Sagan Goes Brap

Mute the music and just watch Sagan do his thing. Man, someone needs to get this guy racing cross again.

Jul 21, 2014 16 comments
Field Cycles: Sheffield Steel Peloton Road
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Man, I really want to see one of Field Cycles’ bikes in person and even take one on a quick spin one day, especially after seeing what just rolled out of their shop. The Sheffield Steel Peloton Road is a crit racer’s dream ride. Stiff where it matters and just flashy enough. Check out Field’s thoughts on this bike, along with some more photos below!

We wanted to build something special that Sheffield could be proud of to celebrate our part in the Yorkshire Festival leading upto the Tour de France in Yorkshire. This bike is the culmination of our involvement in the ’Sheffield Steel Peloton’ – part of the 100 days of Culture leading upto the Grand Depart.

We set about building a Contemporary Steel race bike, Tom drew up a fantastically celebratory paint design which John applied flawlessly, using only paint and masking. We never use any stickers and it allows us total freedom to create a vibrant, original and unique paint finishes.

The frameset uses a range of tubing from three different manufacturers. Reynolds 853 front triangle and a Columbus Life chainstays, we love these, the shape and ride quality are spot on for a bike like this. Seatstays are taken care of using S-bend Dedaccia tubes, they are made even more elegant with some additional bending and shaping. The frame uses a 44mm i.d oversized headtube, which allows the use of the curvy Whiskey Parts Co 1.125 – 1.25 tapered fork – this really complements the curves at the rear end of the frame.

The frame is fillet brazed with the fillets flawlessly polished back to give a seamless transition from tube to tube, this starts with putting a smooth neat fillet down from the torch and then carefully filing, sanding and polishing them out to an immaculately smooth seamless joint.

HED Uk kindly supplied a pair of Stinger race wheels which finish off the build of this bike beautifully. The weight of these things is incredible. We’re really pleased with this bike, its the result of each of us doing our particular bit as well as we possibly can – each taking on our own part of the process with the collective pursuit of building a beautiful object. It was great to see our hard work being noticed when we won ‘best bicycle’ at the Yorkshire Bike show held at Leeds Town Hall just hours before the peloton embarked on the Tour De France just outside.

Jul 21, 2014 1 comment
ENVE Composites Made a Rad Looking Wheel Backpack

I like seeing companies like ENVE take into consideration that not everyone drives to races. Carrying race or pit wheels on your back is pretty much the norm if you live in a city that has bicycle racing within riding distance from your local shop or house.

See more photos and details below and scoop one of the ENVE Wheel Backpacks up at your local dealer.

Construction:
Water resistant rip stop nylon & water proof zippers
Molded neoprene back panel
Neoprene shoulder straps w/ load lifters
Padded waist belt
Relfective 10″ ENVE logo
Removable wheel carrier

Features:
Cassette grease guard
Stowable helmet holder
Hydration bladder compatible
Padded laptop sleeve fits up to 19″ screen
Fleece media/sunglass pocket w/ audio port
Exterior zippered accessory pocket
Zippered waist belt pockets
Internal velcro accessory pockets for tire & bicycle repair tools

Wheelbag:
Fits up to 2 x 29″ wheels (may need to partially deflate high volume tires)
Individual zippered wheel compartments w/ offset hub protectors
Double padded
Zippered accessory pockets

Jul 21, 2014 3 comments
Surly: New 650b Straggler and the Return of the Travel Check
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Surly has a few new offerings for the actual 2015, not the “months leading up to the actual new year”. They’ve made the Straggler more crotch-friendly for shorter riders with a 650b option and have brought back the Travel Check.

Head over to Surly to see more new offerings, including a World Troller.

Jul 21, 2014 10 comments
Sklar Bikes: 29+ Singlespeed MTB
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Adam Sklar builds bikes in Bozeman, MT and this is his newest creation: a 29+ MTB with 430mm chainstays and a Fox 32 fork. I love medium format film for shooting bike portraits, especially with a backdrop like that.

Head over to the Sklar Flickr for more!

Jul 21, 2014 4 comments
Copenhagen Bike Messengers

I always love seeing Jumbo!

“Meet Jumbo and Fergie, two bike messengers from Copenhagen, under the preevent for European Cycle Messenger Championship 2014 in Copenhagen. They tell us about how the bike Messenger job changed their life. It’s so much more than money. It’s about speed, friendship, gear and the sense of freedom.”

Jul 21, 2014 2 comments
Rob English Needs Our Help
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Hearing news like this from the framebuilding community is always a bummer, but at least we can all lend Rob a hand in his time of need:

“As some of you may already know, Rob English crashed while racing at the front of last weekend’s Tour of Aufderheide. He suffered multiple broken bones and other serious injuries and is still in the hospital. His doctors have said that his road to recovery is going to be long.

Many of you know Rob as a top level competitor or as an A-list custom frame builder who has taken top honors in the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Many of you also know that he is also an all-around great guy.

There has been an outpouring of support and desire to reach out and help. As a self-employed frame builder, it will likely be some time before Rob can wield a torch at English Cycles as he recovers. What we, as the local cycling community and community at large, can do is help lessen the financial impact of this so that he can concentrate on recuperation and rehabilitation.

Donations go directly to Rob and his family.”

Donate to Rob’s medical fund at his Give Forward page.

