Rapha and Giro Launch Cross Shoes
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Wait a second, what’s this? That’s not a cross shoe?!

“Continuing the partnership in footwear with Giro, Rapha are launching our first cyclocross-specific shoe. Built on the EC90 carbon outsole used by Giro’s current range of MTB/Cross footwear, the upper of the shoe has been developed for the rigors of racing with a rubberized heel and toe-cap and aggressive outsole cleats for getting through the mud. Aesthetically clean and refined, the colors of Rapha Super Cross are woven into the shoe’s upper.”

Don’t miss out on the Rapha Cross Collection and see more of the actual shoes below!

Beyond the shoes themselves, the Cross Shoe packaging is worth noting. Built from a racer’s insight and appropriately fun for fans of cross, the shoes are packaged in a specially formed shell from ECO Products®, a sponsor of Jeremy Powers and Aspire Racing. ECO Products® create sustainable containers for food and beverages including cups often found in the hands of cross supporters in North America. For this project, Rapha worked with ECO Products® to create a container that has a life beyond shipping, adding holders specifically for beer and frites- two musts for the cyclocross fan. For the racer, there is an oversized ‘wet bag’, built to be stood upon pre-race, solving the common ‘cyclocross hop’ where racers attempt to keep their socks dry while dressing. Perfect too for carrying wet and muddy shoes post-race.

Aug 29, 2014 8 comments
Tracko and Yanco Ramblin Roll Pre-Order
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Since everyone always misses out on these Ramblin Rolls, Kyle at Tracko and Yanco are doing a pre-order. Don’t slack on this though, because it’s limited to 100 spots with a six-week wait time. If all goes smooth, they’ll keep doing this, every six weeks.

Head to Tracko now to pre-order a Ramblin Roll!

Aug 28, 2014 5 comments
All-City Cycles’ Nature Boy Disc Now in Reynolds 853
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This bike has single-handedly upped the game for All-City Cycles in my opinion. You get everything the Nature Boy had, plus disc brakes, a Whisky fork, Anna’s fancy dropout design and Reynolds 853. All that for $1,200 frameset or $2,250 complete. Available in November of this year.

See more at All-City. Congrats guys, this bike looks great!

Aug 28, 2014 7 comments
Division 1 Swap and Sale this Saturday in Austin
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Austin’s Division 1 is having a swap meet this Saturday in Austin. Here’s all the info:

“Our FIRST Ever Swap Meet and Sale is coming Saturday August 30th at 9am. Have you ever missed crazy deals on new product, overbuys, and closeout stock? We are warning you not to miss this one. Shop outside with industry reps and D1′s blowout central area, everything bike related and more will be 40-80% off. Get here early for our $1, $5, $10 AND $20 BINS. Gates open at 9. In-store save 20% and up on select brand bikes, apparel, parts and more. There will be music, tasty beverages, food, a raffle benefiting the Austin-based Kids Cyclocross Project 2015 and more for the whole family to enjoy.”

Aug 28, 2014 No comments yet
The 2015 Cinelli MASH Histogram
Histogram-2014-cinelli_RAD

I wish I was at Eurobike, but alas, things didn’t work out. Instead, I have my friends in the industry sending me little sneak peeks at forthcoming products. Like the 2015 Cinelli MASH Histogram. Designed by Garrett Chow of MASH in a sleek, minimal livery with nicely-placed accents and color.

7005 T6 Columbus tubing
1 1/2″ to 1 1/8″ tapered steerer
1500g frameset 57cm
$950 MSRP available mid October

Aug 27, 2014 9 comments
Pearl Velo is Closing Its Doors
Pearl-Velo-Denver

When Tyler from Pearl Velo emailed me last month, saying he was going to be closing the shop’s doors on September 1st, I was pretty bummed out. Granted, the only time I have been to Pearl Velo was during the Denver NAHBS and the #Outsideisfree party, but I was impressed with the community’s support of the shop, even during a blizzard.

What Pearl Velo stood for is what we need in US bike shops: selling an experience, not just products. The shop was small, but you could see an intent through it all. Tyler really believed in what he was doing, unfortunately, like everyone, his life changed and as a father, he wanted to spend more time with his family.

