Category Archives: Beautiful Bicycles
The New Bike Models from Salsa, Surly and All City at Saddle Drive – Jarrod Bunk
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Editor’s note: Jarrod recently attended Saddle Drive, Quality Bicycle Product’s outdoor showcase for their forthcoming products. This included components, accessories and complete bicycles from brands like Salsa, Surly and All City. Jarrod spent two days there, photographing new components on day one and on day two, complete bikes. Here’s that gallery.

The New Bike Models from Saddle Drive
Words and photos by Jarrod Bunk

Northstar at Tahoe is the perfect venue to showcase product, for day two I set aside most of my day between seminars to shoot some of the new bikes from Salsa, Surly and All City, Including the new BigBlock, Warbird Carbon/Alloy and Woodsmoke 27.5+. If I could I would’ve stayed the rest of the week just to be able to swing a leg over all of the other bikes. Check out the gallery for some of my favorites.

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Jul 29, 2016 23 comments
Sam’s Sklar 29er is Headed for the Colorado Trail – Morgan Taylor
Sam's Sklar 29er is Headed for the Colorado Trail – Morgan Taylor

Adam Sklar has been building bikes for five years now. Among his first customers was Sam, a good friend from high school. Sam had Adam build him a single speed 29er, but Sklar #4 has since been through many iterations over the years. Recently, Sam was feeling like his original Sklar, while abundant with character and nostalgia, was ready to give way to a new Sklar. Adam’s style has certainly developed over his time building bikes, and Sam wanted to honor his friend’s success by commissioning another frame. (more…)

Jul 27, 2016 33 comments
Patch’s Rusted Steel Road
Patch's Rusted Steel Road

During our journey along the Sverigetempot, we had a few riders join in for bit of riding. One of which was Patch, a local who met our group on the last day’s journey. Patch showed up in this fluoro Rapha jersey and this rusted road bike, built with mis-matched parts and older aero bars. It immediately caught my eye, even in my groggy state, which was heightened by a fresh knee injury from the evening before (I clipped my knee cap on a rock while sprinting to set up a photo).

The story behind this bike was pretty rad, considering the bike’s current state. To summarize, one of Patch’s friends was beginning to build frames, so he helped Patch braze this bike together. Over time, it broke, so he repaired it and in that time, it’s been his go-to bike, taking him on brevets and tons of road miles. After a mishap, he ended up with mismatched wheels, which, I might add, really work here. The patina has come from years of riding it raw, through Swedish winters and the frame bag dons patches of both victories (like the Sverigetempot completion badge) and personal mantras.

Patch is a designer, a person who usually controls details and aesthetics yet this bike seems to have designed itself. That, to me, merited a photoset.

Jul 26, 2016 23 comments
A Trio of Sverigetempot Bikes
Sverigetempot Bikes: Johan's Venge

As you might have noticed in the previous two galleries, not a lot of riders in the Sverigetempot are on traditional randonneur bikes, or even touring bikes. Rather, many of the participants are on carbon fiber road bikes, with a few select modifications to their components and of course, bikepacking bags. While there have been many excellent examples of bikes on this trip, I managed to photograph three in particular from the riders in our troop: Johan’s Focus, Daniel’s Roubaix and Johan’s Venge. Each have very similar specifications in terms of gear range and tires, but as you’ll see, are built to be lightweight, long-distance rigs. (more…)

Jul 21, 2016 29 comments
Bishop Bikes: Ben Falcon Project Bikes – Number 01
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Photos by Keith Trotta

Chris Bishop is in the process of making a series of project bikes. Each one with be a collaborative effort between various artists and painters, will be one-offs and best of all, for sale. This being the first, a collaboration between Ben Falcon, the New York-based painter. It’s a size 52cm and is built with Dura Ace, Ritchey and ENVE. Head to Bishop’s Flickr for more photos and holler at Chris if you’re interested in purchasing it.

