Bike Unfriendly

The Indian capital city is no joke for cycling, yet these talented riders take it on with ease.

Feb 14, 2017 2 comments
To the Night

Riding at night is just part of being a cyclist in the winter months. This video showcases the sights surrounding Bristol.

Feb 13, 2017 6 comments
Poetry in Paint

Tony Spray has been painting bicycles twenty some odd years all from his studio in Treviso, Italy.

Feb 13, 2017 1 comment
Lee Craigie’s Inner Journey Along the Caledonia Way

I’m blown away by this!

“Lee Craigie of the Adventure Syndicate shares her short film about cycling the Caledonia Way Scotland. This video was filmed along NCN78, the Caledonia Way. The Caledonia Way is a long distance cycle route, linking Campbeltown in the west, with the Highland capital of Inverness in the east.”

Thanks for sharing this video, Whitney!

Feb 13, 2017 6 comments
Weekend Warrior

Hey, did you hear? California is getting rain. Highways are disappearing, landslides are covering roads, but the mountains are rippppping. After a full week of riding in Utah, I took the rest of the week off but the mountains are calling yesterday so I hollered at Colin to go ride Strawberry peak, which did not disappoint.

Feb 12, 2017 8 comments
Utah Needs Us

In the beginning of 2017, Patagonia penned a critical, yet warranted blog post about Utah and its connection with the outdoor industry. Then, last week, literally the day we got to St. George, Gov. Gary Herbert reached out to the Trump Administration, requesting the monument status of Bear’s Ears National Monument be lifted, allowing mineral and oil extraction to take place, resulting in Patagonia flexing its Outdoor Retailer muscles

In addition to this blow, the BLM has opened the land lease on the original Red Bull Rampage site in Virgin, Utah. After some commentary on Instagram, @ParkCityMountainBiking dropped a bit of insight on us:

“There’s a lot of folks here in Utah fighting the good fight, but we can’t do it alone and especially need those with a prominent voice and platform to push these issues to the forefront. Here are a couple of good places to start:

1. Public Comment on leasing of BLM lands (specifically the old Rampage site) – You can also use this link from the Sierra Club.

2. Defend Bear’s Ears National Monument (Use zip code 84032). Email is nice, but phone calls are better.”

So yes, Utah needs our help. If you have ever stepped foot on public land there, or taken part of your own kind of Rad Atavism, please take a few minutes and read the above two links. It’s gut wrenching to read headlines like this, but as cyclists and lovers of the outdoors, we need to do our share. Thank you.

Feb 9, 2017 9 comments
River City Bicycles: Pro Build Spirit of ’77 Seven Cycles

What do you ride if you’re 6’10”? Dave from River City Bicycles wanted a bicycle in-store for a Portland Trailblazer, or any customer that tall, and the result is a titanium road bike built to commemorate the 1977 NBA Championship won by the Portland Trailblazers.

Feb 9, 2017 4 comments
Torino to Nice! RALLY RALLY RALLY! The Important Thing is All that Sun

Unless you’re John and crew down in Southern California you might be feeling the detrimental effects of S.A.D. You’ve got the full-spectrum bulbs installed, you’re taking Vitamin D, and when the sun briefly pokes its head out from behind a grey wall of clouds you stare at it with the earnest intention of an indoctrinated Breatharian. Or maybe I am only speaking for those of us in the Pacific NW? But you know what, that’s where I live, and that’s the only experience that I know so let’s just allow a bit of regional solipsism shall we? Does that hodge podge of conflated ideas even make sense? Does it matter?

The point is that I think locally, maybe nationally, we’re all looking for some sunshine. Some happy moments. Some bliss. And if you are in the subset of athlete>cyclists>dirt-cyclists>distance-dirt-cyclist>distance-dirt-cyclist-adventurer then I believe you’ll enjoy this video. But it’s only my belief, which really just boils down to an opinion, so I accept that I could be wrong and I am ok with it.

