A New Bucket List Ride: Route 24 Colorado 08/27/2014


Battle_MountainThe stunning Route 24 in Colorado to Leadville captured here.

Route 24 is one of those roads you end up taking when you decide to ignore the GPS for a day. A road that looked interesting on the map, made up of lots of twisting bends and rapid elevation gains. It is labeled one of Americas Scenic Byways, “Top Of The Rockies”, usually a good sign that you are in for a spectacular ride. I found the weather in the Rockies some of the hardest to read anywhere I have traveled. It can go from blistering sun, to thunderstorms and rain, to windy cold descents all within and an hour, weather that makes for great shots but difficult riding. Climbing starts at the town of Minturn, a charming one street town, the home of Weston Snowboards. You enter Main Street after passing through some beautiful rolling meadows before heading towards Cooper Mountain Ski Resort and the road up to Battle Mountain. First climbing gradually, and then steeply, as you pass an old abandoned mining town and the mountain community of Red Cliff as you pass over a bridge and it lies beneath you in the gorge. The road up is quiet and holds a steady grade, but the air is thin making the climbing tough. You top out as you round the bend at the entrance to Cooper Mountain Resort at 10,500ft one of the oldest ski resorts in Colorado, and you pass over the Continental Divide at Tennessee Pass the dividing line between the San Isabel National Forest and the The White River National Forest. The descent down the other side rivals most of the Alpine climbs before you roll out onto a massive flat open plain stacked on both sides with snow capped peaks and Galena Mountain. From there you roll straight on towards Leadville, one of Americas most famous mountain bike communities and the home of America’s Hall Of Fame for mining.

Categories: The Other Stuff

NYC To GSC By Search And State 08/02/2014


SearchAndStateA really nice project from Search And State here in NYC. In June 2014, they brought Joseph Holway to New York City to deliver their fist S2R Performance Jersey from their sewing room in Manhattan to The Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles – by bike.  Joseph did the 3,000 mile journey to LA in 21 days all by himself and completely unsupported.  Here is a really nice documentary of his journey.

Categories: Routes

The Q36.5 L1 Gillet In Black And Camo 07/27/2014


gilletSometimes a piece of kit comes along that is just so perfect that you know it might be the last time you need to buy that particular item again – in this case I think I have my last Gillet. Chad at Above Category introduced me to Q36.5 performance wear from Italy. Living where Luigi Bergamo the founder does, at the bottom of the Dolomite,s he tends to be in close proximity with some of the best technical fabric makers in the world. Here he is able to have them develop fabric that is only used in the Q36.5 Collection. Luigi’s general design philosophy is keep his pieces as close to one piece as possible, with minimal use of panels, keeping a snug and aerodynamic fit. One thing you will notice about Q36.5 products is the surprise you get when you pick them up. They are incredibly light. I mean really noticeably light. This is mostly due to the fabrics they have commissioned that offer good protection and comfort but still let them construct a beautiful super light product. The best example of this is in their socks – they weigh about half the weight of a normal pair of performance socks – I am telling you this not as a weight saving that is going to make you go faster – it is just pretty incredible. It does help a lot in making you feel comfortable. The name Q36.5 comes from the optimal body temperature of a healthy body (Quaerere 36.5˚). A very cool new brand that I can only imagine are going to keep on improving and developing some of the best performance kit out there.

Available in the US through Above Category.

Categories: Design / Kit

Fix Your Bike By Tagmi


Tagmi_graphicsCertainly cheaper than a strip down and re-paint this is a nice way to freshen up your ride. The Tagmi Fix Your Bike adhesive kits contain seven individual pieces printed on polymeric film, that can withstand water and UV rays. The designs can last up to five years and come in 40 designs that range from the beautiful geometric to the bizarre, where you can have Ants marching all over your bike while you ride. The beauty of the product is that if you get tired of the look all you need is a hairdryer to remove the stickers and they won’t leave any residue behind on your frame.

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Categories: Design / Rides

Training Is Basically An Act Of Faith 07/27/2014


training_t-shirtWe have a new t-shirt at the printers in honor of legendary coach Franz Stampfl. The coach behind Roger Bannister and his four minute mile, he was probably one of the first legendary coaches. Renowned for strict training methods and an eccentric personality. Once spotted washing his car trackside during an athletics meet wearing only Speedos, he was the first of a breed. The coach who introduced the concept of “Interval Training” that we all suffer by week-in-week out. As someone who originally trained as an art student it is not surprising that he once said “ ”I sometimes think that my ideal athlete would have the mind of a poet. He would be a man with rich imagination, capable of intensely feeling physical, mental and spiritual emotions.” He had an incredible ability to get into the heads of his athletes and make them feel like the had the ability to beat anyone in the world. We should have the t-shirt in a few weeks.

Categories: Design / Kit

The Clybourn Shirt By Upright


Upright_ClybournUpright make clothing that looks great off the bike and is designed to work beautifully on the bike. Their latest piece is the Clybourn shirt, made using a cotton, nylon and spandex fabric with a raised embroidered Chambray pattern. Also a nice little touch in the back where the Upright brand mark becomes a reflective label.

Available here

Categories: Design / Kit