On the Versatility of Cyclocross Bikes

Enduro monster and all around cycling demigod Yoann Barelli once again proves the extreme versatility of the venerable cyclocross bike. Now we all know that these rigs are great for hill repeats, amazing at shoulder carriers, and pretty good at riding on a grass. But did you also know that they can clear 15 foot doubles and easily set-up a Finnish Flick for a hot little corner while still delivering you to your all important coffee shop? Well they can, and for the hard proof you need check the video.

Jan 27, 2016 9 comments
Firefly for Jan Heine?
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Ever wonder what a man like Jan Heine would want in a custom titanium bike? Well, this is merely speculation, but Firefly just posted a photoset of a ti bike with those 26″ Rat Trap Pass Compass tires and a titanium Tubus rack, labeled Jan Heine. So, speculate all you want, but I’m guessing this one will be in a forthcoming issue of Bicycle Quarterly. See more of this insane bike at the Firefly Flickr.

Jan 27, 2016 27 comments
Cadence Collection: Establish Gloves
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I’m the kind of rider that wears full finger gloves year-round. In dirt at least. So I’m always keen on seeing what companies put out in terms of a lightweight, smartphone-friendly, minimal glove. Cadence has always made solid options and the Establish gloves are the newest to their catalog. The best part is the price: $46. Head to Cadence for more information.

Jan 27, 2016 2 comments
Tyler Frasca Shreds in Santa Cruz

Kitsbow brings the super chill, super send-it vibes with Tyler Frasca in Santa Cruz, California. I’d say this video captures the riding there quite well!

Jan 26, 2016 1 comment
Blackburn’s New Expandable Outpost Frame Bag
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The detail-minded readers of the site might have picked up on this bag last year in my initial review of the Niner RLT9 steel ‘cross bike. The photoset featured the newly designed expandable Outpost frame bag from Blackburn. Now, there are tons of options for bikepacking frame bags out there, but the Outpost had a few details that caught my attention. For one, there’s a water bladder port, an easy to set up divider insert, straps to secure the bag to your frame and a drop-down expansion flap for when you need every square inch. Now, a production frame bag won’t fit your bike as well as a custom one, but the Outpost has enough straps to at least secure it. See more details at Blackburn!

Jan 26, 2016 3 comments
AARN Black and White Camo #144/49 Track Chainrings in Stock
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Over the next few weeks, AARN will be producing a number of chainrings in both limited batches and new designs. This particular batch of black and white camo anodizing came a bit early, after a wholesale customer backed out on an order. Their loss, your gain. Swoop one up now at AARN.

Jan 26, 2016 1 comment
Brooks Metropolitan Collection
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As a brand, Brooks has really grown from just making saddles by hand in England. While they continue their British handmade saddle heritage, they’ve also introduced a number of handy bags, for both on and off the bike use. Their latest additions being the Mott Weekender duffel and the Rivington Rucksack. As a part of Brooks’ new Metropolitan collection, these two bags are handmade in Italy and as expected, carry a stout pricetag. Stout, but well worth it in my opinon anyway. See more at Brooks England.

Jan 26, 2016 No comments yet
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Tyler Frasca Shreds in Santa Cruz

Kitsbow brings the super chill, super send-it vibes with Tyler Frasca in Santa Cruz, California. I’d say this video captures the riding there quite well!

Jan 26, 2016 1 comment
Blackburn’s New Expandable Outpost Frame Bag
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The detail-minded readers of the site might have picked up on this bag last year in my initial review of the Niner RLT9 steel ‘cross bike. The photoset featured the newly designed expandable Outpost frame bag from Blackburn. Now, there are tons of options for bikepacking frame bags out there, but the Outpost had a few details that caught my attention. For one, there’s a water bladder port, an easy to set up divider insert, straps to secure the bag to your frame and a drop-down expansion flap for when you need every square inch. Now, a production frame bag won’t fit your bike as well as a custom one, but the Outpost has enough straps to at least secure it. See more details at Blackburn!

Jan 26, 2016 3 comments
AARN Black and White Camo #144/49 Track Chainrings in Stock
AARN49y_Camo

Over the next few weeks, AARN will be producing a number of chainrings in both limited batches and new designs. This particular batch of black and white camo anodizing came a bit early, after a wholesale customer backed out on an order. Their loss, your gain. Swoop one up now at AARN.

Jan 26, 2016 1 comment
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Brooks Metropolitan Collection
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As a brand, Brooks has really grown from just making saddles by hand in England. While they continue their British handmade saddle heritage, they’ve also introduced a number of handy bags, for both on and off the bike use. Their latest additions being the Mott Weekender duffel and the Rivington Rucksack. As a part of Brooks’ new Metropolitan collection, these two bags are handmade in Italy and as expected, carry a stout pricetag. Stout, but well worth it in my opinon anyway. See more at Brooks England.

Jan 26, 2016 No comments yet
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Take Flight with Velocity’s Quill Road Rim

Road rim innovations come peacemeal for companies like Velocity. It’s a process of building technology up off of previous accomplishments. For their newest rim profile, they took their Aileron disc rim, combined it with their successful A23 road rim and developed the Quill. This rim is lighter, stiffer, and wider, coming in at 24.5mm external and 21.1mm internal widths. Available in various drillings, in black and polished finishes.

See more at Velocity.

Jan 25, 2016 3 comments
Mission Workshop: the Sector Merino Crew Neck
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A few good merino crew necks are staples in anyone’s wardrobe. I’ve been wearing a sample of this shirt for about three years. It’s become a favorite shirt for riding, traveling and day to day wear.

The Sector is Mission Workshop’s 18.9 micron 190g/sm Australian Merino Wool crew neck and to give it an extra strong resilience, they spun nylon into the weave. Made in San Francisco and in stock now at Mission Workshop.

Jan 25, 2016 No comments yet
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Upside Down

I can’t think of a better video to represent how we all feel on Monday mornings… This one in particular features the Bombtrack Hook 1, which is made from Japanese SANKO steel.

Jan 25, 2016 2 comments
Snow Way!
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Photo by Donal Rey

As soon as I was back from Patagonia, I began catching up on social media, where it was brought to my attention that the NorthEast finally welcomed in winter last week.

I hope all of you are making the best of it and are making some great photos like this one…

Jan 24, 2016 6 comments
Podia Visits Campagnolo

Not many companies can still say they produce their road components domestically. In fact, Campagnolo is the only one I can think of that makes an entire gruppo! Also, a small side note: I went to highschool with Josh Riddle, Campy’s head of PR.

Jan 24, 2016 2 comments
… And We’re Back
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Well, sort of.

First, I’d like to apologize for the lack of updates this week. I was told we’d have wifi each night and I’d be able to update the site (or at least be able to login to the backend and schedule posts that were drafted.) Turns out, like everything in the backcountry of Patagonia, nothing is for certain.

The good news is, once the Santa Cruz embargo is lifted, I’ll have some really insane photos to share from our 4-day excursion into the wilderness of Chile during the Rally Aysen Patagonia.

For now, here’s a photo of Cedric Gracia doing his thing, which as we learned was to keep us entertained and my trigger finger active.

Thanks for being understanding! I’ll begin posting once I’m done traveling back from Chile.

Jan 23, 2016 9 comments
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