Now I Know Why the Industry Loves Disc Brakes on Cross Bikes
DiscBrakes

So precision products like the Takara Genkai can grace the shelves of Walmart. Hey, the wheels don’t have to be even remotely true with discs, the brakes don’t need to be toe’d in and the rear triangle doesn’t have to be square, at all. They’re also cheaper to produce.

For $399, who can argue? Is it bad that I want to buy one and see how long it lasts?

Nov 17, 2014 27 comments
Pain is Beauty

Professional cyclists are attractive, male or female. This video focuses on the latter. Pain is beauty. Also, there’s gonna be a lot of ‘cross content this week…

Nov 17, 2014 1 comment
Where Did Summer Go?
EndOfSummer

I’ve been trying to pull together a Gallery from all of the summer road trips (and rolls of film) shot this year, but am waiting for the weather to get much worse. Although, it seems everyone’s dealing with record lows.

Regardless, looking at photos like this make me miss sun burns and late sunsets…

Tools of the trade:
Mamiya 7ii / 80mm
Kodak Porta 400

Nov 16, 2014 1 comment
FYXO: Molteni Fauxnago
FYX_4703

FYXO does FAUX pretty damn well, down to the rim decals. If you like cheekiness and clever flips, head over to FYXO for the full gallery on this Fauxnago!

Nov 16, 2014 No comments yet
It’s Cold and Muddy in Texas
CX-3

… and it’s finally feeling like cross season. Embrocation, thermal jerseys and good gloves. Ok, it was only in the mid 30’s yesterday but it still felt cold!

Nov 16, 2014 15 comments
Good Luck Racing this Weekend!
BikeJerks_01

Photo by Jeff Frane

Jeff has been shooting a ton of cross races this year and posting them up on Bike Jerks (yes, I pay attention to you, Jeff!) and this one photo struck me as such a rad ‘cross photo. Handups are not a crime!

I hope everyone has a blast racing this weekend.

Nov 14, 2014 4 comments
Meesterknecht Amsterdam is Open
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From Pristine came Meesterknecht, a new cycle shop in Amsterdam. I love seeing brands progress like this and one day I’d love to make it out to see their space. For now, these photos will have to do. Read up on the background of this new shop below…

“Thursday the 23rd of October a new bicycle racing specialist, Meesterknecht, opened its doors in the centre of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Meesterknecht is a bike shop with a cycling café focused on contemporary cycling. The shop on Kerkstraat 168 is a meeting spot for cyclists and sells a fine selection of items that will make every cyclist’s heart beat faster. Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy the shop’s espresso blend ‘Gangmaker’ (Pacer or Derny) while admiring Amsterdam’s rich cycling history on the shop’s walls.”

“”Meesterknecht” is a term in cycling for the ‘second man’. Neither Merckx, nor Coppi nor Zoetemelk could have become legendary cycling champions if it wasn’t for their humble “meesterknecht”. This class of tireless riders lead out sprints, set the pace up mountains, provide a small pushs here and there and in many ways, hold the team together. The “meesterknechten” or “super-domestiques” are unknown heroes who ride, work and suffer for the greater good without expecting glory.”

“The shop is specialised in building custom bikes. Meesterknecht also repairs and fixes road bikes, cyclocross bikes, track bikes, tour bikes and single-speed bikes. Moreover, they sell the latest and most original cycling accessories and clothing for both man and women. Big brands can be found in the store like: Cervelo, Focus, BMC, POC and Giro. But also small niche brands like Ritte, Stoemper, Mission Workshop, Ten Speed Hero, Brother Cycles, 8bar, Enve and cycling clothing from the Dutch brand Blue On.”

