The Land of the Midnight Sun
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Well, after almost 30 hours of driving, we made it to the Nord of Sweden and the start of the
Sverigetempot, a 1200 mile brevet straight down the country’s spine. Tomorrow morning brings the start of the ride and even though its midnight, the sun is still shining…

Jul 15, 2016 1 comment
Ride. Camp. Repeat.

Skyler Des Roches, Daniel Mattison and Knut Kitching with support from Logan Watts Bikepacking.com put together a nice short on the joys of getting out of the city and into the woods for the weekend.

Jul 15, 2016 9 comments
44 Bikes on Why Made in the USA Matters
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Kris at 44 Bikes has written a great manifesto on why made in the USA matters. Here’s an excerpt:

“…Having a healthy, prospering U.S. manufacturing base that employs skilled workers and invests in that same workforce ensures we have a strong middle class with good pay. This strengthens the very foundation of our society which creates mobility and even more important: Stability in the market because workers who have money in their pocket spend that same money on goods and service. That’s why I take some time, care and pride in partnering with local manufacturers when and where I can. It’s a two way street. What goes around comes around.”

I’d say more, but I’d like you the read the whole article, so head to 44 Bikes to check it out. Also, I’d like to note that it’s not just that made in the USA matters, it’s that domestic production matters. I support products made in Japan, Germany, Italy, etc. It comes down to companies who manufacture products in their native land, where environmental regulation is upheld…

Jul 15, 2016 5 comments
Oakley and the Green Fade Collection

Each piece of eyewear in the Green Fade Collection is unique, be it the EVZero, Jawbreaker, Radar EV, Flak 2, Radarlock or Frogskins, these sunglasses are all hand-painted by professional athletes. Check out more information and stock at Oakley.

Jul 15, 2016 No comments yet
Porcelain Rocket’s New Dropper Post-Friendly Saddle Bag
PorcelainRocket_Dropper

The name of the game is innovation. Scott from Porcelain Rocket has been brainstorming ways to incorporate his saddle packs into a dropper post-friendly design for some time now. Working with collaborator Rick Hunter from Hunter Cycles, these two came up with a new system, which I’m assuming will be available shortly. It appears the pack is a bit smaller than the popular Mr. Fusion design, but since its a prototype currently, I’m sure they’ll be addressing that in the near future. For now, follow along at Porcelain Rocket’s Instagram. As for the beer can, well…

Edit: Scott just posted a photo of the rail attachment on Flickr.

Jul 14, 2016 7 comments
Diamondback’s New 27.5 Haanjo EXP Carbon Touring Bike
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At first glance, this might seem like just another carbon fiber “all road” bike, but look closely and you’ll see Diamondback made some really clever and practical decisions on their newest touring model, the Haanjo EXP Carbon. First off, the 3×9 drivetrain. While it might not be as light as a 1x SRAM setup, it has the gear range you’ll need for extended dirt tours on steep roads. Next, the wheels. 27.5″ x 2.1 wheels offer plenty of ride-dampening for long days in the saddle. While the Haanjo EXP sports thru axles, it relies on cable-actuated disc brakes and barend shifters for both ease of repair and reliability. I’m liking what I see here. All for $2,300 complete as shown. Check out more at Diamondback.

Jul 14, 2016 18 comments
Manual for Speed introduces Liquid Speed T
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Charles Williams11Made Up has done something special with Speed. He’s managed to evoke Speed at its most liquid and fluorescent. A version of Speed so fresh that the paint, if this was paint—if this was a painted UFO shaped like the word Speed flying through the air high above the major cities and culturally important sites of the world, higher than the Goodyear Blimp and all the other flying objects of man—would never have the chance to dry. This Speed UFO would let the world know that Speed is fluid, Speed is bright, Speed is exciting, that Speed is forever new! Until that UFO appears, we have an idea of it down here on Earth and we’ve captured it in a beautiful graphic. The point here is that Speed is so fast it will never dry, never be static, never settle.

