Patent Leather Helmet by Joe Parkin
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“It was early fall, 1990, in Dublin, Ireland. I had just finished the final stage of the Tour of Ireland and was collecting myself a little, off away from the crowds and the other riders. I’d gone for the long breakaway — me and Irish rider Martin Early — but our bid had been shut down by one of the other teams. There wasn’t too much time to think about what could have been, though, before I was mobbed by some young boys looking for souvenirs.

They took the race numbers off my back and the bottle I hadn’t tossed away in the finale. I’d already had an Avocet cyclometer stolen earlier in the week, so I was pretty protective of the new one, but they did ask for it. They even asked for my jersey and shoes. I think they would’ve taken my shorts and socks if I’d offered.

And then one of them asked for my helmet.”

Continue reading Joe Parkin’s story on his hairnet helmet at Brancale!

Jul 27, 2016 No comments yet
Strava: Strive Series

Rides have highs and lows. Pain and excitement. Strava takes on these emotions with the Strive series. All of which are super short and concise, showcasing ride and dirt. Play the first one to view the whole series.

Jul 27, 2016 No comments yet
Terrene Tires
Terrene Tires / www.terrenetires.com

Oftentimes, the smaller tire manufacturers can keep up with growing trends in the industry. Which is why I’m usually more likely to have tires from these brands on my own bicycles. Introducing Terrene Tires, a rider owned and operated tire company, setting out to develop dirt tires for MTB and ‘cross bikes alike. The Wazia is a studded fatbike tire, the Chunk is a chunky trail tire and the Elwood is a dirt road tire for your drop bar bike. That’s all the information I have at the moment, look for more around Interbike and follow Terrene on Facebook. If you’d like to read the press-release, do so below.

(more…)

Jul 27, 2016 No comments yet
Salsa’s Updated Line
photography by http://www.scottharaldson.com

Salsa Cycles has just introduced their updated bike line at Saddle Drive, QBP’s trailside dealer open house in California. New to Salsa’s already plump lineup is the Woodsmoke. A rowdy, slack n low hardtail designed to fit either 27.5+, 29+ or 29″ wheels. Head on over to Salsa’s blog to see more details and the complete lineup!

Jul 26, 2016 6 comments
Ornot: House Jerseys
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A labor of love, the House jerseys from Ornot are by no means club fit and not really race fit either. They’re redesigned to fit just right, with a slimmer, articulated cut, including a shortened center front. Even the zipper has been redesigned to be lightweight, allowing the jersey to lay as flat as possible. Available in three designs and in stock now at Ornot.

Jul 26, 2016 No comments yet
Mash SF: Kosuke Masuda Track Bike
Kosuke Masuda

The work of Kosuke Masuda is mind-blowing. The Japanese artist engraves bicycle components with traditional Japanese-inspired designs from flowers to wind bands and waves. His latest work has just been showcased by Mash SF, who donned Kosuke’s work on a Cinelli track bike for photos. Head to Mash to see the full photoset.

Jul 26, 2016 No comments yet
Squeak

While this video is a little long, it showcases some of our local riding here in Los Angeles, as well as a squeaky clean ‘Nago.

Jul 26, 2016 3 comments
Blackburn: New Chamber High Volume Pump
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As part of Blackburn’s new pump design lineup, the Chamber is designed for lower pressure, high volume mountain bike and cyclocross tires. It has a 4″ pressure gauge, a new head design that bleeds air to allow for precise levels and comes in a variety of colors, including camo. See more information on the Chamber at Blackburn as well as the rest of their newly-designed pumps.

Jul 26, 2016 No comments yet
VYNL Bikes Launch a ‘Cross Frameset
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VYNL made a splash with its made in the USA aluminum road bikes last year and now, they’re ready for dirt. These new CX frames are made by Frank the Welder from 7005 butted aluminum, feature a threaded BB, 135mm rear spacing, thru axles, 44mm head tube, and fit 40mm tires. You also have an option to include a ENVE Disc CX Fork, and can chose from six colors. For more information and to put down a deposit, head to VYNL. If you’re a local dealer, leave your information in the comments.

Jul 25, 2016 10 comments
Spooky Cycles: Mulholland Road Frameset
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Spooky Cycles is back in business, working again with legendary Frank the Welder in Vermont on small batches of frames. Currently there is a road frame, dubbed the Mulholland. These bikes have clearances for a plump road tire, are made from Dedacciai and US-made dropouts and ship roughly two weeks after you order one. There are still a few in stock, so head over to Spooky for more information and keep in touch via the Spooky Facebook.

