This is the story of 10 Wisconsin guys heading to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a 4-day bikepacking trip in the summer of 2021.
British manufacturer Hope announced that it was throwing its helmet into the clipless pedal market with three new pedal models, ranging from the big platform gravity, GC, the trail pedal, TC, and race pedal, RC. All three pedal designs will come in six colors, feature titanium axles, offer a dual entry mechanism designed for easy pedal entry, secure cleat holding, and positive, consistent release. The Union Clip Pedals line run on three cartridge bearings and a maintenance-free IGUS bush for smooth long-term durability and the best part is, they’re full rebuildable.
These are coming down the line soon but you can check out all the details at Hope.
Johnstown, Pennsylvania’s Center for Metal Arts is holding a framebuilding class, lead by Moth Attack‘s Megan Dean in October:
This course is designed to walk someone without metalworking experience through the process of fitting and brazing a bicycle frame together with an emphasis on hand tools. We will start at design and work our way through to a completed frame ready for paint. You will have the option to build a Track, Road, Gravel, Cyclocross, or a Mountain bike frame (you will want parts and tires in person for this option) and decide prior to the start of class. Lugged or fillet brazed construction is an option and will be design-dependent. This course will be a great start to picking up a torch and learning the basics of what it takes to build your own frame with something to ride when you’re done!
The course takes place October 18th-29th ( 9 AM – 5 PM ) and costs $3,275.00. You can apply now at Center for Metal Arts. Want to see more of this bike pictured here? Check out our Related archives below…
Perhaps you’ve got a classic road bike just waiting to take on the next vintage ride or you just like riding tubulars on rim brake bikes, either way, Vittoria’s latest rubber is something a little different. The Italian brand reached across the EU and tapped the Netherland’s A. Dugast to develop handmade tubulars, specifically for L’Eroica. These limited-edition tubulars are produced in 118 pieces – just 59 people in the world will be able to own them – and they are 100% hand-made by A. Dugast tire artisans in their workshop in the Netherlands. Only natural materials such as high-quality cotton, natural rubber, and natural latex are used. See more on this collaboration at Vittoria.
Jeff Kendall Weed strapped his Ibis Exie onto his motorcycle and headed into the mountains on a road trip. Check out this video for a good mix of camping and rippin’ the new, sub-2000 gram US-made Exie.
If you’re a contestant in the popular #ToolBoxWars or follow @ToolBoxWars and love 3D printed tools, then look no further than Silca’s new line of 3D-printed titanium tools including chain whips, hammers, and lock ring tools. They’re not cheap but hey, they’re titanium. See the full line and details at Silca.
I don’t consider myself an avid bikepacker. Yet, neither I think nor talk about riding my enduro bike (which I don’t have). Terminology in general has lost meaning for me in the past years in the bike world. I guess at the same time as many of us, I got overwhelmed with all the new kinds of everything, and the speed of development and diversity the market has achieved in such a short time. I tried to back off a little and find a short of safe place from where I can observe it all. And at the same time, the kind of biking I try to practice more is also quite determined by the act of observing.
This week’s Readers’ Rides comes from Brett in Salt Lake City and his All-City Gorilla Monsoon flat bar bike, which he’s broken down in detail for us below. Read on for all the specs and insight into this unique build…
Our friends at Radical Adventure Riders have just stocked their webshop with a whole slew of products, including many illustrated by Mary Lytle such as this new bandana, featuring cycling dreamscapes and more. Head on over to their webshop to see the full drop.
Tenkara Rod Co takes advantage of the bicycle to access areas hard to get to by car or foot for Cutty opening day on the Yellowstone River…
A note: Western American rivers are uncharacteristically warm this summer, please check with local agencies for fishing restrictions before wetting a line…
Cycling-related art prints are always fun and to help support the cycling community here in Santa Fe, we reached out to our friend Jeff Hantman to see if he’d be willing to let us sell some of his “Bike Part Alphabet” art prints in our webshop. These prints are for the vintage aficionados, dirt freaks, parts bin pickers, and co-op combers, with lots of cycling ephemera represented by each of the letters of the alphabet.
Here’s what Jeff has to say about these prints:
I started drawing the artwork for “Bike Part Alphabet” in March of 2020. The idea for the print was to represent each letter of the alphabet with a bike part.
I started riding mountain bikes in the early ’90s and wanted to include as many parts from those early days. My approach was to avoid using brands; however, there were a few letters that were challenging so I got creative with my own rule.
This is an open edition, 3 color silkscreen, printed on 19”x 25” 100# acid-free French Paper with Green Galaxy water-based inks.
These prints are in stock now at the Radavist webshop for $100 plus shipping to the United States only please!
I like to shoot the first frame on a roll of film no matter how carefully I load the roll I always end up getting something kinda strange and wonderful out of that first exposure – an effect yielded by the film’s interaction with light coming from two separate moments in time and space – the exposure of the film through the camera’s shutter, but also the light leaked onto the frame during the loading of the roll. One of my favorite photos ever is of my 17-year-old beagle/spaniel mix, Bucky, where he looks like he’s peeking out from behind a cascading sheet of liquid sun. The first exposure on this roll is of my friend, podcast co-host, and riding partner, Sarah rifling through overstuffed bikepacking bags outside of a country store in Damascus, Virginia about 15 miles into our 550-mile bikepacking trip through the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. The image of her trying to squeeze a snack bar into a nonexistent empty space in the top tube bag is itself neatly constrained into the 2/3rds of the frame not devoured by light exposure obtained while the roll was being loaded.
Alba Optics, an eyewear company based in Italy, began when its founders looked for an original mold for sports shades from the 80s. Once they found it, they began producing sunglasses in Italy, starting with the Delta. A little while later, they took the Delta and refined it, offering wider, 360º panoramic views. This new lens is called the U-Lens and it offers a more streamlined silhouette. The frames are made from a material called Tr90, a hybrid material fabricated from nylon and carbon fiber, organically compatible and safe to the skin, even after prolonged use. It is 20% lighter than other conventional materials and it offers more protection against crashes.
So what are the Delta Ultra sunglasses for? Gravel? Road? MTB? Whatever you want. The Delta Ultra sunglasses come with a carrying pouch, retention straps, and retail for €179,00 with free shipping to the USA. See more at Alba Optics.
Knoxville is home to more than 100 miles of mountain bike trails within the city boundaries, and seemingly endless farm roads within just a few miles of downtown. Two Bikes takes off on a taco ride to La Esperanza in their latest video…
Over at Rapha, Sarah Swallow shares her story about how her Tour Divide almost ended before it even began:
The journey began with a three-day drive from my home in Colorado to the start line in Montana. My partner Adam and I were wrapping up a long day of driving and looking for a place to camp south of Seeley Lake, Montana when we drove over a large bump in the tarmac at 60 mph. The entire truck bounced like a sea-saw, causing us both to cringe when we heard a snap and saw something in the rearview mirror.
“What was that!?” I yelled.”It was a bike…” Adam answered.”Was it your bike?” I asked desperately.”I think it was your bike…” he responded.We stopped the car, and I got out to confirm that my Tour Divide bike lay one hundred yards down the road. I ran toward it hysterically like it was a loved pet that had just been run over.
Head on over to the Rapha blog to read more!