar 31, 2015 4 comments
The Strawfoot Easter Egg Hunt in Austin Was a Success!
Processed with VSCOcam with a9 preset

“Take the path less traveled going west and find me atop a metal nest….”

This morning on a quick road ride, I snuck down into an old trestle bridge and hid the Strawfoot pouch, containing stickers, top caps, a pair of Strawfoot Arcade socks and a special coupon for the prize. Before Jonathan and I had finished our ride, a handful of people had shown up around the same time to snipe the egg.

Gavin was the first to the bag, yet he shared the bounty with the other easter egg hunters. We met up shortly after and I gave him his prize: the James Brand knife. Color me jealous!

We’re all stoked on this contest and would like to thank all parties involved!

Mar 31, 2015 5 comments
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SRAM Launches the Guide Ultimate Brakes
MY16_SR_DB_GD_ULT_BL_CAL_ROT_GLBLK

SRAM has been making moves in their Guide brake lineup and have just introduced a new tier. As the pinnacle in SRAM’s brake technology, the Guide Ultimate has a completely new, 4-piston S4 caliper, SwingLink lever cam, and carbon lever blade, resulting in a 360-gram system. If you end up having to bleed the brakes, that task is easier with the Bleeding Edge system.

I’ve been riding the Guide RSC on my Black Cat hardtail for a few weeks and absolutely love them. More on that to come. For now, see more specs on the Guide Ultimate at SRAM and holler at your local dealer for pricing. The Guide Ultimate launches in May.

Mar 31, 2015 5 comments
Legor Cicli Nuiorksiti Randonneur Transcontinental
_MG_2086

For Legor Cicli, building bikes for his team, the Legor Cicli Squadra Corse to ride in the Transcontinental Race was as interesting as it was challenging. A massive undertaking like the Transcontinental requires a bike that’s nimble on its feet, yet is comfortable for the long days.

This is the Nuiorksiti model in the randonneuring version. The tubing is Columbus Life with a 1 1/4″ fork steerer, fillet-brazed to the fork legs and internal cable routing for the Supernova front hub. As part of an experiment, Legor coated part of the frame with copper, so it would oxidize over the 3000km trek. The frame bags were made by hand by Pinza’t and other support for his team was supplied by Satan’s Coffee CornerRight Side CoffeePedaled, Enve, Brooks and Columbus.

Check out more photos below.

(more…)

Mar 31, 2015 14 comments
Yonder Journal’s Dead Reckoning
yonderjournal_deadreckoning_globalmap-1680x990

The latest from Yonder Journal is quite possibly (actually, it just is) the largest project the team has ever undertaken. Here’s the synopsis:

“In 2015, Yonder Journal will investigate, ascertain, and document the peripheries and possibilities of exploration by bicycle. We call this project Dead Reckoning*. At it’s core we will apply the technologies and methodologies of adventure biking, bike-packing, and ultra-lightweight touring, to multi-day expeditions with a focus on going Over Mountain, the concept of Over Mountain being the the most essential and transformative form of human exploration.

The first of our Dead Reckoning expeditions took us to New Zealand’s South Island where we would attempt to cross the island from east to west, traveling across roads, trails, and unmarked land that has seldom if ever seen bike traffic. The crux of our route would be a Broderick Pass, a seldom traveled route hidden deep in the Southern Alps. It was quite an adventure.”

Check out some samples below and the full, massive photo story at Yonder Journal.

(more…)

Mar 31, 2015 4 comments
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BicycleStarz Wheel Building Table, Spoke Nipple Sorter and Wheel Dishing Tool
BicycleStarz Wheel Building Table and Tools

The other night at the Velo Cult party, I got to see a demo from a new company out of Washington state, BicycleStarz. Now, I have to give you a bit of a disclaimer: if you’re a wheel builder, brace yourself, because these tools will leave you frothing at the mouth like a bamboo starved panda…

Coincidentally, all of these tools are made by hand, using bamboo when possible and are filled with such elegant details that they dance that ever-present line of utilitarian art I always speak about.

Check out some in-depth photos below.

(more…)

Mar 30, 2015 1 comment
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Strawfoot’s Easter Egg Hunt
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Beginning today, our friends at Strawfoot will be hiding small accessory bags around 5 cities throughout 5 days. They’re stuffed with goodies, so check the schedule:

Monday- PORTLAND w/ @theathletic
Tuesday- AUSTIN w/ @theradavist
Wednesday- SAN FRANCISCO w/ @freshairbicycles
Thursday- PHILADELPHIA w/ @corkgrips
Friday- LOS ANGELES w/ @goldensaddlecyclery
w/ @onetrippass

Watch each of their Instgram feeds to find clues and win prizes from The James Brand, Product of Bob Scales and FairEnds.

If you don’t find one of the bags, you can always pick one up at Strawfoot.

Mar 30, 2015 No comments yet
Niner: RLT 9 Steel All-Road Bike
RLT 853_150313__7369-Edit

Niner has really nailed this one. With the success of their RLT, they’ve just issued a steel version, marketed towards bike packing, camping and light touring. While it’s not a full blown touring bike, you can strap a few bags to it, as well as a rear rack and take off into the wilderness.

With a geometry dialed in for gravel, cross racing, all-road conditions and even some singletrack shredding, the RLT 9 steel presents itself as a new platform for those who want to get the most out of their bike.

Made from Reynolds 853, with thru-axles, fender / rack mounts and PF BB30, the RLT 9 Steel utilizes modern tech with the feel of steel. Am I excited about these bikes? Yep. We’ll be riding them in the forthcoming weeks…

Available as a complete with multiple build kits, or a frameset in two color combinations. Check out more photos below and see pricing and sizing information at Niner.

(more…)

Mar 30, 2015 31 comments
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Insult to Injury: Volvo’s LifePaint

Products and videos like this are always bitter sweet. How about drivers just pay attention on the road, rather than try to make cyclists look like Tron rejects to catch their attention. Although I will say the paint itself looks interesting…

Mar 30, 2015 27 comments
Acre’s New Apparel
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Acre’s been working on a few key items over the past year and if you can’t visit their San Francisco or Los Angeles storefronts, they’ve finally stocked their web shop with the new pieces. I’ve used a few of these and they’ve quickly become my new go-to trail apparel.

Check out each below!

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Mar 30, 2015 9 comments
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