STICKY! The Radavist and Fairends Cotton Camp Hat
Radavist_Cap-5

I’ve known Ben from Fairends since the Freeman Transport days (R.I.P.) and I’ve always loved his made in the USA products. Camp hats are great. Also called twill caps, they’re a staple for any wardrobe. Personally, I prefer black caps, but in the summer, they get soaked in sweat, so I wanted to wait until fall to sell these.

These camp hats are the blackest ever black cotton, with a Jackal embroidered on the front, with grey inlay and the Radavist script text on the back. The construction is super solid and the embroidery is impeccable.

-100% Cotton Twill
– Unstructured cotton body
– One size fits all, adjustable with nylon webbing strap and plastic closure
– Made in the USA

$48 + Shipping ($5 domestic, $12 international) – each will come with stickers and a high five.

Pick one up below!


Shipping




Oct 21, 2014 9 comments
Firefly Bicycles: Bones Numero Cinco
Firefly-bones-V-03

I know the whole point of the Firefly Bones project is to offer a unique *steel* frame, made in Boston and hand illustrated by Eric Bones, but I can’t help but think these are the best looking collaboration bikes to come from a frame builder and I’d love to see them go into full-scale, mass production.

Each of these builds have unique details as well. What caught my eye here was that titanium stem and the proportions of those Dura Ace cranks. This bike looks mean.

See more details at the Firefly Flickr.

Oct 21, 2014 No comments yet
Ride BMX’s Texas Toast Coverage

There was just too much going on this weekend in Austin for me to make it out to Texas Toast. Luckily for all of us though, Ride BMX was out with their video crew, capturing all the highlights. Here’s street finals…

Oct 21, 2014 No comments yet
Morvélo Battle Royale

This looks good!

Morvélo Battle Royale is a unique take on bicycle speedway, using a natural concrete oval in an abandoned old market in central Brighton. Pitching all types of riders and bikes against each other in a series of fast and furious knockout heats. Enter your ‘”gang” as a team of three, pack the ‘Warriors’ style outfit, and make sure you’re not last over the line.

For more details and online entry head to Morvélo.

Saturday 6th December 2014 , Circus Street Old Market, Brighton, BN2 9QF

Oct 21, 2014 No comments yet
Café du Cycliste’s Fall and Winter Collection
6

Fall is my favorite riding season, particularly because of the apparel offerings and layering options. There’s nothing like climbing for hours, stripping layers to descend in the brisk, chilly air wearing a favorite jacket.

With each year’s season change come new offerings from brands, one of which I’ve been really enjoying is Café du Cycliste. They just launched their fall / winter 2014 lookbook and it’s looking great.

See the 2014 Fall / Winter Lookbook at Café du Cycliste and their entire line at their web shop.

Also, see a few more photos below.

Oct 21, 2014 1 comment
QBP’s Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship
9899_Wmn-Scholarship-website-head_vF

Hey ladies, listen up!

Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship
SRAM, Liv, QBP, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Pedro’s and Park Tool have joined together to offer ten scholarships for women bike mechanics to attend UBI. This scholarship is dedicated to getting more women on bikes and supporting the development of female mechanics. This opportunity is open to aspiring or experienced bike mechanics and women that would like to increase their technical knowledge to further their career in the bike industry.

Continue reading below…

This scholarship has two primary goals:

-To grow the number of talented women working in the bike industry
-To grow female ridership
-Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on their potential to do both of these things.

This scholarship will cover the 2-week Professional Shop Repair and Operations class. Additional support is provided by Nuu-Muu and the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition (OIWC).

This open call for applications begins October 20 and will close Nov 15. Scholarship winners will be notified via email by December 19.

Apply for this scholarship »»

Oct 21, 2014 1 comment
Still One of the Best Designed Shop Jerseys
KeithHaringCityCycles

NYC’s John Campo posted this on his Facebook yesterday and I had to share it. These Keith-Haring designed City Cycles jerseys have always been my favorite. A pristine example of less is more with no visible sponsor logos, or flashy colors. Just white space with an original Haring illustration.

It seems some of the original City Cycles members have gotten back together, formed a Facebook Group and have made commemorative t-shirts. I’m not sure when or if they’ll be selling to the public, but I felt like it was worth the share, regardless.

Oct 21, 2014 No comments yet
Lino Messori

This is a great video profile on a frame builder many of us have never even heard of. Myself included…

“Lino Messori said of himself “I am nobody, but I did a bit of everything”.
Born in 1926, in Modena, Italy, Lino quickly became a local fixture both for his incomparable skills and his personality.

A master frame builder who also followed a myriad of different passions, spanning from singing with opera legend Luciano Pavarotti to never losing a single boxing match.
Lino Messori made 150 bespoke bikes over the span of his career, many of which were very special for the time and still today.”

