Bike Jerks 10th Anniversary Kits
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Photos by Marty Wood

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Bike Jerks have just launched a kit pre-order. There’s a lot of great information up on the Bike Jerks blog, so head over to check it out. If you’d like to pre-order, you can do so at Podiumwear. Production will take 4-weeks.

Aug 18, 2015 5 comments
The New Guys: City + County Bicycle Co
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Retail ain’t easy. Especially in the bike industry and it’s not like San Francisco doesn’t already have a large number of bicycle shops already, so if you’re going to start up something new, you better take a unique approach.

City + County Bicycle Co is a new shop in SF. Well, new to me! I’ve known the owner, Jon for a few years and first met him at Box Dog Bikes years back. The shop is located off Clement Avenue, right en route to GGP via the Presidio. If you know the area, you’ll note that it’s intravenous in the vein that is the route to the Golden Gate Bridge. i.e. one of the main access points to the Marin Headlands.

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Aug 17, 2015 4 comments
Later, SF!
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San Francisco, you’re always so much fun. Thanks to everyone who made this trip particularly exceptional. Now it’s time to head down the coast to Los Angeles but there’s much more to come from my stay here, so stay tuned!

Aug 16, 2015 3 comments
Q&A With Chris Chance at Mission Workshop TONIGHT!
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Tonight at Mission Workshop in SF, I’ll be moderating a discussion with Chris Chance of Fat Chance Bicycles. Here’s the scoop:

“Chris Chance is bringing back Fat Chance Bicycles. Making a killer bike back in the day wasn’t easy and bringing it back to life 15 years after closing down shop can’t be either. Chris will be speaking at Mission Workshop San Francisco Saturday August 15th. John Watson will be leading the questions, but attendees are welcome to ask Chris what’s on their mind. The talk will be live streamed on TheRadavist.com so you can follow along from your garage, but if you’re local, email [email protected] to grab a seat. Beers start at 5pm, doors close at 6:30pm. Talk starts at 7pm.”

We hope to see you there!

Aug 15, 2015 3 comments
Giro Launches the Montaro™ MIPS Helmet

Need a new trail or bikepacking helmet? Check out the new Giro Montaro™ MIPS. With looks to kill and great details, these helmets will be hitting dealers in October for a retail of $150, something we can all afford. Check out more information at Giro and see the product details at their web shop.

Aug 14, 2015 No comments yet
Icarus Frames: Commuterando for Blue Lug
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For frame builders, randonneuring, or commuter frames can present a bit of a headache with all of the braze-ons and clearance concerns. It certainly takes a bit of planning, fittings and patience. Ian Sutton at Icarus Frames recently published one such project on his blog.

This “commuterando” frame features unique bottom bracket cable routing, a custom stem with internal brake hanger and a bell mount. The classic proportions, round tubing and 650b 38mm tires make it comfortable for bumping around the city or cruising down a dirt path.

Kudos to Ben Falcon for the paint and a cross-Pacific high five goes to the crew at Blue Lug Tokyo for the build. See more detailed photos at the Icarus blog.

Aug 13, 2015 5 comments
Breadwinner Cycles: B-Road for a Seattle Commute
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The team at Breadwinner recently built up a B-Road for a customer in Seattle with a decent commute to work. He wanted a commuter bike that was light and capable but also has all the right touches for a custom bike and would make his 15-20 mile trip each day enjoyable. Full Sram CX1 disc with Sugar Wheelworks built Enve rims and topped off with the new Silca Impero frame pump in custom paint to match the frame. Topped off with internally wired generator lights on the front and rear and a Tubus rear rack to help lighten the load.

Check out more photos at the Breadwinner Flickr.

