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  • Introducing The Speedvagen OG-1

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    The Speedvagen OG-1 is finally available after being a work-in-progress for over a year. Sacha has been working hard to get the Speedvagen Ready-Made program dialed in and the OG-1 road bike is the first model to be added to that family. The OG1 is fully designed, built, painted and assembled in The Vanilla Workshop, bringing a new definition of handbuilt bicycle to the market.

    The Original Gangster OG1 is designed to be a minimalist, no-frills machine that’s bombproof and race-ready while still giving you a nice, smooth ride. You’ll be able to finally get your hands on a Speedvagen without such a long wait now! Their goal is to have the bike delivered to you within 2 weeks of ordering…wowzers.

    Here’s the nitty gritty:

    5 standard sizes ranging from 50 to 58 (50,52,54,56,58).
    2 iconic color options – Matte Army & Matte Lavender.
    Painted in house, utilizing Speedvagen Ghost graphics.
    Berzerker dropouts.
    Integrated seatmast.
    Super light custom drawn steel tubing. (Columbus and True Temper)
    Strategically placed stainless steel reinforcements.

    Componentry:

    Shimano Dura Ace mechanical shifters and rear derailleur.
    Shimano Ultegra front derailleur, cranks and brakes.
    Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels & tires.
    Fizik Antares saddle.
    PRO handlebar wrapped in Cinelli cork tape.
    Ritchey seatpost head & painted PRO PLT stem.
    Painted ENVE 2.0 road fork.

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  • Brooks England’s 150th Birthday Celebration: Dashing Bikes

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    This year, Brooks England is celebrating their 150th birthday…which is incredible if you ask my. There aren’t many companies in cycling that have been around that long, especially without changing too much.

    To celebrate their 150th anniversary, Brooks has teamed up with a number of bicycle builders from all over the world to work on their interpretation of “Brooks Bicycle”, creating a project called Dashing Bikes. These bicycles will be produced in limited numbers and sold worldwide.

    The theme uniting all these bicycles is “copper”. Copper is elegant, versatile and is almost synonymous with the Brooks name.

    Pictured here is a Canyon Bicycles commuter. Learn more about this project on the Brooks England Blog.

  • Affinity Anthem Track Bike

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    I’ve always been a fan of what the guys over at Affinity Cycles have been doing. Not only are they pushing track bikes and urban cycling, they also look out for their city, raising money for Rockaway Beach after the NYC storms alongside the Wu Tang Clan, sponsoring both local and national track racers and supporting the Red Hook Crit.

    I’m excited to share the Affinity Anthem track bike. It’s the latest bike from Affinity and it’s made in Brooklyn! A lot of heads were put together in the making of this frame…The design comes from Jason Gallacher of Affinity and is built by Thomas Callahan of Horse Cycles. All materials have been USA sourced as it’s composed of True Temper OX Platinum steel. The proprietary seat post wedge was co designed by Aaron Panone of 44rn. The paint was done in house by Ben Falcon paint works and is available in Bubble Gum Blue and Metal Grey.

    If you’re interested in one of these bad boys, head over to the Affinity Cycles Anthem page and be sure to checkout some detailed shots below.

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  • Bishop Mixte

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    If you’ve been hanging around these pages for a while, you know I’m a big geek for Chris Bishop’s work; road bikes, track bikes and now a mixte have graces these pages of this site. There is so much thought put into each frame and build. The attention to detail on everything he touches is remarkable.

    The latest build features Chris’s signature thin-filed lugs and tasteful paint, along with an Alfine setup and some choice components (the Moon Units fit perfectly).  Anyway, you’ll have to get a closer look at this mixte from Bishop Bikes below… Continue reading “Bishop Mixte” »

  • SRAM Omnium & Factory Five Lattice Chainring aka Omnilattice

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    When you’re in the market for a new chainring, it’s no doubt that there are number of worthy contenders: Sugino; 44rn; TA; Blackspire; FSA; you get the idea. Being out here in Shanghai, I’m really fond of the Factory Five Lattice Chainring. The lattice ring is designed and produced by the friends over at Factory Five, a Shanghai-based bike shop specializing in custom track bikes and components.

    Anyway, a couple months ago I replaced my entire drivetrain. I decided to throw on my second lattice ring and swap out my crankset for the SRAM Omniums. I also tossed on a gold Izumi chain for good measure. A few months of daily commuting and general riding later, I’m happy to report that all is well! The Omniums were noticeably (as expected) stiffer and the lattice chainring felt just as nice as my first one.

    If you want to see a bunch of other track bikes sporting the Omnilattice setup, head on over to Instagram and browse the #omnilattice tag.

  • Budnitz Bicycles: Summit To Sunset

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    I’ve always wanted to rip a fat bike down some corduroy. With the recent snowstorm that’s hit the east coast, a few friends of mine came together to realize the same dream that many of us share.

    Here’s a couple shots of Adam Morse ripping a Budnitz fat bike, shot by Dan Cardon. Be sure to head on over to Budnitz and check out the full photo series.

     

  • Moonmen Bikes #M01

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    This is one of the raddest “29+” mountain bikes that I’ve seen in a minute. The Moonmen #M01 is a a 29+ mountain bike that is built to shred while keeping things loose and fun. At first glance, I was reminded of SE Racing Bikes due to the Landing Gear’esque typeface and Moonriser handlebars.

    The M01 from Moonmen Bikes isn’t your typical singlespeed 29er – there’s a lot of extra-awesome going on here. At first glance, you might think the chain is tensioned using an eccentric bottom bracket, but after a closer look you’ll notice Moonmen’s proprietary Mension System. The Mension System uses a turnbuckle / bottle screw in the chainstays to expand or compress equally.

    Not only will Mension tension your chain, the system is also great as it allows you to break your frame down into smaller pieces, allowing you to remove the rear triangle for easy traveling.

    Make sure to have a better look at the #M01 below, and head on over to Moonmen Bikes for more mountain bike wizardry. While you’re at it, check them out on Instagram ’cause they’re really cooking up some amazing stuff.
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  • Ibis Trans-Fat Carbon Fat Bike

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    Now THIS is what I’m talking about! If you’ve been around the site for a while, you know I’m a fan of the fat bikes; had a Pug, a Neck Romancer and now I want this one. Ibis just announced a fat bike of their own, the Trans-Fat.

    Inspired by their Tranny 29 frame, they made an identical front triangle and fattened up the rear.

    Some key specs include:
    -A Carbon monocoque frame weighing in at 3.25 lbs
    -Compatible with both geared and singlespeed setups
    -You can run a Gates Carbon Belt Drive on it.

    If you’re into the Trans-Fat like I am, you better hurry ’cause they’ve only made limited quantities. More should be available in February.