Havana Bikes

This is amazing…

“Cuba underwent a bicycle revolution in the 1990s during its five year ‘Special Period’. Oil was scarce as a result of tough economic constraints, and throughout those years of austerity, bicycles where introduced as an alternative mode of transport. Thousands of Cubans used bicycles on a regular basis, as pedalling became the norm on the island.

Years later, the transportation crisis subsided and motorised vehicles returned, and the country’s bicycle culture took a hit. Now, new bikes are difficult to come by and parts are not readily available, yet many Cubans still use bicycles daily and, despite the limited resources, a handful of mechanics provide a service to those who rely on their bikes in their everyday lives.

Plenty of cyclists roam the streets of Havana and the rest of Cuba. Ángel, a typical bike riding Habanero, provides a brief insight into Cuban bicycle culture and the importance of bike mechanics in the capital as we come across both riders and repairmen.”

Apr 9, 2014 3 comments
Dirty Hundo Video

When I found out that I couldn’t make it to the Mudfoot Dirty Hundo, I asked Kyle and Ace if they’d be willing to document the event. Sure enough, they pulled through in a big way. Both with a video and with a killer ride report which I’ll be posting later today.

For now, check out this awesome video Ace edited of he and Kyle’s footage from the ride.

Apr 9, 2014 16 comments
Todd from Black Cat Had a Trail Friend Today
Santa Cruz Effect-1

Today we went on an insanely fun ride from Giro’s HQ through Mount Charlie, Highway 236 and now, we’re in cabins on the coast where we’re staying the night… As always, there’s more to come but for now, here’s a banana slug that enjoys Black Cat fillet brazed stems.

Apr 8, 2014 2 comments
Berliner Fahrrad Schau 2014 After Movie

This event always looks so awesome.

“In its 5th anniversary year, the Berliner Fahrrad Schau has established itself once and for all among exhibitors and audiences as a contemporary and influential trend show for urban bicycle themes, racing, bicycle accessories and bicycle fashion, and has already set a course for the year 2015. Next, the trade fair will be part of the planned multi-day Berlin Bicycle Week.”

Apr 8, 2014 1 comment
Rock Shox: Introducing the RS-1 Fork

Out of all the new tech we got to ride in Moab at SRAM’s Trail House, the RS-1 was my favorite. Later this week I’ll go into a more in-depth review, but for now, check out this press-release on this innovative suspension system:

“When it came time to best our XC platform, it meant reevaluating every element that defines the most winning XC fork in world cup history. A ruthless approach to material optimization, an ultra efficient energy saving lockout and quite possibly the world’s lightest air spring – all designed to enable riders to find their next line.

The outcome was something unexpected. A fork that ushers in a new-generation philosophy to XC rider efficiency, packaged in a chassis design never before seen by RockShox. RS-1 harnesses 25 years of creativity, refinement, and the courage to tackle the biggest engineering challenge of mountain bike suspension to date: the inverted chassis.”

Apr 8, 2014 4 comments
Chris King: ISO XD Hub for SRAM XX1
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Have a set of Chris King ISO or ISO DH hubs that you want to run on your XX1 system? I know I do and up until today, there hasn’t been an option. This morning Chris King announced their new ISO XD hub for SRAM’s XX1. The best part is, there’s also a conversion kit available for existing ISO hubs…

Check out more at Chris King and see the press-release below!

“We are proud to announce the Chris King ISO XD Hub, Chris King’s solution for SRAM’s one-by drivetrains. Our new XD Driveshell combines our legendary in-house made bearings and the unparalleled engagement of our patented RingDrive system in our SRAM one-by compatible Chris King hub. Our new XD Driveshell system allows current Chris King hub owners to easily convert their ISO and ISO DH hubs to a SRAM one-by system.

With our new Chris King ISO XD Hub you can expect the same high standards of quality, manufacturing, and serviceability that you have come to expect from all of our components. Each Chris King XD Driveshell is machined out of a single piece of high-grade stainless steel and heat treated to create a XD Driveshell with unmatched strength and durability.

The Chris King XD Driveshell utilizes the legendary ISO Driveshell internals to remove the need for any additional small parts.”

Apr 8, 2014 2 comments
Yonder Journal: MSOJ MTB Trip and Trundling
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If you’ve seen the newest issue of Bike Mag, then maybe you noticed the large-format poster featuring the above artwork by Chris McNally – which you can coincidentally pick up at Yonder Journal in a nice, flat poster for your wall. But what exactly is it? Who are these strange men and what are those bigfoots (bigfeet?) doing with those rocks?

Last summer, Yonder Journal got the hair-brained idea to follow mule tracks from the Mythical State of Jefferson to the coast on packed-out mountain bikes and using the new Acre Hauser packs.

