No way. Personally, camouflage on your bike, or your person is just like any accent: use it sparingly. Case in point is this Swamp Things custom-painted 3T cockpit from Starfuckers. Granted, I’d like to see something like this on an all-black bike, but the intended ride ain’t bad either.
When Speedvagen first announced the Integrated stems earlier this year, people were split like a cable yoke. Some liked it, some hated it but I loved mine. I loved it so much that I paid Speedvagen to paint me a one-off (at the time) black on black Integrated stem for my Geekhouse.
Turns out, black on black looks great and so now, Speedvagen is offering this murderously-sleek stem in their web shop for $350.
Now, considering ENVE sells these stems for $280, I think that’s a fair price for internal cable routing and a sick in-house Vanilla paint job.
This is a beautiful photo of a beautiful stem, Mitch. I’m getting so pumped on NAHBS, I can smell the flux. Even if Map Cycles isn’t going to be in attendance, he’ll be there in spirit. Over the past few years, I’ve really come to admire Mitch’s work and his new digs in Chico seems to be working out quite nicely.
If you follow @thevanillaworkshop on Instagram, chances are you’ve already seen this project unfolding. Over the years, Speedvagen has been working with ENVE on their Integrated Cross Stem. This stem’s unique integrated front brake routing replaces the traditional cable hanger and the associated flex, weight, chatter and unsightly lines that come with it. Personally, I kinda liked my Funky Monkey but I’ll go with the Speedvagen mantra on this one: “Take away everything that isn’t essential and refine what’s left”.
I just installed the CX Worlds 2013 Commemorative stem on my already dialed Geekhouse Mudville and it instantly feels more patriotic. Unfortunately, I won’t be attending the CX Worlds but at least I can ride the shit out of this stem. Although, I will be missing the bourbon!
Profile has just listed up a bunch of close-outs on their newly-designed website. Head over and pick up some parts for your BMX or fixed here. I wanna see some of these finishes in the new Elite Road Hubs.
Why on Earth do companies sell stems covered in labels? Especially when they look so good polished. Leave it to FYXO to make your stems look bad. Also, Andy, try to grill your edamame next time. You’ll never go back! Just toss them in a metal basket over an open flame.
Chris Bishop continues his onslaught of insanely-detailed randos and tourers with a new cockpit on Dan’s sportif. Check out the full build here. This bike was at the 2011 NAHBS, where it got a lot of love. Much like this year’s NAHBS. I’ve been absolutely enthralled with my bike. It’s so much fun!
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