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FOLLY KIT PRE-ORDER

imageSo completely stoked to present these!!

Pumped to present our second kit created since 2011. Our pals at Escadrille will be producing them out of Chattanooga, TN with a 6 week turn around. The pre-order will be very quick, ending May 8th.

For fit make sure to check out Escadrille.cc . If you need a different size Jersey vs. Bib or vice versa shoot me an email (createfolly@gmail.com).

I’ve also set up to have just the jersey for pre-order if you would prefer.

I hope you enjoy as much as I do. Go to our online shop for pre-order. $235 for the kit, FREE U.S. shipping. Can’t wait to get these in and on the road. Cheers!!

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Matt Reyes x Mission Crit 3

MissionCrit3_JasonSellersPhoto2016_MASHSF_MattReyes_CrossWalk2Absolutely in love with this shot. Reyes breaking boundaries and doing it his way. Into this.

“This is the first time I’ve done anything like this and I’m pretty sure I was the only person who didn’t wear a skin suit or ride clipped in.” – Matt

Head over to Wheel Talk Fixed and check out more words and shots by Jason Sellers. Jason KILLED capturing this crit and will do so again in a few more days via NYC x Red Hook.MissionCrit3_JasonSellersPhoto2016_MASHSF_MattReyes_SlackJawNoHandedWheelie

Team Loblolly Woodland Rampage

imageOk… sooo… like, it’s Florida and you wouldn’t think the “mountain biking” would be all that much fun; well, you would be wrong. There are no mountains per say (in the Santa Rosa Beach area) but there is tons of single track that are filled with hidden roots, quicksand, mounds of loose pine straw, logging trail detours, and muddy deep pools of water around blind turns filled with more sand that is even sludgier, sucking in your wheels and losing all tracking… IN LOVE WITH IT ALL!!

For me, it’s the unexpected terrain Florida presents that made me so pumped on it. You wouldn’t really need a MTB actually. It’s more so perfect for cyclocross but I just received the State Bicycle Co. Ridged SS Pulsar and brought it along for the ride. It rode like a dream (move on that later).

I meet up with Team Loblolly ringleader Adam McAnulty a few years back and have enjoyed following along via Instagram as he and the team travel from race to race spreading Loblolly shrednanigans. We’ve never been able to meet up at the same time and go out to ride so this was pretty sweet to ride and wreck together. Speaking of wrecking… I’m pretty sure everyone ate it at least twice before the ride was over. Like I said… the terrain was crazier than it appeared even for the experienced locals. I decided to tackle a tree and then completely lost traction going around a sandy corner, pummeling to the ground. After that my confidence level was pretty low on bike handling skills. As I got used to the corners and deep sand pits I started building momentum again, gripping the handlebars white knuckle status.

All in all, if you need to gain better handling for the upcoming cyclocross season look no further than Flo Rida… I mean… what better combo than heading out for a few hours then take a dip in the ocean. Dreams really do come true!!

Here’s a photo recap of the ride. More photos via film once I get those developed.

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Weekend Green Rolling Hills

It started out dark and geometrically charged, then swiftly turned to green rolling hills and beautiful country side. Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend of riding. I had zero agenda and it felt great!

It’s hard these days (for me at least) to step out my front door, pick a direction, and go. Every couple of months my schedule allows for the entire day to be filled with riding or whatever shenanigans I decided to subscribe to, and when that aligns with killer weekend weather… BAM!! Full on bliss.

Anyways… I hope your weekend had a similar story. Good weekends lead to good weeks.

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All The Squish

Thank god for Blevins Bicycle Co. (BBCo)!!! My Friday didn’t originally have plans to rip around the mountain on a Cannondale Habit but when my newly acquired ridged SS with new Shimano XT brakes (installed by BBCo) fell through due to a manufacturing issue I had to switch to plan B. Luckily BBCo saw the distress on my face and provided me with a Cannondale Habit for the weekend.

I’ve never ridden a Cannondale mountain bike let alone a Lefty suspension. It was pretty awesome to say the least. It felt really natural despite its looks. Honestly… I love the uniqueness of it. I know that Lefty’s are no new thing to the MTB world… just new to me and I’m into it.

