Walton Brush’s California State Champion Cinelli Cross
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Photos by Mike Martin

It helps a lot when your teammate just so happens to be a expert at frame design and painting, especially when you win the 2013 California State ‘Cross Championships. Garrett Chow recently completed and photographed this bike for Mash-teammate, Walton Brush. Even if it did come at the end of the season, it’s still an incredible machine!

Check out some words by Garrett and more photos below!

“In the Golden State–California–sunsets are seldom drab and uninspiring. The color-palette rendered as the sun slips below the edge of the Pacific is the concept behind Walton’s hand-painted, California State Cyclocross Champion race rig.”

“Sandwiched between walls of ink-black night sky lies the last sliver of daylight: the bike’s gold leafed front-end fades through orange to vermillion, then into violet, and finally, fuchsia…”

“You’d almost believe this photo was shot last July, instead of during the calm before the ‘Storm of the Decade/Century/Millennium’ now upon us.”

“Thank you, Mike! Thank you, Walton! Alongside our sunsets, you two are most golden. XO gc”

Dec 16, 2014 8 comments
SRAM Introduces Direct Mount X-SYNC™ Chainrings
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SRAM’s X-SYNC™ rings just got more versatile, with the announcement of the new Direct Mount option. With options from 26t all the way to 40t, these 1x rings will fit on any MTB bike in your stable.

Check out the full press-release below and more information at SRAM.


Make SRAM 1x™ even better with the simplicity of the new SRAM X-SYNC™ Direct Mount chainring. Engineered in Germany, the new Direct Mount rings bring lighter weight and greater simplicity to XX1, X01 and X1-1400 cranksets. SRAM’s Direct Mount rings give riders the perfect opportunity for a serious upgrade.

CRANK OPTIONS
After market cranksets ship with a 32T X-SYNC™ Direct Mount chain ring.

• XX1
• X01
• X1 1400 compatible

FEATURES / BENEFITS
• Fully CNC AL rings
• X-SYNC™ technology
• Lighter weight than spider version (~25-50g depending on size)
• Sizes: 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40
• Weights: GXP – 61g (26T), 66g (28T), 68g (30T), 71g (32T), 76g (34T), 91g (36T), 101g
(38T), 119g (40T).
BB30 – 52g (26T), 58g (28T), 61g (30T), 66g (32T), 71g (34T), 82g (36T), 94g (38T),
106g (40T).

Available December: 30, 32, 34
Available April: 26, 28, 36, 38, 40

Dec 16, 2014 16 comments
When Frame Builders Make Furniture: The Signal Haul
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I’ve been meaning to post this project for a while, but I figured it might make a good last-minute gift for someone.

The Signal Haul is a project I’ve watched from sketch to production run:

“Introducing Haul by Signal. A limited edition offering for winter 2015. Initially conceived around Christmas last year, this became a project Signal continually prototyped through the summer between designing and building bikes.

Each Haul is crafted at Signal using using 3/8″ 1018 cold rolled steel rod and assembled in house with leather webbing or full leather with various Pendleton wool laminations and additional materials to come.

Custom powdercoat colors as well as leather and Pendleton options are available. 20 Hauls were created in this first edition and currently 12 are still available and ready for paint and assembly. Please email Signal with any questions and to place your order. $500 retail with 10% discount to Signal owners. We take care of our own!”

Dec 16, 2014 8 comments
Shanghai’s Factory Five Has a New Shop
Factory_5-01

It’s been a while, but after a good amount of prep and construction, Shanghai’s Factory Five have just opened their new space. They converted a 150sqm shell into their new storefront and design offices, while leaving the perimeter open to bring in natural light.

Factory Five carries their own frames, PAUL, Restrap, Mission Workshop and others.

Head to their Flickr to see more photos!

Dec 16, 2014 1 comment
Going Fat in Livigno

I haven’t picked up my fatbike in a few weeks, but videos like this make me wanna get back on the fun. Even out of the snow, they’re capable of breathing new life to old trails, or in this case, making new trails even that much more enjoyable.

Dec 16, 2014 2 comments
Low Bicycles’ Prototype Cross Frame
Low_Cross

Andrew Low sent this over, along with some other photos and information, but we’ll wait to share the rest for the time being. However, it seems that he’s developing cyclocross frames for TCB Courier’s team. I know it’s a bit late in the season, but these things take time and now at least the guys will have ample time to make any design changes until next season begins. Eventually, after all the details are dialed in, Andrew will add these bikes to the Low Bicycles catalog.

More information to come, for now, follow Low on Instagram.

