Silca’s Travel HX-Two Travel Kit

The thing I use the most in my toolkit is my Silca HX-One home wrench set, yet I never bring it on the road with me because I’m afraid of losing some of the tiny bits in the black hole that is my truck. After the success of the HX-One home kit, Silca announced their HX-Two travel kit. These are not your standard hex wrenches. Not at all. This is Silca after all.

These wrenches are heat treated with a 9 step process, with a high grip polymer coating over high-engagement satin chrome. After over two years of heavy use, my HX-One wrenches still look brand new. The hex keys in the set, which include 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5, 2, and 1.5mm, and Torx® keys include T30, T27, T25, T20, T15, T10, T9, T8, and T7. See more at Silca.

May 22, 2018 10 comments
Project Y

New from Manual for Speed and Yonder Journal is Mythical State Of, and their Project Y video, following real humans while they prepare for and race the Dirty Kanza. The full project launches May 31st. Read more at MSO.

May 21, 2018 9 comments
Firefly Bicycles: 6Al-4Va Titanium Seat Collars

Looking for some MUSA bling for your bike? Check out these 6Al-4Va Titanium Seat Collars by Firefly. They’re made in the USA, weigh 25 grams, are available in 35mm and 31.8mm, come in brushed or blasted, and are made by Oglewatch Co exclusively for Firefly. These beautiful ti nuggets are $100, or you can add anodizing for $20 extra. Swoop up one at Firefly.

May 21, 2018 24 comments
Brief Thoughts: Ditching Bib Shorts for Good and Civic’s Merino Boxer


Civic’s merino boxers piqued my interest when they first launched.

Over the past few years, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect merino boxer short and before you cite that as ridiculous, hear me out. Back in 2014, during our Oregon Outback tour, I developed severe chaffing from my bib shorts during the first 20 miles of the event and was worried. I had over 350 miles to go on this challenging course and could barely walk. The worst of it was I only packed one pair of merino boxers to wear at camp. Having no other option, I ditched the bibs and put on the boxers under my shorts, along with some Neosporin and that became my kit for the day. Again, apologies for the details here. The next morning I felt great and continued to wear boxers, in lieu of bibs up until this day. Unless I’m on a road ride, on a road bike, I haven’t worn bibs since. (more…)

May 21, 2018 93 comments
SOLD OUT: Get Deserted Big Byways Warm Weather Bottles

We took our Byway bottle and upped the capacity, rendered it in black, and added in our “Deserted” logo, just in time for the warmer months ahead. Pick up a PAIR for $25 plus shipping, worldwide. The first 30 orders will get a FREE Deserted vinyl logo, in desert tan.

If you ordered a Howdy Coyote tee, reply to your Paypal receipt and we’ll refund you $5 for shipping.

SORRY SOLD OUT! Side note: we’re working on a webshop, much more inventory and a drop-ship system, which hopefully will be implemented late Summer. Thanks for your patience!

May 21, 2018 4 comments
SOLD OUT: The Radavist Howdy Coyote Pocket T

Howdy Coyote is here to remind you to be nice and say ‘howdy’ on the trail. Although, if you catch an ol’ timer out there, they might stop you for a conversation, because back in the day, ‘howdy’ was a question; a shortened form of “how do you do?” and still to this day, to some that’s an open invitation for a dialog. Hell, we could use a little more face to face time with our fellow humans these days, especially out on the trails, where like-minded souls flee to in an attempt to escape the day to day grind of city livin’. So do like Howdy Coyote and make sure to say hello.

These Kyler Martz-designed t-shirts are made from American Apparel pocket t-shirts and printed by FUN Artists in Los Angeles. They’re $25 shipped to the USA and $40 shipped worldwide. Swoop up now while they’re in stock below. SORRY SOLD OUT!

May 20, 2018 3 comments
Enjoy the Weekend!

We had a rippin’ TGSCIF ride today, which we’ll tell you all about tomorrow. For now, I hope this gets you amped up for the weekend!

May 18, 2018 Comments are OFF
Dirty Reiver 2018

Ortlieb takes us on a trip to the Dirty Reiver 2018, a 200km dirt road race through the border region of England and Scotland.

