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.

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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 13 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!

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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.

Feb 20, 2015 No comments yet
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.

Feb 20, 2015 No comments yet
All Hail the Black Market for Swobo: Hobo Pack
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Stevil’s a really great guy and his work with All Hail the Black Market over the years always provides entertainment. His newest collaboration with longtime brand ally Swobo looks great, which is probably why it sold out so quickly.

The Hobo Pack is a no-nonsense hydration pack for cycling and by hydration, I mean a vessel for transporting beer to races, or to drink on a ride. Of course it has fittings for a hydration bladder too, as well as a helmet net and rain fly. Functionality can’t be forgotten with a pack!

Even though these are sold out, more are on the way, head over to Swobo to sign up for an email notification.

Feb 19, 2015 1 comment
Your Favorite Cross Pros in a Rap Battle

… well, I have no words. Two rap battle teams, headed by Sven Nys on one side and Matthieu van der Poel, on the other compete against each other. Like a sprint at the finish line, who will win this one?

Feb 19, 2015 8 comments
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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
Velocity’s Redesigned Cliffhanger Rim is Wider and Stronger
Cliffhanger

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.

Feb 20, 2015 No comments yet
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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.

Feb 20, 2015 No comments yet
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All Hail the Black Market for Swobo: Hobo Pack
IMG_6958_1024x1024

Stevil’s a really great guy and his work with All Hail the Black Market over the years always provides entertainment. His newest collaboration with longtime brand ally Swobo looks great, which is probably why it sold out so quickly.

The Hobo Pack is a no-nonsense hydration pack for cycling and by hydration, I mean a vessel for transporting beer to races, or to drink on a ride. Of course it has fittings for a hydration bladder too, as well as a helmet net and rain fly. Functionality can’t be forgotten with a pack!

Even though these are sold out, more are on the way, head over to Swobo to sign up for an email notification.

Feb 19, 2015 1 comment
Your Favorite Cross Pros in a Rap Battle

… well, I have no words. Two rap battle teams, headed by Sven Nys on one side and Matthieu van der Poel, on the other compete against each other. Like a sprint at the finish line, who will win this one?

Feb 19, 2015 8 comments
Kitsbow: Alpine Snap Jacket
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These past few cut and sew pieces from Kitsbow are some of my favorite apparel items to surface in the bike industry. The Alpine Snap Jacket is an new spin on a classic staple for both touring or mountain biking, as well as general outdoor activities. While other companies use down, Kitsbow uses Polartec® Alpha insulation, originally designed for the United States Special Forces, which will keep you warm whether you’re wet or dry, without having to remove layers.

The pricepoint ain’t exactly cheap, but the Alpine Snap Jacket is made in Vancouver, Canada and looks like it’ll be a piece you’ll be holding onto for a while.

See more at Kitsbow.

Feb 19, 2015 No comments yet
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How Japan Parks Their Bikes

Just like everything Japanese, their new parking system is done with order and care. The interior shots of this machine are wild. I’d hate to see a “jam” in the system though.

Feb 19, 2015 1 comment
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Steel and Hardwood
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Nao at Tomii Cycles posted this photo on his Flickr the other day and it really struck me as both a unique photo and construction method. The juxtaposition of the cold, hard steel and the warm, rich hardwood, coupled with precision tools really speaks a lot about framebuilding. To top it off, the simple wood screw at the fork end shows a no-nonsense approach to the builder’s m.o.

I see a lot of framebuilder’s process photos, yet this one really did it for me.

Now it’s time to get over to Tomii cycles to shoot some photos, don’t you think?

Feb 18, 2015 2 comments
Rapha and Sir Bradley Wiggins
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Bradley Wiggins is without a doubt, one of the most iconic modern cyclists and his sense of style is only exceeded by his athletic prowess on a bicycle. As one of the most important figures in British cycling, this Olympian and Tour de France winner is partnering with Rapha on a Wiggins-designed team kit. As the first step on this collaboration, Rapha will provide a full kit for the Wiggins team for their forthcoming season as they prepare for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Personally, I can’t think of a better partnering for Rapha and am excited to see what is to come.

Expect more information as events warrant.

Feb 18, 2015 3 comments
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