Jul 20, 2016 5 comments
Ride to the Beach with Your Board and Brews on the Poler Surf Jammer
Ride to the Beach with Your Board and Brews on the Poler Surf Jammer

While fatbikes might be at home in wintery environments and locales where it snows more than the sun shines each year, over time these strange bicycles began to migrate to sandy regions. From the Mojave to the Oregon coastal dunes, fatbikes have spent a fair amount of their short-lived existence on Earth shredding sand. With their high volume, low pressure tires, suddenly you can pedal for great distances through thick sand. Something not really possible on a bicycle prior. Visit any beach town, especially one with a high influx of tourists and you’ll find some janky fatbike sitting next to a beach cruiser and soft top surfboards in the rental fleet.

That’s not what’s going on here, I can assure you. (more…)

Jul 13, 2016 29 comments
Seven Introduces the RedSky Medium-Reach Road Bike
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Seven Cycles has released a new road bike, the RedSky, a medium-reach road bike, suitable for all road conditions and with enough clearance for a 32mm file tread tire, even dirt. The frame comes with optional, hidden fender mounts. The 5E road fork comes in 8 different rakes, which allows them to optimize handling for riders across the size spectrum, as well as addressing issues of toe overlap for smaller riders.

RedSky can be built with a choice of build kits from SRAM, Campagnolo or Shimano and is available now from Seven.

Jul 12, 2016 3 comments
Introducing Page Street Cycles by Christopher Igleheart and Joseph Ahearne
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Christopher Igleheart and Joseph Ahearne have over 50 years in joint frame building experience and have been working towards this end goal for some time now. Page Street Cycles was born from a desire to design and build bikes that are both fun to ride and highly functional. Chris and Joseph would like to bring a semi-custom frameset to you, the consumer for around $2,250, beginning with the Outback 650b, an off-road tourer with clearances for a 2.5″ tire with fenders. Page Street Bikes is open for business, so head over to their site for more information!

Jul 11, 2016 1 comment
Call it a Comeback: Specialized Brings Back the Sequoia and its Versatile Design
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The Specialized Sequoia was first designed by Tim Neenan in the early 1980’s. Later, Jim Merz improved upon the design of this versatile bicycle. While the 1980’s steel Sequoia had a certain panache, the aluminum models of the 2000’s somehow lost their sex appeal. Maybe it was the industry at the time, or maybe it was the “hybrid-looking” silhouette of the bike, but whatever the reason, the Sequoia died out in the 2000’s. In its time however, the steel Sequoia from the 1980’s received a cult-like following.

“In the early 2000’s, Bicycling Magazine asked several industry luminaries what they thought the best bike ever built was. Grant Petersen, founder of Rivendell Bicycles, nominated the 1983 Specialized Sequoia.” Adventure Cycling, August 2003.

Fast forward to modern times. The cycling industry is enamored with the outdoors. Bikepacking, touring, bicycle camping and S24 rides are all the rage. Hell, even Adventure Cycling is celebrating the Bikecentennial this year! All the brands have taken a stab at designing the best-suited bike for the aforementioned activities. While Specialized wasn’t by any means the first to the party in terms of “adventure bicycles,” they have staked their claim to the movement. (more…)

Jul 10, 2016 174 comments
Devin’s Stinner Frameworks Gator Track
Devin's Stinner Frameworks Gator Track

Devin is the machinist at Stinner Frameworks and like many of us, grew up worshipping the heros of skateboaring, the culture and inevitably, the iconography surrounding the sport. One of which being Mark Rogowski and his famous “Gator” pattern. While things inevitably went south for Rogowski, his graphics, particularly a spiraling razzle pattern lived on, inspiring graphic artists for years to come. James, the paint designer at Stinner, used the pattern on the inside of the fork blades and under the fat, oversized Columbus downtube. Then, a subtle ombre blue to green fade was clear coated with a sparkle pearl, resulting in one mean looking street machine.

Jul 8, 2016 15 comments