Bike Mag: Packing for the French Maritime Alps with the Acre Hauser Bag
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People ask me all the time about what I bring on big bad rides and I thought I had my selection dialed, until I saw this in the Bike Mag Following Cards Day 4 editorial the other day:

“One set of L-bend allen keys; hand pump; 4 tubes; lighter; Euros; US dollars; 5 canadian dollars; housing end caps; cable ends; matchmaker; derailleur cable; chain; EpiPen; first-aid kit; spare bolts; cleats; Time pedals; knife; rope; gloves; zip ties; T-25 torx; chain breaker; chain pliers; electrical tape; chain lube; brake pads; XX1 rear derailleur; multi-tool.”

All that, in a Acre Hauser pack – not to mention one of those ultralight Orion jackets!

Jul 30, 2014 13 comments
Outlier: Runweight Shorts
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One of the reasons why I love Outlier is they’re always looking to make their products better, or at least better-adapted to however you find yourself using them. Their new Runweight shorts are even lighter weight and have no seams at the crotch, making them virtually chaffing-free. Perfect for running, jogging, swimming, cycling, bass fishing and even just sitting on your ass, poolside.

Now if I can just figure out what Lars is running from!

See more at Outlier.

Jul 29, 2014 12 comments
Blackburn Introduces the Central 100 front and 20 Rear Lighting System
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I was using my Central lights for a few months now, on multiple bikes before I lost them in all my travels. I particularly liked the rear, because I run a generator lamp on my tourer and it wasn’t annoyingly bright for people riding behind me. I even found the front to be exceptionally bright for what many would consider a “blink light”.

The Central lights mark a new push for Blackburn as they will slowly be releasing new products over the next few months, most of which I’ve had hands-on experience with and all of which I’m anxiously awaiting more testing time.

See more on the Central 100 Front and Central 20 Rear below!

CENTRAL 100 FRONT & CENTRAL 20 REAR

Your own personal safety beacon of light. Blackburn’s CENTRAL light series signals traffic in all directions to watch out, and keep their distance. Take the lane and feel safe knowing you’re seen. These lights are built to the ANSI FL-1 standard, which provides consistent light performance guidelines and measurements.

Central 100 Front
• Built to ANSI FL-1 light standard
• Micro USB charging connection
• Extruded Alloy Shell
• 3 modes: High: 100 lms, Low: 50 lms, Blackburn Strobe: 50 lms
• Runtime: High: 3.2 hrs, Low: 7 hrs, Blackburn strobe: 21 hrs
• LED fuel gauge/charge indicator
• Silicone mount, 1 size fits all
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MSRP: $34.99

Central 20 Rear
Blackburn’s brightest rear safety light, with a very broad visible beam.
• Built to ANSI FL-1 light standard
• Micro USB charging connection
• Extruded Alloy Shell
• 3 modes: High: 20 lms, Steady Flash: 20 lms,
Blackburn Strobe: 20 lms
• Runtime: High: 25 hrs, Steady flash: 42 hrs,
Blackburn strobe: 76 hrs
• LED fuel gauge/charge indicator
• Silicone mount, 1 size fits all
MSRP: $34.00

Jul 29, 2014 8 comments
Sold Out: Radavist Rune Stem Cap
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Let the raidō rune point you in which ever way your ride or journey takes you. These RADAVIST Rune top caps come in black only and are $12 shipped worldwide a piece. Made by Kustom Caps in the US of A.

Pick one up below. I will discount shipping if you buy more than one.

SOLD OUT

Jul 29, 2014 8 comments
Winter Bicycles: Consano All-Road
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Photo by Anthony Bareno

Eric at Winter, like many builders, has been busy, busy, busy with frames, the most recent being this Consano All-Road. This frame is equipped with clearances for bigger tires, while maintaining a road geometry and feel. Equipped with PAUL MiniMotos for stopping power and a deep red coat of paint from none other than Keith Anderson.

