NAHBS-Bound Curtis Inglis Retrotec Backroads Bike
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Inspired by the Bel Airs of the 1950’s, this backroads Retrotec is remarkably as easy on the eyes as I’d imagine it’d be on washboarded gravel roads. With clearances for a 45mm tire, this build included hydro Di2, the new Whisky No.9 CX fork with fender mounts and one of those nifty Brooks Cambium saddles.

You’ll also spy 2 winchester shells in the bar ends, with special meaning to the owner, Matt, who works for QBP. Those shells shot his late gramps’ ashes into the woods. To further up the ante, the seat pack is one his wife’s gramps used in the Korean War to hold ammo. Matt uses these items to remind him how bad-ass his grandparents were… and it kinda puts the pain encountered while pedaling a bike into perspective.

Thanks to Marty Wood for the beautiful photos and the crew from Angry Catfish for help on the build.

We’ll be seeing this bike at NAHBS next month! Til then, check out more below!

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Feb 25, 2015 23 comments
Phil Wood Has a New Website
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… and a few new products including skewers, outboard bb’s, stem caps and other miscellaneous items. Everything is photographed in detail and it really shows the craftsmanship of Phil Wood products.

Feb 25, 2015 22 comments
Tenspeed Hero: Resort Collection
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Tenspeed Hero never ceases to amaze me and I know that may seem like a heavy compliment, but it’s true. Their newest collection is on another level. It’s vibrant, stylish and photographs incredibly well. Even if it’s not your style, you’ve got to head over to Tenspeed Hero for the product photos alone. Or, check out their Resort collection in their web shop.

Feb 25, 2015 7 comments
Team Dream’s House of Cats and Stripes
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Who would have guessed that Team Dream‘s HQ would be filled with cats and stripes?

I’m in Los Angeles this week and the House of Cats and Stripes will be my home base. The usual suspects and myself will be doing rides and hopefully, coming up with some great stories along the way. For now, I leave you with this photo of Blueberry Pancake, one of Sean’s cats. That’s PK for short…

Feb 24, 2015 1 comment
All-City Cycles: New Paint and Frame Revisions for 2015
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All-City has been busy revising their current frame offerings and designing new paint schemes for each of their bikes. What you’re seeing above are the new Macho King Disc with external cable routing, a Nature Boy Disc with a black paint job and the beloved Space Horse in silver.

For more details and sneak peeks at other paint designs for 2015, head over to the All-City Blog.

Feb 24, 2015 16 comments
44 Bikes: Rohloff 29er
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When I first came across this MTB on the 44 Bikes Instagram, I immediately was reminded of a 1980’s BMX frame. Turns out, this is for a man entering his retirement in Connecticut. The client approached Kris of 44 Bikes with a few ideas of what he wanted, pointing towards specific products like a Rohloff system, as well as a few color notes, but let Kris and painter Jay Nutini take over from there. The resulting design exudes speed, despite the upright riding position.

For the long term this bike is initially for rails to trail usage and buzzing around town, but it’s infused with true 44 Bikes trail shred-technology so when the client is ready to ride single track, the bike is waiting for him.

Check out more photos below, and follow 44 Bikes on Flickr!

(more…)

Feb 23, 2015 12 comments
Twin Six’s Providence Jersey
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Twin Six’s 2015 made in the USA apparel line has some gems in it, including the Providence Jersey. Inspired by the Eye of Providence, with radiating lightening bolts and rendered in light yellow, this design is available either as a full kit, with matching bibs and a cap, or just in a jersey.

See more at Twin Six.

Feb 23, 2015 5 comments
Strawfoot: Kit Bag
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After a muddy race, trail ride or even jetsetting, you’ll quickly find it necessary to keep your stinky kit and poison oak-covered socks separate from the rest of your luggage. Or maybe you just want to keep your shoes nice and safe? Designed to fit just that, yet small enough for a backpack or your carry-on luggage. Introducing the Kit Bag from Strawfoot.

