Category Archives: Beautiful Bicycles
My Geekhouse Woodville Update: Handsome Mud Butler Fenders and Compass Barlow Pass Tires
My Geekhouse Woodville Touring Bike with Fenders

Fenders aren’t exactly my favorite bicycle accessory. Granted I live in Texas where it “never rains” or so it didn’t really until this year. We’ve had a very wet spring and summer, resulting in a lot of unexpected rain riding. So much so that I finally broke down and decided to ditch the big, plump tread of my Bruce Gordon Rock n Roads for some fenders and the biggest tire I could find that would fit…

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Jul 28, 2015 35 comments
44 Bikes: Julie’s White and Green Huntsman ‘Cross
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Julie got her 44 Bikes Hunstman (huntswoman?) last winter and built it up this spring. Kris from 44 had never seen it complete until recently, when she allowed him to photograph it. As far as ‘cross bikes are concerned, this might be one of the slickest to ever grace this website. The white paint, juxtaposed with the sour apple green is so attractive. Also, those Ashima Ai2 rotors look amazing on this bike, especially with the sour apple Chris King R45 disc hubs.

See more drool-worthy ‘cross goodness at the 44 Bikes Flickr.

Jul 28, 2015 1 comment
Salsa Cycles’ Grateful Deadwood – Kyle Kelley
Salsa Cycles' Grateful Deadwood

Salsa Cycles’ Grateful Deadwood
Photos by Kyle Kelley and words by John Watson

Leave it to Kyle to bring some hippy shit into the mix for Salsa’s newest drop bar mountain bike, the Deadwood. Sorry, the “Grateful Deadwood.” Personally, I would have gone with some sort of fellen tree or Nature is Metal reference.

Kyle recently went to Saddle Drive, QBP’s open house demo in Ogden, Utah for his bike shop Golden Saddle Cyclery after having spent a great deal of time this year on the Niner Ros9+. Needless to say, Kyle came into Saddledrive with a pretty open mind about the 3″ tire platform. Over the years, he’s also sold a number of Fargos to customers who were planning on tackling the TDR either in the near or far future. How could you make the Fargo better? Throw some bigger tires on it, right? (more…)

Jul 27, 2015 10 comments
Tomii Cycles: Kalavinka Track Ends
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The past few days, Nao from Tomii Cycles has been posting some beautiful photos from a traditional track build. From what I can tell from the Tomii Flickr, it’s being built with a 1″ steerer and Kalavinka track ends. The process is almost as alluring as the final product in this case. See more at the Tomii Flickr.

Jul 25, 2015 2 comments
Pink is the New Mr. Pink – Kyle Kelley
The 2016 Mr. Pink by All-City

Pink is the New Mr. Pink
Photos by Kyle Kelley and words by John Watson

With another successful Saddledrive under their belt, the team at All-City have unveiled their new paint designs for 2016 on their popular platforms with the favorite (in terms of social media clatter) being the new Mr. Pink road bike. Now with an English threaded bottom bracket, a replaceable derailleur hanger, still designed to fit a nice plump tire, fenders and other essential accoutrement, the Mr. Pink is a great all-rounder road bike

Its new paint is reminiscent of the old Eddy Merckx Telekom paint scheme, giving the bike an attitude like the racing frames from the early 90’s. Fit with Sram Rival, built from Columbus Zona and either race or ride-ready, the Mr. Pink is one of All-City’s most popular bikes for good reason.

Available now for pre-order at your local All-City dealer and read up more at All-City!

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Jul 24, 2015 22 comments
Above Category Has Stolen the Manual for Speed Argonaut
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The guys at Above Category have kidnapped the Manual for Speed Argonaut, aka Space Panda. They’re holding it in captivity for a while, so all of their customers can see it in person. If you live in the Bay Area and wanna see just how ridiculous this thing is, swing by or if you just want to see more photos of this beast, head over to the Above Category blog.

Jul 24, 2015 9 comments
Peter’s Serotta Legend Ti Gates Belt Drive Commuter
Peter's Serotta Legend Ti Gates Belt Drive Commuter

What do you do with that old racing frame you had for over a decade after you decide racing just isn’t for you? Or those gaudy old wheels kicking around the bike shop you’ve worked at for just as long? For Peter, one of Mellow Johnny’s longest running employees, he got crafty.

Peter has had this frame since 2003, when it was fit with an actual road group. At the time, the titanium and carbon Serotta Legend was a rocket. Stiff rear triangle, compliant front end, or so they say. Whatever the marketing behind this bike was, within its design lay a beautiful possibility.

Those bolts, holding the seat stays to the dropouts can be serviced. If they can be serviced, they can be removed so Peter took the initiative to put a Gates Carbon Belt Drive system they had at Mellow’s to the test by installing the belt through that split in the stays.

There he was, with a decade-old, balleur commuter rendered in green and gold. What else could he do to this bike to put it over the top? How about a set of gold Campagnolo wheels from 2008? Voila. Personally, I think this bike is so wacky that it works and it’s been Peter’s go-to ride for years… Run what you brung.

Jul 23, 2015 30 comments
Low Bicycles: Mk1 Road Cadence Collection Edition Now Available
2015 NAHBS: Low and Cadence Mk1 Road

Now in stock, in limited numbers at Low Bicycles, the Mk1 Road Cadence Collection. As seen in our 2015 NAHBS coverage.

The Low Bicycles collaboration with Cadence Collection was inevitable. Both brands have supported grassroots racing in the Bay Area consistently over the years. This project was born out of an ongoing kinship between Dustin Klein and Andrew Low, as they both developed a following in the tight-knit messenger and alley-cat racing community. Both brands share an individualistic and creative mindset with an attitude and design philosophy that is informed by their mutual background. (more…)

Jul 22, 2015 4 comments