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
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
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
Inside Line Equipment Launches Custom Bags
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ILE new custom bag option just launched and they’re doing things a bit differently. You can print out a blank bag linesheet and color it in, then scan it in and email it, or simply create your color palette in photoshop. Head over to ILE for more information.

Feb 18, 2015 1 comment
Ended Today With a Great Sunset
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Today’s been a busy one, but those are usually the days where a quick ride will do wonders to reset your mind. Earlier this afternoon, Jonathan and I hit the trails, before shooting photos of his SWorks Epic. The lighting was perfect and this time of year, Central Texas does not disappoint on the weather.

More on this to come…

Feb 17, 2015 1 comment
Castelli: Gorge Roubaix Recon

On March 28th and 29th, in The Dalles, Oregon, the Gorge Roubaix will take place. A two-day stage race with views for miles on end. Castelli followed a group of riders out onto these empty roads for a bit of reconnaissance. This looks like a good time.

Feb 17, 2015 1 comment
Genre de Vie

While the standard issue talking head approach to bicycle documentary can get old relatively fast, I found this one in particular to be quite informative. Filmed in Copenhagen and NYC, two cycling hubs, Genre de Vie takes a look at urban life and the empowerment achieved by using the bicycle as a form of transportation.

If you’re an architect, urban planner, or someone who is enthralled by urbanism, give this one a watch for sure.

Feb 17, 2015 No comments yet
Topo Designs: New Camp Pants
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If there’s one company’s products that have been thoroughly – read “roughly” – tested over here, it’s Topo Designs. From their bags to their apparel, this Colorado brand makes products that take a hefty beating. New to the line this winter are these hefty camp pants. Built to last, built to fit and best of all, built in the USA. While they’re not designed for the bike, I’ve found they still work just fine.

Available in three colors and various sizes now at Topo Designs.

Feb 17, 2015 No comments yet
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Inside Line Equipment Launches Custom Bags
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ILE new custom bag option just launched and they’re doing things a bit differently. You can print out a blank bag linesheet and color it in, then scan it in and email it, or simply create your color palette in photoshop. Head over to ILE for more information.

Feb 18, 2015 1 comment
Ended Today With a Great Sunset
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Today’s been a busy one, but those are usually the days where a quick ride will do wonders to reset your mind. Earlier this afternoon, Jonathan and I hit the trails, before shooting photos of his SWorks Epic. The lighting was perfect and this time of year, Central Texas does not disappoint on the weather.

More on this to come…

Feb 17, 2015 1 comment
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Castelli: Gorge Roubaix Recon

On March 28th and 29th, in The Dalles, Oregon, the Gorge Roubaix will take place. A two-day stage race with views for miles on end. Castelli followed a group of riders out onto these empty roads for a bit of reconnaissance. This looks like a good time.

Feb 17, 2015 1 comment
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Genre de Vie

While the standard issue talking head approach to bicycle documentary can get old relatively fast, I found this one in particular to be quite informative. Filmed in Copenhagen and NYC, two cycling hubs, Genre de Vie takes a look at urban life and the empowerment achieved by using the bicycle as a form of transportation.

If you’re an architect, urban planner, or someone who is enthralled by urbanism, give this one a watch for sure.

Feb 17, 2015 No comments yet
Topo Designs: New Camp Pants
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If there’s one company’s products that have been thoroughly – read “roughly” – tested over here, it’s Topo Designs. From their bags to their apparel, this Colorado brand makes products that take a hefty beating. New to the line this winter are these hefty camp pants. Built to last, built to fit and best of all, built in the USA. While they’re not designed for the bike, I’ve found they still work just fine.

Available in three colors and various sizes now at Topo Designs.

Feb 17, 2015 No comments yet
Boda Boda NYC and TCB Courier ACAB Shirts
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All cops are bastards?
All cabs are bastards?
All couriers are bastards?

Boda Boda NYC and TCB Courier – that’s East Coast and West Coast – have teamed up on a limited run of shirts, designed by Tom Guenther and literally flying off the shelves now. Head on over to TCB Courier to swoop!

Feb 17, 2015 1 comment
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Eroica California Registration is Open
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The first ever Eroica on US soil is now open for registration. Eroica California’s route is not to be missed, with world class riding and views promising to keep you distracted from the steep, dusty climbs.

This year’s Eroica California is calling Paso Robles home, with a festival bringing in vendors, food and other attractions. New to the festival is the Concours d’Elegance. An event that showcases the best vintage road racing bicycles owned by collectors.

Eroica California takes place on April 10th – 12th in Paso Robles, California. Entry is $150 per rider, with a percentage going to the Hospice of SLO County. There are three routes, all varying in skill level and difficulty, with the 123 mile route being the heroic choice…

Registration is open and is limited to 1000 spots at Eroica California, so head over now!

Feb 16, 2015 2 comments
Restrap Shoot Uses Magnets to Make Camera Strap Swapping Easy

It doesn’t take much to get my attention when it comes to camera straps. Never one to shy away from innovative design, I was pretty stoked to see the guys at Restrap develop a new “quick release” for neck and wrist lashes. Through utilizing magnets, their design makes swapping straps between your 35mm rangefinder to DSLR and vice versa, a cinch.

Made in the UK by Restrap and at a damn solid pricepoint too!

Head over to Restrap’s Shoot Kickstarter for more information.

Feb 16, 2015 5 comments
Winter Winds

This new spot for Opus Bikes makes my joints hurt just watching it. Yet, there’s something serene and still about winter riding. Check out more information on the Stelle disc cross at Opus’ site.

Feb 16, 2015 4 comments
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The Col Collective: Hautacam

As somewhat of a sleeper climb in the Midi-Pyrénées, Hautacam has a nasty reputation for exceeding the difficulty of other more notable passes. With an average grade of 8%, it’s sure to put fire in your legs. Watch as the Col Collective tackles Hautacam in their newest video…

Feb 16, 2015 No comments yet
Bombtrack at the Bike Transalp

Bombtrack rider Stefan “Fish” Vis took to the 2014 Bike Transalp, a 7 day mountain bike stage race, totalling 600km with 19,000 vertical meters and 1,200 registrants. Unlike the rest of the field, Stefan was on a cyclocross bike, Bombtrack’s the Hook.

As you could imagine, a cross bike would be a better companion on the long road climbs up, but would require a bit of finesse on the downhill sections… Head over to the Vimeo page for more information on this race.

Feb 16, 2015 No comments yet
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