Photos by Chris Lee
King Kog has been one of the most successful cycling blogs to come around in the past decade. This shop was one of the first track bike / fixed gear specialty stores in the world and has always delivered great products. Now, they’ve got a new web shop with product photos by JP Bevins.
Last week, before the SxSW shit storm settled in on Austin, I had some friends in town from New York. Wilis and Josh from King Kog wanted to get out on some trails, see the sites and eat some BBQ, so I arranged just that. For what felt like every single day, Wilis and I were out hitting my normal trail loops I’ve worked out, while still finding time to stop for some rope swing action.
We ended the week with some Austin BBQ and as the guys packed their bikes up in my living room, I could tell they were a little bummed to be leaving… Can you blame ‘em?
Since this Recent Roll is almost 36 exposures, I narrated the photos.
Ok, ok. I’m playing hookie right now from the interwebs and am probably staring down the rear brake yolk on this beaut, ripping through the limestone and singletrack of Austin. There’s something to be said about a bike that’s usually seen from the rear during a race, which is what a lot of Wilis‘ race companions had the pleasure of admiring. Cross bikes aren’t meant to be dainty, precious objects that you wipe down every day. They’re meant to be dirty, muddy and fast.
Wilis showed up to Austin with his Rosko cross bike and it was too clean to shoot photos. We’ve been riding a lot, #corndogging and just having a blast hitting the local trails and hills. After a couple days of that, his bike looked good and happy, i.e. primed to shoot photos. I love Seth Rosko’s work and was very pumped on his grassroots support for King Kog during this year’s cross season. The team did well and the bikes did exceptionally well, even Wilis’ Campagnolo beast saw the podium on more than one occasion.
There’s something very metal about a black bike and this one’s got battle scars just about everywhere, save for the Cadence bar tape. Oh and the Pearl Velo bottle was my touch! We’re both fans of H.G. Wells.
Photo by Wilis Johnson
It’s cross season and King Kog‘s team is out in full swing. Last weekend, Wilis shot some photos of their team, including the ladies! I love this photo so much. I can’t wait to see these two smiling faces in a few weeks. Check out moe muddy action here.
I have long admired the work of Peter Sutherland and it appears Thule feels the same way, enough to let him film 6 videos named “The Way I Roll“. Featuring Salvador “Sal” Barbier, Lucas Brunelle, Nicole Duke, Chris Van Dine, Gina Marie Scardino and Seth Rosko (will be posted shortly).
This rules so much. In celebration of the Tour, and the KOM jersey, King Kog printed up a run of tanks. Scoop one here.
It’s hard to introduce this shop without talking about how they were one of the first track bike-specific shops in the US. At the time, you could count them on one hand and King Kog‘s been on people’s radar for almost 10 years. In recent years, King Kog went from a tiny space on an industrial block to a large, full-service bike shop, right off Graham avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While they still cater to track bikes, King Kog also stocks vintage road bikes and cycling apparel. Chances are, if you’ve got a classic build to finish off, King Kog has that stem you’re looking for and maybe the matching jersey.
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I’ve still got posts trickling in from my trip to NYC for the Red Hook Crit. One photoset I’ve spent a good amount of time on is my Shop Visit to King Kog. More to come next week and the Necronomicog package will go up soon so save that payday cash!
Don’t forget to ride your bike, hang with friends and take it easy this weekend.