• Factory Five F5 Pista Hubs & Wheelsets

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    The guys over at Factory Five are known for not only bringing you some killer track and fixed gear bikes in Shanghai but also for developing their own line high-quality components; their world-renowned Lattice Chainring or the innovative F5 Titan 31.8 Quill Stem are perfect examples.

    So what’s the latest from Factory Five? Hubs and wheels of course, and they look damn good to boot.

    The F5 Pista Hubs are forged from 7075 aluminum, CNC finished and fitted with sealed-cartridge bearings sitting on chromoly axles. The Sherrif Staresque cutout flange is designed to distribute stress while keeping the overall weight down to just 490 grams for the set (including bolts).

    These hubs are available in 20h for the front and 24h for the rear with a flange diameter of 80mm and a BCD of 70.5. They’re up for sale no in black, silver and for a limited time, monster purple. Also, be sure to check out the F5 Pista Wheelset.

  • Blackburn Unveils Mountain Bike Specific HV Floor Pump

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    Being a longtime fan of Blackburn products, I’m more than happy to share one of their latest products with you: The Chamber HV Floor Pump, specifically made for mountain bikes. Now I know what you’re thinking, “why do I need a pump specifically made for mountain bikes?”. Well, you don’t really…but there are certainly some well-thought-out features, especially at the price-point.

    Starting off, you’ll notice that this pump only does 50 PSI. For a pump that you’ll probably keep in your car and use solely for mountain bikes, that’s more than enough power. The Chamber HV Floor Pump is also equipped with a 47″ hose, making it easy to top up your tires while your bike(s) is still on your car’s back rack. One you’re done shredding (or before, depending on your style), you’ll really appreciate the built-in bottle opener for those post-(or pre)ride refreshments. Take all those  features, wrap them in camo and you’ve got yourself a solid pump worthy of any trailhead.

  • Celebrating The 150th Anniversary of the Bicycle Patent at Sheldon Museum

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    Here’s something everyone can enjoy, especially those of you in Vermont! My good friend and former boss, Glean Eames, is showing some of his unrivaled collection of velocipedes & boneshakers at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the bicycle patent. This is one of those events that you just can’t miss if you’re in Vermont (or the surrounding states).

    Even if you’re not much of a cyclist or lover of history, this exhibit will speak volumes to just how much the bicycle has progressed in the last 150 years. Each of these bicycles has its own backstory, with many of them being intricately designed by highly-skilled 19th-century metallurgists, possibly seen as forerunners to mid-20th century abstract-expressionist sculptors. Glenn describes the bikes as “sculpture you can ride”.

    Many of you know Glenn already, but for those that don’t, he’s well known for his unrivaled collection of classic and antique bicycles, as well opening The Old Spokes Home back in 2000. Of the 26 models on display at the Sheldon Museum, 23 of them belong to Glenn. If you get a chance, you should also check out his bicycle museum upstairs at Old Spokes.

    I really wish I’d stayed stateside a couple extra weeks to check this show out! There will be a reception for the show on Thursday, June 23 from 5-7 PM – so mark those calendars. The exhibit will run from June 21 to Oct. 16.

    Thank you to Hunt for the heads up on this one. For more information, check out Seven Days and the Burlington Free Press.

  • Showers Pass Introduces the Cloudcover Waterproof Bag Line

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    This just in from Showers Pass! The Cloudcover line of backpacks & bags, including the Transit, Utility, and the Refuge Duffle, has arrived. Each of these models features waterproof zippers, welded seams and protected compartments that will ensure your valuables stay safe and dry from the elements. Each bag is constructed with ballistic strength nylon, making for unmatched durability.

    The Transit and Utility bags are outfitted with 4 red LED beacon lights that integrate seamlessly with the grommets on the sides and back of the backpacks. Rad, right? Well it gets even better. These bags also feature a removable waist strap that can convert to a pocketed hip pack, making it easy to carry small items if you’re heading out for a short trek.

    Be sure to head on over to Showers Pass to learn more about the latest line!

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  • Pushing The Limits: Steel & Oakley


    PUSHING THE LIMITS is a cycle creative bound between Steel Magazine and Oakley starring three Paris riders facing different weather conditions and roads. All three experienced the roads of the Paris-Roubaix with the latest Oakley Prizm technology wearing Jawbreaker sunglasses.

  • Volata Cycles – Italian Design Meets Innovative Technology

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    In this day and age, digital technology has found its way into nearly every aspect of our lives. Love it or hate it, the fact is that it’s here to stay. Might as well embrace the digital evolution, right?

    Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, another invention, integration or innovation pops up and blows your mind. Take toothbrushes for example. A few weeks ago I was shopping for my first electric toothbrush and came across a model from Oral-B that’s outfitted with Bluetooth and has it’s own app to help improve your brushing habits. I was blown away at first, but then realized that this is something I desperately need. A hundred bucks later and my brushing habits have become gamified, graphed and greatly improved.

    Anyway, forget about the toothbrush and all that; this post is supposed to be about Volata Cycles, a San Francisco based group of product designers, creatives and coders who are taking their extensive expertise to the cycling industry. With a R&D office in Milan, Italy, Volata Cycles is merging the creativity and heritage of Italian design with the innovative spirit of the Silicon Valley to get more people riding a bicycle as their primary means of transport.

    In short, Volata is creating a bicycle embedded with a 2.4″ app-based computer that will track your performance, give you the upcoming weather, assist you with turn-by-turn directions and is also equipped with front and rear lights to help you stay visible. The bicycle is also going be outfitted with a GPS-based anti-theft system which uses a motion detector to sense attempted thefts. The bicycle will then relay this information as well as a GPS location to the user.

    Pretty rad concept, right? Be sure to learn more at Volata Cycles and check out the press release below.

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  • Stateside

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    If you couldn’t tell from the lack of posts and content, I’ve been on a bit of a vacation. In the past, vacation to me has been a time to get a start on new projects and catch up on others that have been slightly neglected. This time around, I’ve been trying to relax as hard as possible and disconnect myself for a few weeks. I’ve been shooting film more than digital, reading books more than cruising the web and generally slowing things down while being home.

    Life in Shanghai can be hectic; the same goes for coming back to the states for a visit after living in China for two and a half years. For the past three weeks, I’ve been between Vermont and New Jersey just trying to take in the beauty surrounding me: nature, bicycles, skateboarding, yard work, chores and a plethora of other simple things I dearly miss as an expat in Shanghai. Anyway, just wanted to give a little update to you all and let you know I’m still alive.

    Hope everyone had a happy 4th and has been enjoying the summer riding!

  • The Athletic x Attaquer Bande de Filles

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    Although Bande de Filles has many meanings, “girl gang” or “band of women” defines their core value. Dedicated exclusively to women, this fresh collaborative release is no different. The kit features camo and polka dot patterns designed by Rachel Peck, combined with Attaquer’s ultra comfortable chamois and soft bib mesh which offer a lightweight, breathable, and stylish ride. Other highlights, such as the compression lycra, help fight muscle fatigue, while the silicon grippers and ergonomic design ensure a snug fit. The matching socks by The Athletic are designed with silver yarn technology to ensure your feet remain sweat and odor-free.

    Head on over to The Athletic x Attaquer and swoop!