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The 2015 Speedvagen Australia Fit Tour
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Hey Aussies! Get ready, the 2015 Speedvagen Australia Fit Tour is heading your way!

“Sacha White and The Vanilla Workshop are preparing to take off on the second leg of the Speedvagen Fit Tour. This trip takes Speedvagen to Australia, specifically Sydney and Melbourne. In addition to fitting new Speedvagen customers, there will be rides in each city as well as evening events open to the public. Fresh off the success of the California Fit Tour, extending the program is a natural progression, reaching customers that would normally not make it to Portland for a personal fitting with Sacha.

There are limited spots available, as each fit takes 2-3 hours. Spending this much time working with each customer allows Sacha to understand each rider’s unique strengths, needs, and limitations. The end result is your dream bike, completely tuned to your riding style. Learn more about the Australia Fit Tour or schedule a fit session with Sacha here.”

Sydney Dates: August 24th – 30th at the Rapha Cycle Club
Melbourne Dates: Sept 1st – 6th at Shifter Bikes

Jul 30, 2015 No comments yet
Do I Have to Send it Back Already? the Elephant Bikes National Forest Explorer with Gevenalle Shifting
Elephant Bikes National Forest Explorer with Gevenalle Shifting

While we took a look at my own touring bike yesterday, I will say this with confidence: had I ridden the Elephant Bikes National Forest Explorer prior to ordering my Woodville two years ago, I would have drastically changed my views on 650b, disc brakes and trail.

The National Forest Explorer is a low-trail, 650b bike with disc brakes and a decent, not copious amount of tire clearance. These NFE’s are made by Glen Copus in Spokane, WA and pack quite the wallop of versatility in a beautiful, forest service green package. They’re made from lightweight steel for just the amount of liveliness. (more…)

Jul 29, 2015 64 comments
My Geekhouse Woodville Update: Handsome Mud Butler Fenders and Compass Barlow Pass Tires
My Geekhouse Woodville Touring Bike with Fenders

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…

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Jul 28, 2015 84 comments
44 Bikes: Julie’s White and Green Huntsman ‘Cross
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Julie got her 44 Bikes Hunstman (huntswoman?) last winter and built it up this spring. Kris from 44 had never seen it complete until recently, when she allowed him to photograph it. As far as ‘cross bikes are concerned, this might be one of the slickest to ever grace this website. The white paint, juxtaposed with the sour apple green is so attractive. Also, those Ashima Ai2 rotors look amazing on this bike, especially with the sour apple Chris King R45 disc hubs.

See more drool-worthy ‘cross goodness at the 44 Bikes Flickr.

Jul 28, 2015 2 comments
Tomii Cycles: Kalavinka Track Ends
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The past few days, Nao from Tomii Cycles has been posting some beautiful photos from a traditional track build. From what I can tell from the Tomii Flickr, it’s being built with a 1″ steerer and Kalavinka track ends. The process is almost as alluring as the final product in this case. See more at the Tomii Flickr.

Jul 25, 2015 2 comments
Peter’s Serotta Legend Ti Gates Belt Drive Commuter
Peter's Serotta Legend Ti Gates Belt Drive Commuter

What do you do with that old racing frame you had for over a decade after you decide racing just isn’t for you? Or those gaudy old wheels kicking around the bike shop you’ve worked at for just as long? For Peter, one of Mellow Johnny’s longest running employees, he got crafty.

Peter has had this frame since 2003, when it was fit with an actual road group. At the time, the titanium and carbon Serotta Legend was a rocket. Stiff rear triangle, compliant front end, or so they say. Whatever the marketing behind this bike was, within its design lay a beautiful possibility.

Those bolts, holding the seat stays to the dropouts can be serviced. If they can be serviced, they can be removed so Peter took the initiative to put a Gates Carbon Belt Drive system they had at Mellow’s to the test by installing the belt through that split in the stays.

There he was, with a decade-old, balleur commuter rendered in green and gold. What else could he do to this bike to put it over the top? How about a set of gold Campagnolo wheels from 2008? Voila. Personally, I think this bike is so wacky that it works and it’s been Peter’s go-to ride for years… Run what you brung.

Jul 23, 2015 30 comments