Jul 19, 2014 1 comment
I Just Got Home
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… and I already wish I was back in Los Angeles, riding these roads. I really have become enchanted with that city and the people who call it home. Some of my closest friends live there and over the year’s, they’ve shown me what a magical place it really is.

Many thanks to my friends back in LA for showing me a good time. You know who you are!

xo

Jul 18, 2014 2 comments
That’d be Rad

Need some weekendspiration?

“Four brothers (the Zenga Bros) get together to discuss their dream of the ultimate family road trip. 17 family members, 6 to 60 years of age, tour the Pacific Northwest on custom art bikes and in wildly decorated vans; their dream unraveling on the open road before them.”

Jul 18, 2014 7 comments
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Copenhagen Bike Messengers

I always love seeing Jumbo!

“Meet Jumbo and Fergie, two bike messengers from Copenhagen, under the preevent for European Cycle Messenger Championship 2014 in Copenhagen. They tell us about how the bike Messenger job changed their life. It’s so much more than money. It’s about speed, friendship, gear and the sense of freedom.”

Jul 21, 2014 2 comments
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Rob English Needs Our Help
tina2

Hearing news like this from the framebuilding community is always a bummer, but at least we can all lend Rob a hand in his time of need:

“As some of you may already know, Rob English crashed while racing at the front of last weekend’s Tour of Aufderheide. He suffered multiple broken bones and other serious injuries and is still in the hospital. His doctors have said that his road to recovery is going to be long.

Many of you know Rob as a top level competitor or as an A-list custom frame builder who has taken top honors in the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Many of you also know that he is also an all-around great guy.

There has been an outpouring of support and desire to reach out and help. As a self-employed frame builder, it will likely be some time before Rob can wield a torch at English Cycles as he recovers. What we, as the local cycling community and community at large, can do is help lessen the financial impact of this so that he can concentrate on recuperation and rehabilitation.

Donations go directly to Rob and his family.”

Donate to Rob’s medical fund at his Give Forward page.

Jul 19, 2014 1 comment
I Just Got Home
Wish-I-Was-Back

… and I already wish I was back in Los Angeles, riding these roads. I really have become enchanted with that city and the people who call it home. Some of my closest friends live there and over the year’s, they’ve shown me what a magical place it really is.

Many thanks to my friends back in LA for showing me a good time. You know who you are!

xo

Jul 18, 2014 2 comments
That’d be Rad

Need some weekendspiration?

“Four brothers (the Zenga Bros) get together to discuss their dream of the ultimate family road trip. 17 family members, 6 to 60 years of age, tour the Pacific Northwest on custom art bikes and in wildly decorated vans; their dream unraveling on the open road before them.”

Jul 18, 2014 7 comments
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Yeti Introduces the Switch Infinity System

Yeti makes some phenomenal mountain bikes and now, they’re making them even better.

“SWITCH INFINITY is a Yeti Cycles patented design that allows unprecedented control of suspension kinematics. The end result — an extremely efficient pedaling platform without compromising small bump compliance. Point it down and the suspension switches to controlled and bottomless. FOX know-how makes the system bombproof and low maintenance.”

See more photos below and read up on Switch Infinity and the SB5c at Yeti.


New carbon trail bike model
New suspension platform called Switch Infinity that was co-developed with FOX
5″ (127mm) of travel
27.5″ wheel platform
Available to begin shipping immediately
MSRP on complete bikes starts at $6599

Jul 17, 2014 9 comments
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Kinoko Cycles is Closing their Brick and Mortar Shop
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... and focusing solely on their online store. I'm bummed to read this because I thought Kinoko was one of the nicest shops I've been to and the team at Kinoko are so rad.

At any rate, read on below and I wish the guys the absolute best!

From Kinoko:

"With a heavy heart we have made the tough decision to close our Golden Square Shop. The date of the closure will be August 29. The business has seen a lot of changes over the last few years and unfortunately the move to a much larger space added complications we felt we just couldn't overcome. We would like to thank everyone who visited our shop and all the customers who put their trust in us to build their dream bikes. We've had an amazing time at Golden Square and are very proud of everything we achieved.

Moving forward we will be putting all our efforts into our web site. We will continue to seek out brands, we will continue to work on features, photography and work on projects with talented designers. This will always be a part of what we do.

We've had a lot of questions recently about our range plan moving forward. Next season there will definitely be a emphasis on building our performance and casual clothing range but we will still continue to stock hard to find frames and components. We will be discontinuing our complete bike range.

Next season to name a few we will be seeing big new drops from Tokyo Fixed, Mission Workshop and Search & State. We will be welcoming back old friends such as Nari Furi and the Japanese line of Wild Things. And we will be greeting lots of new brands such as Attaqeur and Kletterworks. Please stay with us!

With the closing down of a shop comes discounts. Our sale will be massive. The majority of our sale will be in store only. The sale will be starting next week. More to come on this.

We are aiming to get all custom builds out of the store before we close. For the few projects which will not be complete be Aug 29 we will happily transfer the build onto a bike shop of your choosing."

After shop closure all Kinoko Vouchers will be honoured online only.

Jul 17, 2014 3 comments
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Distance Over Time

I’m stoked to see this as a Vimeo pick!

“Distance Over Time follows the truly inspirational story of James Golding, a man who has beaten incredible odds to achieve extraordinary things. From weighing 6 stone and being too weak to walk 5 years ago to taking on one of the most savage cycling records ever undertaken, Spindle Productions followed James’ remarkable journey.”

Jul 17, 2014 2 comments
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