Category Archives: touring bike
Doug’s Custom Brooklyn Machine Works Touring Bike
Doug's Custom Brooklyn Machine Works Touring Bike

190 days. That’s over 6 months. For Doug D, that’s how long he’s been living in and on this bike: a custom Brooklyn Machine Works tourer. This frame is in fact the only custom bike the Brooklyn framebuilders have made over the years. Sure, there have been numerous prototypes and one-offs, but Doug’s touring bike is the only completely custom ride they’ve made.

For good reason. A touring bike like this weighs around 100 lbs and carries everything Doug needs to tour all over the east coast and northeast during the harsh winter months. It has specific engineering requirements and plenty of custom details.

It features custom-designed and laser cut dropouts, as well as an integrated cable sheath at the seat tube cluster. Doug specifically requested BMW’s signature double plate fork, with aero blades, specifically drawn to hold the weight of panniers. Then, to top it off, the decals are the first ever die-cut vinyl logos the brand has done.

All in all, it’s a rather straight forward build. Pieced together with whatever spare parts Doug had on him at the time. Take for instance the Dura Ace cranks and Ultegra front derailler. Yet the 48h Phil Wood touring wheels, Paul Touring Cantis, Brooks saddle, hand made front panniers and Arkel bar bag are very much touring specific.

So what’s Doug been doing for 6 months? He’s been visiting various factories and facilities where companies still make goods in the USA. Everything from Easton hockey sticks, to boot makers, military equipment, stand up paddle boards and yes, even bicycle frame builders.

I caught up with Doug briefly in Austin yesterday, shot his bike, took him to my favorite bar and heard stories about stealth camping, staying sane and most importantly, warm during the winter months. He has tons of film and digital photos, which he hopes to put into a book at some point.

Follow Doug on Instagram for more stories and photos. If you see this man on the road, say hello!

Mar 25, 2015 50 comments
Golden Saddle Rides: The SOMA Electric Wolverine Turn On Your Bike
Golden Saddle Rides: The SOMA Electric Wolverine Turn On Your Bike

Golden Saddle Rides: The SOMA Electric Wolverine Turn On Your Bike
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley

One part inspired by the band Electric Wizard and six parts inspired by Erik’s Di2 Alfine 11 Peacock-Nuke AWOL.

While this customer may not be heading off to Europe to participate in The Transcontinental anytime soon, he is riding this thing through the urban jungle we call Los Angeles and participating in daily jaunts through the Santa Monica Mountains.

The new Soma Wolverine was our canvas and the picture which we would paint took longer than some of the most famous oil paintings. Most of the components were no-brainers. While questions like whether to use a belt or chain took a bit longer.

I hope you guys enjoy looking at this bike as much as we liked building it!

p.s. The Soma Wolverine was also reviewed in the latest issue of Bicycle Quarterly. So if you’d like to know more about the performance of this bike, I’d suggest heading to your local bike shop and picking up issue No. 51 of BQ.

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Follow Kyle on Instagram and visit Golden Saddle Cyclery in Silverlake, Los Angeles.

Mar 23, 2015 59 comments
Element goes TIMBER!

This looks great! Element collaborated with artist TIMBER! on a capsule collection including t-shirts, made in the USA Cone Mills “Tourer” jeans, “Porteur” denim jacket and a “Randonneur” waterproof jacket, all under the brand’s motto of “Keep Discovering.”

If you’re in Paris, Belgium or London, make sure you catch the art shows from this project. You can follow along at Element.

Mar 10, 2015 1 comment
All-City Cycles: New Paint and Frame Revisions for 2015
Nature-Boy-Disc-ALL-CITY

All-City has been busy revising their current frame offerings and designing new paint schemes for each of their bikes. What you’re seeing above are the new Macho King Disc with external cable routing, a Nature Boy Disc with a black paint job and the beloved Space Horse in silver.

For more details and sneak peeks at other paint designs for 2015, head over to the All-City Blog.

Feb 24, 2015 16 comments
1982 Pacific Crest Trail Poach
1982 Pacific Crest Trail Poach

With bikepacking coming on strong for the past few years, seeing photos and reading stories like this just shows how longstanding off-road touring truly is. Check out this story over at Brian Vernor’s blog:

“About a year ago my friend Jeff Traugott sent me these photos. They were all taken by a fellow Santa Cruzan, “Rat” aka Bob Landry. I held onto them while looking for the right time to share them and so when Bicycle Times Magazine asked me to photograph Jeff for their Issue 33 I figured now is as good a time as any. Jeff has an immense history on the bicycle, but if you read the article in Bicycle Times you will learn he is an incredible Luthier, making guitars one at a time for world renowned guitar players. Below is the contents of Jeff’s first email to me which included the photos, and then I decided to ask him a couple follow up questions…”

Read up more at Vernor and Photo!

Feb 13, 2015 1 comment
Winter Bicycles: Quiscale Touring Bike
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Photos by Anthony Bareno

Eric from Winter Bicycles‘ newest bike to roll out from his shop is this gorgeous touring / randonee bike. The Quiscale is an all-rounder, meant for exploration, touring and is perfect for a daily rider. This frameset features thin lugs with accented window cuts and is built from traditional, classic diameter tubing. Accompanied by internally-routed lighting, fenders, custom racks – with removable low-riders – and specially-made RuthWorks bags.

The parts group is nothing short of choice with White Industries, Paul, Cane Creek and Shimano Ultegra, yet one of the cleanest details is the “French point” winter stem with bell mount.

The Quiscale’s class is elevated by Keith Anderson’s impeccable paint. See more at the Winter Flickr.

Feb 2, 2015 1 comment
Death in the Valley – Team AWOL
Death in the Valley - Team AWOL

Death in the Valley – Team AWOL
Words by Erik Nohlin, Garrett Chow, Dylan Buffington, Sean Estes
Photos by Erik Nohlin and Dylan Buffington

“Let’s ride into the middle of the desert on our bikes.”

It was plain and simple. This was the brief that convinced a few friends to dive into Death Valley head first. We planned the trip in three weeks, the drive took 7 hours, and all of a sudden our feet were planted on the dirt of the Inyo Mountain Range that would lead us into Death Valley. We were set for an adventure but what we found was an epic one.

On long rides, moments and memories start to blend into each other, making it hard to differentiate this mountain from the next, that turn from this bend. As part of the Team AWOL spirit, there is a responsibility to tell a story. Whether that be with photos or reports, every rider will explain the pain of a climb a little differently than the next. This is something that is taken to heart especially when riding with a group. In this report, we are including everyone’s voice as a way to adjust the method of storytelling. We find this to be essential to understand the bigger picture. Not only do we view and take in the photographs, but the style and reflections in each of their writings brings unique perspectives to understanding the truth in the story…

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Jan 23, 2015 28 comments
Tomii Cycles: Scott’s Tourer
Tomii-tourer

One of the first Shop Visits of 2015 on the radar over here is Tomii Cycles’ new workshop and the best news is, it’s located only a few miles from the office. Nao and his family moved to Austin at the end of the summer and Scott’s touring frame is the first bike to be made here in Texas. Tourers are usually viewed as utilitarian machines, until you see a bike sculpted like this.

See more of Scott’s tourer at Tomii Cycles’ Flickr.

Jan 6, 2015 2 comments