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 1 comment
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 5 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 No comments yet
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 115 comments
Rapha and Giro Launch Cross Shoes
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Wait a second, what’s this? That’s not a cross shoe?!

“Continuing the partnership in footwear with Giro, Rapha are launching our first cyclocross-specific shoe. Built on the EC90 carbon outsole used by Giro’s current range of MTB/Cross footwear, the upper of the shoe has been developed for the rigors of racing with a rubberized heel and toe-cap and aggressive outsole cleats for getting through the mud. Aesthetically clean and refined, the colors of Rapha Super Cross are woven into the shoe’s upper.”

Don’t miss out on the Rapha Cross Collection and see more of the actual shoes below!

(more…)

Aug 29, 2014 7 comments
Tracko and Yanco Ramblin Roll Pre-Order
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Since everyone always misses out on these Ramblin Rolls, Kyle at Tracko and Yanco are doing a pre-order. Don’t slack on this though, because it’s limited to 100 spots with a six-week wait time. If all goes smooth, they’ll keep doing this, every six weeks.

Head to Tracko now to pre-order a Ramblin Roll!

Aug 28, 2014 5 comments
All-City Cycles’ Nature Boy Disc Now in Reynolds 853
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This bike has single-handedly upped the game for All-City Cycles in my opinion. You get everything the Nature Boy had, plus disc brakes, a Whisky fork, Anna’s fancy dropout design and Reynolds 853. All that for $1,200 frameset or $2,250 complete. Available in November of this year.

See more at All-City. Congrats guys, this bike looks great!

Aug 28, 2014 7 comments
Division 1 Swap and Sale this Saturday in Austin
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Austin’s Division 1 is having a swap meet this Saturday in Austin. Here’s all the info:

“Our FIRST Ever Swap Meet and Sale is coming Saturday August 30th at 9am. Have you ever missed crazy deals on new product, overbuys, and closeout stock? We are warning you not to miss this one. Shop outside with industry reps and D1′s blowout central area, everything bike related and more will be 40-80% off. Get here early for our $1, $5, $10 AND $20 BINS. Gates open at 9. In-store save 20% and up on select brand bikes, apparel, parts and more. There will be music, tasty beverages, food, a raffle benefiting the Austin-based Kids Cyclocross Project 2015 and more for the whole family to enjoy.”

Aug 28, 2014 No comments yet
The 2015 Cinelli MASH Histogram
Histogram-2014-cinelli_RAD

I wish I was at Eurobike, but alas, things didn’t work out. Instead, I have my friends in the industry sending me little sneak peeks at forthcoming products. Like the 2015 Cinelli MASH Histogram. Designed by Garrett Chow of MASH in a sleek, minimal livery with nicely-placed accents and color.

7005 T6 Columbus tubing
1 1/2″ to 1 1/8″ tapered steerer
1500g frameset 57cm
$950 MSRP available mid October

Aug 27, 2014 9 comments
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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 1 comment
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 5 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 No comments yet
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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 115 comments
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Rapha and Giro Launch Cross Shoes
AW14-Rapha-Cross-Shoe-Packaging-14

Wait a second, what’s this? That’s not a cross shoe?!

“Continuing the partnership in footwear with Giro, Rapha are launching our first cyclocross-specific shoe. Built on the EC90 carbon outsole used by Giro’s current range of MTB/Cross footwear, the upper of the shoe has been developed for the rigors of racing with a rubberized heel and toe-cap and aggressive outsole cleats for getting through the mud. Aesthetically clean and refined, the colors of Rapha Super Cross are woven into the shoe’s upper.”

Don’t miss out on the Rapha Cross Collection and see more of the actual shoes below!

(more…)

Aug 29, 2014 7 comments
Tracko and Yanco Ramblin Roll Pre-Order
NewRRBG-2

Since everyone always misses out on these Ramblin Rolls, Kyle at Tracko and Yanco are doing a pre-order. Don’t slack on this though, because it’s limited to 100 spots with a six-week wait time. If all goes smooth, they’ll keep doing this, every six weeks.

Head to Tracko now to pre-order a Ramblin Roll!

Aug 28, 2014 5 comments
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All-City Cycles’ Nature Boy Disc Now in Reynolds 853
NatureBoy-all-city-853

This bike has single-handedly upped the game for All-City Cycles in my opinion. You get everything the Nature Boy had, plus disc brakes, a Whisky fork, Anna’s fancy dropout design and Reynolds 853. All that for $1,200 frameset or $2,250 complete. Available in November of this year.

See more at All-City. Congrats guys, this bike looks great!

Aug 28, 2014 7 comments
Division 1 Swap and Sale this Saturday in Austin
D1Swap_Sale-2014

Austin’s Division 1 is having a swap meet this Saturday in Austin. Here’s all the info:

“Our FIRST Ever Swap Meet and Sale is coming Saturday August 30th at 9am. Have you ever missed crazy deals on new product, overbuys, and closeout stock? We are warning you not to miss this one. Shop outside with industry reps and D1′s blowout central area, everything bike related and more will be 40-80% off. Get here early for our $1, $5, $10 AND $20 BINS. Gates open at 9. In-store save 20% and up on select brand bikes, apparel, parts and more. There will be music, tasty beverages, food, a raffle benefiting the Austin-based Kids Cyclocross Project 2015 and more for the whole family to enjoy.”

Aug 28, 2014 No comments yet
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The 2015 Cinelli MASH Histogram
Histogram-2014-cinelli_RAD

I wish I was at Eurobike, but alas, things didn’t work out. Instead, I have my friends in the industry sending me little sneak peeks at forthcoming products. Like the 2015 Cinelli MASH Histogram. Designed by Garrett Chow of MASH in a sleek, minimal livery with nicely-placed accents and color.

7005 T6 Columbus tubing
1 1/2″ to 1 1/8″ tapered steerer
1500g frameset 57cm
$950 MSRP available mid October

Aug 27, 2014 9 comments
Pearl Velo is Closing Its Doors
Pearl-Velo-Denver

When Tyler from Pearl Velo emailed me last month, saying he was going to be closing the shop’s doors on September 1st, I was pretty bummed out. Granted, the only time I have been to Pearl Velo was during the Denver NAHBS and the #Outsideisfree party, but I was impressed with the community’s support of the shop, even during a blizzard.

What Pearl Velo stood for is what we need in US bike shops: selling an experience, not just products. The shop was small, but you could see an intent through it all. Tyler really believed in what he was doing, unfortunately, like everyone, his life changed and as a father, he wanted to spend more time with his family.

If you’re in Denver, swing through Pearl Velo and give Tyler a high-five.

Aug 27, 2014 4 comments
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