Category Archives: made in the usa
Stinner Frameworks: Oyster White Roadie
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Aaron Stinner‘s latest customer build is so subtle that you might not even notice it’s a Stinner. Most steel builders are asked by clients to build bikes that match certain performance characteristics as you’d find in carbon frames. With such a request, come key factors, the most important being tubing selection.

For this build, Stinner selected True Temper S3, OX Platinum and Columbus Life, all three of which are common selections for modern builders looking to lighten their frameset up, while maintaining the integrity and liveliness of steel. Matched with all the carbon ENVE components, this bike will meet any expectations set by the client.

The frame was then topped off with an oyster white base coat with white metallic decals. Thanks to Aaron for sharing this project. See more below!

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Nov 12, 2014 8 comments
House Industries and Tanner Goods Saddle Bags
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Two of my favorite companies came together and designed a new bag for the House Industries Velo collection. These made in Portland leather saddle bags thread through your saddle loops and come with the House insignia embossed into the soft, horween leather.

See more at House, or if you’re in Portland or Los Angeles, swing through the Tanner Goods stores to see them in person.

Nov 11, 2014 No comments yet
Spectral Shred Machine: The Wraith Fabrication Paycheck Disc Cyclocross Bike
Wraith Fabrication Paycheck Disc CX Bike

There’s something special happening right now within the US framebuilding industry. Something that ought not to be overlooked, no matter how too good to be true it might seem. Before we go any further however, I must make one note: a production frame is not a custom frame. There’s a misconception that everything made by a framebuilder is custom. A production run is a series of sizes, made in an assembly-line process, which drastically reduces cost on both the builder’s end and the consumer’s end.

With that come a few issues: one of which being fit and others include – often times – paint choice, or adding extras like braze-ons, pump pegs, chain holders, etc. The most important factor however is fit. Many people are driven to a framebuilder due to fit issues, but a majority of the population can be fit on a stock geometry with a series of tweaks. That said, the geometry for these stock sizes has to be able to accommodate.

Enter Wraith Fabrication, one of these new US-made production companies, headed by an existing framebuilder, Adam Eldridge of Stanridge Speed. Now, why would a framebuilder make another brand to sell bikes? Because of their construction: Wraith is tig-welded, Stanridge is fillet brazed. Adam isn’t the first fillet-braze builder to move onto a brand reliant on tig welding, either.

There exist a series of tig-only framebuilders who build production bikes for various brands, including Wraith Fabrication. Wraith now offers a disc cyclocross bike, the Paycheck and a road bike, the Hustle. These frames are built from Columbus Life tubing, with Ohio-manufactured head tube cups in Oregon and then painted or powder coated in Ohio.

Adam designed the geometries, specs and brought the project to life… using magic? Nope. Just a solid production. I got to take one of these bikes, the Paycheck disc cross bike for a series of rides over the past week. Check out an initial reaction below…

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Nov 10, 2014 48 comments
Icarus Frames: Matte Black Road Frame
Icarus Frames: Matte Black Road Frame

Ian from Icarus Frames came by the Radavist HQ today and he brought this new matte black road frame that just came back from paint. With a mix of True Temper OX Platinum at the seat tube, head tube and Columbus Zona / Life elsewhere, it’s got modern lines with very classic proportions. This one’s a beaut! Clean fillets, a braze-on front derailleur hanger and an ENVE road fork.

My favorite detail however was the arrow, painted on the top tube and the classic Icarus insignia on the downtube.

Shooting matte bikes in a studio isn’t easy, but I’m getting the hang for it. I wish I could shoot this beaut all built up. Instead, you’ll just have to check out more studio photos of this killer frame below.

Nov 6, 2014 32 comments
Shinola’s First Titanium Watch: The Black Blizzard
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All the style of a Shinola is now available in titanium for the first time ever with the Black Blizzard

“Shinola introduces The Black Blizzard, the latest evolution of Shinola’s flagship timepiece. Named for the dust storms that swept farmers off their land across the Great Plains, but built in honor of the tenacity and ingenuity of those that persevered, The Black Blizzard is an emblem of the American spirit.”

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Nov 6, 2014 4 comments
Will Black’s Cielo Road Racer with Dura Ace
Will's Cielo Road Racer with Dura Ace

The Cielo Road Racer is a favorite of mine and of Chris King dealers everywhere. Over at Mellow Johnny‘s, store manager Will Black ordered this size large around the same time I was reviewing the chartreuse x-large. He went all in with Dura Ace, Chris King, ENVE rims and the bright orange paint.

Mellow’s has had this bike on the shop floor all week and it’s creating a bit of a stir. Such flash for such little cash, when compared to bikes in the same pricepoint and higher even.

I couldn’t help but wish I could have gotten photos of this bike up in time for Halloween…

Nov 5, 2014 40 comments
SOLD OUT: Radavist Raidō Rune Top Caps
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I can’t keep these in stock and as it seems, after each batch of 100 sells out, I get dozens of emails, so here ya go, another re-up of the Radavist Raidō Rune Top Caps. In the Elder Fuþark, a rune’s orientation effects its intended power. That goes for Raidō as well. Inverted, mirrored, off-axis all have consequences. Which orientation do you run yours?

Made in the USA by KustomCaps and featured in Bicycling Magazine this month. Seriously, no joke. Swoop one up below for $12 shipped worldwide.

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Nov 4, 2014 13 comments
Firefly Bicycles: Cable Knit Mugs
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It’s getting cold out yonder and that means one thing: time to drink warm liquids – even more. My mug-consumption goes through the roof these months with all my hot toddy and coffee intake, so why not mix it up a bit with the new Cable Knit Mugs from Firefly Bicycels? Only $35 at the Firefly Webshop! Warm beverage holders don’t have to cost an arm and a leg!

Nov 4, 2014 Comments are OFF