When excerpts from a ride report begin with:

“It was decided early on that Daniel would be the first one we would eat. He is a fleshy nutrient-packed individual with a penchant for sweets and he was, by being the organizer and de facto Captain of this expedition, the reason why we were all here. So it only made sense that if the fate of our group lead to cannibalism, he would be the first to go. We had come to Northern California to attempt bikepacking.

More specifically we had come to ride to the sea. All of us had backpacked before and all of us were cyclists, but how the integration of the two would work was based on assumption. Most of us could only think about it, like we were trying to imagine orange when our experience had been strictly limited to yellow and red. Fortunately Daniel had selected a group of people who, for this adventure at least, were able to rein in a modicum of our typical hubris, to the point that important questions were deferred to the couple of group members who had prior bikepacking experience.” -Kyle von Hoetzendorff

Then you know it’s gonna be good. See the whole (it’s a big one) MSOJ MTB shit-show (MSOJMTBSS) at Yonder Journal and check out some sample photos below!

Sign me up!

Apr 7, 2014 3 comments
FYXO: Woods Point Epic
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Photo by Andy White

This is by far, my most favorite FYXO photo ever and this is one of Andy’s greatest long tales:

“Many have tried to replicate this ride, some with success, some with failure, none without awe of the surrounds of this part of the world and the challenges it presents when it’s just you and your bike.

I look back and think ‘did I really do that?’. Particularly day one’s 200km+ on dirt, sand, rock on a singlespeed CX one gear without an iPhone – yes, this post is that old.

These posts have inspired many to get out on there bikes and push limits and find new roads, surely helped popularise ‘gravel grinding’, yondering and whatever the hashtag of the moment is, but in truth it’s just #ridingabikewithmates.

The words of this story remain unchanged, though I’ve stitched the three day / three post report from 2009 into one. Lily Allen still puts me right back in the Eildon pub every time I hear it.”

If you could hear and smell this post, it would be the complete experience. Instead, you have to rely on words and photos. See more at FYXO.

Apr 7, 2014 No comments yet
Well Used: White Industries VBC Cranks
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Even I was a bit skeptical about the ability for my Geekhouse Woodville to throw from a 50t to a 32t consistently, using White Industries’ VBC cranks. But more importantly, I was interested in seeing how the crank arms and rings would hold up to daily use. Well, the front derailleur still throws just fine and they haven’t shown much wear at all. Go figure.

With around 10 months of heavy use, as you can see, they’re still kicking and show very little ‘tooth decay’. There’s very little crank arm rub as well. My Woodville is primarily my around-town, errand getter, bar bike and my go-to ‘big fuckin rides’ vehicle of choice. It’s been camping, tackled the MSOJ and blasted through tons of 1-track.

I have to admit, these are some of my favorite cranks I’ve ever owned.

After receiving emails from people, asking to see updates on the drivetrain, I shot a few yesterday. Check out more below.

… and I haven’t even had to touch the lock ring. For more details on the setup, check out the original post on my Woodville.

Apr 7, 2014 14 comments
POC + Ritte
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SoCal-based, bad boyz / bad girlz of cycling, Ritte have teamed up with POC, one of the most unique cycling helmet and apparel companies to form a whole line of collaborative products. Coming soon are POC + Ritte gloves, bibs, jersey and yes, a scarf. The whole collection looks great and I can’t wait to see photos of the team wearing this line.

See more at POC and check your local dealer for availability. This release is slated for mid-April.

Apr 7, 2014 No comments yet
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Dirty Hundo Video

When I found out that I couldn’t make it to the Mudfoot Dirty Hundo, I asked Kyle and Ace if they’d be willing to document the event. Sure enough, they pulled through in a big way. Both with a video and with a killer ride report which I’ll be posting later today.

For now, check out this awesome video Ace edited of he and Kyle’s footage from the ride.

Apr 9, 2014 16 comments
Todd from Black Cat Had a Trail Friend Today
Santa Cruz Effect-1

Today we went on an insanely fun ride from Giro’s HQ through Mount Charlie, Highway 236 and now, we’re in cabins on the coast where we’re staying the night… As always, there’s more to come but for now, here’s a banana slug that enjoys Black Cat fillet brazed stems.

Apr 8, 2014 2 comments
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Berliner Fahrrad Schau 2014 After Movie

This event always looks so awesome.

“In its 5th anniversary year, the Berliner Fahrrad Schau has established itself once and for all among exhibitors and audiences as a contemporary and influential trend show for urban bicycle themes, racing, bicycle accessories and bicycle fashion, and has already set a course for the year 2015. Next, the trade fair will be part of the planned multi-day Berlin Bicycle Week.”

