For those who didn’t get their fill in 2013, there’s more coming at you from Wolfpack Hustle in 2014!
Some of the best experiences I’ve had on “bike trips” haven’t been related to cycling at all. Case in point: in the early talks of the Frostbike agenda, Jeff from All-City recommended that we drive 4 hours north of Minneapolis to the southern shore of Lake Superior.
In this frozen land, there were caves, which during the summer months, held many great alcoves and vistas out over the lake, but in the winter, when it’s cold enough, they became in chrysalis. This isn’t an annual occurrence either. This year was the first year in a decade that the water has been cold enough to freeze.
Everything is frozen, even the water that typically seeps through the sandstone cliffs, causing cascades of icicles, many of which are big enough to deliver a fatal blow if they were to fall. Behind these curtains, lie numerous caves, most of which are covered in a solid 3″ of ice on all surfaces. It’s really something else.
Tuesday morning, Jeff, Kyle and I ventured out into the madness and at some point I expected to see 7′ tall albino penguins or at least a shoggoth. But alas, the Old Ones are long gone.
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I love how you can take a frame that’s very accessible and affordable, strip it, then paint or powdercoat it. From there, you can either rebuild the stock kit, or build it up with choice components. For Matt at Whisky Parts, he did the latter.
Matt put a Whisky fork, bars on the front, a Whisky seatpost, Chromag stem, saddle, Industry Nine wheels, Middleburn cranks, HOPE pedals, Hope brakes and a Chris King bottom bracket. The all black component list just makes that gold powdercoat pop! I think this bike was my favorite at Frostbike and I gotta tell ya, it makes me want to do something rad with my Pugs…
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Bespoked Bristol has a great interview up with Czech framebuilders Festka. This brand has been on my mind a lot lately. Their entire package is kicking serious ass. Everything is dialed: from razzle-inspired paint, to their studio photography and how sick is that Lizard rigid MTB?
… Bike packing is going to blow up even more this summer. I’m already stoked on a trip Pearl Velo, Golden Saddle Cyclery and myself will be doing. So stoked that it’s got me thinking about some Porcelain Rocket bags.
One of my personal favorite urban cycling magazines has a new issue out. Steel 07 is now available.
ICEdot was at Frostbike and while I didn’t spend a whole lot of time looking at it, it caught my attention. I ride by myself almost always, as I’m sure most of you do too. What’s your take on this?
It’s been a while since I’ve posted about Pelizzoli, but videos are a perfect segue into a builder’s world!
Chris Kelly of Topanga Creek Cycles – aka the best MTB shop in America – lays it all out. LISTEN TO HIM PEOPLE. Support your local bike shop!
“I don’t know the answers”… so good!