Who Said Winter Is Coming?

We’re all packing up and heading to the high desert tonight for an escape from the Los Angeles heat. I never thought I’d be saying that, but that’s the world we live in now. Does anyone have some favorite desert rides we should check out in the Southern California area?

Jan 16, 2018 9 comments
Crust Bikes: Lightning Bolt Randonneuring Frameset

Writing product description takes finesse, yet clearly, Matt from Crust Bikes really enjoyed writing about their newest frameset, the Lightning Bolt:

“The Lightning bolt is a dedicated low trail randonneur frame. Unlike the rest of our frames this one is designed with pavement in mind. Max tire clearance is 650b X 48c. Compatible with both 1X, 2X or even triple chainring set up. Main tubes are made from some pretty thin wall Renoylds 853, which I noticed a bunch of people wanted the Romanceur to be, so here it is. Will it plane I hear you ask? It flexes in such a harmonic resonance, you will think you are surfing Kelly slaters wave pool riding a Mick Mackie flex tail fish, doing the smoothest high lines this side of Derek Hynd at J.Bay, it just planes that good! What am I talking about I hear you ask? Contact Jan Heine to find out, be sure to mention Kelly Slaters wave pool, I mean come on people! How is no one else trying to make a bike ride like a surfboard on an artificial wave?”

See more at Crust Bikes!

Jan 16, 2018 16 comments
CX Hairs at the CX NATS

I’m sure CX Hairs has a full queue from the CX NATS coming through their YouTube in the next few days, but let’s kick it off with the men’s singlespeed race.

Jan 15, 2018 2 comments
Radavist x Giro OD Green Capsule Collection Information

We’re really stoked on our collaboration with Giro Cycling on an olive drab capsule collection. This set includes a Synthe Helmet ($270), VR90 Empires ($300), and DND gloves ($25), all in color-matched OD green. This collection drops on Monday, so ride over to your local Giro dealer to place an order today to ensure you can get your size. A small run from this collection will be live on Giro.com come Monday morning, but to ensure you can order what you want, make sure you head to your local dealer ASAP.

Thanks to @alonsotal for looking so sharp! We’ll post another reminder on Monday, this post is just giving you a heads up so you don’t spend all your paycheck this weekend. You can see more preview photos at our Instagram.

Jan 13, 2018 12 comments
Grinduro Scotland Registration is Open

Looking for a different kind of dirt road race in a totally different landscape? Grinduro Scotland returns this year, with registration now open. Head to Grinduro for details and check out our Reportage from last year’s event in the toolbar to the left.

Jan 12, 2018 No comments yet
Rawland Brings Back the xSOGN for $1,699.

Looking for an all-road or touring bike for under $2k? Check out the newly re-issued xSOGN from Rawland, which comes packaged 98% assembled for $1,699 including FedEx shipping to anywhere in the contiguous US. These bikes feature seamless chromoly butted tubing with a low-trail geometry, with 60mm tire clearance (47mm with fenders) and all the braze-ons you could want. The complete build spec includes SRAM Apex 1, WTB Byway tires, Alex tubeless rims and in a variety of sizes (rack not included.)

Visit rawlandcycles.com and @RawlandCycles for details and updates.

Jan 12, 2018 15 comments
LA Times Article on Team Dream and Chinese Counterfeiting


Photo by Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

“Team Dream is a small business by most any measure.

The quirky cycling apparel brand has just five employees. It produces only about 100 pieces of each garment and operates out of a converted gas station in San Marino, where a closet-sized nook doubles as both a fulfillment center and R&D lab. Its founder, Sean Talkington, has taken in no outside investment and only applied for his first credit card a few years ago because his bank told him he needed one to operate a retail store.

“We’re a blip,” Talkington said. So it came as a shock one day to learn that Team Dream clothing was being counterfeited and sold on a major Chinese e-commerce site.

Piracy was a problem that befell big brands such as Nike and Adidas, Talkington thought, not upstarts like Team Dream, which has no advertising budget and got its start selling clothes out of a 1970 Volkswagen bus.”

Continue reading this article at the LA Times. Thanks to Ben for sending this over!

Jan 12, 2018 3 comments
Wolf Tooth’s Pack Tools: Master Link Combo Pliers

Carrying a spare master link is a must for any kind of outing into the woods, especially on a tour of bikepacking trip and carrying spares is now easier than ever with the new Wolf Tooth Master Link Combo Pliers. These nifty pliers allow you to easily install a new master link, carry extra links and even use the other end as a tire lever. Having broken a few master links over the years, I wish I had this tool in my kit at the time! See more at Wolf Tooth.

Jan 11, 2018 15 comments
Ben Serotta Returns, Opens Serotta Design Studio

With over 40 years of framebuilding experience under his belt, Ben Serotta couldn’t keep away from the industry after Serotta closed its doors, a few years back. Just this week, Ben launched Serotta Design Studio with two flagship bikes, the Duetti – a disc all-road bike, and the aModoMio – a classic, do-it-all road bike with clearances for 28mm tires. There’s so much more to the story of Serotta Design Studio, so head over to their site to discover more.

Jan 11, 2018 11 comments
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Who Said Winter Is Coming?

