Category Archives: black and white
Weekend Inspiration
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Here’s one for the weekend and yes, I am aware some of you work at bike shops on the weekend, so apologies for rubbing this in every Friday.

Nov 16, 2012 9 comments
Argonaut Ride in Mt. Hood National Forest
Recent Roll: Argonaut Ride in Mt. Hood National Forest

Every new bike needs a maiden voyage and last Saturday, that’s what we intended on doing. Ben from Argonaut, Billy and I headed out to Estacada, Oregon for some playtime in Mt. Hood National Forest. I had no idea what to expect other than “we’ll be climbing immediately. And that we did. Before reaching the ranger station at mile 25, we were in a good place. Billy’s sidewall blew out, but a simple dollar bill boot fixed that. Aside from the blow out, mechanical systems were good to go. For the time being.

Around mile 48, I noticed Ben and Billy pulled over immediately (I tend to be at the back a lot on 5-8% grade climbs up mountains). In all his crazy torque, Billy popped a spoke on his drive side, rendering his wheel a wobbly mess. I really wanted to finish the projected 120 mile loop but “no man left behind” is a more pressing mantra. At that point, it was snowing, the roads were wet and we were freezing as we descended at a whopping 14mph, awaiting the imminent threat of an exploded wheel. But alas, we made it to the ranger station, where we left Billy to be picked up by car as Ben and I trudged onward.

In the end, 75 miles and 5,200′ of climbing ain’t bad. Truth be told, it was too beautiful up there to make it a hammer fest, so I’m glad a mechanical merited some time off the bike for photos. We ended up at the Safari Club, a vegan’s nightmare. Why? See for yourself in the gallery. This is one of my favorite Recent Roll posts of all time.

Camera: Yashica T4 with Neopan 400 black and white.

Nov 15, 2012 22 comments
Wilis’ Nagasawa
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I love shooting 3200 Delta during the day. The grain just adds to the subject. But what I don’t like is when I forget to take the exposed rolls out of my bag before going through the airport’s xray. Whoops. Unfortunately, this was the only photo that survived and it’s a shame because this is a Beautiful Bicycle. Wilis’ Nagasawa built up quite nicely.

Nov 7, 2012 5 comments
Damian Riehl: Bicycle Parts Study
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Photo by Damian Riehl

Wiping your bike down after every ride and refusing to lock it up may keep it in pristine condition but will it have character? Or a soul? Prolly not. Well used components and frames seem to sprout a personality with the patina from daily use and Damian Riehl has captured that with a few photos. This one in particular is my favorite, a 150mm shot (with an extension tube) from his Hasselblad of a Zipp hub.

See the rest here.

Nov 4, 2012 2 comments
Enjoy the Weekend
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It’s Friday afternoon and that means everyone’s gearing up for the weekend. Get at those roads!

Nov 2, 2012 1 comment
Recent Roll: Dave Trimble of Red Hook Crit
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The light in Northern California is just magnificent when it pours through redwoods like this. Here’s a photo of Dave Trimble, founder of Red Hook Crit soaking in the waining daylight. I shot this just 8 hours after he landed in the States from Italy for the Red Hook Crit Milano.

Oct 30, 2012 2 comments
Recent Roll: Ian and His Icarus Track Machine Prototype
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So Ian at Icarus has been working on this monster track machine for a little while. The idea is that bigger track racers, like 200+ lb sprinters, need a stiff bike and weight isn’t really a big of an issue. So he’s gone oversize everywhere he can. He’s still working on the frame, in his down time but this thing would rip the boards off a velodrome underneath the right racer…

Oct 15, 2012 8 comments