As part of this year’s Small Batch special edition project, Cane Creek announced their “IPA” collection, inspired by the pale ales that the breweries around Asheville, NC makes in house. Cane Creek took their products and coated them in a deep, rich brown anodizing, including their Hellbender bottom brackets, headsets and Helm MKii. Head to Cane Creek to see more and your local dealer to order but you better act fast, these will sell out quickly!
The folks at UK-based cycling adventure co. Pannier are doing great things. From before I ever started backpacking and touring, I’d had a romantic vision of touring around the English countryside – stopping into pubs when I needed food and rest, waving at sheep. The “usual stuff” had always prevented me from actually doing it – namely, the logistics of mapping a route and flying a bunch of gear across the pond. So it felt like divine intervention just a few weeks ago when I discovered the Route Beer Ramble – a 200km weekend group ride from London to Bristol, wrapping up with custom-brewed beers (and a brewery tour) at Cocksure Brewing Co.
I was told by Stef and Dave (Pannier head-honchos) that I’d only need to bring a helmet, pedals and cycling shoes – they’d essentially handle everything else. This removed my biggest obstacle – and as the sole international traveler, it made booking this trip last-minute infinitely do-able. Upon arrival, Stef had me fully setup with a beautiful Surly Straggler with fat gravel tires and Ortleib weatherproof bags. All the necessary camping gear (tent, pad and bag) would be ready and waiting for me upon arrival at our first checkpoint. This was really almost a bit too good to be true.
The Death Ride is one of the hardest feats in the High Sierra you can take on while riding a bike. Watch at Sierra Nevada’s – the beer company – owner Ken Grossman takes on this fabled journey.
The Tasmania of reputation and myth is an island of remoteness, wilderness, and wildlife. This isn’t wrong but it’s just the surface. A deeper sense of a place—not just that of passing through, but being in it—is from knowing what people there love and make. It’s from meeting the unique locals and craftspeople, sampling the produce and products.
Global mass production enables our modern world but leads to generic lifeless products with each one looking, feeling and tasting the same as the last. And so we find ourselves celebrating individually crafted handmade things with a uniqueness to them that sets them apart. With access to quality and unique raw materials, Tasmania has this craft tradition. One of the ideas I find appealing about bikepacking is that it allows you to immerse yourself not only in the wilderness and wildlife but also to create opportunities to make local connections to the food and culture of where you traveling.
More on this one later this week!
It’s hard to resist a trappist beer and ERTZUI Film shows us why in their newest feature for Rapha follow the link to check out photos from this story.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that bikes and beer go well together. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, New Belgium teamed up with Detroit Bikes on a limited edition cruiser. Wait, is 2,500 still considered “limited?” Whatever! These bikes look great and they’re all over to non-endemic media, so head over to New Belgium to see more!
Last weekend, I made the short flight up to Portland, Oregon to attend the Bike and Beer festival at HopWorks Urban Brewery. While there, I was greeted with that I found to be a really pleasant and easy to digest show. There was just about anything a bike nerd could hope for: around 20-30 vendors, food, cheap beer, entertainment and lovely weather. Part of the draw for me to attend this show was to see builders who might not go to NAHBS and might not be right inside the Portland Metro area. We’ve already seen many of the bikes on display, so lets check out the show itself in a quick gallery…
Don’t worry, there’s more to come!
Not that you didn’t notice or anything. Enjoy your weekend!
Last night’s party at Velo Cult was a blast. With events like the Gorge Roubaix in town, people came from all over the Pacific northwest to hang out, see the Santa Cruz Stigmata, chat photos, drink beer, eat delicious food, ogle vintage bikes and to see the new Domestic Display Tables.
Chris Diminno from the Chris King Gourmet Century was there, preparing a delicious spread of cured meats, cheeses and other nibble bits from Olympic Provisions. We packed the house out until late and before it got too out of hand, I slipped out to get a good night’s rest…
Check out some photos from the event in the Gallery and thanks to everyone that came out!
You can never have enough pint glasses, especially from American manufacturers in the cycling industry. Chris King and Cielo now have their own glasses, in a variety of colors. Head on over to check them out in the classic Chris King logo, Cielo racer and Cielo classic.
Beer, tattoos, beards and mountain bikes. Pretty standard issue, huh? Not hardly. This one’s weird, but well worth the watch, just make sure you stick around until the end…
Ride hard, party hard and have a great weekend, you’ve earned it.
If this is all you want to carry in your rack or basket, then why not go all-in? The Velo Orange Six-Pack rack is now in stock. Head over to Velo Orange for more.
These won’t last (again) – King Kog just got a few King of Gears jerseys in stock. Small, medium or large in race-cut Champ Sys. Head over to King Kog to swoop.
Paul has been making cycling components for 25 years in California and to commemorate a quarter century of radness, they’ve made a run of limited edition pint glasses. Every bike shop and cyclist’s house needs one of these!
This is why Adam Craig will probably win SSCXWC in Kentucky this year and no, it’s not the bike. It’s his training! You see that Four Roses? Dude means business. Although being in the bourbon mecca might put a damper on those roosts!
My town is a revolving door for events and this week, the city of Austin is host to the X-Games. While I won’t be attending any of the games, I’ll be sure to swing through @DarrylNau‘s party at Holy Mountain. Here are the details:
Darryl Nau Presents ATX-Party!
Fri June 6th during @XGames
@HolyMountainATX 617 East 7th St.
9pm-2am. 18+ w/ ID, $5
Darryl is buying YOU beer from 9 to 10!
Check out more information below.