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  • Bishop Classic Road Bike

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    photos by Keith Trotta

    I’ve been staring at this bike right here for far too long; that tends to happen when I see new work from Chris Bishop. Like all of the builds you’ll see from Bishop Bikes, this road bike is elegantly finished and full of subtle details, making it easy to get “lost in fixation”.  Make sure to have a look at the details on this beauty below, and check out this bike’s story in pictures over at the Bishop Flickr.

    -Brian

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  • Chef’s Skate Plaza Vermont – Blotto Photto

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    If you’ve ever been to Vermont and know a thing or two about skateboarding, you’re familiar with the scarcity of skate spots. Between the brutal winters and the topography of the city, you’re pretty hard-pressed to find a decent plaza to skate, let alone some smooth concrete.

    Chef, a lifelong skateboarder and construction extraordinaire, built a little skate plaza just south of Burlington about 7 years ago. This summer a bunch of my buddies back home took a few trips to skate Chef’s plaza and Blotto went along to document the sessions.

    Blotto also wrote a pretty solid piece over at Manfrotto, so you’ll have to head over there to see more photos of this plaza and get the scoop. While you’re at it, make sure to have a look at some of Blotto’s photos.

  • Macneil Borato V2 – Duncan’s Dinosaurs

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    This is absolutely killer. Not only is every little piece on this Macneil Borato V2 stripped, modified or customized in some way, the custom paint/decal job is out of this world. Each dinosaur was cut out of a water-transfer decal and the headbadge was custom designed and CNC milled out of copper.

    Head on over to Vital BMX for the rest of the photos and specs!

    -Brian

  • The Starmac – #MADERADBYTONY

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    Photo: Carson Blume Photography

    This is superb. Here’s a 2015 Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc, custom painted by Tony Baumann. He spent over 30 hours on this bike between the prepping, decaling and painting; my oh my is it insane.

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    If you’re looking to get some custom paint like this, shoot Tony an email.

    -Brian

  • Brooklyn Machine Works – Gangsta Track

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    photos: Kim Heikkinen

    This is one fine looking Gangsta Track. I’ve always wanted a Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta Track, and still do. It’s bare bones, has solid tire-clearance and like most bikes, looks better the more you thrash it. The orange is also very becoming…

    Be sure to check out more of Kim’s photos on Flickr and more of this Gangsta Track below.

    -Brian

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  • New Fourstar Clothing

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    First off, sorry things have been sorta dormant over here. As you may know, I work quite a bit and have been doing a bunch of freelancing and side gigs…so spare time has been sparse.

    Anyway, I’ve been helping the homies out over at SkateHere.com with a few things, one of which is wearing new gear and trying not to look super awkward. Here’s a couple shots of the new Fourstar Clothing line for this fall that we shot last week. I haven’t owned anything from Fourstar in ages, but damn…this stuff is very very nice.  If you want to see more or get your hands on some Fourstar gear in China, head on over to Skate Here.

    -Brian

  • Salsa Mukluk Ti Fat Bike

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    If there’s one thing that makes me homesick, it’s seeing a happy bike like this Salsa Mukluk Ti out in its natural habitat. I may have sold my fat bike a while back, but that doesn’t mean I’m already scheming to build another in the future. It probably won’t be as blingin’ as this one, but seeing this Mukluk sure is inspiring.

    XTR bits, brakes and rotors, MRP carbon fork and a set of Hope Fatsno hubs help to step-up an already outstanding rig. Big ups to Cycles In Life on the upgrades!

    -Brian

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  • #Out_Riding_Around – Shanghai

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    Even though skating is one of the main reasons I’m in Shanghai, I’m still finding time to get on the bike everyday. Whether it’s simply commuting and running errands or a 50-mile weekend exploration mission, I’m really getting to know this city thanks to my bike. While the riding here isn’t ideal, there are still parts of the city where I can get into a rhythm and mash away for a bit. I cherish these zones. You’ll also find many side streets and alleyways, prime for wandering at a slightly-faster-than-walking pace and taking in the city’s rich culture. This past Sunday was the perfect day to wander. John and I cruised around Old Town and hunted spots all afternoon yesterday.

    -Brian

  • Hong Kong Holiday

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    I’m definitely a little late on posting these photos, but a few weeks ago I took a little last-minute solo journey to check out Hong Kong. Being so busy all summer long, I managed to take a week off before the fall (our super busy season) starts up and get out of Shanghai for a bit.

    After securing a fairly cheap round-trip flight and booking a room in Causeway Bay, I was only 48 hours away from one of my best 72-hour vacations to date. Most people who visit Hong Kong for such a short period do so for visa renewals; I was just late on figuring out what to do with my week off. Oops, silly me. My trip was purely for pleasure.

    I wanted to do so much during my visit, but didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew. I had plans of checking out bike shops too but just ran out of time. Next visit, I’m definitely going to go see Brian at RDFX and hopefully find someone/somewhere to lend me a bike for a few days and get a real feel for the city. Though even just being in HK for 3 days, I managed to squeeze quite a bit in and even made a few new friends.

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  • I’ve been on vacation!

