Down, Not Out

Martyn Ashton suffered a severe wreck on his bike a little while back, paralyzing him and many speculated he’d never return to the sport…

Jun 14, 2016 No comments yet
Thank You, Nagoya!
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Nagoya, it’s been real! Thank you for your warm hospitality, your wasabi, your sake and your wonderful, smiling faces. Circles, Sim Works, Pine Fields Market and Early Birds have been fantastic but sadly, we must leave. I’m off to Kyoto, Kobe, Naoshima and Tokyo this week for some tourism but stay tuned, our story has only just begun!

Jun 13, 2016 3 comments
A Circles DeSalvo painted by Landshark
A Circles DeSalvo painted by Landshark-6

Mike DeSalvo makes absolutely beautiful steel and titanium frames, with some of the best welds in the business. In fact, his construction is so wonderful that he teaches tig-welding at UBI. While Mike’s frames are gorgeous in terms of construction, he’s admittedly not the most creative in terms of paint designs. His job is to focus on the frame’s engineering, leaving the designs up to the owners. Truthfully, I’d never seen a DeSalvo painted until coming to Japan and seeing the Circles customer’s personal rigs. Titanium is great and all, but sometimes paint really makes the frame pop!

When it comes to pop, if I were to ask you who designs the most outrageous paint jobs for bicycles, you might answer “John Slawta of Landshark.” John’s a living legend and his paint designs have long burned the retinas of their owners and anyone who has feasted their eyes upon these bikes. John and Mike began talking and decided to make six frames with insane paint jobs. This is the first, for Circles Japan and if you’re wondering what the inspiration was, Mike told John to be “very aggressive…” See John’s full design below, which features street art and pop culture references from Warhol, Keith Haring and Banksy, with a balls to the wall spin. If you’re in Nagoya, make sure you swing by Circles to check it out in person! (more…)

Jun 12, 2016 11 comments
It’s Been Wild So Far in Japan
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For the past week, I’ve been on the road with Circles and a couple of US-framebuilders on a whirlwind tour around Mt. Fuji and the island of Oshima, home to an active volcano. It’s been wild and next week, I’ll be able to share the photos with you from all five days of our tour, as well as a few bicycles that were ridden on the road. For now, head to @TheRadavist on Instagram to see a few selects…

Jun 11, 2016 2 comments
Istanbul to Tehran by Bike

Got 15 minutes to spare? The full length mini-doc of Mark Maurer’s bikepacking journey through Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Iran is a hell of a trip!

Jun 11, 2016 2 comments
Flashes of the Altai

Nothing like a multi-modal expedition through the Mongolian backcountry to make you feel particularly small…

“Three childhood friends set out for the far western corner of Mongolia to combine mountain biking and packrafting in a self-supported adventure into the unknown. Never having attempted a mountain bike to packraft link-up, they decided it was a great idea to travel to one of the most remote and sparsely populated places in the world to try it out.”

Jun 7, 2016 5 comments
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Down, Not Out

Martyn Ashton suffered a severe wreck on his bike a little while back, paralyzing him and many speculated he’d never return to the sport…

Jun 14, 2016 No comments yet
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Thank You, Nagoya!
JAPAN-27

Nagoya, it’s been real! Thank you for your warm hospitality, your wasabi, your sake and your wonderful, smiling faces. Circles, Sim Works, Pine Fields Market and Early Birds have been fantastic but sadly, we must leave. I’m off to Kyoto, Kobe, Naoshima and Tokyo this week for some tourism but stay tuned, our story has only just begun!

Jun 13, 2016 3 comments
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A Circles DeSalvo painted by Landshark
A Circles DeSalvo painted by Landshark-6

Mike DeSalvo makes absolutely beautiful steel and titanium frames, with some of the best welds in the business. In fact, his construction is so wonderful that he teaches tig-welding at UBI. While Mike’s frames are gorgeous in terms of construction, he’s admittedly not the most creative in terms of paint designs. His job is to focus on the frame’s engineering, leaving the designs up to the owners. Truthfully, I’d never seen a DeSalvo painted until coming to Japan and seeing the Circles customer’s personal rigs. Titanium is great and all, but sometimes paint really makes the frame pop!

When it comes to pop, if I were to ask you who designs the most outrageous paint jobs for bicycles, you might answer “John Slawta of Landshark.” John’s a living legend and his paint designs have long burned the retinas of their owners and anyone who has feasted their eyes upon these bikes. John and Mike began talking and decided to make six frames with insane paint jobs. This is the first, for Circles Japan and if you’re wondering what the inspiration was, Mike told John to be “very aggressive…” See John’s full design below, which features street art and pop culture references from Warhol, Keith Haring and Banksy, with a balls to the wall spin. If you’re in Nagoya, make sure you swing by Circles to check it out in person! (more…)

Jun 12, 2016 11 comments
It’s Been Wild So Far in Japan
OSHIMA-92

For the past week, I’ve been on the road with Circles and a couple of US-framebuilders on a whirlwind tour around Mt. Fuji and the island of Oshima, home to an active volcano. It’s been wild and next week, I’ll be able to share the photos with you from all five days of our tour, as well as a few bicycles that were ridden on the road. For now, head to @TheRadavist on Instagram to see a few selects…

Jun 11, 2016 2 comments
Istanbul to Tehran by Bike

Got 15 minutes to spare? The full length mini-doc of Mark Maurer’s bikepacking journey through Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Iran is a hell of a trip!

Jun 11, 2016 2 comments
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Flashes of the Altai

Nothing like a multi-modal expedition through the Mongolian backcountry to make you feel particularly small…

“Three childhood friends set out for the far western corner of Mongolia to combine mountain biking and packrafting in a self-supported adventure into the unknown. Never having attempted a mountain bike to packraft link-up, they decided it was a great idea to travel to one of the most remote and sparsely populated places in the world to try it out.”

Jun 7, 2016 5 comments
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