Extreme Cyclo-Cross 11/23/2014
Categories: The Other Stuff
If you are are looking for something special, something very unique, and want to do some good in the process this is your chance. This limited edition Ritte Vlaanderen 125 Year Anniversary bike is up for auction on eBay. It is a one of one edition, there is no other bike like it. Designed and painted by Spencer over at Ritte, all the money from this auction is going to the World Bicycle Relief Fund. If you fancy your chances you can try here. But as expected it is attracting some serious buzz. It is already sitting at $4111.00, which considering the spec. and pedigree of this ride is a pretty reasonable price.
Above Category continue to curate and stock some of the best brands in the sport. Fitting with their beautiful new space is the addition of Argonaut frames. Also nice to see a bike that isn’t the classic black on black. It is hard to beat a beautiful white paint job (also nice with a fade off highlight color). Reminds me of one of my favorite frames, the white LOOK 595 ridden by Thor “The Good Of Thunder” and CA.
Upright Cyclist just keep bringing really nice looking and practical pieces for getting around town. Their latest piece is the Lakeshore Jacket, made from a Cordura Cotton shell by Artistic Milliners, the style sits somewhere between a classic Moto jacket and a workwear jacket. As with all of their products it is designed for riding, with nice touches like the classic “Coaches Collar” and Nylon inserts over the shoulders to make the fit comfortable on the bike.
Running brand Ashmei who I have been following for a while just made their first steps into the cycling world with a small but beautifully constructed range. Runners who use their kit always talk of the quality and fit of their products, and the construction using high end Merino. Their stand-out cycling piece for launch is a softshell jacket in two colors red and black. The jacket mixes a Merino around the back for breathability, and a fabric they developed themselves over the shoulders and front that is waterproof and windproof. It is not cheap at about $330, which firmly puts them in the Assos and Rapha category, so the construction has a lot to live up to. The detailing is really nice, with a key pocket and small pump pocket as some of the stand-out features. The brand practices a performance first philosophy over looks, so the designs are very minimal and unfussy. I expect they are going to feel really nice on when they go on sale in the Spring, definitely worth watching out for.
Leather and laces are well and truly back. My first ever pair of racing shoes (granted in black) are back on the market. The original shoe launched in 1976 by Celestino Vercelli is handmade in Biella, Italy and sports the original punched holes for ventilation.
Available at Always Riding
Just outside Eindhoven in the Netherlands designer Daan Roosegaarde has creates a 1 KM stretch of bike path inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night“. 50,000 small pebbles were coated in a luminescent material manufactured by Heijmans and then pressed into the bike path concrete. These pebbles essentially charge during the day in natural sunlight and glow in the dark after sundown. Summed up beautifully by the designer “Some people will come because they’re interested in safety and energy-friendly landscapes, others will come because they want to experience art and science”.
Well it was only a matter of time considering how much of a cycling nut he is. The new Paul Smith “531″ cycling line looks pretty nice. I am going to be in London next week so I will be making sure to stop by the shop on Floral Street to have a look in person. I expect the construction will be flawless as on all that Mr Smith makes and considering they are built using Swiss-made Schoeller fabrics I expect they are going to be both very practical and durable. More to come…