New Balance Introduces the C-Series Cycling Sneakers
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This project has been in the works for some time now. We’ve already seen New Balance reach out to frame builders in the Boston area, so this shouldn’t be a huge surprise and while many would say the urban cycling “sneaker” has jumped the shark, it’s still exciting to see a brand like New Balance take its approach to a staple in any cyclists’ wardrobe: comfortable sneakers to ride a bike in.

Check out the full press-release below, including models, availability and pricing.

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Jan 20, 2015 13 comments
Porcelain Rocket’s New MCA Handlebar Bag and Micro Panniers
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Porcelain Rocket’s line of bikepacking and touring bags continues to grow and improve upon itself. Replacing the Mission Control bar bag comes the MCA, which utilizes a front-loading 5-15L dry sack, rather than the old side-loading bag. Also new to the lineup are the Micro Panniers. Intended for rear-racks only, these bags are perfect for commuting or when you need just a little more room for those longer expeditions.

Both are now available for ordering at Porcelain Rocket.

Jan 20, 2015 2 comments
Salsa Cycles: Two Days at the Gunflint Buffet
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The latest photo essay from Salsa Cycles takes place in what many Americans consider to be “fly over country.” The midwest is home to some beautiful landscapes, filled with rushing rivers and dense forests. A few guys from Minneapolis went out to Grand Marais and rode the Gunflint Trail on fatbikes, packing in everything they needed for a few day’s outing. The resulting photos and story are inspirational to say the least.

Head over to Salsa to read up!

Jan 20, 2015 1 comment
CX Hairs: SVENNESS 3.9

We’re rolling up to the rapidly approaching World Championships of cyclocross with one fast race course in Flandriencross. Thanks for keeping us on our toes, CX Hairs!

Jan 19, 2015 1 comment
Skratch Labs… Cookie Mix?!
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Anytime a package arrives from Skratch Labs, I have no idea what to expect. More often than not, it’s a packet of hydration mix, but when this box arrived last week, I’ve got to admit, I was scratching my head. Cookie mix? But I thought sweets were bad? Well, not really, in fact, there’s a whole piece on the Skratch website as to why it’s ok to eat cookies.

Now, with any product like this, there are sure to be naysayers and commentators, requesting information as to why Skratch’s $8.50 cookie mix is better than Pillsbury’s. Well, for one, I’m going to say Skratch knows a thing or two about nutrition. The ingredients are as healthy as you can get with a cookie mix but the addition I noted after eating one was the salt.

The guys at Skratch love salt and with good reason. As a cyclist, your body needs salt to help keep itself hydrated and while it’s easy enough to add salt to your own cookie mix, I found this mix to be a pretty great novelty gift for a cyclist. The mix is easy, simply add whatever you want to it, along with butter and an egg and bake it as a cookie, or as a fruit bar. Is it gimmicky? Sure. But, I can’t remember the last time I baked cookies…

Check out all the information you’d wanna know at Skratch Labs!

Jan 19, 2015 5 comments
Messengers Style from the 1990’s
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New York City is arguably the originator of what has been marketed, packaged and sold as “messenger style.” From alleycats, to messenger bags, a lot of the visual references really took hold in NYC during the 90’s. Many of the faces and names are still in the game today.

Messengers Style is a visual showcase that illustrates what people rode and looked like in the NYC messenger community during the 90’s. This book is one that’s eluded my private collection for some time, until recently, and for those who haven’t been able to acquire a physical copy, there’s a scanned copy at Stampsy. Who needs Vogue’s interpretation of this? This is the real deal.

If you jump on it quick, there’s a used copy at Amazon right now.

Jan 19, 2015 12 comments
FYXO Visits Gellie Custom Bicycles
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Photo by Andy White

Down Under, it’s the middle of summer and frame builders like Gellie Custom are in full-on production, keeping their custom customers happy. Gellie makes road, track, tourer, tandem, ‘cross and MTB frames. Did I leave anything out?