Oct 21, 2014 No comments yet
The Cyclist Philosopher

I really enjoyed this one. Here’s some background:

“For Andy Duncan, cycling means freedom and life without it is hard to imagine. As a Scotsman and philosopher who stood at the frontier of bike messengering in the Netherlands his affection for cycling stem from the 225.000 km he travelled through the streets and suburbs of Utrecht during the last 22 years. Two years ago Andy was diagnosed with an aggressive prostatic cancer and was told he had only three years to live. We met Andy just before he moved back to Scotland. Surrounded by moving boxes, he was working on his last bike – battered, but resilient and very much in love.”

Make sure you hit the CC for English subtitles.

Oct 21, 2014 2 comments
Merckx Mondays
MerckxIckx

Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx? Sure!

In cooperation with Tijdsbeeld & Pièce Montée, 9000 studios will make the new website Mercxickx.be. Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx might be the greatest sports icons Belgium has ever produced. In 2015, both gentlemen are blessed with 70 candles on their birthday cake, which is celebrated with a grand exhibition.

Grand, like the careers of both gentlemen. Eddy Merckx, the best cyclist of all times, won everything there was to win, including five GC victories in the Tour de France, The Giro, The Vuelta and seven times Milaan San Remo. Jacky Ickx is one of the most complete car racers to ever press down a throttle pedal. Amongst other things, he won 8 F1 grand prixs, six times the prestigeous 24 hours of Le Mans and the Paris Dakar rally. Two international sports icons, two proud Belgians. If anyone deserve’s an exhibition, it’s them.

See more at 9000.be. Nice find, Tracko!

Oct 20, 2014 No comments yet
Horse Cycles: White Stallion Production 29’r Hardtail MTB
Horse_Hardtail

Yikes! I didn’t expect to see this beauty when I was catching up on my Flickr browsing. Thomas at Horse Cycles just completed a run of production 29’r hardtails, complete with custom paint, done in house, right down to detailing the Rock Shox fork and ENVE stem. What do I think? Dirty thoughts… like a white horse fell into the mud dirty.

The price? $999 for a frame only, with a 3-4 week lead time. See more at Horse Cycles!

Oct 20, 2014 5 comments
Just a Little Bigger: Surly’s Knard 41c Cross Tire
Surly_Knard_Tire-41c-1

It takes a bit of convincing for most people, but after you go with a fatter tire on your cross bike, you rarely will want to go back. Since riding the Nano for around 6 months, I’ve fallen in love with the extra cushion provided by a 40c tire and while I love the Nano, I really wanted to give the Surly Knard 41c a go. If, for any other reason than the allure of a smidge in additional width.

Trails, sure! But racing? For some reason, people are apprehensive about racing a 40+c tire – USAC allows it, so why not? My guess is, that age old myth that a “bigger tire is slower”… Oh but the contrary, with the right PSI, you’ll have the upper hand on just about any course.

I spent the weekend racing on my new Knards and have some thoughts below…

Surely Surly doesn’t make “race tires”, but that didn’t stop me from giving these a go at this weekend’s races. While we don’t get muddy conditions here too often, I’m confident if we did, the Knard’s tread would handle a few inches of slop just fine. What I do notice is the extra tread on well-worn in lines and when there was mud, the tread pattern shed it a lot better than the Nano.

That said, I feel like the Nano wanted to rip through off-camber lines and downhill sections faster, but that’s only because I spent a lot of time riding similar terrain on both, looking for differences.

Even in sand, and hardpack, the Knard just grips and goes. Having some extra width and cushion helps in rough patches, or ruts in grassy corners. Not to mention, the Knard eats sand like none other. Simply coast through it, while others fight against the criss-crossing ruts.

So what gives? Which tire do I like better? Honestly, I don’t think I have a preference and truthfully, I think I’d like the Knard better up front with a Nano on the rear. Am I going to race anything smaller than a 40c from here on out though? Most likely not. I feel like I had an edge on a lot of the other racers who are still sworn allegiance to a 32 or 33c tire.

For the gram counters, the 120 TPI Knard, even with a whopping “1c” additional width, comes in 5 grams lighter than the Nano. Do I notice a difference? Hell no.

You can set these up tubeless, although I haven’t yet and Surly recommends at least a 23mm wide rim. With the supple casing on the 120TPI tire, and too low PSI, I actually rolled a tire off my rim at around 18psi. I run the front at 25 – 30psi and the rear at 30 – 35psi just fine, typically.

The Surly Knard comes in 120 TPI and 67 TPI casing and is available at your local Surly dealer for around $40 a tire.

