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Romance Bikes x Parra for the World Bicycle Relief

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Romance Bikes x Parra for the World Bicycle Relief

London-based apparel company, Romance, has teamed up with Dutch artist Parra for a very special Specialized S-Works Roubaix, which is being auctioned off to support the World Bicycle Relief. This one-off bike is built with SRAM RED eTap AXS groupset, Zipp 404 NSW disc-brake wheels and a Specialized S-Works cockpit. The auction starts today and will end on August 16th – with all proceeds going to World Bicycle Relief, who help communities in rural developing countries to access education, healthcare and work through the power of bicycles. Head over to eBay to see the auction site and below to see more photos of this project.

The Custom Bikes of Grinduro Scotland: Clandestine, Ted James, Spoon Customs, and The Bicycle Academy

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The Custom Bikes of Grinduro Scotland: Clandestine, Ted James, Spoon Customs, and The Bicycle Academy

Words by Jack Watney, photos by Adam Gasson

Grinduro Frame Builder Event Format

The Bicycle Academy (TBA) put the Grinduro Scotland frame builder competition format together 3 years ago as a way of creating a platform for frame builders to showcase what they do. It’s an opportunity for builders to work to a tight brief, but at the same time to be playful and creative with bike design. They get to make their own idea of a perfect bike, to keep for themselves, something that doesn’t happen as often as you might think.

Grav. Grav. And Double Grav! the Bicycle Academy at Grinduro Scotland

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Grav. Grav. And Double Grav! the Bicycle Academy at Grinduro Scotland

Words by Jack Watney, photos by Adam Gasson

And now here they are! The most daredevil group of daffy frame builders to ever whirl their wheels in the WACKY RACES. Competing for the title of Grinduro’s wackiest frame builder. The bikes are approaching the starting line.

First, is the TBA GXC driven by Tom Sturdy. Next is paratrooper Will Barcode on the TBA Splat Grav. Flying through the air is the Rad Roamer piloted by Ted James. Maneuvering for position is Andy Carr on the Spoon Customs Fat Tracker and right on his tail is Pi Manson on his Caledonian Carrier.

Sneaking along last is the unmistakable Petor of Dear Susan Bicycles riding his award-winning ‘Mike Rotch’…

“Grav, Grav. And double Grav!”

The Guardian: A Cyclist’s Guide to Biking the City – a Cartoon

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The Guardian: A Cyclist’s Guide to Biking the City – a Cartoon

Illustration by Dave Walker

The guardian has an amazing cartoon strip up on cycling in the city, down to some of the issues plaguing urban environments, a Jungian archetype illustration, as well as an interesting column on what would make cycling SAFER! Hint: it’s not helmets. Check the whole thing out at the Guardian!

If you like these illustrations, see more of Dave’s work at his website, Cycling Cartoons.

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Ribble Cycles: HT TI Slack and Low Hardtail

Ringing in a new era for Ribble Cycles is their HT TI titanium hardtail. With a 64° head angle and 150mm of travel up front, this 27.5 x 2.6″ hardtail is designed to compete in a world dominated by full suspension designs. Fully-built completes start at $2,815.06. See more at Ribble.

Stayer Cycles: Raoul’s 29’er Dirt Drop MTB

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Stayer Cycles: Raoul’s 29’er Dirt Drop MTB

Stayer Cycles, a framebuilder from East London makes bikes of the off-road variety from production models like their Groadinger and Chigzag to full-on custom project like this. This is Raoul’s second bike from Stayer. This bike was built around two items: Bontrager 3.0” Chubacarbra tires and a front rack duffle bag from Dan at Envelope Bagworks. What Stayer sculpted from those two items is really something else. See more below, check out a more in-depth look at Raoul’s dirt drop bike, and read about more of their custom builds at Stayer!

Chater Lea Returns with Made in UK Components and the Grand Tour Pedal

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Chater Lea Returns with Made in UK Components and the Grand Tour Pedal

Those who dabbled in vintage bikes and components, the name Chater Lea will ring a bell. Their cottered cranks and other components were always in demand, including their “Sprint” pedals. At Bespoked UK earlier this month, Chater Lea revealed its first new product from the recently relaunched brand, the Grand Tour Pedal. These are made from high corrosion-resistant, marine-grade 316 and hardened 17-4PH stainless steel, giving the pedals an aesthetic more akin to a high-end watch, rather than a bicycle pedal. They will be available for purchase via Chater Lea’s website in the next five to six weeks at a price of £250. These pedals come with a lifetime original owner warranty. Check out more at Chater Lea and see more photos below.

A Weekend Pedal Across the English Isle with Pannier

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A Weekend Pedal Across the English Isle with Pannier

A Weekend Pedal Across the English Isle with Pannier
Words by Mark Finster, photos by David Sear and Stef Amato

The folks at UK-based cycling adventure co. Pannier are doing great things. From before I ever started backpacking and touring, I’d had a romantic vision of touring around the English countryside – stopping into pubs when I needed food and rest, waving at sheep. The “usual stuff” had always prevented me from actually doing it – namely, the logistics of mapping a route and flying a bunch of gear across the pond. So it felt like divine intervention just a few weeks ago when I discovered the Route Beer Ramble – a 200km weekend group ride from London to Bristol, wrapping up with custom-brewed beers (and a brewery tour) at Cocksure Brewing Co.

I was told by Stef and Dave (Pannier head-honchos) that I’d only need to bring a helmet, pedals and cycling shoes – they’d essentially handle everything else. This removed my biggest obstacle – and as the sole international traveler, it made booking this trip last-minute infinitely do-able. Upon arrival, Stef had me fully setup with a beautiful Surly Straggler with fat gravel tires and Ortleib weatherproof bags. All the necessary camping gear (tent, pad and bag) would be ready and waiting for me upon arrival at our first checkpoint. This was really almost a bit too good to be true.

Hope’s RX4 Flat Mount Disc Calipers

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Hope’s RX4 Flat Mount Disc Calipers

While these aren’t necessarily a new product in Hope’s expansive line of brake calipers and components but it’s new to me. I didn’t get a chance to shoot the Hope booth at Sea Otter, but I did see these Rx4 brake calipers, compatible with SRAM and Shimano brake levers. Have you used these yet? Are they as amazing as their MTB brakes?

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The Door

Orange’s new Five is just at home in Shropshire as it is in Tuscany. If only there was a way to ride both places in one day…

The Cotic Flare is Made in the UK

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The Cotic Flare is Made in the UK

The Flare is a 125mm travel, 27.5″ wheeled, light and lively trail bike, new to the Cotic lineup and with the announcement today, came the news that these bikes will be predominantly built in the UK. If you’re as intrigued as I am, head to Cotic to read all about it.

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Wales360

Bringing a taste of legendary off-road events such as the Cape Epic and BC Bike race to the classic trails of Wales, Wales360 will allow up to 600 riders, competing in teams of two or solo riders, the chance to discover a 550-kilometre route through Mid and North Wales over six,, point-to-point stages. Uniquely each day will feature a timed stage within the day of riding that is timed separately, taking influence from Enduro racing it gives riders the chance to push themselves to the limit on both the climbs and descents for a short section within the overall stage. Balancing challenge with reward is what Wales360 is all about.

See more at Wales360.