Kinoko Cycles is Closing their Brick and Mortar Shop
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... and focusing solely on their online store. I'm bummed to read this because I thought Kinoko was one of the nicest shops I've been to and the team at Kinoko are so rad.

At any rate, read on below and I wish the guys the absolute best!

From Kinoko:

"With a heavy heart we have made the tough decision to close our Golden Square Shop. The date of the closure will be August 29. The business has seen a lot of changes over the last few years and unfortunately the move to a much larger space added complications we felt we just couldn't overcome. We would like to thank everyone who visited our shop and all the customers who put their trust in us to build their dream bikes. We've had an amazing time at Golden Square and are very proud of everything we achieved.

Moving forward we will be putting all our efforts into our web site. We will continue to seek out brands, we will continue to work on features, photography and work on projects with talented designers. This will always be a part of what we do.

We've had a lot of questions recently about our range plan moving forward. Next season there will definitely be a emphasis on building our performance and casual clothing range but we will still continue to stock hard to find frames and components. We will be discontinuing our complete bike range.

Next season to name a few we will be seeing big new drops from Tokyo Fixed, Mission Workshop and Search & State. We will be welcoming back old friends such as Nari Furi and the Japanese line of Wild Things. And we will be greeting lots of new brands such as Attaqeur and Kletterworks. Please stay with us!

With the closing down of a shop comes discounts. Our sale will be massive. The majority of our sale will be in store only. The sale will be starting next week. More to come on this.

We are aiming to get all custom builds out of the store before we close. For the few projects which will not be complete be Aug 29 we will happily transfer the build onto a bike shop of your choosing."

After shop closure all Kinoko Vouchers will be honoured online only.

Jul 17, 2014 3 comments
Distance Over Time

I’m stoked to see this as a Vimeo pick!

“Distance Over Time follows the truly inspirational story of James Golding, a man who has beaten incredible odds to achieve extraordinary things. From weighing 6 stone and being too weak to walk 5 years ago to taking on one of the most savage cycling records ever undertaken, Spindle Productions followed James’ remarkable journey.”

Jul 17, 2014 2 comments
A Look at the Specialized Diverge All-Road Disc Brake Gravel Bike
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Photos by Andy Bokanev

The world of “gravel grinding” and “adventure” bikes has expanded exponentially over the past few months. While Specialized is no stranger to dirt, the new Diverge all-road disc bike takes cues from their MTB line and adds them to a new drop-bar bike called the Diverge…

Andy Bokanev shot the latest Hunt series for Deux North and in the massive folder of images I received, there were some detail photos of this new “gravel” bike.

The Diverge appears to have extensive dampening systems designed into the frame and a new shock-absorbing seat post.

Internal routing, tapered fork, through-axles and yes, Shimano’s hydraulic disc brakes.

If you’re looking for a weapon to tackle dirt rides, the Diverge is bringing some heavy artillery…

This does beckon the question though: how long before a full-suspension cross bike hits the market? Or, when will roadies just buy a mountain bike? Maybe with bikes like this evolving, they won’t need to…

Jul 17, 2014 23 comments
The FYXO Allez Oop Kit and Air Jordan Shoe Covers
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I’m a North Carolina boy, raised in Michael Jordan’s hometown and I even attended his grade and high school. I don’t think anyone will debate that Jordan is the most iconic basketball player to date and his career has influenced people for generations. Not to mention, his style. The AIR Jordan V’s are iconic, as is the original Bulls kit, both of which have inspired the latest “Allez Oop” kit from FYXO.

Head over to FYXO to see the AIR Fyxo Shoe Covers and Allez Oop kit.

Jul 16, 2014 6 comments
The Tour de France Opts for Corndoggin’

Look, racing is fun, both as a spectator and a competitor, but sometimes, even the most PRO cyclists in the world have to give way for a little bit of ‘corndoggin’.

This just sounds like every ride I’ve ever been on. Now if we can just convince people to put more mountain pedals on their road bikes.

Jul 16, 2014 2 comments
The 2014 Blackburn Ranger “Out There” Program

This just in from the new Blackburn Rangers Program. I spent a weekend with these fine folks in Prescott, Arizona at the Whiskey Off-Road and they’re such a solid group of riders.

Check out the full press-release below.

Blackburn, designer and developer of innovative cycling products and accessories, announced today the induction of four new adventure cyclists into the 2014 Blackburn Ranger “Out There” program. Created in 2012 to embody the culture of adventure, the Blackburn Ranger program supports cyclists that the brand admires on their journeys along the Pacific Coast and the Great Divide.

