Kona Bikes: Growing Up Cross

I like it when companies take a minute to profile some of their athletes, rather than putting out a pulse-racing video of them riding. Kudos to Kona for this one.

Oct 6, 2014 3 comments
Merckx Mondays
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Vintage, black and white photos of Eddy Merckx will always be my favorite. Here’s one from 1969, Eddy racing in the TDF time trial race Revel-Revel. On his yellow jersey is the number 51, a marveled pairing of numbers in the Tour’s history.

Back then, “Champions are born with the back number 51″ was a common saying in the Peloton and with good reason. Many legends were adorned by these digits: Eddy Merckx, Louison Bobet, Bernard Thèvenet and Luis Ocana. All of which exceeded a simple win and elevated themselves into cycling’s history.

Thanks to the Flickr stream of Walter Vermeulen for this week’s Merckx Mondays!

Oct 6, 2014 No comments yet
Firefly Bicycles: Lefty 29’r
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Let’s see, Barzo 2.25 tires, Lefty, Ti stem to match the sweet Ti frame, segmented stays, Industry Nine. Yep. This is probably one of my favorite Firefly MTBs to date. I can’t stop looking at it!

See more for yourself at the Firefly Flickr. Coincidentally, this is #360 from Firefly! Full-circle indeed guys. Congrats!

Oct 6, 2014 11 comments
Between the Eyes with Jordan Manley #DailyWalk

Seb did an outstanding job on this video series, the first of which being action sports photographer Jordan Manley.

“In November, 2012, Jordan Manley, a very well respected action sport photographer and filmmaker, suffered a concussion that severely changed his life. The concussion was such that Jordan was unable to perform even quite simple tasks without triggering his symptoms. Recovery for this kind of injury, which is effectively brain damage, means resting the brain as if it were any other part of the body. For Jordan, this meant losing the ability to exercise not just physically but mentally. All he could do was take one short walk a day.

As time went on he began taking his iPhone and captured some of the remarkable things he saw on his strolls and then uploaded them to Instagram. #dailywalk became Jordan’s way of providing an outlet for his boisterous creativity and a way of communicating with the world about the symptoms of his concussion, the inner working of the brain and the emotions of dealing with his recovery. Taking these photos became his therapy and provided him with a form of solace while he went through a very foreign and daunting time. It’s also fair to say that very few people could create such a stunning portfolio of images using just an iPhone.”

Watch the video and read more at the Vimeo Page. Seriously Seb, this is amazing and yes, your best camera is the one that you have on you at all times.

Oct 6, 2014 No comments yet
The Athletic: You Got This Socks
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The Athletic are doing their own kind of cancer awareness in October. They’ve done a pair of socks with Cait, which you can pick up at the Athletic and read up on the story here:

“Our friend Cait — you may know her under the moniker @attnkatdaley — had a knock down drag out fight with cancer a little while back. One of the things that she used to help guide her through the dark days was the moniker “You Got This” which she had tattooed on her body as a reminder. Read the story behind it here » What “You Got This” Means To Me.

Her friend (our illustration hero) Chris Piascik did the lettering, which he always does well. ”

Miss ya Cait!

Oct 6, 2014 No comments yet
Chris Akrigg Rides a Fatbike

The “other” trials dude, Chris Akrigg may not be scaling ridges on a carbon Santa Cruz, but he’s holding it down on a Mongoose fatbike just fine!

Oct 3, 2014 5 comments
Baum Cycles: A Cubano for a Cuban
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Baum Cycles’ endless drive to deliver 100% customized frames to their customers culminates in this Cubano for a Cuban gentlemen. Non-drive chainstay etching, special top tube logo treatment and a choice selection of colors. See more at the Baum Flickr!

Oct 3, 2014 No comments yet
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Chris Akrigg Rides a Fatbike

The “other” trials dude, Chris Akrigg may not be scaling ridges on a carbon Santa Cruz, but he’s holding it down on a Mongoose fatbike just fine!