Feb 9, 2017 5 comments
REI’s Co-op Cycles DRT 27.5+ 2.1 Bike

I get a lot of emails and for some reason, as I was on the road in Utah, most of my inquiry emails came in the form of “what’s an affordable 27.5+ hardtail?” While there are many options out there, this one just happened to come across my inbox and it looks promising. The REI Co-Op Cycles DRT 2.1 hardtail features a X-Fusion McQueen fork, Shimano SLX components and clearances for a 27.5+ tire. While the chainstays look a little too long for my taste, this bike would get you rolling for under $1,600. Not bad if you have some REI dividends coming in… See more at REI and if you have an opinion on this bike, or others, drop them in the comments.

Feb 9, 2017 19 comments
Portland Design Works Supports the ACLU

This just in from PDW:

“Between February 7-14th, we’re donating 100% of our sales of the ACLU.

The bicycle is a simple tool – a couple of circles and triangles that enable self-propulsion. But those of us that ride them know that they’re more powerful than their design suggests. We know that the bicycle can power revolutions – those in our legs, in our hearts and minds and in our communities. We’ve witnessed their positive impact in the past and are hopeful for the change they will bring to our future. Bicycles are machines of freedom.

The American Civil Liberties Union is also a machine of freedom, a non-partisan organization that works to protect and defend the rights and liberties which have been guaranteed to us in our country’s Constitution. In support of the important work the ACLU is doing we’re donating 100% of our sales to the ACLU for the next week – Tuesday, February 7th thru Tuesday, February 14th.

Want to help? That’s easy – over the next week, shop for something for your machine of freedom and we’ll donate your purchase to the ACLU machine of freedom. It’ll be a beautiful cycle of support! Or, you can choose to donate directly to the ACLU Foundation. “

Feb 9, 2017 8 comments
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Bill Cunningham in Three Objects

I’m so moved by this studio photo and that doesn’t happen all too often. Check out more at Hypebeast. If you don’t know who Bill Cunningham is, or was, rather, check out the documentary on Hulu. Thanks for sharing, Julian!

Feb 20, 2017 3 comments
The Speedvagen Fit Tour is Going to Texas!

Howdy! The folks at Speedvagen will be hosting two Texas rides as preparation for their forthcoming fit tour in March. They’d like to invite Houston and Austin riders to check out the bikes and enjoy some beer.

Tuesday 2/21/17 – HOUSTON morning ride
Start: Bicycle Speed Shop
End: Catalina
Time: 7:30am – 9:30am
Coffee on Speedvagen after!

Thursday 2/23/17 – AUSTIN evening ride
Start/End: Cycleast
Time: 6:00pm (25miles)
Come test ride an Urban Racer and enjoy a round of beers on Speedvagen after!

Check out more information at Speedvagen and sign up for the event by emailing them.

Feb 17, 2017 3 comments
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Niner’s New RLT 9 Steel Available

Niner’s tried and true RLT 9 Steel platform got some upgrades with its latest model. These upgrades include flat mount disc brakes, more bottle bosses, mounts on the fork as well as a bolt-on top tube bag attachment. These frames will fit a 1.75″ tire, as well as double and triple cranksets. The new RLT 9 Steel is available in 1-star up to 4-star builds from both Shimano and SRAM. Head to Niner to see more.

Feb 17, 2017 33 comments
Babylon Rides

My buddy Tyler is moving to California from Austin, TX to work at Strava in San Francisco. On his drive to his new home, he swung through Los Angeles for two days. While yesterday was a grunt of a dirt ride, today we found our pain in the Hollywood Hills. I love taking people on rides in LA and I only wish we could round out his experience on mountain bikes! Next time, buddy!

Feb 16, 2017 6 comments
Larry vs Harry’s Illustrated Bullitt Cargo Bike Boxes

We saw these boxes in Kevin Sparrow’s shop visit to Larry vs Harry but it was officially announced today that these Kristian Eskild Jensen-illustrated boxes are shipping with Bullitts.

