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 26 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 24 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!

(more…)

Mar 30, 2015 9 comments
A Familiar Dropout Face
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For years I’ve admired the Vanilla and Speedvagen dropout design and yesterday, I finally got to visit their home at the Vanilla Workshop in Portland. While I work on the photos of the space and the bikes, I’ll share with you a photo I took of an in-progress Vanilla road bike.

Expect more to come…

Mar 27, 2015 No comments yet
Forest Park with the Athletic
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Part of Portland’s allure is the accessibility of exceptional “all-road” riding. The Athletic‘s office is just minutes away from Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. While most of the singletrack and trails are illegal for cycling, two roads, Leif Erikson and Saltzman offer plenty of dirt and gravel to make an average road ride all the more interesting.

Add in the beauty of springtime green, some killer #lightbro, great company and you’ve got one hell of a short, sub 20 mile ride.

Check out more photos below!

(more…)

Mar 27, 2015 2 comments
ENVE’s Redesigned Seat Post
2015 NAHBS: Moots Custom Design All-Road

ENVE has recently redesigned their popular seat post to incorporate a two-bolt pattern, in lieu of their single bolt design. These new posts feature a patented two-bolt wedge system that are compatible with standard and oversized rails and allow you to adjust the saddle angle with ease.

I’ve been using one since NAHBS and can say this revision has drastically improved the clamp strength compared to the previous design. Before, especially during cyclocross races or trail riding, if I hadn’t torqued and carbon greased the ENVE post clamp enough, I’d get slippage and so far, so good with this new design.

Head over to ENVE for more information.

Mar 27, 2015 3 comments
Santa Cruz Bicycles and The Radavist Photo Show at Velo Cult This Weekend
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It’s been a while, Portland. I’ll be in your city later this week for an evening with Santa Cruz Bicycles at Velo Cult and I’d like you to come. Here are the details:

TONIGHT, March 28th 7PM at Velo Cult, join us as we welcome Santa Cruz Bicycles and The Radavist for a photo show, spotlighting their recent adventures in New Zealand on the new Stigmata cyclocross bike. We will also be unveiling our Domestic Display Tables, showing something special from Limberlost, serving drinks and have snacks provided by Chris King Buzz’s food wing #gourmetcenturyevents. Come party with us!

(more…)

Mar 27, 2015 8 comments
Search and State: New Leg Warmers
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Spring is here but that doesn’t mean warm weather has followed suit just yet. Search and State has you covered. Literally. Now you can wear their gear from heat to toe, or ankles rather, with their new Leg Warmers.

Made from a heavier weight fabric than their famous Arm Warmers, the Leg Warmers feature a brushed back and secure zipper closure. They’re still lightweight enough to be removed and stowed in your jersey pocket.

Like all SAS apparel, the S1-LW are made in New York City and are in stock now at Search and State.

Mar 27, 2015 No comments yet
I Wanna Go to Tassie

With all the trips to Melbourne I’ve made, I still can’t believe that Tassie wasn’t in the agenda. Next time for sure.

Mar 27, 2015 3 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
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
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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 26 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 24 comments
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Acre’s New Apparel
CZ2R1942_1

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!

(more…)

Mar 30, 2015 9 comments
A Familiar Dropout Face
vanilla-10

For years I’ve admired the Vanilla and Speedvagen dropout design and yesterday, I finally got to visit their home at the Vanilla Workshop in Portland. While I work on the photos of the space and the bikes, I’ll share with you a photo I took of an in-progress Vanilla road bike.

Expect more to come…

Mar 27, 2015 No comments yet
Forest Park with the Athletic
theAthleticRide-7

Part of Portland’s allure is the accessibility of exceptional “all-road” riding. The Athletic‘s office is just minutes away from Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. While most of the singletrack and trails are illegal for cycling, two roads, Leif Erikson and Saltzman offer plenty of dirt and gravel to make an average road ride all the more interesting.

Add in the beauty of springtime green, some killer #lightbro, great company and you’ve got one hell of a short, sub 20 mile ride.

Check out more photos below!

(more…)

Mar 27, 2015 2 comments
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ENVE’s Redesigned Seat Post
2015 NAHBS: Moots Custom Design All-Road

ENVE has recently redesigned their popular seat post to incorporate a two-bolt pattern, in lieu of their single bolt design. These new posts feature a patented two-bolt wedge system that are compatible with standard and oversized rails and allow you to adjust the saddle angle with ease.

I’ve been using one since NAHBS and can say this revision has drastically improved the clamp strength compared to the previous design. Before, especially during cyclocross races or trail riding, if I hadn’t torqued and carbon greased the ENVE post clamp enough, I’d get slippage and so far, so good with this new design.

Head over to ENVE for more information.

Mar 27, 2015 3 comments
Santa Cruz Bicycles and The Radavist Photo Show at Velo Cult This Weekend
SantaCruzRadavistFlyer

It’s been a while, Portland. I’ll be in your city later this week for an evening with Santa Cruz Bicycles at Velo Cult and I’d like you to come. Here are the details:

TONIGHT, March 28th 7PM at Velo Cult, join us as we welcome Santa Cruz Bicycles and The Radavist for a photo show, spotlighting their recent adventures in New Zealand on the new Stigmata cyclocross bike. We will also be unveiling our Domestic Display Tables, showing something special from Limberlost, serving drinks and have snacks provided by Chris King Buzz’s food wing #gourmetcenturyevents. Come party with us!

(more…)

Mar 27, 2015 8 comments
Search and State: New Leg Warmers
SAS_legwarm-01

Spring is here but that doesn’t mean warm weather has followed suit just yet. Search and State has you covered. Literally. Now you can wear their gear from heat to toe, or ankles rather, with their new Leg Warmers.

Made from a heavier weight fabric than their famous Arm Warmers, the Leg Warmers feature a brushed back and secure zipper closure. They’re still lightweight enough to be removed and stowed in your jersey pocket.

Like all SAS apparel, the S1-LW are made in New York City and are in stock now at Search and State.

Mar 27, 2015 No comments yet
I Wanna Go to Tassie

With all the trips to Melbourne I’ve made, I still can’t believe that Tassie wasn’t in the agenda. Next time for sure.

Mar 27, 2015 3 comments
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