Well Used: White Industries VBC Cranks
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Even I was a bit skeptical about the ability for my Geekhouse Woodville to throw from a 50t to a 32t consistently, using White Industries’ VBC cranks. But more importantly, I was interested in seeing how the crank arms and rings would hold up to daily use. Well, the front derailleur still throws just fine and they haven’t shown much wear at all. Go figure.

With around 10 months of heavy use, as you can see, they’re still kicking and show very little ‘tooth decay’. There’s very little crank arm rub as well. My Woodville is primarily my around-town, errand getter, bar bike and my go-to ‘big fuckin rides’ vehicle of choice. It’s been camping, tackled the MSOJ and blasted through tons of 1-track.

I have to admit, these are some of my favorite cranks I’ve ever owned.

After receiving emails from people, asking to see updates on the drivetrain, I shot a few yesterday. Check out more below.

… and I haven’t even had to touch the lock ring. For more details on the setup, check out the original post on my Woodville.

Apr 7, 2014 14 comments
POC + Ritte
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SoCal-based, bad boyz / bad girlz of cycling, Ritte have teamed up with POC, one of the most unique cycling helmet and apparel companies to form a whole line of collaborative products. Coming soon are POC + Ritte gloves, bibs, jersey and yes, a scarf. The whole collection looks great and I can’t wait to see photos of the team wearing this line.

See more at POC and check your local dealer for availability. This release is slated for mid-April.

Apr 7, 2014 No comments yet
Limited Edition Speedvagen Family Racing Figurines
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Speedvagen is so Portland and I don’t mean that in the Portlandia, ironic, hip sense. When I think of Portland brands – those of which who have made it to international credibility anyway – I think of people who obsess over the details. The Vanilla / Speedvagen family is one such brand.

Friday afternoon, I received a package from the great V. Inside was this meticulously-wrapped package, with coasters on the back and a little brown box with a twine bow. Inside, a hand-painted Speedvagen racer was tied to a padded backing.


The history of these figurines date back to the 1950′s in France from a small foundry where they were cast in batches. From there, they were each hand-painted by women who lived in the village. Popularity for these figurines spiked in the mid-1960′s when hundreds of thousands were sold in cycling’s holy lands: France, Italy and Belgium. Go figure.

As things tend to go, the small foundry had its ups and downs, until around the 1990′s, when the figures made a resurgence, once again capturing the eyes of cyclists. Now, two some twenty odd years later, they’re making another sprint to the forefront of companies, both large and small, including Speedvagen.

The Speedvagen Family Racing Figurines are at 1:32 scale. Each of the 50 produced figurines were hand painted, in-house by Jenn and Evan of The Vanilla Workshop.

Pick one up now at Speedvagen for $50.

Apr 6, 2014 No comments yet
The Ass Savers Brookshield is Lightweight and Easy
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I hate fenders and as a Texan, that is ok. The rainy days to sunny days ratio is skewed. We’re in an extreme drought, so why would I put fenders on my Geekhouse Frontage Road Tourer? Pffft….

That said, I hate getting sprayed up the ‘crack with dirty water from the road when we do get a moist morning. Which is why I love the Ass Savers Brookshield.

See more below!

These simple mudguards are meant to protect you and your derrière, not your riding mates’ faces and not your bottles, legs or feet.

This thin, yet rigid piece of plastic clips onto your Brooks saddle rails.

… and catches any upspray.

If rain is in the forecast, I just drop it in my backpack, bar bag, pannier or conveniently just store it under your saddle. They’re inexpensive, light and best of all, not full fenders. If you don’t ride a Brooks, Ass Savers are also available in the Original, which fits just about every saddle rail.

Apr 6, 2014 10 comments
YNOT: The Becket Backpack

This just in from Toronto’s YNOT:

“Handmade in Toronto & guaranteed for life, this deceptively versatile pack morphs in shape, function and style.

Its multifaceted closure options allows your gear to be carried securely inside and out. A floating liner and multiple roll top options keep your contents dry, while the external integrated holster lets you quickly get at your u-lock without opening your bag. Worried about the hot summer ahead? Never fear because the nylon & air-knit back pad provides added structure, sweat resistance and breathability.

You can also add an easily removable Becket Pocket Lid to expand your carrying capacity & personalize the look of your bag. Like all our packs, The Becket is Swoop System compatible for Laptop Sleeves and other swoop accessories coming soon! ”

See more at YNOT!

