NEW // Speedvagen Goodies

Vanilla_Soft_Goods_ICNY_T_1“The Speedvagen Money Truck is our cyclocross team vehicle. It is at once intimidating and silly as it rumbles down the road, unicorn shield emblazoned on the massive crash guard. Here we’ve partnered with ICNY, purveyors of all things reflective, to feature it in full 3M reflectivity that lights up super bright in headlights from twilight to dawn, big enough to scare the wits out of oncoming cars. By day it’s a rad looking casual tee for all your around town errands or just hanging out.

Limited Edition of 50!

  • 3M Reflective Sleeve Printing
  • Wash Inside-Out / Dry Low
  • 5.5 oz / 50/50 Cotton Poly Pre-Shrunk T-Shirt

Photos by Bob Huff Photo”

Speedvagen Gloves“We designed the Speedvagen Family Racing team gloves with our sponsor Giro to be the perfect compliment to the team kit. The reaction to them was so popular that we decided to make them available to the public as a limited release.

Using Giros DND glove we added Speedvagen to the grippers on the index fingers of the race red palms. Blue and white racing stripes wrap from the outside of the palm into a large Speedvagen shield in Vanilla blue.

When they’re gone, they’re gone.

PALM:

Super Fit™ design with three-panel palm for a tailored fit; Clarino™ synthetic leather for durability

UPPER:

Moisture-wicking, 4-way stretch breathable mesh; Reinforced fingertips for hard-wearing durability; Flex zones at the knuckles enhance articulation

PADDING:

2mm EVA crash pad distributes impact energy

FEATURES:

Highly absorbent wiping surface; Simple, slip-on design; Silicone fingertip print provides enhanced grip”

The Vanilla Workshop popping out some solid goods for your purchasing pleasure. Head over to their shop and check out more.

Argonaut Partners With Above Category

Argonaut / Above Category from Argonaut Cycles on Vimeo.

So… this is pretty rad! The Above Category colorway is sick!

argonautstudio1IMG_4964IMG_4976Press Release:

Argonaut Cycles is proud to announce a new relationship with Above Category in Sausalito CA. As Argonaut continues to grow as a custom carbon fiber specialist, it’s important that consumers have access to the brand. Ordering a custom bike can be a daunting process, and Above Category’s entire goal is to break this barrier down.

To celebrate the partnership Argonaut and Above Category commissioned Brian Vernor to make a short film spotlighting both brands and their dedication to the custom market. Ben Farver, owner of Argonaut Cycles said, “Chad and the Above Category staff are committed to putting customers on their dream bikes. It’s a perfect fit for Argonaut, and we are proud to be in such great company.”

Above Category owner Chad Nordwall commented, “Our loyalty to the products we believe in has led to deep relationships with their creators. This personal connection with the people at Baum, Mosaic, Pegoretti, Pinarello, Q36.5, Campagnolo, Zipp and now Argonaut, allows an unparalleled level of insight and service.”

About Argonaut Cycles: Ben Farver of Argonaut started making steel frames in Portland OR in 2007. In 2010 Farver switched materials and began building custom carbon fiber frames made by hand in the USA. Argonaut controls every step of the process making the tooling, as well as the frame parts themselves in the USA. Argonaut recently won Best In Show at NAHBS, (North American Hand Built Bicycle Show) becoming the first carbon builder to receive this prestigious award.

About Above Category: Chad Nordwall established Above Category, almost 10 years ago, to share the very best in Cycling, Performance and Design. Located in Sausalito, California with a world wide customer base, they offer cyclists a select range of superlative cycling products with which they have first-hand, intimate and extensive experience. After pushing products to their limits, they are loyal to only products that are the finest in their class and provide customers with unmatched understanding, knowledge and service.

Above Category inquiries should contact matt@abovecategorycycling.com

Chad’s Argonaut Spec List:

  • Campagnolo Record 2015 Groupset with with standard (36-52) crank and 11-25 cassette
  • Campagnolo Bora 50 Tubular wheelset
  • Chris King I8 headset
  • Fi’zi:k Cyrano 00 bar
  • Fi’zi:k Cyrano R1 Seatpost
  • Fi’zi:k Arione R1 seat with braided carbon rails
  • Continental Competition 25 tires
  • Speedplay Titanium pedals

I Got To Hang With Jake Tong

Jake TongBent up1Jake and I meet last year when I was on my first jaunt through the Pacific Northwest. He was cruising through Velo Cult for the Igleheart video shoot. We had a short conversation over a beer and that was it. A few months later he did a rider profile on his site The Wolf’s Mouth and asked if I would share a few shots and info, “but of course” I replied. So obviously we were gonna meet up for round two of FOLLY Invades The PNW.

We bumped into each other after I raced the Cross Crusades PIR race. We talked a bit and I told him about shooting a few photos for the great folks over at Gevenalle. As I’m downing… I mean, drinking a beer post race, Jake comes over and taps me on the shoulder; “Dude come checkout this fork”. I eagerly walkover, camera in hand, and check out this super gnarly bent fork. I still have no clue how it happened but pumped it didn’t happen to me (I believe everyone was ok).

