Kona Growing Up Cross
by Byron on Oct 06, 2014 at 1:27 PM
Kona Growing Up Cross from Kona Bikes on Vimeo.
As Kona said in the intro to this edit, “For us, it’s not only about creating bikes for future champions, but also inspiring a love for cycling that lasts a lifetime.” And Mark V just dug one of their old bikes out of the back of the closed shop and is restoring it.
Maybe he’ll race it cross one day too…
Riding the Sand
by Byron on Oct 05, 2014 at 9:10 AM
Lars van der Haar shows you how it’s done
Watching the elites at Gieten today, I was reminded of how well they ride the sand and we do not. Racers in the Seattle area are at Silver Lake today and reaching the beach, hopefully finding a good line. In the 3rd issue of our magazine, Matt Hill explained how Wellens rides the sand. For anyone that’s face planted into a sand pit or just stalled after a bike length, it’s a mandatory read.
Issue 3 is available as a back issue in our iOS Newsstand app and on the web for $4.00 per issue or with a $16.00 annual subscription.
So how the heck do those Euro guys blast through the sand sections with such grace and style? Well, Matt breaks down footage of archetypal Euro Cross star Bart Wellens, showing the US peons just how to get things done.
Wellens in the sand
Back in the Day: Ft. Devens Supercup
by Byron on Oct 04, 2014 at 8:47 AM
First the men
Like Meyerson said, “Can you believe this flyover?! Oh wait, that’s just a hill, you say? ‘Cross is sometimes hard, you say?” Huh and this was way before the “hard flow” favored by today’s course designers by race promoters, like McClung from MFG.
And the women
While racers lost lots of time on that muddy run up topped with a barrier, at the time the course was the anti-jungle ‘cross. Look how wide those lanes are for passing. Not too long ago, here in Seattle at North Seatac we had a drop off into a fire pit (not lit, of course, just the burned out logs), followed by a singletrack through brick and bramble. Part of the skill required was not crashing out.
Sliver Lake in 11
This weekend, racers are lining up at Silver Lake, arguably the hardest course in the area. It’s situated next to a lake and each lap a beach is stormed, before an ascent up the banks, into the trees, and back down…
Moments of Rampage
by Byron on Oct 03, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Of all the in-house content being produced, the brand storytelling in the bike biz, Scott stands out for the presentation and photography. Like this piece from the Red Bull Rampage. And as Jakob said, Arcteryx too
Snapchatting Bikes, Sure
by Byron on Oct 03, 2014 at 9:15 AM
Last time I hung out with my daughter before she headed off to college, she was snapchatting her foot to her friends while her brother played soccer. She got a snapchat from her roomie of their dorm room and we talked about that for a while; specifically, where the fridge was gonna go. Then she snapchatted something else and I lost track of all the snaps, but yup that’s what they do. These teens today and Casey Neistat explains the trend in the video.
While we’re posting photos of our ride/race weekend to Facebook, and worrying about Ebola, or the damn Secret Service!, they’re snapchatting everything.
Of course, the geniuses that run Snapchat, ride bikes…
by Byron on Oct 03, 2014 at 7:54 AM
KCE on the Stairs
As seen on Instagram and according to Robert Higdon, the best KCE mystery mailing yet, maybe ever. KCE is like the Banksy of bikes in your mailbox. We haven’t gotten one yet, perhaps not sexy enough or haven’t spent a night out drinking with the artist, whoever it is. Search for #KCE on social networks, skipping over the selfies and butts, and you’ll find more art….
Danny Macaskill: The Ridge
by Byron on Oct 02, 2014 at 8:09 AM
Macaskill mountain bikes the Isle of Sky in this beautiful video, while we’re writing Issue 17 of our magazine that’s dedicated to fun this fall. We’ll set aside the competition, tech, and kit for pure enjoyment of riding, and tell you all about it in about a week.
In a West End Town
by Byron on Oct 01, 2014 at 2:57 PM
Pointed the Sony A7R lens away from the bike and towards the people and world around me last weekend on a trip to the West End to see a Chelsea FC match with Delta. This is a slideshow from the trip – the story is on Medium and how full-frame mobile photography has changed our workflow. Also in Issue 17 of our Magazine dropping later this month.
Reuleaux Triangle Wheels
by Byron on Oct 01, 2014 at 8:14 AM
The patent war you had NO idea was going on between a Chinese inventor
this guy at Burning Man
Now if you’d like to kickstart your own Reuleaux Wheeled Bicycle, see this Wolfram demonstration for an example.
by Byron on Sep 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Rain Bike Mounted
Today is the last day of Elliott Bay Bicycles and on my wall, in my office, is the second bike Bill Davidson built for me. It’s a rain bike, with long-pull brakes and plenty of room for fenders. When the third D was built, the Modal, I rode the rain bike one last time, took off the parts we needed, and hung it up on the wall.
Later, during a remodel, had a custom wall mount made for it. That was made and mounted with the same care as the first build.
Mounted with care, like a museum piece
As I glance up occasionally at the frame, it reminds me of the great work we did there, in the shop for the past decade. Remember, between Mark and me, there are no long goodbyes. Just waiting to learn where Mark V lands and for when Bill makes us another bike….
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