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  • Brooks x Vault by Vans: Superior Craftsmanship Meets Southwestern Design

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    It’s been a big year for two great brands. Brooks England teamed up with Taka Hayahsi’s Vault by Vans in celebration of their respective 150th and 50th Year Anniversary’s. This unique collection of cycling saddles and footwear speaks to Brooks’ innovative and timeless designs while blending Vans’ American heritage with a nod to southwestern inspirations.

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    Spanning a relationship that dates back 10 years now, creative designer Taka Hayashi, has helped elevate some of the brands most revered silhouettes to new heights. His collaboration with Brooks England is a unique balance of two culturally rich brands and their respective monumental anniversaries. Both Vans and Brooks England share a commitment to quality, superior craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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    The Brooks x Vault by Vans partnership extends from footwear to a deluxe set of Brooks accessories; all of which feature laser-etched artwork and intricate detailing using slightly different techniques. The sneakers are designed using a laser etching process to maintain the detailed design work and craftsmanship. The Swift motif on the saddle is applied with a molded emboss plate, which is a very unique process.
  • Brooks England 150th Anniversary Book – The Brooks Compendium of Cycling Culture

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    I’m excited to share in celebration of Brooks England’s 150th Anniversary, the British household name and renowned cycling icon is releasing a unique book to mark this special occasion called, “The Brooks Compendium of Cycling Culture“.

    This is not a brand book or an overview of the company’s history. It celebrates and showcases the Brooks values and the culture which has been inspiring the brand, from leading industry creatives, who are as passionate about their work as they are about their cycling. The purpose of the book is to appeal not only to avid cyclists, but those who share similar core values to Brooks.

    With the help of contributing writers, artists,journalists, designers, photographers and illustrators (including Martin Parr, Sir Paul Smith, David Millar,George Marshall and Bella Bathurst), this book depicts Brooks’ unique and idiosyncratic view of the wide-ranging impact of the bicycle though unconventional, interesting, curious, short stories, and exquisite art and design.

  • ABUS Premium Helmet Line: Hyban & Urban-I v.2

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    You already know ABUS is one of the top dogs when it come to protecting your ride, and now they’ve set out to keep your head safe with a premium line of helmets.

    Born in Wetter, Germany, ABUS stands strong as Europe’s industry leader in commuter focused helmets. Committed to engineering innovative, high quality helmets since 1993, ABUS is proud to expand this fresh line to the U.S. With a mission to bring safety to recreational sports and everyday commuters, ABUS’s new line of helmets fuse rider safety and comfort into one innovative design.

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    Fist up is the Hyban – a high end performance helmet that’s ready for the day-to-day abuse of urban cycling and commuting. It’s got 18 massive vents to keep your dome cool and is even equipped with 180 degrees of reflectors and a high mounted rear-facing LED light.

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    Second, we have the Urban-I v.2 – a slightly more robust helmet made with commuters, city riders, touring cyclists and every day riders in mind.

    If you’re in the market for a new helmet or are looking for the perfect urban commuting helmet, I’d consider these new offerings from ABUS.

  • Cadence & 686 Insulator 3L Jacket

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    The crummy weather is finally here. Depending on where you reside, you might have been dealing with freezing temperatures and rain for weeks now. Or perhaps you’re from one of those areas where “winter” and “jacket” aren’t parts of your regular vocabulary; if that’s the case, then feel free to skip over this and try not to rub it in so much next time we talk.

    Still here? Good, then you’ll appreciate the latest from Cadence: the Cadence & 686 Kenton Insulator and Ericson 3L rain jacket.

    I’ve had a handful of rain jackets in my day and while some of them have been quite waterproof, more often than not they still need an extra layer underneath to keep that body heat in. Sure, this isn’t really a big deal, but what about those days where it’s sunny and warm all day, but bone-chilling once that sun sets? Enter the Cadence & 686 jacket.

  • New From Silca: T-Handle Folio & Tattico Mini-Pump

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    Just in time for those wintertime projects and training rides, SILCA drops the T-Handle Folio and Tattico Mini-Pump. TheT-Handle Folio hex set and the Tattico Mini-Pump are part of an early teaser to SILCA’s 2017 line of products. The Tattico & T-Handle Folio hold true to the SILCA brand, which is celebrated by cycling enthusiast that demand high-quality, dependable, and beautiful products.

    The sliding T-Handle Folio is an essential hex set for the pro-mechanic’s toolbox. These tools combine fully forged single piece main bodies with sliding, oversized cross members featuring end stops. The T-Handles includes 3 position sliding cross bars allowing the tool to quickly move from high speed spinning to high leverage. Unlike traditional sliding T’s, these also detent in the center for greater control when spinning fasteners in or out at high speeds.
    The kit contains 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10mm and T25, T30 T-Handles in a hand-sewn waxed canvas folio bag for easy transport and storage. The 8mm has been specifically optimized for Pedal installation and removal, reducing overhang to an absolute minimum. The 10mm is designed for the Campagnolo Ultra-Torque BB bolt, with perfectly sized cross-bar length, as well as the addition of hard stops to prevent the fastener from freely sliding down the length of the tool during install
    The T-Handle Folio Bag is made from 12 oz. Waxed Duck Canvas, computer quilted with premium reflective thread in the classic SILCA diamond knurl pattern, paired with ripstop nylon and ultra-grippy designed for easy transport, and securely drapes over and fastens to any horizontal element such as a top-tube, bike stand, work stand, car door, etc.
    T-Handle Folio Features: -2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10mm Hex Sliding T-Handle Tools
    -T25, T30 Torx® Sliding T-Handle Tools
    -T-Handle Premio Waxed Canvas Bag

    MSRP: $ 185.00

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    The Tattico Mini-Pump is designed to be large enough to work well, while being small enough in footprint that it can nearly disappear alongside a bottle cage on your high end bike; The Tattico is also the first SILCA portable pump since the 1950’s to use a hose. Cleverly positioned within the inner barrel where it is able to slide in and out of the end of the pump without being removed or having to thread in place allowing maximum air volume per stroke. The hose attaches with a compression gasket activated by a small aluminum lever.  In classic SILCA fashion, the compression gasket it reversible for Presta or Schrader. The Tattico fits comfortably in a pocket or mounted in its carbon reinforced clip under your bottle cage.

    Tattico Mini-Pump Features: 6061 Alloy barrel and gripping surfaces. -High efficiency piston design. -Long extractable filler hose with locking presta/schrader chuck. -100psi -9-1/2” length -Includes direct-mount bracket with retaining strap. -Beautiful matte black finish -Full aluminum exterior construction

    MSRP: $55.00

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    Related:

    SILCA HX1 Tool Drive Kit with Wood Box

    SILCA Tubless Valve Kits

     

  • North St. Bags Introduces The Morrison – A Waterproof Pannier & Backpack

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    If you’re a bicycle commuter using panniers day-to-day, you’re probably well-aware of their convenience on the bike and the often-forgotten inconvenience off the bike. Panniers are great, but many of them are only designed to sit on your rack and not function as a standalone bag. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are some out there that can also function as a backpack, but the latest pannier/backpack release from North St. Bags nails it.

    I’d like to plug The Morrison waterproof pannier / backpack combo from North St. Bags. Made-to-order from Portland, OR, this pannier/backpack combo is just as at home on your rack or your back. From $189 and up,  you’ll get a handmade CORDURA pannier that doubles as a backpack with a lifetime warranty; pretty good if you ask me.

     

  • 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.