Monthly Archives: December 2014

Explore Everything Rides

Processed with VSCOcam with a8 presetI finally got free to just go explore my local area and find all the cool spots I’ve yet to ride. No time restraints, no agenda, just the spirit to find the unfound.

These are 15 iPhone shots edited with VSCO from 2 different ride x explore sessions. I should be getting the film shots developed soon.

Also… the FaTRoB is the best exploration tool ridden to date. Completely in love with this machine.

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Mission Workshop / The Sanction // Limited Release

limited-rucksack-arkiv-closure-3When a pack comes off as just another piece of apparel then you’re most likely working with Mission Workshop. Such clean designs in their bags! I’m really diggin’ this Limited Sanction.

“The Sanction is a compact weatherproof rucksack designed to hold the daily essentials. This latest release of Sanctions are available in three build variations combining popular exterior fabrics with a VX Cordura ripstop with PET waterproof membrane.

Each backpack features the Arkiv® closure system, YKK urethane coated zippers, waterproof materials, an internal frame sheet, and an optional waist belt. A large interior zippered pocket fits up to 15in laptops. All Mission Workshop backpacks allow for the addition of single rail Arkiv® accessories on both shoulder straps.

Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.” – MW

Go to Mission Workshop and check out these sweet rucksack’s in more detail. Jah blessed.

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Paul Component // MicroShift Thumbies Now Available

microshiftthumbie_zoomSO. RAD!!

“MicroShift Thumbies are now available on our website. Convert that Surly to flat bars with these. The MicroShift Thumbies fit all MicroShift bar end shifters and Gevenalle Dropbar shifters.” – Paul

Go to Paul Component and check these out for yourself… so good!!

Mission Workshop // The Sansom Water-repellent Overshirt

water-repellent-overshirt-7This shirt is the bee’s knees!!

“The Sansom is cut in a classic button-up work shirt style. Made from rugged Schoeller Turkish stretch cotton with a NanoSphere® water repellent finish. German made Prym s-spring snaps provide precise and reliable fastening throughout.

Made in San Francisco, California.”

Head over to Mission Workshop and check it out.

Shooting With The Canonet QL17 GIII

Destructed BuildingWhy film? There are several different ways to capture the vibe for less cost, less effort, less knowledge.

It’s the journey that excites me. I shoot in the hope that I know what the hell I’m doing with each shutters click, putting past experiences to use with the current roll I’m shooting, capturing some thing the world may have never seen.

I recently picked up a Canon Canonet QL17 GIII. I had read some reviews defining its excellence, found one for a good price and picked it up (Editors note: For all that found theirs for the $5 and $10 range… I’m jealous).

These shots are personally interesting on a couple different levels that I won’t bore you with; but the fact that I shot using the Canonet and Kodak Ektar 100 for the first time with these results gets me amped!

It’s really crazy though… when you hit the Canonet QL17’s shutter release for the first time you’ll think the camera is busted. It makes a super weak “click” that gives you no confidence in the camera at all.

At this point I’m on edge because I’m shooting odd subjects with film that I have no clue how it will react and using a tool that seems to be “malfunctioning”. The thoughts that went through my head was that of frustration and a waste of funds; BUT… I didn’t stop. I had done my research. I have dozens of rolls behind me. I knew I could push forward with the hope that if only one shot made it I was successful. I knew I could hope in that.

Ride x Create. A simple idea that has taken Kyle and I this far. You will fail. You will want to give up. Know that if you are at that point you are nailing it. Push on. Make things happen that inspire you and those around you.51770024On The GlassLeaned Over BackHelmet on BikeSocksHill TopRide x Create

Mavic Auctions Seven Cycles Benefiting Davis Phinney Foundation

imageimageThis is the second and last Mavic 125 anniversary auction, this time around benefiting the Phinney foundation with some extra awesome thrown in from the good folks at Rapha.

“Mavic is proud to offer this limited edition Seven Axiom SL with our Ksyrium 125th Anniversary wheel-tyre system and Shimano Ultegra 11-speed components. The Seven Cycles x Mavic 125th Anniversary Axiom SL is part of a collection of bikes designed and built to celebrate the 125th year that Mavic has been your trusted partner in cycling. This bike has a stunning gloss and matte black paint scheme with subtle touches of the famous yellow that Mavic is known for.

The winner of the auction will also receive two special edition Sportwool™ jerseys from Rapha. One autographed by Olympic medallist, American National Champion and Tour de France stage winner Davis Phinney and the other by 12-time national champion, world championship medalist and an Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter-Phinney. Feature story and video can be viewed here.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation and their efforts to offer programs that provide the information, tools and inspiration that can be used to live well with Parkinson’s today. More information can be found here. Every Victory Counts!

Special thanks to Seven Cycles, Shimano, Rapha, The Radavist and The Pros Closet for making this bike and auction possible. All images provided by John Watson at ‘The Radavist’.”


Frame/Fork – Seven Cycles Axiom SL Road Frame with Carbon Fork
Wheels/Tyres – Mavic Ksyrium 125th Anniversary Edition
Components – Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed (Crank – 172.5, Cassette – 11-25)
Headset – Chris King NoThreadSet
Stem – Seven Cycles Titanium (110mm)
Bar – Seven Cycles Road (42cm center-to-center)
Seatpost – Seven Titanium
Saddle – fi’zi:k Airione k:ium
Pedals – Mavic Zxellium SLR Pedals


The Hundreds // Matt Blease Interview

Matt Blease 100 InterviewAlthough I’ve never meet Matt, I’m willing to bet we’d be instant friends. Either that or we would fight to the death over the last donut.

Throughout the years we’ve shared Matt’s work. It’s a solid example of the Ride x Create vibe on all levels.

Go to The Hundreds and read a few words from Mr. Blease. I promise you won’t be disappointed.