To continue the legacy and spirit that Founder Jim Blackburn built in 1975, the Ranger program is created from a simple and effective people-and-product-first approach with everything it touches. This no-nonsense style provides in the field product development feedback that gets fast-tracked for future innovation and also places community first; which has always been a fundamental tenet of the brand.

According to Robin Sansom, Brand and Product Manager, “The Rangers are on the front line with our products on a daily basis for months. Their level of focused feedback is instrumental to our product innovation, validation and testing. We are approaching our third year of the Ranger program and our team is all so proud of the cyclists for stepping up to share their adventures.
Ultimately, the program encourages everyone to ‘get out there.’

Blackburn sent out a smoke signal to cyclists asking for participation into the Ranger program from January– March 2014. There was an overwhelming response as hundreds of applicants created videos and wrote essays explaining why they wanted to embark on the adventure and become a Blackburn Ranger. The end result was the Blackburn team choosing four new Rangers that they felt symbolized the sprit of the brand and would carry the torch of the proceeding Rangers.

To follow the Blackburn Ranger adventures go to Blackburn Design.”

Jul 15, 2014 No comments yet
Mash: Boreas Gear Bags
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Mash has teamed up with SF-local portage company Boreas on two models of backpacks, the Day Pack and the Race Pack. I’ve seen Boreas gear in person and it’s a solid option for those looking for more technical backpacks.

Jul 15, 2014 1 comment
Deux North Hunt 4 Video

Here’s the full length to Deux North’s latest Hunt video:

“Riding up the coast of California from Santa Cruz, Deux North’s 8 riders test a new bike built for every kind of road. After 2 days and 200 miles, the group meets the story’s narrator, El Chapulin (The Grasshopper) to listen to his story, tell their own, and compete in an event that he created over 15 years ago. On the final day. the 100-mile Grasshopper Adventure Series race serves as the finish line for Deux North’s Hunt 4. #SeekandDiverge”

Don’t miss Andy Bokanev’s photos from this fun looking ride.

Jul 15, 2014 1 comment
Fresno and San Francisco Bicycle Mail Route Patches
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This is so awesome:

“1894 found the United States in a deep depression. Unemployment was rampant, businesses were collapsing and crop value was dissolving back into earth.

Summer wage cuts at the Pullman rail car plant in Chicago, IL ignited the infamous Pullman Strike. Its battles and sympathizers echoed out across the plains, drawing in Eugene Debs, President Grover Cleveland, and the US Military, eventually reaching California and crippling rail service. No trains meant among other things, no mail.

In response, in July of 1894 a bicycle mail route was organized from Victor Cyclery in Fresno, CA north to the Overman Wheel Co. of San Francisco, CA. Totaling 210 miles, divided into 8 relays, and occupying 18 hours the route offered to carry a letter via bicycle from one end to the other for $0.25. “The only delay was an occasional punctured tire.”

We have created a commemorative patch, a replica of the original stamp present on each letter carried. We retained the misspelling of “San Fransisco” for authenticity.”

If you’re into random California history, pick up one of these replica patches.

Jul 15, 2014 No comments yet
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The FYXO Allez Oop Kit and Air Jordan Shoe Covers
Overshoes

I’m a North Carolina boy, raised in Michael Jordan’s hometown and I even attended his grade and high school. I don’t think anyone will debate that Jordan is the most iconic basketball player to date and his career has influenced people for generations. Not to mention, his style. The AIR Jordan V’s are iconic, as is the original Bulls kit, both of which have inspired the latest “Allez Oop” kit from FYXO.

Head over to FYXO to see the AIR Fyxo Shoe Covers and Allez Oop kit.

Jul 16, 2014 6 comments
The Tour de France Opts for Corndoggin’

Look, racing is fun, both as a spectator and a competitor, but sometimes, even the most PRO cyclists in the world have to give way for a little bit of ‘corndoggin’.

This just sounds like every ride I’ve ever been on. Now if we can just convince people to put more mountain pedals on their road bikes.

Jul 16, 2014 2 comments
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The 2014 Blackburn Ranger “Out There” Program

This just in from the new Blackburn Rangers Program. I spent a weekend with these fine folks in Prescott, Arizona at the Whiskey Off-Road and they’re such a solid group of riders.

Check out the full press-release below.

Blackburn, designer and developer of innovative cycling products and accessories, announced today the induction of four new adventure cyclists into the 2014 Blackburn Ranger “Out There” program. Created in 2012 to embody the culture of adventure, the Blackburn Ranger program supports cyclists that the brand admires on their journeys along the Pacific Coast and the Great Divide.