Meesterknecht
Kerkstraat 168, 1017GS, Amsterdam
Mo. 9:30-14:00
Tu. closed
We. 9:30-19:00
Th. 9:30-19:00
Fr. 9:30-19:00
Sa. 9:30-17:00
Su. 9:30-14:00

Nov 14, 2014 5 comments
Firefly Bicycles: All Hallows’ Road
Firefly_Fall2

Black and orange is the new black, during the fall anyway. Tis the season for everyone to get their base miles on and what better motivation to bundle up in the cold than a new road bike. Much less, a new Firefly. I love the way large framesets look by themselves and this one’s got a massive head tube.

Check out more of this black and orange beaut at the Firefly Flickr!

Nov 14, 2014 6 comments
45NRTH’s STURMFIST Gloves Use Aerogel Insulation
Sturmfist_45NRTH

One of the lightest insulators on Earth, Aerogel has made its way into one of the most practical uses for cyclists: gloves. 45NRTH’s new STURMFIST models utilize this technology that was first formed in the 1930s by Dr. Samuel Stephens Kistler, an American chemist.

It’s taken almost 50 years for companies to adopt this insulation to warm weather clothing and what better piece of clothing to insulate than gloves for cold-weather riding. The very material that was used by NASA will keep your digits warm.

New to the 45NRTH lineup are the STURMFIST 4 glove, for temperatures below 15 degrees and the STURMFIST 5, for temperatures above 15 degrees.

Nov 14, 2014 1 comment
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Good Luck Racing this Weekend!
BikeJerks_01

Photo by Jeff Frane

Jeff has been shooting a ton of cross races this year and posting them up on Bike Jerks (yes, I pay attention to you, Jeff!) and this one photo struck me as such a rad ‘cross photo. Handups are not a crime!

I hope everyone has a blast racing this weekend.

Nov 14, 2014 4 comments
Meesterknecht Amsterdam is Open
Meesterknecht-6

From Pristine came Meesterknecht, a new cycle shop in Amsterdam. I love seeing brands progress like this and one day I’d love to make it out to see their space. For now, these photos will have to do. Read up on the background of this new shop below…

“Thursday the 23rd of October a new bicycle racing specialist, Meesterknecht, opened its doors in the centre of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Meesterknecht is a bike shop with a cycling café focused on contemporary cycling. The shop on Kerkstraat 168 is a meeting spot for cyclists and sells a fine selection of items that will make every cyclist’s heart beat faster. Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy the shop’s espresso blend ‘Gangmaker’ (Pacer or Derny) while admiring Amsterdam’s rich cycling history on the shop’s walls.”

“”Meesterknecht” is a term in cycling for the ‘second man’. Neither Merckx, nor Coppi nor Zoetemelk could have become legendary cycling champions if it wasn’t for their humble “meesterknecht”. This class of tireless riders lead out sprints, set the pace up mountains, provide a small pushs here and there and in many ways, hold the team together. The “meesterknechten” or “super-domestiques” are unknown heroes who ride, work and suffer for the greater good without expecting glory.”

“The shop is specialised in building custom bikes. Meesterknecht also repairs and fixes road bikes, cyclocross bikes, track bikes, tour bikes and single-speed bikes. Moreover, they sell the latest and most original cycling accessories and clothing for both man and women. Big brands can be found in the store like: Cervelo, Focus, BMC, POC and Giro. But also small niche brands like Ritte, Stoemper, Mission Workshop, Ten Speed Hero, Brother Cycles, 8bar, Enve and cycling clothing from the Dutch brand Blue On.”

Meesterknecht
Kerkstraat 168, 1017GS, Amsterdam
Mo. 9:30-14:00
Tu. closed
We. 9:30-19:00
Th. 9:30-19:00
Fr. 9:30-19:00
Sa. 9:30-17:00
Su. 9:30-14:00

Nov 14, 2014 5 comments
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Firefly Bicycles: All Hallows’ Road
Firefly_Fall2

Black and orange is the new black, during the fall anyway. Tis the season for everyone to get their base miles on and what better motivation to bundle up in the cold than a new road bike. Much less, a new Firefly. I love the way large framesets look by themselves and this one’s got a massive head tube.

