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The Mission Workshop Acre Alps MTB Tour – Day 05
Dropping into a technical, rocky, steep section. Man, was this fun!

Enter day 05 of nothing but Alpine mountain biking with Mission Workshop. My body is still sore, almost a week later and all I can think about is how much fun we all had. The morning was cold, damp and silent, save for the cow bells that somehow echoed through the valley all night, barely being muted by the drunken Swiss wine-tasting party that erupted outside my open hotel window.

Lyle and I awoke at 7am and ate breakfast with Stefan (owner of Stilrad Zurich) and Alberto. 7:30am we rolled out into the misty mountains. From the onset, today was supposed to be quite easy, with a few technical sections and one nasty, nasty climb. At this point, the extra rain clothes and merino base layers I brought became a burden. Every ounce of extra weight in my backpack seemed to pull me back down each climb. Not to mention the 5Dmkii and 24-70mm lens… But hey, that’s my job right?

We made it out just fine, save for a few spills, a few flats and loose legs. All I could think of was drinking a sparkling water and a Radler… 30 miles and 4,000′ of climbing at altitude, on a MTB is no joke.

Check out more narrated photos in the Gallery!

Side note: I want to thank everyone who made this trip possible. Stefan, Alberto, Mission Workshop, Santa Cruz Bicycles and anyone else who helped us out along the way. THANK YOU!

Sep 10, 2013 13 comments
The Mission Workshop Acre Alps MTB Tour – Day 02
They don't call it the Black Forest for nothing!

For the past seven years, Scott and Dickon from Santa Cruz have spent their post-Eurobike recovery in the hills and mountains of the Black Forest, just outside of Freiburg, Germany. Coincidentally, when Lyle from Mission Workshop and myself had a few extra days laying around before our Alps tour began, they invited us to join them.

That meant traveling from Glarus to Freiburg, before heading back to Zurich on Wednesday. That meant a lot of driving but surely it would be worth it. All the details and accommodations were made. Scott and Dickon knew were to stay, where to eat and were mostly familiar with the trails… What other reasons did we need? Back to Germany we go!

Yesterday morning, we engorged ourselves with one of the best hotel breakfasts I’ve had before beginning our journey. I suited up in the new Acre gear, tuned my bike and hopped off through town before we all found ourselves in a tower of switchbacks up and out of the valley.

The Black Forest is a sacred place, filled with lore and mythology. While we saw no Slender Man, or nymphs, I could feel the presence of something the whole day and it wasn’t the eggs from breakfast… Nature still owns the forest. The trees hummed and resonated with the wind. If you break yourself off here, there’s no telling what would happen to you once the sun settled in for the evening.

After a mild case of “lostness” and bordering on bonking, the whim to “take the other trail” turned our planned 3-hour jaunt into an 8-hour expedition through the absolutely stunning trail system. Some were extremely technical and steep, while others were fast and smooth. Then we hit the backside of Kandel with its fast, steep and rocky descents. We all wished we had pads…

We got a taste of everything and for me, the technical, rocky terrain was just a teaser for what awaits in the Alps. The total for the day was about 35 miles and 4,900′ and today, my legs are thanking me.

Check out some narrated photos in the Gallery!

Sep 3, 2013 21 comments
The Mission Workshop Acre Alps MTB Tour – Day 01
The Mission Workshop Acre Alps Tour - Day 01

Since I was one of the first people to try out the new Mission Workshop / Acre gear in China, the guys felt that it might make sense to give it a go in the Alps, where Lyle and James have spent the summer shredding. Part of this is also to familiarize myself with the new Acre Hauser pack.

Once Eurobike was over, we left Germany to spend a day in Switzerland. So, after a week of travel and tradeshows, we decided to take to a local trail system here in Glarus. Man, it felt amazing to get the heart pumping and the legs warmed up.

Even though it was only a 10 mile ride with 2,400′ or so of climbing, it was some of the steepest trails I’ve ridden and to think, the best has yet to come. Tomorrow, we head to Freiburg, Germany to ride with the Santa Cruz crew.

Check out more from the first day of the Mission Workshop Acre Alps Trip in the Gallery!

