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Nothing but Warmth from Everyone We Met: Cycling in Ethiopia

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Nothing but Warmth from Everyone We Met: Cycling in Ethiopia

When Ethio Cycling Holidays reached out and asked if I had ever considered cycling in Ethiopia?
my answer was “No, but tell me more !”

Richard (one of the founders) showed me a few photos and told me about the rich culture and history of Ethiopia. “Wow!” I replied I’d love to make this happen.

It’s the 4th of March. My wife and I are making our way to London Heathrow Airport (Terminal 2) to begin our journey to Makelle, Ethiopia. The capital city of the Tigray region which is north of Addis Ababa. Before our flight to Makelle, we take an overnight flight to the Ethiopian Airlines hub in the capital city of Addis Ababa.

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LONGCHAMP

LONGCHAMP follows a cyclist living in Paris, prior to the pandemic, as he navigates the city, its traffic, en route to his favorite riding circuit just outside of the congestion.

OPEN Cycle: MIN.D Road Bike

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OPEN Cycle: MIN.D Road Bike

OPEN’s latest bike isn’t an all-road or gravel bike with massive clearances. It’s an ultralight road bike with a few clever details. This bike has a lot going on but the most notable design features include a 25mm integrated seat mast, which offers more give and flex in what is normally one of the stiffest components in carbon bikes. This, combined with the ultra-thin stays give the MIN.D some flex where it counts.

Then there’s the MIN.D’s fork:

“The OPEN U-Turn was the first fork truly optimized for flatmount brakes by deleting the standard adaptor to switch between 140mm and 160mm disc rotors. The adaptor is a feature without a benefit at the expense of weight, stiffness and complexity.

The R-Turn uses the same Smartmount direct-mount design with thru-bolts without adaptors, just like the rear brake. Together with new shaping and a new layup optimized for road, the R-Turn is the lightest disc brake road fork available.”

The MIN.D fits a 32mm tire, comes in four sizes, and retails for $3,600 at Open.

Speedvagen’s 2020 Guidebook: Titanium Frames and Ichico Blossom Paint

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Speedvagen’s 2020 Guidebook: Titanium Frames and Ichico Blossom Paint

Speedvagen is still full-speed ahead with its 2020 Guidebook, offering up a distraction from the current pandemic, with a selection of mouth-watering paint schemes and builds. The biggest news for 2020 is they have brought back the Ichico paint scheme and their titanium bikes are finally fully up to speed and leaving the shop on a regular basis.

Speedvagen are doing free upgrades to Horizon paint on the first 11 deposits on the public release and they’re offering a free Silca upgrade as well. That means you get a painted to match frame pump, 2 Silca Ti Bottle Cages, and a Silca Tourqe.

The Ichico paint scheme is -hands down- my favorite paint job Speedvagen has ever developed. Originally released as the 2015 Surprise Me scheme for one year only, Ichico was then put in the vault and now its back and available as an upgrade for all custom Speedvagens.

Check out the Guidebook at Speedvagen.

Longing to Escape: Barcelona Awakens After 50 Days of Lockdown

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Longing to Escape: Barcelona Awakens After 50 Days of Lockdown

When I was growing up, every night, my father would hang his next day’s clothing over the living room chair. I thought it a peculiar habit at the time.
But over the years, I learned there was wisdom in his actions.

This practice particularly helps on days when my body awakens long before my mind. There’s no precious time wasted starring at the wardrobe trying to make decisions that the mind is not capable of making. How is a brain expected to function when it has yet to leave the bedsheets?

A Look at the New Affinity Cycles Anthem Stainless Road Bike

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A Look at the New Affinity Cycles Anthem Stainless Road Bike

Stainless steel is real and the new Affinity Cycles Anthem road bike expands on that. This is the latest platform from the Brooklyn-based brand and it’s full of details. These new frames comes with a 1 1/8th to 1.5 inch tapered head tube, a carbon fork, internal cable routing, T47 bottom bracket, and premium sandblasted finish with polished graphics.

To enhance the buyer experience, 3 levels of complete builds are available via Affinity Cycles with customizable options including a premium weight weenie edition, tricked out the most insane parts in the industry.

The Affinity Anthem is also sold as a stand-alone frame set, headset included.

Other details include:
-Custom drawn 2205 stainless steel butted tubing with ovalized seat stays for strength and comfort.
-Removable set screw cable guides and plates for mechanical, Di2 and Etap builds. The devil’s in the details, this clever design feature ensures a clean and tidy build.
-Race-ready geometry available in 4 sizes, the Affinity Anthem covers a full spectrum of riders from 5’2” to 6’3”.
-Standardized 27.2 seat post diameter, removable der hanger, 100/130 spaced, 68mm bb shell, 43mm carbon fork with built in crown race, fits 28c tires

Check out more photos and pricing information below!

Readers’ Rides: Lyle Wiens’ Self-Built Super Big Road Bike

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Readers’ Rides: Lyle Wiens’ Self-Built Super Big Road Bike

Read the comments here enough and any time we post a new bike from a brand, someone will complain that the largest size won’t fit them. It sucks. Being really tall, and being really short for that matter means it’s hard to find a bike that will fit you. As such, those two polarizing ends of the spectrum are a real challenge for framebuilders. Lyle Wiens is a relatively new builder. He calls himself a “hobby builder”, who is based in Manitoba, Canada. He’s built about 30 frames and he got into it because he couldn’t find a bike that fit him properly at 6’8″ and 235 lbs… Sound familiar? Check out this super rad Readers’ Rides below!

