7 Bikes for 7 Wonders: Crater Lake

DeSalvo Custom Cycles made one of the sickest titanium road bikes for the 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders, reflecting Crater Lake. Inspired by the glowing blue of the lake, this frame has a raw, exposed titanium rear triangle. This video was one of my favorites because it really captures the accessible vibes of Crater Lake, even though it omits to mention the incessant mosquitos!

Follow along at the 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders site to see how you can find this bike and take it home with you!

Aug 4, 2015 7 comments
Alpenrose Velodrome Socks
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If you’re all about track racing and love supporting velodromes like Portland’s Alpenrose then these socks are the perfect way for you to show that love. Head over to Kessler’s Instagram to scoop up a pair and thanks to Kyle from Tracko for the photos!

Aug 4, 2015 Comments are OFF
Santa Cruz Syndicate: Episode 5

For the 5th episode of Santa Cruz’s Syndicate video series, we head to the coincidental 5th World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne to witness Ratboy taking the win and the culture that surrounds the downhill circuit.

Aug 4, 2015 Comments are OFF
Chain Reaction

Oakland is home to many bike shops, of which happen to be the LBS for many Bay Area cyclists…

Aug 4, 2015 1 comment
Baum Cycles: Turquoise and Navy Ristretto
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I look at Baum’s work like many people look at brands that are constantly introducing new “colorways” or styles. Nike, for instance. Or New Balance, rather. Same shoe, different color and yet it evokes a Pavlovian response. Seriously, how many times have we looked at a titanium Baum frame here on the site? They still get me every time. For more drool-worthy, Australian goodness, check the Baum Flickr.

Aug 4, 2015 1 comment
The Radavist 2015 Calendar: August
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This is the eighth layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Los Padres”. The camera, film and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

With the summer in Texas, comes unbearable heat and an instinctual behavior to retreat to the far western reaches of the United States for some Cali vibes. The Los Padres mountains are by no means “cool” this time of year, but I’ll take an extra 15º any day. With tonality like this and endless possibles for road and dirt excursions, maybe it’s time to relocate… permanently.

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2015 Calendar – August. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

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

Aug 3, 2015 3 comments
Win a FREE Grinduro Scholoarship with Giro
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Wanna make it out to Giro’s Grinduro event, but don’t have the extra coin? Well, you can win a free entry on top of free travel, free shoes and $2,000 USD. Head over to Giro to find out how…

Aug 3, 2015 Comments are OFF
SOLD OUT: New Jerseys
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Wardrobes over here are pretty subdued. Black jeans, black shirts, black boots. If color does get splashed in, it’ll usually be either camo, green, tan or grey. You know, the simple tones that make life interesting. While we’ve got nothing against bright, vibrant kit designs, they’re just not our thing. That’s why sticking to solid tones and hues makes sense to us.

Introducing two new Radavist jerseys and a short sleeve rendition of the collaboration jersey with Tracko. These include: a Battleship Grey Jersey with black accents, a “Sprinters” OD Green jersey with discharge tan accents and a Blackened Splinter Camo jersey, marked with Tracko and the Radavist insignia in white. Mix them with your favorite black bibs, or the Radavist bibs. Either way, they’ll look great.

Each jersey is made by hand in Los Angeles by Endo Customs and is in stock now with a retail of $125 plus shipping. These are sold out. Thanks for your support. We’ll be shipping them this week.

(more…)

Aug 3, 2015 55 comments
The Rock Lobster Cup
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Bay Area people, dwellers of Santa Cruz and San Jose listen up: the crustacean king at Rock Lobster is throwing a pre-season cyclocross cup on August 29th at the Bonny Doon Airport. There’s something for everyone, so if you can make it out, do so!

Aug 3, 2015 Comments are OFF
Blue Lug: MCR65 Stem and RM-3 Dirt Drop
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Nitto’s newest offerings are now in stock at Blue Lug in Japan. The MCR65 Stem and RM-3 Dirt Drop are for 1 1/8″ bikes looking to be run with a high position dirt drop but in a classic design. These new shapes are available in black or silver and as evident in the photo above, add a different feel to a bike like the Surly Crosscheck.

