If you are a Captain America type, who likes to mink oil his Redwings, press his jeans, only ride American-made frames dressed with Chris King, White Industries, PAUL and the like while you eat your local granola dribbled with local honey then I found a lock for you. But you’ll have to give me a few minutes between mustache waxing…
Granted, that’s a bit of an extreme picture to paint. We all have tendencies, myself included and part of the reason I really like some of Abus’ locks is because they’re made in Germany. Same reason I like Panaracer and Continental tires. Domestic production doesn’t always coincide with excessive wealth or expense. Wald baskets are $20, King Cages are $30 and so on.
However, if I were so head-over-cleats with US-production, this made in the USA Shinola chain lock, clad in Horween leather would match my Helm boots just fine. Why oh why didn’t they do it up in Oxblood though?!?!
Yet as I said, $285 is a lot of coin! Unless you’re British, then the conversion comes to £182.87. Wait, that’s still a lot of quid!
For 2015, Detroit-based Shinola rolled out a new bicycle model, the Detroit Arrow. As a purpose-driven city singlespeed, it has fenders, a chain guard and an upright riding position. Available in gloss black for $1,000 or in their nickel-plated Detroit model for $1,700. The nickel Detroit Arrow is limited to 25 models.
Detroit’s Shinola has produced a line of watches for one of the oldest outdoors companies in the US. Filson continues to manufacture almost all of their apparel in the USA, so it would make sense that they would join forces with Shinola, who assembles all their watches at their Detroit facility. These watches look amazing. Dark earth tones like olive drab and many references to classic timepieces really go a long way for the Shinola aesthetic.
While these watches shouldn’t hold the Made in USA label Filson has proclaimed, it’s still a step in the right direction for the United States and domestic production.
See the entire line at Filson.
All the style of a Shinola is now available in titanium for the first time ever with the Black Blizzard…
“Shinola introduces The Black Blizzard, the latest evolution of Shinola’s flagship timepiece. Named for the dust storms that swept farmers off their land across the Great Plains, but built in honor of the tenacity and ingenuity of those that persevered, The Black Blizzard is an emblem of the American spirit.”
Sky is one of my favorite people in the industry. She’s a life-long badass, who’s been behind the scenes for some of the most influential cycling projects. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her over the past few months and if anyone knows the ins and outs to making products in the US for the cycling industry, it’s her.
Here’s a video from Shinola, highlighting their work with the oldest bicycle manufacturer in the USA, Waterford.
Being from North Carolina, you don’t have to tell me about the Wright brothers’ legacy. First in Flight! Here’s a little-known factoid though: the Wright brothers actually owned a bike shop in their day. So seeing this homage to them coming from Shinola isn’t at all surprising. Back then, the bicycle was the way of life, before the auto took over…
“Shinola introduces The Wright Brothers™ Limited Edition Runwell bicycle, created to honor the Wrights’ incredible contribution to America’s history of innovation and industry. Few urban bikes are better looking, smoother riding and easier shifting than our classically-styled Runwell with its 11-speed internal hub and disc brakes. Our 25 Limited Edition The Wright Brothers™ Runwell marries the enduring style and predictable handling of our American-made lugged steel frame and fork with a gloss black finish, sleek bamboo fenders, and a Torpedo battery operated headlamp. The Wright Brothers™
Limited Edition Bicycle will be available for purchase on Shinola.com, and at the Shinola flagship stores in Detroit and New York City, on December 10th, 2013.”
Check out more photos below, including the Wright Brothers’ edition watches.
Now that’s a proper collaboration. Shinola’s TrueTemper 3-Speed Bixby got a little facelift by the hands at Filson. Front and rear racks are accompanied by the timelessly-constructed Filson rack and pannier bags. The frame is painted in the Filson green and the pricepoint sits right at $2,900. See more information at Filson!
If you paid attention during my Interbike coverage, you would have seen this before. Shinola has created one of the most balleur commuter bikes to date, the Runwell Di2. Here’s the scoop:
“Few urban bikes are better looking, smoother riding and easier shifting than our classically-styled Runwell. Our Limited Edition Di2 Runwell marries the enduring style and predictable handling of our American-made lugged steel frame and fork, with the latest performance technology of Alfine hydraulic brakes, Alfine dynamo front hub with Supernova E2 Pro bright light and 11-speed, internal Di2 electronic shifting.
Lightning quick, push button shifting, with handlebar-mounted LED control panel, and ondemand lighting makes the Runwell a classic bike that’s also incredibly convenient. We’ve built out the Di2 Runwell with our own aluminum front rack, black alloy fenders and fender-mounted super bright PDW FenderBot tail light. Cables, wires and Di2 battery are internally routed. Classic styling meets the performance benefits of race-proven shifting and braking technology.”
The Runwell Di2 is available now at Shinola.