Head over to Winter Bicycles for more.

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Tenspeed Hero: January Prints Summer Weight Jersey
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Available for women and men, the January Prints jersey is Tenspeed Hero’s limited edition jersey, inspired by the artwork of Michelle Vondiziano, Bianchi’s celeste and yes, summertime riding. Scoop one up now at Tenspeed Hero for men or women.

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Audax Alpine Classic

This is phenomenal – it’s like a vignette into a miniature world. I love Australia!

“Earlier this year I worked with cycling club Audax Australia to capture a tilt-shift time-lapse of their event the Alpine Classic. Starting in the town of Bright 2,200 cyclists tackled several different courses of up to 250km which included ascents of Mount Buffalo, Mount Hotham, Falls Creek and Tawonga Gap. In my four days of shooting I covered nearly 2,000km through the Victorian High Country capturing cyclists, landscapes and the local towns.”

Jul 28, 2014 3 comments
Merckx Mondays
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A few years back, I posted about these shoes, which I still have in my possession (obviously). While they’re no longer NOS – after a few rides on the track bike – they are in still pristine condition. As a matter of face, I have all three of these shoes in the “Related” sidebar, all sitting in my office now after living in storage containers for years. I’m not sure what sparked this particular Merckx Mondays, other than seeing Golden Saddle Cyclery using their Merckx Adidas shoe box to hold limes when I was in LA last week…

Nothing wrong with that!

Jul 28, 2014 1 comment
Teague x Sizemore Gets my Vote in the Bike Design Contest

Admittingly, I was first drawn to the Teague x Sizemore because of the overall frame design, but after really looking at all the details, I’m sold. While the handlebars might not be the most comfortable (looking), the lockbar combination is brilliant, as are the fenders. Those two details alone sold me on the design, because that’s what the Oregon Manifest has always been about: innovation.

The rest of the bikes have some clever details, like the Pensa + Horse Cycles expanding rack, but the Sizemore developed a few details that I could see catching on in the industry.

Seriously Taylor, you should send a set of those fenders to Bicycle Quarterly… Cast YOUR vote at the Bike Design Contest site and see some more details of the Teague x Sizemore design below.

Jul 28, 2014 27 comments
Bike Mag: Following Cards with Adrian Marcoux
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Tyler from SRAM, Lyle from Mission Workshop / Acre, Ty from Golden Saddle and Ross Measures were in the French Alps with Adrian Marcoux for a few days of straight up ripping (and getting lost).

Over at Bike Mag, they’ve put together an extensive story of this trip, in a four-day series. Head over to read Day 1 of Following Cards and click through to Day 2 – 4 when you’re done.

Jul 28, 2014 Comments are OFF
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Cast Your Vote for The Oregon Manifest’s New Bike Design Project
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This year, the Oregon Manifest changed gears into the Bike Design Project. The idea was simple: five cities, five builders and five design offices would propose, construct and test a bicycle that was born from the DNA of their city’s unique demands.

Chicago’s MNML x Method Bicycle is pictured above, see the rest below and head over to the Bike Design Project to cast your vote. Which one do you think is my favorite?

PENSA and Horse Cycles

INDUSTRY and Ti Cycles

TEAGUE and Sizemore

HUGE and 4130

Jul 28, 2014 9 comments
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Monster Track XV Trailer

One of the world’s most infamous alleycats gets some love from some of Mexico City’s bike messengers in this trailer for a forthcoming full-length feature.

Jul 27, 2014 1 comment
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Enjoy the Weekend!
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My lady gets back after being gone for two months, so I’ll be spending the rest of the day with her, leaving you guys with this photo to make you want to get out on your bike even more this weekend.

#LightBro

Jul 25, 2014 1 comment
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Geoff McFetridge is the Best!

… and I’m stoked to be getting a bike designed by him this year. I first was introduced to Geoff’s work when I used to skateboard religiously, as I’m sure many of you did at one point. Who else had those McFetridge Vandals?

