Category Archives: made in the usa
Golden Saddle Rides: DIRT Research Cross Bike – R.I.P Tom Teesdale
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley
This bike is rare, probably one of the rarest bikes to ever grace Golden Saddle Cyclery. It’s owner is one of our favorite customers to work with(a true lover of vintage mountain bikes), because of him we build some of the coolest bikes on the planet and this one is no exception.
This is 1 of 3 DIRT Research cyclocross bikes, these three bikes were built by the late Tom Teesdale, and when this frame/fork was brought to us it was NOS.
The pictures tell the story of the build, so I don’t need to talk about that really. The bike is a very period correct, fire-road crushing machine. But what really matters, is who it was built by. Mr. Teesdale was the ghost writer for a whole generation of American made mountain bikes. Tom recently passed away while doing the thing he loved, riding bikes.
T.E.T you’ll be missed.
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Admittingly, I was first drawn to the Teague x Sizemore because of the overall frame design, but after really looking at all the details, I’m sold. While the handlebars might not be the most comfortable (looking), the lockbar combination is brilliant, as are the fenders. Those two details alone sold me on the design, because that’s what the Oregon Manifest has always been about: innovation.
The rest of the bikes have some clever details, like the Pensa + Horse Cycles expanding rack, but the Sizemore developed a few details that I could see catching on in the industry.
Seriously Taylor, you should send a set of those fenders to Bicycle Quarterly… Cast YOUR vote at the Bike Design Contest site and see some more details of the Teague x Sizemore design below.
If you watched the TEAGUE + Sizemore Bicycle Bike Design Project video, you’d see this dude riding around my favorite entry to the competition. Tyler Johnson’s Shred Club has a new kit out, inspired by neapolitan ice cream (seriously), head over to read more about it and to place a pre-order.
Lookin good dude!
I love the vibes in this and respect the hell out of both companies involved. Making bikes and components in America ain’t easy, but they sure to make it look fun!
FBM and Profile!
So, the other day, I’m thinking I need to buy a Garmin mount for my new Argonaut, but I didn’t want a plastic one. After seeing the K-Edge mounts all over, but having never owned one, I thought, what the hell, a balleur mount for a balleur bike.
This is a totally random post, but after spending some time at the K-Edge site, I really admire what they’re doing. Buying made in the USA – or any domestically-produced – accessory like this keeps an industry alive and keeps people employed. I’m ok with that.
Check out K-Edge‘s offerings at their site and ask your local bike shop to carry them!
This project was so rad…
“To celebrate the launch of the S2R performance jersey, Search and State commissioned Joseph Holway to deliver the first garment sewn from New York to Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles. Joseph completed the 3,000 mile journey in 21 days, alone and unsupported.”
Go, go, go Search and State!
Dain from Giro was the key player in the Easton Dream Bike give-aways and now, he’s put together one of his own. Being good friends with Todd from Black Cat and a resident of sunny Santa Cruz, he knew where to go with his idea: a carbon and steel constructed road bike.
See more below!
I’ve learned a lot in the past two years and so has Ben at Argonaut Cycles. He looks at his made in the USA, fully custom carbon road bikes as a project that’s ever-evolving. With each frame, he learns more not only about his customers, but his own process. My Argonaut was perfection in my eyes and while I loved it, some things about it made it less than ideal for my lifestyle and by that I mean, I travel. A lot. At the time, Ben didn’t offer a traditional seat post, only an ISP…
These won’t last, but I’d feel bad if I didn’t give you a heads up! Head over to Mudfoot‘s shop to buy a pair.
III, or the third bike in the Firefly Bicycles x Bones project. These bikes came out so sick and to see more, you’ll have to head over to the Firefly Tumblr.