Monthly Archives: February 2016

Gevenalle Goes To 11 and Beyond

Gevenalle 11 SpeedSo SOLID!

I’ve absolutely been in love with Gevenalle products since the first time I put my hands on the hoods. Impeccable guaranteed shifting with every click. Really love seeing them expand to meet the demands of the people. Cheers to that!

GX (Gravel) Shifters: Gevenalle expands it gravel offerings with a new 1x version of the GX shifter named the GX1. Gevenalle GX shifting systems are 10 and 11 Speed compatible. The GX1 is designed specifically for those running a single chainring, and is compatible only with short pull brakes. Both the GX1 and GX2 work with Shimano Dyna-Sys MTB s, offering drop bar shifting and braking with MTB gearing. With the release of 11 Speed Dyna-Sys and increased customer demand, the GX1 now gives the option to shave weight while maintaining a large selection of gearing for the ride. Both versions of the GX shifter work exceptionally well for gravel/dirt riding with drop bars, saves weight, and is the only option available on the market. All Gevenalle shifters come with a no questions asked crash/rebuild policy, getting you back on the road for only $34.00.”

UXUX Shifters (Shimano Alfine 8 Speed): “UX – Urban. Compatible with Shimano’s excellent ‘Alfine SG-S501 8sp internal hub’. Already loved by commuters for its low maintenance sealed design and instant shifting ability, the UX shifter completes the picture for those wanting to use this hub with drop bars. Based around Gevenalle’s proven CX  platform, UX1 shifters are short pull only, UX2 offer both long or short cable pull and come with standard $34.00 no questions asked crash/rebuild service. Shimano only makes shifters for flat bars for this hub, drop bar integration gives riders more options to commute with style, comfort, and speed.

Ever since the inception of the CX shifting system, Gevenalle has received requests from cyclists to adapt the cyclocross shifting system to other disciplines. Gevenalle is known for simplicity, speed and ease of shifting, and in many cases the only way to get integrated MTB shifting on a drop bar.”

Speedvagen 2016 Road Guidebook

GhostYup… I’m drooling over these road riding beauties. One day… I will ride these wild rides into the sun.

2016 Guidebook

2016 Guidebook Info:

Speedvagen is proud to present the 2016 Road Guide Book highlighting our new road models and unveiling the 2016 color options. ​For over 15 years, The Vanilla Workshop has manufactured purpose driven race machines for customers looking for a bike that is different than anything else on the market. All frames are designed, built, and painted in house in Portland, Oregon. Working directly with every customer allows The Vanilla Workshop to fine tune each frame, stripping away what is not needed and re-imagining what is left. Wait time for a Speedvagen is as little as 8 weeks depending on custom options. Every 2016 Road Dis​c​ model features our reengineered Berzerker dropouts, designed specifically to mount the disc caliper on the underside of the seat stay. This unique mounting not only looks cleaner​ and is super light,​ but also transmits braking stress into the ​frame and away from the dropout itself​. Rim brake options are still available as well. The devil is in the details, using stainless steel in high wear areas or the custom tubing shaped by hand for each customer based on fit.

All 2016 Road frames come in several paint and graphic schemes ensuring your bike looks as good as it rides. Our 3D “Ghost” graphic as well as the new “HollaText” and “Surprise Me!” schemes will ​be very popular this year, in addition to several new colors. As with everything else, our paint is designed and executed in house allowing full control over ​the process and equally important, the ability to push limits. In addition to stock features, custom upgrades are available including carbon seat tubes, ​full Di2 battery integration, and ​color integration on components .

Dedication to detail means limited availability, under 200 custom bikes will be produced in 2016, which, with a crew of 11 full timers, means that each bike is getting a ton of attention from fabrication, fitting, design and a very professional customer service experience. Learn more about 2016 Speedvagen offerings here.

Stock Frameset (frame / fork / seatpost assembly) MSRP:  From $3,450

Custom Frameset (frame / fork / seatpost assembly) MSRP: From $4,650

Go check out the Speedvagen lookbook and all the customization goodies therein.

RIDE x CREATE

 

SILCA / Yanco / DKlein Tool Roll

imageSolid three-way collaboration. Diggin’ it.

“In the SILCA booth for NAHBS 2016 we will highlight the skill and creativity that goes in to creating functional art.  As a kickoff to the show we have collaborated with Dustin Klein and YANCO to create a tool wrap to showcase the live painting that will go on by DKlein himself in the SILCA booth at NAHBS. Joshua Portner, president of SILCA says, “Our vision has long been the creation of ‘Functional Art’ so It is so amazing to be able to partner with these two amazing artists and watch as every single detail of this project was created from scratch from the hand drawing of the art, to the custom printing of the canvas, to the hand sewing of each individual piece.”

Dustin Klein is the creative force behind many cycling related art projects, as well as the Cadence Collection. In Dustin’s words, “Having the opportunity to work with such a legendary brand as SILCA has been a surreal experience. Josh’s support of creatives has been very impressive. I look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts at NAHBS this year as we have some new hand painted projects that will be unveiled at the show.”

Knog Blinder MOB Four Eyes First Look

imageI gotta say… I’m impressed! Just received these yesterday and after a first look I’m really liking the design and function of the Knog Blinder Mob Four Eyes.

I’ve yet to ride with these, which will change as soon as the weekend hits, but will report back next week with that review. Until then here are a couple shots to oogle over.

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Deep Thoughts With Jack Handy

When you stare off into the twilight of the rising sun, do you ever think… “Man that shit must be hot”.

Here are a couple shots of my weekend travels. Really I just wanted to show off my new Lone Wolf Cycling Dawn Patrol Crew Sweatshirt that I’m absolutely in love with; then went and took a nap, in the cold, because the LWC crew sweatshirt does it’s job very well, enjoy that.

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WOODLAWN CYCLE CAFE!!! // Birmingham, AL

imageI can’t tell you how elated I am that Armand Margjeka and Kyle Campbell took the very needed step to open a cycling cafe in Woodlawn (Birmingham), Alabama. Absolutely beautiful place with a great vibe that will grow the cycling culture across the entire state in my opinion. They brew Madcap Coffee and carry some VERY rad homegrown cycling company goods from around the world; to include Strawfoot and Search and State. I could almost guarantee they’d love some Ringtail goods, but I don’t want to speak on their behalf.

So… I’ve ridden with and watch Kyle Campbell dominate around the state in several different races. He’s a super strong rider to say the least. I asked him how cycling was going lately. Kyle’s response (and I’m paraphrasing) “What cycling? My focus is making this place successful”. Then the thought hit me… homegrown is hard and will suck some life out of you. Please don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a negative statement at all; just me realizing that some of the dreams/projects I have in the back of my mind will take a level of sacrifice I should be prepared for.

With that said, Woodlawn Cycle Cafe is bad ass!! I’m in love with it. If you’re in the general area you should make the trip, go for a ride, and follow up with some food/caffeinated beverage at WCC. I promise you won’t be disappointed you did. imageimageimage