Available now on Manual For Speed >> http://shop.manualforspeed.com/ <<

P.S. You might notice a few other new items up in the store. While you can buy them now MFS will making much ado about them throughout the week. ;)

Jul 13, 2016 No comments yet
I’m Heading to Sweden to Document the Sverigetempot
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The Sverigetempot is a brevet from the northernmost to the southernmost points in Sweden, which is about 1400 miles. That’s like riding from Seattle to San Diego. Entrants have the option for a 144 or 177 hour cutoff, which is roughly about a week. So far, there are 37 registered for the 177 with only 11 going for the 144. I’ll be there documenting the event and the vernacular of the Swedish countryside alongside Erzui Film, so be sure to follow along at @theRadavist and @ErtzuiFilm on Instagram.

Jul 12, 2016 4 comments
Wolf Tooth Components: Boostinator Adapters
WT_Boost

With all these new spacing “standards,” it can be hard to keep your wheels up to spec. If you have a boost frame, but standard wheels, Wolf Tooth might be able to help. Their new Boostinator kits allow the use of existing 15x100mm and 12x142mm thru-axles on new Boost frames and forks. Head to Wolf Tooth for all the details!

Jul 12, 2016 No comments yet
Santa Cruz Goes Metal
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Thought the carbon versions of Santa Cruz’s mountain bikes were pricey? Well, they’ve just gone metal. Now, Santa Cruz models are available in aluminum and start at only $2,599. See more information at Santa Cruz.

Jul 12, 2016 1 comment
Yoke’s on You
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A week ago, I went up the coast here in Southern California to visit the shop of Stinner Frameworks. It’d been a few years since I’d visited Aaron and hadn’t yet been to their new shop. The intent of the trip was to check out a new rowdy 27.5+ hardtail they’ve been developing and document one frame’s journey from CAD to construction. When I get back from Sweden, the story will continue, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I just wanted to say, hot damn, Paragon!

Jul 12, 2016 1 comment
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Oakley and the Green Fade Collection

Each piece of eyewear in the Green Fade Collection is unique, be it the EVZero, Jawbreaker, Radar EV, Flak 2, Radarlock or Frogskins, these sunglasses are all hand-painted by professional athletes. Check out more information and stock at Oakley.

Jul 15, 2016 No comments yet
Porcelain Rocket’s New Dropper Post-Friendly Saddle Bag
PorcelainRocket_Dropper

The name of the game is innovation. Scott from Porcelain Rocket has been brainstorming ways to incorporate his saddle packs into a dropper post-friendly design for some time now. Working with collaborator Rick Hunter from Hunter Cycles, these two came up with a new system, which I’m assuming will be available shortly. It appears the pack is a bit smaller than the popular Mr. Fusion design, but since its a prototype currently, I’m sure they’ll be addressing that in the near future. For now, follow along at Porcelain Rocket’s Instagram. As for the beer can, well…

Edit: Scott just posted a photo of the rail attachment on Flickr.

Jul 14, 2016 7 comments
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Diamondback’s New 27.5 Haanjo EXP Carbon Touring Bike
Road-Bikes-16-Haanjo-Exp-Carbon-Dgr-profile

At first glance, this might seem like just another carbon fiber “all road” bike, but look closely and you’ll see Diamondback made some really clever and practical decisions on their newest touring model, the Haanjo EXP Carbon. First off, the 3×9 drivetrain. While it might not be as light as a 1x SRAM setup, it has the gear range you’ll need for extended dirt tours on steep roads. Next, the wheels. 27.5″ x 2.1 wheels offer plenty of ride-dampening for long days in the saddle. While the Haanjo EXP sports thru axles, it relies on cable-actuated disc brakes and barend shifters for both ease of repair and reliability. I’m liking what I see here. All for $2,300 complete as shown. Check out more at Diamondback.

