The Col Collective: Col d’Aubisque

I’ve never been able to ride any of these climbs, so I’ve been enjoying the Col Collective videos. Not for the data or coaching aspect, but for the scenery. It’s striking! Here’s the latest project, which happens to be the first climb filmed for the Col Collective, the Col d’Aubisque…

Nov 13, 2014 3 comments
Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path

Public works like this can be a lot of fun:

“The new Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands glowing stones inspired by ‘Starry Night’. It charges at daytime and gives light at night. The path combines innovation with cultural heritage in the city of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883.

This is the second Smart Highway Project which are interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow by designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. The goal is to make smart roads by using light, energy and road signs that interact with the traffic situation.”

See more at Studio Roosegaarde.

Nov 13, 2014 1 comment
Sycip’s New JJ Bars and JB Bars are Made by Nitto
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Nitto has been making handlebars for a very long time. To give you some perspective, back in the ’80s, there were dozens of handlebar manufacturers, then Taiwanese factories shut down all but one: Nitto.

Over the past few years, the Japanese handlebar manufacturer has lent American framebuilders a hand. Sycip cycles, being one of the more recent ones.

Now in stock, at Sycip’s online shop are the heat-treated aluminum JJ Bars and the CroMo steel JB bars. Both come in black or silver and are in stock now at Sycip.

Nov 13, 2014 2 comments
Kitsbow’s Ride Tees are Back
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Kitsbow’s made in Canada, merino wool Riding Tees are back in stock, now in new colors. Perfect for touring, MTB riding, cross riding and even off-the-bike afternoons. Mix in a set of arm warmers to keep you warm during winter dawn patrols. Merino is warm and naturally anti-microbial, so it won’t smell after a ride.

See more at Kitsbow.

Nov 13, 2014 1 comment
Keirin Cut Jeans

The New York Times recently featured an article on Keirin Cut Jeans, a denim company making, you guessed it, jeans for riders with unusually large quads and fit waistlines. While I’ll say the article alludes that all cyclists are plagued with large quads, which isn’t entirely true, it’s still an interesting read and I’m sure it was exceptional press for the company.

They’ve made it well past their funding goal, but are taking pre-orders for their denim now at their Kickstarter page.

Nov 13, 2014 11 comments
Map Bicycles: Hey Mitch, Nice Rack
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Mitch Pryer is the man behind Map Bicycles and let me tell you, that man can make some lovely racks. Map is known for their randonneurs, but as you can see, Mitch can tackle just about any client request, including a porteur rack with low-riders.

This is amazing. See more at the Map Flickr.

Nov 13, 2014 No comments yet
Trackside ’85 at Rapha Manchester
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Fender company Ass Savers is partnering with Rapha to bring Trackside ‘85 Photography Exhibit to Rapha Cycle Club Manchester as the exhibition’s final 2014 destination:

“Gothenburg, Sweden, 7 November, 2014 – After successful stops in Berlin, Barcelona and London, the Trackside ’85 photo exhibition presented by Ass Savers travels to the Rapha Manchester Cycle Club on November 18th for its final stop of the tour. Staffan Jofjell’s brilliantly captured photographs from the 1985 Berlin Six Day track race will be on display from November 18th to 23rd to coincide with the Six Days of Ghent…”

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Nov 12, 2014 1 comment
Stinner Frameworks: Oyster White Roadie
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Aaron Stinner‘s latest customer build is so subtle that you might not even notice it’s a Stinner. Most steel builders are asked by clients to build bikes that match certain performance characteristics as you’d find in carbon frames. With such a request, come key factors, the most important being tubing selection.

For this build, Stinner selected True Temper S3, OX Platinum and Columbus Life, all three of which are common selections for modern builders looking to lighten their frameset up, while maintaining the integrity and liveliness of steel. Matched with all the carbon ENVE components, this bike will meet any expectations set by the client.

The frame was then topped off with an oyster white base coat with white metallic decals. Thanks to Aaron for sharing this project. See more below!

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Nov 12, 2014 8 comments
Coming Soon: The Specialized Turbo Cotton
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In the world of true gumwall tires, the higher the TPI, the better. Maybe not for puncture resistance, but surely for the ride. Performance road tires, by definition should perform and the new Turbo Cotton tires from specialized sound like they’ll do the trick. Hell, they sure look like they’re willing to fill that role (roll). I can’t wait to try out a pair!

Casing: 320 TPI Polycotton
Bead: foldable
Compound: GRIPTON
Flat Protection: BlackBelt
700 x 24; psi 115-125; approximate weight 210g

Nov 12, 2014 6 comments
Fabric Saddles: Shapes Based on Somotypes
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We’ve all got different bone structures, which ultimately determine our body size, independent of diet. These is one of the factors in determining fit, from clothing to even saddles. These bone structures are known as Somatotypes and come in three varieties; Ectomorph (Light bone structure) Mesomorph (Average bone structure) and Endomorph (Broad bone structure).

Fabric Saddles takes a look at how your Somotype determines your sit-bone width and sizes you off of your height and wrist circumference.

Their line is taking shape and will be available in early 2015. For now, head over to Fabric and check out their saddles. The Cell and ALM models look interesting.

Nov 12, 2014 9 comments
Richard Sachs: A Framebuilder’s Mind
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This is too good! The one and only Richard Sachs went down a list of 15 points in his latest blog post. You’ve gotta head over to read them, for gems like:

“Serial number accidentally banged in askew. Shit. It will look stupid. Fuck it. It’s a handmade bicycle frame that now has extra humanity. Note to self: add an Imperfection Is Perfection DVD to client’s parcel when bicycle is delivered.”

