Get Sick New Bike Day
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If you can’t tell, the “sickness” has spilled over into the weekend. I hope you’re all out riding and soaking in the summer sunshine. More on this bike next week!

Jun 27, 2015 11 comments
The Mellow Johnny’s Local Frame Builders Showcase Recap
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Last week, Mellow Johnny’s had the great pleasure of hosting a frame builder’s happy hour that showcased the work of five local bicycle artisans. With so many talented frame builders in the immediate Austin area, it only makes sense to get them out of their work sheds and together for a party. Icarus, Chumba, Kirklee, Paramour, and Saila all descended upon the shop for a night where they could showcase their work and talk to established fans as well as potential clients.

The energy was rambunctious. Halfway through the night, I found myself surrounded by over 100 people who were enjoying beer, friends, and the company of some beautiful bicycles. The amount of “oh’s” and “ah’s” were uncountable. From someone marveling over the beautiful weld work of Lauren from Saila to an in-depth conversation about carbon frame repair with KirkLee, there was something for all tastes. The amount of support and admiration that was had for these humble local builders was a testament to the tight-knit and passionate community that is evident in Austin’s cycling community.

For myself, the highlight of the night was hanging out with the fellas of Chumba Cycles. After talking with them about their home base right down the road from Pace Bend State Park and witnessing their love of beer, it was clear these guys loved to shred and loved to have a good time. The coolest bike they brought was a fully loaded 29+ rig called the Ursa 29+. Able to fit a 3.0 inch tire, the Ursa is clearly a bike that has the potential to handle just about any terrain you could throw at it. Three bottle cages and the ability to run a Singlespeed, 1x, or 2x set up leads to extreme versatility and the option for fully loaded camping or an afternoon shred session at your favorite local trails. The Ursa they brought was outfitted with their Zulu series bags for handlebar, stem, seat, and frame. Vince from Chumba shared with me his story about taking the bike to Ecuador for a 7-day bikepacking trip from Cotapaxi to Chimborazo and all I could think about for the rest of the night was the plan for my next bikepacking trip!

All in all, the event was a huge success. Good times were had, there was much “nerding out” on bikes, and many Topo Chicos and beers were consumed. If you have a local frame builder in your town and you’re looking for your next bike, it’s so important to see what they have to offer. Check out a few more photos below and see the full gallery at Mellow Johnny’s.

(more…)

Jun 26, 2015 3 comments
The Cannondale Slate Gets Dirty

During the ATOC, Tim Johnson and David from Cannondale took their Slate “all-road” bikes from the mountains to the fire roads before getting them dusty on some singletrack. While the Cannondale website still doesn’t list the Slate in their catalog, this is the first we’re seeing of the olive drab and chartreuse paint design. Lookin’ good fellas. Also, Ojai has some amazing trails!

Jun 26, 2015 24 comments
Cadence and Ritchey C220 Keta Stem and EvoCurve Bar
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Over the years Cadence has worked on some really great collaborations with Ritchey and this latest drop might be their best yet. Available now is a gloss white with black geometric overlay cockpit. The C220 Keta stem features a chevrons down the side with a “Keep Going” reminder on the top, while the EvoCurve bar repeats the pattern at the clamp. Both are in stock now at Cadence.

Jun 26, 2015 No comments yet
Jeff Curtes Shoots MAAP on the Great Ocean Road
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When a guy like Jeff Curtes shoots photos and writes a bit of copy, you don’t paraphrase his work. Sure, you edit it down a bit but it’s best left untouched. When he contacted me to share a recent photoshoot for Australia’s MAAP, I very much obliged to let him do just that. Read on for the full account and a selection of photos from Jeff’s recent shoot on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia… (more…)

Jun 24, 2015 6 comments
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The Mellow Johnny’s Local Frame Builders Showcase Recap
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Last week, Mellow Johnny’s had the great pleasure of hosting a frame builder’s happy hour that showcased the work of five local bicycle artisans. With so many talented frame builders in the immediate Austin area, it only makes sense to get them out of their work sheds and together for a party. Icarus, Chumba, Kirklee, Paramour, and Saila all descended upon the shop for a night where they could showcase their work and talk to established fans as well as potential clients.

The energy was rambunctious. Halfway through the night, I found myself surrounded by over 100 people who were enjoying beer, friends, and the company of some beautiful bicycles. The amount of “oh’s” and “ah’s” were uncountable. From someone marveling over the beautiful weld work of Lauren from Saila to an in-depth conversation about carbon frame repair with KirkLee, there was something for all tastes. The amount of support and admiration that was had for these humble local builders was a testament to the tight-knit and passionate community that is evident in Austin’s cycling community.

For myself, the highlight of the night was hanging out with the fellas of Chumba Cycles. After talking with them about their home base right down the road from Pace Bend State Park and witnessing their love of beer, it was clear these guys loved to shred and loved to have a good time. The coolest bike they brought was a fully loaded 29+ rig called the Ursa 29+. Able to fit a 3.0 inch tire, the Ursa is clearly a bike that has the potential to handle just about any terrain you could throw at it. Three bottle cages and the ability to run a Singlespeed, 1x, or 2x set up leads to extreme versatility and the option for fully loaded camping or an afternoon shred session at your favorite local trails. The Ursa they brought was outfitted with their Zulu series bags for handlebar, stem, seat, and frame. Vince from Chumba shared with me his story about taking the bike to Ecuador for a 7-day bikepacking trip from Cotapaxi to Chimborazo and all I could think about for the rest of the night was the plan for my next bikepacking trip!