Aug 3, 2015 3 comments
Velo Cult: New Optic Caps in Stock
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One of our favorite shops in the Pacific Northwest has a new cycling cap in stock. Made by Double Darn in Portland, these caps feature the new Velo Cult logo and come in two sizes, medium or large. In stock now at Velo Cult.

Aug 3, 2015 Comments are OFF
Tomorrow at Noon
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We’ll be stocking three new jersey colors: Battleship Grey, “sprinters” OD Green and a collaboration jersey with Tracko, the Blackened Splinter Camo. These are in stock and will ship this week, along with any previous order corrections.

Noon, Central standard time.

Aug 2, 2015 10 comments
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SOLD OUT: New Jerseys
andre-5

Wardrobes over here are pretty subdued. Black jeans, black shirts, black boots. If color does get splashed in, it’ll usually be either camo, green, tan or grey. You know, the simple tones that make life interesting. While we’ve got nothing against bright, vibrant kit designs, they’re just not our thing. That’s why sticking to solid tones and hues makes sense to us.

Introducing two new Radavist jerseys and a short sleeve rendition of the collaboration jersey with Tracko. These include: a Battleship Grey Jersey with black accents, a “Sprinters” OD Green jersey with discharge tan accents and a Blackened Splinter Camo jersey, marked with Tracko and the Radavist insignia in white. Mix them with your favorite black bibs, or the Radavist bibs. Either way, they’ll look great.

Each jersey is made by hand in Los Angeles by Endo Customs and is in stock now with a retail of $125 plus shipping. These are sold out. Thanks for your support. We’ll be shipping them this week.

(more…)

Aug 3, 2015 55 comments
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The Rock Lobster Cup
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Bay Area people, dwellers of Santa Cruz and San Jose listen up: the crustacean king at Rock Lobster is throwing a pre-season cyclocross cup on August 29th at the Bonny Doon Airport. There’s something for everyone, so if you can make it out, do so!

Aug 3, 2015 Comments are OFF
Blue Lug: MCR65 Stem and RM-3 Dirt Drop
Nitto_Bar_Drop

Nitto’s newest offerings are now in stock at Blue Lug in Japan. The MCR65 Stem and RM-3 Dirt Drop are for 1 1/8″ bikes looking to be run with a high position dirt drop but in a classic design. These new shapes are available in black or silver and as evident in the photo above, add a different feel to a bike like the Surly Crosscheck.

Aug 3, 2015 3 comments
Velo Cult: New Optic Caps in Stock
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One of our favorite shops in the Pacific Northwest has a new cycling cap in stock. Made by Double Darn in Portland, these caps feature the new Velo Cult logo and come in two sizes, medium or large. In stock now at Velo Cult.

Aug 3, 2015 Comments are OFF
Tomorrow at Noon
andre-13

We’ll be stocking three new jersey colors: Battleship Grey, “sprinters” OD Green and a collaboration jersey with Tracko, the Blackened Splinter Camo. These are in stock and will ship this week, along with any previous order corrections.

Noon, Central standard time.

Aug 2, 2015 10 comments
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In the Know – Connor Fearon

Oh my god. I don’t know what is my favorite part of this video, the riding or the sounds coming from Connor’s tires as they hook up. So good.

Aug 1, 2015 4 comments
Well Used: Gevenalle GX Shifters for Mountain Bike Derailleurs
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For some reason, when Gevenalle first launched, I didn’t want to like their shifting mechanisms. They just seemed too contrived. A solution for a problem that didn’t exist. Perhaps it was their marketing, claiming to be designed for cyclocross racing. Sure, I read the product descriptions, the PR, looked at the photos but I still wasn’t convinced.

It wasn’t until I began to see the Gevenalle shifters on touring bikes that my interest was piqued. “Now that makes sense” I thought. Not running traditional road shifters on a touring bike is completely reasonable. The same can be said for barcons or downtube shifters. Why take your hand off the lever to shift? Sure. I get that.