Oct 20, 2014 38 comments
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STICKY! The Radavist and Fairends Cotton Camp Hat
Radavist_Cap-5

I’ve known Ben from Fairends since the Freeman Transport days (R.I.P.) and I’ve always loved his made in the USA products. Camp hats are great. Also called twill caps, they’re a staple for any wardrobe. Personally, I prefer black caps, but in the summer, they get soaked in sweat, so I wanted to wait until fall to sell these.

These camp hats are the blackest ever black cotton, with a Jackal embroidered on the front, with grey inlay and the Radavist script text on the back. The construction is super solid and the embroidery is impeccable.

-100% Cotton Twill
– Unstructured cotton body
– One size fits all, adjustable with nylon webbing strap and plastic closure
– Made in the USA

$48 + Shipping ($5 domestic, $12 international) – each will come with stickers and a high five.

Pick one up below!


Shipping




Oct 21, 2014 9 comments
Firefly Bicycles: Bones Numero Cinco
Firefly-bones-V-03

I know the whole point of the Firefly Bones project is to offer a unique *steel* frame, made in Boston and hand illustrated by Eric Bones, but I can’t help but think these are the best looking collaboration bikes to come from a frame builder and I’d love to see them go into full-scale, mass production.

Each of these builds have unique details as well. What caught my eye here was that titanium stem and the proportions of those Dura Ace cranks. This bike looks mean.

See more details at the Firefly Flickr.

Oct 21, 2014 No comments yet
Ride BMX’s Texas Toast Coverage

There was just too much going on this weekend in Austin for me to make it out to Texas Toast. Luckily for all of us though, Ride BMX was out with their video crew, capturing all the highlights. Here’s street finals…

Oct 21, 2014 No comments yet
Morvélo Battle Royale

This looks good!

Morvélo Battle Royale is a unique take on bicycle speedway, using a natural concrete oval in an abandoned old market in central Brighton. Pitching all types of riders and bikes against each other in a series of fast and furious knockout heats. Enter your ‘”gang” as a team of three, pack the ‘Warriors’ style outfit, and make sure you’re not last over the line.

For more details and online entry head to Morvélo.

Saturday 6th December 2014 , Circus Street Old Market, Brighton, BN2 9QF

Oct 21, 2014 No comments yet
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Café du Cycliste’s Fall and Winter Collection
6

Fall is my favorite riding season, particularly because of the apparel offerings and layering options. There’s nothing like climbing for hours, stripping layers to descend in the brisk, chilly air wearing a favorite jacket.

With each year’s season change come new offerings from brands, one of which I’ve been really enjoying is Café du Cycliste. They just launched their fall / winter 2014 lookbook and it’s looking great.

See the 2014 Fall / Winter Lookbook at Café du Cycliste and their entire line at their web shop.

Also, see a few more photos below.

Oct 21, 2014 1 comment
QBP’s Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship
9899_Wmn-Scholarship-website-head_vF

Hey ladies, listen up!

Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship
SRAM, Liv, QBP, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Pedro’s and Park Tool have joined together to offer ten scholarships for women bike mechanics to attend UBI. This scholarship is dedicated to getting more women on bikes and supporting the development of female mechanics. This opportunity is open to aspiring or experienced bike mechanics and women that would like to increase their technical knowledge to further their career in the bike industry.

Continue reading below…

This scholarship has two primary goals:

-To grow the number of talented women working in the bike industry
-To grow female ridership
-Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on their potential to do both of these things.

This scholarship will cover the 2-week Professional Shop Repair and Operations class. Additional support is provided by Nuu-Muu and the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition (OIWC).

This open call for applications begins October 20 and will close Nov 15. Scholarship winners will be notified via email by December 19.

Apply for this scholarship »»

Oct 21, 2014 1 comment
Still One of the Best Designed Shop Jerseys
KeithHaringCityCycles

NYC’s John Campo posted this on his Facebook yesterday and I had to share it. These Keith-Haring designed City Cycles jerseys have always been my favorite. A pristine example of less is more with no visible sponsor logos, or flashy colors. Just white space with an original Haring illustration.

It seems some of the original City Cycles members have gotten back together, formed a Facebook Group and have made commemorative t-shirts. I’m not sure when or if they’ll be selling to the public, but I felt like it was worth the share, regardless.

Oct 21, 2014 No comments yet
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Lino Messori

This is a great video profile on a frame builder many of us have never even heard of. Myself included…

“Lino Messori said of himself “I am nobody, but I did a bit of everything”.
Born in 1926, in Modena, Italy, Lino quickly became a local fixture both for his incomparable skills and his personality.

A master frame builder who also followed a myriad of different passions, spanning from singing with opera legend Luciano Pavarotti to never losing a single boxing match.
Lino Messori made 150 bespoke bikes over the span of his career, many of which were very special for the time and still today.”

