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Spaghetti Western: A XCR Tommasini X Fire Disc Road Build

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Spaghetti Western: A XCR Tommasini X Fire Disc Road Build

What do you call a stainless Italian disc road bike, built with Cinelli and Campagnolo, right here in Santa Fe? Spaghetti Western? Sure, why not?

Mellow Velo, purveyors of modern bikes, with a long history of building up classic Italian road racing machines, recently completed this build for a customer back on the East Coast. Adam, the owner of the bike, refinishes mouthpieces for saxophones, so as you can imagine, he has a particular penchant for procuring pristine pedal machines like this one. Luckily for him, David from Mellow Velo has a soft spot for modern Italian-made frames.

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Tuscany Touring

Colt Fetters and his partner toured from Bologna to Rome last June. Alternating between following the Italy Divide and the Tuscany Trail, they embraced the credit card style of touring and spent time experiencing the culture of this beautiful country… check out the first of five videos here! Simply play the playlist to watch them all.

3T Gets Back to Work and Raffles Off a Harlequin Exploro Arlecchino

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3T Gets Back to Work and Raffles Off a Harlequin Exploro Arlecchino

Italy is loosening up their restrictions and today is the first day 3T is returning to their production facilities in Bergamo, Italy. The entire team is donning PPE and getting back to making bikes and cranks. On the docket for today is to kick-start production of their popular Torno Cranks and to give away this special edition Harlequin Exploro Arlecchino!

A little backstory here. Bergamo, 3T’s hometown, is where the medieval Harlequin was born. 3T chose Harlequin’s outfit to dress their Exploro in this bright paint job. Now, it might be a little much for some of you, but who looks a gift horse in its mouth? Especially with a build kit like that!

This bike is built with a Sram Force/Eagle AXS 12-speed electronic group, 3T DiscusPlus i28 LTD carbon wheels, the latest 3T Aeroghiaia handlebar, and the VERY FIRST Torno crank that comes out of our re-started factory today. The total value is EUR/USD $8,500 and you can enter to win this bike for free. All you’ve got to do is sign up for 3T’s mailing list.

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Ciavete: Dream On

From the studio of Pegoretti comes a new video, featuring appearances by Pegoretti owners from around the world, and American artist, Jacob Hashimoto. Dream On seeks to uncover the soul and spirit of the Dario Pegoretti brand through its signature artistic style, Ciavete.

Dust in the Wind: Six Months of Bliss on the Bice Biycles Wandrian 29er Gravel Bike

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Dust in the Wind: Six Months of Bliss on the Bice Biycles Wandrian 29er Gravel Bike

Back in the summer of 2011, Dario took off on a solo tour, from his home town to Rome and back. This tour totaled over 2072.7km and changed the way he looked at the world. Tours and long rides on a bike are like that. Those long hours pedaling can really bring out the creative juices. The endorphins, the sights, sounds, smells, and the people you meet on the road broaden your perspective. You’ll often hear of these experiences as being life-altering and for good reason.

While in Rome, Dario met the team at Associazione Ex-Lavanderia, a bicycle frame building school and when he returned home, be began welding. Many hours were spent perfecting the art and over the past few years, Dario has had many teachers to aid his torch. Mattia (Legor), Dario Pegoretti, Gianni Gilardi and Preda, Stucchi and Perego have all passed down their knowledge to Dario.

When the time was ready, he launched Bice Bicycles where Dario builds road, all-road, gravel, touring, and mountain bikes. I was set up with a review of his most interesting offering, the Wandrian, through Biciclista, the US distributor for Bice Bicycles and Ingrid Components.

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Montanus: The Wolf’s Lair

Our friends from Montanus sent over this wonderful project that I hope stokes some weekend plans for you and your riding buddies!

‘The Wolf’s Lair’ is a 400 km bikepacking route that winds through medieval castles, alpine scenery and ancient Italian villages in the Apennines mountains. The Montanus duo traced that route in 2016, after they felt the need to explore deeper Abruzzo region to learn more about their culture and origins. Giorgio and Francesco are back on The Wolf’s Lair to film the experience and show the hidden beauty that fascinated them three years before.

PEdAL ED: Kino Power Wool Jersey

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PEdAL ED: Kino Power Wool Jersey

PEdAL ED has made the world’s first Polartec Power Wool cycling jersey, taking this legendary material and applying it to a jersey that will keep you warm during the approaching cold months. Power Wool utilizes wool, as well as other materials to increase durability, breathability, and the lifespan of the jersey. If you’ve never used the material before, a jersey like this is a good place to start. Check out more information at PEdAL ED.

A Look at PEdAL ED’s All-Road Jary Collection

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A Look at PEdAL ED’s All-Road Jary Collection

While PEdAL ED might be best known for its luxurious, form-fitting lycra attire, the brand has just released a more relaxed line of cycling apparel dubbed the Jary collection. This includes a short-sleeve merino t-shirt, a long-sleeve merino t, jacket, and riding shorts. The entire kit looks great with vibrant colors and a fit more in-tune with casual dirt rides to bikepacking. If I do say so myself, this is the best looking launch from the brand and I can’t wait to see some of it in person. Head to PEdAL ED now to check it out and see more photos below.

Vapcycling’s Unique Butterfly Guns Handlebar Bikepacking Bag Harness

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Vapcycling’s Unique Butterfly Guns Handlebar Bikepacking Bag Harness

While a lot of attention has been put into stable support mechanisms for saddle packs, there have been few attempts at solid cargo carrying methods for handlebar bags. Vapcycling’s Butterfly Guns system is being used on the Silk Road Race as I’m typing this. It offers a stable and secure way to carry up to 10 liter dry bags. The kit is available in either a drop bar or a flat bar application with a standard bag size or a small bag size, to ensure your kit is as dialed as it can be. The unique support rack allows for the mounting of lights in front of the bag, is made in Italy, and in stock now at Vapcycling.

The Beautiful Bicycles of the ENVE Open House Part 02: Sklar, Falconer, Sarto, Sage, Argonaut, Moots, Retrotec, Legor, Bastion

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The Beautiful Bicycles of the ENVE Open House Part 02: Sklar, Falconer, Sarto, Sage, Argonaut, Moots, Retrotec, Legor, Bastion

ENVE has been supporting frame builders, both in the US and internationally for years now and has developed a symbiotic relationship with these artisans, who choose to put their forks, bars, and wheels on customer’s build kit lists. With this catalog of talent at their fingertips, they decided to have an Open House to celebrate not only their factory and offices in Ogden, Utah but the frame builders who choose ENVE to build out their complete bikes.

Continuing yesterday’s coverage are Beautiful Bicycles from Sklar, Falconer, Sarto, Sage, Argonaut, Moots, Retrotec, Legor, Bastion.

INGRID’s L2 and G Cranksets are Made in Italy

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INGRID’s L2 and G Cranksets are Made in Italy

INGRID is an Italian manufacturer, making parts for road, MTB, cross, and all road bikes. From cranks to chainrings, their precision machined components are of the utmost quality and carry an aesthetic, unlike anything I’ve seen come from Italy before. I saw them on a beautiful Legor Cicli All Road at Eroica – which we’ll look at later this week – and I think it’s safe to say, the indicator of a well-designed crank is that it compliments the overall build, not take away from it. Head on over to INGRID to see their full lineup.

Biciclista.US is the US-distributor for INGRID and their lightweight L2 (430g) and G cranksets (620g) are in stock now. See more specs below.