Category Archives: road bike
Winter Bicycles Certeza Road
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I don’t know what’s more impressive, Winter Bicycles‘ work or the fact that builder Eric Estlund always comes up with unique names for each build. In this case, a modern road model called Certeza, which is Portuguese for certainty, sureness and confidence.

The Winter Certeza is made from a selection of True Temper and Dedacciai tubes, with a confident Columbus MAX fork. The shaped tubes are joined with an elegance found only in smooth fillet-brazing.

For the kit, Eric built the Certeza with Dura Ace 9000, C24 wheels and a PRO kit. The Cane Creek headset is done in matching black and silver. To complete the build, a stem with a “French Point” treatment. The frame and fork are designed to accommodate a range of tire widths for different surfaces and are shown with 25mm Veloflex tires. Keith Anderson provided the Certeza with it’s deep pearl white paint and gold drop shadowed logos.

Check out more detailed photos below and as always, stay on top of Winter via their Instagram.

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Jul 13, 2015 10 comments
The Col Collective: Col de la Bonette

The Col de la Bonette is famous for being steep and windy, but it is also home to the abandoned Camp des Fourches, once home to a battalion of Alpine troops. Check out the latest from the Col Collective!

Jul 9, 2015 2 comments
Golden Saddle Rides: From the Pit to the Crit – Mike’s Parlee Z5
Golden Saddle Rides: From the Pit to the Crit - Mike's Parlee Z5

Golden Saddle Rides: From the Pit to the Crit – Mike’s Parlee Z5
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley

I met Mike about 8 years ago when he moved from Boston to LA and started hanging out at the bike shop where I was working at the time. He was a bike punk from the east coast hardcore scene, cooking vegan food by day and drumming in bands by night. Few things have changed in the years in-between and Mike is still hanging out at my bike shop, but he’s looking a lot more punk jock these days. When he isn’t roasting for Bicycle Coffee or running a Pure Luck pop up, Mike is likely out training for road or cyclocross season.

Mike is a big dude and he does not baby his bikes. He has broken just about every single one he has owned. From touring bikes to track bikes and a steel road frame to a Ritte, the guy is a crusher. Last year when Mike was down a road bike and looking for an upgrade his friend Rudi Jung was starting a new position painting bikes at Parlee. The connection was made and it wasn’t long before Mike owned what many would consider a dentist bike, the Parlee Z5.

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Jul 7, 2015 18 comments
Morvelo’s Doorstep Epic – Tour de France

With the Tour underway (which has been a crazy year!), Morvelo continues their Doorstep Epic video series with George’s 284km and 4,000m ride. Which unlike the Tour was all happenstance.

Jul 7, 2015 Comments are OFF
Velo News: Not All Frames are Created Equal
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No, that $700 S-Works frame is not from the same overseas factory as the $3,500 original. Not even close. To partially prove a point and also educate internet consumers, Velo News took a look at a bootleg frame by comparing it to an actual frame in their laboratory. The results are interesting to say the least. Head over to Velo News to check it out…

Jul 1, 2015 23 comments
Strava Says Ride With Us

To the pizza shop! Or maybe the coffee shop? Kidding, of course. Here’s a nice video from Strava featuring some unique views from around the globe.

Jun 30, 2015 4 comments
Tyler’s Icarus All-Road Disc
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It’s not a cross bike, it’s a road bike with clearances for bigger tires. Sure it uses an ENVE disc cross fork, but the bottom bracket drop, chainstay length and angles are more in line with what many would categorize as a road bike. A road bike that likes to gobble up rugged and rutted roads.

The Bruce Gordon Rock n Road tires were the starting point for Ian at Icarus Frames to build Tyler his new all-road machine. He wanted hydro disc brakes and road gearing, which he may or may not swap out in the forthcoming months for a clutch and a wider range cassette. With a burnt orange paint and subtle Icarus branding on the downtube, Tyler’s bike has a confident stance without being overly gaudy. Keep it clean with the paint and get it nice and dirty…

Truth told, I’ve been wanting a bike like this for some time now and it was a pleasure being able to document it both for Icarus Frames and Tyler.

Thanks to Jonathan from Mellow Johnny’s for the build!

Jun 30, 2015 43 comments
Foundry Brings Us the Chilkoot Titanium Road
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These days, I feel like road bikes aren’t getting the love they deserve. Everything’s either “all-road” or cyclocross spefic, with disc brakes and massive tire clearances but there’s something to be said about a solid, race-inspired road bike with clearance for a 28mm tire.

That’s where Foundry’s new Chilkoot titanium road bike comes into play. Built using Foundry’s proprietary 3Al/2.5V titanium double-butted tubing the Chilkoot is both a road racing machine and a bike that will last for years on end.

Because a lot of people prefer Di2 compatibility on their bikes, Foundry added hidden ports to the frame and a clean, removable cable stop to the downtube. A 1 1/4” tapered ENVE road fork adds a bit of front-end stiffness for quick accelerations and the english threaded BB will ensure a creak-free ride.

Personally, I’m impressed with the Chilkoot. Road bikes are fun and this one in particular looks like a lot of thought went into addressing a much-needed market. $4,695.00 for the complete as shown with Ultegra 6800 or as a frame for $2495.

See more photos below and more at Foundry.
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Jun 30, 2015 2 comments