This Wednesday, the guys from Limberlost are doing an old fashioned slideshow from their Idaho trip at Velo Cult in Portland. If you can’t make that, you can always turn off the lights, crack a beer and flip through Gabe’s gallery here on the Radavist, but that won’t be nearly as fun!
Sky at Velo Cult has the full scoop on how this bike came to be, but I’ll do my best at paraphrasing.
Back in 1988, Chris Kostman was in the throes of the Race Across America, when his mechanics stopped at a little shop called Sore Saddle Cyclery in Steamboat Springs, CO. Inside, there was a frame builder named Kent Eriksen who spent his time crafting Moots bicycles.
Later, Eriksen made Kostman this 1989 Moots Zerkel – originally in a zebra stripe paint, which Chris didn’t like, so he recoated it in a crazy “rasta” paint job. It was built for Chris to race Iditabike and later, to take a crack at the first-ever 24 Hour Mountain Bike World Record.
Built with full Ritchey Logic components and American Classic hubs, it’s like a specimen from an almost forgotten age. The double fork ends, “gator jaw” gussets, custom stem and insane chainstays make this a truly unique shred sled. Look, this thing is insane and if you’re into the full, in-depth story, you should head to Velo Cult to read it all!
I went over the top documenting this one…
Vacations, holidays, or just plain breaks. We all need them and regardless to how fun you may think this job is, it’s a lot of work. Like, I’ve worked for 8 years in architecture and I thought that was a lot of work. No way. Traveling, shooting photos, maintaining this site, is all work and once a year, I like to take a break.
Granted, the very fact that I’m writing a post today, on the first day of our West Coast Best Coast trip, contradicts the notion of a true “holiday”, but hey, I can’t just leave the site alone for a week!
Lauren and I have been apart a lot this year, she’s been kicking ass in Myanmar doing design research and I’ve been jet-setting around the globe attending various events. So when we had a week or two open in our schedules, I planned a trip.
The general idea was fly into Portland, spend a few days there and then dip down to LA along the Pacific Coast Highway, aka PCH.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this route, I rode it a few years back on my touring bike, albeit a bit later in the year. In August, it’s a haven for people in the US and around the world, leaving camp sites, hotels, everything booked out for months, making it difficult to plan anything.
Luckily, I’m not a big fan of plans and I have a pretty good idea of where to go, what to see and how long to spend in each place.
The only planning I did was our vehicle. I’ve been wanting either a mid 80’s – mid 90’s Toyota 4×4 4 cylinder pickup since moving to Texas and getting back into mountain biking. Trucks in Texas are crazy expensive and so I extended my search to the west coast, where I found a pretty good deal on a ’96 Tacoma.
It’s red, has a 3″ lift, camper shell and it needs a name. More on that later. Best news is, it runs and will be our vehicle for this trip and hopefully many others.
Yesterday, we did the tourist thing in Portland. Went to a few shops, met friends and took it easy.
It was a perfect day to begin our West Coast Best Coast trip!
Speaking of rad stems! Anthony at Velo Cult has been spending a lot of time documenting the work of Winter Bicycles. This track bike is probably my favorite Winter build of all time. Head over to Velo Cult to see more great photos!
I’ve always admired Velo Cult’s branding and my San Diego Velo Cult patch is still one of my favorites. Since moving to Portland, the guys haven’t re-issued any of them, until now. Velo Cult has four new patches. Just follow them on Instagram @VeloCult and email [email protected] to pick one up for $5 or all four up for $15.
Yeow…. A fillet brazed, lightweight randonneuring frame with custom racks like this is the by-product of two great minds. Eric from Winter Bicycles and Anthony from Velo Cult. Two bearded brethren of bicycle badassery. Trademark.
Check out more of this sparkly beaut over at the Winter Flickr.
I can’t even begin to process everything that I missed while in China but this image that Tracko posted from Velo Cult is a great launching point. I’m in Melbourne, toasted from the past three weeks but am ready to get rolling again. Thanks for your patience and thanks to Tracko for holding it down!
I have always been a fan of Velo Cult’s shirt and hoody designs and these new All Weather hoodies are a must have! So pumped to see the guys re-up their web shop with apparel.
If you haven’t been to Velo Cult in Portland, you’re missing out! Check out some of my photos below…
Beginning February 1st, Velo Cult is throwing a Goldsprints series, so make sure you head out, Portland. Here are the details:
“This will be the first of a yearly Velo Cult Goldsprints event. We will be doing this even every friday at 7:00pm starting Feb. 1st 2013. We will be giving away prizes to racers and spectators from a big list of sponsors.
Everyone is welcome to participate or just come by to watch!
Spread the word! Let’s give Portland the PROPER Goldsprints event it deserves!
7:00pm Feb. 1st – Opening Night
7:00pm Feb. 8th
7:00pm Feb. 15th
7:00pm Feb. 22nd
7:00pm Mar. 1st
7:00pm Mar. 8th – Series Finale”