Andy White of FYXO recently visited Gellie’s shop in Kinglake and photographed some of his recent builds, which you’ve got to check out. Head over to FYXO for the full scoop.

Jan 19, 2015 2 comments
Surly: Special Ops Moonlander with SRAM 1×11

Surly’s getting ready for Frostbike – which is the best, by the way – with a new Special Ops Moonlander, inspired by this video. While the video’s a bit old, the new Moonies will feature a brand new stainless officially licensed X-Sync narrow wide ring.

The rings will be available later this year and 150 Special Ops Moonlanders will be in stock mid-February. See more at Surly.

Jan 19, 2015 5 comments
English Cycles: Steve’s Two Face Flat Bar Super Commuter
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Oh my… English Cycles is most known for crazy experimental TT road frames, as per their recent NAHBS exhibition machines, yet they still dabble in daily riders and lightweight road frames. This bike, however seems to be dealing with a severe case of flash and that’s not a bad thing. Steve’s flat bar road is one of the raddest bikes I’ve seen come from English since that wild TT bike they debuted at NAHBS two years back.

See more of this insane machine at English Cycles.

Jan 18, 2015 14 comments
Don’t Forget About Fat Chance on Kickstarter

There are only 21 days left to support Fat Chance’s return on Kickstarter. Maybe you’ve seen this video, or maybe you haven’t, but hopefully it’ll answer some questions. Fat Chance will be making their frames in the USA. That is confirmed. Head over to the Fat Chance Kickstarter to help out. Man, that frame is tempting!

Also, shouts to Brendan Shafer for supplying Chris with all the modern action video spots!

Jan 18, 2015 3 comments
Manual for Speed: Human Athlete Visual Showcase – Team Clif Bar x The Radavist
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It was last Thursday morning, I believe, when Daniel and Emiliano from Manual for Speed hollered hard at me via SMS about doing a Human Athlete Visual Showcase (HAVS) with Team Clif Bar at our house. Bear in mind, there were about 8 people sleeping at my house during Nats, so it was a mess but who can say no to such adorable photographers?

Saturday morning rolled around and promptly at 11am, MFS and Team Clif Bar entered the house, made us all get into skinsuits and began to do their thing. The resulting photos and a short Q&A is now over at Manual for Speed, so go check it out!

Jan 17, 2015 8 comments
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Skratch Labs… Cookie Mix?!
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Anytime a package arrives from Skratch Labs, I have no idea what to expect. More often than not, it’s a packet of hydration mix, but when this box arrived last week, I’ve got to admit, I was scratching my head. Cookie mix? But I thought sweets were bad? Well, not really, in fact, there’s a whole piece on the Skratch website as to why it’s ok to eat cookies.

Now, with any product like this, there are sure to be naysayers and commentators, requesting information as to why Skratch’s $8.50 cookie mix is better than Pillsbury’s. Well, for one, I’m going to say Skratch knows a thing or two about nutrition. The ingredients are as healthy as you can get with a cookie mix but the addition I noted after eating one was the salt.

The guys at Skratch love salt and with good reason. As a cyclist, your body needs salt to help keep itself hydrated and while it’s easy enough to add salt to your own cookie mix, I found this mix to be a pretty great novelty gift for a cyclist. The mix is easy, simply add whatever you want to it, along with butter and an egg and bake it as a cookie, or as a fruit bar. Is it gimmicky? Sure. But, I can’t remember the last time I baked cookies…

Check out all the information you’d wanna know at Skratch Labs!

Jan 19, 2015 5 comments
Messengers Style from the 1990’s
Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 8.08.45 PM

New York City is arguably the originator of what has been marketed, packaged and sold as “messenger style.” From alleycats, to messenger bags, a lot of the visual references really took hold in NYC during the 90’s. Many of the faces and names are still in the game today.

