What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a Spooky road? Ok, I can think of plenty of “better” ways, but I felt this bike in particular fit with All Hallows. When I was at the road crits in Melbourne the other night, looking at the sea of Giants and Treks, this Spooky jumped out at me. Matte black, raw stays, SRAM Red and that recessed cable stop detail!
See for yourself in the Gallery!
SKYLMT has a few new products for sale in their shop. Their tees are restocked and the long-awaited Steven Jensen bars. These 4.8″ black bars have a 12º backsweep and a 4º upsweep, coming in at 29″ wide. See more information at SKYLMT.
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.
The thing that attracted me to Portland’s Breadwinner Cycles was the bonding of speed and shredability. When I think of Ira Ryan, I think precision road bikes and when I think of Tony Pereira, mountain bikes come to mind. Breadwinner is a little bit of both, with offerings from the touring-minded, to the race-faced and mountain-monsters. All in a tight, tig welded package.
The JB Racer is a classic XC machine, perfect for single, double track and trails. Let’s be honest here, most of you, unless you’re downhilling or hitting Whistler every weekend, could get away with a 100mm travel hard tail. The only problem is, if you save up enough loot to put down a $500 deposit on one of these $1800 frames, will you look as steezy as Tony?
Probably not. But at least the bike will look good!
See more information on the JB Racer at Breadwinner Cycles!
One of the reasons why I’m going XX1 on my new Rosko mountain bike is the simplicity of running a single ring up front. When you lose the front derailleur, it lightens the bike up, while freeing up your trigger location for a dropper post or front fork control. XX1 runs a 32 or 34 up front and up to a 42t cog in the back, which is an incredibly wide range.
But what if I want to run a single ring up front with my XT setup? Before, you’d have to have a chain keep, which isn’t an issue, but it certainly doesn’t look as sharp without anything holding your chain to the ring. One of the first things I noticed on Tim’s Yeti SB95c that I rode was the Wolf Tooth Components 30t 104BCD ring.
Check out more below!
Ornot is a small, new label based in San Francisco. Founded by the belief that you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money, only to look like a rolling billboard. All of their garments are made in California and are minimally-branded.
Check out the full Ornot line here. I will say one thing: kudos to them for developing a women’s line at the same time as a men’s line and making them the same design!
Also, damn, I miss riding in California already!
Chrome takes a step in the black direction with BLCKCHRM:
“ BLCKCHRM™ builds on our commitment to making durable bags that last a lifetime. Made in America, without compromise. Guaranteed for life. Created by people who care about what they do and how things get made.
The exterior of each bag is made of hypalon, originally used in U.S. Coast Guard rescue rafts. This material is super durable and has a refined look that works on the street and in the boardroom. For the liners we used a tightly woven nylon, the trim is full grain leather and the hardware is rubber coated. BLCKCHRM™ is bombproof and mission ready.”
Ruckus’ Carbon Access Tool is pretty nifty. I got one in the mail as I was heading out for Australia, so I didn’t get the chance to mess with it but everything about the C.A.T. was spot-on. The dudes at Ruckus have a Kickstarter for the C.A.T., so head over and check that out. Or, if you like bidons, have you seen the Joe Biden bidons?
Cold weather is here and all I keep wondering is if my picks for summer shorts will translate to my winter pants. So far, it’s looking that way. SWRVE’s digital camo quick dry shorts were a perfect summer companion and now, they’re making pants!
“Made from USA-made Durastretch® digi camo fabic that is water and wind repellant and has 4-way stretch for amazing comfort these trouser are perfect in every way. loaded with bike- friendly features, quick to dry, and totally invisible in the scrub brush* these are cut to perform seamlessly on a bike and stylishly in the world and are sure to be your go-to trousers on and off the bike.
limited edition, MADE IN USA”
Pick up a pair at SWRVE.
Don’t get me started on domestically-produced bicycle components. Be it Japanese, American, British, whatever, if a bike component is made domestically, I’m into it. The world of high-end, performance road gear in the States is thick and I’ve always wanted to drop my kit brakes for something different on the Argonaut or the Bishop…
I think I found the right match: Ciamillo is running a special on their Micro brakes. They’re only $299 from now until October 31st. After that the price jumps to the normal $430. Yeah, you can get Made in the USA brakes that as far as I’ve read, are amazing, for less than the price of Dura Ace or SRAM Red calipers.
Pick up the Ciamillo Micro brake calipers here, where you can read up on the improvements for the new 2014 design.