Widefoot’s LiterCage Helps You Carry A Lotta Water

When you need all the water you can haul, products like the Widefoot LiterCage really come in handy. These steel bottle cages utilize the same mounting hole pattern as an “Anything” mount or traditional bottle cage boss spacing and are designed to carry larger bottles like Nalgene’s products in a unique 5-hole bolt pattern. Their sturdy construction (each cage weighs 168g) will hold a bottle in place inside the front triangle of your bike, while fork-mounted, or a third location like under your downtube greatly benefits from the use of a Voile ski strap, especially when using the 1.5 liter Nalgene bottles, especially when the going gets rough.

I’ve been using Nalgene bottles of various sizes with the LiterCage, mostly in the desert over the past few months, but have migrated this platform onto my bikes when bigger day rides require maximum water carrying capacity. For me, it’s nice having the bulk of the water weight as low as possible on the bike and off my back, where I usually carry my camera. Transferring the weight to under the downtube, or on the fork blades makes for a more stable riding experience.

The LiterCage is made in Nebraska, comes in two finishes; silver and black, and are in stock now at Widefoot Design, as well as select retailers. If you want your shop to carry Widefoot, ask them politely!

May 10, 2018 9 comments
The New Crust Bikes Bombora 27.5 Tourer Fits a 2.4″ Tire

“Where did all the mermaids go?” asks the new Crust Bikes Bombora and if you pay attention to the beautiful graphics, designed by Rick Hayward, and head badge on this touring bike, you might be able to decipher the story. The Bombora is the latest bike to pop onto the plump Crust Bikes lineup, designed around a 27.5 x 2.4″ tire and road cranks. Is it a light tourer? Or a randonneur? Or a dirt tourer? Bikepacking rig? City bike? Who knows. As Matt from Crust Bikes puts it;

“Named the Bombora, this machine is pretty groundbreaking, in that it is the first two-wheeled unicycle, designed around 2.3-24 650b tires and road cranks. Man, I cant hype shit up. Its just a bike that is fun to ride and in my opinion looks nice. The pictures show what it’s about I guess.”

Rightfully so. There’s more information to follow on the Bombora, but for now, let’s try to decypher this bike’s meaning – it’s place in the universe – by investigating more photos below. (more…)

May 10, 2018 30 comments
DZR’s New S24O Limited Edition

As part of its limited edition releases, DZR just launched their S24O clipless compatible sneaker. Pulling inspiration from outdoor hiking boots, the S24O is clad in a tan lightweight leather, utilizes lacing hooks at the ankle cuff, features a plaid liner, grippy gum sole, and offers on or off the bike comfort. The S24O is in stock for $149 at DZR.

May 8, 2018 No comments yet
Velo Orange: Klunker Bars in Stock

If you’re looking for a way to add some rise and sweep to your city, touring, or bar bike, check out Velo Orange’s new Klunker bars. They’re a 25.4mm clamp, with a 76mm rise and a 45º sweep, coming in at 680mm wide. In stock now at VO and your local dealer.

May 8, 2018 11 comments
50to01 in South America

The boys from 50to01 take on a challenging EWS course in South America, but inject it with a bit of fun they’re known for!

May 8, 2018 1 comment
Spring Has Sprung and the Spanish Bayonet are Blooming

Our local species of yucca, aptly named Spanish Bayonet – Hesperoyucca whipplei – has decided to show the world its life work this month, blooming alongside the singletrack and mountainsides of the San Gabriel range here in Los Angeles. These plants will grow to maturity in around five years and shoot out a beautiful inflorescence, which grows extremely fast, reaching over 10 feet tall. These towers of white flowers attract pollinators from moths to bees and hummingbirds, as well as sending a sweet scent across the springtime air. Yesterday, on our 23-mile singletrack “descent” – which packed in over 4,000′ of elevation – I couldn’t help but stop every time one of these beautiful blooms shared our singletrack. More on that later…

May 7, 2018 2 comments
Ass-Saver’s Mudder Mini

The plague of all-road bikes with no provisions of fenders affects us all, luckily, with clamp-on partial fenders like the Mudder Mini by Ass-Savers, your headset bearings are protected from those early spring time rides through damp roads. These universal fit partial fenders clamp on directly to the fork blades of your favorite bike, protect your face from spray and weigh next to nothing. See more information on the Mudder Mini at Ass-Savers.

May 7, 2018 7 comments
Vans Looks to its Legacy with the BMX Checkerboard Pack

Vans is sitting on a 40-year legacy in action sports and that gives its designers a lot to look to for inspiration. This includes colorways first worn and sported by its own BMX team riders in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The BMX Checkerboard pack highlights the Era and Sk8-Hi, which are each outfitted in a two-tone color scheme and checkerboard printed sidewalls. These two models include throwback color references to the inception of the BMX and skate scene.

Look for the BMX Checkerboard Pack in June online at Vans and in select retailers.

May 7, 2018 6 comments
Niner is Either Pushing Buttons or Pushing the Envelope with the MCR

Four years ago, while visiting a big cycling company, a bike like this was hanging in a corner of a conference room. It was a prototype that they said would never see the light of day. At the time, I joked about how it would cause such a stir amongst both mountain bikers and road cyclists alike. While the other brand kept their bike locked up, Niner went public with the same idea. They created the MCR, displayed it at Sea Otter, and just leaked a bit of information, slating a 2019 dealer release, making it official:

“So, with our expertise in off-road bikes, we’ve developed a gravel bike that can tackle the roughest roads without sacrificing performance for comfort. The MCR utilizes Niner’s patented CVA suspension design with a leverage ratio tuned specifically for shorter travel, suspending the whole bike, not just the rider, bringing greater comfort, control and efficiency to the gravel riding experience. This means you’ll be able to run higher tire pressure, which will come in handy when you need to switch from road to groad. No more adjusting tire pressure mid-ride.”