Oct 21, 2014 No comments yet
The Cyclist Philosopher

I really enjoyed this one. Here’s some background:

“For Andy Duncan, cycling means freedom and life without it is hard to imagine. As a Scotsman and philosopher who stood at the frontier of bike messengering in the Netherlands his affection for cycling stem from the 225.000 km he travelled through the streets and suburbs of Utrecht during the last 22 years. Two years ago Andy was diagnosed with an aggressive prostatic cancer and was told he had only three years to live. We met Andy just before he moved back to Scotland. Surrounded by moving boxes, he was working on his last bike – battered, but resilient and very much in love.”

Make sure you hit the CC for English subtitles.

Oct 21, 2014 2 comments
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Merckx Mondays
MerckxIckx

Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx? Sure!

In cooperation with Tijdsbeeld & Pièce Montée, 9000 studios will make the new website Mercxickx.be. Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx might be the greatest sports icons Belgium has ever produced. In 2015, both gentlemen are blessed with 70 candles on their birthday cake, which is celebrated with a grand exhibition.

Grand, like the careers of both gentlemen. Eddy Merckx, the best cyclist of all times, won everything there was to win, including five GC victories in the Tour de France, The Giro, The Vuelta and seven times Milaan San Remo. Jacky Ickx is one of the most complete car racers to ever press down a throttle pedal. Amongst other things, he won 8 F1 grand prixs, six times the prestigeous 24 hours of Le Mans and the Paris Dakar rally. Two international sports icons, two proud Belgians. If anyone deserve’s an exhibition, it’s them.

See more at 9000.be. Nice find, Tracko!

Oct 20, 2014 No comments yet
Horse Cycles: White Stallion Production 29’r Hardtail MTB
Horse_Hardtail

Yikes! I didn’t expect to see this beauty when I was catching up on my Flickr browsing. Thomas at Horse Cycles just completed a run of production 29’r hardtails, complete with custom paint, done in house, right down to detailing the Rock Shox fork and ENVE stem. What do I think? Dirty thoughts… like a white horse fell into the mud dirty.

The price? $999 for a frame only, with a 3-4 week lead time. See more at Horse Cycles!

Oct 20, 2014 5 comments
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Just a Little Bigger: Surly’s Knard 41c Cross Tire
Surly_Knard_Tire-41c-1

It takes a bit of convincing for most people, but after you go with a fatter tire on your cross bike, you rarely will want to go back. Since riding the Nano for around 6 months, I’ve fallen in love with the extra cushion provided by a 40c tire and while I love the Nano, I really wanted to give the Surly Knard 41c a go. If, for any other reason than the allure of a smidge in additional width.

Trails, sure! But racing? For some reason, people are apprehensive about racing a 40+c tire – USAC allows it, so why not? My guess is, that age old myth that a “bigger tire is slower”… Oh but the contrary, with the right PSI, you’ll have the upper hand on just about any course.

I spent the weekend racing on my new Knards and have some thoughts below…

Surely Surly doesn’t make “race tires”, but that didn’t stop me from giving these a go at this weekend’s races. While we don’t get muddy conditions here too often, I’m confident if we did, the Knard’s tread would handle a few inches of slop just fine. What I do notice is the extra tread on well-worn in lines and when there was mud, the tread pattern shed it a lot better than the Nano.

That said, I feel like the Nano wanted to rip through off-camber lines and downhill sections faster, but that’s only because I spent a lot of time riding similar terrain on both, looking for differences.

Even in sand, and hardpack, the Knard just grips and goes. Having some extra width and cushion helps in rough patches, or ruts in grassy corners. Not to mention, the Knard eats sand like none other. Simply coast through it, while others fight against the criss-crossing ruts.

So what gives? Which tire do I like better? Honestly, I don’t think I have a preference and truthfully, I think I’d like the Knard better up front with a Nano on the rear. Am I going to race anything smaller than a 40c from here on out though? Most likely not. I feel like I had an edge on a lot of the other racers who are still sworn allegiance to a 32 or 33c tire.

For the gram counters, the 120 TPI Knard, even with a whopping “1c” additional width, comes in 5 grams lighter than the Nano. Do I notice a difference? Hell no.

You can set these up tubeless, although I haven’t yet and Surly recommends at least a 23mm wide rim. With the supple casing on the 120TPI tire, and too low PSI, I actually rolled a tire off my rim at around 18psi. I run the front at 25 – 30psi and the rear at 30 – 35psi just fine, typically.

The Surly Knard comes in 120 TPI and 67 TPI casing and is available at your local Surly dealer for around $40 a tire.

Oct 20, 2014 38 comments
Some Austin Cross Racing

This video is from opening weekend here in Texas, at the Six-Shooter. In years past, it’s been a lot of fun. This year, I was out of town at a wedding, so I missed out. There’s lots of mayhem at the barriers in this one. Not to mention Tristan’s barrier beef as the last clip…

Oct 20, 2014 5 comments
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