More on this next week…
Photos by Ron McClure
I came across these two exceptional photos on Flickr earlier this week and had to share. The top photo was taken at the Hoosier Pass in May 1976 and the bottom, the Blue Ridge Parkway in late July 1976 during the Bikecentennial76 Oregon to Virginia trip 12 friends embarked on. Only 9 completed and you can read more at DDsiple’s Flickr.
Now’s a good time to plan a tour!
I was just thinking the other day about how much I missed my Brooks Team Pro saddle. If you can’t tell, I really miss my touring bike. Or maybe I just miss touring and camping. This new video from Brooks just hit my email, featuring their new Land’s End & John O’Groats Travel Panniers and if panniers aren’t on your foreseeable agenda, check out the new saddle, bar tape and grips offerings below.
Depending on how light you travel by bike, these two bags could very well hold everything you need for a week-long bicycle tour or camping trip and the best thing is, you don’t need rack mounts or any additional provisions. Just a seat post, saddle rails and handlebars. The frame, bar and saddle bags that are coming out of Porcelain Rocket’s shop in Calgary are strikingly beautiful.
This isn’t your traditional waxed canvas and leather saddle bags used by randonneurs. These bags are made from Dimension Polyant VX21, HDPE and clasp together with Rock Lockster buckles. They can be customized to any number of color combinations and patterns (see above). Used primarily by MTBrs, these packs will fit on just about any bicycle frame.
I’ve never used a Porcelain Rocket bag, but I had great luck with my Viscacha saddle bag by Revelate Designs, which looks similar. I’m heading out to Asia in a few weeks and then to Australia, where I’ll be using my Viscacha yet again. I would be picking up a set from Scott if he didn’t have such a long lead-time.
You’ll have to wait about 10-12 weeks for your Porcelain Rocket bag but they look like they’re worth the wait. Check out the full line at Porcelain Rocket and see more of Scott’s creations on his Flickr.
I’m one of those guys that loves a good collaboration, especially between two exceptional, made in the USA brands like Cielo and Tanner Goods. We saw some early bicycle portage work from Tanner at NAHBS last year and this year, Cielo will be presenting two special bicycles, both complete with handmade Tanner products. Choose either the Tanner Goods Edition Cross Classic or Sportif Classic and they will come loaded with a handlebar bag, saddle bag, frame bag, painted matching fenders and Tanner mud flaps.
Check out more photos here!
Stay tuned for more information, including pricing and availability, during NAHBS.
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!
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!
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.