Category Archives: made in the usa
Doug D is Touring North America to Photograph Workers
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From Randolph Engineering, makers of metal frame eyewear, to Vanson Leathers, Revision Military, Horse Cycles and others, Doug D is traveling North America on his custom Brooklyn Machine Works touring bike, documenting goods that are still made in the USA. Right now, he’s updating his Instagram daily with portraits of workers and the companies that employ them.

Give Doug a follow on Instagram and check out his great photography.

Dec 2, 2014 4 comments
Retired Goods is Back
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You might remember this brand from a few years back. Retired Goods started off as Retired Belts, old bicycle tires that were shredded and made into belts. Now the line has grown into dog leashes and blanket roll carriers. Head over to Retired Goods to see more!

Dec 2, 2014 1 comment
RELoad Bags: Leave Nothing Behind Collection

RELoad has been making custom bags longer than just about anyone else and their newest collection continues that tradition. Each piece was hand printed by Mari Montacelli, then assembled by Ellie Lum and Mari Montacelli in the RELoad SF studio.

See the Leave Nothing Behind Collection at RELoad!

Dec 1, 2014 No comments yet
Strawfoot Arcade Socks
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Garrett from Strawfoot just dropped these on me:

“Just in time for our annual Cold Cuts sale, we designed a sock for the Fresh Air-Hunter cyclocross team that expresses the our passion for ‘80s arcade games, pizza parties and racing bikes in the dirt. From Friday through Sunday (11/28-11/30), get 25% everything in our online shop when you use the promo code: COLDCUTS.”

So good! Swoop at Strawfoot!

Nov 28, 2014 2 comments
ACRE: Merino Faroe Pullover Hoodie
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I can’t go on any trip without taking this hoodie, especially when touring or camping. The Faroe is my favorite Mission Workshop / Acre apparel piece and for good reason:

“The Faroe is an essential piece of the ACRE apparel system. Constructed using soft, lightweight Merino wool that can be worn as a next-to-skin base layer or as a simple hooded pullover. Merino wool naturally regulates body temperature in both hot and cold environments, resists odor, and stretches with your body. The Faroe is designed to perform over a wide range of temperatures and conditions and makes the perfect layering piece under any of our waterproof breathable jackets.

This edition of the Faroe is made with 18.9 micron 190g/sm Merino wool with added core filament nylon for strength and durability.

Made in USA.”

See more at Acre.

Nov 26, 2014 3 comments
I’m Digging the ESI RCT Bar Tape
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ESI has been making grips in the good ol’ US of A since 1999. Their silicone grips are my absolute favorite for a MTB bar – easy on, easy off with a four to six month lifespan. They’re tacky in the rain and offer plenty of grip through sweaty hands or gloves. While just about everyone will have nothing but positive things to say about the ESI grips, I’d never heard of their RCT Bar Tape before.

Dubbed RCT for “road, cross, triathlon”, this bar tape is re-usable since silicon is tacky enough without the use of adhesive. You can pull it hard and get it a bit thinner than it’s shown here, but I actually like the thickness, especially on a cross bike that gets ridden on trails. It’s easy to clean and doesn’t crawl around on the bars like other tapes do.

So far, I’ve had it for a few weeks and it’s taken its share of spills without showing any wear or tear. Time will tell how long it’ll last, or if it will replace my other favorite bar tapes – Fizik and Lizard Skin – but for now, I’m excited to have ESI products on my MTB and cross bikes.

You can see just how thick this stuff is by looking at the photos below. Head over to ESI for more information!

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Nov 24, 2014 16 comments