Sep 2, 2013 10 comments
We Made it to the Mountains of Madness
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Lyle from Mission Workshop and I have successfully escaped Eurobike and fled to the Mountains of Madness in Glarus, Switzerland. Today we’re going to get in a quick ride before heading out to Freiburg, Germany where we’ll be riding with the guys from Santa Cruz.

Expect some real epicness from PiNP over the next few days as I take on some of the most epic riding in the world.

xo

Sep 1, 2013 8 comments
Introducing the Mission Workshop + Acre Hauser Trail Pack
Introducing the Mission Workshop + Acre Hauser Trail Pack

The founders of Mission Workshop began their love affair with the bicycle on mountain bikes in NorCal, so naturally a hydration-compatible trail pack was bound to sneak its way on their already diversified line. As part of the new Acre sub-label, the Hauser trail pack doubles as a pack and a small backpack for urban riding / commuting.

For it being relatively small, the Hauser packs a lot of detailing. Expandable compression straps will hold a helmet, pads or jackets and the expandable roll top increases capacity. The bag itself is actually separate from the harness, allowing for air circulation through the perforated shoulder straps and back pad.

Dual hydration reservoir access points allow nozzles to be routed either way, or you can run two. Unzip the center to find a removable tool roll that doubles as a travel case for just anything you can stuff into it. Two side pockets fit gloves, flasks, tools, pump and other on-the-run necessities.

Top it all off with a Made in the USA, lifetime warranty and you’ve got one solid contender for trail packs.

I’ll be testing this bag in the Swiss Alps next week and will return with more field photos!

Available colors:
Grey, black, blue and Multicam (limited)

Sizes:
Large 750-800 cu in (12L) – $225
Small 600-700 cu in (9.8L) – $200 – shown

Check out more detail photos in the Gallery!

Aug 27, 2013 25 comments
Mission Workshop: Pre-Order the Orion Waterproof Jacket
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Mission Workshop has just posted up a pre-order for the Orion jacket, which in my experience is the best jacket I’ve owned.

“The Orion is a fully-taped waterproof, breathable jacket cut for life on the bike. Made with 4-way stretch Schoeller c_change. This waterproof–breathable fabric is designed, developed, and manufactured in the Swiss Alps; the ultimate testing grounds for all conditions from sub-zero to sub-tropical. This Swiss made fabric is designed to react to changes in temperature and activity levels. As a result, the Orion jacket is the perfect waterproof jacket for an exceptionally wide range of environments.

The Orion is equipped with internal ported media pocket, external chest pocket, front-zipped hand pockets, touring style zippered rear pocket, removable snap-off hood. Tailored for riding with articulated sleeves. Cut slightly longer in the back. Well placed pit-zip ventilation. Made in Canada.”

Pre-order one here!

Aug 19, 2013 11 comments
Mission Workshop: Indian Summer Riding Kit – Merino Shirts and Stahl Short
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Photos by Sean Murphy

As one of the first people to test out the new cycling gear from Mission Workshop, I greeted it with as much apprehension as enthusiasm. Surely, there were already a lot of options for urban cycling gear out there but were these new pieces strictly for cycling?

Not at all. In fact, while I enjoyed riding in the clothes, I didn’t feel like there was anything in particular that made it cycling-specific and that’s a good thing. The side utility pocket has everyday applications and the cut certainly fits on the bike. In the end, this is made in the USA, high-tech, high-quality clothing from a company that is no stranger to those traits.

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Aug 1, 2013 5 comments
Mission Workshop: Q&A With Ben Farver of Argonaut Cycles

I’m so bummed I missed this!

“On Friday July 19th, Ben Farver spoke about his process at Argonaut Cycles at Mission Workshop. Farver started with a short overview of his history and the company’s, then went into answering questions from those present.”

Go go go Argonaut!

Jul 29, 2013 Comments are OFF
SF Randomness
Marc Marino

When I travel, I always have a camera on me and lately, it’s been a toss up between the Mamiya and the Leica. The only time I really carry my digital camera with me is if I am going to shoot a bike, or a shop, but in general, all my travel photos have been film. Which creates an overflow of randomness from each city I visit. Most of which don’t merit a post just by themselves. See some narrated photos of faces and places in the Gallery! Hey, if I don’t post them, they’ll sit on my hoard drive…

Jul 11, 2013 12 comments