Search and State, Mosaic, and Black Oak Velo GT-1 Bikes

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Search and State, Mosaic, and Black Oak Velo GT-1 Bikes

With NAHBS being delayed for the foreseeable future, we’re getting a lot of showcase builds sent to us to share. For framebuilders, shops, and companies, a lot of energy goes into NAHBS bikes each year, so not being able to show them off can be a huge hit to their plans. Luckily, we support NAHBS, framebuilders, and small brands, so this is a perfect fit for us. This round, we’re looking at these collaboration bikes from Search and State, Mosaic, and Black Oak Velo.

Cub House COOLnago Colnago Redo

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Cub House COOLnago Colnago Redo

A couple of months ago, before we were all staying at home social distancing, our customer, John, pulled up to the shop and walked up to our mechanic Simon and I. He mentioned that he had an old bike that needed restoring. Of course, to a bike shop, that can mean anything! Luckily for us, it turned into something truly awesome. After chatting a bit more, we learned that it was a Colnago that John had bought after he graduated college in Arizona.

ENVE Foundation Launch: Speedvagen’s OG Disc – Free Foundation 45 Wheel Upgrade

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ENVE Foundation Launch: Speedvagen’s OG Disc – Free Foundation 45 Wheel Upgrade

With the pandemic putting a halt to NAHBS and our post-NAHBS framebuilder ride/showcase in Sedona this year, we decided to pull something together with our friends at ENVE to commemorate their new Foundation 45/65 wheel launch. When ENVE moved into its new carbon manufacturing and testing facility, they worked hard to push the progression of carbon wheel design and manufacturing. Over three years later and thousands of hours developing, today they launched their Foundation Collection, a completely new wheel line that marks a new milestone in wheel design. In short, for those of us who aren’t interested in graphs or projections, ENVE launched a $1600 made in the USA wheelset and to help showcase these new wheels, we pinged three frame builders to showcase these wheels. The second in the series is Speedvagen with their OG Disc with a special introductory offer…

Why Cycles is Having a Huge Sale on their Titanium Bikes!

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Why Cycles is Having a Huge Sale on their Titanium Bikes!

How big of a sale? So big that this Pure Road frame, which usually retails for $2,600 is now on sale for $1,300. That’s half off. The sale applies to complete bikes as well, which have thousands off. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to add titanium to your bike stable, and to help out a small brand keep their lights on during these hard times. To top it off, Why is offering free shipping worldwide. Head to Why Cycles for more.

Stefan’s Cicli Bonanno Paso Doble Paris – Brest – Paris Bike

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Stefan’s Cicli Bonanno Paso Doble Paris – Brest – Paris Bike

Perhaps you remember Stefan’s coverage of last year’s Paris – Brest – Paris? That moody 35mm photo gallery that captured the event in a way so uniquely really struck me as beautiful documentation of one of the most intense endurance races. Well, this is the bike that Stefan pedaled during the event and as many of you expressed an interest in seeing better photos, we figured we’d feature it here at the site. So read on below for all the interesting tidbits, with words by Stefan…

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Wahoo Frontiers Episode 2: Peter Stetina

Riding is fun. Racing should be fun. But it’s hard to remember that when focusing on wins and watts, podiums and purses. It becomes exhausting. So there’s a new breed of professional athletes choosing to transition away from the status quo. And though they possess the racing pedigree of their peers, they want to experience the joy of racing again. They’re forging a new Frontier in professional sport. With fresh legs, they’ll define success differently and apply a savvy entrepreneurial spirit to build a career on their terms. One based on performance, and most importantly, fun.

Bontrager Announces a Free Lifetime Warranty on their Carbon Wheels

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Bontrager Announces a Free Lifetime Warranty on their Carbon Wheels

Bontrager announced a major change to its warranty program for carbon wheels recently, upgrading the program to include a lifetime warranty against defect while keeping the Carbon Care Wheel Loyalty Program, which offers free replacement or repair of any Bontrager carbon wheels that sustain damage from riding within the first two years of ownership. This new lifetime warranty covers all Bontrager carbon wheels for road and mountain bikes and comes at no additional cost to the purchaser. It includes all Bontrager carbon wheels purchased aftermarket as well as those that come stock on Trek bikes. This program applies to the original owner only.

Tigged in Texas: Checking in with Austin Framebuilders Chumba Cycles

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Tigged in Texas: Checking in with Austin Framebuilders Chumba Cycles

My friends at Chumba Cycles have had a truly inspirational story since re-launching the brand in early 2014. While the name Chumba Cycles has been around for some time in the mountain bike world, this is an entirely different company when compared to the brand that launched in California during the early ’90s. Without going into the details too much, Vince and Mark purchased the brand a few years back and began making their tig-welded steel bikes in-house in Austin, TX. Around that same time, they moved shops, and on a recent trip to the Lonestar State, I swung through to check out their new digs and see some of the bikes they were building up for customers.

The Radavist 2020 Calendar: February

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The Radavist 2020 Calendar: February

This is the second layout of the Radavist 2020 Calendar, entitled “Spring Sprint” shot with a Canon 1DX mkii and a 24-70 lens in Los Angeles, California.

“Even though it’s bone-chillingly cold outside, the warmer months are coming, so put your hands in the drops and hold on!”

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right-click and save link as – The Radavist 2020 – February. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

The mobile background this month is from Mount Lowe Railway. Click here to download February’s Mobile Wallpaper.

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State Bicycle Co’s Undefeated Road Bike

State Bicycle Co’s newest model is a road bike, unlike anything they’ve produced before. The aluminum Undefeated Road Bike comes as a frameset for $649, or with an Apex 1 build ($1,299), and even a Force eTap AXS build ($2,899).

It features a carbon fork and a prism-inspired paint job. Check out more at State Bicycle Co.