Category Archives: Portland
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.
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.
Coming up at the end of August is the Athletic Sprint Omnium. Check out more information, as well as a ton of awesome 35mm photos at the Athletic Community.
Man, I love all the videos coming from Portland. They’re just plain weird. Like the newest from Ruckus Composites featuring their carbon Access Tool!
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!
Anytime this dude graces my inbox, I have to give it some love. Jordan Hufnagel continues his modeling career with the new Levi’s® Commuter Collection. Check out the lookbook here!
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.
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
Levi’s traveling bike shop tour is happening, beginning with Portland. They’re offering free tune-ups, and free tailoring? I’m all about free tailoring. Check out the Portland flier below.
The Speedvagen offerings are those of dreams and that’s coming from someone who has two dialed road bikes. Feast your eyes upon the 2013 White Hot Speedvagen road. See more at their Flickr.