Passing Down a Unique Land Shark Track Frame

Jim C, one of the founders of Orange 20 and later, Cranky’s in Santa Barbara, held a swap meet sale at Golden Saddle Cyclery today, before moving out east. Jim brought along with him a unique Land Shark Time Shark frame. This frame was allegedly raced by Amanda Henry in the 1986 UCI track worlds in the Flying 250mm. While I can’t find any information on the bike, or Amanda Henry’s career online, Jim’s memory of this frame’s history will have to do.

The asymmetric seat stays were a common detail on these Time Sharks, as were custom stems, wild paint jobs, and beautifully-curved forks. A few more details of note include the Magic Motorcycle cranks, which were later purchased by Cannondale to become part of their Coda line. Check out that outboard bottom bracket! The home-made disc wheels are made from common plastic, mostly used in model airplane fuselage construction.

All in all, these “funny bike” designs are always a pleasure to document and admire. Jim passed this bike down to the team at the Cub House, so if you’re ever in their neighborhood, make sure you check it out. See more photos below. (more…)

Jan 20, 2018 1 comment
Invisible Forces

Industry Nine’s newest wheelsets look to tame the natural forces that affect us on the road. You can check out the complete specs on the i9.35, i9.45 and i9.65 wheels at Industry Nine.

Jan 19, 2018 1 comment
God and Famous: Faux Pass Jacket

The new God and Famous Faux Pass jacket features a fully reflective, lightweight, thermal cycling jacket that utilizes a windproof, water-resistant, and breathable Italian 290 GSM reflective fabric. There’s also a 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective strip for added visibility in low light riding conditions, a YKK double zipper, Aero collar. 3-rear pockets and a drop tail for additional coverage. These race fit jackets are in stock now at God and Famous.

Jan 19, 2018 No comments yet
The Oregon Timber Trail 2018 Calendar


Photos by Gabe Tiller

The Oregon Timber Trail has a lot of activities planned for 2018:

“It’s the new year and we’re gearing up for a busy twelve months on the Oregon Timber Trail. A lot of you have been asking about our popular Stewardship Campouts and Sawyer Certifications so we’ve been busy getting all our ducks in a row. Here is our 2018 calendar of events covering a broad spectrum from cooking in the backcountry, to slideshows, to weekend-long certifications and remote trail stewardship events. We hope to share these inspiring and educational experiences with you. ”

Check out all the details at the Oregon Timber Trail and don’t miss their 2017 accomplishments.

Jan 18, 2018 1 comment
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 15 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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Passing Down a Unique Land Shark Track Frame

Jim C, one of the founders of Orange 20 and later, Cranky’s in Santa Barbara, held a swap meet sale at Golden Saddle Cyclery today, before moving out east. Jim brought along with him a unique Land Shark Time Shark frame. This frame was allegedly raced by Amanda Henry in the 1986 UCI track worlds in the Flying 250mm. While I can’t find any information on the bike, or Amanda Henry’s career online, Jim’s memory of this frame’s history will have to do.

The asymmetric seat stays were a common detail on these Time Sharks, as were custom stems, wild paint jobs, and beautifully-curved forks. A few more details of note include the Magic Motorcycle cranks, which were later purchased by Cannondale to become part of their Coda line. Check out that outboard bottom bracket! The home-made disc wheels are made from common plastic, mostly used in model airplane fuselage construction.

All in all, these “funny bike” designs are always a pleasure to document and admire. Jim passed this bike down to the team at the Cub House, so if you’re ever in their neighborhood, make sure you check it out. See more photos below. (more…)

Jan 20, 2018 1 comment
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Invisible Forces

Industry Nine’s newest wheelsets look to tame the natural forces that affect us on the road. You can check out the complete specs on the i9.35, i9.45 and i9.65 wheels at Industry Nine.

Jan 19, 2018 1 comment
God and Famous: Faux Pass Jacket

The new God and Famous Faux Pass jacket features a fully reflective, lightweight, thermal cycling jacket that utilizes a windproof, water-resistant, and breathable Italian 290 GSM reflective fabric. There’s also a 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective strip for added visibility in low light riding conditions, a YKK double zipper, Aero collar. 3-rear pockets and a drop tail for additional coverage. These race fit jackets are in stock now at God and Famous.

Jan 19, 2018 No comments yet
The Oregon Timber Trail 2018 Calendar


Photos by Gabe Tiller

The Oregon Timber Trail has a lot of activities planned for 2018:

“It’s the new year and we’re gearing up for a busy twelve months on the Oregon Timber Trail. A lot of you have been asking about our popular Stewardship Campouts and Sawyer Certifications so we’ve been busy getting all our ducks in a row. Here is our 2018 calendar of events covering a broad spectrum from cooking in the backcountry, to slideshows, to weekend-long certifications and remote trail stewardship events. We hope to share these inspiring and educational experiences with you. ”

Check out all the details at the Oregon Timber Trail and don’t miss their 2017 accomplishments.

Jan 18, 2018 1 comment
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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 15 comments
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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
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