Thunder

I thought this was a nicely composed ad for Apple’s new iPhone.

Sep 19, 2016 12 comments
Merckx Mondays
GRAHAM WATSON ARCHIVE


Photo by Graham Watson

Cycling accessory company Brancale recently interviewed Phil Anderson on his racing career. Having raced on numerous Merckx teams, Phil’s life as a racer is filled with interesting anecdotes, ranging from extreme lows like losing the World Cup in 1985 due to illness, to highs like returning in 1986 to win the Paris-Tours. Head over to Brancale to check it out.

Sep 19, 2016 2 comments
NAHBS Trade Up Program by the Pro’s Closet

Got a bike that you’re looking to upgrade to a handmade frame from one of the builders at NAHBS? Check out this new project, entitled Trade Up from NAHBS and the Pro’s Closet. Head to NAHBS‘ site to see the details.

Edit:
Quote from the press-release: “Partnering with The Pro’s Closet will allow anyone to trade their used bicycle in before the show, and receive a voucher to use towards a deposit on a new custom bike. This voucher will be valid with any builder at the show, with The Pro’s Closet and NAHBS handling the back-end logistics. Bicycles must be submitted and shipped prior to NAHBS to receive a valid voucher at the show.”

Sep 19, 2016 4 comments
Sunday Shredders
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Summer is relentless here in Southern California. With temperatures spiking into 100º in LA today, Ty from Golden Saddle, Tom from Stinner Frameworks and I decided to ride in the mountains in hopes of there at least being a breeze. Needless to say, the only things blowing in the wind were those two. Check out a few more photos below!

(more…)

Sep 18, 2016 7 comments
Lael Wilcox Announces Baja Divide Scholarship for Women
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Photos by Nicholas Carman

Lael and Nicholas have just finished the Baja Divide, a 1,700 mile off-road route from from San Diego, CA, USA to San José del Cabo along the Baja Penninsula. They’ve published information including the route, refuel points, and other important intel. This information is provided as a gift to the bikepacking community with the support of Revelate Designs and Advocate Cycles, and is open to ride at any time, self-supported. To celebrate the completion of this journey, Lael has announced a scholarship for women who plan on taking on this endeavor during the 2016-2017 season. Check out the full details below, along with a few more photographs from the trip. (more…)

Sep 16, 2016 8 comments
Silca’s New Seat Roll Premio
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Silca’s new accessories are all looking great, but the one that struck me the most is the Seat Roll Premio. It’s a saddle pack that uses a Boa closure system and it’s the first one I’ve ever seen utilize that technology. Excessive? Perhaps. Does it look rad? Yeah. See more at Silca.

Sep 16, 2016 1 comment
Andrew the Maker’s Tube Sack
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Even if you’re running tubeless, you still need to carry tubes and for big, all-day rides, sometimes that means you’re carrying extras. Andrew the Maker recently designed a Tube Sack that utilizes the triangle underneath your seat stays, just above your tire. It carries a tube, a co2, tire lever and anything else you can cram into it. The Tube Sack’s design wedges in without any thigh rub and keeps your tubes free of road grit and debris.

Head over to Andrew the Maker’s shop for more information and ordering. They run $35 in a pre-order that’s shipping out mid-October. Shipping is included in the price! Also, if you like the looks of that nifty TownieSyndicate lever, it holds a 4mm, 5mm hex, with a 25 torx and 2 phillips, all in a tire lever’s compact size. Best of all, portions of the proceeds from sales on the lever go to fight lung cancer.

Sep 15, 2016 18 comments
Brother Cycles’ New Big Bro Rigid 29’r
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Rigid 29’r frames make excellent bikepacking rigs, especially when they have braze ons for racks and clearance for 2.4″ tires. Brother Cycles recently teased their newest offering: the Big Bro rigid 29’r. Marketed as a bike suitable for the Tour Divide, the Big Bro has potential to be much more. Head over to Brother Cycles to see more information.