May 18, 2018 Comments are OFF
Speedvagen’s California Fit Tour

Speedvagen is super excited to travel south for another round of their official Speedvagen California Fitting Tour. While on the road, they will be sharing stories of steel bikes, stopping to surf along the way, and enjoying the California sunshine on some rides. First up is a stop in San Francisco at Taylor Stitch, June 22nd-25th.

‘Vagen will then head south and set up at Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles, from June 28th-30th. There will be events, bikes on display, as well as doing fittings for new Speedvagen customers at both locations. If you are in the area, stop into either location to learn everything you’d like to know about the brand, the bikes, and the people who make the wheels spin at their Portland-based shop.

Spaces are filling up fast so reach out to [email protected] to book your fitting spot.

May 16, 2018 1 comment
Gibraltar!

Santa Barbara’s most iconic climb gets some love during this year’s ATOC. It’s been a while since I’ve ridden that one!

May 16, 2018 Comments are OFF
Bike Jerks HQ: The Tale of the Ritchey Prototype Bi-Plane Fork Crown

Bike Jerks HQ: The Tale of the Ritchey Prototype Bi-Plane Fork Crown
Words and photos by Jeff Frane

Behold, perhaps the coolest thing that has crossed my path since I inadvertently started collecting vintage bicycle stuff. One of the rarest for certain. What you’re feasting your hungry eyes upon is one of the few examples of the legendary bi-plane fork crown that Tom Ritchey produced during the heady and formative year of 1983. Now, I have no actual idea how many exist, I should probably ask Tom, but I’ll leave the actual journalism to the professionals. Or the commenters.

It never saw production, as Tom instead decided to focus on the uni-crown, but was later famously copied by Grant Peterson for his legendary MB-1. How was this acquired? Well, my good friend Jeff Schmidt purchased it directly from Tom to potentially use to build a fork for a giant size Ritchey he had previously acquired. See below for their correspondence. (more…)

May 15, 2018 7 comments
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WTF Bikexplorers Honors SJ Brooks

Following up on yesterday’s post, the team at WTF Bikexplorers posted an update to their scholarship fund, which has now been re-named to honor SJ Brooks, the cyclist who was fatally attacked by a mountain lion in Washington this weekend.

“We would also like to take this moment to honor and celebrate the life of SJ Brooks by renaming the scholarships in their name to the SJ Brooks Bikexplorers Scholarship. SJ was the founder of the Seattle chapter of Friends on Bikes, a cycling group that fosters a community for women, trans, femme and non-binary people of color who love riding bikes. SJ was scheduled to speak about FOB and be a part of the QPOC panel at the WTF Bikexplorers Summit. This past weekend, SJ was fatally attacked while biking outside of Seattle. SJ’s tragic death is a huge loss to the cycling community. They were a positive light who worked tirelessly to create change.”

Read more at WTF Bikexplorers.

May 23, 2018 10 comments
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Get Your WTF Summit Scholarship Submission in by This Thursday!

This just in from the WTF Bikexplorers! Check out all the information you need to apply for their Summit Scholarship below.

“I’m hoping that you could help us spread the word about the Summit Scholarships that we’re accepting applications for through this Thursday! There are five scholarships available, all of which include a ticket to the Summit this August, a $500 travel stipend, a Sweetroll bag from Revelate Designs, a year premium subscription to Ride With GPS and awesome #shredthepatricharchy swag. Three recipients will also receive a bike, based on their needs, from either Bike Works or Specialized.” (more…)

May 22, 2018 Comments are OFF
Pining over the Pinion Drivetrain System – Adam Sklar

Words by Adam Sklar, photos from Sklar Bikes, diagrams from Pinion

The Pinion Gearboxes have been around for a long while now but their popularity in Europe is just now starting to break its way into the US bike scene. Last Fall Sklar Bikes started receiving orders for frames built with the mounting system for these gearboxes and as someone who had eyed them for years, with only a little riding experience, I was pretty excited. Being that Sklar builds all custom bikes, it feels great to offer something that is really special and harder to get. These frames have mostly seen use as commuters, “bikepacking bikes” and everyday trail bikes for customers who are maybe less maintenance-inclined or just intrigued by this neat system. So far all of those customers have been psyched on their bikes and I am happy to build with Pinion, though there are certainly pluses and minuses that come with it. At the end of the day, it is pretty easy to overthink a bike, but of course, overthinking bikes is my job and so what follows are my thoughts on Pinion from the perspective of someone who builds bike frames for a living and also spends a whole lot of time riding them. (more…)

May 22, 2018 14 comments
Silca’s Travel HX-Two Travel Kit

The thing I use the most in my toolkit is my Silca HX-One home wrench set, yet I never bring it on the road with me because I’m afraid of losing some of the tiny bits in the black hole that is my truck. After the success of the HX-One home kit, Silca announced their HX-Two travel kit. These are not your standard hex wrenches. Not at all. This is Silca after all.

