Photos by Emily Maye
This year’s cross fever is finally settling down even though people are still buzzing from the CXWC in Louisville last weekend. The number of people who have emailed me their galleries is overwhelming but when I came across Emily Maye’s photos, I had to share. Check out her full gallery here!
Yeah, the weather’s been really quite pleasant here. Sorry to rub it in! Enjoy your weekend, however you can…
Zeiss 28mm f2.8 T* ZM
Fuji Neopan 400
I just got in the Bruce Gordon Cycles Rock ‘n Road tires yesterday and literally moments after I opened the box, an email came in from Bruce Gordon alerting me to the new Original Gravel Grinder Rock ‘n Road 25th Anniversary framesets:
“We are going to celebrate 25 years of the Rock ‘n Road with a limited run of numbered, signed 25th Anniversary Rock ‘n Road bicycles. We will produce only 10 of these.
The 25th Anniversary Rock ‘n Road frames will be made right here in the shop, using the same geometry we’ve been using for the past 25 years. The only changes we’ve made are to rear spacing (which is now a modern 135mm) and the headtube, which is now 1⅛” threadless. Forks will be built with the snazzy Pacenti bi-plane lugged fork crown.
The 25th Anniversary frames will come standard with our Signature Rust powdercoat. Other powder coat colors are available for an upcharge. The frames will be expertly TIGged. Fillet brazing is also available for an upcharge. Please note, the Rock ‘n Road is different from the RnR Tour. Its shorter chainstays are ideal for nimble handling and especially good for Gravel Grinding.”
Check out ordering information at Bruce Gordon Cycles!
I’m sure there will be many more from last weekend’s UCI World Cross Championships but this one’s worth the watch.
“Yeah, I’ve got a route planned, but we might dip off and take this one trail”. No matter how organized you try to make a friendly, chill ride, sometimes the best thing you can do is take that trail. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you end up walking a hobo path over a twelve foot drop onto limestone but more often than not, you can make due.
Most of the trails here in Austin are very cross-bike friendly. Some are not, but we avoid those for the most part. People say, “get a MTB”, but they’re also the ones driving their cars to do a piece of 5 mile singletrack. You don’t want to ride a MTB out 15 miles on the road, then up a 18% sealed climb before you bomb down a scenic descent. But a cross bike…
When Kyle was in town, I pulled together a little ride with some friends. We spent about 40% of the time on sealed road and 50% on gravel, singletrack or dirt. That missing 10% was on this one “oh shit” hiking trail we poached on a piece of government land. We made it out alive, save for Chris flipping over his bars and one flat tire. John even rode a stock Nature Boy up some very steep faces. It was impressive.
Beers were had and stories were made. Bottom line is, we had a fucking blast and all lived to tell the tale / Instagram it but no Strava for this route. I wanna keep some of it a secret. We ended up doing +/- 40 miles and about 3,500′.
Photo by Brian Vernor
I rest my case. But you can see more of Brian’s photos from the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville over at Paved Mag.
If I still had a touring bike (sigh), these would be on it for sure. The Bruce Gordon Cycles Rock n’ Road all terrain 700c / 29r tire is back in stock and all I can think is “put them on the cross bike”. Made in Japan by Panaracer, so you know they’re worth the money!
You can do gravel rides on a road bike with 23c tires if you’re careful and you pick your lines wisely or you can roll on some 33c Grifos and enjoy the ride a little more. This new Signal Cycles Gravel Crusher looks like a lotta fun, especially with the Mini Moto setup. Check out more at Signal Cycles’ Flickr.
With NAHBS just around the corner and the crossie disc cult at maximum capacity, it should come as no surprise that Cielo would announce their new CX Racer. This frame highlights the CX Racer’s new paint scheme, the inclusion of the Chris King Press Fit bottom bracket, and the new Chris King R45 Disc hubs.
See more below.