If you’re in Denver, swing through Pearl Velo and give Tyler a high-five.

Aug 27, 2014 4 comments
Another 2014 Red Hook Crit Video

Here’s another great video from the 2014 Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn.

“Heavy rain brought a tense day leading up to this year’s Red Hook Crit. Threats of cancellation and worries of increased danger on the course were relieved when the race finally started, 2 hours before its scheduled time, with a modified course and a shortened number of laps. Nevertheless riders came out in full force to battle the elements and each other.

Now in it’s 7th year, what started out as an informal birthday party for organizer David Trimble has become an international event. Hundreds of competitors from over 20 different countries descend on the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook to race on brakeless fixed-gear track bikes, and this year in the rain. The race is fast and intense, with only the strongest and smartest of riders able to overcome the fury and seize the title.”

Aug 27, 2014 No comments yet
Giro’s New Empire VR90 MTB Shoe
Giro_S_EmpireVR90_BlackGlowingRed_34_NoVibram

Look, helmets are cool and all – they do save your life – but I still can’t get over how rad Giro’s new Empire VR90 shoes look. It’s like someone plucked my ideal MTB shoe from my brain and hit the print button.

Check out more color options and factoids at Giro. While you’re there. Poke around for more fall / winter 2014 releases…

Aug 27, 2014 22 comments
Make it Happen

As someone who is constantly looking at how other videographers and photographers capture cycling, the Make it Happen video caught my eye. Sent to me by George Marshall of the Albion this project is worth checking out, in its full glory.

“Make It Happen’ is a global BMX project by rider Greg Illingworth, filmer Will Evans and photographer George Marshall. Over 14 months Greg travelled the globe with a hand picked group of the world’s best riders. They all shared one simple idea – explore, ride, document. Destinations: China, Argentina, South Africa Riders: Greg Illingworth, Gary Young, Tammy Mccarley, Brian Kachinsky, Ed Zunda, Josh Harrington, Kevin Kalkoff, Paul Ryan, Ben Hennon, Matt Priest, Matthias Dandois and Maxime Charveron. The Make It Happen book and video are the culmination of their travels. Book by George Marshall Film by Will Evans Project management by Greg Illingworth Logo design by Rob Loeber Make It Happen is supported by: Vans, Mongoose, Monster Energy, Snafu, The Albion and Fox.”

Also, don’t forget to see the Make it Happen booklet online for free.

Aug 27, 2014 No comments yet
Bell’s New Super 2R Mountain Helmet
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I’ve yet to venture into the world of full-face protection, but the new Bell Super 2R helmet would be the one I’d pick up when the time calls. Why? As illustrated above, this helmet is more versatile than any other helmet, ATMO.

While climbing, you can remove the chinbar with one simple snap. Simply strap it to your pack, then when it’s time to descend, you can put it back on. Or if you’re traveling and will be hitting trails that don’t require as much protection, simply leave the chinbar at home that day.

Personally, I’m most stoked on the “coffee shop lock” possibilities…

Available in MIPS and non-MIPS, as well as a whole spectrum of colors. See more at Bell.

Aug 27, 2014 No comments yet
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All-City Cycles’ Nature Boy Disc Now in Reynolds 853
NatureBoy-all-city-853

This bike has single-handedly upped the game for All-City Cycles in my opinion. You get everything the Nature Boy had, plus disc brakes, a Whisky fork, Anna’s fancy dropout design and Reynolds 853. All that for $1,200 frameset or $2,250 complete. Available in November of this year.

See more at All-City. Congrats guys, this bike looks great!

Aug 28, 2014 7 comments
Division 1 Swap and Sale this Saturday in Austin
D1Swap_Sale-2014

Austin’s Division 1 is having a swap meet this Saturday in Austin. Here’s all the info:

“Our FIRST Ever Swap Meet and Sale is coming Saturday August 30th at 9am. Have you ever missed crazy deals on new product, overbuys, and closeout stock? We are warning you not to miss this one. Shop outside with industry reps and D1′s blowout central area, everything bike related and more will be 40-80% off. Get here early for our $1, $5, $10 AND $20 BINS. Gates open at 9. In-store save 20% and up on select brand bikes, apparel, parts and more. There will be music, tasty beverages, food, a raffle benefiting the Austin-based Kids Cyclocross Project 2015 and more for the whole family to enjoy.”