Jul 14, 2016 18 comments
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Manual for Speed introduces Liquid Speed T
manualforspeed_product_liquidspeed-2

Charles Williams11Made Up has done something special with Speed. He’s managed to evoke Speed at its most liquid and fluorescent. A version of Speed so fresh that the paint, if this was paint—if this was a painted UFO shaped like the word Speed flying through the air high above the major cities and culturally important sites of the world, higher than the Goodyear Blimp and all the other flying objects of man—would never have the chance to dry. This Speed UFO would let the world know that Speed is fluid, Speed is bright, Speed is exciting, that Speed is forever new! Until that UFO appears, we have an idea of it down here on Earth and we’ve captured it in a beautiful graphic. The point here is that Speed is so fast it will never dry, never be static, never settle.

Available now on Manual For Speed >> http://shop.manualforspeed.com/ <<

P.S. You might notice a few other new items up in the store. While you can buy them now MFS will making much ado about them throughout the week. ;)

Jul 13, 2016 No comments yet
I’m Heading to Sweden to Document the Sverigetempot
Recent-Roll-West_Coast-Mamiya-121-1335x1089@2x

The Sverigetempot is a brevet from the northernmost to the southernmost points in Sweden, which is about 1400 miles. That’s like riding from Seattle to San Diego. Entrants have the option for a 144 or 177 hour cutoff, which is roughly about a week. So far, there are 37 registered for the 177 with only 11 going for the 144. I’ll be there documenting the event and the vernacular of the Swedish countryside alongside Erzui Film, so be sure to follow along at @theRadavist and @ErtzuiFilm on Instagram.

Jul 12, 2016 4 comments
Wolf Tooth Components: Boostinator Adapters
WT_Boost

With all these new spacing “standards,” it can be hard to keep your wheels up to spec. If you have a boost frame, but standard wheels, Wolf Tooth might be able to help. Their new Boostinator kits allow the use of existing 15x100mm and 12x142mm thru-axles on new Boost frames and forks. Head to Wolf Tooth for all the details!

Jul 12, 2016 No comments yet
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Santa Cruz Goes Metal
5010SCB

Thought the carbon versions of Santa Cruz’s mountain bikes were pricey? Well, they’ve just gone metal. Now, Santa Cruz models are available in aluminum and start at only $2,599. See more information at Santa Cruz.

Jul 12, 2016 1 comment
Yoke’s on You
Yoke-1

A week ago, I went up the coast here in Southern California to visit the shop of Stinner Frameworks. It’d been a few years since I’d visited Aaron and hadn’t yet been to their new shop. The intent of the trip was to check out a new rowdy 27.5+ hardtail they’ve been developing and document one frame’s journey from CAD to construction. When I get back from Sweden, the story will continue, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I just wanted to say, hot damn, Paragon!

Jul 12, 2016 1 comment
Seven Introduces the RedSky Medium-Reach Road Bike
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Seven Cycles has released a new road bike, the RedSky, a medium-reach road bike, suitable for all road conditions and with enough clearance for a 32mm file tread tire, even dirt. The frame comes with optional, hidden fender mounts. The 5E road fork comes in 8 different rakes, which allows them to optimize handling for riders across the size spectrum, as well as addressing issues of toe overlap for smaller riders.

RedSky can be built with a choice of build kits from SRAM, Campagnolo or Shimano and is available now from Seven.

Jul 12, 2016 3 comments
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Summer Sunsets are the Best
SummerSunsets

When work is busy, the late afternoon is the only time I can ride and even then, I usually have to stay local. My go-to sunset loop is a mixed terrain ride, that takes me from one park to another, offering various vistas to the neighboring mountains. Sometimes I bring a camera, more than often I do not, but when I do, I’m always glad I did.

Catching the summer sunset and the rapid change in light, is always worth the extra wait and yes, weight…

Jul 11, 2016 No comments yet
Introducing Page Street Cycles by Christopher Igleheart and Joseph Ahearne
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Christopher Igleheart and Joseph Ahearne have over 50 years in joint frame building experience and have been working towards this end goal for some time now. Page Street Cycles was born from a desire to design and build bikes that are both fun to ride and highly functional. Chris and Joseph would like to bring a semi-custom frameset to you, the consumer for around $2,250, beginning with the Outback 650b, an off-road tourer with clearances for a 2.5″ tire with fenders. Page Street Bikes is open for business, so head over to their site for more information!

Jul 11, 2016 1 comment
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