Check out more of this black and orange beaut at the Firefly Flickr!

Nov 14, 2014 6 comments
45NRTH’s STURMFIST Gloves Use Aerogel Insulation
Sturmfist_45NRTH

One of the lightest insulators on Earth, Aerogel has made its way into one of the most practical uses for cyclists: gloves. 45NRTH’s new STURMFIST models utilize this technology that was first formed in the 1930s by Dr. Samuel Stephens Kistler, an American chemist.

It’s taken almost 50 years for companies to adopt this insulation to warm weather clothing and what better piece of clothing to insulate than gloves for cold-weather riding. The very material that was used by NASA will keep your digits warm.

New to the 45NRTH lineup are the STURMFIST 4 glove, for temperatures below 15 degrees and the STURMFIST 5, for temperatures above 15 degrees.

Nov 14, 2014 1 comment
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Charge Bikes and the Velodux

What an interesting concept for a cross race. Charge Bikes recently attended the Red Bull Velodux cross race, an event that took place in Switzerland. This race ran through a town that’s probably older than the USA, up and down stairs, and through its back-alleys.

Nov 14, 2014 2 comments
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The Col Collective: Col d’Aubisque

I’ve never been able to ride any of these climbs, so I’ve been enjoying the Col Collective videos. Not for the data or coaching aspect, but for the scenery. It’s striking! Here’s the latest project, which happens to be the first climb filmed for the Col Collective, the Col d’Aubisque…

Nov 13, 2014 3 comments
Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path

Public works like this can be a lot of fun:

“The new Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands glowing stones inspired by ‘Starry Night’. It charges at daytime and gives light at night. The path combines innovation with cultural heritage in the city of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883.

This is the second Smart Highway Project which are interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow by designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. The goal is to make smart roads by using light, energy and road signs that interact with the traffic situation.”

See more at Studio Roosegaarde.

Nov 13, 2014 1 comment
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Sycip’s New JJ Bars and JB Bars are Made by Nitto
jb_bar_slv_and_blk900

Nitto has been making handlebars for a very long time. To give you some perspective, back in the ’80s, there were dozens of handlebar manufacturers, then Taiwanese factories shut down all but one: Nitto.

Over the past few years, the Japanese handlebar manufacturer has lent American framebuilders a hand. Sycip cycles, being one of the more recent ones.

Now in stock, at Sycip’s online shop are the heat-treated aluminum JJ Bars and the CroMo steel JB bars. Both come in black or silver and are in stock now at Sycip.

Nov 13, 2014 2 comments
Kitsbow’s Ride Tees are Back
Ride_Tee_Kitsbow

Kitsbow’s made in Canada, merino wool Riding Tees are back in stock, now in new colors. Perfect for touring, MTB riding, cross riding and even off-the-bike afternoons. Mix in a set of arm warmers to keep you warm during winter dawn patrols. Merino is warm and naturally anti-microbial, so it won’t smell after a ride.

See more at Kitsbow.

Nov 13, 2014 1 comment
Keirin Cut Jeans

The New York Times recently featured an article on Keirin Cut Jeans, a denim company making, you guessed it, jeans for riders with unusually large quads and fit waistlines. While I’ll say the article alludes that all cyclists are plagued with large quads, which isn’t entirely true, it’s still an interesting read and I’m sure it was exceptional press for the company.

They’ve made it well past their funding goal, but are taking pre-orders for their denim now at their Kickstarter page.

Nov 13, 2014 11 comments
Map Bicycles: Hey Mitch, Nice Rack
Urban_Rando-map

Mitch Pryer is the man behind Map Bicycles and let me tell you, that man can make some lovely racks. Map is known for their randonneurs, but as you can see, Mitch can tackle just about any client request, including a porteur rack with low-riders.

This is amazing. See more at the Map Flickr.

Nov 13, 2014 No comments yet
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