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  • A Long Afternoon With My Soma Saga 26″ Touring Bike

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    Being back in the states has been such a treat…it almost felt like I’d moved back for a minute. Tomorrow I’m heading back to Shanghai for who knows how long; it’s so weird that China now feels like home to me.

    Anyway, while stateside, I got to do a bunch of stuff that I can’t easily do over in Shanghai. One of those things is explore long gravel and dirt roads on my touring bike. My Soma Saga has been my trusty and reliable ride for everything from touring to weekend getaways to simply getting lost for an afternoon.

    It’s definitely one of my favorite bikes I’ve owned. It’s certainly not pretty, nor is it hung with super fancy parts. I built this bike up on a whim a few years back after realizing I had a bunch of spare bits, making for a good excuse to exercise the old n+1 theory.

    Check out some more shots below and see for yourself just how weird of a build this is.

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  • The Best Loaner Bike Ever: Budnitz No. 1 Rohloff

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    This is probably the best loaner bike I’ve ever ridden. I mean, as far as riding to the bar and putzing around Burlington for a week, this thing is like bringing a sub-machine gun to a knife fight.

    Most of the time I’m more than happy to be riding a friend’s beater; however, when your good friend and Culture Cycles OG cohort happens to work for a brand designing titanium, belt-driven city bikes, a beater ends up being a Rohloff-equipped city ripper.

    This bike goes! Sure, I’d ridden a handful of Budnitz Bicycles over the past couple years; I kind of knew what to expect. But, after exclusively riding an aluminum track bike for the last few months, having gears and a more forgiving titanium frame had me cheesing all week; and wheelying A LOT.

    Anyway, this isn’t meant to be a review, it’s more of a strong shoutout to Hunt and the homies back in Burlington. Thanks for the good times and hospitality! I’m already looking forward to getting back to the states and seeing everyone!

    Have a closer look at the best loaner bike ever below. If you were hoping for a review, check out the Budnitz 650b mountain bike I was shredding almost 2 years ago.

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  • The Hank Klunker Bike

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    Here’s a bike that’s guaranteed to get anyone stoked. Remember being a kid, wanting to go as fast as you possibly could, only to throw all your weight into the coaster brake to skid? Sometimes you’d come out unscathed, but more often (if you’re me), you’d end up with the #RubberSideUp. It didn’t matter how many times you ate it, you’d still pick that hunk of steel back up, throw your leg over it and pedal on. At least I did. I’d beat the living shit out of my coaster brake bikes, and that’s exactly what the guys at Hank Bike want you do to with their klunker-style, coaster brake mountain bike.

    This thing is engineered for good times and comes equipped with disc tabs, in case you get a bad idea like running it in a sanctioned mountain bike race. It’s also available in any color you want, as long as that color is raw steel or metallic purple.

    Six hundred and fifty B’s, a 73mm BB and the 1 1/8″ steerer will have you tracking like “Jay Springsteen on a handful of bennies.” Head over and say “what’s up” to Hank. If I were still living stateside, I’d already have one of these on the way.

  • Factory Five: Jeff’s Transcontinental Bike

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    Jeff over at Factory Five will be taking part in the Transcontinetnal Race (TCR) this year and just shared his setup on the F5 blog. The homies at F5 went all-in on this build, holding nothing back. Head over to to Factory Five and maybe you’ll get to check this beauty out in person! Since you’re most likely not in Shanghai, you’ll just have to head over to the Factory Five blog for a closer look.

  • Ellipsis Workshop – Deimantas Persuit

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    Calling this bike “wild” would be an epic understatement. During one of my big-wave internet surfing blackholes the other night, I came across the Flickr account for a Saint-Petersburg, Russia based framebuilder, known as Ellipsis Workshop. While so many bikes on the Ellipsis Flickr caught my eye, none had me thrown as the Deimantas album.

    This pursuit bike is constructed of Columbus megatubes and Columbus MAX tubes and features a custom steastay bridge and a suprematism paint scheme. Suprematism refers to a Russian art movement, loosely based around various geometric shapes, such as squares, circles, lines and rectangles; all painted in a set range of colors.

    Give this thing a better look below, and be sure to visit the Ellipsis Flickr for more.

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  • 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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  • Seoul Is A Ton of Fun

    seoul 20115-8 I’ve always wanted to visit Seoul; at least living in Asia for about 16 months now. Back in the states, I’d see the SEOUL GOT SOUL videos and get hyped, thinking it’d be cool to check out the city one day…not really expecting to actually get the chance to. Well, about two weeks ago I decided to join my buddy Alex as he was planning a trip to Seoul to renew his Chinese visa (in China, if you don’t have a work visa, you’re required to leave the country every 90 days).

    While the crux of the trip was getting Alex out of China for a few days, I’d say our secondary focal points included skating, bombing hills, drinking coffee and getting lost. I’m happy to say we did all of those.

    Photos & explanations below.

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