Our friends at Hoot Ventures are putting together a fundraiser raffle to benefit the Minnesota Freedom Fund, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by police and the subsequent protests. Head to Hoot to raise some money for a great cause!
John Watson picks up this series we began with Ryan Wilson during the pandemic. Consider this a shout out to our favorite small businesses in the cycling industry. Here are some of John’s personal picks.
Small businesses are the foundation of the outdoor industry and many have been seriously impacted by the pandemic over the last couple of months. While money is understandably tight for a significant portion of people, if you do have the means and are dreaming up your next bike trip or local ride, I wanted to offer up a few suggestions for gear that I believe is worthy of investing in from some of my favorite small businesses in the industry.
Wolf Tooth has expanded its headset lineup to include two bearing options for each headset model. You can now choose between the less-expensive Performance headset and the more expensive, longer-lasting Premium headsets. Check out an informative chart below showcasing the differences and see more info at Wolf Tooth.
For the weight weenies out there who balk at the idea of carrying any extra weight, Dynaplug has the answer for you! The new Carbon Racer tire plugger is just like their standard aluminum Racer but is now available in carbon fiber. The Carbon Racer weighs only 14 grams, yet packs the same plugging punch as the aluminum version. Head to Dynaplug for more information.
We still like our own desert tan and olive drab Racers though!
Voile just announced new colors for their ever-so-versatile straps. These earth tone straps come in 15″, 20″, and 25″ lengths with nylon buckles and are in stock now at Voile.
I’ve been wearing the short sleeve version of this shirt for a few weeks now and my only complaint is it wasn’t a long sleeve! I love long sleeve shirts for summer riding since the material wicks sweat and keeps the sun off my arms. Luckily, today ORNOT announced the long sleeve trail shirt, which is made in the USA, made from recycled yarn, is climate neutral, and gives 1% for the planet. These shirts are in stock now for $60. Head to ORNOT to see more.
Pat yourself on the back if you do pick one of these up because proceeds from any 1UP USA patriotic items will be donated to the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), an American nonprofit organization promoting high school mountain-biking programs in the United States.
Unfortunately, these are only available for 1-Up newsletter subscribers due to their limited numbers. If you’d like to order one, you can contact 1-Up directly.
In the world of custom bags, it ain’t easy to create a unique style. At the end of the day, most bags will look very similar because they are designed to do a simple task. However, once in a while, we come across someone doing something unique. That’s what turned us on to Boge Works, a small maker out of Seattle. These bags have a true-to-form functionality with some clever details. Boge makes bags, all in the USA. There isn’t much information on their Instagram profile but you can message them if you’re interested. We’re excited to see where this brand goes!
South Africa’s Ride FARR has two new products to their ever-expanding catalog. The 265g Clip-On Arm Rest Kit and Aero Bar Bag, both will be in stock this June. The Aero Bag fits on their Aero Gravel and Aero MTB bars and takes advantage of extra real estate on your bike’s cockpit.
Clip-On Arm Rest Kit:
-Lightweight, Modular Design
-Vertical and Horizontal Adjustment
-CNC Machined Alloy 6061 Clamps and Brackets
-Nylon Injected / Glass Fiber Ergo Arm Rest Cups
-48-Hole Bolt Pattern for Maximum Adjustability
-10mm EVA Foam Pads
-Durable 500D Cordura Material
-Easy fitment via double-sided velcro straps
-Custom designed to maximize space in the front extension
-Unique Aero Shape to compliment the styling of your bike
-Inner Mesh Compartment to prevent heavier items from moving around during
-Top Cover with Zipper Pocket with Stem Bungee Cord for Secure Closure
-Underside Bungee Cord for added carrying potential
-Made in USA
See more at Ride FARR.
If there’s one thing that’s consistent across all my personal builds, it’s King Cage. I either have Wolf Tooth’s Morse cages or the original classics. For those looking for some extra bling, Wolf Tooth just made a limited batch of gold Morse Cages in titanium and stainless. They’re in stock now and ready to ship at Wolf Tooth!
AARN, the engineering and manufacturing brand, best known for its chainrings, has just relaunched their web shop with more stock, including these limited-edition faded 144bcd rings. Head on over to AARN to see what’s still there as this stuff sells out fast!
Due to the pandemic, our “spring” launch might have to be a summer launch. We’ve had these two products for a few months now, waiting on new shirts, jerseys, and socks but it looks like it will be a few months until the rest of these items will be made so, in the interim, we just posted these to the shop. The first is a 22″ x 22″ bandana, featuring the Eternal Jackal logo, designed by our friends at LAND. It’s printed on grown in the USA organic cotton using eco-friendly orange discharge ink. That means you won’t actually be able to feel the ink. Once washed this bandana will be soft to the touch. These are made in the USA and printed by Industry Print Shop in Austin, Texas.
Next up is our Alpenglow bottles, inspired by the optical phenomenon that appears as a horizontal reddish glow near the horizon opposite to the Sun when it has just set beyond the horizon.
Both are in the webshop today and remember, we only ship on Wednesdays!
It’s 4.20 today and every year, we enjoy seeing what our favorite brands do in celebration of this 100% natural herbal oblation to the weed gods. Cadence has its “Bonk Rips” pack, featuring a jersey, base layer, neck gaiter, bibs, and a hoodie with a subtle print. Head on over to Cadence to check it out in detail.
Probably the best April Fools product video we saw was from Industry Nine with their volume knob end caps. Well, the reception was so warm, they decided to make them for real and yes, they go to eleven. Today, April 17th, through next Friday, April 24th, you can order Frequency Adjusting Ratchet Technology – F.A.R.T. – volume knob endcaps. These will fit Hydra and Torch rear hubs with 12x axles only, excluding 12×135 or 12×150. Once the ordering window has closed on Friday, April 24th, at 12:00am Eastern, there will not be any more orders taken. I9 will only make as many as are pre-ordered!
Proceeds go to local musicians who lost money due to the Covid 19 lockdown. Head to Industry Nine to order one (they’re at the very bottom of the page).
If you have a Fab’s Chest, one of the best bags for bicycle touring, and are looking for some more support, then don’t miss out on this instructional video, produced by Ron and Namz for their Pec Dec bag support system, in stock now at RonsBikes.com.
These are just four of the bags from Swift Industries’ 2020 collection, which come in these colors, plus black, across the whole lineup. Each of these bags have been refined over the years to be durable, withstand the elements, carry snacks, and ya know, things like that. All are in stock now at Swift Industries, who is still open for business!
With warmer months on the way, it’ll soon be time to leave the jacket at home and confidently roll out your door with a short sleeve tee shirt on. For those looking for a more casual look on the trail this year, check out ORNOT’s Short Sleeve Trail Shirt, made from Polartec Power Dry Fabric, in this new coyote color. Now, before you huff and puff about a $50 shirt, know that these shirts are made from Polartec’s nicest fabric that features a material called X-static that keeps your clothes smelling fresh even after a few rides. I’ve been riding in it this week and am very impressed. That’s coming from someone who only wears merino wool shirts, year-round. This shirt will be in heavy rotation this year!
This ain’t your normal synthetic fabric that stinks to high heaven after just a short pedal. These shirts are sewn in San Francisco and are in stock now at ORNOT.