Yesterday people got in a little debate about hub label orientation on Chris King hubs. So which way is it?
A few years ago, I asked Chris King and Jay Sycip which “way” the hub label should be facing on a King front hub. I had always heard the rider should be able to read the label and while most manufacturers agree, Chris King wanted the viewer of the bike to see his name.
One way to tell it was intentional: the cone adjustment is on the same side as the rear hub when you place the name facing out. So, technically, yes the hub is in the wrong orientation with the Stinner. Does it matter? No. Especially since the traditional way is facing in.
Pretty in Grimy Pink Stinner Roadie
Photos by Kyle Kelley, words by John Watson
Ride Jah Bike!
Custom frames aren’t to be babied, or coddled, no matter how pretty they may be. Pink bikes especially. Now, the common misconception about pink bikes is that they don’t get thrashed; they’re too delicate. Like a flower. Or an orchid. Or a rare flower orchid that only blooms once every 20 years like that one in Dennis the Menace. Andrew, (@Moon_Raccoon) doesn’t care about babying anything. He bought a custom road bike from Aaron Stinner because when the rowdiness is happening, he wants it to fit like a glove.
Built with the usual suspects round these parts: a casual mix of SRAM, Thomson, King, Brooks and some nice, hand built wheels. While you might think this bike is a fashion statement, I can assure you this one is all about thrashin.
Less fashion, more thrashin.
This year Chris King’s Gourmet Century took to the wonderful backroads of Japan, landing in Asuke, a town in the Higashikamo District. Here’s a ride report from Terasu.
The influx of Eurobike product launches has begun and while I couldn’t make it over there this year, some friends at Chris King sent over some new product launches, some slated for spring 2016 and some now available. There’s a lot of information, so I’ll just list it below. In short: thru-axle, singlespeed, centerlock, boost and the return of turquoise! (more…)
Chris King and company were recently in Japan for their Gourmet Century. While there, they met up with Ryota Kemmochi who made this video showcasing their travels.
Fenders aren’t exactly my favorite bicycle accessory. Granted I live in Texas where it “never rains” or so it didn’t really until this year. We’ve had a very wet spring and summer, resulting in a lot of unexpected rain riding. So much so that I finally broke down and decided to ditch the big, plump tread of my Bruce Gordon Rock n Roads for some fenders and the biggest tire I could find that would fit…
Photos by Dan Sharp
The Chris King Gourmet Century brings the wonderful world of food together with bikes, in a whole new way. Recently, the event landed itself in Bend for a day of MTB riding and gorging on delicious food, as prepared by Chris King chef, Chris Diminno. Having been on the receiving end of Chris’ cooking many times before, I’d say the attendees got their share of gourmet snacks as well as plenty of Bend dirt.
Check out a few more photos below and see the full report at Chris King’s Blog.
Celebrate this weekend, get rowdy on the trails, rip apart the roads, throw some skids and even some #RubberSideUp. Happy birthday, America. See you guys on Monday!
Chris King’s Gourmet Century is more than just a ride, it’s a curated experience that brings delicious food together with absolutely stunning riding. This year’s events is spanning the globe in five locations, all with unique cuisine and terrain.
Registration is now open for these events and they book up fast, so head over to the Gourmet Century website as soon as you can!