Messengers Style is a visual showcase that illustrates what people rode and looked like in the NYC messenger community during the 90’s. This book is one that’s eluded my private collection for some time, until recently, and for those who haven’t been able to acquire a physical copy, there’s a scanned copy at Stampsy. Who needs Vogue’s interpretation of this? This is the real deal.

If you jump on it quick, there’s a used copy at Amazon right now.

Jan 19, 2015 12 comments
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FYXO Visits Gellie Custom Bicycles
FYX_9197

Photo by Andy White

Down Under, it’s the middle of summer and frame builders like Gellie Custom are in full-on production, keeping their custom customers happy. Gellie makes road, track, tourer, tandem, ‘cross and MTB frames. Did I leave anything out?

Andy White of FYXO recently visited Gellie’s shop in Kinglake and photographed some of his recent builds, which you’ve got to check out. Head over to FYXO for the full scoop.

Jan 19, 2015 2 comments
Surly: Special Ops Moonlander with SRAM 1×11

Surly’s getting ready for Frostbike – which is the best, by the way – with a new Special Ops Moonlander, inspired by this video. While the video’s a bit old, the new Moonies will feature a brand new stainless officially licensed X-Sync narrow wide ring.

The rings will be available later this year and 150 Special Ops Moonlanders will be in stock mid-February. See more at Surly.

Jan 19, 2015 5 comments
English Cycles: Steve’s Two Face Flat Bar Super Commuter
English_Cycles_Magenta_Blue_004_2121

Oh my… English Cycles is most known for crazy experimental TT road frames, as per their recent NAHBS exhibition machines, yet they still dabble in daily riders and lightweight road frames. This bike, however seems to be dealing with a severe case of flash and that’s not a bad thing. Steve’s flat bar road is one of the raddest bikes I’ve seen come from English since that wild TT bike they debuted at NAHBS two years back.

See more of this insane machine at English Cycles.

Jan 18, 2015 14 comments
Don’t Forget About Fat Chance on Kickstarter

There are only 21 days left to support Fat Chance’s return on Kickstarter. Maybe you’ve seen this video, or maybe you haven’t, but hopefully it’ll answer some questions. Fat Chance will be making their frames in the USA. That is confirmed. Head over to the Fat Chance Kickstarter to help out. Man, that frame is tempting!

Also, shouts to Brendan Shafer for supplying Chris with all the modern action video spots!

Jan 18, 2015 3 comments
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Manual for Speed: Human Athlete Visual Showcase – Team Clif Bar x The Radavist
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It was last Thursday morning, I believe, when Daniel and Emiliano from Manual for Speed hollered hard at me via SMS about doing a Human Athlete Visual Showcase (HAVS) with Team Clif Bar at our house. Bear in mind, there were about 8 people sleeping at my house during Nats, so it was a mess but who can say no to such adorable photographers?

Saturday morning rolled around and promptly at 11am, MFS and Team Clif Bar entered the house, made us all get into skinsuits and began to do their thing. The resulting photos and a short Q&A is now over at Manual for Speed, so go check it out!

Jan 17, 2015 8 comments
Kitsbow: Power Wool Baselayers
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I’m always amazed at how textile technology is improving year after year. Polartec is on the forefront of that progression. More and more, we’ll be seeing that company name on products. On the waterproof side of the spectrum, it’s lighter and more durable than other offerings. On the insulation, or base layer side, Polartec’s Power Wool has combined the breathability and warmth of Merino wool on the inside and poly/nylon on the outside to ensure any dampness dries quickly. The resulting product is substantially more durable than your normal merino fabric.

Kitsbow utilizes this new Power Wool material on their new baselayer henley. See more at Kitsbow.

Jan 16, 2015 2 comments
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Mission Workshop Arkiv® Field Packs in Video

Here’s a quick video showcasing Mission Workshop’s Arkiv field packs being used. I’ve had mine for a few years now and it’s been so helpful while traveling around the globe. The modular add-on attaché case accessories make it one hell of an adaptable product, for just about any errand or job.

See more at Mission Workshop.

Jan 15, 2015 2 comments
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