DZR Minna Review

imageSo… these are pretty great! They are my first pair of clippable sneakers and I’m in love! Super comfortable and clip in seamlessly giving you solid control and power transfer without walking around click clacking stiff footed.

Although these are my first clippable sneakers and I have nothing to reference that these are better or worse than other options… I’ve gotta hand it to DZR; they are stiff in all the right places and soft where you want them to be for kicking around town after you ride to your destination.

The DZR Minna’s have a perfectly placed shoe lace retention elastic strap that has proven to be very useful. When I first saw this feature I figured I’d never use it and it’s probably super tight not easily allowing you to stuff your laces into the shoe, thus keeping the lace out of your crank… but I was wrong; very useful and very easy to use.

When I first got these in I easily unscrewed the cleat cover and screwed in Crankbrothers cleats, hopped on my steed, and went to pedaling. At first it’s a weird feeling being so comfortable and clipped in.

Go to DZR and check out the specifics on the Minna’s. If you are in the market for a clippable sneaker, you just found it. If the Minna’s aren’t the style your prefer, no need to worry… DZR has several other options that may fit you better. Cheers!

My First Ride Back

imageBAM! back in the saddle!

So much has happened the last 6 weeks! I have no clue where the time has gone but pumped on the outcome. My time has been sparse as of late and the blog has suffered posts because of it, but no need to fear… great things are in the works that nail it on all levels! 

About a week ago I took my first ride after getting hit by a car. When I don’t ride, my creativity takes a tole… fact. It was interesting to see how I would react in life without riding and all I kept thinking was “this is weird”. I started running more (“this is weird”) and diving deep into projects referenced above.

Some say it might have been perfect timing. The FOLLY x BRYANT FaTRoB came to completion and currently up for pre-order. This also means that the Surly CrossxCheck I’ve ridden all over the land that was smashed by person not paying attention will be replaced with an amazing American made, hand build #getradmachine (Editor’s Note: Seriously guys… I’m halfway done building my personal FOLLY x BRYANT FaTRoB up. This thing is killer)!!

With superb amount of energy and only my junkyard fixed gear build available… I took off!!  My plan was to ride down to a river I’ve rode to many times before, crack open a beer, and watch the sun set. I wanted to see how my should would react riding a small 18 miles. The route I took was the same, but I had my eyes geared to finding something I’ve never noticed before, ride/hike it… and that I did. I found this beautiful spot on a railed road overpass that has one HELL of a stunning view of the valley.

imageI hope you guys have had a killer summer so far. Really looking forward to the cross season and thrashing with my FaTRoB. Fun times will be had for sure.

RIDE x CREATE

Dick Lane Velodrome Bro!

GH4 Velodrome from James Bridges on Vimeo.

Many moons ago when I had the pleasure of visiting Loose Nuts Cycles I also got to chill at Dick Lane Velodrome, hang with Jon Woodroof (@twotoneams), Zach Lutz (@cogzillaattacks), and Mae Elizabeth (@MaeElizabethG)! Such a rad weekend. This video brings back all the good memories that weekend. Good times!

The FOLLY x BRYANT FatRob

photo 4We are very proud to release the FOLLY x BRYANT edition FatRob for your preorder pleasure.

There are three different models for you to choose from, FatRob Steve, FatRob Dixie, and L’iL FatRob. They range from a 700c, 650b, and 26″ wheel base to fit the kind of riding your going to do on this #GETRADMACHINE! I personally went with the FatRob Steve and am in the process of hooking up my 700c thrashing machine! So many great memories will be made on this one of kind hand-made/American made bicicleta! That… and Co-Founder/best bud Kyle Steed designed the logo…. NAILING IT!!

You remember that feeling you had as a kid when you swung a leg over your bike and blasted off towards your friend’s house linking cul-de-sacs and unfenced yards and dirt trails to get there?  Or how you felt that first day you rode 10, 20, 50 or 100 miles?  I wanted to design a road bike that reunited me with those feelings of freedom and exploration starting from the ground up.  I came to the drawing board (literally) with no preconceived notions on what this type of bike should look like, but I thought about how I want the bike to respond to the riding that I grew up doing and find myself gravitating towards again.  Kind of like if you took a CX bike, Randonneur, and go-fast Road bike and ran them over with a steam roller.  Take that hunk of iron and produce one bike that could do it all.  An adventure bike without equal.  A Fat Tired Road Bike, or FaTRoB as I like to call it.  All the necessary features and nothing you don’t.  A feeling of youth you could grab in bike form for just $1950 frame and fork.” – Joshua Bryant (Cycles J Bryant)

www.chrisbebout.com

Photo by Chris Bebout

www.chrisbebout.com

Photo by Chris Bebout

Definitely make sure to head over to Cycles J Bryant and check out the back story on each FatRob model. If the stories don’t make you laugh just a little then this frame/fork combo might not be what you’re looking for. When we labeled it as a #GETRADMACHINE we meant just that! Ride everywhere with the serious and light hearted alike in the terrain of their choosing, if need be, but never neglecting that dark and mysterious dirt road no one else is willing to conquer!

Go check out more info at our shop. The preorder is limited to 15 frame and forks and will last until the end of August with a delivery date of late Fall. Feel free to email ( createfolly@gmail.com ) with any questions you may have. Thank you for your support!

Cheers! RIDE x CREATEphoto 1

Blackburn Design // Meet The 2014 Rangers

So good!!

Blackburn, designer and developer of innovative cycling products and accessories, announced today the induction of four new adventure cyclists into the 2014 Blackburn Ranger “Out There” program. Created in 2012 to embody the culture of adventure, the Blackburn Ranger program supports cyclists that the brand admires on their journeys along the Pacific Coast and the Great Divide.

To continue the legacy and spirit that Founder Jim Blackburn built in 1975, the Ranger program is created from a simple and effective people-and-product-first approach with everything it touches. This no-nonsense style provides in the field product development feedback that gets fast-tracked for future innovation and also places community first; which has always been a fundamental tenet of the brand.

According to Robin Sansom, Brand and Product Manager, “The Rangers are on the front line with our products on a daily basis for months. Their level of focused feedback is instrumental to our product innovation, validation and testing.  We are approaching our third year of the Ranger program and our team is all so proud of the cyclists for stepping up to share their adventures.

Ultimately, the program encourages everyone to ‘get out there.’

Blackburn sent out a smoke signal to cyclists asking for participation into the Ranger program from January– March 2014.  There was an overwhelming response as hundreds of applicants created videos and wrote essays explaining why they wanted to embark on the adventure and become a Blackburn Ranger.  The end result was the Blackburn team choosing four new Rangers that they felt symbolized the sprit of the brand and would carry the torch of the proceeding Rangers.” – Blackburn

Make sure to follow along over at Blackburn to watch these Rangers tackle the unknown. Looks like one hell of a great ride!

Civilware // Cutter Utility Knife

CW CutterCivilware just released their Cutter Utility Knife on July 4th. This is a smaller option from their Striker knife to be used for daily carry and accomplish everything a solid utility knife offers throughout your day of cutting, prying, chiseling, wedging needs.

“Our exclusively designed knives are made from files because a file is an excellent source of high carbon tool steel. Through a process called annealing,  the brittleness normally found in a file is removed. The knives are then hand ground to shape. – the result is a beautifully made knife that will both hold an edge and sharpen easily.

Our knives are so sharp and hold an edge so well, they will be a favorite among guides and outfitters, hunters, backpackers, and fishermen. They are also widely used as a utility knife by the “workingman”. Our cutter knives are handmade in Southern California and each one is unique.” – Civilware

I hope you dig as much as I do. Go to Civilware and nab this up.