Sep 15, 2016 2 comments
Bell’s New Zephyr Helmet
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It’s tradeshow season and for companies like Bell, it’s one of the most important times of year for new product launches. Helmet design has changed a lot over the years and since the implementation of MIPS, helmets can now shed some layers on the inner lining making them lighter, safer and ultimately, more comfortable. That’s the case with the new Zephyr road helmet. Coming in 2017 and available in seven finishes, including a reflective “ghost” coating. See more details at Bell.

Sep 15, 2016 No comments yet
OD OG1
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Photo by Kyle Kelley

Since reviewing the Speedvagen OG1, I really wanted to own one, but as a frame. As of now, if you recall, the OG1 only comes as a complete. Yet after a few emails, I was able to finagle one out of the Vanilla Workshop and two weeks later, it arrived. Not sure if this will be something Vanilla offers in the future, yet their comment on Instagram leads me to believe it might be an option in 2017. Or you could holler at them and beg like I did.

The guys at Golden Saddle will be building this up in the next week, with SRAM Rival and some Chris King special bits…

Sep 14, 2016 20 comments
REPORTAGE
Ocean Air Cycles: Erlen Saddle Bag Support
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Got a saddle bag like the Swift Zeitgeist or one of Carradice’s many offerings? Tired of it swaying and jostling around. Well, Ocean Air Cycles has designed just the solution, made by Haulin Colin. This nifty design has a 15lb – 20lb max capacity, so if you’re putting any more weight in your bag, you’ll have to use a rack. The stainless steel Erlen Saddle Bag Support piggybacks on your existing seat post and saddle rails, all you need are longer bolts (M5, M7, M8), which are included in this pre-order.

Head to Ocean Air to check out more details on this pre-order.

Sep 19, 2016 16 comments
Winter Bicycles Ambassador Porteur
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Timeless design and modern technology pair up nicely with the latest from Winter Bicycles. The Ambassador is a fillet brazed frame, with a disc-specific lugged fork and made-to-measure “French Point” stem. For gearing, the Ambassador relies on an internal Alfine Di2 hub. The lighting is integrated to the frame with a SON hub powering Edelux lamp and the Velocity wheels roll on Compass tires. Braking relies on XT hydraulic discs and White Industries tops out the build. As for the paint, it was laid down by Todd Eroh.

Check out more details of this lovely project at Winter.

Sep 19, 2016 29 comments
Thunder

I thought this was a nicely composed ad for Apple’s new iPhone.

Sep 19, 2016 12 comments
Merckx Mondays
GRAHAM WATSON ARCHIVE


Photo by Graham Watson

Cycling accessory company Brancale recently interviewed Phil Anderson on his racing career. Having raced on numerous Merckx teams, Phil’s life as a racer is filled with interesting anecdotes, ranging from extreme lows like losing the World Cup in 1985 due to illness, to highs like returning in 1986 to win the Paris-Tours. Head over to Brancale to check it out.

Sep 19, 2016 2 comments
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NAHBS Trade Up Program by the Pro’s Closet

Got a bike that you’re looking to upgrade to a handmade frame from one of the builders at NAHBS? Check out this new project, entitled Trade Up from NAHBS and the Pro’s Closet. Head to NAHBS‘ site to see the details.

Edit:
Quote from the press-release: “Partnering with The Pro’s Closet will allow anyone to trade their used bicycle in before the show, and receive a voucher to use towards a deposit on a new custom bike. This voucher will be valid with any builder at the show, with The Pro’s Closet and NAHBS handling the back-end logistics. Bicycles must be submitted and shipped prior to NAHBS to receive a valid voucher at the show.”

Sep 19, 2016 4 comments
Sunday Shredders
LeicaM-843

Summer is relentless here in Southern California. With temperatures spiking into 100º in LA today, Ty from Golden Saddle, Tom from Stinner Frameworks and I decided to ride in the mountains in hopes of there at least being a breeze. Needless to say, the only things blowing in the wind were those two. Check out a few more photos below!

