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The Center for Metal Arts: Steel Brazed Frame Building by Megan Dean of Moth Attack

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The Center for Metal Arts: Steel Brazed Frame Building by Megan Dean of Moth Attack

Johnstown, Pennsylvania’s Center for Metal Arts is holding a framebuilding class, lead by Moth Attack‘s Megan Dean in October:

This course is designed to walk someone without metalworking experience through the process of fitting and brazing a bicycle frame together with an emphasis on hand tools. We will start at design and work our way through to a completed frame ready for paint. You will have the option to build a Track, Road, Gravel, Cyclocross, or a Mountain bike frame (you will want parts and tires in person for this option) and decide prior to the start of class. Lugged or fillet brazed construction is an option and will be design-dependent. This course will be a great start to picking up a torch and learning the basics of what it takes to build your own frame with something to ride when you’re done!

The course takes place October 18th-29th ( 9 AM – 5 PM ) and costs $3,275.00. You can apply now at Center for Metal Arts. Want to see more of this bike pictured here? Check out our Related archives below…

A Hope Cyclery Build: David’s Rivendell (c)Hillborne

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A Hope Cyclery Build: David’s Rivendell (c)Hillborne

Somewhere along David‘s journey in 2019, where he spent weeks riding from New York through Pennsylvania and moving across the country from LA to Johnstown, something clicked and it was time to look for something a bit lighter to replace his long-loved Rocky Moutain Sherpa. That bike had seen a lot of miles over the years and the weight, well let’s just say it’s stout.

Touring Not Tourist: Pittsburgh to DC Along the Great Allegheny Passage

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Touring Not Tourist: Pittsburgh to DC Along the Great Allegheny Passage

I’ve lost hours with a pen in hand staring at the empty page in a notebook. A cursor on a vacant screen blinking, daring me to try and recount our days from Pittsburgh to D.C. without a single mention of Covid. Alas, I couldn’t even make it two sentences without avoiding the dreaded C word, and rightfully so. Covid-19 and the pandemic we are currently in the grips of have dictated all aspects of our daily lives and certainly dictated this trip’s timing. Without Covid, the three of us would likely have been on the road in some capacity or other. Steph has been touring with bands big and small, managing their merchandise sales. Ed has been a touring musician for the better part of six years and was getting ready to embark on another tour just before the pandemic striking. As for myself, I would have oddly enough found myself in Washington, D.C., just the same, camera in hand, shooting the annual DCCX race.

Panasonic Mountain Cat Project

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Panasonic Mountain Cat Project

Sometimes the best bikes for camping are the ones you’ve got or ones that are gifted to you. Although this bike is the latter, many people right now are clamoring to source a bike, partially brought on by the pandemic, a rekindled love for cycling, and scarcity of bikes. There may be a rad bike in your future and you don’t even know it yet.  It might just be the one if your basement, parents garage or a craigslist ad. An 80s MTB seems to make the perfect donor bike to get out, explore more, and connect with nature.

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unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley: Easy on the Eyes. Hard on the Legs. 

unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley returns on Sunday, October 11th, 2020 with up to 1,000 participants racing, or just riding, through the beautiful forests & farms of Central Pennsylvania during peak fall foliage season.

The unPAved courses showcase some of the best gravel riding Pennsylvania has to offer, with long climbs, lovely descents, mostly-smooth-but-sometimes-chunky gravel & dirt roads, top-shelf aid stations, pretty trees, running streams, rail-trails, tunnels, a brewery or two and hardly a bar of cell phone service. The Full course is a 120-mile challenge of stamina with eight mountain passes, with options to make your day better on the Plenty-90 or Proper-54 mile courses, and a 30-mile FUNpaved ride as well.

All riders finish along the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail which brings them to the DONEpaved Party back in town for local beers, whoopie pies, lots of prizes and smiles all-around.

Registration opens at 9am Eastern on Saturday, April 4th. Check out what it’s all about: @unpavedpennsylvania.

T-Town: The First Stop on the Last Chance Train to Tokyo

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T-Town: The First Stop on the Last Chance Train to Tokyo

Words and photos by Dan Chabanov

Before I get into this I just wanted to point out that I am not a journalist. Everything I’m writing here is just my observations from hanging out at the track this summer. I didn’t have conversations with anyone “on the record” hence why I don’t name or quote any riders. I was just having casual conversations with folks about life, racing, and the Olympics. I wasn’t conducting interviews. So take this for what it is, just my glimpse behind the curtain of world-class athletes racing, doing their thing, and trying to make the Olympic dream happen.