Since moving all of their production from Oregon to Austin, Chumba‘s been cranking out their mountain bike frames in house. Today after a quick trail ride with Vince from Chumba, he took me out to their facilities so I could see their office and fabrication shop.
All I have to say is I’m stoked to see this going down in Austin, just 30 minutes from my home.
More to come!
A reader sent me this just now, scoffing at it and all I could think when I saw it was “holy shit, that looks fun!” Call it a monster cross, or a dirt drop 29’r, bikepacking rig, or whatever… yes, beach racer. This bike looks like a marketing hit gone awry, turned legit trail ripper. Also, I love the bars. All it needs are some 2.5″ gumwall Ardents.
Has anyone seen one in person? See more at Koga.
Thanks for sharing, Sam!
This Thursday, House Industries is having an exhibition of their new Velo Font at the Rapha Cycle Club in New York City. I wish I could make it out and see this collection in person, it looks really great.
Here are the details:
Opening Oct. 16 at 6:00 p.m.
With a panel discussion PEDALING DESIGN presented by AIGA NY
64 Gansevoort St, New York, NY
Exhibition runs October 16 to October 26
Yesterday, we took a look inside the workspace of Brian from Chapman Cycles and today, I see this gorgeous fendered commuter up on the Chapman Flickr. There are so many beautiful details on this frame, that you’ll have to go see them for yourself.
Bikepacking bags have gained a lot of momentum in the market over the past few years and now Blackburn offers up their take on these simple designs. By utilizing a standard dry sack, the Outpost Seat Pack and Bar Roll make it even easier to load and unload your bike, all while remaining secure, even on the most technical singletrack.
I cannot get over how incredible this year’s Trans Provence looks. Seriously, what an incredible event!
Hey Minneapolis, head out to this and wear a damn costume!
Even though the Radavist is based in Austin, Texas, I’ve put in more than enough time riding in inclement weather in NYC. I wish, back then, that I had footwear like the 45NRTH offerings. Check out this video for some insight into their lineup.
Front flip, meet possible cross wind, or any other number of factors that could come into play while doing a 75′ front flip during Rampage. Yeeeesh!
Brian Chapman really does build some exquisite frames. Check out this short video profile from his work space at Chapman Cycles. Looking great, Brian.
Portland Design Works introduces their new USB charging commuter lights, the Lars Rover™ in 650 and 450 lumens. Each light has five modes, depending on how you want to use them. For me, a 2 hour battery life on light like this seems pretty good, especially coming from a lamp without an external battery pack. That takes it out of the strictly commuter, blink light mode into some trail romping.
Looking good, PDW.
As interesting as retro-inspired jerseys are, there’s very little quality to the run-of-the-mill reproductions you’ll find online. Unless you’re looking at DeMarchi’s offerings. These 100% made in Italy jerseys are either full merino, or a merino blend. They won’t itch or pill like other repro jerseys and some even have a unique story behind them. Take, for example that Cinelli jersey… It’s an exact replica of Doug Dale’s own:
“Doug Dale, a well-known American racer in the 1960’s and ’70’s lent us his original cycling jersey for the replica, one that he obtained from the legendary Kopp’s Cycles in Princeton, New Jersey USA.”
Such craftsmanship and heritage isn’t cheap, but then again, at least you know where it’s made!
See more at DeMarchi!
Gaulzetti is a name that doesn’t pop up all that much here on the Radavist, but when it does, it’ll be burnt into the back of your mind for at least a month and that has nothing to do with the paint found on this disc cross. Holy. Hole. Shot.
See more at Gaulzetti.
This machine was a piece of cake for Santa Barbara’s Aaron Stinner. Or rather, the customer was a piece of cake. As a returning client, he knew exactly what he wanted. Something simple, clean and efficient. The only stipulation was it had to have Dura Ace on it and a set of Luxe Wheelworks.
Aaron contacted Justin and they both got to pick out the wheels, leaving the rest of the frame for Aaron to design. The customer even let him pick the color scheme and and all the components.
It just happened to be Stinner’s 100th bike as well and the last bike to be built in his garage. Not a bad way to bid adieu to his hold shop, huh? See more below!
