Many would consider a wrist watch a luxury item and by all means, rightfully so, especially in the digital age. For those of us who still wear watches, it’s nice to see domestic production returning to the US in such a niche market. These days, there are millions of options, all of which look great, but when you begin to weed down those with casings made in Taiwan and China, suddenly, you’re looking at an investment.
I don’t know many people who can walk into a luxury boutique and drop thousands of dollars on a Rolex, Heuer or an IWC, but seeing something made in Los Angeles for around a grand isn’t that bad. At all. Especially considering that no one else is manufacturing their stainless casings, sapphire crystals, hands, faces and bands in the USA like Weiss Watch Company is.
Annin is the oldest flag maker in the USA. They use a special UV-coating on their inks during the sublimation process that keeps their flags bright and the designs clear for years. I got a small batch made and am selling them for $100 USD, shipped worldwide. It’s a strange product, at a high pricepoint, but the margins are almost non-existent on small runs (I’m making $15 a flag). I’d love to be able to afford to order thousands, instead of tens, but this is all I can do right now.
Each flag will be shipped today and will come packed with stickers, decals and top caps. Pick one up below and I hope to see these at your local cross races, bike shops, or wherever you chose to fly them!
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This is Yonder Journal’s most ambitious undertaking to date. For the entire month of July – or as close to that time period as possible – Yonder will be exploring various areas of the western United States. The primary purpose of this project is to explore, document, and publish a permanent, voluminous, wide-sweeping, and studied record of the State of Recreation in the summer of 2014.
This morning, after no sleep and a long day of traveling, I landed at Heathrow with the sunrise. In fact, I’m pretty sure it was the sun, peeking through the neighbor’s window, hitting me in the face that kept me from getting an iota of sleep.
I hopped on the Express train and made my way to the hotel, before taking a stroll with the PEdAL ED team around the neighborhood.
Holding onto consciousness, in an almost sleepwalking state, we swung through a few shops, all of which I’d like to spend more time combing through the details and doing proper Shop Visits at, but in the interest of time, I’ll have to go with these random details.
Kinoko was amazing. One of the nicest shops I’ve been in and the Rapha Cycle Club was quite the experience… I’m here with Brooks England, for their Eroica event and our days are pretty packed, but I’ll do my best to document our journey.
I took some liberties with this illustration…
In 1920, the Czech play “R.U.R.,” or “Rossum’s Universal Robots,” was written by Karel Čapek. The story followed a manufacturer who makes a race of servants that ended up revolting, killing everyone in their wake. Karel wrote about these sentient beings and first coined the phrase “robot,” which derived from an Old Church Slavonic word for “forced labor.”
Now, it may come as a surprise to you, but over the years, robots have in fact killed many factory workers, worldwide. More often than not, it’s by shear chance, but the facts are there and as robotic technology continues to advance in factories, one debate has risen: “are we signing our fate?”
All this may sound silly, but for some reason, a recent New York Times article tied into a piece I’ve wanted to write about how you should buy handbuilt wheels. Not just to support your local bike shop, but because the more our industry relies on “R.U.R.s”, the less people it employs… Also, robots will kill us all, dude.
It’s just a thought. Click on below for a visual representation of these OSHA-documented robot fatalities and head over to the New York Times for an interesting piece on the robot labor force.
This video is so random that it needs its own post.
As a manufacturer of products built on the belief that quality is of the utmost importance, Chris King is always eager to learn about other like-minded manufacturers. One such business is Portland manufacturer Grovemade, makers of modern and sophisticated wood based office supplies and personal electronic accessories. See photos at Chris King!
June has been a crazy month for me. After months of searching, I finally came across an office space that was too good to pass up. The price was right, the location was right and it met my current needs with room for growth.
Since starting PiNP back in 2005/2006, I have always operated from home. In the almost ten years this website has been in operation, it’s seen a lot of growth, which has taken its toll on me in more ways than one. If you work from home, you’re well aware of what I mean. Having a separation from work and home is important.
For those of you who have visited me in my Austin home, you probably remember what a clusterfuck my office was. Boxes, tires, bikes, jerseys, caps, bottles, thrown everywhere, awaiting organization, or use. It was a stressful environment and I felt like I never got anything done.
I needed somewhere soothing to work from, that I could commute to and enjoy spending time post-processing photos, or having meetings, or just working on the day to day operations but one of the things I’m most stoked about with these new digs is having a place to display products that I’ve bought or accumulated over the years.
Finding furniture was a bit of a hurdle, but I got some great deals on some truly unique pieces.
With the Radavist HQ, I hope to create a space that represents my intent with the site. It’s getter there, but I’m liking how it’s all coming together. The next time you’re in Austin, hopefully I’m around and hopefully I’ll be able to open my doors, pour you a glass of bourbon and maybe even go for a ride…
Check out the progress in the Gallery.
This is pretty clever. Alex X-Rays himself while wearing various cycling products. His list is extensive, but I like this image of him on a Pinarello the best. If you’re wondering how it’s done, then check out this behind the scenes photo.