Don’t need another road frame? Well, it appears there’s a ‘cross frame coming! Oh and why wasn’t this bike photographed on Mulholland Drive!? ;-)

Jul 24, 2016 12 comments
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Patent Leather Helmet by Joe Parkin
Brancale_Hairnet_Helmet_1024x1024

“It was early fall, 1990, in Dublin, Ireland. I had just finished the final stage of the Tour of Ireland and was collecting myself a little, off away from the crowds and the other riders. I’d gone for the long breakaway — me and Irish rider Martin Early — but our bid had been shut down by one of the other teams. There wasn’t too much time to think about what could have been, though, before I was mobbed by some young boys looking for souvenirs.

They took the race numbers off my back and the bottle I hadn’t tossed away in the finale. I’d already had an Avocet cyclometer stolen earlier in the week, so I was pretty protective of the new one, but they did ask for it. They even asked for my jersey and shoes. I think they would’ve taken my shorts and socks if I’d offered.

And then one of them asked for my helmet.”

Continue reading Joe Parkin’s story on his hairnet helmet at Brancale!

Jul 27, 2016 No comments yet
Strava: Strive Series

Rides have highs and lows. Pain and excitement. Strava takes on these emotions with the Strive series. All of which are super short and concise, showcasing ride and dirt. Play the first one to view the whole series.

Jul 27, 2016 No comments yet
Terrene Tires
Terrene Tires / www.terrenetires.com

Oftentimes, the smaller tire manufacturers can keep up with growing trends in the industry. Which is why I’m usually more likely to have tires from these brands on my own bicycles. Introducing Terrene Tires, a rider owned and operated tire company, setting out to develop dirt tires for MTB and ‘cross bikes alike. The Wazia is a studded fatbike tire, the Chunk is a chunky trail tire and the Elwood is a dirt road tire for your drop bar bike. That’s all the information I have at the moment, look for more around Interbike and follow Terrene on Facebook. If you’d like to read the press-release, do so below.

(more…)

Jul 27, 2016 No comments yet
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Salsa’s Updated Line
photography by http://www.scottharaldson.com

Salsa Cycles has just introduced their updated bike line at Saddle Drive, QBP’s trailside dealer open house in California. New to Salsa’s already plump lineup is the Woodsmoke. A rowdy, slack n low hardtail designed to fit either 27.5+, 29+ or 29″ wheels. Head on over to Salsa’s blog to see more details and the complete lineup!

Jul 26, 2016 6 comments
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Ornot: House Jerseys
jersey_house_lifestyle_web-3

A labor of love, the House jerseys from Ornot are by no means club fit and not really race fit either. They’re redesigned to fit just right, with a slimmer, articulated cut, including a shortened center front. Even the zipper has been redesigned to be lightweight, allowing the jersey to lay as flat as possible. Available in three designs and in stock now at Ornot.

Jul 26, 2016 No comments yet
Mash SF: Kosuke Masuda Track Bike
Kosuke Masuda

The work of Kosuke Masuda is mind-blowing. The Japanese artist engraves bicycle components with traditional Japanese-inspired designs from flowers to wind bands and waves. His latest work has just been showcased by Mash SF, who donned Kosuke’s work on a Cinelli track bike for photos. Head to Mash to see the full photoset.

Jul 26, 2016 No comments yet
Squeak

While this video is a little long, it showcases some of our local riding here in Los Angeles, as well as a squeaky clean ‘Nago.

Jul 26, 2016 3 comments
Blackburn: New Chamber High Volume Pump
blackburn-chamber-hv-floor-pump

As part of Blackburn’s new pump design lineup, the Chamber is designed for lower pressure, high volume mountain bike and cyclocross tires. It has a 4″ pressure gauge, a new head design that bleeds air to allow for precise levels and comes in a variety of colors, including camo. See more information on the Chamber at Blackburn as well as the rest of their newly-designed pumps.

Jul 26, 2016 No comments yet
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VYNL Bikes Launch a ‘Cross Frameset
VYNL_CX_02

VYNL made a splash with its made in the USA aluminum road bikes last year and now, they’re ready for dirt. These new CX frames are made by Frank the Welder from 7005 butted aluminum, feature a threaded BB, 135mm rear spacing, thru axles, 44mm head tube, and fit 40mm tires. You also have an option to include a ENVE Disc CX Fork, and can chose from six colors. For more information and to put down a deposit, head to VYNL. If you’re a local dealer, leave your information in the comments.

Jul 25, 2016 10 comments
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Spooky Cycles: Mulholland Road Frameset
13418587_472581079611871_123199819152208327_o

Spooky Cycles is back in business, working again with legendary Frank the Welder in Vermont on small batches of frames. Currently there is a road frame, dubbed the Mulholland. These bikes have clearances for a plump road tire, are made from Dedacciai and US-made dropouts and ship roughly two weeks after you order one. There are still a few in stock, so head over to Spooky for more information and keep in touch via the Spooky Facebook.

Don’t need another road frame? Well, it appears there’s a ‘cross frame coming! Oh and why wasn’t this bike photographed on Mulholland Drive!? ;-)

Jul 24, 2016 12 comments
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