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Posts Tagged ‘touring bike’
I don’t know how they do it. Firefly’s work is so simple that even something like this disc tourer looks busy. Yet, it all works. Check out more of this disc tourer at the Firefly Flickr!
When Mitch from Map Cycles first told me about this project, I was beyond stoked. So many people want to pick up a classy, made in the USA touring bike but can’t completely break the bank. Not saying this project will be cheap by any means, but it’s a pretty good deal. Here’s the deal from Map:
“Collaboration between Steelman Cycles and myself (Steelman & Pryor, hence S&P). Frame, fork, racks and wet paint from $3000. Stock sized, custom fit and finish. We have a 53, 55, and 57 cm left in our first batch and more to come soon.”
Join the email list at mapbicycles.com/ for full details.
Ace Boogie from the Sleepers worked on a video project for Trophy Club, documenting the cyclists they met along their tour of the Pacific Coast. It’s not too late to get a quick tour in… I miss that ride so much!
Everything thing you’ve heard of Eurobike is true, including the horribly-spotty wifi. But don’t worry, I’m spending all my time shooting photos and catching up with friends, including Erik from Sweden. He and his wife, Sofia stayed with me two years ago in Austin and since then, he’s toured extensively throughout the USA, relocated to Zurich and is a lead designer at Specialized, where he spearheaded the AWOL project.
The AWOL is a light, sleek and very Euro-styled touring bike. While Erik’s main rig is on display at the Specialized booth, he stripped down one of the first prototypes and brought it along with him to ride around. After a few beers, we went out back and shot some photos of the bike. I’ve gotta admit, it’s one of my favorite touring rigs!
Check out more in the Gallery!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a touring video that has gotten me more pumped than this one. All I gotta say is the full-length is going to be so rad…
Have you been following the AWOL project?
See you tomorrow Erik!
Last summer, Taj, Sandy Carson, two other friends, Seth and Nick took on Portland to San Francisco. Paved Magazine ran an article a while back but they’ve began posting the stories on their blog. It’s worth the read, coming from someone who’s also done the ride. Check it out here!
I’m pretty busy in Minneapolis trying to document the All City Championships for the #PartyBrand, and I didn’t want to slack off on the site too hard, so here are some videos to hold you over. They all won’t have an introduction, but I will say I’m very stoked on Hammer Down, a new FGFS blog.
The tale of Hubert d’Autremont is an interesting one, but that story will be told another day. Instead, I’ll start the coverage of this unique craftsman off with the bike that he rides the most, this Cycles d’Autremont porteur.
I don’t know why, but I really love the aesthetic of porteurs, especially when they’re owned by a builder. A road bike, mountain bike or randonneur all have very specific uses, but a porteur implies a certain utilitarian aesthetic. Grocery getter, errand runner, bar bike and even quick morning mountain jaunts. A well-rounded bike like this is bound to log more miles than the other arrows in the quiver.
Burlington, Vermont isn’t exactly SoCal, and inclement weather is no stranger in the Green Mountain state, so a fully-fendered bike with integrated lighting quickly becomes an essential tool in these parts. Elegant but rugged, Hubert’s own porteur is exactly that. Like any detail-oriented (i.e. obsessive) artist tends to create, this piece of work just appears effortless… See for yourself in the Gallery!
Photo by Kevin Edward Brown of Yonder Journal
I know I’ve already talked a lot about this bike, but I still can’t get over how much fun the State of Jefferson Brovet was last month. One of the reasons it was enjoyable was because of the equipment I used. There’s a lot to be said about the traditional randonneur events, all of which will not be discussed here. This is more a reflection on a ride that could have been hell for me, had I not planned accordingly.
After bonking and consequently pulling out of the second Brovet, due to a lack of adequate planning, I wasn’t going to let that happen on the latest ride. The stats were heavy. 250 ish miles and around 20,000′ in a day and a half was a big undertaking, especially with the weather fluctuations that you experience in California altitudes.
Check out more below.