Category Archives: touring bike
Jolene’s All-City Space Horse Commuter
Jolene's All-City Space Horse Commuter

All-City’s entire lineup is incredibly versatile and the Space Horse is a prime example. The frame’s paint is so classy that just about any component group or build kit will look great on it, especially silver parts. Jolene’s All-City Space Horse is one of my favorite to date. Little details like the blue nipples, Brooks Cambium, PDW Bird Cage, Balloon tires and the interesting 1x for commuting simplicity really make this production frame unique.

If she ever wants to do a tour, she’ll add rings, a shifter and appropriate cables but for now, this bike pedals her to work at Brew & Brew each day just fine…

Oct 13, 2014 27 comments
Surly: Long Haul Trucker Hobo Shirt for Men and Women
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When I posted this Mike Jandora graphic a few weeks back, people kept saying they wanted it on a shirt. Well, Surly actually did make a shirt from the illustration a while back and now they’ve got a re-issue in stock, along with a women’s version.

Head to your local Surly dealer to order!

Oct 13, 2014 Comments are OFF
Trundling the Coast

I’ve never ridden the Vancouver coast, but so far, what I’ve seen has me convinced it’s a pretty jammin’ landscape.

Oct 8, 2014 7 comments
Fairdale’s 2015 Drop Weekender Looks Great
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Looking for a touring rig for under $1,300? Check out Fairdale’s new Drop Weekender. Like all of their 2015 bikes, they’ve written up an explanation on the Fairdale Blog. For a play by play of this bike’s bells and whistles (just kidding, it doesn’t come with a bell or a whistle), head over and check it out.

My favorite is still the Goodship!

Oct 7, 2014 6 comments
Twin Six’s New Standard Rando Frameset
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This weekend, we took a look at the Twin Six Standard 29r and already, people are talking about this frame: their Rando frameset.

Traditionally, randonneuring frames have rim brakes, 650b wheels and quill stems, yet Twin Six opts for disc, 700c x 43c (perfect for a tire like the Bruce Gordon RockNRoad) and other modern technologies like PF30BB. Personally, I’d just call this a light touring bike since stylistically, it’s pretty detached from a traditional randonneuring bike.

At any rate, Twin Six’s offerings thus far are affordable, stylish and best of all: METAL.

These will be available as frames only and will retail for around $600 for either black or $650 for green with matching fenders. Due out by the end of 2014…

See more below.

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Sep 29, 2014 15 comments
Many Miles
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Three things can make all the difference on your ride: tires, bar tape and your saddle. This bike in particular is about as dialed as they get, both in aesthetics and comfort. Out of all my bikes, I gotta say, the Woodville has the most character and I’ve been enjoying each of the three aforementioned choices so far.

Easton’s bar tape, Bruce Gordon Rock n Road tires and the Brooks Cambium C15.

As a side note, I’m not sure what spawned this, other than I’m trying out a makeshift studio in my office. If anyone has experiences mixing a B1 500 TTL strobe with speedlights, I’d love to hear from you! I’m using the Air remote.

Once I get these photos dialed in, maybe I’ll post a photoset. For now, here are three detailed shots I’m stoked on.

Sep 24, 2014 23 comments
Blackburn Rangers Sam and Kurt on the Great Divide

Sam and Kurt are two rock-climbing, wheelie poppin’ rad dudes who found themselves smack dab in the middle of the Great Divide route this summer, as part of the Blackburn Ranger Out There program. Here’s a quick video showcasing their personalities and inner expectations.

Sep 22, 2014 2 comments
Off the Grid with the Cinelli Hobo

This is so rad!

“A new chapter begins with GEO, the ultimate adventure-bike for the offroad travel, which will take you where no one has before. Tested and refined crossing the incredible Darien Gap, the most secluded jungle on the earth, between Columbia and Panama, where the Pan-American road stops.”

See more at Cinelli.

Sep 18, 2014 6 comments