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
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
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
Merckx Mondays
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Photos by Antton Miettinen

Jon Azkoitia has been a reader of the Radavist since the early blogspot days of PiNP and one of his favorite features is Merckx Mondays. When he began riding track bikes, it was due to his father’s love of track racing and Jon didn’t have just any introduction, he was given a Molteni-team Colnago track. For those who weren’t aware, the first few Molteni Eddy Merckx frames were made by De Rosa and Colnago before Eddy began making his own in Meise, a small town outside of Brussels.

Prior to Jon’s father, this bike was owned by Milano-SanRemo winner Michele Dancelli, who raced it for a number of years in the Molteni livery. The bike was then raced by Jon’s father for nearly 40 years! Needless to say, once Jon was handed down the frame, he felt it was time for a restoration, so Jon looked to the original heritage of the frame and did an amazing job.

See more photos below and follow Jon on his Flickr!

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Nov 10, 2014 9 comments
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Those TCB Cyclocross Kits Look Awesome!
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Photos by John Daniel Reiss

In the world of cyclocross team kits, you can go a few directions. First of which being the standard issue (and most common), three or four colored panels and a bunch of sponsor logos with a pixelated team graphic. Second, you can go just plain crazy. All-over animals, cupcakes, donuts, cats, pandas, whatever. The brighter the better, more is more, instead of less is more.

From the looks of the new TCB Cyclocross kit, they went the third route: classy, with just the right amount of logos and clearly inspired by Cali surf style of the 1980’s. Now, if they only all piled into a Datsun to get to the races. Ok, or a YOTA.

See more at JDR’s Flickr!

Nov 10, 2014 1 comment
The Col Collective: Stelvio

The Col Collective takes on one of the most iconic climbs, Stelvio!

“As the highest road pass in Italy, standing proud at 2,758 metres, the Passo dello Stelvio needs very little introduction. From Prato its 48 bends carve their way up the mountain in what appears to be an endless road towards heaven, constantly switching back and forth the higher you climb. This was the final ascent of the day after two days in and around the Eastern and Italian Alps, we had a long transfer over to the Dolomites to look forward to but before doing so one last (big) mission to complete. Although warm and bright in the valley when we started the clouds were thickening up above and temperature dropping fast as the sun dipped its head on the distant horizon. Will we make it to the top before dark was the question on everyone’s mind? Watch now to find out. Chasing daylight, climbing mountains, what a feeling, this is definitely why we ride! “

Nov 10, 2014 7 comments
Fixed on Fixed

Melbourne is a rad city and this video just scratches the surface. Here’s what riding fixed gears in Melbourne means to a group of ladies.

Nov 10, 2014 4 comments
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WTF Kits: Braaap Sabbath Bottles
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Ok, I know this isn’t a photo of the actual bottle, but WTF Kits is bound to sell out of these before I get mine in the mail to shoot a photo, so just trust me here.

Any given Sunday is race day during CX season. Dirt church if you will. Show up and play some Braaap Sabbath! Each bottle comes with a koozie. In stock now at WTF Kits.

Nov 9, 2014 2 comments
Independent Fabrication: Hot Wheels Pursuit Track
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Themed bikes are usually hit or miss, but I think Indy Fab nailed this one:

“Our Hot Wheels inspired pursuit track bike is currently on display at SEMA in the Toy Store-themed PPG Automotive Refinish booth. This steel frame was painted with a combination of 3 Crystallance paints from PPG’s Vibrance Collection along with a red tinted clear coat.”

See more photos at IF’s blog.

Nov 9, 2014 7 comments
100 Copies: Cyclism
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100 Copies returns with another of their limited-edition prints. This round, it’s entitled Cyclism:

“As a celebration of the beauty and joy of cycling, 300 noteworthy quotes are assembled to create this artwork. Drawn from a wide variety of bike lovers – from presidents to pro racers, scientists to artists – this collection expresses what makes cycling more than a sport. Some quotes are slices of life, while some are deeper musings. But all of them will resonate with, and inspire, your cyclist’s soul.”

Pick one up at 100 Copies.

Nov 8, 2014 4 comments
No 22 Bicycles: New and Improved Little Wing Track Frameset
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No 22 Bicycles’ made in the USA frames are one by one, getting a bit of a make-over, beginning with the popular Little Wing track frame. While the geometry has stayed the same, the Little Wing has some new accoutrement, in the form of new cast-titanium pieces.

See more detailed photos below, along with a break-down of this frame, supplied by No 22.

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Nov 7, 2014 4 comments
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CX Hairs: SVENNESS 3.4

For this week’s SVENNESS, CX Hairs takes us to Koppenberg Cross in Oudenaarde, Belgium for some ascending and descending that fabled Flemish pavé and mud.

Nov 7, 2014 4 comments
Austin Waves

I spy Andre – the guy who ships all your orders, Ryan Rhodes – half of LAND and Aaron Ross – pro bmx duder, just to name a few. And yeah, it’s really like this here.

Nov 7, 2014 9 comments
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