To continue the legacy and spirit that Founder Jim Blackburn built in 1975, the Ranger program is created from a simple and effective people-and-product-first approach with everything it touches. This no-nonsense style provides in the field product development feedback that gets fast-tracked for future innovation and also places community first; which has always been a fundamental tenet of the brand.

According to Robin Sansom, Brand and Product Manager, “The Rangers are on the front line with our products on a daily basis for months. Their level of focused feedback is instrumental to our product innovation, validation and testing. We are approaching our third year of the Ranger program and our team is all so proud of the cyclists for stepping up to share their adventures.
Ultimately, the program encourages everyone to ‘get out there.’

Blackburn sent out a smoke signal to cyclists asking for participation into the Ranger program from January– March 2014. There was an overwhelming response as hundreds of applicants created videos and wrote essays explaining why they wanted to embark on the adventure and become a Blackburn Ranger. The end result was the Blackburn team choosing four new Rangers that they felt symbolized the sprit of the brand and would carry the torch of the proceeding Rangers.

To follow the Blackburn Ranger adventures go to Blackburn Design.”

Jul 15, 2014 No comments yet
Mash: Boreas Gear Bags
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Mash has teamed up with SF-local portage company Boreas on two models of backpacks, the Day Pack and the Race Pack. I’ve seen Boreas gear in person and it’s a solid option for those looking for more technical backpacks.

Jul 15, 2014 1 comment
Deux North Hunt 4 Video

Here’s the full length to Deux North’s latest Hunt video:

“Riding up the coast of California from Santa Cruz, Deux North’s 8 riders test a new bike built for every kind of road. After 2 days and 200 miles, the group meets the story’s narrator, El Chapulin (The Grasshopper) to listen to his story, tell their own, and compete in an event that he created over 15 years ago. On the final day. the 100-mile Grasshopper Adventure Series race serves as the finish line for Deux North’s Hunt 4. #SeekandDiverge”

Don’t miss Andy Bokanev’s photos from this fun looking ride.

Jul 15, 2014 1 comment
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Fresno and San Francisco Bicycle Mail Route Patches
SFBikedeliver

This is so awesome:

“1894 found the United States in a deep depression. Unemployment was rampant, businesses were collapsing and crop value was dissolving back into earth.

Summer wage cuts at the Pullman rail car plant in Chicago, IL ignited the infamous Pullman Strike. Its battles and sympathizers echoed out across the plains, drawing in Eugene Debs, President Grover Cleveland, and the US Military, eventually reaching California and crippling rail service. No trains meant among other things, no mail.

In response, in July of 1894 a bicycle mail route was organized from Victor Cyclery in Fresno, CA north to the Overman Wheel Co. of San Francisco, CA. Totaling 210 miles, divided into 8 relays, and occupying 18 hours the route offered to carry a letter via bicycle from one end to the other for $0.25. “The only delay was an occasional punctured tire.”

We have created a commemorative patch, a replica of the original stamp present on each letter carried. We retained the misspelling of “San Fransisco” for authenticity.”

If you’re into random California history, pick up one of these replica patches.

Jul 15, 2014 No comments yet
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Merckx Mondays
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This is, without a doubt, the best Eddy Merckx Professional restoration I’ve ever seen. Andy really took this job above and beyond, both in final build and historical documentation. Head over to FYXO for this insane Professional photoset!

For reference, see the catalog photo below.

Jul 14, 2014 3 comments
Strawfoot: Summer Weight Wool Sock Restock
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Summer weight wool is pretty much the best thing you can put on your feet during the hot months. They dry super fast, are durable and you can wear them multiple days without having to wash due to excessive stank…

These Strawfoot socks are all that and they look great. Highly recommended.

Jul 14, 2014 No comments yet
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Traveling Tip: Dry Your Kit in a Hotel Towel
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I spend a lot of time on the road, with my bike and over the past few months, I’ve dialed in just how many kits I need in that time. Say, for instance, I’m going to Santa Cruz for four days. I’ll bring one kit and never have to wear it dirty because of this one trick I’ve learned over the years of life on the road.

Check out the details below!


The trick is, take a dry, clean hotel towel and fold it length-wise, so it’s about 12″ wide. Lay your bibs out on the towel.

Then roll the towel up.

Until it’s in a nice little burrito roll.

… stand on it for around a minute, moving back and forth across the roll. When you take your bibs out, they’ll be almost dry, depending on the fabric. Merino-based bibs will be bone dry, tech bibs will take about 20 minutes to air dry.

Repeat for jerseys, arm warmers, jackets, vests, socks.

This trick has saved me from many stinky bib rides and I thought I’d save you from the same!

Jul 14, 2014 19 comments
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