The Athletic: Redrum Carpet Socks
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If you’re a fan of the Shining, you recognize this pattern off the bat. Portland’s the Athletic pays homage to the man himself, Stanley Kubrick, with some of horror’s most memorable carpet.

Pick up a pair of Redrum socks at the Athletic.

Oct 28, 2014 2 comments
Chris King Gourmet Century Sonoma
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Man, one of these days I’m gonna make it out to the Chris King Gourmet Century. The guys just posted photos from the recent Sonoma County event on the Chris King blog. Head over to see what the Buzz is about.

Oct 27, 2014 3 comments
Merckx Mondays
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From time to time, enthusiasts, hobbyists and collectors get an itch. An itch to make a vintage “replica” bike, modeled after any number of liveries or teams. For Andy White of FYXO, he really, really wanted a replica Molteni.

A frame came up in Eddy’s exact measurements, 58cm TT, 60cm ST, but it was from the wrong era, so he filed off the front derailleur hanger and painted the seat stay caps to resemble Eddy’s team bike. From there, fresh paint and decals were applied by Sun Graphics. He’s even got a flat crown fork, instead of the sloping crown.

Then, well, life happened. He had a kid and has to let her go. The frame, not his daughter.

This Molteni replica is available and I thought it’d be a perfect Merckx Mondays post. Holler at FYXO for more info and head to the FYXO Flickr for more photos.

Oct 27, 2014 No comments yet
Bishop Bikes: Jonathan’s Dirt Road Bike
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This one’s a truly unique ride. PAUL cantis, Rene Herse cranks, vintage Dura Ace and a paint job that will only look better with dirt, mud and road dust caked into the nooks and crannies. Jonathan’s dirt road bike is a dream build!

See more at the Bishop Flickr. Chris, this is a fine bicycle!

Oct 27, 2014 2 comments
Hermes Sport Wheels in Aluminum and Carbon
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Made in the USA wheels are one of the most requested products I get emailed about. Now with Velocity making rims in the US, it’s easier to piece together your own wheels or look into options like Hermes Sport’s offerings.

Granted, their freehubs are made in Europe and the carbon rims are made overseas, but the alloy clinchers are made in the USA.

For $1995, you can ride the Hermes Sport carbon wheels and $995, the aluminum clinchers. Both are tubeless ready and built by hand, you guessed it, in the USA.

See more at Hermes Sport.

Oct 27, 2014 No comments yet
Bokanev Goes Snow Yonder on Mt Baker
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Photos by Andy Bokanev

I can’t begin to fathom weather like this, as it’s still 90 degrees here in Austin, but then again, we don’t have giants like Mt. Baker in our backyard and we’re pretty damn far south. Photos like these, taken just this weekend, serve as reminders of how truly powerful mother nature is.

Andy and Kelly decided to try to make it as far up Highway 542 as they could, not realizing it’d be literally under feet of snow. Even that couldn’t keep them from the Mountains of Madness…

See more at Bokanev.

Oct 27, 2014 2 comments
CX Hairs: LIKEAVOS 2.1

God, I’d love to race on courses like this!!

“The first World Cup Cyclocross race also meant the first time this year the pro women were broadcast, and that means we can finally premiere the first episode of LIKEAVOS, season two. The World Cup opener took place at Valkenburg in the Netherlands. The course is a brutal one. As you’ll see it rides more like a mountainbike race than a cyclocross race, with many elevation changes and off-camber sections. For this episode we concentrate on a tricky off-camber section, the run-up and descending skills. We also watch Katie Compton deal with adversity and Helen Wyman show great form.”

CX Hairs is killing it.

Oct 26, 2014 1 comment
L’Eroica with a Pro and an Amateur

I’ve always wanted to do the L’Eroica in Italy!

“The first weekend in October, now for the fifth consecutive year, le coq sportif is partnering with L’Eroica, one of the greatest cycling tours held in the Italian countryside. The event will give the French brand the chance to share its passion for cycling with the international community, in the enchanting, picturesque landscape of Tuscany.”

Oct 26, 2014 No comments yet
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Merckx Mondays
FYX_3085

From time to time, enthusiasts, hobbyists and collectors get an itch. An itch to make a vintage “replica” bike, modeled after any number of liveries or teams. For Andy White of FYXO, he really, really wanted a replica Molteni.

A frame came up in Eddy’s exact measurements, 58cm TT, 60cm ST, but it was from the wrong era, so he filed off the front derailleur hanger and painted the seat stay caps to resemble Eddy’s team bike. From there, fresh paint and decals were applied by Sun Graphics. He’s even got a flat crown fork, instead of the sloping crown.

Then, well, life happened. He had a kid and has to let her go. The frame, not his daughter.

This Molteni replica is available and I thought it’d be a perfect Merckx Mondays post. Holler at FYXO for more info and head to the FYXO Flickr for more photos.

Oct 27, 2014 No comments yet
Bishop Bikes: Jonathan’s Dirt Road Bike
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This one’s a truly unique ride. PAUL cantis, Rene Herse cranks, vintage Dura Ace and a paint job that will only look better with dirt, mud and road dust caked into the nooks and crannies. Jonathan’s dirt road bike is a dream build!

See more at the Bishop Flickr. Chris, this is a fine bicycle!