Available in two materials: a black camo Japanese micro-fiber with a subtle, debossed camo pattern in very limited supply for $98 or a USA-made charcoal duck cotton canvas with a water-resistant finish for $88. Measures: 13″ x 9″ x 4″. These bags are made by hand in Santa Cruz and are in stock now at Strawfoot.

See more product photos below.

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Feb 23, 2015 23 comments
SOLD OUT: The Radavist Berserkir Pocket T-Shirt
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One of my favorite stories from Norse Mythology relates to nature’s impact on man. Scandanavian warriors would often wear the skin of a bear or a wolf before entering battle, resulting in the spirit of the animal possessing them in battle. As Odin’s personal army the Berserkir were known for ferocity as well as loyalty as they fought for the pack leader. In fact the Old Norse word berserkir, literally translates to “bear-shirt” and was soon called “going berserk.”

Venturing into the woods, be it during an expedition, or just an everyday ride, we too can find ourselves transformed. Every time we push ourselves on the bike, or subsequently find ourselves pushed off the bike, we grow – #RubberSideUp. This introspective experience not only shapes us as riders, but it continues to strengthen our relationship with nature. If anything deserves respect, it’s the woods.

This image of the Berserkir, or Úlfhéðnar, is further empowered by the Norse protection symbol, the Vegvísir, which is a direction sign that enables you to stay the course without being lost. Something extremely beneficial to cyclists.

Drawn by Kyler Martz and screened in Austin by Industry Printshop, these American Apparel pocket tees are $25 + shipping. available in black or white. Sorry, sold out.

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Feb 23, 2015 12 comments
Salsa Cycles: Warbird Carbon Gravel Racer with Rival 22
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At Frostbike this weekend, Salsa unveiled their Warbird Carbon, a gravel racing frame, designed for long days in the saddle on rough, washboarded roads. The Warbird Carbon utilizes Class 5 VRS™, or a vibration reduction system and shaped stays that increase compliance. If you still would like a smoother ride, the Warbird Carbon has space for a 44mm tire.

Check out more at Salsa.

Feb 23, 2015 7 comments
The Radavist Approved: Serota’s Underarm Balm
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I know this isn’t cycling-oriented, unless you’re the smelly guy in the pack…

Over the past three years, I’ve helped my partner Lauren develop an all-natural deodorant at our home in Austin. I’d grown tired of hippie options and found most of them didn’t work anyway. After mixing various essential oils together, Lauren came up with a recipe that not only worked, but was remarkably effective over long periods of time.

From the hot summer months, to wearing layers upon layers in the winter time, Serota’s Underarm Balm works for me, as well as a few of my close friends who received early batches. I’ve been using it for three years and couldn’t be happier. We’ll also be developing a special Radavist scent over the next few weeks.

At any rate, I’m stoked for my partner as she launches a new brand.

You can read all about it, including how to apply, what it’s made from and read testimonials at UnderarmBalm.com, or if you’d like to pick up a container, it’s $19 shipped in the USA. Each container lasts around 3-months, depending how often you apply.

Feb 23, 2015 20 comments
Independent Fabrication: Deluxe 29+ MTB
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Phil runs the finishing department at Indy Fab, where recently, he was able to design, build and design the paint for his newest bike. This steel Deluxe MTB, built around a Paragon Machine Works chainstay yoke. This allows builders to have clearance for a 3″ 29er tire, along with ensuring chainrings and cranks will fit the stays, using a 68mm wide bottom bracket shell.

This Deluxe is rolling on Industry Nine hubs, Stans Hugo rims with the new Bontrager Chucacabra tires. Drivetrain is Sram X01 1×11 groupset with gripshifts and the bike is very stoppy thanks to the Avid BB7s mechanical disc brakes. Those 3″ tires fit just fine in the Bontrager carbon 29r fork, and Phil painted the Bontrager seatpost to match, along with the stem.

The color is PPG’s liquid crystal Candy Apple Red, with black on white decals. See more below!