These wrenches are heat treated with a 9 step process, with a high grip polymer coating over high-engagement satin chrome. After over two years of heavy use, my HX-One wrenches still look brand new. The hex keys in the set, which include 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5, 2, and 1.5mm, and Torx® keys include T30, T27, T25, T20, T15, T10, T9, T8, and T7. See more at Silca.

May 22, 2018 10 comments
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Project Y

New from Manual for Speed and Yonder Journal is Mythical State Of, and their Project Y video, following real humans while they prepare for and race the Dirty Kanza. The full project launches May 31st. Read more at MSO.

May 21, 2018 9 comments
Firefly Bicycles: 6Al-4Va Titanium Seat Collars

Looking for some MUSA bling for your bike? Check out these 6Al-4Va Titanium Seat Collars by Firefly. They’re made in the USA, weigh 25 grams, are available in 35mm and 31.8mm, come in brushed or blasted, and are made by Oglewatch Co exclusively for Firefly. These beautiful ti nuggets are $100, or you can add anodizing for $20 extra. Swoop up one at Firefly.

May 21, 2018 24 comments
Brief Thoughts: Ditching Bib Shorts for Good and Civic’s Merino Boxer


Civic’s merino boxers piqued my interest when they first launched.

Over the past few years, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect merino boxer short and before you cite that as ridiculous, hear me out. Back in 2014, during our Oregon Outback tour, I developed severe chaffing from my bib shorts during the first 20 miles of the event and was worried. I had over 350 miles to go on this challenging course and could barely walk. The worst of it was I only packed one pair of merino boxers to wear at camp. Having no other option, I ditched the bibs and put on the boxers under my shorts, along with some Neosporin and that became my kit for the day. Again, apologies for the details here. The next morning I felt great and continued to wear boxers, in lieu of bibs up until this day. Unless I’m on a road ride, on a road bike, I haven’t worn bibs since. (more…)

May 21, 2018 93 comments
SOLD OUT: Get Deserted Big Byways Warm Weather Bottles

We took our Byway bottle and upped the capacity, rendered it in black, and added in our “Deserted” logo, just in time for the warmer months ahead. Pick up a PAIR for $25 plus shipping, worldwide. The first 30 orders will get a FREE Deserted vinyl logo, in desert tan.

If you ordered a Howdy Coyote tee, reply to your Paypal receipt and we’ll refund you $5 for shipping.

SORRY SOLD OUT! Side note: we’re working on a webshop, much more inventory and a drop-ship system, which hopefully will be implemented late Summer. Thanks for your patience!

May 21, 2018 4 comments
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SOLD OUT: The Radavist Howdy Coyote Pocket T

Howdy Coyote is here to remind you to be nice and say ‘howdy’ on the trail. Although, if you catch an ol’ timer out there, they might stop you for a conversation, because back in the day, ‘howdy’ was a question; a shortened form of “how do you do?” and still to this day, to some that’s an open invitation for a dialog. Hell, we could use a little more face to face time with our fellow humans these days, especially out on the trails, where like-minded souls flee to in an attempt to escape the day to day grind of city livin’. So do like Howdy Coyote and make sure to say hello.

These Kyler Martz-designed t-shirts are made from American Apparel pocket t-shirts and printed by FUN Artists in Los Angeles. They’re $25 shipped to the USA and $40 shipped worldwide. Swoop up now while they’re in stock below. SORRY SOLD OUT!

May 20, 2018 3 comments
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Enjoy the Weekend!

We had a rippin’ TGSCIF ride today, which we’ll tell you all about tomorrow. For now, I hope this gets you amped up for the weekend!

May 18, 2018 Comments are OFF
Dirty Reiver 2018

Ortlieb takes us on a trip to the Dirty Reiver 2018, a 200km dirt road race through the border region of England and Scotland.

May 18, 2018 Comments are OFF
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