In the 90′s, when skateboarding and larger names like Nike began to look to artists to revitalize their brands, Geoff’s work inspired me. Even in my 30′s I still love seeing what he’s been up to.

Looking good dude and I love seeing race numbers hanging in studios like this.

Jul 24, 2014 4 comments
K-Edge Garmin Mounts and Chain Catchers are Made in the USA

So, the other day, I’m thinking I need to buy a Garmin mount for my new Argonaut, but I didn’t want a plastic one. After seeing the K-Edge mounts all over, but having never owned one, I thought, what the hell, a balleur mount for a balleur bike.

This is a totally random post, but after spending some time at the K-Edge site, I really admire what they’re doing. Buying made in the USA – or any domestically-produced – accessory like this keeps an industry alive and keeps people employed. I’m ok with that.

Check out K-Edge‘s offerings at their site and ask your local bike shop to carry them!

Jul 24, 2014 7 comments
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Ritchey Brings Back the Bullmoose Bar in Carbon for 2015
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This classic shape is often rendered in steel and is not the lightest option for a modern day race machine. For those looking for a classic Ritchey look for the XC bike, look no further. 35 years since it was first introduced to the MTB world, the Bullmoose returns. Just as stylish, but a little lighter…

The Ritchey WCS Bullboose features a 9 degree sweep with a 6 degree angle, weighs in at 280 grams for the 80mm and comes in three sizes: 70x720mm, 80x730mm and 90, 100 & 110x740mm. Retail is set at $299.95.

Jul 24, 2014 18 comments
The Fall Winter 2014 Fred Perry Bradley Wiggins Collection
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While Wiggins wasn’t at the tour, it doesn’t mean he’s not always busy. Here’s his latest from UK designer Fred Perry.

“Fred Perry is proud to announce the sixth season of the ongoing collaboration with Sir Bradley Wiggins this AW14. Bradley has been involved in every step of the design process and the Bradley Wiggins Collection reflects the essence of his style.”

See the full collection at Fred Perry.

Jul 24, 2014 Comments are OFF
Initial Reaction: Brooks C15 Narrow Cambium Saddle
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This saddle has been creating quite the stir and rightfully so. I’ve been riding the C17 on and off for several months and it’s great, but I usually ride a narrower saddle, so it was never ideal. When Brooks England gave me two C15 Cambiums to try out on my bikes, I was eager to see how it felt on my touring bike and a road bike. First up, is my Geekhouse Woodville touring bike.

I’ve been pedaling around today on the C15 and I’m already in love with it… See more below

It’s damn hot in Austin right now and a black leather Swift gets hot pretty easily. I’m not sure if it’s a placebo effect, but the C15 feels considerably cooler – even though it will show a great deal of sweat when you’re done riding. It’s also way more comfortable out of the packaging than my Swift was, which should be of no surprise.

Granted, part of the allure of a traditional Brooks is that magical moment when it finally breaks in. With the C15, there’s no break in period. If anything, the fabric top gets a little less tacky and begins to show age. You don’t need to worry about it getting wet and you’ll never need to adjust it, or care for it.

The hardware for the Cambium saddles is a point of departure from the copper, hand-hammer rivets, but I like the look. Each of the 200 “pre-launch” saddles have a number laser etched on them. One day, Brooks promised me that they’ll do an all black version. Fingers crossed!

Back to the main difference between the C15 and the C17, the width. Granted, the C15′s 140 mm width, when compared to the C17′s width of 162mm might not seem like that big of a deal, but for my sit bones, it’s a huge improvement.

Width and looks are two important qualities in my saddles and with the C15 you get both, along with superb construction, long rails for ideal placement (especially on a PAUL Tall & Handsome seatpost) and Brooks’ legacy of saddle making.

I’ll put in more around town miles and some dirt thrashing before updating you on this unique saddle. Until then, you can sign up at Brooks to try one out yourself!

Jul 23, 2014 24 comments
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