(more…)

Feb 21, 2015 28 comments
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Tenspeed Hero: Resort Collection
J1A98792

Tenspeed Hero never ceases to amaze me and I know that may seem like a heavy compliment, but it’s true. Their newest collection is on another level. It’s vibrant, stylish and photographs incredibly well. Even if it’s not your style, you’ve got to head over to Tenspeed Hero for the product photos alone. Or, check out their Resort collection in their web shop.

Feb 25, 2015 7 comments
Team Dream’s House of Cats and Stripes
Team_Dream-2

Who would have guessed that Team Dream‘s HQ would be filled with cats and stripes?

I’m in Los Angeles this week and the House of Cats and Stripes will be my home base. The usual suspects and myself will be doing rides and hopefully, coming up with some great stories along the way. For now, I leave you with this photo of Blueberry Pancake, one of Sean’s cats. That’s PK for short…

Feb 24, 2015 1 comment
All-City Cycles: New Paint and Frame Revisions for 2015
Nature-Boy-Disc-ALL-CITY

All-City has been busy revising their current frame offerings and designing new paint schemes for each of their bikes. What you’re seeing above are the new Macho King Disc with external cable routing, a Nature Boy Disc with a black paint job and the beloved Space Horse in silver.

For more details and sneak peeks at other paint designs for 2015, head over to the All-City Blog.

Feb 24, 2015 16 comments
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44 Bikes: Rohloff 29er
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When I first came across this MTB on the 44 Bikes Instagram, I immediately was reminded of a 1980’s BMX frame. Turns out, this is for a man entering his retirement in Connecticut. The client approached Kris of 44 Bikes with a few ideas of what he wanted, pointing towards specific products like a Rohloff system, as well as a few color notes, but let Kris and painter Jay Nutini take over from there. The resulting design exudes speed, despite the upright riding position.

For the long term this bike is initially for rails to trail usage and buzzing around town, but it’s infused with true 44 Bikes trail shred-technology so when the client is ready to ride single track, the bike is waiting for him.

Check out more photos below, and follow 44 Bikes on Flickr!

(more…)

Feb 23, 2015 12 comments
Twin Six’s Providence Jersey
2015_PROVIDENCE_F

Twin Six’s 2015 made in the USA apparel line has some gems in it, including the Providence Jersey. Inspired by the Eye of Providence, with radiating lightening bolts and rendered in light yellow, this design is available either as a full kit, with matching bibs and a cap, or just in a jersey.

See more at Twin Six.

Feb 23, 2015 5 comments
Strawfoot: Kit Bag
Strawfoot_Shoe_Bag-10

After a muddy race, trail ride or even jetsetting, you’ll quickly find it necessary to keep your stinky kit and poison oak-covered socks separate from the rest of your luggage. Or maybe you just want to keep your shoes nice and safe? Designed to fit just that, yet small enough for a backpack or your carry-on luggage. Introducing the Kit Bag from Strawfoot.

Available in two materials: a black camo Japanese micro-fiber with a subtle, debossed camo pattern in very limited supply for $98 or a USA-made charcoal duck cotton canvas with a water-resistant finish for $88. Measures: 13″ x 9″ x 4″. These bags are made by hand in Santa Cruz and are in stock now at Strawfoot.

See more product photos below.

(more…)

Feb 23, 2015 23 comments
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SOLD OUT: The Radavist Berserkir Pocket T-Shirt
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One of my favorite stories from Norse Mythology relates to nature’s impact on man. Scandanavian warriors would often wear the skin of a bear or a wolf before entering battle, resulting in the spirit of the animal possessing them in battle. As Odin’s personal army the Berserkir were known for ferocity as well as loyalty as they fought for the pack leader. In fact the Old Norse word berserkir, literally translates to “bear-shirt” and was soon called “going berserk.”

Venturing into the woods, be it during an expedition, or just an everyday ride, we too can find ourselves transformed. Every time we push ourselves on the bike, or subsequently find ourselves pushed off the bike, we grow – #RubberSideUp. This introspective experience not only shapes us as riders, but it continues to strengthen our relationship with nature. If anything deserves respect, it’s the woods.

