Category Archives: Photos
Yonder Journal’s Dead Reckoning
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The latest from Yonder Journal is quite possibly (actually, it just is) the largest project the team has ever undertaken. Here’s the synopsis:

“In 2015, Yonder Journal will investigate, ascertain, and document the peripheries and possibilities of exploration by bicycle. We call this project Dead Reckoning*. At it’s core we will apply the technologies and methodologies of adventure biking, bike-packing, and ultra-lightweight touring, to multi-day expeditions with a focus on going Over Mountain, the concept of Over Mountain being the the most essential and transformative form of human exploration.

The first of our Dead Reckoning expeditions took us to New Zealand’s South Island where we would attempt to cross the island from east to west, traveling across roads, trails, and unmarked land that has seldom if ever seen bike traffic. The crux of our route would be a Broderick Pass, a seldom traveled route hidden deep in the Southern Alps. It was quite an adventure.”

Check out some samples below and the full, massive photo story at Yonder Journal.

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Mar 31, 2015 7 comments
BicycleStarz Wheel Building Table, Spoke Nipple Sorter and Wheel Dishing Tool
BicycleStarz Wheel Building Table and Tools

The other night at the Velo Cult party, I got to see a demo from a new company out of Washington state, BicycleStarz. Now, I have to give you a bit of a disclaimer: if you’re a wheel builder, brace yourself, because these tools will leave you frothing at the mouth like a bamboo starved panda…

Coincidentally, all of these tools are made by hand, using bamboo when possible and are filled with such elegant details that they dance that ever-present line of utilitarian art I always speak about.

Check out some in-depth photos below.

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Mar 30, 2015 2 comments
Forest Park with the Athletic
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Part of Portland’s allure is the accessibility of exceptional “all-road” riding. The Athletic‘s office is just minutes away from Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. While most of the singletrack and trails are illegal for cycling, two roads, Leif Erikson and Saltzman offer plenty of dirt and gravel to make an average road ride all the more interesting.

Add in the beauty of springtime green, some killer #lightbro, great company and you’ve got one hell of a short, sub 20 mile ride.

Check out more photos below!

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Mar 27, 2015 2 comments
Introducing Strava Photos
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Rather than being limited to strictly Instagram, Strava now allows you to upload as many ride photos as you’d like, directly to your activity. This opens the doors for sharing your rides and browsing what others see during their daily routes. To commemorate this new feature, Strava has a great blog post up featuring some of their favorite photographers. Head to the Strava Blog to see more.

Mar 25, 2015 3 comments
No Thanks, but Thanks – Kyle Von Hoetzendorff
No Thanks, but Thanks - Kyle Von Hoetzendorff

No Thanks, but Thanks
Photos and words by Kyle Von Hoetzendorff

I have made the decision to believe that that yes, global warming is happening. There is a ton of heavy shit that goes along with that, I know, I get it; superstorms, biblical droughts, floods, famine, plague, strife, real estate devaluations, shorter ski seasons, etc. A truckload, boatload, superfund, Yucca Mountain amount of issues right? Mega fusion/fission, black hole singularities, end-of-days issues.

But that’s all in the future right? I mean we’re good for a little while anyway. Us humans, as a social species, as a global community, we have never really been good at preventative care, especially if that means making things harder on ourselves. You could say that human evolution has really just been one long march towards the Lazy Boyz, on-demand, and a multi-stage high and low compression and rebound damping. By and large, we are a “wait and see” bunch…

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Mar 24, 2015 16 comments
That’s One Way to Carry a Tripod
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Photo by Olivier Chételat

I’m in the process of finally working on a post that discusses how I carry camera gear on my person or bicycle during rides. As I’m planning how to document this, I go to my Flickr and see the above photo pop up. See more detailed shots at Oli’s Flickr and no, I’ve never tried something similar. Have you?

Mar 17, 2015 6 comments
What Makes the Vanilla Workshop and Speedvagen Move
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While the public may know about the Vanilla Workshop and Speedvagen, they might not know the inner-workings or exactly how the two brands operate under one roof. There’s a misconception that Sacha White runs the whole show with maybe one or two other people. When in reality, it takes a whole team to keep things moving.

Recently, the Vanilla Workshop and Speedvagen shared a little insight to help people better understand what really makes them move. Read on below!

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Mar 16, 2015 4 comments