Wow! What a weekend that was. The Mid South returned this year and so I found myself in Stillwater once again, hanging out at District Bicycles, shooting the event as well as a few bike portraits. Tomorrow, we’ll be posting our über gallery but today I wanted to showcase my buddy Jared and his new Crust Bikes Evasion Lite he built up at his shop in North Carolina, Back Alley Bikes, so read on below for more!
People love their Kona Units and with good reason! Marcel breaks down his build for us in today’s Readers’ Rides…
Illustration by Josh Cochran
This past year, we’ve seen more and more people getting on bikes — to commute, to recreate, and to get some exercise. More people riding bikes is great, but it means more interactions with car traffic and city infrastructure. So what laws are in place that help make cyclists safer? Here’s a breakdown of some laws recently enacted in Colorado and elsewhere that aim to keep cyclists (and everyone else) safe. Also, here’s a great resource from The League of American Bicyclists that lists all bike laws by state.
Check out this full article at our parent company, The Pro’s Closet.
How I ended up writing this review of the LeMond Prolog is a bit surreal.
I’ve lived in Knoxville, Tennessee for the past ten years, where I’ve managed to carve out a career in the nonprofit bike space at Two Bikes Knoxville. About a year ago, my pal Matt Zingg and I started a nonprofit bike shop called Two Bikes, which has kept us pretty busy. I still get out on rides a few times a week, but my cycling is largely practical these days. I ride to work, to get groceries, to go to the community garden.
I mention this because whenever I read a review I always want to understand the perspective of the author. I’m really passionate about bringing folks together to have fun outside and about resolving the inefficacy of America’s transportation system. Bikes tick both of those boxes for me, so I really like bikes.
If you love to roll by a local coffee shop on your way to work, sometimes on your gravel, road, or mountain bike, then you know the amount of skill it can take to navigate a city with one hand on your bars and one hand on your paper coffee cup, sloshing and spilling all over your work clothes. Well, hopefully by now you get coffee in a reusable bottle or mug but if you don’t, check out the Velo Canteen. This 13.5 ounce stainless steel, double-walled, insulated coffee bottle features a leak-proof twist-on cap, weighs a mere .45lbs (200grams), and yes, it fits in a standard bottle cage. These canteens retail for $44.95 direct from Velo Canteen.
This morning Chrome Industries announced its new Pedal and Pro Series footwear, equipped with an exclusive rubber outsole from legendary Panaracer Tires. The launch video alone is worth the mention! Check it out above and see all the models at Chrome.
Veering from the open road and into the city streets, Cannondale connects with Palace Skateboards to create the MAD BOY, pumping energy into Cannondale’s signature urban bike to celebrate its 50th anniversary. A complete alloy frame with Lefty fork brings a one-of-a-kind appearance into the city streets and marks the pinnacle of high-performance smiling.
Taking inspiration from racing heritage, zany rave-flyers, ‘00s motocross, classic video games, and skateboarding, the MAD BOY was made possible. Designed to excite, inspire and reimagine the world of cycling through a unique lens. Alongside Palace’s first-ever bike, there’s a range of clothing and accessories, featuring hoodies, t-shirts, caps and gore-tex technical jackets & trousers.
While the apparel stands on its own for this release, the bike itself is something to behold. Check out full photos of the Mad Boy below…
The Norwegian city of Oslo recently played host to the Service Course Oslo‘s Bikes of Oslo Showcase, featuring a plethora of custom bikes during a weekend of riding and soaking in the summer sun. We’re honored to host the report here, at the Radavist, featuring the bicycle photography of Magnus Nordstrand and the riding/lifestyle shots from Herman Ottesen. Check out the bikes along with an interview with the Service Course’s Jonas Strømberg below…
This week’s Readers’ Rides comes from Chris in the UK and his Brother Cycles Kepler with a wild 90s-inspired paint scheme. Check out all the trimmings in detail below!
Velo Orange does such a great job documenting projects like Melissa’s Sport Touring Low Kicker:
“Hill got the conversation started about a new bike for his wife, Melissa. They were looking for something to replace her aging, skinny-tire’d road bike so that she could more comfortably participate in gravel and mixed terrain rides both by herself and with her riding club. She also wanted to make sure it could handle a bit of luggage for overnight, sport touring trips where minimal gear is needed while going between BnBs or hotels. The Low Kicker Polyvalent was a natural selection for the frameset. Needless to say, this sounded like it was going to be a very fun bike for Melissa and a very fun project for us.”
This project has some special details, so head to Velo Orange to see the full spread!
First the Urban Racer, then the GTFO, and now the AAF Commuter leaves the shop at Speedvagen. These AXS-equipped bikes are built with as many components from American companies as possible (with still having a derailleur) and are limited to 11 signed models.
Each month, on the 11th, Speedvagen will be releasing 11 limited bikes. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Head on over to Speedvagen to see more details of the AAF Commuter.
-One iconic color option. Matte Army Green Cerekote
-Three stock sizes. Size assessments are done after deposit with our CBF From.
-SRAM Force Wide 1x Group with Eagle AXS flat bar Shifter.
-Wheels: 650b White Industires G25A laced to their CLD Hubs
-Tires: Panaracer 650 Gravel Kings
-Saddle: Fabric Scoop Ti rails
-Bar: Signature SV Bar Stem Combo
-Grips: ESI Chunky
-Seat post head: Enve Carbon Seatpost Head.
-Headset: White Industries
-Crankset: White Industries
-Bottom Bracket White Industries
-Bag: Inside Line Equipment Small Porteur
-Rack: Rawland Demiporteur Cerekoted to match.
-Plus, all of the features of our standard Speedvagen frame including integrated seatmast, Enve Seat Post Head, superlight steel and strategically placed stainless reinforcements. Shazam!
When you become a parent you start to ask the really hard questions, like what kind of amazing bike am I going to build to haul my little kiddo around? Ben was lucky enough to snag this Rivendell Rosco Bubbe from Alex at Yellow Haus Bicycles when he was clearing out some inventory. This may look like your average Clem Smith, but nay, this is a Rosco Bubbe experiment. This frame was designed to have a longer top tube to accommodate kid carrier as we see here. The longer space makes room for the carrier and the rider to fit in the space between the saddle and bars. This bike is technically Chelsea, Ben’s wife’s rig but it luckily fits them both so they can both take Marcel out for a spin.
For this edition of Readers’ Rides, we bring to you Tim‘s mystery frame, which he built into a ‘country rambler’, so read on below!
Available in both a 275 (pictured) and a 28 (700c) model, the new Tout Terrain GT II is a gravel bike with a Pinion Gearbox. These frames have provisions for a rear rack, front fork cargo bosses, come in sizes M-XL, and have a geometry that is designed for all-rounder usage. Head over to Tout Terrain to see more on the Scrambler GT II.
One of the joys this website has brought me over the years is helping out small companies jettison their products into the world. From component manufacturers, apparel brands, frame builders, and yes, bag makers, there’s something special about watching a brand bloom over time and having been a part of that process. Last week, I met this fella named Jeff at Sincere Cycles where he showed me a new prototype bag he’s developing under the moniker Agave Products called the Arroyo Backpack.
Jeff and Agave are based in Austin, Texas, my old stomping grounds, and so this project plucked at my heartstrings a bit. Read on for a more in-depth look at the Arroyo Backpack…