Love Vanilla but can’t afford one of their custom bikes? Well if you’re a cross race fan, or someone just looking for some stylish rain boots, check out the Vanilla Pit Boot. Back in stock now but supplies are already dwindling. Pick up a set here.
There are a few things here that are a bit hokie (music for one) but these videos are always fun to watch. Major laughs at the close-up of the rookie marks on his calf. More info:
“Martyn Ashton takes the £10k carbon road bike used by Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish for a ride with a difference. With a plan to push the limits of road biking as far as his lycra legs would dare, Martyn looked to get his ultimate ride out of the awesome Pinarello Dogma 2. This bike won the 2012 Tour de France – surely it deserves a Road Bike Party!
Shot in various locations around the UK and featuring music from ‘Sound of Guns’. Road Bike Party captures some of the toughest stunts ever pulled on a carbon road bike.”
I love finding a roll of film you thought you lost. This one roll of Ektar was sitting in the bottom of my bag and I had no idea where or when it was from. Turns out, it was in my Contax T2 and I had taken it all over. Indonesia, Bali, along the ATOC, the RGR and finally, Austin. This is all randomness, pure and simple. Check it out below.
As a cyclist, I like to have inspirational symbols on my legs. A few years back, I had the Philosopher’s Stone tattooed on my right calf; an ancient symbol representing vitality, youth and the active elixir in the alchemist formula. On my left thigh, a hawk carrying a dead rabbit, symbolizing a predatory fight. Yesterday, I got one of my favorite Emblems from Lucas Jennis’ manuscript, De Lapide Philosophico, 1625 tattoed on my right knee. It’s a lesser-known version of Ouroboros, symbolizing the life cycle and unifying of polarities. The original Emblem had a lot going on, so we simplified the design, making it wrap around my knee.
The work was done by Megan Cates, the wife of a riding buddy of mine here in Austin. She works at Bijou Studio on 6th street. Check her out if you’re in town and need work done. Her linework is impeccable! I’m just glad I have another face to keep me company on rides…
I thought I lost this roll of film somewhere overseas but as I was cleaning my office, I found one last roll from Bali. So I dropped it off to get developed and viola, vacation vibes all over again. These are all completely random and the film crops are all off (gotta fix that setting on my scanner) but they’re all pretty good!
Princeton Architectural Press has published a book called Instant: The Story of Polaroid. I know plenty of film buffs read this site, so I thought I’d share.
I have met a lot of interesting people on the road. All through bikes. People from all walks of life, with various careers, personalities and ambitions. Sometimes those people become good friends. And that’s how Omar and I became friends. What started as a haircut, led to drinking, then more drinking, some karaoke, bad tattoos (have we even ridden yet man?) and finally, another haircut. Vinny’s Barbershop is my go-to spot for a trim when I’m in LA and it’s not just because Omar knows how to take 20+ years off with an hour-long session…
For those of you who might want to look at the photos from PiNP in a wide-open format, check out the Norse Photo‘s new layout. I’ll be posting a lot of off-topic medium format stuff over the next few days, as well as mixing in some recent 35mm shots. If you’re on Tumblr, feel free to follow and reblog. All photos are high res as of the past two weeks.