Read more at Niner and I’m sure you all have strong opinions about this one!

May 4, 2018 55 comments
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Widefoot’s LiterCage Helps You Carry A Lotta Water

When you need all the water you can haul, products like the Widefoot LiterCage really come in handy. These steel bottle cages utilize the same mounting hole pattern as an “Anything” mount or traditional bottle cage boss spacing and are designed to carry larger bottles like Nalgene’s products in a unique 5-hole bolt pattern. Their sturdy construction (each cage weighs 168g) will hold a bottle in place inside the front triangle of your bike, while fork-mounted, or a third location like under your downtube greatly benefits from the use of a Voile ski strap, especially when using the 1.5 liter Nalgene bottles, especially when the going gets rough.

I’ve been using Nalgene bottles of various sizes with the LiterCage, mostly in the desert over the past few months, but have migrated this platform onto my bikes when bigger day rides require maximum water carrying capacity. For me, it’s nice having the bulk of the water weight as low as possible on the bike and off my back, where I usually carry my camera. Transferring the weight to under the downtube, or on the fork blades makes for a more stable riding experience.

The LiterCage is made in Nebraska, comes in two finishes; silver and black, and are in stock now at Widefoot Design, as well as select retailers. If you want your shop to carry Widefoot, ask them politely!

May 10, 2018 9 comments
The New Crust Bikes Bombora 27.5 Tourer Fits a 2.4″ Tire

“Where did all the mermaids go?” asks the new Crust Bikes Bombora and if you pay attention to the beautiful graphics, designed by Rick Hayward, and head badge on this touring bike, you might be able to decipher the story. The Bombora is the latest bike to pop onto the plump Crust Bikes lineup, designed around a 27.5 x 2.4″ tire and road cranks. Is it a light tourer? Or a randonneur? Or a dirt tourer? Bikepacking rig? City bike? Who knows. As Matt from Crust Bikes puts it;

“Named the Bombora, this machine is pretty groundbreaking, in that it is the first two-wheeled unicycle, designed around 2.3-24 650b tires and road cranks. Man, I cant hype shit up. Its just a bike that is fun to ride and in my opinion looks nice. The pictures show what it’s about I guess.”

Rightfully so. There’s more information to follow on the Bombora, but for now, let’s try to decypher this bike’s meaning – it’s place in the universe – by investigating more photos below. (more…)

May 10, 2018 30 comments
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DZR’s New S24O Limited Edition

As part of its limited edition releases, DZR just launched their S24O clipless compatible sneaker. Pulling inspiration from outdoor hiking boots, the S24O is clad in a tan lightweight leather, utilizes lacing hooks at the ankle cuff, features a plaid liner, grippy gum sole, and offers on or off the bike comfort. The S24O is in stock for $149 at DZR.

May 8, 2018 No comments yet
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Velo Orange: Klunker Bars in Stock

If you’re looking for a way to add some rise and sweep to your city, touring, or bar bike, check out Velo Orange’s new Klunker bars. They’re a 25.4mm clamp, with a 76mm rise and a 45º sweep, coming in at 680mm wide. In stock now at VO and your local dealer.

May 8, 2018 11 comments
50to01 in South America

The boys from 50to01 take on a challenging EWS course in South America, but inject it with a bit of fun they’re known for!

May 8, 2018 1 comment
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Spring Has Sprung and the Spanish Bayonet are Blooming

Our local species of yucca, aptly named Spanish Bayonet – Hesperoyucca whipplei – has decided to show the world its life work this month, blooming alongside the singletrack and mountainsides of the San Gabriel range here in Los Angeles. These plants will grow to maturity in around five years and shoot out a beautiful inflorescence, which grows extremely fast, reaching over 10 feet tall. These towers of white flowers attract pollinators from moths to bees and hummingbirds, as well as sending a sweet scent across the springtime air. Yesterday, on our 23-mile singletrack “descent” – which packed in over 4,000′ of elevation – I couldn’t help but stop every time one of these beautiful blooms shared our singletrack. More on that later…

May 7, 2018 2 comments
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Ass-Saver’s Mudder Mini

The plague of all-road bikes with no provisions of fenders affects us all, luckily, with clamp-on partial fenders like the Mudder Mini by Ass-Savers, your headset bearings are protected from those early spring time rides through damp roads. These universal fit partial fenders clamp on directly to the fork blades of your favorite bike, protect your face from spray and weigh next to nothing. See more information on the Mudder Mini at Ass-Savers.

May 7, 2018 7 comments
Vans Looks to its Legacy with the BMX Checkerboard Pack

Vans is sitting on a 40-year legacy in action sports and that gives its designers a lot to look to for inspiration. This includes colorways first worn and sported by its own BMX team riders in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The BMX Checkerboard pack highlights the Era and Sk8-Hi, which are each outfitted in a two-tone color scheme and checkerboard printed sidewalls. These two models include throwback color references to the inception of the BMX and skate scene.

Look for the BMX Checkerboard Pack in June online at Vans and in select retailers.

May 7, 2018 6 comments
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