Do you remember that feeling way back when you learned to ride a bike? I had just begun school when I got my first bike. Day in and day out I would sit on the seat and push myself along the roadside curb with my right foot. My strides became longer and longer until one day I put caution to the wind and took my first pedal strokes. That day, the bike became my freedom machine. The world suddenly grew bigger, right in front of my tiny handlebars. I never looked back.
Bob Allen is a longlong adventurer, photographer, and storyteller. In recent years, he’s experimented with a new interactive 360º environmental mapping technology. We’re stoked to present his latest project, dubbed ‘Wild Ice’, so read on for Bob’s words and a 360º map by clicking through below.
Tick. Tick. Tick…
It turns out 60 seconds was a long time to ride no-handed – with my eyes shut. The rotation of my cranks was the only feedback that I had any forward motion. Arms outstretched, I just had to trust my balance and resist the temptation to visually confirm that eating shit wasn’t imminent. Relax. Breath. Just keep pedaling…
‘Explore your Boundaries‘ was inspired by encouraging people to see familiar and local areas in unfamiliar ways, showing how great adventures can happen from your own front door. Filmed on a newly created gravel bike route, which follows the local authority boundary of the City of Edinburgh, and additional locations close to the Scottish Capital during January and February 2021, the short documentary from Markus Stitz and Mark Beaumont highlights the beauty and challenges of exploring places on two wheels in snow and ice.
Follow bikepacking guide Timo Veijalainen as he takes Kona Ambassador Erkki Punttila and former Kona Factory DH team rider Antti-Pekka Laiho on a wintery two-wheeled adventure through the magical landscape of Kiilopää in Finland Lapland’s Urho Kekkonen National Park.
Author’s Note: This article was originally written almost 4 years ago, but was shelved after thinking I had lost a majority of the photos to a failed drive. After I managed to find many of the lost photos on an old SD card, I figured it was still worth sharing the last trip that inspired me to quit my job and travel the world by bike…
Riding in some places during the winter months takes dedication.
Photos by Anthony Bareno
Eric from Winter Bicycles‘ newest bike to roll out from his shop is this gorgeous touring / randonee bike. The Quiscale is an all-rounder, meant for exploration, touring and is perfect for a daily rider. This frameset features thin lugs with accented window cuts and is built from traditional, classic diameter tubing. Accompanied by internally-routed lighting, fenders, custom racks – with removable low-riders – and specially-made RuthWorks bags.
The parts group is nothing short of choice with White Industries, Paul, Cane Creek and Shimano Ultegra, yet one of the cleanest details is the “French point” winter stem with bell mount.
The Quiscale’s class is elevated by Keith Anderson’s impeccable paint. See more at the Winter Flickr.
Yesterday I went down to the LA River Camp Coffee meet-up to drink some coffee and see what this weekly gathering is all about. While I was there, I shot Errin’s Box Dog Pelican rando bike, set up with panniers.
This bike was made by Banjo Bicycles – they’re made by Winter now – in production runs and are sold by Box Dog Bikes in small batches. Errin’s has seen some mileage, which you can follow along on his blog Frontage Roads. I love randonneur bikes that become commuters when they’re not being drug through the shit on a brevet.
See more details in the Gallery and many thanks to Errin for organizing the LA River Camp Coffee meetups, more on that tomorrow!
Live in the Philly area? Need a new road bike? Got a little extra coin saved up for something special? Well, you could be in luck. Erik from Winter Bicycles will be at the show and he’s selling this Sean-Nós road bike, complete!
See more photos at the Winter Flickr.
Photos by Anthony Bareno
Eric from Winter continues with yet another stunning complete bike. This one is dubbed the Volante. Read on for his explanation of what this bike means to Eric and see more of Anthony’s photos.
Photo by Anthony Bareno
Eric at Winter, like many builders, has been busy, busy, busy with frames, the most recent being this Consano All-Road. This frame is equipped with clearances for bigger tires, while maintaining a road geometry and feel. Equipped with PAUL MiniMotos for stopping power and a deep red coat of paint from none other than Keith Anderson.
Head over to Winter Bicycles for more.
Photo by Anthony Bareno
Eric from Winter is slayyyyyyying it this year! Here’s the latest, the Sean-nós frameset, a sportif road:
“The Sean-nós is designed to run modest width tyres and mudguards under a mid reach brake. The heat treated, thin wall steel tubing is joined with clean, crisply carved continental style lugs. The quickly raked fork and open scalloped drop out treatment are reminiscent of an older style. The Sean-nos is equally at home in the mountains, rain and rougher roads The racing green metallic paint and gold box lining are provided by Keith Anderson.
54 seat tube and 55 top tube with an optional 120mm Winter French point stem.
When I found out Eric Estlund from Winter Cycles wasn’t going to be at NAHBS, I was pretty bummed out. His frames are always so good and he always has a track bike on display. Aaron and I wanted to get one of our limited edition Aamerican chainrings (maybe we should sell those?) on a track bike for the show but with Winter not being there, what would we do?
Fret not. It’s the internet. I can make up my own rules. Presenting a damn hot “Not at 2014 NAHBS” bike… Here’s a background on the project:
“This is the Winter Bicycles “OverKill”, a new iteration in the “Speed Metal” track bike series. Designed as a true blue track sprint frame. Built with a blend of fillet brazed and signature bilam construction from a blend of shaped True Temper, Columbus and Deda tubing. The long point Winter track stem holds customized bars with integrated grip over a Cane Creek headset. Custom Winter sprint wheels driven by a Campagnolo Pista crank and limited edition AARN/ PinP chain ring. This bike was powder coated by Custom Powderworks in Springfield, OR.”
All photos by Anthony Bareno of Velo Cult. See more in the Gallery!
Photo by Anthony Bareno
I love the idea of light tourers, or randonee bikes. To me, they’re one of the best all-around machines. Part commuter, part weekender, part audax, loaded or unloaded, they’re fun to ride. Allaban is Gaelic for “wandering” and that’s exactly the intent of this machine. See more at Winter Bicycles. By the way, those are the best cranks for a touring bike!
Eric from Winter has a pre-order opened up for one of my favorite frame builder tees. Check out more information at Winter!
Speaking of rad stems! Anthony at Velo Cult has been spending a lot of time documenting the work of Winter Bicycles. This track bike is probably my favorite Winter build of all time. Head over to Velo Cult to see more great photos!
Yeow…. A fillet brazed, lightweight randonneuring frame with custom racks like this is the by-product of two great minds. Eric from Winter Bicycles and Anthony from Velo Cult. Two bearded brethren of bicycle badassery. Trademark.
Check out more of this sparkly beaut over at the Winter Flickr.