With that said, Jake is currently raising money to photo document a trip across Vietnam.

In FEB 2015 I will be traveling to Vietnam to explore my Hoa Chinese (ethnic Chinese in/from Vietnam) culture. Accompanied by my bicycle and camera I will document the month-long journey. When I return I will display the images I capture at my first ever photo show TBA later in 2015 in Portland, ORE. Through social media & my blog (www.foundations.thewolfsmouth.com) I invite everyone to take an intimate look into my family and culture. Please join me on my bike as I discover customs and cuisine, meet local cyclists and ride their routes, welcome the Lunar New Year, and discover the beauty that makes this culture so invaluable.

Funds will be used to help with travel expenses, and taking care of my pets and home while i’m gone.”

Pretty rad project indeed. I hope you’ll go support Mr. Tong.

The Wolf’s Mouth / FOUNDATIONS from The Wolfs Mouth on Vimeo.

Showers Pass // Body-Mapped Baselayer Debut

Men's-Body-Mapped-Long-Sleeve-baselayer-no-backgroundWomen's-Body-Mapped-Long-Sleeve-baselayerThese dropped at the right time.

“PORTLAND, Ore. – November 17, 2014 – Showers Pass (www.showerspass.com), the Portland, Ore.-based experts in inclement weather protection, today announces the debut of the company’s Body-Mapped Baselayer – a new product created to complement the company’s popular jackets by working in conjunction with their renowned venting system.

The Showers Pass design team dedicated months to refining the fiber content of its Body-Mapped Baselayer to achieve a mix that weaves the softness of Modal, the form-fitting and stretchable fit of Spandex, the strength and durability of Nylon with the warmth and odor resistance of Merino Wool.  Each component of this custom blend material is proportioned to achieve optimal performance in aerobic outdoor activities.

The Showers Pass Body-Mapped Baselayer is designed to correspond with the ventilation system in the company’s best-selling jacket line.  The Baselayer features a body-mapped knit pattern designed to vent out excess heat in the areas where you tend to sweat the most – an important design point for the active users who are fans of the brand’s outerwear.  Multiple knit patterns are used to achieve the body-mapping without adding additional seams; the torso is seamless to minimize chafing.

“Baselayers are a natural extension of our product line, but it’s a new category for us.  So we wanted to make sure we got it right before bringing it to market.” notes Kyle Ranson, president, Showers Pass. “We surpassed all of our design goals, and are excited to round out our line and offer our customers another well-conceived high performance garment.”

The Showers Pass Body-Mapped Baselayer features a long torso, wide hem, and long sleeves with thumb loops, to accommodate high output outdoor activities such as cycling and running.  They are available in a graphite color in two sizes for both Men (size S/M and L/XL) and Women (size S/M and L/XL), with an SRP of $69.” – Showers Pass

Go to Showers Pass and check out more on these sweet baselayers. There are a few other winter defeating pieces of apparel to oogle at as well. Enjoy.

Gevenalle Gives All to Cyclocross

Photo Nov 16, 10 06 43 AMI had the absolute pleasure of diving deep into the world of Gevenalle the weekend of the Cross Crusades PIR race. My goal was to truly understand what the company is all about and how Gevenalle creator Adam Clement lives his life to support cyclocross and improve the components used.

Based out of Portland, OR Gevenalle creates or modifies existing products to work better in the harsh cyclocross conditions. When I got to Gevenalle, Adam’s crew was building the BURD (Blatantly Upgraded Rebranded Derailleur) with his specific engineered modifications to make his derailleur’s stronger. This is to ensure each BURD will push through the mud and grime cross provides as you’re thrashing the course. I had the opportunity to ride Adam’s Rock Lobster Cross during the race; testing out every component Gevenalle makes. Not a single issue even with jam packed Portland mud in every crevice the Rock Lobster had. If there is one way to truly understand why Gevenalle kills the competition it would be race proven testing! And it nailed it!

Processed with VSCOcam with a8 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with m6 presetGevenalle Mud LobsterThis last shot really shows off the mud love that was going on. I raced CAT C’s with about 100 racers on the course. There was a slight rain that that turned the mud on the course to ICE!! Not because it was too cold, but because of the thin layer of mud on top of hard packed ground.

The Gevenalle tent was perfectly placed in the middle of the heckling pit where I had a few solid heckles thrown at me. It was frustrating, and encouraging, and hilarious all wrap into a 200 meter stretch! The switch backs were not horrible at all… mixed with the mud that covered them… HORRIBLE!! Lost all traction and was forced to run about half way through them.

My drive train was so packed down I had to stop 3 times to clear out the mud but there was no undoing what was done. It felt like I was peddling through sand even on the fast sections of the course. With that said, Gevenalle’s derailleur’s pushed right through each gear like a dream even with the packed in mud! Impressive!!

