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When it comes to my mountain bike, I’m pretty loyal to Maxxis’ tire offerings but on my ‘cross bike, I’ve been loyal to the WTB Nano for so long that I forget to look at other options out there. This year at Interbike, Maxxis unveiled a few 40mm tires, marketed at the “gravel” crowd: the Rambler, with a minimal, tightly-packed, fast-rolling tread (pictured) and the Re-fuse, a slick. Both tires are tubeless-ready and seem to be solid options for those wanting a little more cushion for dirty rides.
Yesterday I installed the Rambler on my Firefly and while they took a bit to get seated on my tubeless rims, I like what I see so far. While they are called a 40mm tire, mine measured 38mm on the ENVE M50 rims, which are actually quite wide. Side by side to the Nano, which measure 41mm on the same rims, they’re not nearly as plump, but the light tread pattern looks like it’ll roll fast on pavement while offering a good amount of traction on dusty corners. Maxxis calls the Rambler a racing tire.
Time will tell which I’ll prefer (the Nano or the Rambler) for this bike in particular but after a few quick rides, I’m enjoying what the Rambler has to offer. You can order these tires from your local Rambler dealer, or through Maxxis direct if your local shop doesn’t carry them.
Photos by Tom Hood
It used to be if you wanted to look good in the office, you had to commute with your clothes in a backpack. Over the past few years so-called commuter wear has stepped up its game, allowing you to wear the same clothes you commuted in on around the office all day. Parker Dusseau, a clothing designer in SF believes there’s no compromise between looking good on or off the bike and function. Their latest photoshoot, featuring Chas and Marc showcases their bike-friendly Travel Blazers and Chinos. Their functional clothing doesn’t stop there. I’ve been wearing their merino longsleeve and shortsleeve shirts for the past few months on everything from my cross bike to mountain bike.
An added bonus: brand makes everything in San Francisco.
See more photos below and check out the full holiday collection at Parker Dusseau.
Photos by Josh Sawyer
Giro’s marketing manager, tandem slayer and all around bad-ass, Amanda Schaper wanted to add a bit of fairy dust to her already magical Tinker Bell costume for this weekend’s SSCXWC. She took her Empire VR90 ‘cross shoes and spent a few days masking off various layers of spray glue and sparkles. The end result is something else! If you’re going to the SSCXWC this weekend, make sure you give Tinker Bell a high five and a beer handup!
Check out more photos below of these awesome shoes below.
Winter is coming. Hell, it’s already here in some parts of the country. In a few months, only the Kings of Winter will be around… Swoop at Bike Jerks.
The thing I love about local bike shops is their reach. Monkey Wrench, Golden Saddle, Angry Catfish, Vecchios and the like all have great branding, which results in people wearing their products. Yo Jimbos in Chicago is doing a pre-order for tees and sweats right now. For something new in your wardrobe, head over to support them!
In a quest for the best possible apparel, Mission Workshop is continuously updating and redesigning their pieces. The newest being the Steppe Merino Hoodie. This minimally-designed mid-weight merino hoodie is great as both a layer and an everyday garment.
Made with ultra fine 18.9 micron merino and woven with 2% lycra for increased mobility and durability, these hoodies are made in San Francisco and are in stock now at MissionWorkshop.com, Mission Workshop SF and Mission Workshop LA.
I’m always stoked to see more domestically-produced bike frames popping up, especially in aluminum. VYNL Bikes are a relatively new company out of San Jose, California offering road “racing” frames for $1900 with a standard powdercoat and a wait time of a week, or you can go custom colors and tack on a few more weeks. While there’s no information where exactly they’re made or who is making them, with the number of sub-contracting frame building companies around, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s frame building pedigree producing them. Expect the same large-diameter tubing you’ve come to love from US-made aluminum frames. If you’d like to see them in person, head over to Sugar Cycles in Missouri City, Texas or Red Lantern Cycles in Menlo Park, California.
Check out more at VYNL Bikes.
I almost don’t want to show you these, because as you might have guessed, they were a gift to “friends and family” of Bike Mag. Ever since architecture school, where I explored WWI razzle dazzle camouflage and its potential for a building’s façade I fell in love with the seemingly random pattern language. Since then I’ve enjoyed seeing it appear literally all over pop culture and now, the cycling industry.
My favorite dirt shoes are the Empire VR90s and while I’ll always default on black, these shoes are a piece of art. I’m honored to own a pair so to the crew at Giro and Bike Mag, thanks for making them happen! Check out more photos below.
‘Cross is here (obvs) and the Athletic once again has teamed up with the Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team on a small capsule collection. This year however, they’ve expanded into two caps, while reducing the sock offerings to two designs. I really like the Belgian cap offering!
Head to the Athletic to see the full collection.
It’s that time of year… Designed for wet weather commutes or trail rides, these new H2o sneakers from DZR merge the functionality of an SPD cycling shoe with the simplicity of a lace up sneaker. The H2o is vailable now in sizes from 37-47 and in a jet black silhouette. Check out more details below or check stock at DZR.