The Onomichi-U2 Hotel A Cycling Destination 02/28/2015


U2_HotelOk it might be a once in a lifetime trip, but if you ever get the chance the Onomichi-U2 Hotel in Hiroshima looks pretty amazing, especially if you ride. Imagine a hotel where they welcome you riding right up to the reception desk to check in (instead of pretending that the large black box on wheels is a massage table or Trombone). Where they actively encourage you to hang your bike on the wall in your room (instead of balancing it on the small desk in the corner to make room). Where they provide service areas to do any traveling maintenance (instead of scrubbing the lube stains out of the carpet in your room). Such a place exists – coupled with amazing food and retail, Onomichi looks like a great destination. Right out the door is the Shimanami Kaido Bike Path, that takes a beautiful route across numerous bridges onto a network of islands out to Shikoku Island.

Onomichi-U2 Hotel

Categories: Design / Rides

Vulpine + Sir Chris Hoy 02/14/2015


Vulpine_HoyI have been following and wearing  Vulpine kit for a while – although I just wore a hole in my socks (over-use). They really pay attention to the details, and their fabric choices are always really good. The launch of the “Hoy” line with Sir Chris Hoy looks like a really nice brand extension for them. The kit selection is designed to stretch from commuting to racing, with my favorite being some of the commuting kit in the pictures above. Creating performance kit in such a flooded market (even with the Hoy name behind it) is a tough ask, but Vulpine seem to be absolutely nailing and owning casual and urban riding. Best of luck!

Categories: Design / Kit

This Leggero Gets Some Beautiful New Paint 01/10/2015


Condor_LegerroReally liking the new Condor JLT Team paint job on the excellent Leggero, With a new kit sponsor and lots of new riders it is a fresh start for the team in 2015. Best of luck! Can’t wait to get back to London to see this in the flesh and hopefully get to see the new SL version ridden by Christian House in Colorado.

Categories: Design / Rides

Mido Riding Boots From PEdAL ED 12/21/2014


MidoReally liking this new cycling boot from PEdAL ED. They are styled on a classic hiking boot design but with some bike specific modifications. A lowered back heel design allows for a smooth and comfortable pedaling action. A reinforced toe cap area gives some added protection when flicking the pedals. The heal also has a reflective strip built in for night time riding. The boot comes in four color choices and each color comes with a selection of three different lace colors. A contrasting color (like the blue laces above), a matching tone color (like the beige above) and some black reflective laces for night riding. All topped of with the excellent Vibram soles and hand made Italian leather by Diemme.

Categories: Design / Kit

Empire State 12/10/2014


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The Citibike Program has created a new genre of cyclist, and I am one of them, the “Spontaneous Commuter“. Like most New Yorkers riding in the city is conducted in the same way we walk, with our heads down.  Got to get somewhere, too busy to look up. Sometimes I think it is only the tourists that see what we miss everyday. On these newly discovered random rides I would find myself stopped at traffic lights, stretching my back and looking up. And there it was, not always, but enough to make me feel like I was constantly cycling around it. Sometimes it would appear at the turn of a corner like it had just exploded out of the ground in front of me. Other times, just visible, nudging itself in between buildings as if it was looking for me. From every neighborhood west, east, north and South, Manhattan to Brooklyn, it was nearly always there. The islands spindle, that we all spun around. Now when I ride I find myself looking for it. Now it has become a reason to ride and a reason to look up. Empire.

The full photo essay is here.

Categories: Design

The ALM Saddle By Fabric 02/03/2015


FabricI haven’t seen the ALM saddle from Fabric in the flesh yet, but they look stunning. They have altered the basic design to push the rails further to the edge of the saddle creating what they call a “Leaf Spring” effect to help suck up road vibration. Love the buffalo etched cover. Gorgeous finishing.

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Favorite Bikes Of 2014: Mosaic RS-1 12/30/2014


mosaicThis beautiful Mosaic RS-1 was put together by Above Category in California. Anyone that has concerns that a steel bike just can’t get light enough should have those concerns put to rest here. Mosaic have hit the perfect balance of keeping the ride quality of steel, and making a frame that can be built up light enough to be a climbing bike – Mosaic’s do come from Colorado after all. Chad and the team at AC have had this frame built up to be sitting between 13lbs – 14lbs, and that is not with any stupid light carbon parts – it was still an everyday ride. The frames come standard with the well respected Enve fork and Chris King headset. The frame geometry is custom as is also the bottom bracket. The AC builds are always beautifully spec’d and finished and I think this one has to be one of my favorites.

Categories: Design / Rides

Prints By Victory Chimp 12/10/2014


victorychimpReally liking these prints by Victory Chimp from Belfast (our hometown!). The top one is a hand-pulled single color screen print inspired by John Boyd Dunlop, inventor of the modern bike tyre, also born in Belfast. The bottom one is of our favorite rider Fausto Coppi, a Giclee print on a colored stock. Ryan is a rider like ourselves who  gets his thinking done in the saddle, “dreamed up on the roadside and worked out in the studio”. Both prints are released in editions of 50 and still available. Would make a nice Christmas present for someone…

Victory Chimp

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A Stunning Cinelli Supercorsa Pista In Pink 12/07/2014


CinelliSometimes to get a bike this perfect, and this bike really is perfect in every aspect, it takes a really long time. In this case three years. The frames are custom made in Italy by Cinelli and the design and paint was created by Ignazio Lacitignola, a designer from San Franciso. The build list is pretty impressive. A classic Cinelli alloy cockpit. The drive train is Campy Record Pista originally designed for the velodrome and now found on classic street builds like this beauty. Laced up to the Campy hubs are some polished H-Plus Son rims. As you would expect with a build of this quality it is going to hit your wallet pretty hard at $5250. But if you are looking for something that stands out this is a good place to start.

Molletta Design.

Categories: Classic / Design / Rides