Aug 12, 2015 18 comments
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Q&A With Chris Chance at Mission Workshop TONIGHT!
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Tonight at Mission Workshop in SF, I’ll be moderating a discussion with Chris Chance of Fat Chance Bicycles. Here’s the scoop:

“Chris Chance is bringing back Fat Chance Bicycles. Making a killer bike back in the day wasn’t easy and bringing it back to life 15 years after closing down shop can’t be either. Chris will be speaking at Mission Workshop San Francisco Saturday August 15th. John Watson will be leading the questions, but attendees are welcome to ask Chris what’s on their mind. The talk will be live streamed on TheRadavist.com so you can follow along from your garage, but if you’re local, email [email protected] to grab a seat. Beers start at 5pm, doors close at 6:30pm. Talk starts at 7pm.”

We hope to see you there!

Aug 15, 2015 3 comments
Giro Launches the Montaro™ MIPS Helmet

Need a new trail or bikepacking helmet? Check out the new Giro Montaro™ MIPS. With looks to kill and great details, these helmets will be hitting dealers in October for a retail of $150, something we can all afford. Check out more information at Giro and see the product details at their web shop.

Aug 14, 2015 No comments yet
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Icarus Frames: Commuterando for Blue Lug
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For frame builders, randonneuring, or commuter frames can present a bit of a headache with all of the braze-ons and clearance concerns. It certainly takes a bit of planning, fittings and patience. Ian Sutton at Icarus Frames recently published one such project on his blog.

This “commuterando” frame features unique bottom bracket cable routing, a custom stem with internal brake hanger and a bell mount. The classic proportions, round tubing and 650b 38mm tires make it comfortable for bumping around the city or cruising down a dirt path.

Kudos to Ben Falcon for the paint and a cross-Pacific high five goes to the crew at Blue Lug Tokyo for the build. See more detailed photos at the Icarus blog.

Aug 13, 2015 5 comments
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Breadwinner Cycles: B-Road for a Seattle Commute
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The team at Breadwinner recently built up a B-Road for a customer in Seattle with a decent commute to work. He wanted a commuter bike that was light and capable but also has all the right touches for a custom bike and would make his 15-20 mile trip each day enjoyable. Full Sram CX1 disc with Sugar Wheelworks built Enve rims and topped off with the new Silca Impero frame pump in custom paint to match the frame. Topped off with internally wired generator lights on the front and rear and a Tubus rear rack to help lighten the load.

Check out more photos at the Breadwinner Flickr.

Aug 12, 2015 18 comments
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Tracko and AARN Limited Edition Camo Track Rings
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Tracko teamed up with AARN on a run of limited edition track rings:

“These are my first 7075 aluminum rings that people have been able to purchase from AARN, previously they were 6061 aluminum. The four color Rust-Oleum Camo Kit was the inspiration for these four color, hand anodized(not painted) Track Chainrings. All chainrings come in custom letterpress printed AARN x Tracko envelope, printed by Repeat Press in Somerville, MA.”

Pick one up at Tracko now because they’re going to disappear… see what I did there?

Aug 11, 2015 18 comments
SILCA HX-One Home and Travel Hex Kit
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Having essential tools you need in one easy to access and transport location is a must. Silca takes their precision line to another level with these German and Swiss precision hex heads, with a twist. Along with the standard hex wrenches, is the proprietary made in the USA SILCA 17-4 Stainless Magnetic Adapter. The Adapter with a pleasant magnetic click turns the 6mm Hex Key into a ¼” socket drive which can fit any common ¼” driver Bit. Also in the HX-One Kit are are the 6 most common Torx sizes, 2 Phillips Head and 2 Flat head Drivers.

All tools fit in a laser-etched Beech wood case. In stock from Silca for $125 on September 1st. Head over for more information.

Aug 11, 2015 8 comments
Ash at Track Nationals with Affinity
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Photos by Kyle Kelley

Last weekend was Track Nationals in Los Angeles. Affinity Cycles’ racer Ash Duban was competing in the event at the VELO Sports Center and Kyle from Tracko was on hand to photograph her. There’s a great photo gallery up at Affinity Cycles, with a lot of behind the scenes shots, so go check it out.

Aug 11, 2015 No comments yet
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