All posts by Brian

  • Minneapolis – “The Bike Capital of America”


    GearJunkie.com just put this short together on why Minneapolis is the “Bike Capital of America”. While I’ve never had a chance to visit, a few friends of mine have moved there over the past couple years and I’ve heard nothing but great things. Whenever I decide to move back stateside, I’ll be taking a good look at Minneapolis…that’s for sure!

  • FREITAG F261 MAURICE & F262 JULIEN


    Tote bags are great. I use one almost every day. While being simple and elegant at heart, tote bags are super annoying if you’re moving any faster than a walking pace; i.e. cycling or skateboarding. This is where the FREITAG F261 MAURICE & F262 JULIEN comes in brilliantly. These totes are equipped with a third arm, allowing you to slip the dual handles over one shoulder and the third over the other. Ipso facto, you’ve now got a backpack. I can’t even stress how awkward carrying a tote is while riding a bike or skating around the city. Enjoy this short video while you think of how big a help Maurice & Julien could be.

  • Cannondale New Road – Slate Suspension All-Road Bike



    Canondale is taking a completely new path here and I couldn’t be more excited with where it’s leading. A couple days ago, they released this teaser titled “New Road. Clean Slate.” Next, John Watson at The Radavist posts a some photos of a quick ride upon Cannondale’s Slate All-Road bike.

    This bike isn’t a race bike, but that’s not to say it would have you hauling ass…you’ll just be doing so among an endless variety of surfaces. With 650b / 27.5 wheels, you can squeeze a 42mm tire in the frame and expect a spirited ride due to the equivalent 700×22 rollout of this combo. Toss in the 30mm Lefty fork and you’ve got yourself a rig to be reckoned with.

    Here’s part 1 & 2 of the Cannondale New Road. Major shout-out to my buddy Dave Devine! You’re killing it!

     

  • Cadence Diablo Wind Vest

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    Cadence is one of those brands that you can always count on for quality, stylish and most importantly, useful products. One of their latest products, the Diablo Wind Vest, is probably one of the more practical pieces to keep on hand during this time of year. Despite the fact that it’s nearly summertime, you and I both know that weather can be especially unpredictable; some days are scorchers and some leave you feeling like it’s early spring.

    This time of year is where a wind vest is of the essence. Stash one of these in your jersey pocket on those after work rides or toss it in your bag for your commute. Learn more about the Diablo Wind Vest from Cadence on their website! You can never go wrong with all black…

  • The Cinder Cone


    This right here is what I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. I’d always be building tree houses in the woods and skate ramps in the driveway, and here I am nearly 20 years later, still trying to do the same thing (No trees or driveways in Shanghai makes this difficult).

    During the spring of 2014, a group of close friends got together and started this project out in Skamania County, Washington. They’ve dubbed the multi-platform treehouse, wood-fired hot tub and skate  bowl as The Cinder Cone. It’s home to Foster Huntington, with one tree house being his home and the other, his studio. Some old friends of mine put helped film this short documentary (via Farm League), showing just what it takes to create paradise.

    Be sure to learn more about this year-long project by checking out Foster’s personal site: A Restless Transplant and help fund The Cinder Cone book on Kickstarter.

    Process photos below.

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  • Bishop Bikes Track Bike

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    I’m sure you’re no stranger to the amazing work of Chris Bishop. It’s been a while since one of his beautiful bicycles has graced the pages here, so here’s one of his latest works just in time for the warm weather.

    Get all the closeup details below and make sure to check out Bishop Bikes on Flickr.

    -Brian

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  • Brooklyn Skateboard Collector & Museum – Jenkem Magazine

    This guy is an instant legend. Eric Pinto, who lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn has completely covered his apartment with a museum-style chronology of skateboards…ranging from rail & coper-clad Vision boards to actual boards ridden by some of the most influential pros skateboarding has seen.

    Thanks go Jenkem Magazine for this story. Be sure to head on over to Jenkem and read the whole story and check out some more photos of this guys apartment (read: nerd cave).

    -Brian

  • Death Spray Custom: Deadly Sins Collection

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    If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’re well aware that I’m a huge fan of Death Spray Custom. I’ve always wanted to own a piece of his work. Hell, one time he was kind enough to sponsor the first installment of The Monster Mash and provide us with a custom-painted fork that I was forced to give to my roommate who happened to win the race that year. Yo Dan, if you’re reading this, I’m more than willing to buy that fork off you!

    Anyway, as you can imagine, getting your hands on some painted components from Adam isn’t exactly easy. Which is why he’s offering 7 uniquely painted forks for sale, for a limited time. Head on over to DSC and check out the Deadly Sins Collection! Here are a couple of my favorites so far.

    -Brian