If you’re in the North Alabama area I highly recommend hitting up Blevins Bicycle Co. and checking out their Cannondale mountain rippers. Good stuff all around!

Kreme Delite Krusher

The best race pace group ride I’ve ever attended. Perfect 40 mile distance at about a 20mph average with breakaways, attacks, and climbing throughout rolling country hills. Heaven. On. Earth!

If yer in the North Alabama area and want to push it with a good group of folks I highly recommend attending this ride.

Go check out more info on the Kreme Delite Krusher Facebook Page. Good times all around!

 

First Look // State Bicycle Co. Pulsar SS 29er

imageHOTNESS!!! That’s one word to describe it. I couldn’t be MORE. AMPED! on the State Bicycle Co. & DKlein collaboration Pulsar SS 29er. As soon as I got the Pulsar out of the box I couldn’t rip the packaging off fast enough to check out Dustin’s design brought to mountain bike. It’s so rad on so many levels, not really sure how to put it all into words.

Dustin Klein has personally inspired me for years, like many of you, to ride x create. Not letting perceived limitations get you down, and to push past the fear of the unknown… well, that’s how he has inspired me at least. To ride with THAT vibe in tact will bring a smile to my face for many pedal strokes to come. Stoked!

Now… this entry level ripper isn’t going to have all the bells and whistles, and it shouldn’t for the price tag of $649 delivered; but it does have what you need to get out, have a killer time, and look good while doing so. Some of the things I did / noticed immediately when building it up:

  • Flipped / dropped the stem (personal preference / will cut steer tube asap)
  • Super comfy but solid fork flex
  • GREAT grips that will grip heavily
  • Bike weight lighter than expected

The entry level Pulsar SS is the perfect place to start for those that don’t know what direction they really want to go with their build, OR that just want a GREAT looking entry level ridged single speed. You can upgrade with better components and suspension fork if you would prefer. State Bicycle Co. has a couple different build options on their site. I recommend checking that out. Something I will never change on my personal Pulsar is the ridged fork. Dustin’s design is just too plain good to discard.

Some things I will change out immediately (aka this week): Brakes, chain, pedals, and cog. It’s not that I’m not ok with them as they came, I just have some extra goodies laying around waiting to be used.

I haven’t spent a lot of time on the Pulsar yet… but from my initial exploratory back woods gutter sessions, I’m really into it!! Great ride all around!!

I hope you enjoyed my initial take on the State Bicycle Co. & DKlein Pulsar SS 29er collaboration thus far. Make sure to follow along on our Instagram (@createfolly) for daily inside looks with my interaction on the Pulsar. I will be posting updates and exploration recaps on this two wheeled shred sled via the blog and the GRAM for many summer months to come. In the meantime, head over to State Bicycle Co. and check out more details on the Pulsar along with all the options you have when building your own.

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Escadrille Cycling // Ride With Founder Jordan Humble

EscadrilleI mean… WOW!

As you fine folks have followed along with me on this journey called FOLLY, you’ve been able to see all the people, places, and things that have inspired me to keep doing what I do. No place thus far has caught me by surprise as much as Chattanooga, TN. It is a hidden gem of the Southeast that is THRIVING with young, successful, creative businesses that are making what I want. Case and point… ESCADRILLE!

Ok… “Matt, but what does Escadrille mean?”

Glad you asked. Escadrille literally means a French squadron of aircraft; which is pretty cool and makes me paint a mental picture of a sleek, stylish French fighter pilot, cigarette in mouth, ready to bring pain to anyone that crosses his/her path. NOW… that has nothing to do with the brand but it’s where my creative mind goes with it. What does remain intact with my creative interpretation of Escadrille is the luxury cycling and outdoor apparel aspect that is VERY apparent in the fine details that Founder Jordan Humble and the Escadrille Team have put into the gear. Jordan’s vision to bring high quality products to the cycling community is very apparent and the foundation of what makes Escadrille so solid. Furthermore, it goes beyond just creating quality cycling apparel and transitions into the underlying drive to build the Southeastern cycling community. It’s a beautiful thing.

Here is a photographical representation of a start-to-finish day with Escadrille Founder Jordan Humble; we chat, we caffeinated, we climbed the most BEAUTIFUL climbs. Great things to come in the near future from the both of us.

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