Category Archives: made in the usa
MinneCycle 2017: Northern Frameworks All Road with Dura Ace
Photos and words by Jarrod Bunk
I first heard of Northern Frameworks when it was just a whisper. Josh from Angry Catfish and Alex from A-Train Cycles decided to team up for a new custom frame brand to be sold in-house at the shop. The first time I saw one in person I was stoked: custom made steel bikes that keep the Twin Cities proud.
Northern Frameworks produces a bike with clean lines, tailored fit, and brilliant paint. The build on this bike is just as good as the aesthetic though, sporting Dura Ace 9100 series components, painted to match fenders, pewter Chris King headset and an ENVE cockpit. Those Derby rims laced to White Industries CLD hubs, hand built by Haute Bacon, tie it all together. The internally routed hydraulic line is extremely clean and the T47 BB keeps this bike somewhat future proof should the owner choose to build it differently down the road.
A bike like this screams versatility (with an inside voice), as it’s not overbearing in any way, but can tackle several different types of riding pretty well. I can’t wait to get back to Minneapolis to see more from these guys. For more info check out Northern Frameworks.
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MinneCycle 2017 : Vincent Dominguez Cycles Not So Mellow, Yellow Disc Road
Photos and words by Jarrod Bunk
After I hopped off the plane and a short ride to MinneCycle 5, Minnesota’s handmade bicycle show, I waited out the harsh light and 90 degree temps outside by checking out the show inside. One of the first bikes was this Dominguez. I wasn’t super familiar with Dominguez, but soon after observing this bike I wanted to be.
There is nothing mellow about this yellow bike, especially when you look closely, which I did! The fully lined, internal cable routing, with some beautiful entry points into the frame, is what drew me in closer. Once I was there, I noticed things like the logo-less DT Swiss hubs, Campagnolo Chorus build – but most of all the frame details.
The mixture of fillet brazing and lugs to me was just the right amount of both. The way they integrate into the frame elegantly so as to not take away from each other really caught my eye. Scalloped seatstays and the slightly offset front brake housing – so as to not rub the headtube – were the final nails in this killer build. Check out Dominguez Cycles for more.
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There’s no doubt that Argonaut Cycles makes one of the best road bikes in the world and now, you can build your own dream bike at their new website, or at least design the frameset’s colors. Try it out for yourself and let’s see your designs in the comments.
Just in time for the heat! Mission Workshop has restocked my favorite summer mountain bike, camping, touring and all-around short in three colors. I’ve put these things through the ringer and only now, after over three years of heavy use have they been deemed unrepairable by my clothing-repairing wizard of a girlfriend. Good new is they’re in stock and shipping now from Mission Workshop.
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… so if you’re in Los Angeles and want to try on a pair of some of the nicest sandals I’ve owned, make sure you roll through. Or, if you want to see your closest stop on the tour, head to Bedrock Sandals.
US-manufacturer of adapters, brackets and other useful accessories, K-Edge recently partnered with light brand Niterider on a clean and simple bracket for their lights. These brackets keep the light off your cockpit, freeing up hand space and putting the beam nice and low. K-Edge also makes brackets for your GPS, as well as GoPro, so check out their full line at their webshop. I wish they made something for the SON light that was this simple!
teamed got together with Santa Barbara’s Breakfast Culture Club to design a full kit for the shop and somehow I don’t think this is what they had in mind for its use… Check out an interview with TDT at Breakfast Culture Club and keep an eye out for this kit’s pre-order to open shortly.
People often ask what I love most about my job. After the obvious – riding bikes – comes watching projects like this unfold. Paul Price lives in Chico and is the man behind Paul Component Engineering. He’s been in this game for a while and has been to NAHBS countless times over the years. In that time, he’s watched a lot of new names pop up in the framebuilding circuit, most notably Sean from Oddity Cycles. Sean’s creations are whacky, fun and offer very unique riding characteristics. For one, they’re titanium, which at smaller diameters, can be flexy. Not in a bad way, just in a unique way. Next up, Sean bends the shit out of the tubes, making them swoopy and thus increasing the wow factor. (more…)
If you’re on the hunt for summer shorts, look no further than SWRVE. Their new Camp Shorts are made in Los Angeles from SWRVE’s Heavy Canvas material and are available in a variety of colors and tones. These have a 9″ inseam and four pockets. Check out more at SWRVE.