Apr 8, 2014 1 comment
Rock Shox: Introducing the RS-1 Fork

Out of all the new tech we got to ride in Moab at SRAM’s Trail House, the RS-1 was my favorite. Later this week I’ll go into a more in-depth review, but for now, check out this press-release on this innovative suspension system:

“When it came time to best our XC platform, it meant reevaluating every element that defines the most winning XC fork in world cup history. A ruthless approach to material optimization, an ultra efficient energy saving lockout and quite possibly the world’s lightest air spring – all designed to enable riders to find their next line.

The outcome was something unexpected. A fork that ushers in a new-generation philosophy to XC rider efficiency, packaged in a chassis design never before seen by RockShox. RS-1 harnesses 25 years of creativity, refinement, and the courage to tackle the biggest engineering challenge of mountain bike suspension to date: the inverted chassis.”

Apr 8, 2014 4 comments
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Chris King: ISO XD Hub for SRAM XX1
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Have a set of Chris King ISO or ISO DH hubs that you want to run on your XX1 system? I know I do and up until today, there hasn’t been an option. This morning Chris King announced their new ISO XD hub for SRAM’s XX1. The best part is, there’s also a conversion kit available for existing ISO hubs…

Check out more at Chris King and see the press-release below!

“We are proud to announce the Chris King ISO XD Hub, Chris King’s solution for SRAM’s one-by drivetrains. Our new XD Driveshell combines our legendary in-house made bearings and the unparalleled engagement of our patented RingDrive system in our SRAM one-by compatible Chris King hub. Our new XD Driveshell system allows current Chris King hub owners to easily convert their ISO and ISO DH hubs to a SRAM one-by system.

With our new Chris King ISO XD Hub you can expect the same high standards of quality, manufacturing, and serviceability that you have come to expect from all of our components. Each Chris King XD Driveshell is machined out of a single piece of high-grade stainless steel and heat treated to create a XD Driveshell with unmatched strength and durability.

The Chris King XD Driveshell utilizes the legendary ISO Driveshell internals to remove the need for any additional small parts.”

Apr 8, 2014 2 comments
Yonder Journal: MSOJ MTB Trip and Trundling
postergrid

If you’ve seen the newest issue of Bike Mag, then maybe you noticed the large-format poster featuring the above artwork by Chris McNally – which you can coincidentally pick up at Yonder Journal in a nice, flat poster for your wall. But what exactly is it? Who are these strange men and what are those bigfoots (bigfeet?) doing with those rocks?

Last summer, Yonder Journal got the hair-brained idea to follow mule tracks from the Mythical State of Jefferson to the coast on packed-out mountain bikes and using the new Acre Hauser packs.

When excerpts from a ride report begin with:

“It was decided early on that Daniel would be the first one we would eat. He is a fleshy nutrient-packed individual with a penchant for sweets and he was, by being the organizer and de facto Captain of this expedition, the reason why we were all here. So it only made sense that if the fate of our group lead to cannibalism, he would be the first to go. We had come to Northern California to attempt bikepacking.

More specifically we had come to ride to the sea. All of us had backpacked before and all of us were cyclists, but how the integration of the two would work was based on assumption. Most of us could only think about it, like we were trying to imagine orange when our experience had been strictly limited to yellow and red. Fortunately Daniel had selected a group of people who, for this adventure at least, were able to rein in a modicum of our typical hubris, to the point that important questions were deferred to the couple of group members who had prior bikepacking experience.” -Kyle von Hoetzendorff

Then you know it’s gonna be good. See the whole (it’s a big one) MSOJ MTB shit-show (MSOJMTBSS) at Yonder Journal and check out some sample photos below!

Sign me up!

Apr 7, 2014 3 comments
FYXO: Woods Point Epic
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Photo by Andy White

This is by far, my most favorite FYXO photo ever and this is one of Andy’s greatest long tales:

“Many have tried to replicate this ride, some with success, some with failure, none without awe of the surrounds of this part of the world and the challenges it presents when it’s just you and your bike.

I look back and think ‘did I really do that?’. Particularly day one’s 200km+ on dirt, sand, rock on a singlespeed CX one gear without an iPhone – yes, this post is that old.

These posts have inspired many to get out on there bikes and push limits and find new roads, surely helped popularise ‘gravel grinding’, yondering and whatever the hashtag of the moment is, but in truth it’s just #ridingabikewithmates.

The words of this story remain unchanged, though I’ve stitched the three day / three post report from 2009 into one. Lily Allen still puts me right back in the Eildon pub every time I hear it.”

