Record Shops Supporting Bike Shops in Los Angeles
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Here’s some more of that community building the dudes at Golden Saddle were talking about in that last video. Amoeba Hollywood will have two new GSC shirts for sale tomorrow.

“Bike riding is awesome: no released pollutants, one less car on the road, it’s good for your community and good for YOU. Amoeba Hollywood and Amoeba San Francisco are celebrating bike culture in partnership with the Bicycle Coalitions of L.A. & S.F. and want you to join us Sunday, August 17 12-5pm. Free treats, DJs, and a chance to win cool bike gear and prizes—all while raising funds for the Coalitions!”

Check out more at Amoeba and thanks for the heads, Tracko!

Seriously, support your local record shop, buy vinyl, not MP3s!

Aug 16, 2014 1 comment
Borderline Stupid

There are a lot of motion capture riding segments out there. Like a lot a lot. Mostly it dudes on bikes either working really hard at riding their bikes or putting it all on the line for something completely out of the average riders range. Impressive as some of these edits maybe their formulaic approach coupled with the shear amount of them makes for an experience that is ultimately forgettable.

Enter humor. Kirt Voreis has been infusing VTT with levity and slapstick for as long as I have been reading magazines and in this edit he roped two other Bend, OR super shredders Jamie Goldman and Carson Storch into an hilarious self-discovery cum adventure short that really takes you somewhere. That somewhere is the MTB Mecca, a little place called Whistler. Do it, watch the thing.

Aug 16, 2014 3 comments
Speedplay Zero Pavé Pedals Enjoy Playing Dirty
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I’ve always wanted to ride Speedplay pedals, but with all the hike-a-bike rides I do, it would wreak havoc on their cleats. I’m sure this isn’t the first time Speedplay’s had that criticism and maybe that’s the motivation behind their new Zero Pavé pedals.

Here’s their selection criteria:

-You enjoy riding in mixed terrain environments, road, gravel, or cobbles
-You demand a high performance pedal in wet and dirty conditions
-You expect to walk on un-paved surfaces

Basically, if you enjoy riding your road bike off-road, these might be your new best friend. Head to your local shop for ordering and if you have tried these out yourself, let us know your thoughts!

Made in the USA

Aug 15, 2014 16 comments
Chris King Introduces Sour Apple Flavored Components
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Is is bad that I see this and I immediately want to replace a component group from a current bike of mine? For the first time (ever?) Chris King is offering Sour Apple anodized components. Yes, that’s NoThreadSets, InSets, ISOs, R45s, BMX, Wheels, Bottom Brackets, Coffee Tampers and Accessories.

If you’re interested, place orders between September 1st, 2014 and May 1st, 2015.
Shipping begins October 1st, 2014.

See more at Chris King.

Aug 14, 2014 3 comments
Topo Designs: New Rover Pack
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I’ve been thinking that I wanted a backpack that’s just a bit smaller than my 22L Klettersack from Topo Designs and this morning, they announced their new Rover Pack. Made in Colorado at a LEED-certified facility and available in an array of colors.

See more photos below and head to Topo for more information.

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Aug 14, 2014 No comments yet
Aerodynamics and Beards

Personally, I think unless you’re pro, you shouldn’t worry about being “aero bro”, because when you’re pro, someone else worries about it for you. That said, this was pretty fun to watch.

Aug 14, 2014 No comments yet
Kris from 44 Bikes on His Mountain Bike
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People dug Kris’ explanation of his Huntsman cross, so I thought I’d share this as well. I know a lot of you have been interested in getting your first MTB, solely based on all the emails I receive asking for my opinions on the market’s offerings.

I’m not trying to tell you to go custom for your first MTB, because that doesn’t make sense at all, but you should head over to 44 Bikes and read Kris’ thoughts on why he rides what…

And yes, ride as many mountain bikes as you can – demo days, shop rentals, friend’s, etc – before you dive in head-first to a new rig!

Aug 13, 2014 12 comments
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Kris from 44 Bikes on His Mountain Bike
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People dug Kris’ explanation of his Huntsman cross, so I thought I’d share this as well. I know a lot of you have been interested in getting your first MTB, solely based on all the emails I receive asking for my opinions on the market’s offerings.

