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44 Bikes: A Hunstman to Commute or Shred
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While N+1 may be the theme around here these days (so many bikes!), I love seeing projects like this coming from the 44 Bikes workshop. Murdered-out cross bikes with disc brakes and SRAM Force 11-speed look great, especially with big tires for shredding, but let’s be honest, there’s no sense in forgetting that these bikes make great commuters as well.

See more photos below and thanks to Kris from 44 Bikes for sending this project over!

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Jul 22, 2014 3 comments
My Argonaut Cycles 2.0 Road with SRAM Red 22
My Argonaut Cycles 2.0 Road with SRAM Red 22

I’ve learned a lot in the past two years and so has Ben at Argonaut Cycles. He looks at his made in the USA, fully custom carbon road bikes as a project that’s ever-evolving. With each frame, he learns more not only about his customers, but his own process. My Argonaut was perfection in my eyes and while I loved it, some things about it made it less than ideal for my lifestyle and by that I mean, I travel. A lot. At the time, Ben didn’t offer a traditional seat post, only an ISP…

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Jul 22, 2014 35 comments
Garrett Chow on the Argonaut Mavic 125ans Road Bike
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Garrett Chow is an exceptional designer and I’m very fond of his work. In today’s industry, so many cycling-related projects rely on paint design, meaning it’s the ultimate crux in a project’s success.

It’s easy to draw some chevrons, or paint a logo a pantone and call it a day, but to really dive into data, something that’s typically not visually stimulating and pull a compelling paint job from a series of numbers and historical markers takes talent.

With the recent Mavic 125ans project bikes, I took a liking to Argonaut‘s design. There was information there and it required you to stop and really examine every aspect of the bike. There were a lot of immaculate paint jobs in the 125ans bikes, but this one was more than that…

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Jul 21, 2014 6 comments
Sklar Bikes: 29+ Singlespeed MTB
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Adam Sklar builds bikes in Bozeman, MT and this is his newest creation: a 29+ MTB with 430mm chainstays and a Fox 32 fork. I love medium format film for shooting bike portraits, especially with a backdrop like that.

Head over to the Sklar Flickr for more!

Jul 21, 2014 4 comments
Rob English Needs Our Help
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Hearing news like this from the framebuilding community is always a bummer, but at least we can all lend Rob a hand in his time of need:

“As some of you may already know, Rob English crashed while racing at the front of last weekend’s Tour of Aufderheide. He suffered multiple broken bones and other serious injuries and is still in the hospital. His doctors have said that his road to recovery is going to be long.

Many of you know Rob as a top level competitor or as an A-list custom frame builder who has taken top honors in the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Many of you also know that he is also an all-around great guy.

There has been an outpouring of support and desire to reach out and help. As a self-employed frame builder, it will likely be some time before Rob can wield a torch at English Cycles as he recovers. What we, as the local cycling community and community at large, can do is help lessen the financial impact of this so that he can concentrate on recuperation and rehabilitation.

Donations go directly to Rob and his family.”

Donate to Rob’s medical fund at his Give Forward page.

Jul 19, 2014 1 comment