“We often receive pictures from customers who have used their Bullitt boxes to build playhouses and dens for their children. If they are saving the boxes and getting inventive with them anyway, we thought it would be nice to do something unique and original with the boxes.” says Larry vs Harry’s owner Hans Fogh.

Feb 16, 2017 4 comments
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Seven Rider Portraits from a Winter Overnight – Morgan Taylor

Photos and words by Morgan Taylor.

Here in Vancouver we’ve been experiencing one of the coldest winters in decades, with more days below freezing than I can ever remember. Over the past six weeks, since firing up #coffeeoutsideyvr, there’s been much talk of packing up and getting out for some overnights. And lately, with sunset already an hour later than it was at solstice, it was imminent that the talk become action. (more…)

Feb 16, 2017 21 comments
Inside Line Equipment Updates Their Photo Bag Mini

My favorite small camera bag just got better. Inside Line Equipment updated the Photo Bag Mini with a new interior fabric, better foam and a simple, one-piece insert design. The new and improved Photo Bag mini is also available in an array of custom material options, along with some stock fabric choices. This bag will fit mirrorless systems easily, as well as a DSLR with a small telephoto zoom lens like the 5D and a 24-70. I’ve used mine thoroughly for almost five years and love it. They retail for $120, are sewn in California with stock available now at Inside Line Equipment.

Feb 15, 2017 7 comments
Fairdale Teases Their New Spaceship Titanium Road Framesets

Fairdale’s Goodship is a great steel road bike. We’ve looked at it in detail over the past few years since its launch and so when I came across their newest project, the Spaceship, I wanted to know more. My main question is “will this ever go into production?” Well, Fairdale seems to hint at that being a possibility. Right now, there’s one built up with Shimano Di2 over at the Fairdale blog, along with some other tidbits of information like a projected pricepoint of around $2,000 – $2,500 for a frameset. Head over to the Fairdale blog for more on the Spaceship!

Feb 15, 2017 6 comments
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Salsa’s New Deadwood 29+ Sus MTB

While Salsa has nestled itself inside the bikepacking niche within cycling, they’re making an attempt to branch out a bit with this new Deadwood 29+ full suspension MTB. As per a post on their blog, the Deadwood aims to “see off-roading in a whole new way” with its approach angle, geometry, suspension design and big, blump 29’r tires. Here’s a video from their launch in Virginia and you can see more information on the models available at Salsa.

Feb 15, 2017 1 comment
Win a No22 Aurora and More from Reynolds to Help Fund Cancer Research

Reynolds is working with a number of brands, including No22 to give away tons of product at this year’s NAHBS in Salt Lake City. Here’s the low-down:

“Over the last twenty years, Huntsman and their supporters have accelerated the pace of cancer research and treatment to better the lives of cancer patients and their families. By purchasing raffle entries, you too can join in the crusade against cancer and make a positive change in the fight against this global epidemic.

Reynolds is also proud to support and attend the North American Handmade Bicycle Show being held March 10-12 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This prestigious gathering of small, craft brands will highlight some of the most dedicated bicycle builders in the world. The focus on commitment and quality inherent at NAHBS, and its Salt Lake City location this year, make it the perfect time and place to conclude the raffle. Winners will be drawn and announced the final day of the show, March 12th.”

Head to Reynolds to buy a ticket, or ten!

Feb 15, 2017 1 comment
Cadence’s FLC Collection

Cadence’s newest drop is their FLC, or first in lifestyle cycling, collection. The brand has maintained its roots since its inception in the early 2000’s and the new collection taps into some staples from over the years. Check out the FLC Collection at Cadence today!

Feb 15, 2017 1 comment
MTB India

Well, I have officially added India to my riding destination list.

Feb 14, 2017 5 comments
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