Lino Messori

This is a great video profile on a frame builder many of us have never even heard of. Myself included…

“Lino Messori said of himself “I am nobody, but I did a bit of everything”.
Born in 1926, in Modena, Italy, Lino quickly became a local fixture both for his incomparable skills and his personality.

A master frame builder who also followed a myriad of different passions, spanning from singing with opera legend Luciano Pavarotti to never losing a single boxing match.
Lino Messori made 150 bespoke bikes over the span of his career, many of which were very special for the time and still today.”

Oct 21, 2014 1 comment
The Cyclist Philosopher

I really enjoyed this one. Here’s some background:

“For Andy Duncan, cycling means freedom and life without it is hard to imagine. As a Scotsman and philosopher who stood at the frontier of bike messengering in the Netherlands his affection for cycling stem from the 225.000 km he travelled through the streets and suburbs of Utrecht during the last 22 years. Two years ago Andy was diagnosed with an aggressive prostatic cancer and was told he had only three years to live. We met Andy just before he moved back to Scotland. Surrounded by moving boxes, he was working on his last bike – battered, but resilient and very much in love.”

Make sure you hit the CC for English subtitles.

Oct 21, 2014 2 comments
Merckx Mondays
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Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx? Sure!

In cooperation with Tijdsbeeld & Pièce Montée, 9000 studios will make the new website Mercxickx.be. Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx might be the greatest sports icons Belgium has ever produced. In 2015, both gentlemen are blessed with 70 candles on their birthday cake, which is celebrated with a grand exhibition.

Grand, like the careers of both gentlemen. Eddy Merckx, the best cyclist of all times, won everything there was to win, including five GC victories in the Tour de France, The Giro, The Vuelta and seven times Milaan San Remo. Jacky Ickx is one of the most complete car racers to ever press down a throttle pedal. Amongst other things, he won 8 F1 grand prixs, six times the prestigeous 24 hours of Le Mans and the Paris Dakar rally. Two international sports icons, two proud Belgians. If anyone deserve’s an exhibition, it’s them.

See more at 9000.be. Nice find, Tracko!

Oct 20, 2014 1 comment
Horse Cycles: White Stallion Production 29’r Hardtail MTB
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Yikes! I didn’t expect to see this beauty when I was catching up on my Flickr browsing. Thomas at Horse Cycles just completed a run of production 29’r hardtails, complete with custom paint, done in house, right down to detailing the Rock Shox fork and ENVE stem. What do I think? Dirty thoughts… like a white horse fell into the mud dirty.

The price? $999 for a frame only, with a 3-4 week lead time. See more at Horse Cycles!

Oct 20, 2014 5 comments
Just a Little Bigger: Surly’s Knard 41c Cross Tire
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It takes a bit of convincing for most people, but after you go with a fatter tire on your cross bike, you rarely will want to go back. Since riding the Nano for around 6 months, I’ve fallen in love with the extra cushion provided by a 40c tire and while I love the Nano, I really wanted to give the Surly Knard 41c a go. If, for any other reason than the allure of a smidge in additional width.

Trails, sure! But racing? For some reason, people are apprehensive about racing a 40+c tire – USAC allows it, so why not? My guess is, that age old myth that a “bigger tire is slower”… Oh but the contrary, with the right PSI, you’ll have the upper hand on just about any course.

I spent the weekend racing on my new Knards and have some thoughts below…

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Oct 20, 2014 44 comments
Some Austin Cross Racing

This video is from opening weekend here in Texas, at the Six-Shooter. In years past, it’s been a lot of fun. This year, I was out of town at a wedding, so I missed out. There’s lots of mayhem at the barriers in this one. Not to mention Tristan’s barrier beef as the last clip…

Oct 20, 2014 5 comments
A Dangerous Commute

No matter how often we complain about drivers or our roads, always remember, there are some with it much worse.

Oct 20, 2014 1 comment
I Hope Everyone Had a Great Weekend of Racing!
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Well, it’s Sunday night and that means everyone that races ‘cross probably has at least one day in their legs from the weekend. We had a great time in Austin and you can expect a full gallery tomorrow, but for now, I’m just stoked that ‘cross is here!

Oct 19, 2014 2 comments
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Just a Little Bigger: Surly’s Knard 41c Cross Tire
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It takes a bit of convincing for most people, but after you go with a fatter tire on your cross bike, you rarely will want to go back. Since riding the Nano for around 6 months, I’ve fallen in love with the extra cushion provided by a 40c tire and while I love the Nano, I really wanted to give the Surly Knard 41c a go. If, for any other reason than the allure of a smidge in additional width.

Trails, sure! But racing? For some reason, people are apprehensive about racing a 40+c tire – USAC allows it, so why not? My guess is, that age old myth that a “bigger tire is slower”… Oh but the contrary, with the right PSI, you’ll have the upper hand on just about any course.

I spent the weekend racing on my new Knards and have some thoughts below…

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Oct 20, 2014 44 comments
Some Austin Cross Racing

This video is from opening weekend here in Texas, at the Six-Shooter. In years past, it’s been a lot of fun. This year, I was out of town at a wedding, so I missed out. There’s lots of mayhem at the barriers in this one. Not to mention Tristan’s barrier beef as the last clip…

Oct 20, 2014 5 comments
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A Dangerous Commute

No matter how often we complain about drivers or our roads, always remember, there are some with it much worse.

Oct 20, 2014 1 comment
I Hope Everyone Had a Great Weekend of Racing!
Ben-4

Well, it’s Sunday night and that means everyone that races ‘cross probably has at least one day in their legs from the weekend. We had a great time in Austin and you can expect a full gallery tomorrow, but for now, I’m just stoked that ‘cross is here!

Oct 19, 2014 2 comments
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CX Hairs: SVENNESS 3.2

Here you go, the second installment of this year’s SVENNESS series from CX Hairs. Just in time to get you stoked on the weekend’s races!

Oct 17, 2014 3 comments
SOLD OUT: The Radavist Decal Pack
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I’ve been meaning to restock this pack for a while…

$12 for (6) decals, varying in 1″ and 5″ in length, shipped world wide. Made from the highest quality, blackest ever black matte vinyl that won’t fade.

PLEASE limit one pack per customer to ensure everyone has a chance to order this time! If you order more than one pack, you will only receive one pack!

Sorry, sold out!

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Oct 17, 2014 6 comments
Engin’s All-Road Bicycles
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You know what? I think Drew at Engin’s work is some of the finest in the world and when it comes to mountain frames, his titanium trail rockets are the things dreams are made of, so why wouldn’t he be able to make a sick cross bike, or all-road rig? Look at the body language and stance on that thing!

These bikes look the part and although I’ve never ridden one, I bet they rip just fine.

Check out more at Engin.

Oct 17, 2014 7 comments
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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
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