Category Archives: made in the usa
Speedplay Zero Pavé Pedals Enjoy Playing Dirty
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I’ve always wanted to ride Speedplay pedals, but with all the hike-a-bike rides I do, it would wreak havoc on their cleats. I’m sure this isn’t the first time Speedplay’s had that criticism and maybe that’s the motivation behind their new Zero Pavé pedals.

Here’s their selection criteria:

-You enjoy riding in mixed terrain environments, road, gravel, or cobbles
-You demand a high performance pedal in wet and dirty conditions
-You expect to walk on un-paved surfaces

Basically, if you enjoy riding your road bike off-road, these might be your new best friend. Head to your local shop for ordering and if you have tried these out yourself, let us know your thoughts!

Made in the USA

Aug 15, 2014 16 comments
Chris King Introduces Sour Apple Flavored Components
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Is is bad that I see this and I immediately want to replace a component group from a current bike of mine? For the first time (ever?) Chris King is offering Sour Apple anodized components. Yes, that’s NoThreadSets, InSets, ISOs, R45s, BMX, Wheels, Bottom Brackets, Coffee Tampers and Accessories.

If you’re interested, place orders between September 1st, 2014 and May 1st, 2015.
Shipping begins October 1st, 2014.

See more at Chris King.

Aug 14, 2014 3 comments
Topo Designs: New Rover Pack
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I’ve been thinking that I wanted a backpack that’s just a bit smaller than my 22L Klettersack from Topo Designs and this morning, they announced their new Rover Pack. Made in Colorado at a LEED-certified facility and available in an array of colors.

See more photos below and head to Topo for more information.

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Aug 14, 2014 No comments yet
Firefly Bicycles: Sunrise Fork Ends
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Things are picking back up here after a week off and what better way to start off the week with another insane bike from Firefly? Their motto “every bike is a show bike” really resonates with this one. See more at the Firefly Flickr!

Aug 11, 2014 1 comment
AARN 144#47/49 Rings in Stock
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AARN just restocked the 144#47 and 144#49 track chainrings at his web shop. These are some of the best track chainrings on the market and the demand is always high, so head over now if you’ve missed out before.

Techical Details:
+Bolt Circle Diameter: 144-mm
+Number of Teeth: 47 of 49 (choose below)
+Supported Chain Type: 1/8-in Track/BMX
+Material: Anodized 6061-T6 Aluminum
+Finish: Black or Clear Anodized

Made in the USA

Aug 5, 2014 No comments yet
West Coast Best Coast Day 01 – Portland
Wow.

Vacations, holidays, or just plain breaks. We all need them and regardless to how fun you may think this job is, it’s a lot of work. Like, I’ve worked for 8 years in architecture and I thought that was a lot of work. No way. Traveling, shooting photos, maintaining this site, is all work and once a year, I like to take a break.

Granted, the very fact that I’m writing a post today, on the first day of our West Coast Best Coast trip, contradicts the notion of a true “holiday”, but hey, I can’t just leave the site alone for a week!

Lauren and I have been apart a lot this year, she’s been kicking ass in Myanmar doing design research and I’ve been jet-setting around the globe attending various events. So when we had a week or two open in our schedules, I planned a trip.

The general idea was fly into Portland, spend a few days there and then dip down to LA along the Pacific Coast Highway, aka PCH.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this route, I rode it a few years back on my touring bike, albeit a bit later in the year. In August, it’s a haven for people in the US and around the world, leaving camp sites, hotels, everything booked out for months, making it difficult to plan anything.

Luckily, I’m not a big fan of plans and I have a pretty good idea of where to go, what to see and how long to spend in each place.

The only planning I did was our vehicle. I’ve been wanting either a mid 80′s – mid 90′s Toyota 4×4 4 cylinder pickup since moving to Texas and getting back into mountain biking. Trucks in Texas are crazy expensive and so I extended my search to the west coast, where I found a pretty good deal on a ’96 Tacoma.

It’s red, has a 3″ lift, camper shell and it needs a name. More on that later. Best news is, it runs and will be our vehicle for this trip and hopefully many others.

Yesterday, we did the tourist thing in Portland. Went to a few shops, met friends and took it easy.

It was a perfect day to begin our West Coast Best Coast trip!

Aug 4, 2014 11 comments