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The Trouble with Bike Apparel

Velocio’s newest video has something we can all marinate on for a bit:

“In our push to find a better way, we’ve found the trouble with bike apparel and sustainability. We speak to industry experts on where bike apparel can move forward and the path we’re taking to improve our supply chain, sourcing and manufacturing. See our documentary to learn where you can demand more.”

Read more at Velocio.

Hyperlite Interviews Geoff McFetridge

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Hyperlite Interviews Geoff McFetridge

Do you recall the video Going Without Knowing we posted a few weeks back? Well, Hyperlite Mountain Gear just posted a follow-up interview with artist Geoff McFetridge on their blog and I think you all will find it interesting:

What parallels can you draw between your artistic style and how you travel and engage in your preferred pastimes outside?

I think I get pretty deep into things. Deep and fringe-y. I first raced my bike as cyclocross, and I became more engaged with skiing when I learned to telemark. I didn’t get interested in fishing until I saw Tenkara. I don’t run road races, only trail runs. You can see a pattern here. I am not embarrassed to go directly into the deepest (trendiest?) zone of the margin—the single-speed of EVERYTHING.

Read more at Hyperlite!

8 Bar Bikes: KRONPRINZ Steel v1 Disc Road

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8 Bar Bikes: KRONPRINZ Steel v1 Disc Road

8 Bar Bikes’ newest frame is something you might be interested in. The KRONPRINZ Steel v1 is a disc road bike with 30mm tire clearance, flat mount brakes, internal brake line routing, exchangeable derailleur cable ports for a clean aesthetic when using Di2 or AXS, a custom carbon fork, and thru-axles. Custom steel tubing gives this modern road bike an impressive stance and the minimal branding is easy on the eyes.

The KRONPRINZ Steel v1 can be bought in a number of configurations, including a frameset (599,90€). See more at 8 Bar Bikes.

Aeroe’s Handlebar Spider Cradle

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Aeroe’s Handlebar Spider Cradle

Aeroe, the New Zealand-based brand most known for their Spider rear-rack that fits on full suspension and rigid bikes alike, with no special braze-ons required, also have a front handlebar harness called the Spider Cradle.

This 479 g (1 lb) harness can support up to 5 kgs (11 lbs) in your favorite 8L to 12L drybag, or you can buy Aeroe’s resilient drybags that have integrated cargo loops for the Spider Cradle’s straps. Check out more information at Aeroe.

PNW Components: Gen 3 Range Handlebars Come in 35mm Clamp

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PNW Components: Gen 3 Range Handlebars Come in 35mm Clamp

PNW Components’ Range Handlebar Gen 3 comes in an 800mm width and a new 35mm diameter option. As modern mountain bikes push towards a longer reach, the Range Handlebar Gen 3 prioritizes fit and comfort with 10º back sweep and 5º upsweep, and a 30mm rise means your arms and shoulders will be in a more relaxed position. These aluminum bars are wider and even with the increase in diameter, are 25grams lighter than their predecessor bars.

The Range retails for $69 from PNW Components and come in a variety of accent colors.

Ripton and Co: Black “Smoke” Colored Jorts Now Shipping

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Ripton and Co: Black “Smoke” Colored Jorts Now Shipping

Ripton and Co, who make those nifty stretch riding jorts have just announced the perfect color for those who like less hair metal and more black metal. These black “smoke” jorts look like a nicely worn denim vest and will continue to fade and patina with heavy use. They’re available in cut (pictured) or hemmed, for men and women, at a retail of $89. Best of all, they’re shipping today. Head over to Ripton to see more and if you’re curious about what Spencer thought of them, check out his review in the archives below…

Otso Cycles is Seeking a Bike Builder

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Otso Cycles is Seeking a Bike Builder

Our friends at Otso Cycles are looking to hire a full-time employee with benefits. You can head to Otso to read all about it:

Otso Cycles is seeking an experienced bicycle builder to join the team in our Burnsville, MN facility.

Duties:
-Assembly of complete bicycles
-Packaging and shipping bicycles
-Packaging and shipping spare parts and accessories
-Kitting parts for bicycle sales and assembly
-Servicing demo bikes
-Aid marketing and sales staff at bike demos
-Flex to Wolf Tooth assembly and machine shop as time permits

Contact brendan@otsocycles.com for more details or to apply for the position.

Out Of the Ashes: Rebuilding Santa Cruz Mountains Trails

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Out Of the Ashes: Rebuilding Santa Cruz Mountains Trails

Out of the Ashes is BACK! You can support @santacruztrails as they raise funds to help repair charred California State Parks trails. For just a $5 contribution, you could win your choice of bike from Caletti (outfitted with components from Fox / Easton Cycling / Race Face) or a hand-crafted walnut coffee table from @joeykochlacs_furnituremaker.

The trails throughout parks like Big Basin, Butano, and Fall Creek State Parks are a constant source of exercise and inspiration for me. It’s been nearly a year since the CZU wildfires, and there’s still a tremendous amount of work needed to restore these areas back to their former glory.

Head over to Santa Cruz Trails to get your entries! This giveaway is only live through August 9.

Rapha’s MTB Digital Woodland Camo Print Pack is Now Available

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Rapha’s MTB Digital Woodland Camo Print Pack is Now Available

Experimenting with patterns is in Rapha’s DNA as a brand and their latest experimentation is part of a Woodland Camp Print Pack. Included in this drop are MTB jerseys, both long and 3/4 sleeved, for men and women, a women’s trail tank top, sunglasses, and a Smith helmet. These will most likely sell out before you click over but check out the full drop at Rapha.

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Kōpiko

Deane Parker‘s newest bikepacking film brings you along for a ride on the stunning Kōpiko Aotearoa, a 1,100-kilometer route across New Zealand’s North Island. See the wonderful sights, meet the locals, and share in the physical and mental challenges of this bikepacking adventure.

Presented by:
TRACKME
SALSA CYCLES

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Dear Future Life

Mike is an American living in Scotland who’s been trying to figure out how to slide around in the Scottish mud for a few years. Over the first few months of winter, he shot this video as a pandemic lockdown project. The goal was to make something that will help him remember some moments on the bike, but without taking myself too seriously. While ultimately, this video is just a personal project, maybe people will be able to find some entertainment value in there somewhere. Maybe. What do you think?

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Le Fabuleux

Fred sent in this video recap from a Belgian gravel event called Le Fabuleux which took riders from Limburg to the Ardennes over two, 170km days of riding.

Canyon’s Grand Canyon 7 is a $1,299.00 Hardtail

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Canyon’s Grand Canyon 7 is a $1,299.00 Hardtail

Canyon’s most popular hardtail in the European market has finally made it to the USA. The Grand Canyon 7 is an aluminum chassis hardtail, built with a SRAM kit, a RockShox Judy Silver 120mm fork, and comes in either turquoise or black. With a 67.5º head angle and a 74º seat angle, it’s by no means a hyper-progressive geometry but it is a great all-rounder, in an affordable package. Check out more at Canyon.