The Athletic: Elevation Wool Socks
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Sometimes, the simplest designs are the ones that become favorites. You don’t even have to explain the inspiration for the new Elevation wool socks from the Athletic. We get it. Available in Plum and Royal.

Oct 17, 2014 4 comments
Mash SF: Cutty Cross Sweat and New Shirts
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Mash has been killing it with product this year and now they’ve got a whole line up of Cinelli collaboration shirts, as well as a few new pieces of their own. I’m particularly partial to the Mash Cutty Cross logo. Head over to Mash to see what’s new.

Oct 17, 2014 2 comments
Hang in There
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I wish more of my weeks ended like this… and yes, I have to shoot that bike. I’ve just been waiting for the right time.

Tools of the trade:
Leica M7 / Zeiss 28mm
Portra 400

Oct 16, 2014 5 comments
Endless Offers More 1x Narrow Wide MTB Chainrings
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With the development of the narrow wide chainring, more and more companies are beginning to roll out their own designs for MTB and cross bikes. The newest I’ve come across is Endless, out of Asheville, NC. They machine and anodize everything in the USA and while they currently only offer 104 BCD rings, they do come in an array of colors for 32t or 36t rings.

See more at Endless.

Oct 16, 2014 1 comment
Shand Cycles: Stoater All-Road Bike
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Lifestyle photos by Chris Blott

Shand calls the Stoater a “cross bike for people who don’t race cross” and here in the States, bikes like this get labeled “gravel grinders” or “adventure bikes”. I like to think of them as all-road bikes.

The Stoater can be run as a singlespeed, geared or Rohloff. Shand achieves versatility through using a PF30bb, so it can accept a Beer Components EBB and the Paragon Polydrop dropouts with interchangeable inserts. This, along with modular cable routing, drivetrain swaps are easy. Built from Reynolds 853 with Deda and Columbus stays, the Stoater can take what you can throw at it.

See more of the Stoater at Shand Cycles.

Oct 16, 2014 7 comments
I Love Visiting Framebuilders in Austin
Chumba-3

Since moving all of their production from Oregon to Austin, Chumba‘s been cranking out their mountain bike frames in house. Today after a quick trail ride with Vince from Chumba, he took me out to their facilities so I could see their office and fabrication shop.

All I have to say is I’m stoked to see this going down in Austin, just 30 minutes from my home.

More to come!

Oct 15, 2014 3 comments
Koga’s Beachracer Just Looks Like a Trail Ripper
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A reader sent me this just now, scoffing at it and all I could think when I saw it was “holy shit, that looks fun!” Call it a monster cross, or a dirt drop 29’r, bikepacking rig, or whatever… yes, beach racer. This bike looks like a marketing hit gone awry, turned legit trail ripper. Also, I love the bars. All it needs are some 2.5″ gumwall Ardents.

Has anyone seen one in person? See more at Koga.

Thanks for sharing, Sam!

Oct 15, 2014 31 comments
Blackburn’s New Outpost Bags
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Bikepacking bags have gained a lot of momentum in the market over the past few years and now Blackburn offers up their take on these simple designs. By utilizing a standard dry sack, the Outpost Seat Pack and Bar Roll make it even easier to load and unload your bike, all while remaining secure, even on the most technical singletrack.

See more Outpost products at Blackburn, including their new Cargo Cage and Top Tube bag.

Oct 15, 2014 6 comments
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Hang in There
RecentRoll_Color_Oct-18

I wish more of my weeks ended like this… and yes, I have to shoot that bike. I’ve just been waiting for the right time.

Tools of the trade:
Leica M7 / Zeiss 28mm
Portra 400

Oct 16, 2014 5 comments
Endless Offers More 1x Narrow Wide MTB Chainrings
Endless-narrow-wide-1x

With the development of the narrow wide chainring, more and more companies are beginning to roll out their own designs for MTB and cross bikes. The newest I’ve come across is Endless, out of Asheville, NC. They machine and anodize everything in the USA and while they currently only offer 104 BCD rings, they do come in an array of colors for 32t or 36t rings.

See more at Endless.

Oct 16, 2014 1 comment
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Shand Cycles: Stoater All-Road Bike
Shand 6-151

Lifestyle photos by Chris Blott

Shand calls the Stoater a “cross bike for people who don’t race cross” and here in the States, bikes like this get labeled “gravel grinders” or “adventure bikes”. I like to think of them as all-road bikes.

The Stoater can be run as a singlespeed, geared or Rohloff. Shand achieves versatility through using a PF30bb, so it can accept a Beer Components EBB and the Paragon Polydrop dropouts with interchangeable inserts. This, along with modular cable routing, drivetrain swaps are easy. Built from Reynolds 853 with Deda and Columbus stays, the Stoater can take what you can throw at it.

See more of the Stoater at Shand Cycles.

Oct 16, 2014 7 comments
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I Love Visiting Framebuilders in Austin
Chumba-3

Since moving all of their production from Oregon to Austin, Chumba‘s been cranking out their mountain bike frames in house. Today after a quick trail ride with Vince from Chumba, he took me out to their facilities so I could see their office and fabrication shop.

All I have to say is I’m stoked to see this going down in Austin, just 30 minutes from my home.

More to come!

Oct 15, 2014 3 comments
Koga’s Beachracer Just Looks Like a Trail Ripper
KOGA-beachracer

A reader sent me this just now, scoffing at it and all I could think when I saw it was “holy shit, that looks fun!” Call it a monster cross, or a dirt drop 29’r, bikepacking rig, or whatever… yes, beach racer. This bike looks like a marketing hit gone awry, turned legit trail ripper. Also, I love the bars. All it needs are some 2.5″ gumwall Ardents.

Has anyone seen one in person? See more at Koga.

Thanks for sharing, Sam!

Oct 15, 2014 31 comments
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Blackburn’s New Outpost Bags
Blackburn-seat-pack-bar

Bikepacking bags have gained a lot of momentum in the market over the past few years and now Blackburn offers up their take on these simple designs. By utilizing a standard dry sack, the Outpost Seat Pack and Bar Roll make it even easier to load and unload your bike, all while remaining secure, even on the most technical singletrack.

See more Outpost products at Blackburn, including their new Cargo Cage and Top Tube bag.

Oct 15, 2014 6 comments
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45NRTH on Their Footwear

Even though the Radavist is based in Austin, Texas, I’ve put in more than enough time riding in inclement weather in NYC. I wish, back then, that I had footwear like the 45NRTH offerings. Check out this video for some insight into their lineup.

Oct 15, 2014 1 comment
Rubber Side Up 07

Front flip, meet possible cross wind, or any other number of factors that could come into play while doing a 75′ front flip during Rampage. Yeeeesh!

Oct 15, 2014 1 comment
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