Oct 3, 2014 5 comments
Baum Cycles: A Cubano for a Cuban
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Baum Cycles’ endless drive to deliver 100% customized frames to their customers culminates in this Cubano for a Cuban gentlemen. Non-drive chainstay etching, special top tube logo treatment and a choice selection of colors. See more at the Baum Flickr!

Oct 3, 2014 No comments yet
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Race Dots: Ditch those Pins
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Here’s a simple, yet functional (and customizable) product. I definitely have a few jerseys with holes and rust stains from pinning numbers and Race Dots avoid that with a magnetic retention system. See more at Race Dots.

Oct 3, 2014 4 comments
The Festka ONE Road
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Czech builders Festka recently completed the development of their newest frame project, simply titled, ONE. Boasting a 60% stiffer layup process than previous Zero models, these custom road frames will be available shortly, with custom geometry and paint, at Festka.

See more below.

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Oct 2, 2014 5 comments
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The Radavist 2014 Calendar: October
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This is the tenth layout of the Radavist 2014 Calendar, entitled “West Texas Roads”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

Our trip from Vegas to Austin in my pickup truck was a blur, except for moments like this. Oh and Sedona. Sedona was rad. Anyway… The thing that sucks about traveling by car is that you never want to stop when you see a great road. After 13 hours of driving that day, we definitely stopped for this one…

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2014 Calendar – October. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

Oct 2, 2014 No comments yet
Bell’s New Star Pro Road Helmet
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During my discussion with Bell at Interbike, I mentioned that the average consumer with any amount of eye for style or design, doesn’t really care about how aero their helmets are. We, if I may be so bold, would rather a helmet look good, keep us cold and protect our lives. Sometimes, however, style and aerodynamics overlap. In my opinion, that’s what the Bell New Star Pro is. An aero helmet with style…

With an innovative, closable “vent” system, these helmets not only offer aerodynamics, but I’d like to think, additional warmth during cold seasons.

Check out full specs below and see more at Bell.

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Oct 1, 2014 6 comments
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Richard Sachs Cinelli Bar Tape Available Now
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Richard teased me with this yesterday but I had no idea it’d be available today! Available in an array of colors, this RS embossed Cinelli bartape was made in limited numbers, so head over to Richard Sachs to get a few rolls.

Am I crazy to think that “#ATMO” bar tape would also sell really well?

Oct 1, 2014 3 comments
Check out Fairdale’s 2015 Parser Singlespeed Cross Bike
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I know a lot of you have expressed an interest in a sub $1,000 cross bike complete. If you asked me back in 2010 when the Fairdale Parser was first launched, I wouldn’t have even considered it as an option, but now, the 2015 Parser is exactly that: a singlespeed cross bike for under a grand.

Head over to Fairdale to read more and look for the 2015 Parser in your local Fairdale dealer, any day now.

Oct 1, 2014 6 comments
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Zwift Opens the Door to Social Indoor Cycling
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This one’s coming in off left-field but I know plenty of you use trainers during the winter months. Here’s a new social platform that incorporates indoor cycling. Check the full scoop out on Zwift:

“Just in time for winter’s short days and blustery weather, Zwift, the new leader in virtual indoor cycling, has announced the official launch of its public Beta. Thanks to its unique Zengine–a massive, multiplayer video game platform – Zwift delivers a fun, social and entertaining indoor cycling experience. The company’s Beta launch was celebrated with an event that was held simultaneously at Rapha Cycle Clubs in London, New York and San Francisco. Zwift’s public Beta is initially open to several hundred people and the company expects to allow access to its virtual world to the general public this winter. The Zwift platform is hardware agnostic and connects to a wide range of devices. The minimum requirement is a trainer, ANT+ cadence/speed sensor and ANT+ dongle although an electronically controlled trainer can give you enhanced experience.”

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Oct 1, 2014 7 comments
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