Apr 5, 2014 No comments yet
The Festka Hunter 29r with Gates Carbon Belt Drive
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I love what Festka is doing. They have been cranking out some gorgeous bikes with incredible finishes over the past few months, the latest being the Festka Hunter 29′r hardtail. Gates carbon belt drive, a Rohloff hub and Columbus tubing. Not bad! Make sure you follow @Festka on Instagram for daily photos and see more of this Festka Hunter below!

Apr 4, 2014 6 comments
Pinkbike: Riding the English Lake District with Acre Supply
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Photos by Andy Waterman

Pinkbike has an exceptional story showcasing Lyle from Mission Workshop / Acre riding the English Lake District with photographer Andy Waterman. I’ve never had the chance to ride terrain like this and although it looks fun, there’s a price to pay for the beauty. Steep, slick, rocky climbs (hikes) and moody mother nature…

Head over to Pinkbike to check it out!

Apr 4, 2014 2 comments
An Ode to the EE Cycleworks Brakes
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I catch a lot of flack for saying things like “these are the best brakes” and “I’ll never ride another set of brakes again”. Rightfully so. What I’ve learned in the past is to say things like “these brakes impressed me, both in design and stopping power” and “modulation is king!”

Writing product reviews ain’t easy, especially when a company gives you their product to test out, which is not the case here. I bought these brakes because I believe in supporting the US-manufacturing economy.

EE Cycleworks is a small shop, that produces a handful of components, all of which are incredibly well-designed – from an aesthetics standing – and from what I can tell so far, are easy to service.

Check out more below!


When I bought these brakes, they were a cinch to setup. I’ve put well over 1,000 miles on them, in all conditions. From pissing rain, to freezing rain, to cooked, hot asphalt and steep, technical descents. Coming from my SRAM Force calipers, they feel like I’m holding some ancient Nordic rune in my hands…

One thing to note: they actually fit a number of rim widths and tire sizes. My setup is H+Son Archetype or Hed Belgiums and 28c 4 Seasons. That’s a big tire for a road bike!

There’s not much else to say here. I feel like the best product reviews are the ones where there are a few photos, showing use and very little words. There are more than enough reviews on the ‘net, where people create bullshit tests to quantify their claims. For me, riding something and not having to think about it is testament enough. If they sucked, they wouldn’t be on my bike and I wouldn’t have bothered to write this!

Expensive? Yeah, they’re $600 a pop. Worth it? Every penny – if you have the means – if not, stick with what you’re rolling now. These are a luxury item for sure. I bought mine from Fairwheel Bikes, along with the Tune skewers.

I’m putting them on my Argonaut next, because the Bishop keeps gloating on my bike wall and the Argonaut gets jealous very easily…

Apr 4, 2014 2 comments
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The Festka Hunter 29r with Gates Carbon Belt Drive
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I love what Festka is doing. They have been cranking out some gorgeous bikes with incredible finishes over the past few months, the latest being the Festka Hunter 29′r hardtail. Gates carbon belt drive, a Rohloff hub and Columbus tubing. Not bad! Make sure you follow @Festka on Instagram for daily photos and see more of this Festka Hunter below!

Apr 4, 2014 6 comments
Pinkbike: Riding the English Lake District with Acre Supply
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Photos by Andy Waterman

Pinkbike has an exceptional story showcasing Lyle from Mission Workshop / Acre riding the English Lake District with photographer Andy Waterman. I’ve never had the chance to ride terrain like this and although it looks fun, there’s a price to pay for the beauty. Steep, slick, rocky climbs (hikes) and moody mother nature…

Head over to Pinkbike to check it out!

Apr 4, 2014 2 comments
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An Ode to the EE Cycleworks Brakes
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I catch a lot of flack for saying things like “these are the best brakes” and “I’ll never ride another set of brakes again”. Rightfully so. What I’ve learned in the past is to say things like “these brakes impressed me, both in design and stopping power” and “modulation is king!”

Writing product reviews ain’t easy, especially when a company gives you their product to test out, which is not the case here. I bought these brakes because I believe in supporting the US-manufacturing economy.

EE Cycleworks is a small shop, that produces a handful of components, all of which are incredibly well-designed – from an aesthetics standing – and from what I can tell so far, are easy to service.

Check out more below!


When I bought these brakes, they were a cinch to setup. I’ve put well over 1,000 miles on them, in all conditions. From pissing rain, to freezing rain, to cooked, hot asphalt and steep, technical descents. Coming from my SRAM Force calipers, they feel like I’m holding some ancient Nordic rune in my hands…

One thing to note: they actually fit a number of rim widths and tire sizes. My setup is H+Son Archetype or Hed Belgiums and 28c 4 Seasons. That’s a big tire for a road bike!