Aug 28, 2014 No comments yet
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The 2015 Cinelli MASH Histogram
Histogram-2014-cinelli_RAD

I wish I was at Eurobike, but alas, things didn’t work out. Instead, I have my friends in the industry sending me little sneak peeks at forthcoming products. Like the 2015 Cinelli MASH Histogram. Designed by Garrett Chow of MASH in a sleek, minimal livery with nicely-placed accents and color.

7005 T6 Columbus tubing
1 1/2″ to 1 1/8″ tapered steerer
1500g frameset 57cm
$950 MSRP available mid October

Aug 27, 2014 9 comments
Pearl Velo is Closing Its Doors
Pearl-Velo-Denver

When Tyler from Pearl Velo emailed me last month, saying he was going to be closing the shop’s doors on September 1st, I was pretty bummed out. Granted, the only time I have been to Pearl Velo was during the Denver NAHBS and the #Outsideisfree party, but I was impressed with the community’s support of the shop, even during a blizzard.

What Pearl Velo stood for is what we need in US bike shops: selling an experience, not just products. The shop was small, but you could see an intent through it all. Tyler really believed in what he was doing, unfortunately, like everyone, his life changed and as a father, he wanted to spend more time with his family.

If you’re in Denver, swing through Pearl Velo and give Tyler a high-five.

Aug 27, 2014 4 comments
Another 2014 Red Hook Crit Video

Here’s another great video from the 2014 Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn.

“Heavy rain brought a tense day leading up to this year’s Red Hook Crit. Threats of cancellation and worries of increased danger on the course were relieved when the race finally started, 2 hours before its scheduled time, with a modified course and a shortened number of laps. Nevertheless riders came out in full force to battle the elements and each other.

Now in it’s 7th year, what started out as an informal birthday party for organizer David Trimble has become an international event. Hundreds of competitors from over 20 different countries descend on the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook to race on brakeless fixed-gear track bikes, and this year in the rain. The race is fast and intense, with only the strongest and smartest of riders able to overcome the fury and seize the title.”

Aug 27, 2014 No comments yet
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Giro’s New Empire VR90 MTB Shoe
Giro_S_EmpireVR90_BlackGlowingRed_34_NoVibram

Look, helmets are cool and all – they do save your life – but I still can’t get over how rad Giro’s new Empire VR90 shoes look. It’s like someone plucked my ideal MTB shoe from my brain and hit the print button.

Check out more color options and factoids at Giro. While you’re there. Poke around for more fall / winter 2014 releases…

Aug 27, 2014 22 comments
Make it Happen

As someone who is constantly looking at how other videographers and photographers capture cycling, the Make it Happen video caught my eye. Sent to me by George Marshall of the Albion this project is worth checking out, in its full glory.

“Make It Happen’ is a global BMX project by rider Greg Illingworth, filmer Will Evans and photographer George Marshall. Over 14 months Greg travelled the globe with a hand picked group of the world’s best riders. They all shared one simple idea – explore, ride, document. Destinations: China, Argentina, South Africa Riders: Greg Illingworth, Gary Young, Tammy Mccarley, Brian Kachinsky, Ed Zunda, Josh Harrington, Kevin Kalkoff, Paul Ryan, Ben Hennon, Matt Priest, Matthias Dandois and Maxime Charveron. The Make It Happen book and video are the culmination of their travels. Book by George Marshall Film by Will Evans Project management by Greg Illingworth Logo design by Rob Loeber Make It Happen is supported by: Vans, Mongoose, Monster Energy, Snafu, The Albion and Fox.”

Also, don’t forget to see the Make it Happen booklet online for free.

Aug 27, 2014 No comments yet
Bell’s New Super 2R Mountain Helmet
Super2_Infrared_3 copy

I’ve yet to venture into the world of full-face protection, but the new Bell Super 2R helmet would be the one I’d pick up when the time calls. Why? As illustrated above, this helmet is more versatile than any other helmet, ATMO.

While climbing, you can remove the chinbar with one simple snap. Simply strap it to your pack, then when it’s time to descend, you can put it back on. Or if you’re traveling and will be hitting trails that don’t require as much protection, simply leave the chinbar at home that day.

