Category Archives: Events
Inside the 2015 Bike and Beer Festival
Flatland Demo

Last weekend, I made the short flight up to Portland, Oregon to attend the Bike and Beer festival at HopWorks Urban Brewery. While there, I was greeted with that I found to be a really pleasant and easy to digest show. There was just about anything a bike nerd could hope for: around 20-30 vendors, food, cheap beer, entertainment and lovely weather. Part of the draw for me to attend this show was to see builders who might not go to NAHBS and might not be right inside the Portland Metro area. We’ve already seen many of the bikes on display, so lets check out the show itself in a quick gallery…

Don’t worry, there’s more to come!

Oct 7, 2015 15 comments
Coming Together at the Trans Cascadia – Dylan VanWeelden
Coming Together at the Trans Cascadia

Coming Together at the Trans Cascadia
Photos by Dylan VanWeelden, words by Kyle Von Hoetzendorff

“I love it when a plan comes together.” – Hannibal – Every single episode of the A-Team.

Picture this, you arrive at a parking lot just off the main road of very small town that is set alongside a river amidst vast stretches of timber covered mountains. Waiting for you is a series of off road ready shuttle vans. You load in your bike and gear then you’re whisked away to a remote, wifi-less, electronic less, civilization-less beautiful mountain lake. This is your idyllic base camp, and during the day you will be racing blind on little known trails where deep loam sits just ready for the shredding. Over four days and 21 stages you will gradually race your way back towards the better known trails of Oakridge, Oregon. (more…)

Oct 7, 2015 4 comments
Urbocross III

Cycleast, PHENOM Cycle Club and All-City are running Urbocross in Austin this year, with one race and one race only this coming Wednesday, September 30th at 5:30pm. Meet up at Cycleast to roll at 6:00pm to an undisclosed location.

The race is free, with equal prizes for men and women’s podium, plus a raffle for all participants so you don’t have to win to win.

Sep 26, 2015 2 comments
Building Culture at the Vancouver Frame Builders Show
Kermode - Nick Lindstrom

Building Culture at the Vancouver Frame Builders Show

Words by Mathew Braun
Photos by Stefan Feldmann

Vancouver has a significant place within the world of North American hand built bicycles. There is much debate surrounding the origins of the mountain bike, but few will argue that the frames built in Vancouver during the late ’80s and early ’90s didn’t direct the state of downhill mountain biking significantly.

Once again the city’s frame builders are demonstrating their ability to craft intentional and beautiful bicycles. My desire to organize this show was in part driven by curiosity: I wanted to know who else was building frames in the area. I firmly believe that the growth of culture starts with a strong community, and for that community to take root you gotta make shit happen.

On Thursday, September 10th, a group of nine frame builders local to the Vancouver area gathered at Musette Caffé for the first annual Vancouver Frame Builders Show. A collection of lugged, fillet brazed, and tig welded frames donned the floor as master, young, and new builders demonstrated their craft. (more…)

Sep 22, 2015 20 comments
Mission Workshop: Ask a Founder – Mike Sinyard

October 10th brings about yet another Ask a Founder event at Mission Workshop. This time, it features Mike Sinyard of Specialized Bicycles.

“The Founders Event was created in effort to pull the curtain back and learn more about cycling brands that we respect. We as an industry tend to focus on the stunning finished parts but not as much on the struggle it takes to get there. For the event we simply turn the cameras on, step back and watch the story unfold. We cover the inspiration behind ideas, the projects that never got off the ground and everything in between.

For our fourth installment of this project we present to you the relatively unknown founder of one of the cycling world’s leading innovative forces. Mike Sinyard of Specialized will now take your questions. Join us Saturday October 10th at 7PM PST to watch Mike live on Be part of the event by asking Mike a question via Twitter using “#AskSinyard” as the hashtag. Live audience space is limited, if you can make it to Mission Workshop San Francisco, email [email protected] for a seat.”

Sep 21, 2015 Comments are OFF
I Survived the Second Day at 2015 Interbike
1986 City Cycles shirt!

The second day is usually the busiest at Interbike. After walking the aisles endlessly the previous day, I felt like everything of interest had been seen but alas, there were many more gems to be found. Some of which included:

Industy Nine‘s Match Stick Thru-Axles
Sparse and Bicycle Crumbs lights
Bruce Gordon‘s “All-Road” disc bike
Silca‘s mini pump and saddle bag by Yanco.
Paul Component Engineering‘s new MTB stems

Sep 18, 2015 29 comments