Today is the official launch of the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame in conjunction with Chrome Industries. The purpose of the UCHOF is to highlight the vibrant culture and history of urban riding. Be sure to check out the official press release below which will give you a full scope on this new organization. To follow along with the latest UCHOF happenings, follow them on Instagram at @UrbanCyclingHOF.
photos: Niki Hurley
You can always count on Niki at Mobius Cycle for building/resorting some of the finest vintage steel bicycles. His attention to detail in not only restoring but also photographing these bicycles is borderline excessive; and that’s a good thing. There’s nothing like giving new life to a bicycle and this Tommasini Sintesi is the perfect example of doing just that: a classic steel frame constructed of Columbus Neuron tubing and dressed in some 11 speed Campy Athena.
I just found out last week that I’ll be heading to Seattle in early June for a week, so hopefully I’ll be able to stop by the Mobius Cycle Studio. Get into the details of this beauty below and have a happy Tuesday.
We already know Chrome Industries makes some of the best messenger bags, backpacks, outerwear and utility gear for the urban cyclist, but what about their other offerings? Well, the folks at Chrome have expanded their line to include not only messenger bags, but also a variety of purpose built bags including laptop bags, utility bags and even camera bags.
I’ve had my Ranchero Backpack for over 5 ½ years now, putting it through the ringer day in and day out. My other bags from Chrome have held up just as well. So when given the opportunity to try out the Niko Camera Pack, I had some extremely high expectations.
The Niko Pack is the largest of Chrome’s camera bags. If you’re not looking to carry a bunch of gear, the Niko Messenger and Niko Sling are both great options too. However, I tend to carry a lot of gear so the Pack has been working out wonderfully…(much much more below)
Have you been longing for your own Budnitz Bicycle? Well, here’s your opportunity for a chance to win a brand new No. 3 Honey Edition from Burlington’s own Budnitz Bicycles. My friends at Budnitz have generously donated a bicycle for Lake Champlain Waldorf School’s biggest fundraiser, the Spring Benefit Gala & Auction. The auction has already started and will run through May 18th. Head over to the Lake Champlain Waldorf School online auction and bid away! The auction started off at $500 and is already up to $950, so hurry up and get your bid on!
Newly located in Burlington, Budnitz Bicycles creates the fastest, lightest, and most beautiful city bicycles in the world. All bicycles feature top-end components, the majority developed for bike racing by small boutique fabricators in the USA, Europe & Japan. Budnitz Bicycles Model No.3 Honey Edition is their ultimate all-around city bicycle with an elegant honey-and-creme makeover. Includes a Brooks honey-leather saddle, matching leather grips, and German-made 2-inch creme tires, Budnitz titanium seatpost, badges, and handlebars. LCWS parent Paul Budnitz created Model No.3 as a very fast bicycle ideal for all conditions of urban riding.
In case you missed the link to the auction, here it is: LCWS Auction
I just found my new favorite beer. Okay, it might not be my all-time favorite, but the Watershed IPA by Oakshire Brewing really took a hold of me. If you’re not familiar, Oakshire is a brewery based out of Eugene Oregon that started up back in 2006. If you’ve read my previous beer reviews, you’ll know I like my hops; but only if there’s just as much accompanying flavor. This beer is one of those perfectly balanced IPAs: loaded with hops up front and backed by a piney/citrus finish.
If you’ve ever had the Heady Topper, you’ll know what I mean by balancing the beer’s punch with a palatable overall taste. The Watershed IPA does just that. It’s not super bitter like some IPAs that leave much to be desired. If you see a 6er of this at your local vendor of adult beverages, I’d highly suggest giving it a shot. If you’re looking for a geekier review of this beer, I’d point you to Google – there are a ton of beer nerds out there, I just enjoy sharing my favorites. Cheers.
With summer finally here, what better way to enjoy a warm sunny day than with 40 ice cold ounces of the finest malt liquor? Well, the good news is we’ve still got some Mossy Oak camo 40 oz koozies in stock for $10 shipped domestically. Pick one of these up and the days of warm beer and cold hands will be long gone. Not much of a 40 fan? No problem, we’ve still got some stickers left in stock too as well as a few size small jerseys. New tees are on the horizon as well, so stay tuned. In the mean time head over to the Culture Cycles online shop and support your favorite gang of slackers!
This should be good. Here’s the trailer for “The Price Is Wrong”, the latest video from Animal Bikes featuring parts from Steven Hamilton, Tom White, Jared Washington, and Dave Belcher.
The folks at Blue Lug really pump out some of the nicest and best looking custom complete bikes. Take this singlespeed REW10 Works cyclocross bike for example: a custom lugged ‘cross frame painted by Cook Paint Works and dressed with some choice bits including some DT Swiss 350s hubs laced to HED Belgium rims and wrapped ion Challenge Limus tires. If Mr. Versatility and Ms. Classy had a lovechild, I have a feeling it’d look something like this bicycle. Check out some more shots below as well as the full spec list.
photo: Paul Calver
Talk about an incredible view…this is what cyclist’s dream of. I’ve yet to ride anything quite as amazing as the switchbacks in Italy, though I have a feeling the Col de Pailhères in France would give ‘em a run for their money. After climbing all day on Sunday, these riders were awarded with not only this view but also a long, fast and technical descent.
via Cycling Tips
video by Angus Sung
This is pretty rad and has me psyched for summer gap rides with my buddies; except I’ll be on a road bike and not a track bike. Check out The 5th Floor and The North Race as they take on the 3rd highest paved road in Scotland, Beaclach Na Ba.
A good rain jacket is one of those things that’s almost worth its weight in gold. For the last couple years, I’ve been wearing a breathable rain jacket that uses eVent technology – a somewhat porous fabric that allows your body heat to escape while still keeping you dry. While the technology is great, I’ve found it doesn’t hold up to serious downpours. So when I was given the opportunity to try out the Storm Field Jacket by Chrome there was no hesitation.
The jacket’s styling is inspired by a classic M65 field jacket yet packs a ton of modern features. Just like my previous rain jacket, the Storm Field is constructed using a breathable yet waterproof material with fully taped seams. The first weekend I wore this jacket, I was down in New York City for the Red Hook Crit and while the weather was nothing short of ideal on Saturday, it took a turn for the worse come Sunday. Hunt and were staying in the LES but our car was parked out in Park Slope. Plus, it was pouring out and I’d just pulled the fenders off my bike for the trip (like a fool). Luckily, the Storm Field kept by upper body dry as a bone during our ride out to the parking garage. I also didn’t break much of a sweat! Read the rest below…
photos: Shinya Suzaki
Say what you will about fat bikes, I’m a fan and love seeing the array of custom builds such as this custom Pugsley. While I’m not entirely sure that my fat bike will have a permanent home in my stable, I’ve been having a lot of fun on it so far; so we’ll see. Anyway, this fattie is a fully customized from the paint done by Swamp to the singlespeed Paul x Large Marge wheels; I’m really feelin’ the Black Floyds too. Check out a few more details below, and see some more crazy custom builds here.
This is absolutely ridiculous…I have no idea how you’d get off this thing, and I sure wouldn’t want to bail on it either. Fourteen and a half feet to the saddle!
I was messing around with some of the site architecture earlier today and accidentally broke everything! Without going into too much detail, I’d like to let you know that the site will be “under construction” for the next couple days as I work to restore everything. Sit tight folks – I appreciate the continued support. This was the last thing I needed to happen on the last day of my week-long vacation but oh well, didn’t someone say something about challenges being opportunities in disguise? Let’s see if I can get things looking better this time than before.