Personally, I’m most stoked on the “coffee shop lock” possibilities…

Available in MIPS and non-MIPS, as well as a whole spectrum of colors. See more at Bell.

Aug 27, 2014 No comments yet
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Japanese Steel: A New Beginning
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I always enjoy seeing articles and photos like this, and I’m sure you feel the same. Kinoko Cycles visited the Tokyo School of Cycle Design and the article looks great:

“During my last trip to Japan I was invited by Shin Ichi Konno of Cherubim Cycles to visit the Tokyo School of Cycle Design where he teaches twice weekly. You would assume with something as common as a bicycle, a object which exists in every village and town across the globe and requires very specific skills to design and manufacture, that colleges teaching cycle design would be common. But this is not the case.”

Continue reading at Kinoko’s blog and see more at the Kinoko Flickr.

Aug 27, 2014 No comments yet
Giro Announces Partnership with Multidirectional Impact Protection System – MIPS Technology
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This is a game-changer for sure. MIPS’ slip plane technology is backed by science and is changing the helmet market. Giro noted this early on and began working with MIPS on new helmets for late fall 2014…

“Giro Sport Design has announced a new partnership with MIPS Technologies. After years of collaboration researching and validating new technologies to further reduce impact energy, Giro will introduce new helmets in three key categories (Road, Mountain and Urban) that employ Multidirectional Impact Protection System (MIPS) slip plane technology. The Sutton MIPS, Feature MIPS, Feather MIPS, Savant MIPS and Sonnet MIPS will be available worldwide in late fall 2014.”

Check out the full press release, including pricing and model breakdown below.


“Giro has long been an industry leader of helmet safety research, design, and testing,” said Giro Executive Vice President Greg Shapleigh. “For several years we have collaborated with MIPS to validate and explore ways to further reduce rotational impact energy. We feel that this slip-plane technology can offer reduced rotational impact energy transmission in certain impacts. That’s why we’re pleased to introduce MIPS-equipped versions of helmets for the urban, mountain bike, and road markets.”

“With their extensive experience and depth of resources, Giro brings a unique understanding of our technology,” said MIPS founder and CEO Johan Thiel. “MIPS grew directly out of research and the possibility of partnering with a manufacturer that uses active research to drive their helmet design is a great opportunity.”

All Giro helmets are designed to reduce as much energy as possible while meeting and exceeding stringent safety standards. The goal of Giro’s MIPS-equipped helmets is to further reduce rotational forces. There are three main components to a MIPS-equipped helmet: the EPS liner, the Low Friction Liner and an elastomeric attachment system between them. In an impact, the elastomeric attachment system stretches to allow the EPS liner to rotate independently around the rider’s head. Although the system only moves a few millimeters, Giro believes that helmets equipped with this technology can reduce the amount of rotational force that may be transferred to rider’s brain in certain impacts.

Giro has selected five new models to debut MIPS:


Giro Sutton

Sutton MIPS MSRP $100/€100 The Sutton™ is a low-profile design loaded with clever features like a detachable/integrated light clip, a soft leather visor, and reinforced vents that double as Lock Ports to help urban riders and commuters get more out of their ride.


Giro Feature


Giro Feather

Feature/ Feather MIPS MSRP $95/€95 The Feature™ delivers a low-profile shape with more coverage than traditional XC helmets, plus channeled vents that radiate heat up and out when you’re climbing at lower speeds. A single-piece In-Mold shell enhances durability, yet keeps weight to a minimum, and our rugged In-Form fit system offers one-handed fit and stability adjustment. The Feather™ offers delivers the same functionality as part of our Women’s Series Collection.


Giro Savant


Giro Sonnet

Savant/ Sonnet MIPS MSRP $110/€110 The Savant™ offers a slim design that combines impressive ventilation from 25 Wind Tunnel™ vents. This helmet benefits from the secure feel and convenience of the adjustable Roc Loc® 5 fit and stability system, and the lightweight and durability of In-Mold™ construction. The Sonnet™ offers delivers the same functionality as part of our Women’s Series Collection.

Giro helmets featuring MIPS will be available worldwide in late Fall 2014.

Aug 26, 2014 13 comments
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