Dec 15, 2014 4 comments
Mission Workshop: Water-Repellent Button Up Overshirt – The Sansom
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Made in San Francisco, the Sansom is cut in a classic button-up work shirt style but it’s got a few extra tricks up its sleeve. The Sansom is made from rugged Schoeller Turkish stretch cotton with a NanoSphere® water repellent finish and is fastened with German-made Prym s-spring snaps provide precise and reliable snapping throughout.

The Sansom is available now and is priced at $195. Right now, Mission is offering free, three day shipping. See the code below.


Free shipping code is: Sansom-Free-3-DAY-Ship

Dec 15, 2014 No comments yet
The Radavist Raidō Rider Longsleeve T-Shirt
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Raidō, or “the ride”, and Algiz, or “protection”, two runes from the Elder Futhark which hold special meaning to the Radavist. Depending on orientation, these runes’ meaning can change, so the inverted pattern ensures a safe journal and arrival. With the Talisman on the back and the Jackal on the front, this shirt has all the markings of the Radavist.

Printed on American Apparel black longsleeve tees with eco-friendly discharge ink here in Austin by Industry Print Shop, these shirts are $40 shipped to the USA only! Sorry to international orders, but with the holidays rapidly approaching, I want to ensure people can receive their orders in time.

Pick one up below! SORRY SOLD OUT!

Dec 15, 2014 3 comments
Crash Nationals January 8th During Cross Nationals in Austin
BTCposter

With less than a month to go, I wanted to remind you all of this race on Thursday, January 8th during ‘Cross Nationals in Austin.

“Mark your calendars – get ready – Beat the Clock Cycling and The Radavist will be throwing one hell of an unsanctioned cross race Thursday night before Cross Nationals in Austin. There will be an afterparty, booze and fun times. More information to come.”

If you’re planning on coming to Nationals in Austin, make it a week-long event. I’d bring a beefy set of tires with you for trail riding and night lamps, not blink lights. LAMPS.

Dec 15, 2014 No comments yet
Swift Industries: Scout Cap
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Swift Industries’ offerings for the holiday season keep growing. Here’s the latest addition to their catalog: the Scout Cap, made by Pace Sportswear from a custom-printed fabric. I love the Stanley flask in the print!

Dec 15, 2014 2 comments
The Dudes of Hazzard: FUNK BUTTONS

Joe and the gang tap the Funk Button three times in the latest Dudish installment. Now you might be thinking, “Hey these are so funny, and I like them, but I am not getting the full VTT treatment here, I want more shredding.” But look closely, what you find is that though these edits are not end to end wheel turners, the parts that do have riding are very choice. Joe Barnes can link turns like no other, those switchbacks? Jeeeeeeesh! Not mention the gratuitous use of the fisheye lens. Fantastic!

Sign me up for a trials motorbike while you are at it, so fun. Plus the helmets are super cool. Non-fullface D2 anyone?

Dec 15, 2014 No comments yet
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When Frame Builders Make Furniture: The Signal Haul
Signal_HAUL2


I’ve been meaning to post this project for a while, but I figured it might make a good last-minute gift for someone.

The Signal Haul is a project I’ve watched from sketch to production run:

“Introducing Haul by Signal. A limited edition offering for winter 2015. Initially conceived around Christmas last year, this became a project Signal continually prototyped through the summer between designing and building bikes.

Each Haul is crafted at Signal using using 3/8″ 1018 cold rolled steel rod and assembled in house with leather webbing or full leather with various Pendleton wool laminations and additional materials to come.

Custom powdercoat colors as well as leather and Pendleton options are available. 20 Hauls were created in this first edition and currently 12 are still available and ready for paint and assembly. Please email Signal with any questions and to place your order. $500 retail with 10% discount to Signal owners. We take care of our own!”

Dec 16, 2014 8 comments
Shanghai’s Factory Five Has a New Shop
Factory_5-01

It’s been a while, but after a good amount of prep and construction, Shanghai’s Factory Five have just opened their new space. They converted a 150sqm shell into their new storefront and design offices, while leaving the perimeter open to bring in natural light.

Factory Five carries their own frames, PAUL, Restrap, Mission Workshop and others.

Head to their Flickr to see more photos!

Dec 16, 2014 1 comment
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Going Fat in Livigno

I haven’t picked up my fatbike in a few weeks, but videos like this make me wanna get back on the fun. Even out of the snow, they’re capable of breathing new life to old trails, or in this case, making new trails even that much more enjoyable.

