Shaun Palmer Coming Home

When Shaun Palmer lost the ’96 World Championships by a 1/15th of a second, sending his life into disarray. This introspective piece barely scratches the surface at the inner struggles pro athletes deal with each time they race. As Shaun finds, sometimes, the ride is more important than the win and now he’s returning to ride for Intense.

Sep 2, 2014 5 comments
Swift Industries for Ocean Air Cycles: Docena Demi-Porteur Bag
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One of my favorite small online shop owners that I’ve never met is Rob from Ocean Air Cycles. Recently, they collaborated with Swift Industries on a demi-porteur bag called the Docena. What is a demi-porteur bag? Read all about it at Ocean Air’s blog.

Done reading? Ok, to test the waters for full-on production, Ocean Air is running a pre-order on these bags. Personally, if I didn’t already have a kickin’ Swift bag, I’d be scooping one of these up. The details are incredibly well thought out and that multicam fabric is a no-brainer.

Head over to Ocean Air to check out the Docena Demi-Porteur Bag pre-order!

Sep 2, 2014 4 comments
Chrome Japan Crew

Here’s a video from Japan – man I miss riding there – featuring Chrome’s new team. There are a few familiar faces in this one!

Sep 2, 2014 4 comments
The Radavist 2014 Calendar: September
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This is the nineth layout of the Radavist 2014 Calendar, entitled “Ascension”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

The Pacific Coast is a cycling Utopia. Minus the RVs and tourists who are unable to operate their rental cars. Still, in one of the heaviest traveled scenic highways in the US, solitude can be found, even amongst looming giants like the Redwoods.

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2014 Calendar – September. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

Sep 1, 2014 2 comments
So… How Was Your Weekend?
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We’ll be back at it tomorrow, so stay tuned for updates as usual. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want summer to go anywhere.

Sep 1, 2014 1 comment
Made in the USA 40th Anniversary Specialized Allez to be Auctioned for WBR on September 8th
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This looks so good. Here’s the scoop:

“Specialized Bicycles has been lucky to serve the greater cycling community by striving to produce products that and inspire to improve riders lives for 40 years. In the year of our 40th anniversary we simply want to say ‘thank you’ to the riders and give back to one of the best bicycle charities, World Bicycle Relief (WBR).”

(more…)

Sep 1, 2014 6 comments
Avery County Cycles: 1×11 Disc Cross Bike
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Photos by Dave Lehl

Josh Culbertson from Avery County Cycles recently completed a gorgeous 1×11 disc cross bike for a customer. Like a lot of Josh’s bikes, there’s a story behind this one. The client’s grandparents worked for and collected Viking Snowmobiles in northwestern Minnesota, so you’ll catch insignia from Viking on the bike, as well as a Viking-inspired paint job.

Made from True Temper with internal routing and painted by Jordan Low, this lightweight steel bike has a mean stance and will stop just fine in whatever conditions you throw at it. For wheels, King R45D to carbon hoops were spec’d and built by Magnetic Wheel Co.

See more below.

(more…)

Sep 1, 2014 7 comments
Specialized: The Flux Bike Lamp
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A couple of people asked about the lamp that’s on Erik’s AWOL x Poler tourer. Earlier this year, when we rode the Outback, it was his sole light source for when the sun set over eastern Oregon. It’s best described as a “super-wide and super-bright beam.”

The Flux uses a Cree LED with a patented reflector for bright and wide light, much like you’d find in the automotive industry.

Powering the Flux are internal rechargeable 5200mAhr Lithium Ion batteries and there are three nighttime modes with power resulting between 1,200 and 400 lumens. You’ll get 1.75 hours at 1,200 and 6 at 400 lumens and it’ll recharge from zero to full in just four hours.

The Flux will hit shelves at your local Specialized dealer shortly.

Sep 1, 2014 1 comment
My Thoughts on Cycling and Weight Loss
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Over the past few years – since moving to Austin in 2010 – I’ve been struggling with weight loss. Look, we’re all cyclists. We probably all ride with skinny, fit dudes and as a bigger guy, it’s frustrating. Even now, at the peak of my fitness, I still get dropped by “climbers”. What I found was to take these experiences and use them as part of my motivation. There was one defining moment however. A majority of it came from a ride I did in Australia a few years back…

(more…)

Aug 31, 2014 117 comments
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Shaun Palmer Coming Home

When Shaun Palmer lost the ’96 World Championships by a 1/15th of a second, sending his life into disarray. This introspective piece barely scratches the surface at the inner struggles pro athletes deal with each time they race. As Shaun finds, sometimes, the ride is more important than the win and now he’s returning to ride for Intense.

