Tracko and AARN Limited Edition Camo Track Rings
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Tracko teamed up with AARN on a run of limited edition track rings:

“These are my first 7075 aluminum rings that people have been able to purchase from AARN, previously they were 6061 aluminum. The four color Rust-Oleum Camo Kit was the inspiration for these four color, hand anodized(not painted) Track Chainrings. All chainrings come in custom letterpress printed AARN x Tracko envelope, printed by Repeat Press in Somerville, MA.”

Pick one up at Tracko now because they’re going to disappear… see what I did there?

Aug 11, 2015 18 comments
SILCA HX-One Home and Travel Hex Kit
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Having essential tools you need in one easy to access and transport location is a must. Silca takes their precision line to another level with these German and Swiss precision hex heads, with a twist. Along with the standard hex wrenches, is the proprietary made in the USA SILCA 17-4 Stainless Magnetic Adapter. The Adapter with a pleasant magnetic click turns the 6mm Hex Key into a ¼” socket drive which can fit any common ¼” driver Bit. Also in the HX-One Kit are are the 6 most common Torx sizes, 2 Phillips Head and 2 Flat head Drivers.

All tools fit in a laser-etched Beech wood case. In stock from Silca for $125 on September 1st. Head over for more information.

Aug 11, 2015 8 comments
Ash at Track Nationals with Affinity
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Photos by Kyle Kelley

Last weekend was Track Nationals in Los Angeles. Affinity Cycles’ racer Ash Duban was competing in the event at the VELO Sports Center and Kyle from Tracko was on hand to photograph her. There’s a great photo gallery up at Affinity Cycles, with a lot of behind the scenes shots, so go check it out.

Aug 11, 2015 Comments are OFF
Cannondale’s Slate All-Road Suspension Bike is On the Way
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We got the jump on our own brief review and photos early on with the Slate. Some people loved it, others hated it and for good reason. While I wouldn’t call the notion of a suspension fork on a road bike a new idea, with the old Team Gan and other Roubaix bikes having done something similar in the past, the Slate does offer a rather unique riding style and honestly, it just looks like a freaking beast. Granted a beast that was made in some genetic lab somewhere, but albeit, a beast.

The Slate will be landing at Cannondale dealers in October. Offered in three build options: a $2980 105 kit in OD green, a $3520 Ultegra kit in raw aluminum, and a $4260 CX-1 kit in black with purple accents. Check out build specs below.

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Aug 10, 2015 23 comments
Manual for Speed: New Artist Residency Bottles
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If those wild, colorful Manual for Speed Artist Residency kits were too much for you, then how about some wild, colorful bottles? Each artist in the project got to design a pattern which was translated to a bottle, made in the USA by Specialized. In stock now at the MFS Shop.

Aug 10, 2015 Comments are OFF
I’m Heading West this Weekend
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… and it’s probably gonna look something like this. I’ll be in San Francisco for a week or so before popping down to Los Angeles for another week. Some of my favorite stories come from California and I can’t wait to make more.

Aug 7, 2015 4 comments
Prototype Rivendell Fork Crown
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Photos by Olivier Chételat

This is looking mighty fine. Rivendell friend Olivier Chételat got to check out a new fork crown the brand has been developing over the past few months. It features a segmented design with beautiful cut-aways and rack mounts on top of the shoulders. Because it’s Rivendell, don’t expect a 1 1/8″ steerer. This puppy’s 1″… See more at Olivier’s Flickr.

Aug 6, 2015 5 comments
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Cannondale’s Slate All-Road Suspension Bike is On the Way
Slate Force CX1 - HERO

We got the jump on our own brief review and photos early on with the Slate. Some people loved it, others hated it and for good reason. While I wouldn’t call the notion of a suspension fork on a road bike a new idea, with the old Team Gan and other Roubaix bikes having done something similar in the past, the Slate does offer a rather unique riding style and honestly, it just looks like a freaking beast. Granted a beast that was made in some genetic lab somewhere, but albeit, a beast.

The Slate will be landing at Cannondale dealers in October. Offered in three build options: a $2980 105 kit in OD green, a $3520 Ultegra kit in raw aluminum, and a $4260 CX-1 kit in black with purple accents. Check out build specs below.

(more…)

Aug 10, 2015 23 comments
Manual for Speed: New Artist Residency Bottles
MFS_Bidons_artist

If those wild, colorful Manual for Speed Artist Residency kits were too much for you, then how about some wild, colorful bottles? Each artist in the project got to design a pattern which was translated to a bottle, made in the USA by Specialized. In stock now at the MFS Shop.

Aug 10, 2015 Comments are OFF
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I’m Heading West this Weekend
Diablo_01

… and it’s probably gonna look something like this. I’ll be in San Francisco for a week or so before popping down to Los Angeles for another week. Some of my favorite stories come from California and I can’t wait to make more.

Aug 7, 2015 4 comments
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Prototype Rivendell Fork Crown
Riv_Fork_02

Photos by Olivier Chételat

This is looking mighty fine. Rivendell friend Olivier Chételat got to check out a new fork crown the brand has been developing over the past few months. It features a segmented design with beautiful cut-aways and rack mounts on top of the shoulders. Because it’s Rivendell, don’t expect a 1 1/8″ steerer. This puppy’s 1″… See more at Olivier’s Flickr.

Aug 6, 2015 5 comments
The Pro’s Closet Talks to Chris Chance

You’re gonna be seeing a lot of Chris Chance and Fat Chance over the next few weeks:

The Pro’s Closet caught up with Chris Chance at the “Mountain Bike Hall of Fame” in the spring of 2015. In this mini-doc, Chris describes the early days of Fat Chance, the forces that pulled him away from the bicycle world, and the passion that led him back!”

Aug 6, 2015 Comments are OFF
Hard Tails on Hard Trails

We’re a big fan of hardtail MTBs over here. They’re easy to make domestically, easy to maintain, lightweight and best of all, with the right geometry and components, you can take on just about any trail. Stanton Bikes in the UK show us how it’s done on their new Switchback 631.

Aug 5, 2015 2 comments
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Save Keirin Berlin
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Being priced out of your location is not fun and unfortunately, it’s hit Keirin Berlin:

“Last week our landlord informed us, that he will increase the rent by 30% and will try to sell the storefront. This will lead to the end of #KeirinBerlin We don’t have rich parents, nor do we have lots of cash on Swiss bank-accounts. Moving is not really an option, as #Berlin gets sold to investors and it’s only a matter of time till not only #Kreuzberg is the new Brooklyn… When we moved here in 2004, they begged us to take this place and gave us a 50% reduce on the rent. Please share this! And if you have any ideas let us know! We will be working on some projects to not only#savethetrackbike but to keep the first ever cycle culture cafe going and #savekeirinberlin as thisisnotamerica#gentrification sucks not only on #gentrificationtuesdaysPlease won’t let Leonard Cohen’s prediction “First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin…” happen and #rideyourbike everyday, because #cycling not only unites..”

Stay tuned to the @KeirinBerlin Instagram for updates, as I’m sure Mort will develop a plan shortly.

Aug 5, 2015 4 comments
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