The Gevenalle shifting system I recently spent time with is the GX shifters for mountain bike derailleurs. More specifically, a shifting system ideal for long-cage, dirt tourers like the Elephant NFE. (more…)

Jul 31, 2015 35 comments
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#TeamDreamSunsetChasingTeam Contest is On!
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It’s that time of year again. Sean from Team Dream is throwing his annual #TeamDreamSunsetChasingTeam contest on Instagram. The concept is simple: chase a sunset, shoot a photo and tag it #TeamDreamSunsetChasingTeam. Here’s the rundown:

“Here…We…Go! This rounds Sunset Chasing Photo Contest prizes are SOOO insane (like so insane that these aren’t even all of them because we couldn’t fit anything else in the photo). We have loads great stuff ready for you to win! Some of the grand prizes include bags from @missionworkshop / @acresupply, glasses from @oakleybike, kits from us here @teamdreamteam / @endocustoms & the “ultra grand prize” is a set of Ksyrium SLR wheels (plus shoes) from @maviccycling.

We will be picking a total of 15 winners and 1 Grand Prize winner. You now have 5 days to get out and post your best #TeamDreamSunsetChasingTeam images! Just use the hashtag on your photos to participate. The only rule is that the photo must be new/original and be yours. Winners will be chosen by instagram celebrity guest judges (to be announced on a later date in order to protect their own safety) and will be announced once the contest ends. Images will be judged on concept, composition & overall level of fun (photoshopping in a Bobcat wouldn’t hurt either.

Good Luck everyone. The deadline is this Tuesday at midnight PST..Now go out there and get em’!”

Jul 31, 2015 Comments are OFF
Davis Phinney and Moments of Victory

I really loved the video of Taylor Phinney from last month and this video featuring his father, Davis Phinney is superb.

“Davis Phinney is an esteemed American cyclist and Olympic bronze medalist. Throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Phinney was a familiar face on the podium, racking up 328 victories (a US record) before his retirement from professional cycling. Diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at age 40, he went on to establish the non-profit Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado, USA. This biographical short, featuring appearances by Connie Carpenter, Taylor Phinney and Kelsey Phinney, chronicles Davis’ professional career, Parkinson’s diagnosis, and transition from athlete to advocate and inspirational role model.”

Check out more at the Davis Phinney Foundation.

Jul 31, 2015 2 comments
Where is Your Denim Made?

This has nothing to do with cycling, unless you chose to ride in White Oak by Cone Denim. 110 year of making the fabric for some of the best jeans in the world. If you ever get the chance to buy a pair of White Oak denim, you won’t regret it.

Jul 31, 2015 5 comments
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The 2015 Speedvagen Australia Fit Tour
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Hey Aussies! Get ready, the 2015 Speedvagen Australia Fit Tour is heading your way!

“Sacha White and The Vanilla Workshop are preparing to take off on the second leg of the Speedvagen Fit Tour. This trip takes Speedvagen to Australia, specifically Sydney and Melbourne. In addition to fitting new Speedvagen customers, there will be rides in each city as well as evening events open to the public. Fresh off the success of the California Fit Tour, extending the program is a natural progression, reaching customers that would normally not make it to Portland for a personal fitting with Sacha.

There are limited spots available, as each fit takes 2-3 hours. Spending this much time working with each customer allows Sacha to understand each rider’s unique strengths, needs, and limitations. The end result is your dream bike, completely tuned to your riding style. Learn more about the Australia Fit Tour or schedule a fit session with Sacha here.”

Sydney Dates: August 24th – 30th at the Rapha Cycle Club
Melbourne Dates: Sept 1st – 6th at Shifter Bikes

Jul 30, 2015 Comments are OFF
Mission Workshop: Black MultiCam Sanction with Arkiv Hardware
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I cannot get enough of this material. Designed and manufactured in the USA, black MultiCam may be a bit fashion-centric but it’s so subtle that it’s innocuous. Mission Workshop continues to trickle it down its line with this limited edition Sanction rucksack but they added a hi-vis orange waterproof ripstop nylon liner and their patented Arkiv closure system.

The Sanction is the younger sibling to the Fitzroy, the larger sized rucksack but has all the necessary space for a quality day pack.

Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty. Scoop one up at Mission Workshop.

Jul 30, 2015 4 comments
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