Category Archives: road bike
The Col Collective: Arcalís

These Col Collective videos always deliver!

“Our first visit to Andorra so we thought we’d call on a little pro knowledge to help us out, this time we’re honoured to be joined by Dan Martin from Cannondale-Garmin as we tackle the 2,229 metre high hors catégorie ascent of Arcalís. With stage victories in the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, plus one day classics Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro di Lombardia in his palmarès, if there’s one thing Dan knows a trick or two about it’s going uphill….FAST!”

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Dec 2, 2015 Comments are OFF
Leave it On the Road’s 2015 Crush the Coast Charity Ride
Leave it On the Road's 2015 Crush the Coast Charity Ride

Leave it On the Road’s 2015 Crush the Coast Charity Ride
Words by Michael Tabtabai

Ride from the heart and anything is possible. In mid October a crew of seven riders departed Portland and headed for San Francisco on a quest to ride bikes, take photos, and raise money to fight cancer. Through the rolling hills of Oregon wine country, down the foggy coast, through the Redwoods and down the golden rollers beyond Mendocino. We were a little nervous about the weather, as this was the time of year where the wind shifts and the rains roll in. But we got lucky – just enough rain and fog to make it interesting and more than enough sun to keep spirits high. To live the life of a cyclist, that is, 100% of your days truly devoted to the sport, the preparation and the recovery, is an awesome thing. And it is even better when you get to help raise over $25k for a great cause – City of Hope. When we arrived in SF three riders continued on to Los Angeles, knocking out nearly 1400 miles in 14 days.

This was the third major Leave It On The Road ride, and we called it #crushthecoast. (more…)

Nov 23, 2015 32 comments
Thrashin’ and Crashin’ the Cannondale Slate Force CX1 All-Road Bike
Thrashin' and Crashin' the Cannondale Slate Force CX1

Since relocating to Los Angeles, a land with endless dirt in both the fireroad and track variety, my preferences have shifted a lot in terms of what I want a bike to take on. Capabilities are often grown in the industry piecemeal, then once and a while, a bike comes along that asks a question: what if?

The Cannondale Slate is a what if bike. What if 650b or 27.5″ wheels with a 42mm tire makes more sense for “all-road” riding? What if a damn Lefty shock with just the right amount of travel can instill confidence in new riders while offering an added fun bonus to experienced athletes?

Last February, I got to take a prototype Slate out for a spin and recently, Cannondale sent me a production Slate Force CX1 build to try out. I’ve been spending the past week or so thrashin’ and crashin’ this machine. While many exceptional bikes pass through this website, both for review and for personal acquisition, I will say this is the most fun I’ve had on a bike review. (more…)

Nov 19, 2015 228 comments
Bishop Bikes: Cory’s Martini Racing Road
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Photos by Keith Trotta

If there’s one race machine that’s been worshipped by the cycling industry, it’s the old Martini Porsches and if you’re the kind of person who’s into that sort of thing, why not get your custom steel road bike painted as an homage to that classic livery? That’s what Cory did with his custom Bishop road. The results are stunning, perfectly executed by Bryan Myers of Fresh Frame. See more at the Bishop Flickr!

Nov 17, 2015 12 comments
VYNL Bikes: Road Racing Frames Made in the USA
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I’m always stoked to see more domestically-produced bike frames popping up, especially in aluminum. VYNL Bikes are a relatively new company out of San Jose, California offering road “racing” frames for $1900 with a standard powdercoat and a wait time of a week, or you can go custom colors and tack on a few more weeks. While there’s no information where exactly they’re made or who is making them, with the number of sub-contracting frame building companies around, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s frame building pedigree producing them. Expect the same large-diameter tubing you’ve come to love from US-made aluminum frames. If you’d like to see them in person, head over to Sugar Cycles in Missouri City, Texas or Red Lantern Cycles in Menlo Park, California.

Check out more at VYNL Bikes.

Nov 13, 2015 12 comments
Day Dreamin’
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I’m really excited about this review. The All-City Mr. Pink has been on my “must” list for some time now and to finally get a lot of miles and a lot of climbing in on one has been highly enjoyable. It’s with a heavy heart that I have to send this bike back today, but the sunset photos this evening are looking great.

Stay tuned this week for more!

Nov 10, 2015 Comments are OFF