“Dang. The cat wanted to use this on gravel and a 25mm is the largest tire that will fit. I need to pay more attention. I’ll tell him I always use 25mm tires on gravel.” – “I can’t believe folks wait in line for this.” – “I can’t believe people pay me for this.” – “I hope know the next one will be better.”

“I can’t believe folks wait in line and pay me for this.”

Nov 12, 2014 8 comments
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Coming Soon: The Specialized Turbo Cotton
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In the world of true gumwall tires, the higher the TPI, the better. Maybe not for puncture resistance, but surely for the ride. Performance road tires, by definition should perform and the new Turbo Cotton tires from specialized sound like they’ll do the trick. Hell, they sure look like they’re willing to fill that role (roll). I can’t wait to try out a pair!

Casing: 320 TPI Polycotton
Bead: foldable
Compound: GRIPTON
Flat Protection: BlackBelt
700 x 24; psi 115-125; approximate weight 210g

Nov 12, 2014 6 comments
Fabric Saddles: Shapes Based on Somotypes
Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 8.16.15 AM

We’ve all got different bone structures, which ultimately determine our body size, independent of diet. These is one of the factors in determining fit, from clothing to even saddles. These bone structures are known as Somatotypes and come in three varieties; Ectomorph (Light bone structure) Mesomorph (Average bone structure) and Endomorph (Broad bone structure).

Fabric Saddles takes a look at how your Somotype determines your sit-bone width and sizes you off of your height and wrist circumference.

Their line is taking shape and will be available in early 2015. For now, head over to Fabric and check out their saddles. The Cell and ALM models look interesting.

Nov 12, 2014 9 comments
Richard Sachs: A Framebuilder’s Mind
ATMO

This is too good! The one and only Richard Sachs went down a list of 15 points in his latest blog post. You’ve gotta head over to read them, for gems like:

“Serial number accidentally banged in askew. Shit. It will look stupid. Fuck it. It’s a handmade bicycle frame that now has extra humanity. Note to self: add an Imperfection Is Perfection DVD to client’s parcel when bicycle is delivered.”

“Dang. The cat wanted to use this on gravel and a 25mm is the largest tire that will fit. I need to pay more attention. I’ll tell him I always use 25mm tires on gravel.” – “I can’t believe folks wait in line for this.” – “I can’t believe people pay me for this.” – “I hope know the next one will be better.”

“I can’t believe folks wait in line and pay me for this.”

Nov 12, 2014 8 comments
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PinkBike: Monkey Likes Shiny and the Rampage Trophies
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“People like to use ADD as a crutch, I think it’s a blessing.” -Jeff Tiedeken

This year, at the Red Bull Rampage, Jeff from Monkey Likes Shiny supplied the trophies. If you recall, Jeff made that super slick gravity bike a few years back. PinkBike has a nice story up of Jeff that you should check out for some insight into how Jeff’s hyper creative mind works.

Nov 12, 2014 1 comment
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Salsa Unleashes the Bucksaw Carbon
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Last year, when Salsa introduced the Bucksaw full suspension fatbike, it caused quite a stir. It did, in fact, feature the then brand-new Rock Shox Bluto fork, which in itself was a catalyst for heated internet discussion.

Yesterday Salsa poured it on with the announcement of the Bucksaw Carbon. A full-suspension fatbike with a carbon front triangle, seat stay and an aluminum chainstay. This sheds 300 grams off the total frame weight.

If this is your kinda thing, and how can it not be, then head over to Salsa to see more!

Nov 11, 2014 1 comment
Argonaut Cycles at Above Category
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Watching Argonaut Cycles grow and gain traction in this market is exciting. Especially within the realm of retail, a world that most framebuilders decide to avoid due to margins. But sometimes, you find a home where your brand easily nestles in between the existing offerings.

Argonaut Cycles has teamed up with Above Category, along side BAUM, Pegoretti and Mosaic. Three exceptional frame builders who have mastered their materials. It’s not bad having such great company, is it?

See more at Above Category!

Nov 11, 2014 4 comments
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House Industries and Tanner Goods Saddle Bags
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Two of my favorite companies came together and designed a new bag for the House Industries Velo collection. These made in Portland leather saddle bags thread through your saddle loops and come with the House insignia embossed into the soft, horween leather.

See more at House, or if you’re in Portland or Los Angeles, swing through the Tanner Goods stores to see them in person.

Nov 11, 2014 No comments yet
Ghost Peloton

This one’s interesting:

“Created for the grand depart of the Tour de France 2014 from Yorkshire, Ghost Peloton fuses performance cycling with athletic choreography performed by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s dancers, and the varied landscapes of race route.

Each rider, bike and performer was illuminated using NVA’s bespoke LED light suit, which can instantaneously change colour, flash-rate and luminosity. The rhythm of movement from the choreographed actions of massed participants becomes a source of creativity in itself, extending perception of the immediate setting.

It’s epic public art, operating at the grandest scale, where physical surroundings become an open canvas carrying a new visual language, expressing mood and movement, comprised of form, colour and line.”

Nov 11, 2014 No comments yet
FYXO: Turbo
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Photos by Andy White

When Andy White of FYXO posted this the other day, it brought me back to when I first remember seeing it on Fyxomatosis. There’s nothing like a great DIY story with an even better final product.

See more at FYXO.

Nov 11, 2014 No comments yet
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Golden Saddle Cyclery’s Caps are the Best
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When it comes to iconic cycling products, over the years Golden Saddle Cyclery’s caps have gained quite the following. Chances are, if you go to a bike event, anywhere on Earth, someone will be wearing one. While wearing is part of owning a cap, I recently bought a set to display in my office, because, like all good things, I want to be able to hold onto them for a while.

Golden Saddle has restocked two of the designs, so head on over and swoop a set up. To be sweated in or just for display.

Nov 10, 2014 1 comment
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