… four minutes of track standing on a velodrome, finished off with a sprint finish. It’s easy to see why this is a crowd favorite!
It should come as no surprise that I don’t really get a “day off”, especially for national holidays like Columbus Day and since the celebration is slightly politically incorrect (IMO), I like to think of the other Columbus…
So, how did you spend your other Columbus day? Did you ride a Columbus tubing bike?
People keep talking about dropper posts on cross bikes and while I understand their concerns, I think these Ergon CF3 posts are the perfect solution for those wanting a post that absorbs rough roads or trails. They’re light, fairly easy to setup – use a torque wrench! – and I was amazed at how much “shock” they actually absorb. Aside from rider weight limitations (220lbs), they seem to be resilient. I’ve since put it on my cross bike for trail riding and even after some remounts and wrecks, it hasn’t slipped. I didn’t even use the shim…
See more below.
Japan’s Sim Works makes some of the raddest components out there and boy, do they know how to pick a great framebuilder to work with! Rick Hunter has been conspiring with the Japanese company and there are some really dialed products coming in the near future. For now, we have to make due with these great photos of Rick and his Wood Rat 27.5 hardtail.
Check out more at the Sim Works Flickr!
Photo by Jim Hicks
I think it’s safe to say, everyone who races cross wants to be able to do this. It shaves seconds off any gap the racer in front of you might have and puts more time between you and the racers behind.
Bunnyhopping barriers isn’t easy by any means, especially when they’re set at USAC’s max height of 40cm and on an uphill, but at yesterday’s race, I put all my skills learned from riding trails on my cross bike, MTB shredding and yes, the old days of FGFS to the test and hopped them every lap of the 50 minute B race. Here’s another angle.
Now that I’ve got my rhythm, I’m feeling even more confident and can’t wait to apply this useful skill to future races…
Oh man. Those Baum Extensas are so nice. Especially kitted out in XX1 and RockShox. See more of this Assos blue 27.5 shred sled at the Baum Flickr.
Here’s how all the action went down at the 2014 WPH HP Gran Prix. See the full results at Wolfpack Hustle.
When I posted this Mike Jandora graphic a few weeks back, people kept saying they wanted it on a shirt. Well, Surly actually did make a shirt from the illustration a while back and now they’ve got a re-issue in stock, along with a women’s version.
Head to your local Surly dealer to order!
I love the look of old technical drawings by Rebour, yet I can appreciate modern day, playful takes on the art. Here’s a Campagnolo Cassette Flower by Velo Vintage. See more of their work at Etsy.
Here’s a prospective on track racing from Don’t Do, with subtitles.
45NRTH‘s Fasterkatt shoes have seen some changes for this year’s release…
Bokanev and friends made a short video inspired by fall and fog in the Seattle area…
13 year old me would have been a huge fanboy of Joey Foresta. Hell, 33 year old me is still stoked on this. Thanks for sharing this video, Erik.
These videos are always simple ways of representing that new bike feeling… Also, dig through the archives and catch the Yamaguchi Experience by the same author.
Here’s a video from Crihs:
“Francesco Martucci is a cyclist from Italy who has been coming to the Red Hook Crit for the past 4 years. Every year Martucci comes to Red Hook with the expectation of winning the race and every year he has fallen short. He came very close in Milano No. 3. Late in the race coming into the final turn before the finish with a few laps to go, he slid out. We follow Martucci through his preparation for Red Hook No. 7 in Brooklyn.
In Milano No. 3 he crashed on the first lap. Got back up and later attacked off the front. Rainier from Mash bridged up to him with only a few laps to go and they held a gap over the peloton. The peloton caught them finally with less than 2 laps to go. He still finished 4th that year.”
Best of luck to everyone racing the Red Hook Crit Milano!
If you’re in the UK, you should really check out this deal. Kinoko is having a frame blowout sale and one of them is a steal. For £925.0 you can get a Cross Classic frame. That’s frame, fork and matching King headset. The only catch is, it’s a 54cm. Head to Kinoko for more information.
Ohhhh boy. I can hardly wait for a whole season of these videos from CX Hairs. This week, we’re at the 2014 Superprestige Gieten…