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  • Islabikes Launches Pro Series Premium Children’s Bikes

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    Man, these aren’t your everyday kid’s bikes that’s for sure. While I don’t have any kids myself and don’t plan to, I can definitely appreciate that the folks at Islabikes are doing. I’m happy to share the release of the Islabikes Pro Series range with you all.

    When I was a youth, the first bike I got that really had a pivotal effect on me was the Gary Fisher Joshua 24″. I was already obsessed with riding before getting this bike, but the Joshua was what inevitably led me to my first job at a bike shop.

    You see, I rode the piss out of that bike and eventually broke the rear triangle. When I broke it, I remember taking it to the local shop and figuring they’d just order me a replacement rear triangle. Well, this wasn’t the case…they were actually able to set me up with a 100% brand-new complete bike! I couldn’t have been more excited and was lucky enough to get a job at that bike shop the week after my 14th birthday.

    Anyway, this post isn’t about me, it’s about the Islabikes Pro Series for children. I guess what I’m getting at is this: kids remember the bikes of their youth, regardless of how rad or not rad they are. If your kid has that twinkle in his/her eye and is destined to shred for life, have a look at the latest from Islabikes! They’re definitely not “cheap”, but you can tell the quality is there.

    Get a closer look at their offerings below.
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  • State Bicycle Co. Megalith Fat Bikes

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    If you’re like many folks out there who toy with the idea of joining the fat bike wave, but balk at the barrier of entry (price), then these new fatties from State Bicycle Co might just push you further embrace the N+1 mindset we all know so well. What I’m saying is, these are priced to leave you some leftover cash while still being highly shreddable. If you don’t already have a fat bike, then the Megalith Fat Bike would make a great first.

    Available in two colors and either configured as a singlespeed or 1×8 drivetrain, these steeds can be yours for  $699 for the singlespeed or $829 for the 8 speed.

    More info over at State Bicycle Co.

  • 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” »

  • Necessities: My Cetma 5-Rail Front Rack

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    If there’s one piece of equipment that’s really changed my bicycle’s capabilities, it’s the 5 Rail Front Rack from Cetma. Since adding one to my Factory Five F550 about a year ago, I can confidently say that my life has improved; especially  when it comes to grocery shopping and heading out on skate missions. I spend 3-4 days a week out skating and filming, getting the worst back pains from carrying a heavy camera bag all day while skating. Since getting myself a Cetma rack, I’ll now simply strap my board and Chrome Niko bag to the rack using bungee cords and roll from spot to spot. Not only is my back much happier, I arrive at each spot with a head start on warming up. I also no longer have to deal with dragging all my gear through the metro.

    With summer right around the corner, the 5-rail rack will be getting even more use. During the winter months, I don’t really mind carrying a backpack as it keeps me a bit warmer. Though in the warmer weather, my stance on backpacks is the opposite; I avoid them at all costs even though I end up carrying the same amount of gear. When you’re already getting sweaty from riding the last thing you want is extra weight and sweat on your back. The solution? Strap whatever you’re carrying to the rack and cruise in comfort!

    The Cetma 5-Rail is a breeze to install and remove as well. In the time it takes to change a tube, you can either install or remove your rack…though I just keep mine on at all times. If your main ride is lacking cargo carrying capabilities and don’t want to go the pannier/rack route (or your frame is lacking the eyelets), then you should take a good look at the offerings from Cetma.

  • 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.