I’m not trying to tell you to go custom for your first MTB, because that doesn’t make sense at all, but you should head over to 44 Bikes and read Kris’ thoughts on why he rides what…

And yes, ride as many mountain bikes as you can – demo days, shop rentals, friend’s, etc – before you dive in head-first to a new rig!

Aug 13, 2014 12 comments
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Irreverent Road Ride

The IRR is in its third year and let me just say, out of all the organized dirt rides I missed this year, I’m most bummed about this one. Why? Just watch the video…

Aug 12, 2014 2 comments
Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon C260 Now Comes in High Vis Yellow
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These look super slick!

“For a limited time, get the SuperLogic Carbon C260 Stem in one of cycling’s most popular accent colors. Bikes from Pinarello, Ibis, Masi, Jamis, etc… all have models to match.

The full carbon C260 stem was designed to meet the needs of high-wattage European Classic Specialists. The SuperLogic Carbon C260 maximizes Strenght-to-weight through the use of high modulus carbon fiber, increased boom diameter, a wide clamp and our patented C260 clamp design.”

Lengths: 90/100/110/120/130mm
Stem Angle: 84/6 degree
Weight: 125g (110mm)
MSRP: $297.95

In stock now and ready to ship at Ritchey Logic!

Aug 12, 2014 2 comments
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Tenspeed Hero Open House and Sample Sale
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Tenspeed Hero’s product shots have quickly become my favorite and from what everyone tells me, their women’s apparel ain’t too shabby either. If you’re in Chicago and you want to see what makes TSH tick, head over to their open house and sample sale this weekend.

For all the details, head to Tenspeed Hero.

Aug 12, 2014 No comments yet
The Night Bison Approacheth
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This looks like a wild, wild ride.

“The Night Bison will run for the third time on August 31st, leaving the back lot of NCC at Civil Twilight and winding through 55mi of every terrain possible. For us at Axletree, this is a fun one. They’re all fun. They’re all for fun. But this one is different. It has a neat feel to it that separates it from our other events. And they’re pizza. And posters.

This year, we collaborated with the talented and kind Mr. Jake Early of Tucson, AZ. Jake became a faraway friend of NCC and Axletree when he surprised us with a run of prints earlier this year. We threw out the idea of working together to create a run of Jake’s beautiful serigraph prints to promote and celebrate the event. Our napkin art was slid (emailed) across the table (across the country) last month, and he sent us his print design this week.”

Pre-order a print or a shirt and see more at Ride Axle Tree.

Aug 12, 2014 No comments yet
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YNOT: Pan-Yay Line Grows with Three New Models
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YNOT has been working hard on their Pan-Yay product line and have designed three new bags: The Kassi, The Annex and The Portage. Head over to their Kickstarter page to see more and if you’re in Toronto on August 21st, swing through their studio for an open house.

YNOT Toronto
831 Queen St W. Toronto, ON
Thursday, August 21st from 8pm – 12 pm

Aug 12, 2014 No comments yet
FYXO: Inside Pelizolli’s World
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Photo by Andy White

Back in 2011, Andy from FYXO got to visit the workshop of Giovanni Pelizzoli, founder of Ciöcc and torch-bearer of the Pelizzoli brand. In an era when Ciöcc has forgotten its steel days, Giovanni continues to craft beautiful steel frames in the spirit of Italy’s golden era.

Andy did a great job documenting the space and faces inside Pelizzoli, so head over to FYXO for the full photoset.

Aug 12, 2014 No comments yet
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Hilly Billy Roubaix

This looks great! Here’s the back-story from CX Hairs:

“It’s not really a documentary, not really a short film, but somewhere in between. Here’s a video I produced covering the Hilly Billy Roubaix, a 72 mile race that takes place on some of the nastiest roads in West Virginia. Started in 2010, the Hilly Billy Roubaix is a classic. Part of the Ultra Cross series, the Hilly Billy is a tough mud, dirt, grass, gravel, road race with a ton of climbing. Sounds fun, right?”

Nice.

Aug 11, 2014 No comments yet
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