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    I just got back to Shanghai late last night after a quick 72-hour jaunt to Hong Kong. Seventy two hours isn’t even close to enough time for such a city, but then again, the trip was a last minute decision.

    I spent a lot of time wandering around, eating seafood, shooting photos and even got to skate for a couple hours. Here’s a photo of the city and bay from Victoria Peak. I plan on sorting through the mass of photos from my short trip this evening, so stay tuned for those in the coming days! Who else has been to Hong Kong? Any tips or ‘must-sees’ for my next visit?

    -Brian

  • My Factory Five F550 Track Bike

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    When I first found out that I was moving to Shanghai a little over 6 months ago, the first thing on my mind (other than the countless immaculate skate spots this city possesses) was “what am I going to do for a bike?” Bringing one of my bikes out wasn’t exactly an option, especially after only having two days notice as to when my flight was booked. Two days…48 hours notice before moving 8,000 miles away.

    My last two days in the states were spent scrambling to scrap some parts together to stash in my checked baggage. Knowing that Shanghai is completely flat, I decided I’d cut the hubs out of the wheels on my Gan Well Pro (tear tear) and start piecing together another track bike.

    Anyway, I’d heard of the guys at Factory Five through the WWW and after John Prolly paid them a visit a while back, I knew that I’d have to drop in and check them out. What a good call that was. I stopped in about month after landing, put a deposit down on a 56cm F550 and grabbed a few last minute items to complete the build. Once my frame arrived, I spent a couple hours in the shop meticulously piecing it together while enjoying a couple ice-cold Asahis.

    After not riding a bike for nearly a month-and-a-half, my ride home had me feeling like my 10-year old self; spinning out the 16” coaster BMX, grass stains on my jeans and ripping coaster brake skids. The frame fit me perfectly and had the most synergistic feel right out of the stand. Usually getting a bike this dialed takes a few tweaks after the initial build, but I really lucked out here. No measurements, no real fit adjustments needed.  Just a suitcase of random parts and solid 7005 series aluminum track frame.

    In terms of the parts and build, I took the Suzue Pro Max hubs I had and grabbed some 32h hard anodized H Plus Son Archetype rims, laced them up 3-cross and slapped some super cheap 23c tires on them. I usually don’t like to skimp on tires, but the cost of moving across the world had me on a bit of a budget. I picked up a track crankset from the guys at the shop and set it up with their signature Factory Five Lattice Chainring in hard ano. This chainring goes! It feels stiff as anything, is very very light and also looks amazing. On that crankset are a set of MKS pedals, Soma double cages and All City double straps.

    The only other piece I needed was a seat post. I somehow grabbed a 27.0 post from home, thinking it was a 27.2 and needed to find something reasonably priced. The shop had a swap meet one day and I lucked out by coming up on a Miche seatpost. Atop the post, I hung a nicely worn-in Fizik Arione saddle.

    For the cockpit, I brought over a 100mm Ritchey WCS 4 AXIS stem, a set of Truvativ mountain bars with a slight rise and a VP-Comp headset. Enough with the build though…

    This bike rips. It’s all you need here and nothing you don’t. As a big fan of aluminum bikes (most of the time), I knew what to expect with the F550. Stiff and responsive, yet not overly aggressive as far as track geometry goes. This was just what I needed; something that is equally at home either thrashing through traffic or moseying on over to the bar.

    I’ve been riding this for just about 5 months now and still feel as happy as the day I set it up. Sure, I miss riding road and mountain bikes, but having a city track bike in a place as wild as Shanghai has yet to get boring. Having a brakeless track bike here is akin to mountain biking, except the trees here are on gas scooters and have a mind of their own.

    I’m gonna stop rambling though and give the guys at Factory Five a strong shoutout. Thanks for everything dudes! Be sure to check out the rest of the Factory Five frames and other products. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an email or get at me on IG or Twitter. Check out the rest of the photos below!

    -Brian

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  • VANDEYK VDX Cyclocross Bikes

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    VANDEYK is always taking things to the next level and their latest cyclocross bike is no exception. While it’s still stupid hot here in Shanghai (and probably will be for the next two months), the rest of the world is preparing for summer to come to an end and for fall to begin. I can’t wait for it to cool down around here. Anyway, VANDEYK just sent some photos of the VDX, their brand new cyclocross machine, and it sure does look good.

    For the development of the VDX, VANDEYK partnered up with up with Cyclocross authority Crema Cycles around ex-professional racer Ken Bloomer. Being handbuilt (TIG welded) from a well-selected blend of Columbus Spirit and True Temper Platinum OX high-end steel tubing, the frame is the timeless and racy core of this mud machine. The creative approach for the graphic design work is built around the “X” as a central theme, which is translated into the VANDEYK signature ‘machine code’ on the top tube and fork legs. Options include a Cantilever or Disc brake version, both built around the stellar carbon fiber forks from our friends over at ENVE Composites. Head tube options are 44mm or a more classic 1 1/8″ version. As usual at VANDEYK, the paintwork is executed in highest-grade liquid paint. The VDX is available as frameset including frame and fork.

    Be sure to check out this beautiful bicycle in full detail below and also head over to the VANDEYK website for more info.

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    -Brian

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