Oct 27, 2014 2 comments
Hermes Sport Wheels in Aluminum and Carbon
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Made in the USA wheels are one of the most requested products I get emailed about. Now with Velocity making rims in the US, it’s easier to piece together your own wheels or look into options like Hermes Sport’s offerings.

Granted, their freehubs are made in Europe and the carbon rims are made overseas, but the alloy clinchers are made in the USA.

For $1995, you can ride the Hermes Sport carbon wheels and $995, the aluminum clinchers. Both are tubeless ready and built by hand, you guessed it, in the USA.

See more at Hermes Sport.

Oct 27, 2014 No comments yet
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Bokanev Goes Snow Yonder on Mt Baker
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Photos by Andy Bokanev

I can’t begin to fathom weather like this, as it’s still 90 degrees here in Austin, but then again, we don’t have giants like Mt. Baker in our backyard and we’re pretty damn far south. Photos like these, taken just this weekend, serve as reminders of how truly powerful mother nature is.

Andy and Kelly decided to try to make it as far up Highway 542 as they could, not realizing it’d be literally under feet of snow. Even that couldn’t keep them from the Mountains of Madness…

See more at Bokanev.

Oct 27, 2014 2 comments
CX Hairs: LIKEAVOS 2.1

God, I’d love to race on courses like this!!

“The first World Cup Cyclocross race also meant the first time this year the pro women were broadcast, and that means we can finally premiere the first episode of LIKEAVOS, season two. The World Cup opener took place at Valkenburg in the Netherlands. The course is a brutal one. As you’ll see it rides more like a mountainbike race than a cyclocross race, with many elevation changes and off-camber sections. For this episode we concentrate on a tricky off-camber section, the run-up and descending skills. We also watch Katie Compton deal with adversity and Helen Wyman show great form.”

CX Hairs is killing it.

Oct 26, 2014 1 comment
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L’Eroica with a Pro and an Amateur

I’ve always wanted to do the L’Eroica in Italy!

“The first weekend in October, now for the fifth consecutive year, le coq sportif is partnering with L’Eroica, one of the greatest cycling tours held in the Italian countryside. The event will give the French brand the chance to share its passion for cycling with the international community, in the enchanting, picturesque landscape of Tuscany.”

Oct 26, 2014 No comments yet
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The Sound and the Schralping

We have seen Jared Graves on a bike before, we have seen Canada before, we have heard electro/dub/pop before, and not that any of those things are wrong. I am happy as a clam to watch Mr. Graves absolutely tear apart any trail, but what this video does differently  is the way it deals with its the sound design.

The muffled percussion and submerged staccato of Jared and his bike as he rips down the trail evoke the sensation of riding in a way that I haven’t heard expressed in other videos. Sound designer Keith White has accurately captured the sound of riding, the high tinny clanking goes away, much as it does when riding, as if those sharp sounds those peaks without substance just can’t reach our ears.

What Keith has expressed here is the onomatopoeia of riding, the thwacks, blahps, schralps, fufks, etc that flood our ears while we fly down a trail, the noises that wholly invade our audio system, a compliment to our senses, a full expression of action. Have a look, watch the fun, and pay attention to the sound of shredding.

Oct 23, 2014 7 comments
Rubber Side Up 08
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This Rubber Side Up is brought to you by Dylan and my friends at the Great Escape. I miss Diablo, camping and Erik aka Hellhommus. I can’t wait to get back on the road with that dude.

Oct 23, 2014 1 comment
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Matteo’s Pearl Grey Stinner Road
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Photos by Matthew Miller

As a small frame building operation, you often enlist the aid of your friends, in similar sized, adjacent creative companies. Whether it’s a web developer, or in this case, a photographer, knowing the right people can really help get your work out there.

Case in point is Matteo and Aaron Stinner‘s relationship. Matteo shoots all of Stinner’s bikes, with the most recent being his own road. Built with Chris King, SRAM Red and a Thomson cockpit, Aaron and Matteo took the time to concoct the best mixture for paint.

This grey color powder has pearl and flake built in, resulting in a powder that looks like wet paint Something that is not easily captured in photos… yet Matteo did.

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Oct 23, 2014 4 comments
I Like the Look of the Clement X’Plor MSO
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Look, I don’t buy into the whole gravel grinding marketing behind bigger tires, but I do like a big, fat tire on a cross bike for trail shredability. So far I’ve ridden the Nano, the Knard and now, I’ve got my sights on the Clement X’Plor MSO, a tire that officially launched last year, but this is the first I’m seeing it.

See more at Clement, or at your local shop. Anyone ride these tires yet?

Oct 23, 2014 31 comments
SSCY Tack Sling Bag
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I’ve been using the normal SSCY Tack bag for a day pack during cross races and MTB rides where I have to drive to the trail. Its large size makes it easy to drop helmets, shoes and kits into the main compartment and the smaller pockets hold tools, snacks and other misc items.

What’s best about the Tack is it transforms from a tote to a backpack with just two clamps… I’ll elaborate more when I actually review mine. For now, let’s check out the new Tack Sling Bag.

All the versatility of the Tack, but now, in a sling form, allowing you to strap packages, boxes and yes, wheels to the pack. All of this, made in NYC.

See more at SSCY.

Oct 23, 2014 4 comments
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