Never Mix Colors With Whites 01/21/2011
Looks like Kenny put the green socks in the whites wash again.
These are the first of some cleaned up shots taken at the Ghisallo Museum Of Cycling this summer. Great design and color combination from the days when we didn’t have to cover jerseys with sponsorship, unfortunately necessary for today’s kits. I would wear that Legnano jersey down the coffee shop after a ride.
Loving this multi-tool from Lezyne, it has everything you will need out on the road all weighing in at around 100g. It contains a Phillips screwdriver, T25 wrench, 2/3/4/5/6/8/mm Allen wrenches, a chain breaker, a Mavic splined spoke wrench, and two square-size spoke wrenches. The tool is beautifully finished and just feels like something you are going to have for life. Made by the same people that are behind the Truvativ brand, pretty much all the products I saw on their stand at Interbike bring the same style and quality. You can pick one up at Performance Bikes for $29.99.
Photos by Emiliano Grando and Bjorn Wallander
It is hard to find the perfect pair of shorts. They tend to be too baggy or too long, and never seem to be comfortable enough to ride in if you are just heading out and about. Also compounded by the fact that the more you wear them, the worse they look. I have never been one for different shorts for different occasions, except for racing. So last weekend prompted by our new riding buddy and photographer Emiliano, and seeing some of Outliers clothes around the studio I headed over to Williamsburg to see for myself what looked like some really well made clothes. Sometimes when you pick up a product or a piece of clothing you know instantly two things, 1) you are going to buy it without asking the price, and 2) you will regret not buying two. Outliers Summer Shorts are such a product. But if there was any doubt I was hooked by the “water demonstration“. When placing the shorts on a table Abe proceeded to pour a bottle of water over them, only to see the water bubble and run straight off the shorts. Yes my friends these shorts are water repellent. Sold!
The shorts are made here in New York with an imported Swiss technical fabric called Schoeller Dryskin Extreme. As mentioned they repel water incredibly well and when saturated will dry in 15 – 20 minutes. The 4-season fabric has a little elasticity to it (a four-way stretch) that makes them very comfortable to wear. The cut is pretty much perfect. They sit just above the knee making them perfect for riding and evening out your cycling tan. They have a stylish rear pocket design that remind of a well cut pair of Paul Smith trousers, and mesh front pockets that if you get a soaking will breath and dry quickly. I tried them on in the shop and walked out wearing them and have been wearing them for the 5 days since, even after spilling my Stumptown coffee on them which wiped straight off. I think I am going to be wearing these for most of the summer. A great company run by a great bunch of guys who love riding of all types and want to contribute some quality enduring products to the bike community.
With a fixed gear bike being so stripped down and functional it is hard sometimes to see where you can get a little bit of personality on your ride. Molletta Design from Las Vegas (yes they ride down there even after Interbike has gone) offer you two handcrafted and beautiful options. One is a little more practical, and the other is designed to get a smile down the coffee shop, or from the girl that pulls up next to you at the lights. The “BiciBand” (above) comes in a choice of 14 colors, yes that is 14, with enough choice to match the most fickle of color schemes (the pink being our favorite). As Ignazio of Molletta says, “They are designed to keep you and your bike close together, just like peas and carrots”. They are so confident in what they have made they are offering a 365-day return policy. The second character-building accessory for your ride is the “BikeStache” below. What is there to say…they have the ability to render the most serious looking rider helpless.
If I had been wearing this t-shirt in Italy this summer I am afraid that I may have been a little humbled. “You are not as fast as you look” is great when you are sitting having a coffee, but I found out the hard way that mostly everyone who looked fast in Italy, was in fact as fast as they looked. Although you can’t pass up an opportunity to taunt anyone decked out in white Lycra from head to toe. If you are interested in acquiring one of these rider taunting t-shirts you can get them at Free Bird Velo’s shop on Etsy.
Due in this week, we add a new addition to the Elcyclista kit. Already looking forward to the Spring, we are adding a lightweight wind vest to the collection. We kept the look within the same design system as the rest of the kit, so it all fits together perfectly. We went with a mostly black design to make dealing with wheel splatter a little easier to keep clean. We expect delivery this week and I think they will go pretty quickly, so if you are interested make sure to drop us an email at email@example.com with sizing details. We will post photos of the actual vest when we have it in our hands, technical details and the price.
I am off to Interbike tomorrow, and as a trade show virgin, saying I am excited would be an understatement indeed. I have been following the output from Eurobike pretty closely, but have held off on any commenting as I know I am going to see a lot of this stuff in the flesh. So below is my 10 pre-show things I am looking forward to seeing most. Lets see if they are the same when I emerge at the other side on Friday. I will be posting from there, and photographing the lot. You know me, there will be a LOT of images. If any off you reading this are attending drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and lets meet for a drink or three. It would be rude not to, it is the end of the season after all.
1. Ritte Racing’s Boseberg, in the flesh
2. All things Moots
3. The Colnago C59, looks nice in the pictures
4. The Specialized 2011 SL3
5. Mavic all things Mavic. Love mavic…
6. The new Reynolds wheels
7. The CX race
8. Milani Cycles
9. The AX Lightness frame, is it ridable?
10. The Van Nicholas’s Astraeus
Above 1: Taking some sun on the Ghisallo ferry post ride.
Above 2: Topping up in the camper on Lake Como.
Above 1: Brad got a flat on Riverside Drive.
Above 2: On River Road, the weekly climb.
Above: Anwen sneaks a peak at the Tour, She likes Andy.