There’s not much else to say here. I feel like the best product reviews are the ones where there are a few photos, showing use and very little words. There are more than enough reviews on the ‘net, where people create bullshit tests to quantify their claims. For me, riding something and not having to think about it is testament enough. If they sucked, they wouldn’t be on my bike and I wouldn’t have bothered to write this!

Expensive? Yeah, they’re $600 a pop. Worth it? Every penny – if you have the means – if not, stick with what you’re rolling now. These are a luxury item for sure. I bought mine from Fairwheel Bikes, along with the Tune skewers.

I’m putting them on my Argonaut next, because the Bishop keeps gloating on my bike wall and the Argonaut gets jealous very easily…

Apr 4, 2014 2 comments
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All-City: Macho King Disc Update
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All-City just posted an update to their blog about the Macho King Disc Limited Edition, Macho King Disc and the Nature Boy Disc. Included in this update is pricing, weight and availability. If you want one of these bikes, now’s a good time to head over to All-City’s Blog to read the full update.

Apr 4, 2014 No comments yet
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In Stock Now: The Specialized AWOL Transcontinental Edition
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Since the first documentation of this project was posted on this site, I’ve been very interested in seeing the AWOL Transcontinental Edition touring bike hit local dealers. It is one of the most unique tourers I’ve ever ridden. My Product Review of the bike was thorough and Erik’s suped up Peacock Nuke edition swept everyone up in awe. Head over to Specialized for specs and contact your local shop for ordering.

Apr 3, 2014 7 comments
Team Cinelli Chrome
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Cinelli and Chrome have teamed up to form an elite track crit racing team, with quite the impressive roster.

See more photos below, along with the press release.

“Track bike, fixed-gear, brakeless. No freewheel, no stops. Creative and competitive. This is Team Cinelli Chrome. Different from others living cyclism. No pro-director, masseurs or official mechanics. An independent, semi-organized posse, perfectly self-sufficient, total autonomy travelers. It takes shape to race six international Fixed Gear Criteriums, and blends into the urban fabric after the races. A handful of characters borrowed from the city: bike messengers, track champions, and former Pro Tour mechanics.

Fixed Gear Criteriums are not a fad. They’re a direct outcome of the progression of the fixed-gear movement. This phenomenon was arguably born in San Francisco among the bike messengers and is now well established all around the world as a way of commuting and communicating. A way of being: free, creative, independent.

Cinelli and Chrome have contributed to the dawn of this world. Before it was fashionable. Against any rational reason or strategic marketing idea. People thought we were fools. Today they chase. Joined by common values and mutual respect for making great products, Cinelli and Chrome are proud to support Team Cinelli Chrome.”

Team Cinelli Chrome, photographed by Manual for Speed at the 2014 Red Hook Crit.

Apr 3, 2014 3 comments
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Giro’s Australian Adventure

I’m just amazed that Giro didn’t get attacked by Drop Bears or Hoop Snakes while making this video. I’m confused about one thing though: where is Adam’s gold speedo?

Anyone else want to go rip through ‘roo country after watching this?

Apr 3, 2014 1 comment
Manual for Speed at the Red Hook Critical Mass Tournament
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Look, Manual for Speed isn’t exactly your everyday cycling news or photo site. They’ve clearly transcended that into the world of the weird. Daniel approached the 2014 Red Hook Crit with relatively new eyes and made the connection between it and Critical Mass. Before you get upset, he has some valid points…

You’ve really got to go to Manual for Speed to read the whole story.

Apr 3, 2014 1 comment
Rock Shox: Culture Shock and the RS-1

“Different dudes. Same agenda. At least sort of, anyway. Bring XC champ Russell Finsterwald and weekend-warrior champ Chris Dewar together to some posh digs in Palm Spring, California, and some stuff is going to happen. Late-morning shuttle or pre-dawn pedal, it doesn’t really matter—although the dawn-patrol, uphill, asphalt commute to the Idyllwild trails deserves a nod—when two like-minded mountain bikers come to check out some exciting new trails, limits are pushed and some dirt is sure to fly.”

Rock Shox’s new RS-1 is getting tons of love over at their video department.

See some photos from this video shoot below!


Photos by Adrian Marcoux

Apr 3, 2014 1 comment
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