We’re all packing up and heading to the high desert tonight for an escape from the Los Angeles heat. I never thought I’d be saying that, but that’s the world we live in now. Does anyone have some favorite desert rides we should check out in the Southern California area?

Jan 16, 2018 9 comments
Crust Bikes: Lightning Bolt Randonneuring Frameset

Writing product description takes finesse, yet clearly, Matt from Crust Bikes really enjoyed writing about their newest frameset, the Lightning Bolt:

“The Lightning bolt is a dedicated low trail randonneur frame. Unlike the rest of our frames this one is designed with pavement in mind. Max tire clearance is 650b X 48c. Compatible with both 1X, 2X or even triple chainring set up. Main tubes are made from some pretty thin wall Renoylds 853, which I noticed a bunch of people wanted the Romanceur to be, so here it is. Will it plane I hear you ask? It flexes in such a harmonic resonance, you will think you are surfing Kelly slaters wave pool riding a Mick Mackie flex tail fish, doing the smoothest high lines this side of Derek Hynd at J.Bay, it just planes that good! What am I talking about I hear you ask? Contact Jan Heine to find out, be sure to mention Kelly Slaters wave pool, I mean come on people! How is no one else trying to make a bike ride like a surfboard on an artificial wave?”

See more at Crust Bikes!

Jan 16, 2018 16 comments
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CX Hairs at the CX NATS

I’m sure CX Hairs has a full queue from the CX NATS coming through their YouTube in the next few days, but let’s kick it off with the men’s singlespeed race.

Jan 15, 2018 2 comments
Radavist x Giro OD Green Capsule Collection Information

We’re really stoked on our collaboration with Giro Cycling on an olive drab capsule collection. This set includes a Synthe Helmet ($270), VR90 Empires ($300), and DND gloves ($25), all in color-matched OD green. This collection drops on Monday, so ride over to your local Giro dealer to place an order today to ensure you can get your size. A small run from this collection will be live on Giro.com come Monday morning, but to ensure you can order what you want, make sure you head to your local dealer ASAP.

Thanks to @alonsotal for looking so sharp! We’ll post another reminder on Monday, this post is just giving you a heads up so you don’t spend all your paycheck this weekend. You can see more preview photos at our Instagram.

Jan 13, 2018 12 comments
Grinduro Scotland Registration is Open

Looking for a different kind of dirt road race in a totally different landscape? Grinduro Scotland returns this year, with registration now open. Head to Grinduro for details and check out our Reportage from last year’s event in the toolbar to the left.

Jan 12, 2018 No comments yet
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Rawland Brings Back the xSOGN for $1,699.

Looking for an all-road or touring bike for under $2k? Check out the newly re-issued xSOGN from Rawland, which comes packaged 98% assembled for $1,699 including FedEx shipping to anywhere in the contiguous US. These bikes feature seamless chromoly butted tubing with a low-trail geometry, with 60mm tire clearance (47mm with fenders) and all the braze-ons you could want. The complete build spec includes SRAM Apex 1, WTB Byway tires, Alex tubeless rims and in a variety of sizes (rack not included.)

Visit rawlandcycles.com and @RawlandCycles for details and updates.

Jan 12, 2018 15 comments
LA Times Article on Team Dream and Chinese Counterfeiting


Photo by Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

“Team Dream is a small business by most any measure.

The quirky cycling apparel brand has just five employees. It produces only about 100 pieces of each garment and operates out of a converted gas station in San Marino, where a closet-sized nook doubles as both a fulfillment center and R&D lab. Its founder, Sean Talkington, has taken in no outside investment and only applied for his first credit card a few years ago because his bank told him he needed one to operate a retail store.

“We’re a blip,” Talkington said. So it came as a shock one day to learn that Team Dream clothing was being counterfeited and sold on a major Chinese e-commerce site.

Piracy was a problem that befell big brands such as Nike and Adidas, Talkington thought, not upstarts like Team Dream, which has no advertising budget and got its start selling clothes out of a 1970 Volkswagen bus.”

Continue reading this article at the LA Times. Thanks to Ben for sending this over!

Jan 12, 2018 3 comments
Wolf Tooth’s Pack Tools: Master Link Combo Pliers

Carrying a spare master link is a must for any kind of outing into the woods, especially on a tour of bikepacking trip and carrying spares is now easier than ever with the new Wolf Tooth Master Link Combo Pliers. These nifty pliers allow you to easily install a new master link, carry extra links and even use the other end as a tire lever. Having broken a few master links over the years, I wish I had this tool in my kit at the time! See more at Wolf Tooth.

Jan 11, 2018 15 comments
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Ben Serotta Returns, Opens Serotta Design Studio

With over 40 years of framebuilding experience under his belt, Ben Serotta couldn’t keep away from the industry after Serotta closed its doors, a few years back. Just this week, Ben launched Serotta Design Studio with two flagship bikes, the Duetti – a disc all-road bike, and the aModoMio – a classic, do-it-all road bike with clearances for 28mm tires. There’s so much more to the story of Serotta Design Studio, so head over to their site to discover more.

Jan 11, 2018 11 comments
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