If you could hear and smell this post, it would be the complete experience. Instead, you have to rely on words and photos. See more at FYXO.

Apr 7, 2014 No comments yet
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Well Used: White Industries VBC Cranks
White_Industries-1

Even I was a bit skeptical about the ability for my Geekhouse Woodville to throw from a 50t to a 32t consistently, using White Industries’ VBC cranks. But more importantly, I was interested in seeing how the crank arms and rings would hold up to daily use. Well, the front derailleur still throws just fine and they haven’t shown much wear at all. Go figure.

With around 10 months of heavy use, as you can see, they’re still kicking and show very little ‘tooth decay’. There’s very little crank arm rub as well. My Woodville is primarily my around-town, errand getter, bar bike and my go-to ‘big fuckin rides’ vehicle of choice. It’s been camping, tackled the MSOJ and blasted through tons of 1-track.

I have to admit, these are some of my favorite cranks I’ve ever owned.

After receiving emails from people, asking to see updates on the drivetrain, I shot a few yesterday. Check out more below.

… and I haven’t even had to touch the lock ring. For more details on the setup, check out the original post on my Woodville.

Apr 7, 2014 14 comments
POC + Ritte
POC-Ritte-book

SoCal-based, bad boyz / bad girlz of cycling, Ritte have teamed up with POC, one of the most unique cycling helmet and apparel companies to form a whole line of collaborative products. Coming soon are POC + Ritte gloves, bibs, jersey and yes, a scarf. The whole collection looks great and I can’t wait to see photos of the team wearing this line.

See more at POC and check your local dealer for availability. This release is slated for mid-April.

Apr 7, 2014 No comments yet
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Limited Edition Speedvagen Family Racing Figurines
Speedvagen Family Racing Figurines

Speedvagen is so Portland and I don’t mean that in the Portlandia, ironic, hip sense. When I think of Portland brands – those of which who have made it to international credibility anyway – I think of people who obsess over the details. The Vanilla / Speedvagen family is one such brand.

Friday afternoon, I received a package from the great V. Inside was this meticulously-wrapped package, with coasters on the back and a little brown box with a twine bow. Inside, a hand-painted Speedvagen racer was tied to a padded backing.


The history of these figurines date back to the 1950′s in France from a small foundry where they were cast in batches. From there, they were each hand-painted by women who lived in the village. Popularity for these figurines spiked in the mid-1960′s when hundreds of thousands were sold in cycling’s holy lands: France, Italy and Belgium. Go figure.

As things tend to go, the small foundry had its ups and downs, until around the 1990′s, when the figures made a resurgence, once again capturing the eyes of cyclists. Now, two some twenty odd years later, they’re making another sprint to the forefront of companies, both large and small, including Speedvagen.

The Speedvagen Family Racing Figurines are at 1:32 scale. Each of the 50 produced figurines were hand painted, in-house by Jenn and Evan of The Vanilla Workshop.

Pick one up now at Speedvagen for $50.

Apr 6, 2014 No comments yet
The Ass Savers Brookshield is Lightweight and Easy
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I hate fenders and as a Texan, that is ok. The rainy days to sunny days ratio is skewed. We’re in an extreme drought, so why would I put fenders on my Geekhouse Frontage Road Tourer? Pffft….

That said, I hate getting sprayed up the ‘crack with dirty water from the road when we do get a moist morning. Which is why I love the Ass Savers Brookshield.

See more below!

These simple mudguards are meant to protect you and your derrière, not your riding mates’ faces and not your bottles, legs or feet.

This thin, yet rigid piece of plastic clips onto your Brooks saddle rails.

… and catches any upspray.

If rain is in the forecast, I just drop it in my backpack, bar bag, pannier or conveniently just store it under your saddle. They’re inexpensive, light and best of all, not full fenders. If you don’t ride a Brooks, Ass Savers are also available in the Original, which fits just about every saddle rail.

Apr 6, 2014 10 comments
YNOT: The Becket Backpack

This just in from Toronto’s YNOT:

“Handmade in Toronto & guaranteed for life, this deceptively versatile pack morphs in shape, function and style.

Its multifaceted closure options allows your gear to be carried securely inside and out. A floating liner and multiple roll top options keep your contents dry, while the external integrated holster lets you quickly get at your u-lock without opening your bag. Worried about the hot summer ahead? Never fear because the nylon & air-knit back pad provides added structure, sweat resistance and breathability.

You can also add an easily removable Becket Pocket Lid to expand your carrying capacity & personalize the look of your bag. Like all our packs, The Becket is Swoop System compatible for Laptop Sleeves and other swoop accessories coming soon! ”

See more at YNOT!

Apr 5, 2014 No comments yet
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