Here’s a recap from the 2014 NACCC in Minneapolis.
Over at Giro, when they need bikes for their tradeshow booths, they simply look to the local builders in Santa Cruz. This year, when Eric Horton, the creative director at Giro wanted a new road bike for himself, along with a booth bike, he contacted John at Caletti Cycles.
The project was simple: make a pair of Columbus tubing, hydro disc brake, all-road, Di2 bikes that would tackle the surrounding hills and fire roads, all while matching the color palette of the Giro New Road line.
As many bicycles designed throughout history, Eric looked to classic sports cars for the paint-inspiration. His car of choice: the Singer Porsche.
See more below, as Eric explains these bikes in detail…
Sky at Velo Cult has the full scoop on how this bike came to be, but I’ll do my best at paraphrasing.
Back in 1988, Chris Kostman was in the throes of the Race Across America, when his mechanics stopped at a little shop called Sore Saddle Cyclery in Steamboat Springs, CO. Inside, there was a frame builder named Kent Eriksen who spent his time crafting Moots bicycles.
Later, Eriksen made Kostman this 1989 Moots Zerkel – originally in a zebra stripe paint, which Chris didn’t like, so he recoated it in a crazy “rasta” paint job. It was built for Chris to race Iditabike and later, to take a crack at the first-ever 24 Hour Mountain Bike World Record.
Built with full Ritchey Logic components and American Classic hubs, it’s like a specimen from an almost forgotten age. The double fork ends, “gator jaw” gussets, custom stem and insane chainstays make this a truly unique shred sled. Look, this thing is insane and if you’re into the full, in-depth story, you should head to Velo Cult to read it all!
I went over the top documenting this one…
Here’s the first video from the 2014 Red Hook Crit Barcelona, which, by the way, looked like a fun event, especially when rendered in slow motion.
This looks like a RAD time in Colorado:
“Colorado is home to some of the finest handmade bicycles in the country, if not the world. This site is a showcase for not only these well crafted machines, but also the craftsmen that build them.
You will also find the latest news of our annual show, the Colorado Framebuilders’ BBQ, where you can come see these beautiful bikes and enjoy some delicious food and beer while chatting to the builders. This year’s BBQ will be held on September 27th, 2014.”
I’m thinking road trip? See more at the Colorado Framebuilders’ BBQ.
Woah! In 2006, Kozo Sugino invited Mo from Keirin Berlin to check out all that Japan had to offer in terms of NJS framebuilders. He went to Osaka to meet the amazing Nagasawa-San, then the late Doi-San of Ganwell Pro before visiting the Sugino factory to meet with Kozo Sugino.
Finally, he headed up to Shuzenji to see the Keirin school and further up north with the Shinkansen to Tokyo to see MKS, Nitto and meet Tanabe-San at Kalavinka.
This looks like an insane trip!
Head over to the Speedbloggen to find out more!
It’s almost cross season and that means Rapha has a few new things up their sleeves. Here are my two favorite pieces from their Cross Collection, the Long Sleeve Jersey ($215) and the Short Sleeve Jersey ($120). See more at Rapha.
Affinity Cycles from Brooklyn has a new kit up for pre-order:
“In collaboration with the most niche cycling kit manufacturer in the business Endo Customs, Affinity is proud to announce the long awaited release of our pro track team kit. Endo only takes on a select batch of projects each year so we couldn’t be more hyped offering this up to our biggest fans.
So when the first one rolled off the line we asked NYC export and OG Affinity Employee Ben Foster (not the movie star Ben Foster but the fast as shit neo pro roadie) to pick it up right from Endo’s Downtown LA shop.
The pre order is open for 2 weeks only beginning today September 4th until the 18th of September!!”
Pre-order a kit at Affinity.
Shred! Thanks for the reminder, Reporting Home!
When David realized it was time for a new road bike, he talked to his friend and Austin-resident Kristian House about Condor Cycles, House’s title sponsor from the Rapha Condor JLT team. David looked into these made in Italy, painted in the UK frames and soon after, a brand new Condor Acciaid Road showed up on his birthday – thanks to his wife.
He’s been riding it nonstop and when the Reynolds rep brought some fancy new wheels for David to try out, how could he resist? And how could I resist jumping at the opportunity to photograph this bike?
I don’t know if you’re heard or not, but ripping through the woods on a cross bike is a lot of fun. The guys at Brothers Cycles made a fun little video promoting their Kepler cross frame.
Here’s another product from Swift Industries that caught my eye: the Scout’s Motto Tool Roll. Made in Seattle, Washington and retails for $37. See more information at Swift and a few more photos at the Swift Flickr.
“Like rice, the bicycle is deeply ingrained in China’s culture. Once a sign of backwardness, the “people’s vehicle” is now enjoying a hip revival. 11 unique tyre tracks went into creating the Forbidden City – one of which belongs to the legendary Flying Pigeon.”
See more at 100 Copies!
If you missed this one when it aired, you can now watch it online, for free.
Read the full press-release below.
… but we knew that already, right? This is a great video!
Mmmmm ice cream sandwiches. These new Strawfoot Neapolitan socks will keep you cool in the remaining hot summer days. Order a scoop of Neapolitan at Strawfoot! Made in the USA by DeFeet.
Austin, Texas has changed so much in the past four years since I found myself living here and I’m not talking about the constant construction. Every time I come back from a trip, or a month on the road, there are new people here, with newer bikes and I’m always thrilled to see people riding made in the USA frames, like Al’s new Signal Cycles road bike.