Ello to You Too
by Byron on Sep 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM
Socially awkward and building bikes
and here I am on it with David too. The press has lit up with stories about Ello and we know Paul. He’s a cyclist and the subject of our first cover story when we launched a magazine.
From Kid Robot he made another interesting turn, deciding to launch a high-end bicycle company. He’s not exactly a custom bike builder—he doesn’t weld the bikes himself or assemble them—and he’s not exactly a manufacturer either like Trek or Specialized. But he’s designed the bikes (including the sweeping curved lines of his frames), he’s spec’d the builds, selected the partners and overseen the production of the bikes.
Paul Budnitz is a socially-awkward bike builder who previously founded Kid Robot and my first follow on Ello. In the story, David J. Schloss visited with Paul, toured the factory, and rode around on a $6,000 cruiser. Then asks if a crazy, expense cruiser is worth it. Read it for free to find out and as soon as we get them, will offer our Ello invites.
Wired’s Take on Interbike: Commuting
by Byron on Sep 24, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Stromer in-tube control panel
Here’s another take on Interbike from Jakob Schiller and published on Wired. While on the show floor, I spotted some trends for Jakob who rolled them up into a commuter gear story. The more interesting bikes included the Trek Lync 5, Stromer ST2 e-bike, and the Pure Fix Roosevelt. What I like about Pure Fix is these aren’t “cheap fixes,” and they’re sold by a strong company that I spent a morning with in Vegas.
I already mentioned the Lake Boot in a recap, which should arrive soon. The new messenger series from Kryptonite was also a fav.
Made to lock around all sorts of objects as analog parking meters disapper
Italian bikes always about the sexy
The Wilier isn’t for commuting, well maybe a fast commute, but this bike sure popped on the floor, just like the Zero.7 did earlier this year.
Cheap Talk with Mark V and a Shop Coda
by Byron on Sep 23, 2014 at 11:34 AM
From a Dwell shoot and in the shop located between Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Photo: Andy Reynolds
A still from a Dwell magazine shoot years ago and inside Elliott Bay Bicycles. EBB is closing and I shared a coda to the shop in the Medium Bicycles Collection last weekend, titled, “Cheap Talk with Mark V.”
Cheap Talk with Mark V
It’s shared there in my off-channel place, because it’s time to move on. Having said what needed to be said and dedicated an issue of our magazine to the closure, there’s no long goodbye. Just waiting to learn where Mark V lands and for when Bill makes for us another bike….
Interbike 14 Recap from Jasen
by Byron on Sep 20, 2014 at 10:18 AM
One thing I wanted from Interbike besides the adults in the industry to do their job was this boot.
Since Interbike been sharing photos and videos from CrossVegas and our Mobile Social. Working through another collection of photographs for new gear that caught my eye like this Lake boot, I was about to write an Interbike Show Floor recap and Jasen wrote this on his Facebook…
For those of you who missed social media this week, a recap: During Interbike, at an e-cyclocross bike race in non-seceding Scotland, John Watson got rad™ with his iPhone 6+, and took a poor-quality pic of himself spraying beer on a Colombian woman dressed in the 12th ugliest skinsuit ever designed. Bike Rumor promptly stole the picture, crediting Patrick Brady, and somehow Byron got yelled at. Consider yourself caught up, and you’re welcome.
Huggacast Shorts: Why Are We Up?
by Byron on Sep 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM
7 AM Vegas time. Why are we up? Taking photos of bikes, Pure Fix Cycles….
Jen’s LIVE - Hour World Record Attempt
by Byron on Sep 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM
And his legs are being told to shut up already! If you’re not watching yet, here’s the live stream. Pretty sure there was a guy on the Burke this morning, on aero bars, also setting an HOUR record to WORK. Also…
Cross Vegas In Pictures
by David Schloss on Sep 16, 2014 at 4:43 PM
While the industry has been a bit abuzz about the beer throwing at this year’s Cross Vegas race during the Interbike trade show, we’ve been reflecting on the awesome aspects of that race, and on cross racing in general. As a chill slips into the air across much of the United States, the cross lover starts to think of the joy of continual anaerobic punishment.
Byron raced in the media class at Cross Vegas and then stuck around to capture some images. We’ve been shooting recently with the Sony Alpha series of full frame cameras, astounded by their capabilities and their small size. While our normal rigs at Cross Vegas would have included ten pounds or more of pro bodies and lenses, now we’re using teeny mirrorless cameras to capture photos.
Some funny things happen when you switch from big SLR cameras to smaller systems—people stop noticing you. In the press pits this has the annoying effect of being looked down up—there is so much “my lens is bigger than your lens” in the press corps it’s ridiculous. I have seen photographers with only one $6000 pro body being treated poorly by photographers with two $6000 bodies. Having a mirrorless camera makes you look like a noob, even when it’s a camera with a 36mp sensor and a $1500 55mm f/1.8 zeiss lens on the front.
My father, who was a professional photographer, taught me a very important lesson early on—look for where all the photographers are and then go somewhere else. I can’t tell you how many shots I’ve seen from races that look the same because all of the pros are huddled together at the end of the course, waiting to get the almightily “hands raised” shot. Meanwhile there’s great stuff to be had down the course.
The other nice thing about shooting with a small camera is that people tend not to notice you’re there. As a result you can stand right next to someone and take a portrait without sticking a long camera lens in their face.
Cross Vegas is a pretty spectacular race and a great time for fans. Despite the shenanigans that happened this year, the event has grown into a major sporting event, as cross itself has blossomed. It’s one of the shining spots in American racing, even if it has a few blemishes.
View the rest of the photos from our Cross Vegas shoot on G+.
Also On Square’s Marketplace
by Byron on Sep 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Square’s been good to us and been with them since the beta, selling Clip-n-Seals, Kickstands, and now just made available our Waxed Canvas Tool Roll available on their marketplace. The roll has been a hit for us and was recently reviewed in Wired
on Square Market
Until I had these made for us as a pet project, didn’t know how many other cyclists would agree that carrying tools and spare tube in your pocket is better than your saddle. Well, lots of you do and thanks! Now there’s another purchase option.
Mobile Social Photos
by Byron on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Discussing the route, we think
Our 9th annual and 4 Mobile Social of the year brought the expected bike awesomeness, as seen in these photos.
A diverse ride
Arriving in Fremont
We like to keep the Mobile Socials a bit mysterious, like where the exact meet spot is OR how we hire male models to sex it up.
The full gallery is on G+ and Facebook and when we roll through your town, suggest you ride with us.
Fabulous Pure Fix
As Jackson Lynch from PureFix said, “this year’s MoSo was again a lively, festive, embracing and incredibly diverse collection of pedaling souls intent on spreading cycling love in another city that doesn’t sleep.
More MoSo Please!
Yup. Next year is already being planned. Photos by Josh Hon, Brian K. Mark, and Byron.
Handbuilt in Seattle like Issue 16
by Byron on Sep 14, 2014 at 8:36 AM
Back in Seattle, to the comforts of home after a trade show, and pulled a fav Davidson out of the shed for a ride. In Issue 16 of our magazine, Patrick Brady from Red Kite Prayer writes for us about the loss of another great American shop, like Elliott Bay Bicycles where this bike was made.
It’s the featured cover story and free to read.
There came a point when a handful of shop owners got smart and found frame builders who would work in-house. It was like a car dealer with its own in-house body shop, only better.
The bike is the Hotspur and the 3rd one designed for us by Bill and Mark V. It was handbuilt in Seattle, just like our mag is…
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