We’re Back!

… and there are a whole ton of photos to sort through and share this week, so stay tuned. I hope everyone (in the USA anyway) had a great Labor Day weekend! While we compile everything for a Gallery later today, check out our Instagram for some sneak peeks.

Sep 5, 2017 2 comments
The Glacier 360 Race

I had never heard of this race, until my friend Kym took it on this year. Having spent some time in Iceland, I can honestly see it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. I cannot imagine what it’d be like to race there! Check out the two other videos from this event below.

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Aug 30, 2017 1 comment
WTB’s Unisex Saddle the Koda

Initially designed for women, but a favorite for men as well at the WTB office, the Koda is their newest saddle, available in two widths to match any rider. See more information at WTB. These should be in stock in a few weeks, so holler at your local dealer to check one out.

Aug 30, 2017 Comments are OFF
Blackburn: Bikefishing for Steelhead Teaser

This is the first video in Blackburn’s “Watercycle” project, focusing on how four cyclists interact with water. First up is Brian Ohlen, who took to the Pacific Coast route in search for Steelhead, but found himself engulfed by the elements. The full-length video is out September 12th.

Aug 30, 2017 Comments are OFF
Silca and Dario Pegoretti: 5 Centennial Edition SuperPista Ultimates

“Dario Pegoretti is an Italian bicycle framebuilder who is widely considered to be one of the greatest steel framebuilders in the world today. An apprentice under master builder Luigino Milani, he has also often credited with pioneering lugless and TIG welded frames.

Aside from his mastery of framebuilding, Dario is a remarkable artist and often hand paints his frames using custom designs that he creates himself. He’s built and painted bikes for some of the sport’s greatest athletes and his frames and anything he paints are sought after by collectors around the world.”

Not that Dario needs an introduction. Check out more on these beautiful 5 SuperPista Ultimate pumps at Silca.

Aug 29, 2017 1 comment
Rapha Los Angeles is Now Open

After a successful pop-up in Venice, Rapha has opened a more permanent establishment, just blocks from the Pacific Ocean and a short pedal from the mountains and hills. Head over to Rapha to read more information on the new Los Angeles Clubhouse.

Aug 29, 2017 6 comments
A Few Rides in With the Omata One Cycling Computer

Ever since Brian Vernor first told me about Omata and consequently, seeing their Kickstarter begin last year, I was intrigued by their unique cycling computer. I, like many people, still wear a wrist watch, in an era when we are constantly glued to our phones or laptops. Let’s be honest, a classic watch is a luxury item. We don’t need it to function in today’s world, yet many people still use them, even when there are loads of “tech” watches on the market, there’s something comforting about an analog face. Personally, I’m not against GPS watches like my Suunto, yet I would never wear an Apple Watch, or any other square and super tech-looking watches. Perhaps that’s what drew me to the Omata.

Its design aesthetic and m.o. appealed to me. The data is presented in an analog, almost static interface, with the most notable visible change being the speedometer hand. All other functions move so slowly on the face that you really spend more time looking at the road and less at the computer, another gripe I have with instantaneous cycling GPS devices – there’s just too much information being displayed, or flashing simultaneously – they’re distracting. My read on the Omata One, after a few rides, is that it is as luxurious as a wrist watch, yet completes the aesthetic of a bike, rather than competes with it. Expect a full review once I log more miles with this device, I was just so intrigued by it that I had to post something in the interim. If you’re interested in pre-ordering, or just reading more about the One, head to Omata.

Aug 28, 2017 20 comments
Trek’s 1120 29+ Touring Bike with Integrated Racks

The Trek Stache is a capable shred sled, right outta the box and its new brother, the 1120 ups the bikepacking ante with more design details than you can shake a stick at. Designed around the 29×3″ tire platform, the 1120 is a back country expedition vehicle, complete with integrated racks for you to strap, buckle or clip your bags or panniers onto with ease. With its unique elevated chainstay, Trek was able to make tire clearance a non-issue and with a 440mm chainstay, the 1120 will be reliably snappy when descending technical singletrack, even loaded down. For an added bonus, this rigid bike is equipped with a dropper post.

I’ve seen a lot of rigid plus bikes being marketed towards “adventure” but this 1120 is one of my favorites to date. What do you think?

Aug 28, 2017 22 comments
Rapha Rides Seoul

There’s an old saying, “Seoul’s got soul” and the latest from the Rapha Rides series explores just that…

Aug 28, 2017 1 comment
Merckx Mondays

You can never have too many Eddy Merckx prints. Artist Richard Long made 100 of these giclée prints on 29.5cm x 21 cm on high-quality Redcliffe 210gsm Watercolour Paper to fit in an A4 frame with border. Head over to RideVelo.cc to order.

Aug 28, 2017 Comments are OFF
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Blackburn: Bikefishing for Steelhead Teaser

This is the first video in Blackburn’s “Watercycle” project, focusing on how four cyclists interact with water. First up is Brian Ohlen, who took to the Pacific Coast route in search for Steelhead, but found himself engulfed by the elements. The full-length video is out September 12th.

