Category Archives: made in the usa
Steel and Hardwood
Steel and hardwood

Nao at Tomii Cycles posted this photo on his Flickr the other day and it really struck me as both a unique photo and construction method. The juxtaposition of the cold, hard steel and the warm, rich hardwood, coupled with precision tools really speaks a lot about framebuilding. To top it off, the simple wood screw at the fork end shows a no-nonsense approach to the builder’s m.o.

I see a lot of framebuilder’s process photos, yet this one really did it for me.

Now it’s time to get over to Tomii cycles to shoot some photos, don’t you think?

Feb 18, 2015 2 comments
Inside Line Equipment Launches Custom Bags
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ILE new custom bag option just launched and they’re doing things a bit differently. You can print out a blank bag linesheet and color it in, then scan it in and email it, or simply create your color palette in photoshop. Head over to ILE for more information.

Feb 18, 2015 1 comment
Topo Designs: New Camp Pants
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If there’s one company’s products that have been thoroughly – read “roughly” – tested over here, it’s Topo Designs. From their bags to their apparel, this Colorado brand makes products that take a hefty beating. New to the line this winter are these hefty camp pants. Built to last, built to fit and best of all, built in the USA. While they’re not designed for the bike, I’ve found they still work just fine.

Available in three colors and various sizes now at Topo Designs.

Feb 17, 2015 No comments yet
Paul Announces Three New Thru Axle Hubs
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Paul has responded to your requests and today announced three new thru axle hubs for your off-road bicycle of choice. New to the Paul hub lineup is a standard FHub disc 10 x 100, Fhub disc 15 x 150 for fatbikes and their WORD thru axle hub in 12 x 142. All three are made in Chico, California and in stock now, ready to roll at Paul.

Feb 13, 2015 4 comments
Search and State: S1-S Bibs in Navy
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Some of the softest, most comfortable bibs in my collection just got a new color. The Search and State S1-S bibs are now available in navy blue, for those who like to mix it up a bit. Made in the USA and in stock now at SAS.

Feb 6, 2015 10 comments
Dan Chabanov’s Van Dessel Hellafaster Frame is Made in the USA
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Photos by Dan Chabanov

The Van Dessel Hellafaster caught me off guard when it launched. It, along with the Aloominator, boasted performance-minded precision with a phrase you don’t see too often for a $1,500 frameset: made in the USA.

These bikes are made in Portland and are ready for anything. With Di2 compatibility, 28mm tire clearance – fenders! and a sick, black anodized finish, it’s no wonder the Hellafaster is a prime choice for a training or race bike.

Perhaps that’s why Dan Chabanov picked one up? For whatever reason, I’ve had these photos for a while, but totally blanked on posting them, until Dan just called me out – albeit for the 10th time.

Frames like this are important to the US-made cycling industry, so shame on me for blanking on posting these photos. Van Dessel, you’re doing it right.

See more of Dan’s photos below and if you have ANY questions, Ask Dan at his Tumblr.

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Feb 5, 2015 10 comments
AARN Chainrings Back in Stock
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The AARN chainrings were an instant classic when they launched back in 2011. Each year, designer Aaron Panone restocks the 144#47/49 chainrings in limited batches. The first restock of 2015 is now on 44RN, in a run of 200. Head over now to pick one up.

Feb 4, 2015 Comments are OFF
Rangeley Morton: Post – Bicycle Display Stand
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Rangeley Morton is a furniture builder and a cyclist, so it was only a matter of time before both passions began to inform each other. One such effort is the Post, a handmade, collapsable, bicycle rack, best suited at home or in a shop. This unique design was inspired by classic tools, while ironically, no tools are needed to assemble Post.

Post’s arms and legs are locked in place with sailing twine threaded through a removable brass pipe. Simply tie a knot… Designed to work with everything from a MTB to a classic road frame, Post only requires a top tube to hold and display your bike.

Each Post is signed, numbered and retails for $450 – simply email to order. See a quote about Post from Rangeley Morton below, along with more photos.

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Feb 3, 2015 7 comments