All in all, the event was a huge success. Good times were had, there was much “nerding out” on bikes, and many Topo Chicos and beers were consumed. If you have a local frame builder in your town and you’re looking for your next bike, it’s so important to see what they have to offer. Check out a few more photos below and see the full gallery at Mellow Johnny’s.

(more…)

Jun 26, 2015 3 comments
The Cannondale Slate Gets Dirty

During the ATOC, Tim Johnson and David from Cannondale took their Slate “all-road” bikes from the mountains to the fire roads before getting them dusty on some singletrack. While the Cannondale website still doesn’t list the Slate in their catalog, this is the first we’re seeing of the olive drab and chartreuse paint design. Lookin’ good fellas. Also, Ojai has some amazing trails!

Jun 26, 2015 24 comments
Cadence and Ritchey C220 Keta Stem and EvoCurve Bar
Cadence_Ritchey

Over the years Cadence has worked on some really great collaborations with Ritchey and this latest drop might be their best yet. Available now is a gloss white with black geometric overlay cockpit. The C220 Keta stem features a chevrons down the side with a “Keep Going” reminder on the top, while the EvoCurve bar repeats the pattern at the clamp. Both are in stock now at Cadence.

Jun 26, 2015 No comments yet
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Jeff Curtes Shoots MAAP on the Great Ocean Road
MAAP F/W 2015 / CT

When a guy like Jeff Curtes shoots photos and writes a bit of copy, you don’t paraphrase his work. Sure, you edit it down a bit but it’s best left untouched. When he contacted me to share a recent photoshoot for Australia’s MAAP, I very much obliged to let him do just that. Read on for the full account and a selection of photos from Jeff’s recent shoot on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia… (more…)

Jun 24, 2015 6 comments
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Mission Workshop: Stahl Shorts Restocked
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Gear is preferential, especially when it comes to shorts. Length matters, fit matters and when cycling is thrown into the equation, durability matters. These shorts have become my staple when it comes to camping, or bikepacking or even just jamming around on trails. They’ve taken hits, seen their share of swimming holes and they keep begging for more.

The Mission Workshop Stahl shorts have become one of my favorite “cycling apparel” products and they’re back in stock now, from a size 29 up to a 36 at Mission Workshop. I would size down one full size due to the nature of the fabric’s stretch. Four-way stretch means across the waist too!

Jun 24, 2015 2 comments
Four Women’s Road to Red Hook

Christina Peck, Ayesha McGowan, Erica Schwanke and Lynn Marie Kennedy discuss what Red Hook Crit means to them in this new documentary. I can’t wait to see more. These ladies are damn impressive athletes.

Jun 24, 2015 1 comment
Manual for Speed Does Tulsa Tough
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Tulsa Tough is tough, simply put and while it’s a race, it lives in infamy as one of the partiest parties in American Crit Racing. With one hill in particular being the pinnacle of said party. Crybaby Hill is one you won’t soon forgot. If you’ve never been head over to Manual for Speed for a full update!

Jun 24, 2015 3 comments
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MAVIC® Trans-Provence 2015: Day 02

If you need a reason to be stoked on the Trans Provence, just look at this video’s title image. A mix of old vernacular and modern MTB technology creates this dichotomy of trail stokedness. Or something like that. Just check out the MAVIC® Trans Provence’s Day 02 coverage and look for our boy Ty in the mix!

… oh and happy birthday Gary!

Jun 23, 2015 No comments yet
Showers Pass Cascade Collection

The Showers Pass Cascade Collection is designed for the unpredictable temperature and weather fluctuations riders experience while taking on mountain ranges like the Cascades. Included in this men’s and women’s collection are the Alpine Jersey, Cyclone Jersey, Track Pant, Gravel Short and a Liner Short.

The Cascade Collection provides a full range of versatile cycling apparel utilizing technical fabrics, reflective elements, innovative waterproof pockets, and UV protection; keeping cyclists comfortable at peak performance through multiple seasons and varying conditions.

Check out the Cascade Men’s and Cascade Women’s Collections at Showers Pass. Also, check out the lookbook at Issuu. I woulda loved some of those Track Pants during the TDR!

Jun 23, 2015 No comments yet
Winter Bicycles: Picholine City Bike
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I don’t know what’s more impressive. Winter’s bicycles, or the names Eric comes up with for them. “Picholine” are olives originally from the south of France. The classic era French city bikes have always interested Eric from Winter Bicycles, so when a client requested a commuter, he looked to them for inspiration, while picking up a few modern details. Fenders, generator lamp, racks and other elegant elements adding to the beauty and functionality of utilitarian bicycles. (more…)

Jun 23, 2015 12 comments
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