If you’ve never witnessed this spectacle, you really should. This season. Go!
Cross is coming! Crosses cumming… something new is coming next week. #CrossesCumming
Photo by Dan Chabanov
Last year, Dan showed us Richard Sachs’ house and studio just before cross season began. Richard calls this weekend “Team Camp,” yet it feels more like a family visit for Dan. This year, Dan returned to North Massachusetts to visit RS once again and wrote a piece about it for his Cross Column.
Check it out at the Athletic.
Dirt Merchant is no joke, especially on a ‘cross bike!
It happens every year. Frame builders get the request for a new ‘cross bike and while it’s not necessarily a bad thing, there’s always that one caveat: “can I have it in time for this year’s season?”
Last year around this time, the Mudfoot team was clamoring for their new bikes and one of the rider’s wife, Crystal, really wanted to get one as well. After some thought and a brief conversation with Megan from Moth Attack she decided to support not only a female builder, but an ex-LA frame builder. Megan re-located to Colorado a few weeks back, but her and Crystal stayed in touch.
The docket was easy: discs, 44mm head tube, an english bottom bracket and red paint! Megan delivered on all fronts and Crystal built up her new bike with Shimano Ultegra, Chris King, an ENVE CX fork and Easton parts.
Personally, I’d like to think this is the kind of ‘cross bike most people would want to order currently and It’s one of my favorites I’ve seen this year. There’s something about its size, simplicity and I love the various logo hits on the bike. Great job, Megan and Crystal, ENJOY!
In Los Angeles, a ‘cross bike’s limitations are self-prescribed. You can ride just about everything on one, as long as you’ve got the right equipment and the willpower. Bigger tires and appropriate gear range are paramount. Things like blinged-out componentry are just added bonuses to the spice of life. And in LA, the spice must flow.
Kelli‘s not necessarily new to cyclocross but this is her first legitimate ‘cross rig. Her husband Ty reached out to Aaron Stinner to make a bike that would embody race pedigree but still be at home in the hills and mountains of Los Angeles county and beyond. When she’s not running her women’s cycling team, LA Sweat, she’s trying to take on more off-road riding and this bike is more than enough motivation to do so.
PAUL Components, 3T, and a Luxe Wheelworks Chris King to H+Son Archtype wheel build all compliment the absolutely mind-fucking beautiful AirGlow paint job by Hill Clarke. If you like to geek out on painting procedure and process, make sure you check out Hill’s Instagram.
Before the comments open up, YES, technically the tires are on backwards here and yet the bike didn’t explode upon hitting the dirt. ;-)
Photos by Dan Chabanov
This series is going to be so good. Professional cyclocross racer Dan Chabanov is writing a weekly column for our friends at the Athletic, aptly called “Cross Column.” Head over and check out Week One now!
Bill from CX Hairs can’t stop dreaming about cyclocross…
For SF’s TCB Courier, the busy summer months aren’t easy with all their deliveries yet the hustle and bustle of a day to day life of a bike messenger aids itself well for staying in shape. Especially come ‘cross season. This year, the team will be racing on the new LOW ‘cross frames. These frames are decorated with blue and orange paint, with each bottom bracket stamped with the racer’s name.
Made in house by Andrew, painted in San Francisco and designed from months upon months of PR&D from the guys on TCB, these bikes have been a project in the making for over a year. Personally, I love seeing two local companies working together like this. While it may seem like an easy move, both parties have worked their asses off to get to this point.
Real recognize real… Be on the look out for these bikes at the Bay Area ‘cross races this season. Oh and Chas, they left of the “H” in your last name!
If you’re a local, roll through City + County Bicycle Co tomorrow to check these out in person.
Hey SF, if you’re looking for something to do tomorrow night, August 13th, make sure to check out the Moth Attack CX art auction at the ALITE Outpost. Details are above in the flier. See ya there!