For brands, launching a new or a newly-designed bike is an exciting day, with various outlets talking about the model all at once and social media fluttering with anticipation. For viewers, it can be overwhelming for sure, but for me, when it comes to Ibis’ new launches, I always get stoked to see what watercolor artist Chris McNally comes up to coincide with these launches. Here’s the new Ripley, illustrated in watercolor and ink, on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona. Head over to Chris’ Instagram for more of his kick-ass work and to Ibis to see the new Ripley in the flesh.
You can fall behind. Give in. Break.
Or you can step up. Give it your all. And breakaway.
Biding your time, till you know it’s your time.
To leave all the other riders, all the crowds and all the doubt behind.
To leave all you’ve got on the track, with nothing left to give.
To bring cold strategy and fiery boldness together in one pure moment.
Anyone can break. But not everyone can breakaway.
That latest print from 100 Copies is now in stock.
This graphic from the Endurance Conspiracy has all the right vibes. Inspired by the ATOC, this image was created a couple years back but is being re-circulated for the brand’s journey to the Sea Otter Classic. Follow Endurance Conspiracy on Instagram. Thanks for sharing, Shane!
The latest from limited edition poster brand, 100 Copies, beckons us to keep our heads up and always looking forward. These posters are printed on archival paper, individually numbered, and already almost halfway sold out, so if you have a connection with this design, head to 100 Copies to pick one up.
Cycling has its characters. From the hobo bikepacker, to the Middle Earth randonneur, the ultimate KOM warrior, and others. Dustin Friz’s artwork catalogs these various cycling archetypes in fun illustrations, which he displays on his Instagram account. Give him a follow for more!
I love seeing what artists like Matt Blease cook up for this crazy time of year for professional road cycling.
Concrete Road, the futuristic cycling artist, has opened a small offering on his webshop where you can buy either original paintings or prints at a fair price. The beauty of these illustrations is the dystopian, survivalist, almost Foss-inspired environments, and strong female adventurers. See more for yourself at Concrete Road’s Instagram and if you dig their work, head to the Concrete Road webshop.
Trust me when I say that we get a lot of kooky – and not the good kinda kooky – tech pieces emailed to us over here. From “innovative” saddle designs, to e-conversions, to surfing paddle bikes but every once in a while, something that can only be described as so damn cool, stumbles into our scope of what we call the cycling industry. Imagine if drivetrains, as we know them, could be redesigned, knocking down all recent frame design with one fell swoop. That’s what Ceramic Speed’s new DRIVEN system is proposing. You can get the gist here, but if you’d like more techy bits of info, head to Ceramic Speed.
We don’t get to do these often, but when we do, they’re usually pretty cool. See more at Rouleur.
… has some interesting reads, great illustrations and a photo by yours truly from my South Africa trip to the Karoobaix, as an intro for a op-ed piece written by Tom Owen on digital documentation of cycling and life in general. Head over to check out this free publication.
Yesterday, we took a look at the new Ibis Hakka MX, and while I was testing one out in Los Angeles, Chris McNally had his out on a New Belgium Ramble Ride in North Carolina, where he did a bit of bikepacking on it, while documenting the trip through his watercolor vignettes, which is now up on the Ibis Journal. It’s well worth checking out Chris’ illustrations and his stories from this ride…
Good on VYNL doing something to help out the hurricane relief effort!
“VYNL Fights teamed up with two primo local artists from Texas and Miami to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma climb out and rebuild. All the proceeds of each poster will go to either the American Red Cross, or a local (and vetted) charity.”
In case you can’t decide, VYNL also gives the option to get both posters at once. See more on these two designs below.
Ever wonder what classic water decals would look like for the three-time world champion Peter Sagan? Neil Hubert did just that, designing classic-inspired decals and they look exceptional!
Mr. Pubes Goes To Interbike
Words and Photos by Bicycle Pubes
“Could somebody please, find Bicycle Pubes, get a hold of this mother fucker so that I can make sense out of all of this!?”
The question had been asked, by numerous people, all over the globe, possibly on other planets too. But where was the answer? More importantly, where was Bicycle Pubes? This industry is a real puzzler and Interbike needed to expertise and the cognitive capacity of a real heavy hitter to sort all of this hoity toity lithium battery open mold bullshit out.
Luckily, John Watson was off vacation and back home in LA, where he had access to the Pubes Signal. Unluckily, I cannot afford a house close enough to LA to actually see the Pubes Signal, so after several days, John just called me at home. Told me to go to Interbike. I said no I’m watching a Scrubs marathon. He said come on bro. I said OK fine. He said cool. I said fuck yeah it’s cool. Then he hung up.
Several anxiety pills and anxiety burritos later, Bicycle Pubes landed in the dogshit town that is Las Vegas. That’s me. I’m Bicycle Pubes.
Without further adieu, here is some shitty art.
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Is on display at the LACMA this month in the Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985 exhibition. Make sure you check it out. I wonder what the new Los Angeles branding will look like in 2028?
You can never have too many Eddy Merckx prints. Artist Richard Long made 100 of these giclée prints on 29.5cm x 21 cm on high-quality Redcliffe 210gsm Watercolour Paper to fit in an A4 frame with border. Head over to RideVelo.cc to order.
Artist and illustrator Super Chéz Bro designs posters, inspired by some of road cycling’s most iconic climbs, the latest being Stelvio. These are printed in the USA and in stock now, along with all of his other prints at his webshop.
Osaka-based artist Concrete Road is inspired by bikepacking and Manga, the Japanese art style created in the 19th century. From product design to bikepacking portraits, Concrete Road’s work is worth a follow on Instagram. You can also browse the Concrete Road online shop.