Category Archives: road bike
A Pedalers Fork Argonaut Cycles Road with Dura Ace
Pedalers Fork Argonaut Road with Dura Ace

When the team at Pedalers Fork became a dealer for Argonaut Cycles, they needed a bike that would operate as both an advertisement and a floor model / test bike for interested clients. While I love my matte-black Argo, stealth is not the best at advertising for the brand, so Gideon at Pedalers Fork cooked up a purple, flashy, chevron-inspired design for painter Eric Dungey to get to work on.

Since this particular model will be a test bike for inquiring customers, Pedalers Fork chose the traditional seatpost spec, rather than an ISP. The result is a flashy, yet classic stance with the brand’s name in bright silver on the downtube. With a painted PRO stem, a blue King, a purple seatpost collar, Mavic 125ans wheels and Dura Ace throughout, every detail has been considered… It’ll be sure to turn heads.

Feb 26, 2015 5 comments
A Day in Calabasas with Pedalers Fork and Argonaut Cycles
From there, it was mostly downhill...

Southern California is a second home to me, for many reasons, the obvious of which being the excellent cycling and the people that live here. Life’s a bit easier when it’s always sunny and excellent riding is at your finger tips. Perhaps that’s why Ben from Argonaut has always liked the crew at Pedalers Fork in Calabasas. They’ve got world class roads and trails literally surrounding their unique restaurant, coffee and bike shop.

I can’t tell you how many times people attempt this business model, yet Pedalers Fork didn’t just attempt it, they nailed it. Excellent food, great coffee and high end bicycles. Pedalers Fork has created an environment that caters to the local cycling scene with group rides, fund raisers and parties. While their bike is small, they turn out many precision high end builds. Up until this point, they’ve sold only Moots. Not because of any exclusivity deal, but because they were looking for a carbon fiber match to the brand. That’s where Argonaut comes in.

A few weeks ago, Ben from Argonaut asked if I wanted to come out to Calabasas, ride bikes, eat great food and hang out with friends. All to celebrate this new union. Well, that and Ben would be giving a presentation of sorts about the brand to a few select people… and I’d shoot some photos.

We spent the morning riding bikes over the Santa Monica Mountains, with lunch at Pedalers Fork, an afternoon Putt n Pump track action at a secret location before attending a dinner, curated by Chris DiMinno of the Chris King Gourmet Century.

Rough day, huh?

Feb 25, 2015 11 comments
David’s Olive Stinner Frameworks Road
David's Stinner Road

To quote Tom Petty, “the waiting is the hardest part” and waiting for a custom frame isn’t easy by any means. Plenty of frame builders are so busy that their queue is up to over a year out. For Santa Barbara’s Stinner Frameworks, things have been slammed. New clients and a warm winter has kicked his queue into overdrive. Although, that’s not the only reason Aaron is busy. His bikes ain’t bad either!

David placed an order for a straight forward road bike 9 months ago and just picked it up. Since then, Aaron has hired extra help and reduced wait considerably.

I met David today and talked to him about his new bike a bit. Consensus: nothing but stoke! With Stinner’s Select Tubing, the bike will perform out in the hills surrounding the Pedalers Fork in Calabasas, where these photos were taken. David’s component choice round out the crazy sparkle olive paint: Force 22 and ENVE rims, matched with Thomson bits and Ritchey bars.

Ride safe, David!

Feb 24, 2015 20 comments
The Col Collective: Hautacam

As somewhat of a sleeper climb in the Midi-Pyrénées, Hautacam has a nasty reputation for exceeding the difficulty of other more notable passes. With an average grade of 8%, it’s sure to put fire in your legs. Watch as the Col Collective tackles Hautacam in their newest video…

Feb 16, 2015 No comments yet
Mark’s Team Telekom Eddy Merckx MX-Leader
Mark's Team Telekom Merckx MX-Leader

A few people have asked what bike I was pedaling around on the Eroica California course. While it doesn’t meet the pre-1987 guidelines, it’s vintage enough for my tastes. The MX-Leaders have always had a soft spot in my heart. Arguably the most significant bikes to ever leave the Merckx factory, these were race-ready, pedigree machines. Made with Merckx’s proprietary lugs and Columbus MXL tubesets, they were some of the stiffest steel frames at the time.

Perfect for the US team Motorola, or in this case, team Telekom. This frame in particular was Brian Holm’s and while a majority of the MX-Ls were raced with Dura Ace 7400, the bike’s owner, Mark Riedy, decided to go a bit more practical – and classy IMO – with a 10-speed Campagnolo gruppo. He then topped the cockpit off with an ITM stem.

There’s something about the Telekom paint jobs that always did it for me. Flashy, yet classy and an undeniable style. I’d love to add one of these to my collection some day.

Feb 6, 2015 31 comments
Dan Chabanov’s Van Dessel Hellafaster Frame is Made in the USA
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Photos by Dan Chabanov

The Van Dessel Hellafaster caught me off guard when it launched. It, along with the Aloominator, boasted performance-minded precision with a phrase you don’t see too often for a $1,500 frameset: made in the USA.

These bikes are made in Portland and are ready for anything. With Di2 compatibility, 28mm tire clearance – fenders! and a sick, black anodized finish, it’s no wonder the Hellafaster is a prime choice for a training or race bike.

Perhaps that’s why Dan Chabanov picked one up? For whatever reason, I’ve had these photos for a while, but totally blanked on posting them, until Dan just called me out – albeit for the 10th time.

Frames like this are important to the US-made cycling industry, so shame on me for blanking on posting these photos. Van Dessel, you’re doing it right.

See more of Dan’s photos below and if you have ANY questions, Ask Dan at his Tumblr.

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Feb 5, 2015 10 comments
SRAM Rival 22

Rival is one of the most affordable road groups on the market, without sacrificing performance or style. As we saw with the Saila titanium cross build, it doesn’t distract from the bike, yet with 11 speed control, you still get the same precision as the higher end groups. Check out this quick spot showcasing it on a disc road and see more on Rival at SRAM.

Feb 5, 2015 18 comments
Fairdale Holds a Torch for Chromoly
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While plenty of companies select a blank frame from a catalog and slap a few stickers on them before calling them a day, Fairdale takes more time to design their frames from the ground up. Taj recently illustrated a story on the Fairdale blog, explaining how they design their bikes, particularly the Goodship.

Head on over to read up!

Feb 5, 2015 3 comments