Anyways, you can find out all kinds of great write ups and Gevenalle gear review links on Gevenalle’s main page, I highly encourage you to do so. I want to talk about how Adam Clement is a one stop shop of cyclocross radery!!

Step one in Adam’s cyclocross support radness… COFFEE:

Adam got to the race around 7:00 a.m. to set up his portable coffee set up. His grinder filled with FREE beans provided by Stumptown Coffee (thanks Stumptown!!) and ready to caffeinate the field. No coffee requested was turned away. All were wide eyed and ready to race or heckle or both! That mixed in with the fact that we were neighbors to Trusty Switchblade (who Gevenalle has sponsored riders with) that provided VooDoo Donuts… everyone was happily coffee and sugar filled to get the race started!Coffee copyCoffee GreatGevenalle Pouring CoffeeStep two in Adam’s cyclocross support radness… NEUTRAL SUPPORT:

When I say support I really mean full mechanic on duty! Seriously… from blown tires to tune ups to full shifter replacement… Adam nailed it! and in a super timely manner. Folks flocked to him for quick quality repair needs pre/post race.Gevenalle Tent copy 2 RepairsShifter Repair3Shifter RepairBroke ShifterShifter Repair2Gevenalle Fix FlatStep three in Adam’s cyclocross support radness… FIELD PHOTOGRAPHER:

In between everything listed above, Adam was all over the course capturing racers in the pain cave. One minute I look back and he is replacing a shifter, the next he’s across the course doing this! Solid!Gevenalle ShootingStep four in Adam’s cyclocross support radness… SPONSORED RACERS:

Erika Miranda took 1st in her Athena category, Aunika Miranda took 11th in Womens A’s in her first race since moving up from B’s (she’s 13 and killing it), Peter Newlands team DEVO took first in the Cat B’s (he is 16), just to name a few.    Gevenalle Rider GREATGevenalle RiderAunika MirandaA in GevenalleGevenalle Rider2The fifth and potentially the most important step in Adam obtaining full cyclocross support radness… POST RACE BEERS!!:

I couldn’t be more pleased after racing to show up to the Gevenalle tent with warm amazing food and solid Portland beer!! It was a perfect race ender and prepped me to heckle/shoot photos the rest of the day!Post Race BeersAdam is seriously one hard ass working dude for the soul purpose of making cyclocross better!! His passion is intoxicating!! His sponsored racers regular step on the podium and range from pro level elite to enthusiastic juniors!! This fact alone speaks for Gevenalle and the solid strong products they have!!

If you haven’t looked into Gevenalle before this write up I highly encourage you to do so now. What you will find is a very affordable, strong, and nearly indestructible cyclocross components that will last you season after season; and if you do just so happen to get too rad and break a Gevenalle part… send it back to Gevenalle to be repaired at minimal cost! That’s pretty great!!

Low cost, high strength, solid mud thrashing… nailed it on all levels Adam!!

RIDE x CREATE

Parker Dusseau // First Look With Founder Vaughn Brown

Vaughn5I had the brief pleasure of meeting Vaughn Brown (Creative Director and Founder of Parker Dusseau) at West End Bikes as he walked me through some of his Parker Dusseau pieces.  I gotta say, I’m pretty impressed!

West End Bikes (Portland, OR) just put together a fresh display of Parker Dusseau’s cycling purposed suits. They are sleek and provide the ability to commute looking quite dapper without sacrificing function. There are a few brands out there that offer aesthetically pleasing and functionally designed appareal, but non that provide business ready suits that won’t hinder you on your commute.

Below are a few quick shots as Vaughn informed me of the accents and function of the Commuter Suit… OH!!! and did I mention that the suit is 97% MERINO WOOL!!! Mind. Blown!

Go to Parker Dusseau and check out all the fun facts about their apparel. If you’re in Portland make sure to head over to West End Bikes and get a hands on experience.Vaughn7Vaughn2Vaughn6Vaughn4Vaughn3Vaughn

The Athletic Invasion

Processed with VSCOcam with m6 presetIf there is one company taking the Nation by storm it would be The Athletic. I had the pleasure of popping into the shop, hanging out with Jeremy, and picking his brain a bit. It’s always a pleasure to meet folks you’ve had an internet connection with in person. Following each others work, getting amped, then to share stories over a beverage couldn’t be more appropriate.

The shop displays its hours via Instagram at random depending on what works best for Jeremy and Julie’s schedule. It’s a bitchin’ way to do business if you ask me. I’d say that model wouldn’t work for most folks, but that just further defines why The Athletic is sweeping the nation… they just have it.

Below are a few shots I took of the shop and Jeremy racing in the second to last Cross Crusades race. I hope you enjoy.

Go to The Athletic and check out all the radness therein. I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Processed with VSCOcam with m6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with m6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with m6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with m6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with m6 preset