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
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
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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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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Mike Giant for Cinelli

Mike Giant was commissioned by Cinelli to design a limited run of RAM bars a few years back. Cinelli has a longstanding appreciation for artists like Giant, so it was only natural that Winged Store would meet up with Mike at his home in Boulder to talk about this collaboration.

Jan 15, 2015 2 comments
Do You Have Your Death Before Discs T-Shirt?
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Tired of the industry always switching technology up on you? Sick of hearing those squealing disc brakes on the cross course behind you? Or hearing people talk about how “cantis suck?” Don’t like the added weight? Or having to bleed them? Or maybe you just don’t need ‘em. “Cross bikes look so great with cantis!” What’s next? Dropper posts? Suspension? Full face helmets? Baggies? Where does it end? Downhill crossie races? Is it just too much? Why don’t the Europeans use them? Don’t fondo my crossie, bro!

Whatever the reason, I couldn’t help but be stoked on these new Death Before Discs shirts, even if, yeah, disc brakes aren’t so bad. Scoop up a shirt or a sticker pack at Death Before Discs and remember guys, it’s all in good fun…

Jan 14, 2015 14 comments
Baum Cycles: 2015 Rapha Tour Down Under Corretto Road
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For the 2015 Tour Down Under, Baum Cycles cooked up something delicious for Rapha Australia. A titanium Corretto road with Campagnolo Super Record 11 and Lightweight wheels. Along with the signature Rapha color bands, the head badge has a unique inlay. The complete bike is sophisticated, yet sporty with one of the cleanest profiles I’ve seen from this pairing over the years. Personally, this is one of my favorite Baum and Rapha collaborations.

See more below.

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Jan 14, 2015 7 comments
Wetness at Warp Speed

Winter in coastal BC looks incredible. Curtis Robinson hits warp speed with arguably the best soundtrack to any ride: tires on dirt.

Jan 14, 2015 6 comments
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