The Sound and the Schralping

We have seen Jared Graves on a bike before, we have seen Canada before, we have heard electro/dub/pop before, and not that any of those things are wrong. I am happy as a clam to watch Mr. Graves absolutely tear apart any trail, but what this video does differently  is the way it deals with its the sound design.

The muffled percussion and submerged staccato of Jared and his bike as he rips down the trail evoke the sensation of riding in a way that I haven’t heard expressed in other videos. Sound designer Keith White has accurately captured the sound of riding, the high tinny clanking goes away, much as it does when riding, as if those sharp sounds those peaks without substance just can’t reach our ears.

What Keith has expressed here is the onomatopoeia of riding, the thwacks, blahps, schralps, fufks, etc that flood our ears while we fly down a trail, the noises that wholly invade our audio system, a compliment to our senses, a full expression of action. Have a look, watch the fun, and pay attention to the sound of shredding.

Oct 23, 2014 7 comments
Rubber Side Up 08
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This Rubber Side Up is brought to you by Dylan and my friends at the Great Escape. I miss Diablo, camping and Erik aka Hellhommus. I can’t wait to get back on the road with that dude.

Oct 23, 2014 1 comment
Matteo’s Pearl Grey Stinner Road
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Photos by Matthew Miller

As a small frame building operation, you often enlist the aid of your friends, in similar sized, adjacent creative companies. Whether it’s a web developer, or in this case, a photographer, knowing the right people can really help get your work out there.

Case in point is Matteo and Aaron Stinner‘s relationship. Matteo shoots all of Stinner’s bikes, with the most recent being his own road. Built with Chris King, SRAM Red and a Thomson cockpit, Aaron and Matteo took the time to concoct the best mixture for paint.

This grey color powder has pearl and flake built in, resulting in a powder that looks like wet paint Something that is not easily captured in photos… yet Matteo did.

See more below!

Oct 23, 2014 4 comments
I Like the Look of the Clement X’Plor MSO
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Look, I don’t buy into the whole gravel grinding marketing behind bigger tires, but I do like a big, fat tire on a cross bike for trail shredability. So far I’ve ridden the Nano, the Knard and now, I’ve got my sights on the Clement X’Plor MSO, a tire that officially launched last year, but this is the first I’m seeing it.

See more at Clement, or at your local shop. Anyone ride these tires yet?

Oct 23, 2014 31 comments
SSCY Tack Sling Bag
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I’ve been using the normal SSCY Tack bag for a day pack during cross races and MTB rides where I have to drive to the trail. Its large size makes it easy to drop helmets, shoes and kits into the main compartment and the smaller pockets hold tools, snacks and other misc items.

What’s best about the Tack is it transforms from a tote to a backpack with just two clamps… I’ll elaborate more when I actually review mine. For now, let’s check out the new Tack Sling Bag.

All the versatility of the Tack, but now, in a sling form, allowing you to strap packages, boxes and yes, wheels to the pack. All of this, made in NYC.

See more at SSCY.

Oct 23, 2014 4 comments
Manual for Speed Unveils the Space Panda Look Book and Kit
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Remember the Manual for Speed “Reach for the Dream” #SurpriseMe kit order that went up a while back? Well, the kits showed up to MFSHQ in Portland and have been shipped out to everyone that ordered one. Look, I know it appears that MFS are on drugs, but I know for certain neither of the conspirators even drink, so that’s not a possibility…

Maybe someone’s spiking their sparkling waters? I have no idea, but whatever the reason, these Space Panda kits are out of this world.

See the entire lookbook at Manual for Speed and no, you can’t order this kit. You missed out on all the pandaemonium.

Oct 22, 2014 18 comments
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Manual for Speed Unveils the Space Panda Look Book and Kit
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Remember the Manual for Speed “Reach for the Dream” #SurpriseMe kit order that went up a while back? Well, the kits showed up to MFSHQ in Portland and have been shipped out to everyone that ordered one. Look, I know it appears that MFS are on drugs, but I know for certain neither of the conspirators even drink, so that’s not a possibility…

Maybe someone’s spiking their sparkling waters? I have no idea, but whatever the reason, these Space Panda kits are out of this world.