This image of the Berserkir, or Úlfhéðnar, is further empowered by the Norse protection symbol, the Vegvísir, which is a direction sign that enables you to stay the course without being lost. Something extremely beneficial to cyclists.

Drawn by Kyler Martz and screened in Austin by Industry Printshop, these American Apparel pocket tees are $25 + shipping. available in black or white. Sorry, sold out.

(more…)

Feb 23, 2015 12 comments
Salsa Cycles: Warbird Carbon Gravel Racer with Rival 22
warbird_carbon22_blk_16_sv_980x550px

At Frostbike this weekend, Salsa unveiled their Warbird Carbon, a gravel racing frame, designed for long days in the saddle on rough, washboarded roads. The Warbird Carbon utilizes Class 5 VRS™, or a vibration reduction system and shaped stays that increase compliance. If you still would like a smoother ride, the Warbird Carbon has space for a 44mm tire.

Check out more at Salsa.

Feb 23, 2015 7 comments
The Radavist Approved: Serota’s Underarm Balm
Serotas_Underarm_Balm-Product-5

I know this isn’t cycling-oriented, unless you’re the smelly guy in the pack…

Over the past three years, I’ve helped my partner Lauren develop an all-natural deodorant at our home in Austin. I’d grown tired of hippie options and found most of them didn’t work anyway. After mixing various essential oils together, Lauren came up with a recipe that not only worked, but was remarkably effective over long periods of time.

From the hot summer months, to wearing layers upon layers in the winter time, Serota’s Underarm Balm works for me, as well as a few of my close friends who received early batches. I’ve been using it for three years and couldn’t be happier. We’ll also be developing a special Radavist scent over the next few weeks.

At any rate, I’m stoked for my partner as she launches a new brand.

You can read all about it, including how to apply, what it’s made from and read testimonials at UnderarmBalm.com, or if you’d like to pick up a container, it’s $19 shipped in the USA. Each container lasts around 3-months, depending how often you apply.

Feb 23, 2015 20 comments
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Independent Fabrication: Deluxe 29+ MTB
DSC_3759sm

Phil runs the finishing department at Indy Fab, where recently, he was able to design, build and design the paint for his newest bike. This steel Deluxe MTB, built around a Paragon Machine Works chainstay yoke. This allows builders to have clearance for a 3″ 29er tire, along with ensuring chainrings and cranks will fit the stays, using a 68mm wide bottom bracket shell.

This Deluxe is rolling on Industry Nine hubs, Stans Hugo rims with the new Bontrager Chucacabra tires. Drivetrain is Sram X01 1×11 groupset with gripshifts and the bike is very stoppy thanks to the Avid BB7s mechanical disc brakes. Those 3″ tires fit just fine in the Bontrager carbon 29r fork, and Phil painted the Bontrager seatpost to match, along with the stem.

The color is PPG’s liquid crystal Candy Apple Red, with black on white decals. See more below!

(more…)

Feb 21, 2015 28 comments
Velocity’s Redesigned Cliffhanger Rim is Wider and Stronger
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It is of popular opinion that wider is better when it comes to mountain bike rims. Maybe that’s what prompted Velocity’s redesign of their Cliffhanger rims. 30mm wide, short sidewalls with a reinforced spoke bed and tubeless-ready, the new Cliffhanger might be what you’re looking for…

The Cliffhanger will be offered in 29, 27.5, 26 and 20 inch wheels, with 32 through 48 hole drillings, and either machined or non-machined sidewalls. For finishes, you’ve got a few options: either Black ($82.99 NMSW, $90.99 MSW), or Reflective and Polished for an additional cost.

Made in Florida, by Velocity and hitting shelves now. See more at Velocity.

Feb 20, 2015 5 comments
Hi, Five

Nothing like some trail riding on a Friday afternoon to get the weekend stoke up.

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Mash and Ass-Savers
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Those of you who shoot a lot of medium format film know exactly where Mash got inspiration for their new Ass-Savers Extended Fender. This is so good! Head over to Mash to see more photos and to pick one up. These fenders are really great.

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