Aug 30, 2017 Comments are OFF
Silca and Dario Pegoretti: 5 Centennial Edition SuperPista Ultimates

“Dario Pegoretti is an Italian bicycle framebuilder who is widely considered to be one of the greatest steel framebuilders in the world today. An apprentice under master builder Luigino Milani, he has also often credited with pioneering lugless and TIG welded frames.

Aside from his mastery of framebuilding, Dario is a remarkable artist and often hand paints his frames using custom designs that he creates himself. He’s built and painted bikes for some of the sport’s greatest athletes and his frames and anything he paints are sought after by collectors around the world.”

Not that Dario needs an introduction. Check out more on these beautiful 5 SuperPista Ultimate pumps at Silca.

Aug 29, 2017 1 comment
Rapha Los Angeles is Now Open

After a successful pop-up in Venice, Rapha has opened a more permanent establishment, just blocks from the Pacific Ocean and a short pedal from the mountains and hills. Head over to Rapha to read more information on the new Los Angeles Clubhouse.

Aug 29, 2017 6 comments
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A Few Rides in With the Omata One Cycling Computer

Ever since Brian Vernor first told me about Omata and consequently, seeing their Kickstarter begin last year, I was intrigued by their unique cycling computer. I, like many people, still wear a wrist watch, in an era when we are constantly glued to our phones or laptops. Let’s be honest, a classic watch is a luxury item. We don’t need it to function in today’s world, yet many people still use them, even when there are loads of “tech” watches on the market, there’s something comforting about an analog face. Personally, I’m not against GPS watches like my Suunto, yet I would never wear an Apple Watch, or any other square and super tech-looking watches. Perhaps that’s what drew me to the Omata.

Its design aesthetic and m.o. appealed to me. The data is presented in an analog, almost static interface, with the most notable visible change being the speedometer hand. All other functions move so slowly on the face that you really spend more time looking at the road and less at the computer, another gripe I have with instantaneous cycling GPS devices – there’s just too much information being displayed, or flashing simultaneously – they’re distracting. My read on the Omata One, after a few rides, is that it is as luxurious as a wrist watch, yet completes the aesthetic of a bike, rather than competes with it. Expect a full review once I log more miles with this device, I was just so intrigued by it that I had to post something in the interim. If you’re interested in pre-ordering, or just reading more about the One, head to Omata.

Aug 28, 2017 20 comments
Trek’s 1120 29+ Touring Bike with Integrated Racks

The Trek Stache is a capable shred sled, right outta the box and its new brother, the 1120 ups the bikepacking ante with more design details than you can shake a stick at. Designed around the 29×3″ tire platform, the 1120 is a back country expedition vehicle, complete with integrated racks for you to strap, buckle or clip your bags or panniers onto with ease. With its unique elevated chainstay, Trek was able to make tire clearance a non-issue and with a 440mm chainstay, the 1120 will be reliably snappy when descending technical singletrack, even loaded down. For an added bonus, this rigid bike is equipped with a dropper post.

I’ve seen a lot of rigid plus bikes being marketed towards “adventure” but this 1120 is one of my favorites to date. What do you think?

Aug 28, 2017 22 comments
Rapha Rides Seoul

There’s an old saying, “Seoul’s got soul” and the latest from the Rapha Rides series explores just that…

Aug 28, 2017 1 comment
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Merckx Mondays

You can never have too many Eddy Merckx prints. Artist Richard Long made 100 of these giclée prints on 29.5cm x 21 cm on high-quality Redcliffe 210gsm Watercolour Paper to fit in an A4 frame with border. Head over to RideVelo.cc to order.

Aug 28, 2017 Comments are OFF
Giro’s New Empire E70 Knit Road Shoes

Giro has a few new products launching this year and next, but these are my favorite, hands down. These knit road shoes take design hints from sneaker companies and include both old and new colorways from Giro’s footwear catalog. For those looking for off-road knit shoes, the Empire Knit VR70 is coming out shortly as well. Check out more information at Giro.

Aug 28, 2017 3 comments
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Décryptø

Winner of best new builder at this year’s NAHBS, Décryptø offers something a little different in this video…

Aug 25, 2017 2 comments
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Claudio Does Val di Sole

In preparation for this weekend’s 2017 UCI MTB World Cup in Val di Sole, Claudio takes to the course early, which is the last World Cup of the year. There’s even a bit of #RubberSideUp action in this one.

Aug 23, 2017 1 comment
Athletes Unfiltered

Athletic accomplishments are far removed from the curated “selfie” life of many social media apps. You can’t fake the funk when it comes to your exercise data. Perhaps that’s what Strava is going for in their latest video?

Aug 23, 2017 1 comment
Speedvagen’s 2017 Surprise Me Design

Over the years, Speedvagen’s “Surprise Me” designs have provided vibrant designs on their road and cross bikes. This year, Speedvagen returns to their much-loved polka dot design from a few years back, with a few tweaks to the design and new colors. Watch this video for insight into Speedvagen and see a full gallery of the 2017 Surprise Me designs below!
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Aug 23, 2017 2 comments
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