(more…)

Sep 18, 2016 7 comments
Lael Wilcox Announces Baja Divide Scholarship for Women
R0Nicholas Carman1-5688

Photos by Nicholas Carman

Lael and Nicholas have just finished the Baja Divide, a 1,700 mile off-road route from from San Diego, CA, USA to San José del Cabo along the Baja Penninsula. They’ve published information including the route, refuel points, and other important intel. This information is provided as a gift to the bikepacking community with the support of Revelate Designs and Advocate Cycles, and is open to ride at any time, self-supported. To celebrate the completion of this journey, Lael has announced a scholarship for women who plan on taking on this endeavor during the 2016-2017 season. Check out the full details below, along with a few more photographs from the trip. (more…)

Sep 16, 2016 8 comments
BELL ADVERTISEMENT
Silca’s New Seat Roll Premio
Seat_Roll_Premio_Boa_Side_SQ_1024x1024

Silca’s new accessories are all looking great, but the one that struck me the most is the Seat Roll Premio. It’s a saddle pack that uses a Boa closure system and it’s the first one I’ve ever seen utilize that technology. Excessive? Perhaps. Does it look rad? Yeah. See more at Silca.

Sep 16, 2016 1 comment
Giro ADVERTISEMENT
Andrew the Maker’s Tube Sack
Andrewthemaker-4

Even if you’re running tubeless, you still need to carry tubes and for big, all-day rides, sometimes that means you’re carrying extras. Andrew the Maker recently designed a Tube Sack that utilizes the triangle underneath your seat stays, just above your tire. It carries a tube, a co2, tire lever and anything else you can cram into it. The Tube Sack’s design wedges in without any thigh rub and keeps your tubes free of road grit and debris.

Head over to Andrew the Maker’s shop for more information and ordering. They run $35 in a pre-order that’s shipping out mid-October. Shipping is included in the price! Also, if you like the looks of that nifty TownieSyndicate lever, it holds a 4mm, 5mm hex, with a 25 torx and 2 phillips, all in a tire lever’s compact size. Best of all, portions of the proceeds from sales on the lever go to fight lung cancer.

Sep 15, 2016 18 comments
PedalEd ADVERTISEMENT
Brother Cycles’ New Big Bro Rigid 29’r
Cape_Wrath_Brother-17-Custom1

Rigid 29’r frames make excellent bikepacking rigs, especially when they have braze ons for racks and clearance for 2.4″ tires. Brother Cycles recently teased their newest offering: the Big Bro rigid 29’r. Marketed as a bike suitable for the Tour Divide, the Big Bro has potential to be much more. Head over to Brother Cycles to see more information.

Sep 15, 2016 2 comments
Bell’s New Zephyr Helmet
Zephyr-MIPS_Mt-Gloss-Blk_L

It’s tradeshow season and for companies like Bell, it’s one of the most important times of year for new product launches. Helmet design has changed a lot over the years and since the implementation of MIPS, helmets can now shed some layers on the inner lining making them lighter, safer and ultimately, more comfortable. That’s the case with the new Zephyr road helmet. Coming in 2017 and available in seven finishes, including a reflective “ghost” coating. See more details at Bell.

Sep 15, 2016 No comments yet
OD OG1
IMG_6386


Photo by Kyle Kelley

Since reviewing the Speedvagen OG1, I really wanted to own one, but as a frame. As of now, if you recall, the OG1 only comes as a complete. Yet after a few emails, I was able to finagle one out of the Vanilla Workshop and two weeks later, it arrived. Not sure if this will be something Vanilla offers in the future, yet their comment on Instagram leads me to believe it might be an option in 2017. Or you could holler at them and beg like I did.

The guys at Golden Saddle will be building this up in the next week, with SRAM Rival and some Chris King special bits…

Sep 14, 2016 20 comments
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