Category Archives: cross bike
Urbocross III
UrboCrossIII

Cycleast, PHENOM Cycle Club and All-City are running Urbocross in Austin this year, with one race and one race only this coming Wednesday, September 30th at 5:30pm. Meet up at Cycleast to roll at 6:00pm to an undisclosed location.

The race is free, with equal prizes for men and women’s podium, plus a raffle for all participants so you don’t have to win to win.

Sep 26, 2015 2 comments
Follow Brian Vernor at Three Peaks
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There’s a bigger story to be told here, about one cyclist’s journey into photography and chasing life-long dreams. For now, here’s all I can share…

Our buddy Brian Vernor is taking his first stab at the legendary Three Peaks Cyclocross race over in the UK this Sunday. For more follow @vernor and stay close for something bigger from Brian about his connection to this event.

Sep 25, 2015 2 comments
What ‘Cross is All About
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Photo by Jeff Frane

… well some of it anyway.

I’m back in Austin for a few days, tying up loose ends before hauling everything to Los Angeles. So bear with me if it seems quiet over here.

Sep 24, 2015 6 comments
Barry and His Stinner Disc All-Road with Ultegra Di2
Barry's Stinner Disc All-Road with Ultegra Di2

“Il Faut Toujours Souffrir.”

That’s what’s painted on the top tube of Barry’s Stinner disc all-road frame. Roughly translating to “we must always suffer,” this saying acts as not only a motivation for Barry on rides, but as a reminder as to what cycling means to him in relation to life. Nothing good comes easy.

Barry‘s an illustrator, a typographer, a graphic designer and in Los Angeles, that means freelance. It takes a certain soul to be a freelancer in LA. You’ve got to hustle, be on your game at all times and yes, sometimes suffer the ups and downs of the creative economy. That means some weeks, months, years, you’re on your game and others you’re not. It all takes sacrifice. (more…)

Sep 16, 2015 43 comments
Rubber Side Up 15
Barry and His Stinner Disc All-Road with Ultegra Di2

Today Barry and I went on a “ride.” We definitely pedaled our bikes, but then we portaged them up and down a few canyons. Once we got to the trail, Barry had a few rough moments. Overcooked corners, slick and sandy descents have claimed us all from time to time. This photo in particular captures that moment of stoke when you realize all is well, save for a little dirt (and a broken iPhone.)

Sep 14, 2015 4 comments
Something Different with Twin Six’s Titanium Rando – Kevin Sparrow
the frame comes with 4 water bottle mounts. I utilized one for holding my mini pump.

Something Different with Twin Six’s Titanium Rando
Photos and words by Kevin Sparrow

My quest for finding the perfect all-around bike began last summer just before cross season. Cyclocross bikes have always been my choice for an every-day bike. But the problem was I didn’t want to buy another cross bike that was designed for 60-minute dirt crits when most of my miles are spent commuting on pavement. I was in pursuit of something different.

Last year at Interbike, Twin Six surprised the industry with a whole line of “T6 Standard” steel bikes including a 29er, a rando, and a cross bike. On paper, the Standard Rando was exactly what I was looking for in both geometry and aesthetics. By the time winter came around, T6 went all-in and started offering a titanium fat bike and by spring, titanium versions of the 29er and cross bikes. It was also around this time that I started seeing hints of a Ti Rando popping up on T6 employee social feeds, and I was getting antsy for a new bike. I decided to reach out to Brent, T6 co-owner, and he explained that what I was seeing were Ti Rando prototypes. They had the same geometry as the steel rando except for a 44mm HT and a four water bottle mount option. Brent offered me a pre-release one-off and I excitedly accepted. Decision made, deposit down, and 6 weeks later I was and owner of a Twin Six Ti Rando.

Two months in and over 1500 miles commuted on it, and now I am ready share my initial stoke with this bike.

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Sep 14, 2015 56 comments
Raleigh Has Two New Bikes for Your ‘Cross Season
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With ‘cross season almost underway here in the US, I continuiously receive emails from people looking for lightweight, solid bikes to race on. Raleigh has two new models this season which fit that bill. The first being a race-pedigree SSCX frame, the RXS. Built from 6061 Aluminum, a Gates carbon belt drive, with thru-axles, hydro disc brakes and with a solid price of $1,549, the RXS is a fierce competitor for your local races, or just a good time trail jammer.

Raleigh’s other new bike is not technically a cross bike, but a carbon “all-road” with clearances for a 40mm tire. The Roker Comp is ideal for those of you who might race a few times this season, but prefer to use your ‘cross bike as a vehicle to explore backroads, fireroads and all-roads. This beaut is built with Shimano 105 Mechanical Shifters and hydro discs for $3,299.

Head to your local Raleigh dealer to see these beauts in person.

Sep 8, 2015 16 comments
Those Fairweather ‘Cross Builds
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Fairweather‘s frames blend fashion with functionality and Blue Lug in Japan know how to build them up just right. These frames are made by Toyo in their Taiwan facility, pack clearances for bigger tires and come in three sizes. Unfortunately, because it’s a Japanese company, the largest size they offer is a 55cm, but that doesn’t mean we can’t ogle these beautiful bicycles.

See more at the Blue Lug Flickr.

Sep 8, 2015 3 comments