Dec 16, 2014 2 comments
Low Bicycles’ Prototype Cross Frame
Low_Cross

Andrew Low sent this over, along with some other photos and information, but we’ll wait to share the rest for the time being. However, it seems that he’s developing cyclocross frames for TCB Courier’s team. I know it’s a bit late in the season, but these things take time and now at least the guys will have ample time to make any design changes until next season begins. Eventually, after all the details are dialed in, Andrew will add these bikes to the Low Bicycles catalog.

More information to come, for now, follow Low on Instagram.

Dec 15, 2014 4 comments
Mission Workshop: Water-Repellent Button Up Overshirt – The Sansom
Sansom-Overshirt-4

Made in San Francisco, the Sansom is cut in a classic button-up work shirt style but it’s got a few extra tricks up its sleeve. The Sansom is made from rugged Schoeller Turkish stretch cotton with a NanoSphere® water repellent finish and is fastened with German-made Prym s-spring snaps provide precise and reliable snapping throughout.

The Sansom is available now and is priced at $195. Right now, Mission is offering free, three day shipping. See the code below.


Free shipping code is: Sansom-Free-3-DAY-Ship

Dec 15, 2014 No comments yet
The Radavist Raidō Rider Longsleeve T-Shirt
Raido_Algiz_Radavist-1

Raidō, or “the ride”, and Algiz, or “protection”, two runes from the Elder Futhark which hold special meaning to the Radavist. Depending on orientation, these runes’ meaning can change, so the inverted pattern ensures a safe journal and arrival. With the Talisman on the back and the Jackal on the front, this shirt has all the markings of the Radavist.

Printed on American Apparel black longsleeve tees with eco-friendly discharge ink here in Austin by Industry Print Shop, these shirts are $40 shipped to the USA only! Sorry to international orders, but with the holidays rapidly approaching, I want to ensure people can receive their orders in time.

Pick one up below! SORRY SOLD OUT!

Dec 15, 2014 3 comments
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Crash Nationals January 8th During Cross Nationals in Austin
BTCposter

With less than a month to go, I wanted to remind you all of this race on Thursday, January 8th during ‘Cross Nationals in Austin.

“Mark your calendars – get ready – Beat the Clock Cycling and The Radavist will be throwing one hell of an unsanctioned cross race Thursday night before Cross Nationals in Austin. There will be an afterparty, booze and fun times. More information to come.”

If you’re planning on coming to Nationals in Austin, make it a week-long event. I’d bring a beefy set of tires with you for trail riding and night lamps, not blink lights. LAMPS.

Dec 15, 2014 No comments yet
Swift Industries: Scout Cap
Swift_Industries_Scout_Cap-crop

Swift Industries’ offerings for the holiday season keep growing. Here’s the latest addition to their catalog: the Scout Cap, made by Pace Sportswear from a custom-printed fabric. I love the Stanley flask in the print!

Dec 15, 2014 2 comments
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The Dudes of Hazzard: FUNK BUTTONS

Joe and the gang tap the Funk Button three times in the latest Dudish installment. Now you might be thinking, “Hey these are so funny, and I like them, but I am not getting the full VTT treatment here, I want more shredding.” But look closely, what you find is that though these edits are not end to end wheel turners, the parts that do have riding are very choice. Joe Barnes can link turns like no other, those switchbacks? Jeeeeeeesh! Not mention the gratuitous use of the fisheye lens. Fantastic!

Sign me up for a trials motorbike while you are at it, so fun. Plus the helmets are super cool. Non-fullface D2 anyone?

Dec 15, 2014 No comments yet
Push to Pedal

If you haven’t seen this, it’s worth the watch.

“For one week, the whole crew stayed at the Casa Maccaroni, in Lajares, which is located in the middle of a desert pierced by only a few little volcanoes, in the north part of the island. From there they would cycle to spots on a average 45 km a day. Going to cities and villages, skating, coming back.

With no training, this trip turned out to be pretty tough for the skaters, but made them realize skate tours can be more than just sitting in a van to get to spots. A memorable experience for most of them.”

Dec 15, 2014 1 comment
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Why I Love San Francisco!

That dirty, dense urban fabric tears apart to bring in nature, which in turn, allows for trails, all within a few miles of the central banking district but don’t forget to cross the bridge. I betcha all that dirt in Marin is ripping right now.

Here’s another great video from Kitsbow.

Dec 14, 2014 6 comments
Rapha: Pro Team Softshell Jacket
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It’s almost time for those long, slow, cold and sometimes wet, base miles. With road season near and there being just enough time for some last minute holiday shopping, Rapha introduces their Pro Team Softshell Jacket, designed to help you brave the elements.

See more details and availability at Rapha.

Dec 14, 2014 No comments yet
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