Sep 2, 2014 5 comments
Swift Industries for Ocean Air Cycles: Docena Demi-Porteur Bag
9.1_Docena_camo_shop-1_1024x1024

One of my favorite small online shop owners that I’ve never met is Rob from Ocean Air Cycles. Recently, they collaborated with Swift Industries on a demi-porteur bag called the Docena. What is a demi-porteur bag? Read all about it at Ocean Air’s blog.

Done reading? Ok, to test the waters for full-on production, Ocean Air is running a pre-order on these bags. Personally, if I didn’t already have a kickin’ Swift bag, I’d be scooping one of these up. The details are incredibly well thought out and that multicam fabric is a no-brainer.

Head over to Ocean Air to check out the Docena Demi-Porteur Bag pre-order!

Sep 2, 2014 4 comments
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Chrome Japan Crew

Here’s a video from Japan – man I miss riding there – featuring Chrome’s new team. There are a few familiar faces in this one!

Sep 2, 2014 4 comments
The Radavist 2014 Calendar: September
RAD_SEPT2014_800

This is the nineth layout of the Radavist 2014 Calendar, entitled “Ascension”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

The Pacific Coast is a cycling Utopia. Minus the RVs and tourists who are unable to operate their rental cars. Still, in one of the heaviest traveled scenic highways in the US, solitude can be found, even amongst looming giants like the Redwoods.

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2014 Calendar – September. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

Sep 1, 2014 2 comments
So… How Was Your Weekend?
Recent-Roll-West_Coast-Mamiya-140

We’ll be back at it tomorrow, so stay tuned for updates as usual. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want summer to go anywhere.

Sep 1, 2014 1 comment
Made in the USA 40th Anniversary Specialized Allez to be Auctioned for WBR on September 8th
Specialized_Allez-made-in-the-usa

This looks so good. Here’s the scoop:

“Specialized Bicycles has been lucky to serve the greater cycling community by striving to produce products that and inspire to improve riders lives for 40 years. In the year of our 40th anniversary we simply want to say ‘thank you’ to the riders and give back to one of the best bicycle charities, World Bicycle Relief (WBR).”

(more…)

Sep 1, 2014 6 comments
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Avery County Cycles: 1×11 Disc Cross Bike
2014-08-28_LEHL_ACCDrewBike0078


Photos by Dave Lehl

Josh Culbertson from Avery County Cycles recently completed a gorgeous 1×11 disc cross bike for a customer. Like a lot of Josh’s bikes, there’s a story behind this one. The client’s grandparents worked for and collected Viking Snowmobiles in northwestern Minnesota, so you’ll catch insignia from Viking on the bike, as well as a Viking-inspired paint job.

Made from True Temper with internal routing and painted by Jordan Low, this lightweight steel bike has a mean stance and will stop just fine in whatever conditions you throw at it. For wheels, King R45D to carbon hoops were spec’d and built by Magnetic Wheel Co.

See more below.

(more…)

Sep 1, 2014 7 comments
Specialized: The Flux Bike Lamp
Specialized-Flux-Lamp

A couple of people asked about the lamp that’s on Erik’s AWOL x Poler tourer. Earlier this year, when we rode the Outback, it was his sole light source for when the sun set over eastern Oregon. It’s best described as a “super-wide and super-bright beam.”

The Flux uses a Cree LED with a patented reflector for bright and wide light, much like you’d find in the automotive industry.

Powering the Flux are internal rechargeable 5200mAhr Lithium Ion batteries and there are three nighttime modes with power resulting between 1,200 and 400 lumens. You’ll get 1.75 hours at 1,200 and 6 at 400 lumens and it’ll recharge from zero to full in just four hours.

The Flux will hit shelves at your local Specialized dealer shortly.

Sep 1, 2014 1 comment
My Thoughts on Cycling and Weight Loss
Rouge_Roubaix-FOOD-1

Over the past few years – since moving to Austin in 2010 – I’ve been struggling with weight loss. Look, we’re all cyclists. We probably all ride with skinny, fit dudes and as a bigger guy, it’s frustrating. Even now, at the peak of my fitness, I still get dropped by “climbers”. What I found was to take these experiences and use them as part of my motivation. There was one defining moment however. A majority of it came from a ride I did in Australia a few years back…

(more…)

Aug 31, 2014 117 comments
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