Off-road machines like this are so smart and having been a long fan of Ocean Air Bicycles, I was anxious to see how Blue Lug in Japan’s first Rambler build would turn out. So far, so good! Built using Phil Wood, White Industries and a SON generator system, this all-road vehicle is ready for anything. See more at the Blue Lug Flickr.
Blue Lug: MCR65 Stem and RM-3 Dirt Drop
Nitto’s newest offerings are now in stock at Blue Lug in Japan. The MCR65 Stem and RM-3 Dirt Drop are for 1 1/8″ bikes looking to be run with a high position dirt drop but in a classic design. These new shapes are available in black or silver and as evident in the photo above, add a different feel to a bike like the Surly Crosscheck.
Blue Lug: Icarus Frames Road Complete
Even though Icarus couldn’t fly close enough to the sun, he apparently has no problems flying over to Japan, where our friends at Blue Lug always take building up these frames with pride. Check out the latest from Austin, Texas framebuilder Ian Sutton of Icarus Frames at the Blue Lug Japan Flickr!
Nobuhiko Tanabe’s Geekhouse Team Mudville Cross
There have been a lot of awesome cross bikes in town and I’ve tried my best to document them when I could, which unfortunately hasn’t been that often. This one, however was a must!
Nobuhiko Tanabe’s internet handle is NB_Log. He’s an employee at Blue Lug in Japan, races for Geekhouse and in general, is stoked out on bikes. His 2014 team Mudville cross bike has one of my favorite color combinations to ever leave the Boston framebuilder’s shop.
NB found himself in Austin for the 2015 ‘Cross Nats, going to the parties, races and events of this past week’s schedule, as well as pedaling around a few of our local trail systems.
At Wednesday’s events, I caught up with Nobuhiko to shoot some quick photos of his bike as he enjoyed the races… See more in the Gallery!
Blue Lug: Another Custom Rew10 Works SSCX
If there was an award each year for the best customized shop bikes, Blue Lug would win it. From Surly to Fairweather and now Rew10 Works, their shop bikes are so beautiful. Check out this blue Mondrian SSCX bike, complete with that disc front and canti rear setup… While we’re at it, check out these photos on the Blue Lug blog from what appears to be a Sim Works bike show / store opening of sorts.
Blue Lug: Rew10 Works Singlespeed Cross Bike
I’ve been digging what Blue Lug has been doing with their Rew10 Works framesets and Cook paintworks, but this singlespeed cross bike is my favorite thus far. Subtle splatter paint over the tan base color and a classy steel fork really do it for me. The disc front and canti rear is clever as well.
See more from Rew 10 Works at the Blue Lug Flickr.
Blue Lug: Geekhouse Team Mudville
Photo by Nobuhiko Tanabe
That’s a great looking cyclocross bike. Nobuhiko has been racing on this beauty over in Japan and finally took some photos of it. Head over to Blue Lug’s Flickr for the full set.
Blue Lug’s Blue Pugs
With Jonathan’s Disc Trucker causing a stir yesterday, maybe Blue Lug’s latest Pugsley build will kick it up a notch. Check out more of this rad custom Pugs at Blue Lug’s Flickr!
Blue Lug: New Hats
Japan’s Blue Lug always has the best accessories in stock. Like these new snapback hats. Check out all the designs at Blue Lug.
Blue Lug Just Stocked the Radavist Top Caps
Good news for Japanese readers. You can now buy the Radavist top caps from Blue Lug direct. They’ve got a good amount in stock in both black and purple, so head over to pick some up.
Blue Lug: Six Eleven Bicycle Co Road
Blue Lug loves US framebuilders and their newest acquisition is this Six Eleven Bicycle Co road bike with one serious build kit. Head over to the Blue Lug Flickr to see more detailed photos. Seriously, this one looks great!
Blue Lug Builds Wheels
Here’s a little behind the scenes video from one of my favorite bike shops: Blue Lug in Japan!
Blue Lug Makes the Best Bags
Fairweather Tires Have Landed at Velo Orange
The Fairweather tires are incredible. Why? Because they’re made by Panaracer in Japan, in a selection of colors and we all know Panaracer is legit. Up until now, you couldn’t buy them Stateside, so head over to Velo Orange to see their new stock!
The 38c Cruising tire is very nice…
Blue Lug and San Marco: Camo Concor
I read somewhere that camo is merely “floral pattern for men” in regards to fashion. Surely, that applies to cycling – sex aside – and these new Blue Lug San Marco saddles look so good! See the Concor and Concor Racing at Blue Lug.
Blue Lug: Sporty Icarus Road
I love seeing Ian from Icarus Frames‘ work oversees and in the capable hands at Blue Lug. This blue and white road bike looks incredible. Check out more at Blue Lug’s Flickr.
Blue Lug: ILE MOLLE Rucksack
Blue Lug received a few custom ILE MOLLE Rucksacks in recently and took some products shots of the bags over on their Flickr. I don’t think even ILE has these bags in stock!
Blue Lug Visits Paul Comp
One of my favorite shops, Blue Lug from Tokyo, visited one of my favorite US-made component companies, Paul, right after NAHBS. I’ve yet to spend time in Chico with the crew from Paul, but these photos make me feel like I was there. Thanks Blue Lug!
See more at the Blue Lug Flickr!