See the entire lookbook at Manual for Speed and no, you can’t order this kit. You missed out on all the pandaemonium.

Oct 22, 2014 18 comments
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Tenspeed Hero’s New Skinsuit
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Racing in a skinsuit is the best, except for all the exhalation photos that get posted on your Facebook. You know, the photo where it looks like you’ve got a giant beer gut? So, if you’re going to race in a skinsuit, why not at least race in one that looks good? Black is very slimming, don’t ya know.

Not guaranteed to bring about “thigh gap” in men and women, but at least guaranteed to look good.

In stock now, along with many other things at Tenspeed Hero.

Oct 22, 2014 2 comments
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Movado and Parlee’s Balleur Collaboration

If you don’t want to look at super, über high end collaborations, don’t even bother watching this video because Movado doesn’t dabble in affordable timepieces and Parlee is, in their own right, the equivalent in the cycling world. That said, both the bike and watch looks damn nice. Insane, but yeah, nice.

I do wish that they would have coated some of the components in PVD because that would make this a truly detail-oriented collaboration, rather than putting a sticker on a bike… I’ve always wanted to see what a PVD crankset would look like!

See more at Movado.

Oct 22, 2014 No comments yet
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Firefly Bicycles: Bones Numero Cinco
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I know the whole point of the Firefly Bones project is to offer a unique *steel* frame, made in Boston and hand illustrated by Eric Bones, but I can’t help but think these are the best looking collaboration bikes to come from a frame builder and I’d love to see them go into full-scale, mass production.

Each of these builds have unique details as well. What caught my eye here was that titanium stem and the proportions of those Dura Ace cranks. This bike looks mean.

See more details at the Firefly Flickr.

Oct 21, 2014 1 comment
Ride BMX’s Texas Toast Coverage

There was just too much going on this weekend in Austin for me to make it out to Texas Toast. Luckily for all of us though, Ride BMX was out with their video crew, capturing all the highlights. Here’s street finals…

Oct 21, 2014 No comments yet
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Morvélo Battle Royale

This looks good!

Morvélo Battle Royale is a unique take on bicycle speedway, using a natural concrete oval in an abandoned old market in central Brighton. Pitching all types of riders and bikes against each other in a series of fast and furious knockout heats. Enter your ‘”gang” as a team of three, pack the ‘Warriors’ style outfit, and make sure you’re not last over the line.

For more details and online entry head to Morvélo.

Saturday 6th December 2014 , Circus Street Old Market, Brighton, BN2 9QF

Oct 21, 2014 1 comment
The Radavist and Fairends Cotton Camp Hat
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I’ve known Ben from Fairends since the Freeman Transport days (R.I.P.) and I’ve always loved his made in the USA products. Camp hats are great. Also called twill caps, they’re a staple for any wardrobe. Personally, I prefer black caps, but in the summer, they get soaked in sweat, so I wanted to wait until fall to sell these.

These camp hats are the blackest ever black cotton, with a Jackal embroidered on the front, with grey inlay and the Radavist script text on the back. The construction is super solid and the embroidery is impeccable.

-100% Cotton Twill
– Unstructured cotton body
– One size fits all, adjustable with nylon webbing strap and plastic closure
– Made in the USA

$48 + Shipping ($5 domestic, $12 international) – each will come with stickers and a high five.

SORRY SOLD OUT!

SORRY SOLD OUT

Oct 21, 2014 11 comments
Café du Cycliste’s Fall and Winter Collection
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Fall is my favorite riding season, particularly because of the apparel offerings and layering options. There’s nothing like climbing for hours, stripping layers to descend in the brisk, chilly air wearing a favorite jacket.

With each year’s season change come new offerings from brands, one of which I’ve been really enjoying is Café du Cycliste. They just launched their fall / winter 2014 lookbook and it’s looking great.

See the 2014 Fall / Winter Lookbook at Café du Cycliste and their entire line at their web shop.

Also, see a few more photos below.

Oct 21, 2014 1 comment
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