• Skateboarding in Rural South Africa


    I’ve said it so many times but skateboarding has been one of the most important things to me since I first stepped on a board. I’m at the point in my life where I’ve skated for more than half my life, and in that time the simple act has helped me make lifelong connections and brought me all over the world. I mean, the main reason I’m currently living in Shanghai is all thanks to skateboarding. I came here originally to help open an indoor skatepark in Shanghai and stuck around because of the people and relationships I’ve formed; again, all thanks to skateboarding (and cycling).

    National Geographic, along with Jess Colquhoun, put together this beautiful piece on the Indigo Skate Camp and its meaning to the Zulu Villagers of South Africa. You’ll see how the simple act is helping the youth learn and grow through the activity of skating. It follows them to their first contest, where the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the session.

    This is a must watch.

  • Streets of Chrome: John Cardiel


    Whenever I see anything Cardiel-related, I stop all that I’m doing and dive in. You’ve seen how hyped I get in the past over John Cardiel content, so when I caught the recent Streets of Chrome edit I put it on repeat and then realized how much I miss going mountain biking.

    Give this a watch, get inspired and once you’re done, get out there and shred.

    All Hail Cardiel.

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

     Morrison Backpack Pannier

    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.

     

  • Purple Paul Components

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    The 80’s are calling and Paul Components picked up the phone. I’m a real sucker for bright-colored, anodized components and if you are too, hurry up and get your paws on some of these purple Paul parts before they’re gone.

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  • State of Cadence Pulsar Giveaway – Ends October 12th

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    Hey hey hey everyone, I’m back. Last couple months have been wild – but more on that later. Right now, I just want to plug this Cadence & State Bicycle Co. contest that’s going on and ends on October 12th. If you want a chance at winning over $2500 worth of gear, then head on over here and enter!

    If you win, you’ll get:

    * State Bicycles Pulsar 29er MTB Frameset – $599
    * SRAM NX 1×11 Group – $310
    * Ritchey Logic Cockpit (Stem, Bars, Seatpost) – $250
    * Ritchey Logic Wheelset – $450
    * State Bicycle x Road Runner SED Hydration Pack – $120
    * Bell Zephyr Helmet – $230
    * Ergon MTB Saddle – $99
    * Ergon Grips – $32
    * Cadence Pulsar Kit – $315
    * Cadence Pulsar Cap – $32
    * Cadence Gloves/Bottles/Socks – $86

  • 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.

  • Celebrating The 150th Anniversary of the Bicycle Patent at Sheldon Museum

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    Here’s something everyone can enjoy, especially those of you in Vermont! My good friend and former boss, Glean Eames, is showing some of his unrivaled collection of velocipedes & boneshakers at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the bicycle patent. This is one of those events that you just can’t miss if you’re in Vermont (or the surrounding states).

    Even if you’re not much of a cyclist or lover of history, this exhibit will speak volumes to just how much the bicycle has progressed in the last 150 years. Each of these bicycles has its own backstory, with many of them being intricately designed by highly-skilled 19th-century metallurgists, possibly seen as forerunners to mid-20th century abstract-expressionist sculptors. Glenn describes the bikes as “sculpture you can ride”.

    Many of you know Glenn already, but for those that don’t, he’s well known for his unrivaled collection of classic and antique bicycles, as well opening The Old Spokes Home back in 2000. Of the 26 models on display at the Sheldon Museum, 23 of them belong to Glenn. If you get a chance, you should also check out his bicycle museum upstairs at Old Spokes.

    I really wish I’d stayed stateside a couple extra weeks to check this show out! There will be a reception for the show on Thursday, June 23 from 5-7 PM – so mark those calendars. The exhibit will run from June 21 to Oct. 16.

    Thank you to Hunt for the heads up on this one. For more information, check out Seven Days and the Burlington Free Press.