Category Archives: Portland
The Ruckus Carbon Access Tool (C.A.T.)

I like small products like the new Ruckus Carbon Access Tool:

“The Ruckus Carbon Access Tool (C.A.T.) is a multi-tool like no other. It was developed to fit the majority of keys on the market today and allow for future modularity. Manufactured in the USA from lightweight carbon fiber, it offers a balance between sleek professionalism and everyday usage.

Quote from Shawn Small (Owner of Ruckus Composites)
“My girlfriend was out of town and I needed something to do with my hands”

C.A.T. (Carbon Access Tool) MSRP: $32.50″

Also, check out the new Ruckus web shop!

Sep 3, 2013 3 comments
Breadwinner Cycles: Hole Shot Cross Bike

I made a comment on Twitter this morning about “cross practice”. To me, bike control is inherently more important than learning mounting and dismounting techniques. If you’re new to cross, riding in the woods will teach you everything you need to know, from cornering, dismounting, run ups and bunnyhopping. Clinics are great and I fully support them but you’ll learn more eating shit on a trail than riding in a grass field.

You can learn other techniques as you go, but bike control is going to win you a race, not saving a fraction of a second on your dismount (especially if you’re a new rider / racer). Get out in the woods and get rad. Ride, have fun and eventually, you will be damn good at it and make it look easy! As exhibited here by Matt Hall on the new Breadwinner Cycles Hole Shot cyclocross bike.

Granted Matt Hall has been racing cross in Portland for over a decade… Check out more lovely detail shots of this rad bike at Breadwinner and apologies for my Monday morning rantings.

Aug 26, 2013 8 comments
Walnut Studiolo

Geoffrey Franklin runs Walnut Studiolo, a leather and wood product shop based in Portland, Oregon, where he makes every product by hand. Check out this video, documenting his process.

Aug 22, 2013 Comments are OFF
Paved: Finding the Stoke — Part 1
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Last summer, Taj, Sandy Carson, two other friends, Seth and Nick took on Portland to San Francisco. Paved Magazine ran an article a while back but they’ve began posting the stories on their blog. It’s worth the read, coming from someone who’s also done the ride. Check it out here!

Aug 19, 2013 Comments are OFF
f-Stop: Life in Focus – Jeff Curtes

f-Stop, makers of some of the nicest camera bags in the industry, recently profiled photographer Jeff Curtes. A team followed him around as he shot the Speedvagen lookbook and rode his bike up Saltzman. Videos like this are great because it really is about the photographer being profiled, not the product.

Aug 8, 2013 2 comments
The 2013 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show
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The 2013 Oregon Handmade Bicycle show is coming up right around the corner. This years event will be Saturday & Sunday, September 28-29, 2013 at Sandbox Studio, Portland, Oregon. It’s on my agenda this year, if my schedule allows. I’ve always wanted to check it out…

If you are a builder and are interested in attending, you can sign up here

Aug 7, 2013 Comments are OFF